Having been lucky enough to have visited many true 5 star resorts, I feel suitably qualified to say that Alba Royal Hotel isn’t one of them. Ok, it’s a nice enough hotel, but by real international hotel standards it’s an average 4 star, not 5.
Nonetheless, it’s in a good position overlooking the beach, and the (small) grounds are nicely landscaped. Standard rooms are a little on the compact side, but at least everything worked as it should and was spotlessly clean. It has to be said that the staff were always very friendly and helpful.
There are 3 al la carte restaurants in the complex, of which we tried 2. Food was good, though not exceptional. Food in the buffet restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner was a little disappointing; not a huge variety and meals were somewhat bland. Really could have done with some spicier ‘offerings’. Unusually, there were no ‘themed’ evenings – something which is commonplace at other resorts.
If you like a nice beer to relax in the sun with, then my advice would be to walk down to the ramshackle bars less than 10 minutes stroll away, as the Tuborg beer served in the hotel is just like water. The ‘locally produced’ spirits all taste like pop, too! Again, true 5 star resorts offer quality, branded drinks.
The proportion of the guests are approximately 90% elderly/retired Germans, which makes for a relaxed (if not comatose) atmosphere throughout the day. On the plus side, there are no screaming kids around to spoil the tranquillity!
The lovely, ancient harbour port of Side isn’t within walking distance from the hotel but you can reach it at a cost of 3.5 Turkish Lira per person, via the regular dolmus, and it’s well worth the trip.
Overall, the hotel is a good value choice for adults only, if all you want is a quiet and relaxing break away in the sunshine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 14+ Adult Only Hotel in Antalya ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alba Royal Resort All Inclusive
- Alba Royal Hotel Turkey/Colakli, Antalya Province