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Travel Blogs from Alanya
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I visited my friend Yavuz, who returned recently from his work in Zelenograd, Russia for a quick vacation.
He picked me up Friday morning at the airport and the weekend beach action started.
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The whole stretch from Silifke to well past Antalya is revolting high rise. Mind you some of them are unbelievable; so kitsch that they are interesting. We thought that maybe someone had started a completion to see who could design the ugliest building!
On the good side. There ...
Alanya Took on new passengers last night in Cyprus. The drill wasn't as successful this time, most of my passengers were so rude. I lost my name badge somewhere out on deck during the drill too! Hopefully I can get one with my real name on it this time. Opened for a few hours on the evening and just about made it back to crew bar for one drink. Found it really hard to get up when my alarm when off this morning, after almost a week of getting up ...
... in bed! The next day we opened the shops from 9 till 12... another short day! Then we went for a nice drink in the port of Alanya. It was such a pretty port, set into the cliffs, the Turkish style boats on the water, the castle on the top of the hill. But can't stay anywhere too long. Sailed again over night so worked a few more hours in the evening. Sea day tomorrow so 9am till 10pm won't get back to crew area till about ...
... of carrots. It was very good. Dessert was apple pie.
Again, we went to the Star Bar and met the usual group of people - the Germans, the transplanted Californians living in London, Tom from Michigan. Keith, Sally Jessie Raphael's assistant promised to bring her along the next night for us to meet.
I'm sorry to report that I'm not posting any pictures because the internet connection is so poor & it chews up too many minutes trying to post.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Okan Alanya
Just come back from a two week stay at this hotel. Can't understand how it got it's 4 star rating. The staff are miserable and unhelpful, most don't or won't speak English. Good mix of Danish, Russian, Swedish, German and Norwegian people but the hotel does not cater for the English at all. The food is boring ( meatballs every night) we ate out every night during our second week. The rooms are okay, but the balcony is miniscule and incidentally, if you are lucky enough to get a pool or sea view, overlooks a graveyard. The only friendly face was the chamber maid who couldn't speak English but tried hard to communicate, especially when she knew we were going home, another tip required. The minibar is a fridge that doesn't work and stinks so much that you need to wash anything that you take out before drinking it. The bathroom ceiling had water coming through all the time we were there, despite repeated reports to the reception desk.The hotel runs a credit card system for purchases in the hotel, minibar drinks etc. We have come across this before but were disappointed that your receipt did not give you a running total of how much you had spent. The Green Beach bar across the road is lovely, if you can get served, once you have sat down you are no longer important. All in all we couldn't wait to get away. As I said before, don't bother!!
Brilliant holiday at the Grand Okan Hotel
Best holiday we can remember. The hotel was out of this world with the staff being so helpfull and polite. The food was excellent and the rooms had no faults. Never got out much due to swimming pool and company.
Where the hotel is situated it was in the middle of everything. Stone throw away from the beach with an additional restaurant across the road. Free return tranport from the hotel to another reatuarant in the harbour. Really looking forward to return there next year.
The management to the hotel are really nice people and do anything for you. The cost is so low from rooms to drinks. Anyone thinking of going is don't leave your camera at home.
Luxus in Hülle und Fülle :)
Während des Transfers vom Flughafen zum Grand Okan Hotel dachte ich darüber nach, wie das Hotel wohl aussehen und was mich erwarten würde.
Ich muss sagen, als ich ankam, war ich mehr als angenehm überrascht.
Das Hotel ist eines der besten, in denen ich je übernachtet habe. Alles war so sauber, das Frühstücks-/Abendbuffet war wundervoll und das Personal war sehr nett.
Das Hotel eignet sich sowohl für junge Leute als auch für Familien mit kleinen Kindern.
Das Essen war super
Ich war im Juni 2007 für eine Woche in diesem Hotel. Es war okay, aber mehr auch nicht. 4 Sterne sind ein Stern zu viel für dieses Hotel. Ich hatte Vollpension, und das Essen war sehr gut. Ich hatte ein Zimmer mit Blick aufs Meer gebucht, aber es dauerte 3 Tage, bevor ich das bekam, wofür ich bezahlt hatte - ein Zimmer mit Blick aufs Meer.
Die Musik von der Poolbar war viel zu laut.
Das Personal war zwar sehr hilfsbereit und freundlich, aber ein 4-Sterne-Hotel? Nein!
Luxury to he limits:)
Doring the transfer from the airport to the Grand Okan hotel, I thourght about how the hotel looked and what I could expect.
When I arrieved to the hotel i mst say that I was more the pressently suprised.
The hotel is one of the best I have ever tried.
Everything was so clean, the morning/dinner buffet was amazing and the staff was very nice.
The hotel can be recomended for both youngpeople and families with small children.
Just returned from two weeks in Gran Okan, Alanya. A week would have been enough. There was a heatwave whilst we were there (hubby & me) so it was too hot on the beach but no problem finding a bar or restaurant in the shade. Food was fine in the hotel, plenty of choice. Hotel & rooms were very clean, most staff were great but oh, the entertainment in the evenings!!! Only one good night entertainment out of 14. Most nights were really dismal and we went out. (Fire eaters, magicians & bingo don't appeal) Kids half hour was exactly the same every night, I'm surprised they didn't start complaining. Don't get caught by Onar (animation) for the bingo! It cost 44 Euros for 6 cards and the prizes were a con. We won a boat trip, a massage and a manicure. When they arrived to collect us for the boat trip they told us we had to pay on the boat! The manicure (in hotel) was just two coats of polish and the massage was never available.
IN NEED OF A WEEK AWAY IN THE SUN WITHOUT THE KIDS AND HAVING VISITED TURKEY 4 TIMES BEFORE THIS SEEMED A GOOD CHOICE AND WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED.
The food was great
I stayed at this hotel for a week in June 07. It was ok, but not more. 4 star is a star too much for this hotel. I had full board during my stay, and the food was very good.
I reserved a room with seaview, but it last 3 days, before I got what I had paid for, a room with seaview.
The music from the poolbar, was way to loud.
However the staff was very helpful and friendly - but a 4 star hotel? no!
I think the previous people who wrote about this hotel must have been a bit fussy. We have just returned and have had a fantastic time. As a young couple (well 25) with a child and going with my partners parents we really were looking for something for everyone. The hotel room was basic but was always clean. The air conditioning (no extra cost) was useful especially on the hot nights. The road outside did appear noisy when on the balcony or leaving the door open but never really bothered us when we closed the door at night. The hotel itself was very nice hallways, reception (foyer area) lovely restaurant and outside area. I do agree that the hotel using Euro's was a bit of a pain as we only took Turkish Lire as it was our 1st time in Turkey. The reception staff were always pleasant and accomodating even if they were difficult to understand. The bar and waiting staff were always exceptional making all of the family feel very welcome and there was enough to do in the evening if we stayed within the hotel. Whilst I understand the previous comments about not being 4* it is far closer to that than what I have heard of other hotels in Turkey and I have stayed in 4* hotels that are not as nice as this (in the UK and Menorca). We found loads to do in Alanya and it is worthwhile buying excursion to the mountains, markets etc... through the operators on "the strip" as they are cheaper. In general the Turkish people were very friendly and accomodating. My only regret is not staying for two weeks. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend this hotel to friends. Gary and Family (Jersey)
Grand Okan Hotel 4*, more like 2*! The building itself seems as if it's been around a while. Not a problem if the facilities were up to scratch. The pool area and the dining area were fine. The room we were allocated was tiny, stank (really stank) of stale smoke, had a miniscule wardrobe and no chest of drawers. As we intended to stay for two weeks, the lack of space was a problem. I asked to be moved because of the smell but was refused and told there were no non-smoking rooms. Then the safe jammed and we had to get the maintenance man to fix it. It also fell off the wall and he had to fix that too. The noise was incredible, from the traffic running past the front of the hotel, bits of metal banging on top of the building and guests slamming doors at all hours. The most unpleasant part was being in the rather tired-looking bathroom cleaning teeth or washing and able to hear the guest next door performing on their toilet!