The coast of Turkey is associated with uscomfortable and relatively cheap rest. This explains the popularity of the country with Russian tourists. The most popular are the tours to Antalya. But other Turkish resorts do not concede to it either: Belek, Side, Marmaris, Alanya, etc. Let us dwell on the latter. Rest in Alanya is known as one of the most economical. Students and youth companies mainly come here, who are not particularly worried about living conditions. However, this does not mean that the level of service in hotels in Alanya is low. By no means. Local hotels, as well as in the whole of Turkey, work on an all-inclusive system (of course, we are talking about 3-5-star hotels) and offer an acceptable service that meets European standards. At this resort there is a large number of five-star hotels, however, for reasons of economy, most Russian tourists choose 4-sided. The hotel of this level is Ares Hotel 4 *. It is located in the village of Mahmutlar, 8 km from Alanya. This hotel is often offered to its clients by Russian travel agencies. About the resort of Alanya, the village of Mahmutlar and the hotel itself Ares 4 * read further in the article.
At first glance this resort, which is locatedon a small peninsula at the foot of the Taurus mountains, will seem to you somehow naked and empty. Indeed, on the coastal strip vegetation is very scarce. Therefore, the administration of each of the hotels tries to fill this natural flaw by planting its own territories with palm trees and flowering plants. Such a picture can be found in the Ares Hotel (Alanya) 4 *. On its small territory near the pool, spreading palm trees and evergreen shrubs, but the beach is completely different from the sea, rather - to the shore of a river or pond with some strange weeds and places of yellowed grass. By the way, it is because of this that many tourists are disappointed by the Ares 4 * hotel. Reviews of them on the beach, and about the underground passage leading to it, are often negative. However, this is not only a problem of the hotel, but of the entire resort. Therefore, prices here are an order of magnitude lower than in other places, and tourists should understand this. And Ares Hotel 4 * is located on the territory next to which is the construction of new hotels, so there is hope that in a few years it will be different - cleaner and greener. In general, in Alanya is very nice. Particularly pleasing weather conditions: a cool summer and mild winter, and the beach season lasts from the middle of April almost until the beginning of December. As for the administrative division of the resort, Alanya consists of several districts: Inzekum, Avsallar, Mahmutlar (here is the above-mentioned hotel Ares 4 *), etc. The nearest international airport is in Antalya, and from there to Alanya you can reach the motor transport in a maximum of 2 hours .
This resort is one of the most budgetarynot only in Alanya, but also throughout the Turkish coast. And this is primarily due to its distance from the main transport hub - Antalya Airport. Even in the season, prices for holidays in Mahmutlar are low. For example, a week-long tour to the Ares 4 * hotel for two persons will cost 37-38 thousand rubles. Another distinctive feature of the resort is the high-speed highway, which separates the hotel buildings from the beach, to which, of course, there are underground passages. Many tourists, once here, immediately begin to think that because of the noise of the road their vacation will be spoiled, and regret that they bought a ticket to the Ares Hotel Alanya 4 *. The reviews left by them testify to this. In fact, not everything is so bad here. After all, as in any other beach resort, the most important thing is the sea. And it is near the coast of Alanya warm, affectionate and incredibly beautiful emerald shade. The mountain landscape is also wonderful, which opens before your eyes, if you stand with your back to the sea: beautiful mountains, on the slopes of which grow dense pine forests framed by quaint rocks.
The hotel, as already mentioned above, is located inMahmutlar on the second beach line, more precisely, 60 meters from the beach, across the road. It covers an area of almost 3,500 sq. Km. m. The construction of the 5-storey hotel building was completed in 2002, and the most recent reconstruction was carried out in 2009. Thanks to this, all rooms of the hotel look modern and neat. The same goes for the entire Ares 4 * hotel, which has a well-developed infrastructure.
In the hotel in total there are 106 rooms of different categories, namely:
All rooms, regardless of category, are equipped withbathroom with shower, hairdryer, satellite TV and air conditioning (extra charge), balcony, mini-bar, safe (fee), telephone, etc. Rooms are cleaned daily, and linen is changed twice a week. Regarding the quality of room service in Ares Hotel (Alanya) 4 * reviews of tourists are mostly positive. Many even express gratitude to the staff for the increased attention to cleanliness and order, as well as for the benevolence and the precautionary attitude.
In Ares 4 * tourists are given the following paid services:
Hotel Ares (Alanya) 4 *, like mosthotels in Turkey, works on the system of "all-inclusive" ("all inclusive"). This means that the cost of the tour includes four meals a day in the restaurant, where a buffet is served, including dishes of local and European cuisine. It works from 10.00 to 23.00. During the day, tourists can also use the snack bar, which provides them with various snacks and drinks of local origin. There is no separate children's menu in the hotel, however, in a varied list you can always find dishes that are suitable for baby food. But ice cream, Turkish coffee, freshly squeezed juices can be ordered for a fee.
As already mentioned above, to the beach from the hotelleads an underground passage. In fact, despite the close distance, they share a high-speed highway. On the beach, tourists can enjoy sunbeds (free of charge). However, for umbrellas, towels and mattresses you need to leave a deposit. Here you can take advantage of a wide variety of water activities: scooter, banana, skis, catamarans, etc.
Despite the fact that the territory of the hotel "Ares" 4 * is not so much, it has everything you need for an interesting holiday for both adult tourists and children, namely:
In the evenings for tourists on sitea cheerful show program "Turkish Night" is held. For those guests who like to sit in front of the TV, there is a TV club. For children there is a playground on site, there is a children's pool, a club, daytime animation, consisting of sports competitions, logical quizzes and competitions. For the youngest, babysitting services are provided.
Unfortunately, if we summarize the feedback of tourists, thenpluses will be much less than minuses. The main complaints relate to the infrastructure of the hotel. Tourists here are bored. The beach does not like because of the stony entrance, and because of the stale inventory. Many tourists also complain about food, considering it monotonous and not corresponding to the 4 stars. With regard to the arrangement of rooms and services, the estimates are much higher, but this aspect, according to the tourists, does not always correspond to the category of the hotel. However, no one can complain about the excursion, because the historical heritage of the peoples who lived for many thousands of years in this territory is worth a lot of tourists' attention.
At the place of Mahmutlar were once locatedthe ancient cities of Laertes and Syedra. Excursions to their ruins are very interesting and informative. In Alanya, 12 km from Mahmutlar, at the top of a hill, the well-preserved Byzantine fortress of Ich-Kale (the Turkish name) adorns. The length of fortress walls with 140 towers is 6.5 km. Particularly beautiful, they look in the evening, when the original backlight turns on. Inside the ruins of a medieval castle (13th century), a Christian church, a bathhouse, etc. The fortress is considered to be an open-air museum and the main point in the route of any excursion. In the city there are other buildings dating from the 13th century: a mosque that was built by the order of Sultan Alla-ad-Din Keykubat I, the mausoleum of Bishop Aksebe Turbesi and the shipyard Tersane, etc.
As you can see, for fans of cognitive restin Alanya there are many historical sights, Byzantine castles and palaces, fortresses with towers and other fortifications, as well as the architectural heritage of the Seljuk Turks. This side of the trip tourists certainly will remain satisfied. As for the hotel "Ares" 4 *, then vacationers, buying a cheap tour, should realize that the service at such rates will be average, and it is not necessary to demand royal luxury from the hotel.