16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very bad stomach from food
"Suspect food poisoning after food tasted stingy. Have been here many times but this time very ill. So sadly would not recommend this Hotel. All else about the hotel good and I have been here 9 times. NEVER had an issue but now that there is an issue Hotel could not care less"
- Travel date: Tue 1st of January 2019
Again and again
"I have been 6th times to Limak Lara Resort and every time some thing new was added to their service.This year all the standard rooms were renovated and easily we loved to stay.
the food was for our taste and staff were doing their best to keep their customers happy.
See you in summer."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of March 2015
a half term break
"we have just come back from this hotel. At first we found the size a bit daunting and kept getting lost. By the end of the week we managed to get to the beach without getting lost. The food was good for buffet food. We stayed in room 2014 which was large and a very good position. some of the reception staff were a bit surly but the guest relations woman was very helpful. We also tried the different restaurants which were good. The entertainment staff were very friendly and spoke good english. We think the problem was the lack of spoken english by the staff. On the whole a very good holiday.
- Travel date: Thu 1st of November 2012
A 5* Japanese style hotel, lovely!
"Hotel bigger than we normally stay in but lovely, Japanese styled! Staff pleasant, friendly & helpful & animation team worked hard to engage with everyone. Food plentiful with something for everyone & a room to die for! Spacious with 2 rooms, bathroom & additional toilet, 3 beds in all & sofa, 2 tellys 1 an LCD & best of all a large jacuzzi in our bedroom, well used & enjoyed I can tell you :0) We were amongst lots of European holidaymakers but that was ok as we managed to interact with many lovely families there, especially an Iranian young girl & her family. Additional activities being set up now for the upcoming busier periods with lots of watersports available. Only drawback was drinks limited to local & some had to paid for, whereas Voyage Belek included all branded drinks too :0D
Weather great for the time of the year with both of us getting a lovely tan in just a week. A hotel & area I would definitely visit again & recommend to others too! Worth giving it a go, definitely good value for money!"
- Travel date: Wed 30th of March 2011
"We visited this hotel, Mar 3/10th. From the minute we stepped through the entrance we knew we had made a good choice!!! The whole hotel is spotlessly clean. Our room was large with a large double and a single bed,flat screen t.v. and a walk in wardrobe, The bathroom was spacious with bathrobes to use plus shower gel ,shampoo & conditioner and hand soap, there was a free minibar and free safe. We had a lovely view down to the sea one side and the snow capped mountains on the other.
The food in the restaurant was amazing,with so much choice ,everything was well cooked and there was lots of fresh veg and fruit, for the less adventurous there was always chips and wedges, the bread was the best we've had anywhere and the cakes to die for.
The grounds are well kept and a pleasure to wander round,the seating area over the beach a popular spot to relax and enjoy the wonderful Turkish weather.
All the staff were pleasant and attentive,we were served drinks the minute we sat down in the restaurant, after the first visit,they remembered we were English and spoke to us in English,we had a laugh and joke with most of them over our weeks stay. We loved the" Oasis bar" a good spot to relax and catch up with new friends. The entertainment was low key,but they all worked their socks off to entertain us,they all spoke whenever you passed them and were all very nice people. Our one regret, we didn't book 2 weeks. We would visit again without a doubt."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of March 2010
In the cold light of day.......
"We returned from a week in the Limak Lara Hotel on the 8th March 2010.
All was well on arrival but once in the cold light of day it was not quite as it seemed.
Ok so Turkey is the place to Holiday when you are German and Lara Beach is one of their favourite destinations, so it is all geared up for them.
The room was large with a nice walk in wardrobe and a large bathroom with Bath and Shower above. We had a King bed and a Single plus a sofa and chair. The cleaning of the room was non-existent â please see pictures . Despite mentioning this nothing was done. The dead bugs were not a nice decorative feature. Plus the women did not know how to use a Hoover, there were leaves on the floor, plus to see if she would notice I even put a biscuit on the floor, but no it was still there after she had âcleanedâ and the next day it ended up under the dressing table. We could barely see through the patio doors for the hand smears and the balcony, when it was cleaned, was washed over with dirty water and left to dry. Also if you require a kettle do not get fobbed off by reception and charged 50 Euro deposit. We paid 20 Euros despite Stephanie our TC rep stating it would only be 10 Euros?!
On to the Main Buffet Restaurant, there was a large selection and we never did go hungry but putting together a âproperâ meal wasnât very easy, and we are not fussy eaters. I just donât like the cold vegetables in sour mayonnaise that they seemed to have everywhere. But there was always the failsafe pizza and chips or pasta if you are really fussy. The Dessert selection was very nice, and there was also a choice of 2 soups for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was by far our favourite meal from fresh Omelettes and eggs, to cereals, jams and breads. Just remember it is a Muslim country so no Bacon or real Sausages! The main gripe we had with the buffet restaurant for Lunch and Dinner was the lack of service, we were never offered a drink, we always had to ask, or go up to a waiter and ask. This begins to grate a little when you see that all the Germans are being given top service and even had their drinks ready for them as they entered the Restaurants. I understand they tip as they go along but, when we receive good service we tip. I do not believe in tipping to receive good service.
Turkish Restaurant. Wasnât overly impressed again through Service. We had to wait over an hour for our main course when everyone else on that same sitting had been served and was almost finished their desserts. Food was ok, but not fantastic as we would have expected. The Turkish meal we had in Side the other year was by far better quality.
Italian Restaurant. This was AMAZING. It was like actually eating in Italy. The food was gorgeous. I had the Steak and my FiancÃ© had the Lamb and they both just melted in your mouth as did the pasta. If we could have ate there every night we would of, worth every penny of the 9 Euro PP cover charge. Service was also 2nd to none it was nice to actually be asked questions and feel like you are on holiday instead of unwelcome and in the way.
We had a fabulous couples massage in the Spa, well worth the 80 Euros for an hour for 2. Indoor pool was nice but it was usually very cold, which was disappointing. Also we had to keep asking for the slide to be put on and each time we did it was like asking for the moon. Come on we are on holiday, please can we have some fun? As soon as it was put on people would just appear like they have been waiting for ages so it wasnât like there was no demand for it. The steam room was good as was the Sauna & Turkish bath.
Outside there was, as you can imagine for this time of year, lots of work going on but nothing too bad, that would actually put you off catching some sunshine & there was always plenty of sunbeds. Also if you were lucky the man with the drink trolley may come round to you and serve you drinks right to your sunbeds which was a very nice touch, and unexpected in Winter Season.
We walked along the beach a couple of times which was pleasant put as there is a lot of construction happening along the strip, the beach was littered with rubbish, so it is not as clean as you may have imaged. There was also a number of Jelly Fish along the beach?!
We visited Mardan Palace Hotel (the only 7 star hotel in Europe, I believe) one day and were also a little disappointed although it is Beautiful and huge, the rooms are a little small. You do not get to see very much on the organised tour except the rooms, pool and main reception. Also the little Zoo is a little upsetting as the animals are kept in such small spaces; it was not nice to see.
On the positive side after speaking to a few other couples, it seems or Cleaning Issues were just isolated to our floor (we stayed in room 1120) as the floor above said there rooms were spotlessly clean and they even received towel art and flowers from their cleaner. We didnât pay very much for our little winter break but cleanliness to a certain level I do expect.
- Travel date: Tue 9th of March 2010
honest review from scottish family
"stayed from 8th july for 14 nights in limak lara hotel in lara beach with my wife and two kids aged 11 and 9. We stayed at the Delphin Palace last july which is two hotels along the beach and loved it because of the standard of hotel. We chose the limak because the family suites in their website looked so good and we were not dissapointed. They are massive with two bathrooms with large showers and a jacuzzi bath.The room is like two large bedrooms put together and you also have a sliding door between the main bedroom and the large living area were the kids slept for some privacy.We were on the ground floor which i would recommend to request as you walked out to a decked area and a small lazy river of knee high water whick the kids loved to paddle in, which then led out to some more decked area and large swimming pool whick was shared with the other family suites. The hotel itself is great,food in the main buffet resturant was varied ,hot and tasty,the service can be a little slow but you are on holiday and whats the rush. Six a la carte resturants which the Indian,Turkish,Italian are free and you pay 7 euros per person for the fish,Mexican and Thai/sushi.We went to them all apart from the fish.Mex,thai and indian were superb. We went to the Italian twice Food was great but service was poor both times but i think we were a but unlucky as they forgot to order my main one time and then the second time the kids pizza did not come until we finished our main. They have a free pool towel service which is not listed in brochure. If you like to mix with other british people on holiday then this is not for you. I liked the fact that we were one of two british familys there and we mixed with guests from Holland,Belguim,Turkish by participating with the amination team in their activities. Again like most reviews Lara has little outside the hotels apart from a few shopping centres but there is enough to do in the hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2007
Nice, but there is a place for improvment
"5* facilities, 4* star food and 3* service, but definitly value for money and great holiday.
We had great holiday, hotel and surounding area were amaizing, the only problem was service in the restaurant. Staff in the restaurant just did not care. I have asked the waiter for the high chair and he said no and pointed tha chair to me.
Service was non existant, but later on I have found out because so many jobs around waiters are in position not to care.
Food was average, tasty, but too simple and average.
Overall, it was great holiday, who cares about service on holiday, but I had to point bad service and average food.
We even had a private swiming pool that we shared with another 20 rooms and jacuzi and plazma tv in the room."
- Travel date: Wed 18th of July 2007
"I just returned from Limak on Monday, 16th.
It is a really nice hotel, beautiful layout, clean, wonderful pools, nice sandy beach, clean ocean water, a nice experience in all.
Pros: the hotel itself is new and well designed,
the buffet food was really good (much better than I expected at an all inclusive resort), varied, all around pleasing. They really made an effort and had really nice displays, puimpkin and water melon carvings, eye pleasing displays etc. The restaurants are very nice, great views and clean. The service at the dining places is v good. There was food and drinks being served all day long!
The pools are immense. The biggest pool has the restaurants built above it, which provides a lot of shade for a during-the-day swim, which gives you and your kids a nice break from the sun.
There are various slides and small kiddy pools.
the rooms are nice and clean, albeit the first cracks are becoming visible..
One of the complaints, which turned out to be a pain for us: we had a family room, which was nice and spacious, BUT, the rooms had about 20 steps inside it, to get from the door to the living room and bedroom. Who would think of putting stairs in a family room?? It was a nightmare for us, as we have a one-year old who thinks stairs are the best thing after milk!!
Another thing: the service (front desk and cleaners, as well as floor supervisors) are not the best. It took them 8 hours to bring a baby cot in our room!!! Every time we called, they said it would arrive in 5 mins! They really didnt care... Also, the tall, dark long hair girl in reception was not so friendly, and we got in an argument over the fact that they didnt like to give more than 2 room cards to a party of 5!!! And the card keys kept becoming inactive!
Last but not least: make sure you have health insurance before you go. The doctor takes 60 Euros for one check-up. They charged us 110Euros to treat a swollen bug bite!! The nurse was not very nice either.
All in all it was a very pleasant vacation, and I am thinking about going back, and booking connecting rooms this time!"
- Travel date: Mon 16th of July 2007
Very classy hotel
"Stayed here with 3 other couples in June 2007. The weather was amazing, we couldn't be bothered to wait for the coach transfer so took a taxi, just Â£10, or 15euros for 4 people and only 10 mins. So, the hotel. Its amazing, a huge sprawling complex. The a la carte restraurants were fabulous, especially the mexican which we went to twice. The other 3 couples had standard rooms and these were great, spacious and very clean. We upgraded to a king suite and this cost 80 euros per night but was well worth it. There was ahuge sepaerate lounge, a huge bedroom, a jacuzzi in the bedroom, 2 bathrooms and 2 balconies! The 24 hr all inclusive was excellent and the nightclub was also all inclusive. The flumes and kids activties were great fun, the beach and jetty great, the ice cream was gorgeous and entertainment great. Really enjoyed our stay there.
Problems: Nothing seriuos but some minor niggles that di not really effect our holiday but others may find them more annoying.
The hotel was always hot, the reception was unbearable. The first upgrade suite they gave us just had a jacuzzi bath in and was not the suite we ordered so i think they try it on a bit, we complained and were moved the next day and not charged for the night. The drinks were watered down, most of the staff were rude, the disco music was awful, the same songs repeated and not appealing to the tourists just the animation crew and the dj (the turkish) If you're ordering a drink they will stop half way through to serve the turkish. The bowling/pool table/internet/snooker staff were very abrubt, and it all closes at midnight. Do not play snooker, the table is not bad, the pockets are just too small for the balls. (i play snooker at home so this is not the workman blaming the tools!!) Some of ther restaurants have a surcharge, only 7 euros each, but not in the thomas cook brochure or their website. The russians were all rude. Check the air con works and go to reception and don't move until someone fixes it, they didn't bother with a friends despite him complaining, by phone, 3 times. The airport has a vip lounge called the cip lounge! this can be sat in even when it is closed, we paid just 4 euros each and we were th only ones up there. All iin all a great holiday and hotel and would recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007
A theft in our holiday,
"My family and I stayet at the limak lara hotel, on june 10-14, at room number 2215.
We have received an excellent service,enjoyed the entertainment as well as the general agenda of your hotel.
We are very satisfied, pleased with our stay and gratful for such a great vacation.
Naturall., we will highly recommed it to our friends and relatives.
However, after we got home i discovered that a large number of our clothes are missing.
We have already send for this hotel some request to check this case, but nobody return us with any answer.
we very disappointed evasion."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of July 2007
Has potential but a way to go yet!
"We stayed at the Limak Lara in for 2 weeks in June.
After an uneventful flight and straightforward transfer, we arrived at the hotel in the early hours of the morning.
Check-in was straightforward and the porter escorted us to our room.
By good fortune, we had been upgraded to a family room (had booked a standard room).
The family room comprises of a lounge, shower room with sink and toilet, bedroom with Jacuzzi & sink and ensuite toilet.
As the hotel is only a year old, the overall styling is slick, contemporary and stylish although the âcracksâ are starting to show a little (seal around bath coming away, marks on walls not covered etc).
Most of the guests are Dutch, Russian, German but all are happy to speak English. There are very few from the UK.
This review will be quite extensive, so I thought it best to break it down into sections, starting with the negative:
This is controlled centrally and we found it to be a problem, particularly in the room. At 2am it was switched off and very soon the room would heat up (even with the fan on) to quite unbearable temperatures. This would wake us up every night and weâd have an unsettled sleep until it was turned back on again at 7am.
In the common areas of the hotel, whilst it wasnât cool, it never felt too much of a problem.
Mini-bar restocking - This was restocked daily (please note, you get 2 bottles of water, 2 cartons of juice, 2 cans of fizzy drink and 2 beers). The person stocking would come at the same time daily (about 2pm). This created a problem for us as for most of our holiday, we tended to take a short nap around this time to get out of the sun at the most dangerous time) and therefore we were often missed out. In most good 5* hotels, they would note the regular pattern and return to restock at a different time in the day. Not at the Limak Lara. On numerous occasions we would phone down to Housekeeping and were told someone would be up shortly. Numerous times, we would chase, and chaseâ¦
This was very frustrating.
Bed sheets â Each beds are covered with duvets, which would be lovely, if the rooms were cool enough to warrant them! After a couple of hot, sleepless nights we phoned down to request some sheets (2 in total). After waiting an hour for them, we phoned again and had to explain again what we wanted (it became apparent that they didnât understand us originally). Eventually, ONE sheet arrived. We then had to send the maid back down, to get another one.
The following day, we returned to our clean room, and the sheets had been taken away. Aagghh!!!! We had to go through the same process all over again!!!
Lighting - Very poor. There were very few lights, just a couple of wall lights dotted around.
Poor blinds - The blinds in the bedroom were terrible and may as well not have been there. By 4:30am, it was very obviously daytime!!!
Steps â There are 2 types of family room. Fortunately, ours didnât have many steps inside, but our friends, who had the other type, had about 20 stairs from the bedroom into the lounge. With a small child and a toddler, this was a nightmare.
Health & safety:
Lifts â The delay on the doors was too short and we saw numerous accidents where people got trapped as the lift doors closed. This was particularly apparent when people struggled in with buggies. In a new hotel, one would expect that the lifts have sensors, which they didnât.
Stairs â Not only were there about 15 stairs up to the family rooms, they were exposed brick (not carpet covered). This was dangerous and difficult (struggling with a buggy up and down). In addition, the family rooms also have steps leading down to a private central pool. There is no door at the top of the steps and it would be very easy to fall down the stairs (of which there are about 50).
Doors in corridors â The fire doors on the corridors are heavy iron doors which slam shut. More than once, our daughter nearly trapped her fingers in the doors â and we are very careful parents!
Overall the service across the hotel is reflective of the level of English spoken. For example, if youâre in a restaurant, you tend to get better service from those waiters whoâs English was good. Even asking for a diet coke was a challenge sometimes!! It often took 20 minutes to get a menu in the restaurant and trying to explain that I only wanted a very small portion of ice cream for my daughter was impossible!!
We ate in the main international restaurant which was very good, huge and varied. It was buffet style and had a rolling programme of specialist evenings.
In addition, we also went to all the a la carte restaurants (Indian, thai & sushi; Mexican; Turkish, fish and Italian). On the whole, they were very good. To make you aware, you pay a supplement of 7 euros pp for fish, Mexican and Thai/sushi restaurant).
Drago Mini club:
Our 3 year old daughter spent most of her day in the mini club which was superb. Itâs well stocked with equipment (including swings, sldes, climbing frames. They do daily activities such as painting, making things eg masks etc. and do sports games, in and out of the water which are very inclusive (no matter what age the kids are). There are 4-5 staff there who are all lovely, in particular I have to mention Ayca and Ilkemur who my daughter absolutely adored.
V good and professional. Mini disco was lovely (run by mini club staff) and our daughter had great fun.
The shows were on the whole very good. With a few exceptions, they were very slick and professional. Definitely worth going to!!
The hotel, and its grounds are beautiful. The facilities are fantastic and the majority of the negative points above are resolvable given the right attention and this review will be sent to the hotel manager. Unfortunately, unless more of the UK tour operators use this hotel, the hotel will remain with very few British guests. Whilst this is fine for my husband and I, itâs not so great for our daughter as she likes to make friends, which is obviously difficult with a language barrier. We would therefore not return."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of June 2007