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Karbel Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   KIdrak Cd. Belcegiz Mahallesi | no:10 Ölüdeniz, Oludeniz 48300, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #34 of 91 hotels in Oludeniz
Warrington
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“Lovely peaceful hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

just returned from 2 weeks at the Karbel. we arrived at 10pm, filled in the forms for the hotel, and then our cases were taken to our room by the porter. We were in block 5, room 519 with a side view of the pool area, but in the sun all day which was great. The room was very small but adequate for our needs. The bathroom was a good size, but for some reason they had put a small corner shower cubicle, when there was room for a bigger one. It was a bit of a tight squeeze in the shower, but manageble. The balcony was really small, just enough room for two small chairs, though as the door opened onto the balcony, one chair had to be moved to get in or out.
We paid the extra penny a night to upgrade to half board and I must say it was the best penny we had ever spent. The standard of the food was excellent, breakfast was basic, with bread, salad, tomoates, and some lovely feta cheeses. Tea and coffee were ok, but the fruit juices were some of the wierdest colours and flavours I have ever seen. evening meakls were of a good standard, and only one night did we not eat our food because it was only luke warm, as we were eating later than we usually did. A choice of two main meals each night, with potatoes and veg, then all the salads sauces and dips you could think of. The soup was usually good each night also. The waiters were fine, and always good for a laugh.
The pool area was large and most of it was in the sun all day. There are some big palm trees which gave off lots of shade for thise that needed it. Sunbeds were generally plentiful, but the dreaded advance towel and bags were in full sight on the beds, but the people were nowhere to be seen. I don't think this caused any problems with guests, and if you wanted a sunbed, you just had to make sure you put your stuff out before you went for breakfast. There was a railing all along one edge of the pool area, leading from the bedroom blocks. Most people used the railings as a short cut back to the rooms, and people were forever shouting and swearing as they banged their head trying to duck under or between the bars. Perhaps the hotel should look at making a gate to fit in this corner, to save the problem.
Happy hour each day always made me smile, as the guy who did the announcements came on the tannoy and said that happy hour was now starting ( 5.30 - 6.30 pm )and that all local drinks and cocktails were now CHEAPER. Not half price, just cheaper. Some days he even did a countdown of the time remaining before the end of happy hour, even down to the seconds.
The hotel is at the top of the strip, and is not bothered by the noise and music from the bars, even though they are quite close. They are all pretty similar in style and price, around 6 TL for a large beer and 8TL for a spirit and mixer. Karaoke was big on the agenda of most bars, along with the staff and customers dancing on the bars. A few of the smaller off-strip bars also had "fire shows" which was basically one of the waiters standing on the bar, with a lit firework in his mouth, and then setting fire to the contents of two bigs cans of fly spray. It looked very good, but could have been a big problem if one of the cans had exploded. Still, everyone knows Health & Safety is not exactly top of the agenda for Turkey.
Overall, a great hotel, with very pleasant and friendly staff, especially the room cleaners, who always said hello and had a smile for you.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

rooms are very poor not even up to a two star standard. reception staff unhelpful and never smile. however the room maids work very hard and keep your room very clean everyday and are always smiling, they were the only good thing about this hotel, would not go back there again. olu deniz is a beautiful place and i wouldnt hesitate to go back there again, however i would not book with thompsons again and will be more careful who i book with and which hotel i go to next time.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We arrived at Karbel Hotel at the beginning of May in the early hours of the morning. The staff were all very friendly on our arrival, and took our suitcases to the room. Our room was lovely and clean. Basic, but the beds where comfy and the shower worked and that was all that mattered to us. The room was cleaned every day and the sheets and towels changed every other. The cleaner was lovely and would make pretty patterns with the sheets when she changed them. One the first day we went down to the pool and there were plenty of beds for us to choose from. The pool was lovely...all be it very cold...but lovely. All the pool bar staff were awesome. By day two Eric (the pool barman) knew our order and always had a cheeky grin on his face, as did Mustafa. They were all very friendly and smiley...which was a breath of fresh air.
We didn’t eat at the hotel in the evening as we were bed and breakfast and wanted to try out down the strip. I would advise everyone to go to Buzz Bar or The Hangout for dinner. The food is to die for and all the staff are great. Buzz bar do the BEST waffles.
When I got home, within 2 weeks I had already booked myself onto another holiday for the end of august to go to Olu Deniz staying at Karbel Hotel. Like before we arrived at the early hours of the morning. The friend I took with me this time had never been to Olu Deniz before and fell in love with it as soon as we got into the lobby area. The staff were all bright eyed and bushy tailed, and were all smiling. One of the staff took our suitcases to the room, as they did in May, with no complaints even though they must have been the heaviest suitcases known to man. He smiled and laughed all the way to the hotel...brightened our night up without doubt. When we’d unpacked we went down to the bar as it was still open...all the bar staff had recognised me from the last time and greeted me with smiles and hugs.
The hotel photographer is a champ. He took some lovely photograph both times I was there...and both times I purchased. He was always very smiley and chatty. He made an effort with everyone. Every day he would be walking round the pool talking to all the guest...I’m quite surprised by how many names he can remember. Guests who haven’t been there for years...he will remember them instantly. Its great.
Every night we went to Shadows Bar...which was the best place for entertainment by far. All the staff (Alex, Ally, Adam, Mustafa, Jimmy, Nick & Ozzy) were really friendly and very funny and couldn’t do enough for you. Alex, Mustafa & Nick did bar dances every night and sometimes Ally joined in. They are all good dancer....minus Nick...but bless him he tried. Dermot, the bar owner / host is very funny...and doesn’t mind offending people. If you take offense easily it probably isn’t the best place to go. But we loved it. We got to know them all so well that they would remember our drink order and have it on the table before we even sat down. It was great.
I would also recommend paragliding to ANYONE. It is a fantastic experience and I will be doing it again.
Both my holidays were made by the staff of this hotel and the people in Olu Deniz. I will most definitely be booking another holiday there next year...this time for 2 weeks.
I would recommend this hotel to ALL of my friends and family.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cornwall
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Stayed at the Karbel for 10 nights with my husband, brother and sister in law from 3rd September. When we first arrived we were horrified by the adjoining rooms we were given (810 and 811) which were not even 2 star standard. We immediately complained to the receptionist, who offered no apology but said she could change our rooms two days later. This meant we were living out of suitcases for two days, which was a real pain but we were given two of the new updated rooms which we were very happy with. The rooms were cleaned every day, and wonderful towel arrangements and petals left on the bed! We were half board and found the food very good. Even my sister in law, who is very fussy with food, found something she enjoyed. We didn't think we would eat at the hotel much, but only ate out three of the ten nights. Breakfast got boring, although there was one morning with scrambled eggs and one morning with omelettes. We enjoyed the bbq night but other than that rarely stayed for the entertainment, preferring to use the strip. The dining room staff did not seem particularly happy in their job, some seeming surly and at times rude. More smiles and courtesy would have meant a good tip, but they got nothing because of their attitude. The pool is lovely and we had some great days around the poolside, where there are plenty of sunbeds, although people still lay out the towels to reserve their beds. The photographer is great, and took some fantastic photos of us all, a few of which we bought. The Hotel is in a great location, at the top of the strip, but is not noisy at all. Shadows on the strip is a must, and we had our best night out there. Very funny front of house host, and Dodgy Michael Jackson is brilliant. The staff work hard to ensure a fun evening. Drinks and food on the strip are cheap and its a great place to wonder around in the evening. My husband and brother did a paraglide with Sky Sports, which was brilliant and they got a memorable experience and great service from the Sky Sports staff. The lagoon is not as beautiful as you think, but lovely for swimming. We went to Billy's Bar a couple of days, but don't expect to be able to stay late for the sunset as they like you to be gone by 5. They will pick up and drop off at the Hotel. We all said we would go back to Olu-Deniz as it had everything we wanted. We would go back to the Karbel if we could be assured one of the updated rooms.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

My wife & I lived here for two weeks on our first holiday to Turkey.
Rooms - basic and VERY clean - the room cleaners do a sincere job at this and the air con works, and is generally quiet and good.
The lights in the room - may be said to be better - but did the job - who cares when you are on holiday anyways!
Bathroom - VERY clean again - one bulb blown - which did not seem to matter to us - was changed the next day on the clean up.
TV - rather old - CNN and BBC did exist - but hey - watched TV for an hour each daily - dont think this mattered to us!

Staff - with the exception of one youngish reception lady - who was downright arrogant and tried to double charge us for an international call - all the staff are humble, approachable and well mannered - the hairdresser is a fellow called Hossein who speaks absolutely no English but can do a heck good haircut and massage !

Food - depends what you expect on holiday - the breakfast is basic and good - if you expect ham and bacon and all the "English" breakfast - you are either silly to eat all this meat in 34 degrees C or too demanding - or simply someone else. Breakfast food quality is very good - clean and its good to see fresh tomato and watermelon for breakfast. You need these in a hot climate and not ham and bacon!.

Dinner (aka "tea" in Yorkshire lingo) - is generous - the salads are generally the same everyday - but fresh and not stale. The desserts again are too sweet in this temperature, but guess the average European tourist simply eats away, which is an indication this must be good!. Main courses vary - from veg to beef - again - beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Look up a search engine if you dont know what this means !

Otherwise - nice and clean pool - evening entartaintment will vary from terrible (the first "belly dance" - cheap) to a stunning "belly dance" - which was great ! Two different persons and so different ! The "pub quiz" organized by the Thomson chap was lacking in questions that meant something - was more of a "do you watch TV regularly" disaster.

Would we recommend - if you go on holiday and dont expect the planet - go for it. There are shops within 5 minutes of a slow walk - good staff and good value. If you think you are a soap celeb - go somewhere else.

Room Tip: Ask for a "quiet" room on the ground floor - if someone smokes below your room balcony - t...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Another good holiday at the Karbel Aug/Sept.Staff good and very friendly especially at the Pool Bar.Rooms were adequate sized but you're only in them to sleep anyway and kept lovely and clean by the staff.Can't really comment about the main meals as we went out to eat in the evening and didn't do breakfast but the lunch time snack menu at the Pool Bar was very good and was enjoyed each time.Olu Deniz itself was busier than the 2 previous times we were there but none the less still pleasant.We mostly ate at Joseph's Restaurant though also tried his Indian Restaurant The Madras which though quiet was very good too.Would certainly go back again to the Karbel .

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I recommend not to go to this Hotel which is believed 3 stars! It's just more than 2 stars! The rooms are not equipped with glass panel in the bathroom! All night you are forced to breathe the smell of sewage!
I took the camera with 600 euro BB for 8 nights and in the second mornings was supposed to pay for orange juice with 7 Turkish Lira, omelet with 8 Turkish Lira, in other morning we wanted to take two cheese sandwich at the beach, the dining room boss said that I am not allowed to put out food outside the hotel !!!!!!!!!!!!
I wondered why! Simply do not wish to eat in the hotel that I paid it otherwise! I was refused and had to give up eating food that I paid it!
You do not have trust in the photographer! I bought a set of 3 pictures of him and I asked him to put the rest of the pictures on sd card! He agreed and put the pictures on the card. When I got home on the SD card there was nothing ! Is a guy who you tricked me smiling friendly !
The main alley of OLUDENIZ are many drains they smell horribly uglier !
The beach umbrella and sun lounger cost 1 pound each !

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: KIdrak Cd. Belcegiz Mahallesi | no:10 Ölüdeniz, Oludeniz 48300, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#30 Romantic Hotel in Oludeniz
#37 Family Hotel in Oludeniz
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Hotel Class:3 star — Karbel Hotel 3*
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