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As at my actual visa in Kazakhstan, I need to go out every 30 days and return (next time in Germany, I need to change that visa type).
As Aktobe airport is limited of direct flights abroad (in summertime only some charter flights to Antalya and 3 liners a week to Moscow), my choice was ...
... wanted! But it's only today and tomorrow we have to get up at 7:30. The rest of the cruise we don't work till the evening so can so why we like! I'm not complaining though, as I know we have an easy life! We are hardly working after tomorrow! After opening 3 hours this morning we docked back in Alayna, Turkey. We then don't have to go back to work till 8:15 tonight! So work 4 hours get 6 off. Then work 3 hours. It's not a bad life. Escaped the ...
... the shops from 10:30 to 11:30. Meaning we were in the crew bar by 12, and didn't leave till it closes at 2. Crew bar is my favourite part of the ship! It's a dark little room with loud music, lots of comfy chairs and a tiny dance floor. It's sort of like a cross between an underage club and a backstreet strip bar! But it's home and I love it. It's only down the corridor from our cabin too, so only a 20 second walk and I can ...
Today we arrived at our first port of Alnaya, Turkey at 8am. We had no scheduled excursions so we had a leisurely breakfast with John and Dale before exiting the ship onto Turkish soil.
There was no special process to exit - just had to pass thru a port customs gate and they just glanced at our photo id. The ship was docked near downtown Alanya so it's a very easy walk to town. The weather was gorgeous - sunny and 18 degrees. Alanya looks like a lovely coastal city where ...
... in fact, looked like olive branches. Emily tried one and found it exceptionally unappetizing. Emily You may have had fish nibble your feet before. But I bet you you never paid money to make it happen. I screamed like a girl when I first put my feet in the tank. The blue eyeshadowed pioritor ran over "Not so loud not so loud" I was pretty sure she didn't want me scaring away other customers or fish. So I gritted my teeth while the fish nibbled. It felt exactly like ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beach Club Doganay Alanya
So you have got this far - you have found a hotel name that matches that on your booking form. This hotel was called the Hamburg Hotel up untill last year. You are disappointed you are not staying in the 5 star luxury you thought you were at least I am able to warn you before you arrive - it is not like you were expecting!
We would say the hotel is not quite 5* more like 3* but obviously turkish standards are not quite the same as english. The rooms were basic but clean. The pools were also very clean and the staff were constantly cleaning. The hotel also has a private beach which is clean and not overpopulated which we liked. There are very little English but all the English we met there were diamond people and they made our holiday. The hotel was mainly German and Russian but we didnt mind. The majority of the staff spoke German and Russian and very little english.The food did have a massive variety and was exellently presented although it mainly aimed at eastern european, (German,Russian).The German and the Russian were very rude and Greedy. We did get ill but were not sure weather it was the food or the Ice cubes, so we then decided to avoid the hotel food and eat out and we were then ok .We did get our moneys worth in drinks.When we were ill the doctors also could not speak english although surprisingly she could say the price ie 60euros for a check up!!!. We would also say avoid the gift shop as they ripped us off big time nothing has prices, and avoid the turkish bath as u get a much better service in the town. All entertainment was also in German and there are not watersports as advertised. We would say avoid if you have children as there is nothing for them to do and the water slides were only on for an hour a day. Health and Safety was NOT AN ISSUE! Overall we made the most of what we had and had a wounderful holiday.
My husband and I stayed here for a week in Nov 05 with our 2 year old son. It was a bargain basement price and we were therefore not expecting "5*" which is just as well. However, the staff were great, service was fine and the hotel was clean and tidy - if a bit shabby in places.
First of all don't expect 5 star because you will be disappointed! I would personally rate it 3.5 star.
Thanks to the reviews we read here we got quite a good idea of what to expect. I think its worth pointing out a few things though. On the whole our 7 days were a fantastic experience. Since the hotel was a few miles on the outsirts of Alanya, we had the benefit of having our own beach to the hotel itself where even some of the local Alanya residents would come to get away from the crowded beaches in Alanya centre. the beach has its own restaurant which is great when you want drinks and food after an energetic swim. They serve pizzas and meatballs which are very fresh and tasty. The views from the restaurant and the beach and around the hotel are spectacular! The Hotel is not the newest but having talked to sdome of the residents there we were told that it is one if the more highly rated hotels by the Turkishh locals so much so that we saw a large wedding and another major function being hosted there in the 7 days we were there. According to one local it has 23 weddings held there every year. The entertaintment is good for the location but you need only go a few miles into Alanya of you want more. The food was very abundant but sometimes repetitive and not for those who like strong flavours in their food, it tends to be a bit bland at times.Our room was cleaned regularly and quite well, and we are fussy about our bathroom cleanliness which was always up to expectations. The minibar is a bit useless but regularly stocked. The kids will love the water slides and the chips and burgers they serve at the pool side!! One thing to remember is that if you can, specify that you want the sixth floor rooms as they are newly built and better standard from what we were told and also remeber to take tea-bags since they only serve Turkish tea watered down to offer the equivalent of English tea. A must is to book a trip to the mountains where they take you rafting!! even the children can go, and it is absolutely thrilling-food is provided- A good organiser is Citrus Travel who regularly visit the hotel to take orders. They are very prompt and friendly.
Please note that if you are English and do not speak German, this area of Turkey will not always be a walk in the park. The excursions and the hotels are about 90% German, so be warned.
My wife and myself have just come back from a weeks visit. Whilst we were there we booked a double room but was given a twin, the mini bar was empty and we had no tea making facilities even though there was a kettle in the room. The air conditioning didn't work, the tv had no remote and the toilet leaked into the bathroom bin. Very few of the staff could understand english, all of them spoke fluent german. The majority of the guests in this hotel were german. The food was terrible, being cooked hours before you ate it, the puddings were all tasteless and sometimes frozen. English people are not catered for at all apart from bread, salad and on odd accassions chips. The bar staff ignored you, unless you were german/polish. The indoor pool was never heated. Any complaints you had was just shrugged off. I found glass in a chocolate mousse by biting on it and cutting my tongue for which i never even got an apology. This hotel is suppossed to be 5 star accommodation but i wouldn't give it 3*. The entertainment for the week i stayed was 1 disco that was german music only and a singer who could sing three songs and he was singing three nights of the week. Overall a terrible place. BEWARNED!
My wife and I and the two kids have just come from a 10 day stay at the Hotel Doganay, after reading the other reviews on this hotel on this site.
I stayed for 2 weeks with my 12 yr old daughter, my sister,her partner and my 9 yr old niece and 14 yr old nephew. i cannot speak highly enough of the service we received the staff were really nice and often went out of their way for you. The animation team were really good at entertaining putting on a show every night as well as organising daytime activities. I have read in other reviews that some guests think that the five star rating is on the generous side I can see where they are coming from but my opinion is that the hotel is lovely and has such a comfortable feel to it that i would choose it over other five stars . the food was plentiful and tasty and always available (poolside snacks at beach as well as pool). the children loved their stay and we are all planning to return next year and cant wait.
Excellent choice for the money
Me and my girlfriend went to alanya last spring may 2004..
The hotel is located about 10 minutes any direction between konakli and alanya and is located near the beach.
The staff is very friendly and helpfull. We had the all-inn and the food is different each day en plenty for everyone. The public is mostly east-europe but that wasn't a problem, they didn't disturb us in any way. Great for kids regarding the animation aswell adults (arabic dances and stuff like that). Car rental is cheapp so we rented one each day.
The hotel rooms are medium sized and clean with quiet airco. Partial ocean view was pretty cool.
We enjoyd our stay here and would reccomend is to people who don't like drunk young kids making noise and destroying everything..