This was our first holiday to Turkey so went with open minds. We loved Turkey, and Olu Deniz, so much that we are planning to return in September!
We booked with A1 Travel and got a very reasonable price for a week in May B&B. No problems with the holiday booking, apart from having the wrong terminal number printed on our confirmation so there was a slightly hectic walk from T2 to T1 at Manchester airport. On arrival at Dalaman airport we quickly realised that we had to pay £10 each for the visa, we weren’t aware of this so had to change some Turkish Lira back into pounds (another warning for the flight home, prices at the airport for food and drink are ridiculous so buy something in resort and take it with you!). We then had a fairly short wait for our transfer to Olu Deniz with A2B transfer service and arrived in Olu Deniz at about 8pm (transfer took just over an hour).
We were greeted at Karbel Hotel by the reception staff and were advised of the policy regarding paying for drinks etc at the hotel. You are given a swipe card which all of the items you purchase are charged to and you can settle this at anytime. This is a great idea which saves you carrying cash with you around the pool etc. You also sign for each transaction and are given a duplicate receipt as proof. We also paid for a safe which is located in reception.
Our room was in block 4, room number 404. The room was very basic and small but spotless. Small portable TV with a couple of English channels (mainly news), 2 twin beds (we had booked a double but after a long day of travelling we couldn’t be bothered to complain so just pushed them together), lovely balcony, air conditioning, mini fridge and fab shower in a proper cubicle (no mouldy shower curtains!). No issues with the room at all and they were cleaned every day to a very high standard.
The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and set against a mountain back drop. There are 2 pools (the quiet pool and the not so quiet pool), both are lovely but very cold and the bar at the loud pool is much better.
Breakfast at the hotel is the usual continental buffet (ham, cheese, bread rolls etc) and on a few days we did have scrambled or fried eggs. The tea is not so good but the boyfriend informs me that the coffee was very nice. You can also pay for a very nice cooked breakfast which we did 1 day. We didn’t have dinner in the hotel so cant comment on the food but I think it was mainly buffet style - they did have a deal where you paid for 2 nights (25 tl each per night) and got 1 night free.
The staff at the hotel are very friendly and really made you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is happy hour at the bar between 1830 - 1930 every night and half priced cocktails on Sunday evenings. We especially enjoyed 'Shake Time' in the afternoons when ice cold milkshakes were served around the pool!
The hotel is situated at the top of the main road in Olu Deniz and takes about 5 mins to walk to the beach front. Olu Deniz itself is lovely and there are many places for great food - Captain Hooks, Buzz Bar (for Lamb Iskender....yummy) and Ottomans were our favourites. The Buzz Bar is a great place to sit and watch the world go by (roof top terrace for great views of the beach and paragliders landing or the bean bags on the beach at night to star gaze and listen to the sea - bliss). We did find food and drink a little pricey in Olu Deniz so made the most of happy hours and stuck to local drinks. You do get stopped by the guys from the bars/restaurants but they are all very polite and friendly and take no offence to a smile and a polite ‘no thank you’. Still can’t get over how friendly everyone was!
All in all we had a great time and really enjoyed our stay at Karbel Hotel, yes the rooms are small and basic but for the time you spend in them they are perfect and as stated above, spotlessly clean. They have a great team of employees who really know the meaning of customer service and clearly love working at Karbel and this just added to a very special time. Excellent value for money and as you get what you pay for this is not a luxurious hotel but a very good standard 3 star hotel. Can’t wait to go back!!
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- Also Known As:
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