Our family have just returned from 10 nights at the Karbel Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) in OluDeniz and this was our second time at this hotel. Don't go for Half-Board option as there are loads of places to eat nearby. In our opinion, the breakfasts were poor. Mostly a Turkish buffet, breads, melon, eggs & cereals with occasional scrambled eggs & omlettes. Cold juice is nothing more than "squash" called "Tang" or fork out 6TL for fresh orange juice. Our feelings were that the quality of the breakfasts have been reduced in order to force guests to consider paying more for cooked breakfasts, beans on toasts etc, - all available of course but at an extra charge. Not really fair. We stayed in block 9D (9C last year), rooms 994,995 & 997 with small balconies and view of 2nd (quiet) pool and surrounding hills nr. lagoon. Very pleasant and west facing means cool in mornings Rooms were on the first/top floor so no noisy neighbours above!. Rooms are basic but have all you need. Clean, reasonably comfortable beds, small fridge and bathroom with sink, loo & shower. Air-con works and rooms cool down quite quickly. Take a cotton sheet if you like something smooth next to your skin at night. Towels & Bed linen are changed regularly. Maids should be tipped but dont get too friendly or they'll try to sell you an expensive shawl at end of holiday. Can leave a bad taste. The Karbel Hotel is quite modern, functional not plush, clean and most of the staff are very friendly. Uhammit was nice on reception. The Karbel Hotel is at the top of "the strip" but far enough away so noise isn't a problem. Outside noise from bars etc. stop at 12 by law anyway. The strip runs down to the sea (a 10 minute walk) and has a good range of shops selling clothing, handbags, jewellery, cash machines, doctors/pharmacy, supermarkets, restaurants and tour shops. Its a lot cheaper to book tours here rather than with your rep. Same tours and almost half price!
A great restaurant nr. sea is Cloud 9. Others include Buzz, Help & Toscana. Trips - we went to Ephesus & Pamukkale with Seaside - great value at around £45!! including a night away in another hotel. Saklikent Gorge is good fun though there was less water this year than last. Paragliding (off top of Mt. Babadag 6500feet up) is amazing! We went with Gravity. £40 for 40 mins. 45 mins ride to top in jeep is a bit hair-raising at very top. DVD and photos afterwards are a bit of a rip off and should be cheaper.
Fethiye Market or just for an evening stroll & meal nr. harbour (Try Pink Flamingo on waters edge) on the Dolmus (local bus for 4tl single) is good fun. Taxi more like 45TL. The next town Hisonaru is quite a nice day out for more shops and a bit of haggling and lively night life!
Swim in pool(s) or go down to sea. Great beach and waves. Sand v.hot. Bit pebbly when going in - buy beach/swim shoes 10-15TL. Lagoon is lovely. Best experienced by calling free courtesy bus and going to Billys Beach. Ask rep for number. Call from reception for 1TL. Look out for the turtles.
The supermarket outside the hotel is perfect for a 5ltr bottle of water for just 1.5TL - 55-60p! Water in the hotel is more expensive small bottle was 1.5TL.
The hotel has two pools one just outside the restaurent which we found quite noisy but the other one is behind block 5 and is much quieter and nicer. Both have poolside bars/toliets.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay at the Karbel Hotel - we found it very good value for money, good central location - with a 10 minute walk to the beach, scenic views of the mountains and everyone was friendly.
Overall I would give the Hotel 7/10 or 8/20 to be fair and oh, Turkey is a beautiful place.
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- Karbel Hotel Oludeniz