Ok so I stayed in this hotel in July 2010 It was me and a friend and we are 18 and I had mixed feelings when I read other reviews so here goes.
Location and Things to do:
Location was FAB. Beach opposite the hotel. Beach was nice, not sand though, very small stones which get everywhere but it was a lovely beach, very clean. Bed was 4 lira and umbrella was another 4 lira but cheap for the whole day. Very nice breeze on the beach.
Clubs were not far from hotel. Turn left outside hotel, walk down the road, then turn right onto the main road with shops. You can see the bus stop when you join the main road. Buses are every 15 mins so 8:00pm, 8:15pm etc and its the bus with all the writing in different colours in the left corner of the windscreen. Costs no more than 2 lira ask for centurm, but sometimes you didnt have to pay because it was so busy! The stop is hard to find but there is a statue on the right hand side of the road, get off there and walk right, you will find all the clubs,
Clubs were so much fun!! Go on the bar crawl with thomas cook, get loads of free drinks and they take you to the best places! Any drinks and alcoholice dribnks are VERY expensive! soft drinks are 6/7 lira for a small, shots are between 8-12 lira. very very expensive. So we bought vodka in a small bottle and put it in out bag, then mixed it with cokes we bought! You dont have to pay to get in the clubs which is good! Taxi from clubs to hotel was 9 lira, only use the yellow ones!
Water park about 5 min walk. Turn right outside hotel, then left, walk all the way down until you see a crossing. Turn left, walk all the way down then turn right, its next to a burger king! 15 lira for entry and a meal with drink, very good! sunbeds uncomfortable though!
Outside the hotel turn right then left, there are many restrants and shops along this way, keeping going and cross the road straight ahead, again more shops and restrants. If you keep going you will find BIM a supermarket, go there to buy crisps, coke, juice etc, so cheap! 1.45 lira compared to 3/4 lira in the little market shops!
Only bad point is that the transfer time from airport is 3 hours and flight times are at awful times, thats the only draw back but I heard that they are building an airport there soon.
Hotel and Staff:
Hotel itself is quite nice. I would give it 4 star for rooms, Always cleaned however the maid would never clean rubbish up unless it was in the bin! Towels changed every few days and bathroom was very clean. Air con was free which you really need to use as it gets very hot. There is a fridge in the room. They put drinks in it but you can take them out and put your own stuff in there, as long as you put the drinks back before you leave they do not mind and do not charge. Only annoying thing at night is sometimes the hotel opposite would have entertaiment til quiote late and if you wanted to get to sleep this was impossible because it was so loud!! Safety deposit box is 49 lira for 2 weeks and you have to give a 30 lira deposit which is annoying but you get it back. Swimming pool again 4 star. Small and gets busy now and then but it is always clean, beds are comfy, pool is nice and cool with an awesome pool slide!!
Women staffd were very polite and helpful, men staff were very rude!! Not that friendly because we are english. They much prefer germans! By the way they are everywhere, english are definatly rare in alanya and this hotel, so sometimes you feel left out and not as welcome. Germans in this hotel were VERY rude. save sunbeds but dont use them until the end of the day, push in line for food, they were a bad point to the holiday
Food not so great. I am not a fussy eater but it was odd food! You didnt no what most of it was and if it had a label it was mainly in german. As Alanya was mainly for germans it food was catered for germans. Breakfast was lots of breads, cheese and cold hams. They had butter and jams and had fruit. Tea coffee and they had about 3 types of juices which were so nice!! Hot food was always fried egg, pankcakes and ommlettes, some sort of potato (so chips wedges etc) boiled egg and some weird stuff that was horrible and i cant explain! Dinner was not that great. They had bread, cheese, ham, cold pastas and lots of salad. Hot food was always some rice, beef, chicken, somtimes potato, pasta, spag bog. Desert was watermelon, every other day ice cream and weird gloop and cake things. Any drinks are NOT included for dinner, you have to pay for drinks! This was annoying as thomas cook told us they were included, but they are not and they are very expensive! 7/8 lira!!
Trips and tour rep:
Our tour rep Shannon Smith was AMAZING! So helpful and honest. She told us everything about nightlife (buy alcohol in shop and put it in your bag when you go out and mix) , the shops, the water park (they did a trip back to antalya so 3 hours away for £40, she just told us the one local and that was £15 with food!) so she was so helpful in saving us money
We did the tuekish bath with thomas cook because we had heard stories of men touching women in the wrong places in the ones local to us. Our tour rep agreed. Turkish bath is so relaxing and it makes your body feel better, Get it at the start to help your tanif thats what you want. We went on the market trip with cruise. Cruise was about 2 hours with a stop of at beach, lunch included, then went to market,. then went to visit a massive waterfall. Only £20 and it was all day. Haggle at markets!! One lady askled for 25 lira for one silver braclet we got 2 for 5 lira! There is a castle/tower right near the hotel but we didnt have time to see it.
If your fussy with food dont stay at this hotel, go self catering and eat out (food was better and you could get a cheese burger and chips for 9 lira, lasange for 12 etc. Germans are annoying but they are everywhere! Turkish men do say things to you if your a woman like i am single sexy ladies! I want your lips! etc but if you said no they would leave you alone so you left safe at all times day or night! We had a great 2 week holiday and I would recommend the resort alanya to anyone, the hotel building to anyone but the food and staff wasnt the best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Gardenia is located just 500 meters far away from the city center. Hotel is placed on the Cleopatra Beach nearby Damlatas Cave. Hotel's own beach is 50 meters to hotel and can reach in 1 minute. The thick type sandy beach gets deeper slowly. The beach bar waits the guests who are suffering from hot weather and want to eat something from the snack menu. In the beach part, you have to pay for sun beds and umbrellas that are free in pool part. Hotel has five floors that have 119 rooms' and 4 lifts. Lobby, lobby bar, air conditioned restaurant, TV room and two meeting rooms (with 100 capacities) are the main parts. Near the hotel's pool there is an A la cart restaurant waiting you with delicious meals. Also in the pool hotel has a special children part. Internets, business room, market, Turkish Hamam, sauna, table tennis are the entertainment parts of the hotel that are with charge and fitness room without charge. The rooms of hotel are comfortably decorated with Laminate and furniture, having direct telephone, special air conditions, Minibar and satellite TV. All the baths are with Shower . All the rooms have balconies and 60 percent have sea view. You can stay in our hotel Half board with open buffet. We have live music and Turkish traditional night organizations every week. There are also 3 tennis courts in front of hotel with charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gardenia Hotel Alanya, Antalya Province, Turkey