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Akra Barut Antalya: good idea with bad execution

Akra Barut Antalya

Today I begin my story about our hotels on a trip in January 2022 to Antalya. The first was the hotel that management and owners really don’t like. We were very sorry to see how a great idea and potential turned into a mediocre and inconspicuous hotel.

I booked this hotel at a non-refundable rate on Booking with payment at the hotel. But I received an email from the hotel that they cannot charge my card, and I need to pay for the stay before check-in using the payment link, otherwise the reservation will be canceled. I don’t like it, but I had to pay.

My first impression of the hotel was very strange, and then it got even worse, because we waited in line to check in for 50 minutes. The front desk staff seemed completely emaciated and unfriendly. Our room was not ready, and we went to the lounge on the 10th floor to wait for it to be ready.

I specifically chose the Corner Deluxe Sea View room because this room type has access to the Urban Chic Lounge.

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Here you can have breakfast (the choice is very small), lunch and dinner (the choice is small and not always tasty, but there are several hot dishes, snacks, some cakes and fruits). All drinks, including alcohol, are included in the price. The lounge is served by one member of staff and not always fast, but please do not go over the boundary tape as you will get a disapproving terrible grimace in your address from this employee 🙂 Just wait a bit and the employee himself will show you all the dishes that are available at this moment of the day.

A great place for a lounge, crazy views, few people, it’s quiet and very pleasant, but absolutely inanimate place: the food here doesn’t taste good, you can feel the savings on food and cooking, and the service is very unstable and depends heavily on the employee.

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

After lunch we went to check into our room. And here is a very important point: be sure to take rooms of this category on the right side of the building (if you look at the sea), where the elevators are located to the right of the reception, otherwise you will get rooms with a side view of the road and not so good.

The room turned out to be spacious, with a bedroom area, a living room, with beautiful views and a very scary balcony, where it is better not to let children and nervous people out 🙂

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

The room was comfortable, the bathroom, although small, but normal. But the furniture and the floor were already very tired and required repair. And the real big problem was the cold in the room, especially at night. And I say this, as a person who lives without heating almost all winter  Because of this, we felt very uncomfortable in the room. And a couple more points: the mattress was quite hard, and it was impossible to sleep on the pillows. But we resolved this issue the next day by asking us to bring goose down and feather pillows.

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

In the morning, not finding a normal breakfast with my favorite kaimak in our lounge, we went down to the main restaurant. It was a terrible experience: a huge number of people, noisy, like at the station, the tables are close to each other, the service is very bad (you have to wait a long time for the waiter, and then your order too). But the choice turned out to be good, and my favorite kaimak was in place 

The hotel has almost no territory, only a small path around the building, a little lawn, well, several pools with a small number of sun loungers around.

The pools are small but very nice. The views are wonderful. But I just can’t imagine what happens around the pools during the high season. Probably everyone is standing in line there to take a sunbed or swim in the pool 🙂

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

The hotel has its own beach, but obvious only heroes and supporters of a healthy lifestyle can go there. The beach looks like a concrete platform with slopes into the sea. There is a public beach nearby. But to climb back, this task is even more difficult. And if there is also a high season and heat, then I can’t imagine this entertainment.

Akra Barut Antalya

And finally, about my favorite – about the SPA. The SPA seems to be the most disliked place at the hotel  It has been turned into a terrible entrance yard where locals who don’t live in the hotel are allowed in. The SPA consists of two parts: one has a sauna, a steam room and a hammam with a small relaxation room for girls, and the other has a sauna, a steam room and a hammam for girls and boys. True, not all boys agree that this is a mixed zone and believe that only they can relax here 🙂

Akra Barut Antalya

Akra Barut Antalya

And if you like to swim in the pool after the sauna, then get ready for a complete inconvenience: to get into the outdoor pools, you need to walk long enough, including through the entire hotel territory. And to swim in the indoor pool, you have to walk past the elevators and the gym (so beautiful with your head held high)  Oh, and yes, before you swim in the indoor pool, do not forget to buy a swim cap 🙂 Good thing I read the reviews, and bought us hats from home. But all the other guests did not know about this, and were forced to buy hats in a store nearby. At the same time, the purchased hats fit people only on a third of their heads, and there was absolutely no talk of any sanitation and hygiene. Here is such a business from hotel employees in collaboration with the hotel store 🙂

Akra Barut Antalya

Here is such a large hotel, with excellent, but absolutely ill-conceived infrastructure, not designed for a large number of hotel guests.

And it is a pity that the hotel management has no time or wish to study all these aspects and do everything to solve a number of issues that are very acute in this hotel.

But I really hope that the hotel still wants to become worthy of its name, history and rating, and offer guests an interesting experience.

A few words about the concept of the hotel. It seemed to us that this is a good city hotel for those who came to walk around Antalya, or for those who came to hold a conference, but completely unsuitable for rest / relaxation by the sea.

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