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Poor Chalet Accommodation
My wife and I were booked into the hotel on a Thompson Price Breaker Holiday from 13/09/05 for 2 weeks. We were put into a "Butlins" type Chalet in the grounds of the Hotel not into the main complex.
The facilties were very Spartan and in need of a lot of TLC. Sound proofing between chalets was virtually non existent and the roof leaked after a storm. The Rating should be much less than the 3Star shown in the Brochure for the Hotel.
Staff were friendly and cleaning done regularly.
Facilities were good for family entertainment.
Prices of Air conditioning, fans and safes we thought very expensive.
Examole ; Air con. if required is charged at £36 per week, fans at £14 per week.
Sun City Hotel - Side
Arrived early hours of the morning, very tired and disgruntled, we were shown to our rooms which appeared to be very basic, but exceptionally clean. After a few hours sleep, we opened the front door to a fantastic view of the mountains in the distance. The view from the patio doors at the back which overlooked the complex was equally impressive and once again looked clean and well kept. We went for a walk to familiarise ourselves with the area, and our initial reaction was "oh my god, what have we come to", however this feeling wears off as you get used to the area. The beaches were clean and the sea lovely, where the sunbeds are free, you are expected to buys drinks and food from the bars which back onto them. They don't like you to take your own food and drink onto the beaches. The only downside of the holiday for us was the hassle you get when trying to shop, or decide where to have a meal. The competition is so great that you are hassled constantly. I was so stressed by it all, I went back to the hotel and paid for half board for the remainder of the holiday, and didn't bother with any shopping at all.
The food was basic at the hotel but was on the whole very nice.
The staff were fantastic, very friendly and open, the reps were about, but didn't bother us, and didn't hassle us to book trips with them.
Be careful when booking trips with outside company's as they take you to leather and diamond/gold factories but don't tell you until you're on the trip.
I really enjoyed my stay at Sun City aparments. There were four of us all 20 yrs old that went.
The apartments were spotless and cleaned every day, staff very friendly.
There were a lot of families here, we were the only 'young' ones but at night the bar was busy, all the staff making cocktail at happy hour!
The aparments were a fair walk from the beach and town but we got taxi's everywhere, always one at the end of the road if not ask at reception they will call one. It was about 6 lira to get into town.
One thing I would watch is the 'tab' when eating at restaurant or ordering drinks at the bar it all goes onto a 'tab' which you pay either daily or at the end of the week, just remember how much you spend because it does mount up!
A couple of us went to Club Apollo, excellent night! It is open till 6am so be prepared! Very suprised at the amount of English music there.
All restaurants will have something you will like, they have their Turkish food and English food, chips with most dishes!
One thing I would recommend as well is if you have booked holiday through Thomson you will be offered day trips, we booked the 'Check out excursion' because our flights left at 1am meaning we would have all day to hang around with luggage. A coach picks you up from the hotel takes you to see some waterfalls and into Antalya town shopping. Leaving your luggage on the coach then back to a 5* hotel right next to the airport.
Would definatly recommend Sun City Apartments and I hope to go back next year!
"Sun City Apartments and Side"
Just returned from two weeks self catering in the Sun City Apartments in Side, Turkey. And wow what a holiday.
Arriving at the hotel at 4am, i thought, oh my god im going to be staying in butlins for two weeks!! But the next morning after a sleep i was really impressed at how clean the rooms where and how friendly all members of staff where. The pool is lovely and is a host to the great experience of England vs Holland waterpolo, an experienced not to be missed, and if on the winning side results in a free pint (Happydays!!!). The resort is also lovely despite being quite expensive compared to the rest of Turkey, my advice is to have a meal in the restaurant nearest to the hotel called the Pelikan or the kebab restaurant down the road, both have really friendly staff and are better value for money than in Side itself.
If you like the nightlife, Side is OK, my personal favourite was The Underground Bar, which has a very welcoming atmosphere, again the staff are brilliant especially Kamer, Beyza and Emre (Emre for his crazy dancing). Apollo and The Lighthouse are also good but are quite expensive, Disco Oxyd is also a good nighclub and is walking distance from the hotel.
To end, the hotel is a very nice hotel to stay in and has given me one of my best holidays ever, the rooms cleaned daily are comfortable and is a good distance from the town and all the excursions (Water Rafting is Brilliant). I would definately revisit the apartments and would advise anyone to stay there if visiting Side.
Buy one get one free(bogof)
Just returned from a week self catering in this lovely complexMy wife and I just wanted to completely unwind and swicth off. Howpleased wew were to have found this place. The standard of accomodation was very good, very clean at all times with a maid who came in everyday to change towels that always smelled so clean and fresh- the towels that is!! they changed bedding twice a week(nice white cotton sheets) and the rooms were of a high standard and always swept out everyday. The rooms were secure. the staff were very friednky and courteous and always willing to help, nothing was too much trouble. The swimming pool was large and inviting with a small childrens pool seperate and gardens with swing,slide and climbing frame. the bar service was excellant with happy hour twice a day(bogof) nad also a good resturant. Sun City is about 30mins walk into Side or you can catch the local dolmus for 2tl pp each way. Sun City also provide a free bus servive to the beach, again once there another 30mins walk to the town centre. The only down side was that if you've problems walking there are no lifts to all floors just steps and also it is not very disable-user friendly with lots of steps and no ramps. There was no pressure from tour guides to go on trips which suited us.We will definately go back again. We came back refreshed and relaxed and happy!!
Great Place to Stay
Having recently stayed with a toddler in the apartments, I must say that it was a great place in all. The staff were helpful and friendly, the pool great and the play park a god send! Would recommend it to friends and definately would return. There were quite a few steps around the hotel which i thought would be a problem with a buggy but there was always many hands to help carry it for me! The apartments were immaculate and the maids did a fab job.
We had a fab time. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were very clean and big. The food was great when we ate in but otherwise we tried different restaurants offsite. We would recommend this to anyone. It was a bit further out than we expected but it was a nice walk or a quick bus into the town/nightlife.
Highly recommendable and would not hesitate to go back sometime.
Sun City Staff were marvellous, so friendly and seemed to really enjoy themselve
The Sun City Apartohotel was absolutely wonderful. We travelled to Side in July this year and after experiencing the original hotel we had booked - the Gazzi Passa Hotel, for just one day, we were thankfully moved to the Sun City without any fuss. It was horrendous at the Gazzi Passa, the rooms and linen were dirty and the staff extremely rude. When we were moved to Sun City we immediately thought "What a fantastic place." All the staff were exceptionally friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. They were helpful, fun and seemed to enjoy themselves too !. It was clean and well maintained, the food was nice and simple and entertainment was almost every night !
My Son Luca and my Husband Ahmet thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and we are hoping to go back again in 2005. We have made some lovely friends there and are still in touch with them.
Cosmos reps were also to be recommended as their help and assistance was very much appreciated throughout the holiday. Thank you to everyone.
Side is a beautiful place. The history and culture is marvellous. However, the downside for me was shopping in the bazaars and old town. I absolutely hated it. The shopkeepers were intrusive and rude and to say it became an ordeal is putting it mildly !
They were so pushy and cheeky that in the end we didn't bother buying many souveniers. We found it quite expensive and too much hassle !
First impressions at 4am were not great as we had dropped off at various 5* hotels but wow what a place. Ok so not the 5* we had tryed to book (The Arum) but i don't think i would have changed Sun City for the world. The staff Mustafa the rep, the waiters james,osman,memhet etc could not have been more friendly and such a laugh. The hotel is mainly english based so no german entertainment (like the Arum so we heard) and just a short taxi ride away from historic side village.
The food was good and the entertainment was very good. After the arranged shows the waiters then love to do there own dancing and make sure everyone joins them. They really seem to enjoy entertaining us!
One word of advise if you take a young female watch out for James (cassanova of the century) but top geezer!
Fantastic holdiay had by us and all the other couples we met and i would definatley return. 10 *'s to Sun City.
The Sun City 3* Apartments are a short bus ride away from some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Side and Antalya region. Located in a quiet area, the apartments are comfortable and have a daily maid service. All of the staff encountered were extremely friendly and helpful with lots of useful knowledge of the surrounding area.
Having booked the holiday with Cosmos, we were extremely satisfied with the friendliness and helpfulness of the representatives.
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... concerts there. I was on the stage at one point but I don't project well enough for such a theatre :(
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... before Konya. Getting closer the mountains became hills and suddenly a vast flat steppe was laid out before us and in the centre the city of Konya sprang forth and spilled out its 1.3 million inhabitants. Still it it just a pimple compared to the size of the plain which stretches 100's of kilometers. We arrived at our hotel around 7pm and stayed put not even venturing out for food. The weariness of the road is ...
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