14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Smoking is king
"Cigarette smoke filled corridor to my room . Smokers on the balconies around my room and the noise of smokers outside the bar area until after 2am. Other than that, service varies between OK and good. Entertainment poor. Checked in as a group rather than individually ( more campsite than 5*). Food OK if you like routine."
- Travel date: 15th March 2015
"There's seems to be no soul to the bar areas in the hotel/more like an airport lounge with people cutting through the middle in bikinis and the men in skimpy 'speedos'leaving nothing to the imagination and embarrassing for the people who expect a better dress code in a 5* hotel.One side of the bar area is a strip of shops and people thronging back and forth/a little background music would not go amiss. The drinks on the whole are good but if you like a genuine Effes lager do not expect it from the pump as it truly awful and warm. The hotel and staff are faultless pleasant and hardworking. There are far too many choices of dishes in the restaurant and a few less of better quality would be better/no fresh greens and REHYDRATE chicken in the Chinese food and kebabs in the week we were there. Expected better after reading the reviews but prefer the Liberty Hotel next door."
- Travel date: 18th July 2014
Loved this Hotel
"Just returned from two amazing weeks at the Baia Lara, the best hotel I ever stayed in abroad, yes I know compared to 5* UK hotels it doesnât meet the same standard as say the Langham or County Hall, I have stayed at both, but for a hotel outside the UKâ¦....outstanding, in 20 years of twice a year holidays we have never returned to the same hotel but I would go back to Baia Lara tomorrow. We overlapped the spring and summer seasons, one week before the 1st May, the entertainment was okay but no big glitzy shows, but I think the same would apply in any hotel out of season. The Biais Ultra all inclusive means that you can drink (and eat) 24 hours a day! Rooms are spacious and very comfortable, if you want a double instead of twins push the beds together and they will make up as a double when they do the room. Bathroom has a hairdryer, plenty of toiletries, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner hand and body lotion and soap so donât bother taking any. Towels changed daily. You also get a dressing gown and slippers. Free air con which is individually programmed. The mini bar in the room stocked daily with 3 Â½ Ltrs water, 3 cans of very good local Efus beer, 2 bottles each coke and Fanta and 2 cartons of fruit juice, all free! Tea and coffee making facilities in the room. TV with international channels including 4 free movie channels. The hotel is spacious and modern, all bars serve local beer, spirits (some international see bar menu) and cocktails, beware tequila slammers!!!! The Biais Ultra all inclusive means that you can drink (and eat) 24 hours a day! Outside there are 5 pools, one heated off season outside which is adults only in high season, one heated inside, one large main pool, one with lane markings for serious swimming, one smaller quieter pool near the white bar. All are 1.4mt deep. Pool towels supplied free. 3 outside bars (2 off season) for water (help yourself bottles) alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks. In summer the White Bar also serves food and afternoon tea and cakes. There is a childrenâs club we didnât need it but for families with very small children there is a shallow pool with sunbeds for parents around it so that you can relax a bit as itâs all enclosed so no lost children. The kids club looked lively in week two (high season) with entertainment for the kids including a live band who then let them play instruments, torcher for the rest of us but they seemed to have a good time! The play area also had a soft play area and various toys seesaws etc. the beach is at the back of the hotel and has sunbeds and a jetty also with sunbeds, course sand and the sea gets deep fairly quickly. Food was amazing we did not use the speciality restaurants because we enjoyed the main dining room food so much, there are 4 Asian, Mexican, an Italian and Fish all requiring a 10euro fee. The main restaurant had such a variety I defy anyone not to find something to eat, there were so many choices at breakfast lunch and dinner. In the evening dinner was themed, International, Italian, Turkish, Asian, Mexican, canât remember the other two, but each evening you are greeted by someone in costume offering appetizers at the door, the variety of different foods is better than I have seen anywhere and even though we stayed 2 weeks the dishes were not repeated, some were of course but there was always some variety. Water wine with lunch and dinner red or white unlimited. I must mention that freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast was also free but you have to squeeze it yourself. There is also an outside snack area serving fresh Pizza, chicken, salad, kebabsâ¦â¦â¦donna, real meat not that stuff they serve here delicious! Burgers, Turkish snacks, ice cream and lots of other choices that I forget because we didnât eat them! Gym and Spa, didnât use them but they looked good modern equipment and treatments including those fish that clean dead skin off your feet. Bowling alley 5 euro each, great fun unless youâre drunk, Rene and tomas lol!!!! Not much outside the hotel but worth going out to get trips much cheaper than the rep offers and a bit more variety too. All in all a fantastic holiday in a fabulous resort, would I recommend itâ¦â¦ yes! I canât wait to go back. "
- Travel date: 6th May 2012
"We stayed 1 week at this hotel at the end of November. From the minute you step through the door ,you know you've made a good choice!!! Reception staff were pleasant and efficient,and check in went smoothly. Our room (7039) was on the 7th floor(top) with a lovely big balcony ,looking towards the Kervansary hotel , the sea and mountains!!!! The room was clean and nicely furnished with tea/coffee making facilities ,a well stocked mini bar and a free safe, we had a single bed and a super king size ,we could have slept 3 with ease!!!! The restaurant was nice with lots of outdoor seating, a well organised buffet, the food was plentiful with lots of choice and all well cooked and presented!!! The snack bar also had lots of seating, still with a good choice but less than the restaurant. The beach bar was a lovely place to while away the hours and enjoy the sun and fabulous views. All the staff were friendly and helpful and couldn't do enough for you, the aim at this hotel is to make sure the guests are looked after and enjoying themselves and it shows!! The attention to detail is paramount all through the hotel . If I had one gripe it would be that the entertainment was held in the Lush lobby bar and it's not really suitable,the stage is minute, so the acts perform on the floor and unless you sit on one of the few tables right at the front you can't see, people were standing on the stairs to get a view. They do have a proper room in the meeting halls but choose not to use it!!! We had a fabulous week and would return in a heartbeat!!!!!"
- Travel date: 5th December 2010
It was great!
"IN One word. (Or two ..) it was excellent! 8) The Club Is new, beautiful, luxurious, looks exactly like the pictures on their Web site. Lara Beach is located next to Royal Wings. Staff very courteous. Audience mainly Russians (50%) 20% of Israelis, and the rest of European countries. Very beautiful lobby equipped with comfortable leather sofas, all designed on the basis of a clock and a huge white wall itself as the basis for a user. Serve cold lemonade. Hotel had 3 pools, one just huge, with two peripheral bridges over it, just fun fun, and sail the sea mattress to sleep on you vast. Also at the poolside lawns, sitting areas, flower Weber. There are three slides Nice, mini park for children with a small pool slides and swings. Around the pool has a fair amount of tanning beds with comfortable mattresses and beautiful canvas awning obscuring the sun. Well maintained and clean beach just next to the hotel. There's a lot of sun beds and thin wood which is just above sea level (which for some reason forgot to put where parasols) Variety of tasty food and about 5 meals a day. Free drinks including acute. In addition to the 5 meals have buffets by the pool every day from 12 until 5 pm. Bmznonim wide variety of food: pastas, salads, fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, fruit, ice cream and of course Belgian Waffle & Pancake. without limitation, no queues filling up all the time. Every evening we had a great show.. The room itself pleasant and luxurious, great AC, LCD 32 # You should ask for a room with sea view and a balcony. Available room in 2 evacuation in 12, but you can stay in the pool and eat and drink free until your flight time."
- Travel date: 27th August 2009
"We've just got back from eight days of holiday at Baia Lara. The hotel looks great and is quite big. But we were very dissapointed about the behaviour of the staff; the receptionists (daytime shift) were exstremely rude, arrogant and did not quite understand Englisch. Also the waiters did not understand Englisch and must have never heard about etiquette; to say 'hello' , 'goodbye', thank you, a smile etc. For a 5 star hotel this should be a minimum requirement. The carpets in the hotel and in the room were very dirty; eventhough the hotel has just opened last june. The bathroom is very small and quit dirty. Overall the cleaning in the hotel needs much approvement. There wasn't much variation in food; every day 3 times a day the same food with one or two different dishes. Overall, in my opinion, this hotel is very much overrated."
- Travel date: 24th August 2009
"We stayed for almost one week in this hotel. Everything was great including the amenities, rooms, restaurants, cleanliness, etc. The staff were cooperating, special thanks to Mr. Onur & Mr. Serkan at the reception. Mr. Unal at the lobby bar was fantastic and really an asset of the hotel. The food was good and the management of the restaurants doing their best. The Jaccuzzi was only lukewarm, could be better if operated on hot water. There was no shampoo or body wash at the showers whcih was a bit of disappointment. The steam sauna and bio/Finnish sauna were satisfactory. The pools were absolutely clean and well maintained. The refrigerators at rooms were a little underdesigned, but good enough. The shower and the bathroom area was ample enough. Air conditioning worked fantastic. Entertainment programs could be better. Beware of the shoeshoner guy at the lobby! he will charge you more than 5 Euros for a two minute shoe shine job! Altogether we highly recommend this hotel to couples and families. In ourassessment, this is one of the best hotels in Lara, if not the best! Cheers!"
- Travel date: 17th August 2009
One of the best hotels so far
"This will have been our fifth vacation in Turkey and after 4 days at the Baia Lara hotel, I can fairly say that this has been the best hotel so far. The rooms are spacious although not huge. Very clean and new, equipped with LCD screens and numerous international stations. We had 2 rooms: one for the children and one for us. We had a problem with the balcony door where the frame came loose and another problem with the air conditioner which stopped working. Both problems were handled within 15 minutes of my call to the reception - which is impressive considering that the hotel was fully booked. We did notice that not all rooms have balconies which allow you can sit outside the room. On the balcony there are 2 chairs and a small clothes hanger for wet bathing suits. Food was great, lots of it and a very nice selection. If you arrive to the late breakfast, late lunch etc, then most of the interesting stuff will not be served (on the spot omelets, fried bread...). Main dining room is large and can always find empty tables even at "rush hour". Finding larger tables for groups could prove more difficult, although we were 9 persons total and always found a place to sit. many waiters and very friendly. We did find ourselves during "rush hour" waiting for them to clean tables or finish setting them up. During lunch the pool stands were open where there was also a great selection of food, especially for kids. If you are still hungry, at about 6PM you can get a sandwich with grilled fish or kebab, or just wait till 7 for dinner. We did not try the ala carte restaurants - there was no need to... Lots of drinks all around, hot, cold, alcoholic. Although the bartenders were friendly, it took the kids twice the time to return with drinks than for us. Lots of pools, you don't feel crowded at all. The indoor pools were fairly empty. Poolside was very clean. Several ping pong tables. Not always simple to get chairs in the shades for a group. Slides are great. No need to wait to slide down. There are poolside activities but we did not participate. The beach is a short waking distance. Also clean and nice. You can ski, paraglide and do other watersports activities for an extra fee. Tennis courts, tennis rackets and balls are free as long as you don't play at night. They charge an extra fee for the lights. The courts are made up of some hard rubber which was a first for me. Every evening at 21:30 there is a show. One evening there was an acrobatics show, the next a breakdance and hiphop show. Both were good and entertaining. There is a nice private cinema which shows at 21:00. Movies are up to date. There is a nice but noisy electronic game room which costs money to play. 2 Bowling alleys and 3 pool tables (which were not expensive). There is free broadband wireless internet at all the public places. Airport is about 30 minutes drive. Antalya, is about 45 minutes ride on the local bus. Definitely recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: 17th August 2009
Fantastic Hotel - Worth 5*s Anyday
"Stayed with my partner & 2 young children. Been to Lara Beach on several occasions now and a great fan of the Hotels on this stretch. The Baia Lara was only opened 5 weeks prior to our arrival so a little apprehensive. This was alleviated immediately upon arrival, beautiful hotel in lovely surroundings. Exactly how 5 * should be, with great choice of food & drink, both main restaurants and al a cartes having extensive choices. You do pay 10 euro per person to eat al a carte however well worth been waited on! Hotel as expected is Pristine with Lovely accomodation. Not a lot of English, in fact we were the only ones staying in the hotel however this doesn't bother us at all. Would definately go back again!!!!"
- Travel date: 13th August 2009
Great Hotel- Would return
"Having just returned from the Baia Lara I am already looking to book again next year. The staff were so welcoming and were wonderful with my children. The hotel had everything you could possibly want...daytime entertainment if you wanted it, the beach was a few yards away where you could pay for paragliding, jet skiing etc, the main pool, although it never felt busy, plus smaller pools..which were very quiet. I would say that that the childrens pool was very small, but our little ones had swim jackets so the big pool was fine for us. Evening entertainment started with the mini disco, followed by the adult show..then often they had entertainment at the beach bar. On site they had a games room, which was great, and the man that runs it was brilliant, it incuding pool tables as well as two lanes of ten pin bowling. The staff were brilliant, they made you feel very welcome and got to know you personally, on many occasions when they saw you coming the drinks were already waiting for you. I would like to make a special mention to Mehmet, Ali in the restaurant and Ali in the Lush Bar as well as Cigdem in the Lush bar. They were great. A couple of pointers I would say are, don't always expect a balcony, there are certain floors that don't have them, one of our rooms didn't, which for me was ok as I had little children and would of been more worried. Also there is a shop off site, which is only a 5min walk if that which is cheaper than the one on site. Off site they charge in Lira on site in Euros. Walk off site for the better option. I am already looking to book again as I loved it. The negatives...which are very minor are far out weighed by the positives. Go for it you won't be dissapointed. If you would like any more information then please let me know"
- Travel date: 10th August 2009
Excellent brand new hotel
"It is fantastic, don't think twice. The service was great, the rooms where clean and had LCD TV's, the location was far from Antalya, but you don't need to go anywhere out of the hotel. I liked the Turkish bath and massage rooms and the long open buffet."
- Travel date: 7th August 2009
Good value for money
"Baia Lara We have been at Baia Lara in July. This is a good hotel where we had an estimate holiday.The hotel has a large outdoor area, there is plenty of space and you dont have to get up early in the morning to get a sunchair.This is a newly started hotel and the service is in top, and it is said that the quality will be even better next year. However, one should be aware of ,when booking a room that it is with balcony and not just a French altan.If you are going to a ala carte restaurant you will have to pay 10 euros per person, and the food will be very rich.A good hotel ,with good pool area, lovely beach, good food and good service from the staff."
- Travel date: 7th August 2009
Top traveller tips for Baia Lara Hotel
"don't go if you are not a smoker. Avoid rooms overlooking the lobby bar entrance"
"A stricter dress code in the hotel common areas/I dont want to sit in the bar looking at adults in various states of undress"
Baia Lara Hotel is also called
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