This hotel’s postcode takes in the local beach plus a range of bars, shops and restaurants.
Location-wise, this place is spot on. It’s at the quiet end of Olu Deniz but 2 minutes out the door and you’re on the short stretch of shops, bars and restaurants that take you down to the sand-and-shingle beach.
There’s a pool each for adults and children, with a bar right next to it, and the restaurant is close by serving up buffet and à la carte meals.
Located at the end of the precinct we called into this cafe. It has a small outside seating area which we chose to give down in. Unfortunately we were in the proximity of several smokers so moved seats. I had forgotten what a nuisance other people's smoke can be.
My daughter loved her mocha coffee which had been recommended by other customers. She ate a plate chips which she enjoyed. I had moussaka which would say tasted average. Flavour was lacking. I asked for a desert menu and was given choice of profiteroles or chocolate mousse. I chose profiteroles and immediately regretted it. It didn't appear or taste like a version I have eaten in the UK. The profiteroles tasted stale and the filling was a custard that tasted foul. The chocolate sauce was rather tasteless.
It has been my experience whilst staying in Oludeniz that waiters have usually been attentive. Today the waiter seemed to do very little. He didn't ask if the food had been enjoyed or whether there was anything else that he could help us with. We had to ask him when we needed anything further.
Second visit but this was the best
Recently returned Friday from a Thomson 10night holiday to Olu Deniz, staying at the Karbel Hotel.
This hotel commands a great position at the top of the pedestrianised road leading down to the beach and promenade.
The road is block paved and has a variety of restaurants, bars, shops, change offices, some supermarkets and a couple of hairdressers and barbers.
The sloping road down to the promenade and beach is gentle so not too hard when returning in the heat of the day.
We stayed at the Karbel a number of years ago before it was upgraded and the changes have really created a great reception area with beautifully upholstered chairs, banquettes and wrap-around seating. The area is very spacious with wi-fi available both in reception and around the pool and outside bar.
The large pool area has plenty of comfortable sun beds with parasols and small tables. There used to be an ornate bridge going diagonally across the narrowest part of the pool but this has now gone and the pool looks more open as a result.
For those people who have difficulty managing the normal vertical steps into the pool, the Karbel have thoughtfully installed a wide set of steps with secure handrails either side and the first five steps are covered in non-slip matting.
The maids work tirelessly and are so pleasant, mostly they do not have much English but if you learn to say good morning, thank-you and please - they are delighted and will often teach you to say a few other words. I had great fun trying to say 'thank you' to various people - it is a bit of a mouthful to learn though.
We stayed bed and breakfast and there was plenty of it. The Turkish bread is served in large crusty loaves which you use a breadknife to cut yourself as much as you need. There is also a toaster available adjacent to the bread counter, the small round bread-buns are delicious and would prove just right for children (and adults!).
There are the usual Continental meats, cheeses and vegetables. The melon is particularly refreshing and there are dried figs, sultanas and apricots together with large bowls of yogurt.
There are a variety of jams, honey and butter and you help yourself. There is no one watching over your shoulder so you can happily help yourself and come again.
Most days there were hard-boiled eggs as well as omelettes, pancakes and fried eggs on occasion. I understand you could ask for a full breakfast for 5 lira but I never saw anyone eating one.
There is a coffee and tea machine and as it dispenses only a small cup at a time, we noticed guests had bought mugs from the shops and therefore filled them up rather than keep going back for refills.
There was a choice of two cereals - muesli and cornflakes with diluted orange and water from dispensers.
You can sit adjacent to the food counters, good for the less abled guests or there is another dining area further on and also a large outdoor dining area.
Staff are prompt at clearing empty dishes etc. which is normal in Turkey but never did the staff take things without asking if we had done with them first.
We mostly stayed around the pool during the day, adjacent to the pool snack bar.
This is open from about 9.00am selling beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, ice creams and a comprehensive snack menu and the prices are reasonable and freshly cooked.
The hotel has a hairdresser and nail bar. The prices are displayed in English and I had a full French manicure with Shellac Gelish for Â£16.00. This took a good hour as the young lady took her time and I was very pleased with result.
The rooms are quite spacious with a balcony and two plastic patio chairs. We stayed on the top floor of Block 9 and had a lovely view out to sea with mountain views to our left.
As Olu is famous for para gliders, they are constantly gliding across the valley and you can see them twisting and doing aerobatics before landing on the promenade, a lovely sight to see just before the sun goes down whilst sitting on the balcony with a drink.
In these types of rooms, where the whole building is made of concrete with no carpets, there is the obvious noise from neighbours coming and going. There are also those incoming guests who do not seem to give a thought to the fact that when they arrive in the early hours people around them are asleep - they start unpacking and opening and shutting drawers and banging doors with no thought for others.
I must compliment 'Martin' (not his real name but that is what he told us to call him) on Reception. he works from 8 to 8 each day and never fails to smile. He is helpful and courteous and a pleasure to speak to.
There is a payment card system in the hotel where you have a plastic card with your room number on it and take it to the bar to pay for food and drinks. We were a bit unsure about using this system from previous reviews on this site. As it happened though we had no problems at all but we did make sure we paid off our bills each day when we went out for our evening meal. There were never any problems. You get a receipt from the barman when you sign for your food and drinks and this details the time, date and what you have ordered. he keeps a receipt and you get the bottom copy. When you go to Martin at Reception to pay off your bill, you get a receipt from him for your payment. If you make telephone calls from your room you dial 9 for an outside line and then the usual sequence of numbers for calling from abroad. We made several calls to UK and they were so cheap it was surprising. We made a couple of 3/4 minute calls which cost less than one pound.
All in all a hotel and village to be recommended - the only negative was the noisy neighbours but that is not the fault of the hotel.
One thing to be aware of is that there are a number of steps from the pool gardens where the rooms are. You can either climb the wide staircase with handrails or go round the back way via pathways but even then there is one fairly steep slope to negotiate, a result of the hotel being built on a slope.
If you can cope with noisy people around you and the steps/slope, then this hotel is to be recommended for a lovely, clean and welcoming base for your holiday to Olu Deniz.
Janet P, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Simply Fabulous all round!
We stayed at the Karbel in September as a family member was getting married in a nearby hotel. Where to start?! There where 4 of us all ladies and it was an ideal location just at the top of the strip close enough to be within a 5 min walk of all the bars/restaurant's and not far from the beach too. The hotel staff where very friendly from the outset and made you feel very welcome. It was lovely and clean too. We ate breakfast in the restaurant every day which was a traditional turkish breakfast...you could of payed extra for English breakfast but we felt what we had was fine. The pool area is lovely, clean and had lots of comfortabe sunbeds always available...we ate lunch at the poolside bar several times and the food was really nice and very resonable too. The bedrooms where small but had everything you needed even a air conditioning which you did need at 40 degrees! The whole experience with the Karbel was wonderful from start to finish. I will admit to feeling slightly dubious after reading other reviews but was pleasantly surprised. Thanks karbel for a great holiday I will be back hopefully with my husband and children next time.More
2nd time and a great holiday again.
3rd time in a row in Oludeniz, 2nd at this hotel. Lovely relaxed resort, especially in Oct when it's a bit quieter.
They say you can really tell how good customer service is when there is an issue and in this case it was faultless. We arrived around 3am to be told our room wasn't ready as there was a power outage in the hotel. Within 5 minutes we were taken by car to the Karbel Beach and given a room for the night. Next day room was ready and a car sent to take us back when convenient to us. It was worth the wait as we had one of the best rooms in the hotel! To make up for the initial problem we were offered a very late checkout for free, which was very welcome as our flight was not until midnight.
Perhaps because it was Oct we had no problems getting a bed where we wanted around the pool when we returned from the beach mid afternoon. We did notice towels being put out very early of course which is an annoying and very sad habit I wish all hotels would ban!
Staff were generally really friendly despite the long hours they work. The receptionist has been criticized in some reviews but we found her polite and efficient. Ok she doesn't smile that much but is never unfriendly.
We were on B&B basis and breakfast was ok. Lots of bread, cheeses, meets, tomatoes etc and of course boiled eggs. Juice is basically squash, coffee and tea are ok but take your own mug as the cups are quite small. Didn't have lunch or dinner as there are so many nice restaurants in the resort we preferred to go out.
Last year we would go out for a meal and come back to the hotel 9:30/10:00 for a couple of drinks and the entertainment. It was quite (also being Oct) but there was always a good atmosphere in the pool bar. This year entertainment was in the new upstairs bar area and there wasn't much atmosphere so we only went there a couple of times. Entertainment was ok for a hotel, lasting around 20 mins or so. Reception area is nice to sit and have a drink and use the free wifi. It's not fast but enough to check email and social sites.
We will probably be back next year, perhaps in June.
Many thanks Karbel, looking forward to next years holiday already!More
Hywel L, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
i was lucky to pick this hotel
Great hotel for the location,the value, the hospitality and cleanliness.
The staff are friendly and know your name everytime they see you.
very laid back enviornment and in the heart of the nightlife and 2min walk from the beach itself.
If i go back to Oludeniz i am definitely staying here again.
worth every cent.More
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