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.
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