Concorde De Luxe Resort
21 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Worst hotel Iv stayed in
"The hotel was awful very rude receptionist. House keepers stole stuff from our room not only from us but from other guests staying in the hotel as well. Everything we wanted we had to get charged the jacuzzi we had to pay for it the restaurants the games. The food buffet wasn't that good either."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of January 2019
Our great holiday
"We would recommend this hotel for couples and family's. The hotel Concorde de lux is just beautiful in everyway. It is kept very clean at all times. The gardens are kept lovely and always been attended to. The staff are all lovely, always smiling and can not do enough for you. From the waiters in the restaurant to the waiters in the bars There are several restaurants to choose from and all the food is great and the presentation is brilliant.. Also the cleaners our room was always cleaned every day, they were excellent and immaculate at all times. We had entertainment every night and the entertainment team worked very hard. The hotel is 5 minutes walk through the gardens to the lovely beach. There are several pools including an indoor pool and spa. There are lots of shops just outside the hotel, but no English pubs. Which we did not mind at all as plenty to do in the hotel it self. It even has its own night club. The hotel has got a few shops inside the hotel and an hairdressers. We even went to Antalya city centre for the day on the public bus which only cost 15 lira for the both of us. Bargain. We have been twice to this hotel in the last few months, and booked to go again in March. Would highly recommend it to family and friends. "
- Travel date: Tue 24th of January 2017
"From the moment we arrived till the day we departed,it was great. The service was excellant, food choice superb,ideal for kids for security reasons."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of April 2011
As good as it gets for the money - detailed review
"We were six adult friends and family staying at the Concorde for 9 or 16 nights from 2nd January, 2011. Given that this was my 51st hotel stay and 25th hotel in the Antalya region of Turkey, this review contains the type of detail that differentiates the Concorde from the other five-star hotels on this coast as well as, hopefully, being a guide for Turkish hotel 'nubies'.
Lara Beach, formerly known by the nearby settlements of Kundu or Aksu, is a coastal strip of two dozen or so hotels on the beach around 10 miles East of the historic centre of Antalya. A four-lane carriageway connects Lara Beach directly to the airport. On the other side of the road to the hotels are Soviet-style complexes of apartment blocks sitting mostly unoccupied. The ground floors of the blocks near the road consist of the the usual Turkish tourist mix of shops selling fake designer goods, leather wear and jewellery along with hairdressers, massage joints and the odd pharmacy and convenience store. There is a shopping mall selling the real articles but at prices higher than in the UK. There are no restaurants or bars in Lara Beach because all the hotels are all-inclusive. It is therefore best to think of Lara as a strip of hotels, a few tourist shops and nothing else.
With the inevitable competition between so many large, new hotels eager to establish themselves at the same time, Lara Beach offers a higher concentration of quality hotels than anywhere in Europe. For now at least, if all you are looking for is a top-quality hotel on the beach for less than UK B&B rates, Lara Beach is the place to be. The extra hour in the air compared to other Mediterranean destinations pays luxurious dividends.
The airport is around 10 minutes by taxi and the fare is either 50 Lira fixed or around 40 Lira on the meter. For two or more people, a taxi will usually be faster and cheaper than any pre-booked transfer.
Antalya centre is easily reachable (4 Euros return on the hotel's minibus daily at 10 a.m, 4pm back from Antalya) and no trip would be complete without exploring Kaleici, the old sector of Antalya behind the harbour, and a tram ride to Antalya museum (end of the line going West).
There are also numerous historical sites within 30 minutes car drive and if you come early in Summer, there is the fabulous opera season held in the restored Roman amphitheatre at Aspendos.
The design of the Concorde is brilliant despite, or even because of, the somewhat off-putting Concorde theme. The shape of the hotel is of a long fuselage leading to two broad-swept wings. On the entrance floor ('0'), an aisle extends from the revolving entrance doors in full-height atrium lobby all the way to the 'nose section' of the glass-enclosed 'Vista' bar nearest the sea. Along the way are scenic elevators, modern sculptures, abstract art, comfortable places to sit as well as the coffee bar and three a la carte restaurants. The effect is as dramatic and visually stunning as it is easy to navigate.
Rooms & Locations
Out of 60 standard rooms on each floor, 50 have a sea-view or side-sea view. Only the remaining 10 are on the 'rear' of the wings facing the road. The two Royal and four King suites are all in the nose section facing, and closest to, the sea. The family (2 bedroom) and junior (1 bedroom) suites are at the ends of the wings furthest away from the sea facing either the sea or the road.
The rooms on the 7th floor are in the roof and all have smaller balconies with a semi-circular restricted opening. Sixteen of these around the middle of the hotel (eight on each side) have a mezzanine floor providing a sleeping area and extra shower room - these are the 'duplex' rooms. The footprint of the duplexes however remains the same as a standard room and may be a questionable upgrade above a junior suite with a considerably larger footprint and full-size balcony.
The standard rooms vary in size and shape slightly depending upon where they are on the curve of the hotel but are a fairly typical modern hotel design with a wardrobe (10 hangers, 3 drawers, shelves and included safe) opposite the bathroom (shower over the bath, toilet, washbasin, hairdryer, usual toiletries, large mirror but no separate shaving mirror) at the entrance, leading to a sleeping area with kingsize or twin beds, 20" LCD TV, minibar (2 beers, water, cola, three small cartons of juice), wired internet point (bring an ethernet cable), small glass table and either one or two armchairs depending upon the size of the room. One unusual feature is the window in the bathroom to the sleeping area found in some but not all rooms. There is a curtain for privacy. Outside the balconies are spacious (except on the 7th floor) and equipped with two chairs and a small table.
In common with most Turkish hotels, there are no tea and coffee making facilities. If you take your own, milk is available in small jugs at breakfast but keep your travel kettle hidden! Note also that the walls between rooms well not well sound-insulated and it was easy to hear conversations in the neighbouring room. You may wish to bring ear plugs just in case you happen to be put next to a large family. Fluffy white bath robes are available upon request as are a choice of six different pillows (all synthetic) from the pillow menu provided. There is a control for air-conditioning (Summer) or heating (Winter) but I didn't feel the need to use mine (in January). Overall my standard room was well furnished, decorated and serviced and had the feel of a good quality, spacious hotel room.
Sea view standard rooms command a small supplement which I believe is well worth paying although you may be fortunate, like us, to be given sea-view rooms by request without the supplement. Many other hotels routinely insist on an extra charge to be paid at reception in order to upgrade to a sea view, regardless of how empty the hotel happens to be. Therefore to be given sea-view rooms without supplement was very much appreciated.
Finally, the Limak Lara hotel, immediately to the East, is very close and therefore restricts the views of the rooms on the East side. If you have a choice of sea-view room, those on the West (right or starboard) side have the best views and more open outlook over the hotel grounds and main swimming pools towards the sea. The roadside rooms have an unrestricted view of the road and ugly apartment blocks!
Food & Dining
The main buffet restaurant is on the lowest floor ('G') occupying the nose section and encased in glass providing views through 180 degrees. There is an outside terrace where we ate most lunchtimes and some breakfasts. There was always a good choice of meat, fish, vegetables, salads and deserts and the daily themes in the evening helped provide variety.
Although otherwise excellent, I found the food overall too salty, especially some of the soups and lethally salty beetroot. This is not good for those who suffer from high blood pressure and I hope that the hotel will take note.
The really big news is that this is the first Turkish hotel I have encountered that actually has soup spoons! All the others have provided desert spoons for soup. Unfortunately, in the main restaurant the soup spoons are mixed with desert spoons at the soup station and are in a tiny minority. The Holiday Check version of this review was published while I was still at the hotel and one of the managers was keen to discuss this issue with me. I was impressed 1) that he had read my review and 2) that he remembered so much detail from it. It appears that Turkish hotels have adopted the modern American naming/use of cutlery and that a British desert spoon is thought of as a desert and soup spoon while a British soup spoon is referred to as a 'consume spoon'. My personal 12 year mystery was solved, though I still believe a round, deep-bowled spoon is the most practical for soup and this modern American naming/use is plain wrong.
Linen napkins are provided at dinner, at other meals they are sadly paper. Also the warmed plates were often cool or stone cold. This could and should be easily rectified.
As well as late breakfast (reduced selection for an hour after the main breakfast), there is also a late lunch (14:30-16:30) - again another first. Service was generally swift and efficient and we have never had to wait more than a minute after arrival for a glass of wine. Often we were greeted as we arrived at the table wherever we sat in the restaurant. This again is impressive. 'Midnight snack' comprising of soups, salads and several meat dishes, was available until 2:30 a.m. Again, more generous than I have found at any other hotel.
Cafe Mundo near the reception is open 10:00-midnight and offers a selection of sandwiches and scrumptious gÃ¢teaux, which many all-inclusive hotels charge extra for, along with deliciously alcoholic coffees. There is also a afternoon tea & cakes slot in the C-Class lounge on the mezzanine floor.
In the Winter, there are three a la carte restaurants and each may be attended once every seven days, unless there happens to be a spare table at close of reservations on the day before. Reservations are made by telephone or in person with Guest Relations 'stewardess' by reception. We have never experienced any difficulty in making a reservation and the guest relations staff have been very helpful indeed. Not all the a la carte restaurants are open every night and Vinario alternates between fish and steak restaurant, so in effect there are four a la carte restaurants in the Winter - unprecedented in my experience.
Many a la carte restaurants in all-inclusive hotels have a set menu rather than being truly a la carte, and increasingly carry a cover charge. I am pleased that the Concorde gets the (no cover charge) a la carte experience absolutely right: plenty of choice, superb service and presentation, quality ingredients, atmospheric lighting, tasteful background music, even soup-spoons!
To me, dining is the most critical part of staying at an all-inclusive hotel. This can be where corners are cut and the management choices impact most severely upon the enjoyment of our holidays. The Concorde a la carte restaurants simply excel. Everything about the experience feels like a very expensive, up-market restaurant and I cannot recommend a la carte dining at the Concorde enough.
A notice outside the main restaurant thanks guests for their "very chic participation". I think the hotel would like guests to dress up for dinner but there is no dress code other than not wearing shorts at dinner. I would be attracted to a hotel with a stricter dress code, like a cruise ship's, but I have no immediate expectation of this.
Finally, there is an excellent room service menu with breakfast, choice of sandwiches, salads and main courses including chicken and lamb. This was all available without extra charge between two a.m and seven a.m. - stunning!
A pianist plays in the Vista bar twice a week before dinner but otherwise the entertainment was a little low-brow: bingo, quiz night, and a keyboard/singer duo playing exactly the same international songs I heard on my first hotel visit to Turkey 12 years ago. I am not a fan of animation teams and I certainly feel that they should not be in-your-face or making a noisy racket in the only bar area open in the winter. The pianist with perhaps a violin accompaniment would have been less intrusive and in keeping with the quality of the hotel. Each to their own of course, but this was the only bar open in the evenings and there was no escape from the noise. I would like to see a 'quiet bar' as an escape for people who wish to talk, play cards etc.. Cafe Mundo near reception could readily be converted into a full bar could be the 24 hour bar instead of the Vista bar. Alternatively, the now redundant cigar bar, which is on the mezzanine level overlooking the main bar, could be enclosed to provide some sound insulation from the din beneath.
There was a daily advertised programme of activities run by the animation team. Two of our party once went for the water aerobics class but no instructor appeared. Otherwise we had no involvement in the organised programme or with the animation team.
There are two main pools but they were too cold for any sane person to swim in January. The 'Silence' pool is adults only while the main pool is the largest hotel pool I have ever seen.
Although not advertised as being open in the winter season, the pool bar opened weather-permitting, which for us was 14 out of 16 days. There was a limited range of drinks (beers, wines, soft drinks and coffees) but it was much appreciated.
The hotel's grounds are beautiful and beautifully kept. It was fascinating just to study the variety of plants and trees the like of which I have never seen before.
There are two fully-fenced tennis courts, mini soccer, mini-golf and a five-a-side pitch. There was also a water slide out of use for the Winter.
The beach is broad, sand and shingle and adequately equipped with loungers with mattresses. The hotel's pier was decommissioned for the Winter as was the beach bar although coffee was available from a machine in the security hut.
The Carpe Diem spa is huge, extensive and expensive. Prices are on par with other hotels in the area but I went across the road to Jutta's where a 45 minute massage was 15 Euros or 30 Lira and excellent.
The use of written English throughout the hotel was unusual and entertaining. It was usually possible to interpret the meaning but such mistakes were unexpected in a hotel of this size and quality.
All staff wore name badges, but the size of the font was a little too small to be able to read them discretely.
The Guest Relations stewardesses took a daily sample of opinions. This involved being asked almost on a daily basis for our room numbers while eating. We initially found this a little intrusive although once we knew the reason they were of immense help to us with a la carte reservations, bath robes etc...
We stayed 2nd-18th January (16 nights). We had four days when it was too cloudy to sunbathe and one day of showers, though it rained overnight once too. Otherwise, the sunshine was powerful and you could not wish it to be hotter to sit in the sun or eat outside. This being January, the days were on the short side and the best time of day to be outside was 10 a.m until around 4 pm. I lived in Antalya for four years and can confirm that we were lucky this time for January and that August is best avoided altogether!
1. The superb la carte dining experience (food, choice, service, presentation, lighting & music)
2. The view from my balcony including beautiful sunsets over the sea with mountains behind
3. Included extras (4 a la carte restaurants, beer in the minibar, bath robe, room service, range of cocktails)
4. Efficient, well-trained staff throughout but especially noticeable with at-table drinks
5. The Winter sunshine
1. No 'quiet' bar to escape the noisy entertainment in the main bar in Winter
2. Cold plates and excess salt in the main restaurant
The Concorde is a stunning, top-quality hotel that delivers more than expected in every department with the exception of evening entertainment in Winter. If you are considering booking then I think it is well worth the supplement for a guaranteed sea-view room and, if you ask nicely, you may get one on the preferred West side. Finally spend as much time in the a la carte restaurants as possible - they are superb by any standard.
We booked through Alpha Rooms at a nightly rate of Â£22.73 per double room for sole occupancy, all-inclusive. Rates rise considerably from this at other times of the year!
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- Travel date: Sat 22nd of January 2011
What a fantastic holiday we had here - t...
"What a fantastic holiday we had here - the best family holiday we have ever had and been on many! We had a 6yr old, 3 yr old and a 5 month old baby. From the moment we arrived the staff were great - very helpful in every way. Because we had a baby they did everything to accomodate us - including giving us a late checkout room for our late flight back. We were meant to be in a duplex room but were upgraded (out of luck) to a Junior Suite - it had a large living area with sofa/camp beds where we slept, and a massive bedroom with king size bed, separate dressing area where our 3 kids slept - and each room had its own bathroom. It was lovely.
The pools are great and the whole complex is kept spotlessly clean. The food we thought was excellent - such a range of different things all done to a high standard - even our 2 kids ate well. (assuming your not fussy and just looking for bangers and mash or pie and chips!). The beach just in front of the hotel is lovely - kept lovely - with a pier that has matresses etc for you to lie on and is lit up at night and used for entertaining some evenings with a disco/drinks etc.
Our mini bar was replenished daily and the snackbar for fast food was good between 12 - 4pm. And the entertainment is the best I have ever seen - they had mostly professional shows with actobats, dancers etc, some of which were amazing! Then they had pier party's, Garden party's, live music, firework displays etc....an extreme amount of effort was put into each evening..!! We were very impressed.
The service all round is brilliant- room service delivered within 30 mins every time... our air conditioning stopped working at one point so I rang reception and 5 mins later someone came and fixed it. Then one day the maid hadn't left enough sheets so I rang reception and b4 I had chance to put the phone down almost the maid was at the door with it..!!!
The only reason I haven't given this hotel a 10/10 is because they just need to provide 'self service' drinks. In the day its not a problem - but in the restaurant at night - unless you go at 7 - it is sometimes a little difficult to get a drink with your meal - but I'm being really picky here!
A great hotel, a great holiday - worthy of its 5 stars in terms of facilities, service, entertainment etc..if you are thinking of going - don't hesitate as you won't be disappointed."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of July 2008
omg what a wonderful place, we are a mid...
"omg what a wonderful place, we are a middle aged couple who have been to Turkey all inclusive on 12 occassions to 5 different Hotels this one definately lives up to its good reports and the plus side is its not too big only 404 rooms which means a more personal feel to the service, abundance of daytime games if thats what rocks your boat, i am more of a lay back and relax kind of gal and have just had 14 days of exactly that
the spa facilities are amazing and this would make a wonderful setting for a honeymoon
only wish i had booked to go again in september but already booked to go to Belek but will definatly be going back next year"
- Travel date: Sat 31st of May 2008
Great week at the Concorde
"I have just come back from a week at the Concorde and wish I was back there now! The whole holiday was great. Transfer from Antalya airport to Lara Beach was about 15 minutes. The area is still under development but basically comprises lots of large 5-star hotels along the beach. There are a couple of shopping centres but nothing really to lure you away from your all inclusive resort.
The hotel itself is quite large and inside it is immaculate but the outside was looking a little jaded. Check-in staff were very friendly and we were given a room on the 3rd floor at the front of the hotel. The room was spacious and very clean and had a minibar that was re-filled every day. The bathroom was great but for some reason there is a window between the bath and the bedroom which seemed a bit odd! There is a curtain to save your modesty though. There is no map of the hotel so we got a bit lost trying to find our way to the pool but soon got the hang of things. The pool area is lovely with 2 bars and lots of loungers. There was a large shaded area which i'm sure would be useful in summer. We didn't spend much time on the beach but it was well laid out and again very clean.
Food will not be a problem at this hotel. There is the main buffet, a lunch service by the pool and 4 a la carte restaurants. And if you're feeling really lazy you can even order room service at no extra charge. The only slight problem we had was trying to order drinks with dinner at the main buffet as the waiters were so busy.
We had a lovely time, the weather was fantastic. Would definitely recommend the hotel although I would say it was more of a 4 star than a 5 star."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of April 2008
Great Value Hotel
"We stayed at the concorde for a week in March and had a really good time. Check in was very quick,we were on the 2nd floor at the back of the plane which is the front of the hotel .Rooms were very clean and also very spacious. Couldnt quite work out why there was a full length window over the bath and shower into the bedroom, but there you go .The food was very good with a really good buffet choice, always something there for anybody. I would also recommend the Italian and the Fish a la carte restaurants, as we had a couple of really nice meals in them. The entertainment OK, most of it Turkish or Iranian (the hotel was full and 90%Iranian,embargos what embargos).Staff were always friendly and the entertainments team led by Speedy were excellent. We would definitely go again. One point to make is that not all the facilities are open untill April , so would not recommend for families in March"
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of April 2008
"We stayed at the concorde for a week in March, from our arrival to going home we had a great week. On check in ,our rooms were ready and the staff took the lugage up to the rooms,the rooms were clean and well furnished.we were on the 2nd floor at the front of the hotel ,the room was above the bar area and at night you could just hear the noise from it, but that did not bother us as we were in the bar till late at night. The food was fine and with a good choice, i would recommend the Italian restauarnt, as we had a couple of nice meals in it. The entertainment was a bit naff ,all very middle of the road and it all was in german,but we made friends and made our own entertainment(all above board).some of the waiting staff were a bit slow but if you asked for a drink before you had finished the one you were drinking you ,the timing was ok. We would definetly go again."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of March 2008
"One of the our guest stayed at the hotel last Agust. He was very important person for us because we were going to very important business meeting at the hotel.
Try to imagine Agust and almost 35-40 degree outside and they did not let us to hotel to see our customer without any explanations.
We waited for him and called him. He spoke to manager as well but answer was same noway.
So he came outside to see us he was saying us sorry we were saying sorry too.
And then we got across the road and we had meeting one of the small barrack near the taxi station.
Anyway Ä± did not stay at the hotel but maybe good hotel or service but Ä± think they dont know how show customer and customer's guest hospitality."
- Travel date: Thu 13th of March 2008
I went to this hotel in May 2007 with my...
"I went to this hotel in May 2007 with my boyfriend.
We usually like busy resorts with lots of clubs and bars; but this was amazing.
The hotel was very clean and all the staff very friendly and willing to do everything for you.
Can not fault the hotel or the staff at all.
The only problem we found with this holiday was that we were quite far away from the main resort of Antalya and all its bars and clubs."
- Travel date: Fri 25th of January 2008
Fantastic, relaxing stay at the Concorde
"My partner and I have just returned from a week's stay at the Concorde Hotel. We knew the weather would not probably be the best, but all we really needed was a chill, nice food and drink and luckily this is what we got.
The hotel was fantastic, very modern and our room was very spacious. We had a great sea view and even though the week's weather was pretty grim, on the first morning i was woken by a huge sunrise beaming down on my face! It was gorgeous.
Everyone you come across at the Concorde is exceptionally helpful and very very friendly. All staff seem to be multilingual. Actually puts us brits to shame when you go abroad and not only do your hosts speak your language, but you find out they also speak five others. The hotel is exceptionally clean! The staff are imaculate and there is never a dirty glass, napkin or piece of paper to be found anywhere.
The food was fantastic every day. There was such a wide variety in the buffet and there was something to suit everyone's tastes. I thought it was great. I had never stayed all inclusive before and was a bit apprehensive, but with it being a five star hotel I knew it had to be pretty good. There was hardly a chip to be found which suited me fine. The salad bar had such a selection to choose from and there were chefs freshly cooking up the day's specials.
There were so many cakes and desserts to choose from also. I have never eaten so much in my life. There are also several a la carte restaurants, but we only tried the Asiana - Japanese and the Da Vinci - Italian. To be honest we were not that impressed with the food there and would much rather have gone to the buffet!
The main bar we frequented was the Lobby Bar. This again was spotless and you could drink all day and night too if you chose. Waiters were so friendly and chatty and the service was excellent. There was entertainment every night, but to be honest this was a bit poor and mostly aimed at the mostly German visitors at the hotel. By the end of our stay I was so sick of hearing "Que Sera Sera"! Ha.
All in all we had a fantastic stay and the only down fall was that we had to vacate the room for 12.00pm when were not getting picked up until 1.30am the following day.
We would definitely go back. I would love to see the Concorde at it's best - when it is really hot. It must be fabulous. It has several pools and is right on the beach, but we never got the chance to sunbathe due to the weather.
Jacqui and Dave from Liverpool"
- Travel date: Sun 25th of November 2007