Barut Hotels Arum
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... statues unearthed tomorrow at the Antalya Museum. Next we were off to Aspendos, 48kms east. We were unable to see the Aspendos Theatre as it has been closed for renovations, but we did see the reconstructed bridge and the aquaduct. In the 1930's Atatürk, after tourıng the area, declared that theatre was too beautiful not to use and had renovations done and it now is the home of live performances. This did not sit well with some historians. ...
... br> Resorts Resorts and more Resorts
Las Vegas type resorts lined the beaches. We opted for the more backpacker vibe of the small peninsula town of Side and were glad we did. To enter into town past huge ancient columns and through the Vespasian Gate is an amazing feeling ...
... it was actually some Turkish loo paper and not a fish at all.
As she said later, " you would have thought that as we aren't allowed to put loo paper in the loo, they would have provided a bin with a lid..." But I think that counts as advanced thinking.
The boats all moored at the entrance of the Manavgat river, where it meets the Mediterranean. On all the tourist photos, this looks like a glorious, deserted, sandy isthmus, with creamy turquoise green river on ...
My first impression is: Resort towns abound...almost feels like driving down any blvd in southern Florida...well not quite...we still pass the occasional Mosque with their minarets reaching for the heavens. And there are all the solar water heaters on top of EVERY ...
... s body as well as his father's, son and a lot more notables are entombed...There is also some of Mohammed's beard encased... Sham's special hat...somehow..commercialism has taken over. We are now on the Meditterarean...driving towards Olympos...there are large bunches of bananas being sold everywhere...and...Palm trees...I am already feeling resistant to the 'resort like feel'...where are the quaint villages with the children running around ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barut Hotels Arum Side
I loved the Animation team!
this hotel was lovely!
The animation team were fantastic! They did brilliant shows and Slava did the best Cha Cha slide dance i have ever seen! And the Arum Hotel dance was wicked, wish I was still there and doing it now, by the pool, in the sunshine!
An excellent hotel, better than described in holiday brochures. It now has beautiful mature tree lined gardens. The many brochures show pictures of the hotel when opened and show little of the trees and flowers around the well kept lawns. The grass was amazingly deep green for mid summer and a credit to the grounds staff.
What a Fantastic place to stay!!
We had a fantastic time at the Arum Hotel - can not fault the hotel or facilities - the staff were great.
Bedrooms were both comfortable and spacious and I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.
Can't wait to go back (soon hopefully)
Absolutely gorgeous hotel, perfect in every way. Loved the pools and the whole hotel was so clean! Side is fun 2 and the roman ampitheate is a must see! I will definately be going bak again! Bring on next summer!
My husband myself and two friends have just returned from 2 weeks holiday at the Arum Hotel in Side Turkey. This hotel was fantastic. On arrival we were greeted by friendly and efficient staff and were in our well appointed rooms very quickly. The facilities were excellant. The freeform swimming pool was superb with poolside bar with live music each evening. There was an indoor pool and a health club with gym with keep-fit classes each day for the enthusiast. There was a range of activities each day by the excellant entertainments team who also put on shows each evening with lovely costumes and variety. The lovely gardens led down to the beach where there were free sunbeds and brollys. The sea shelved gently and was good for bathing. The food was buffet style but with excellant choice and very well cooked and presented. The hotel was kept beautifully clean and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Outside the hotel there were numerous shops and bars and the dolmus went every few minutes into Side which was just over 3 kms away. Side had interesting ancient sites to explore and lots of side streets with shops and a small harbour. There are many excursions to do which if booked with an agent outside the hotel were much cheaper, and great value for money. The all day boat trip was really excellant. The currency mainly used in this area is the Euro. Lire is necessary for the dolmus and entering ancient sites, but the euro is used extensively. The weather from 10th - 24th May 2005 was great. Sunny days 25 - 32 degrees and blue skies! Overall a fantastic holiday and brilliant hotel.
Meals are anything but tasty
My wife and I had stayed at the Arum in Side and found the hotel itself to be okay. However, the food is the worst food we have ever had at a five star (country category) hotel. It consists mainly of cold food - too many salads. Furthermore, you more or less get the same meals almost every day - there is absolutely no variety. Often, the little fruit which was avalibale is almost rotten. The best fruit is sold at the entrance!! We would definitely not go there again simply because the meals are really unacceptable.
Just returned (yesterday) from 2 glorious weeks at The Arum Hotel, we stayed in 2 apartments half board. The whole complex is spotlessly clean and luxurious. My mum and myself are disabled, this was not a problem as the Arum is very disabled friendly with either lifts or ramps, and it is right on the beach (no stairs or rocks to contend with!). Taxis drive straight to the front door and are very cheap irrespective of where you wish to go, approx 6euros into Side and 5euros into Kumkouy. If you don't like the shop keepers begging you to enter their shops, then maybe Kumkouy would be the better option (slightly cheaper than Side aswell!)
I had been worried about taking my wife and 8 month old son to this hotel, having read about "German techno music" blaring out, but my fears were unfounded. The disco building is in a separate building near the beach and there was no noise from that. The only evening noise was from the entertainment at the theatre building near the beach, but if you close the patio doors on your hotel balcony, you did not hear anything.
View of the night time pool
arrived at night time, the porter escorted us to our room, we opened the curtains wow, it looked fantastic and never disapointed us the whole of our holiday. Will return one day
I have just come back from a week's stay at the hotel and I can say that the hotel was fantastic. The staff were brilliant and the hotel was very clean. Food was excellent with a good choice every night although the al la carte was a bit limited. The only criticism was the entertainment. The annimators at the hotel put on a show each night which was very amateurish - and the disco was great if you like German Techno!Apart from that there were no complaints at all. The waiters were excellent, very attentive and the rooms were clean, bright and comfortable.I would definitely recommend this hotel.