La Boutique Hotel, Antalya
During our time in Antalya looking at apartments, we were staying in a hotel here. The hotel is in the same area that we're thinking about finding a place, Lara... but not 'Lara Beach' which is where all of the really big all inclusive hotels are. This is a little further west towards the old town, Kaleiçi. So it doesn't have that touristy feeling, 'English breakfast' on every corner etc. There's nice restaurants, shopping, the waterfront is more cliff faced so no beach in this area, but the hotels have decks over the water in the summer with steps down into the water. La Boutique which is where we stayed does also have one but as it was February they had all of the furniture etc stored away from over winter.
Anyway... so the location of the hotel was great. Just a few minutes walk out from the hotel and there were various independent restaurants. About 15 minutes to walk to the closest Starbucks, Big Chefs and a nice mall, Terracity, which has both high end stores like Burberry and high street Sephora, Aldo etc. There's also a cinema, food court and Starbucks/Midpoint for coffee.
Inside the hotel has a clean and quite glamorous boutique style with a beautiful spiral staircase, all in cream marble. The rooms are rather elaborate. Purple, gold, mirrors and glowing recesses... lovely though quite glitz for my taste :)
The bedroom had fancy glass doors to the bathroom, there was a dressing area and all the extra with little amenities such a dental kit, sewing kit, shoe polish etc. The part I found comical was the deodorant, full-size shampoo and conditioners, feminine products and of course... a pack of Durex! :)
Breakfast was included in our stay and was awesome. I'm not usually a breakfast person but Turkish breakfast is pretty great. Olives, cucumber, tomatoes... various breads, jams, honey, cereals etc then omelettes made to order and soup! Soup for breakfast?! I'd commented how strange that seemed then was all over it by day three :)
There was an outdoor seating area where we would sit and have breakfast with a beautiful view over the water.
The only flaw with our stay was the fact that at the ripe old age of 32 I'm like little grumpy old granny. The top floor of the hotel had a nightclub and both Friday and Saturday night were quite literally booming. If I weren't such a granny I might have gone to join the party but that pop/dance music just isn't my cup of tea... good thing I'm so cool that I carry earplugs with me whenever travelling.
The view from our room at sunrise was really beautiful. I'm not a morning person at all, it takes a lot to get me up but that view won me over... let's hope that we can find a place with a view even half as beautiful as this one if we move here.