We have just returned from a 10 day holiday at the Karbel. We have travelled to many different parts of Europe and stayed in many different hotels from three star to five star so when we booked the Karbel at Olu Deniz I was a little worried about what we would find when we arrived. This was our first trip to Turkey as well as it would seem so many other people we met.
Having travelled through the towns to Olu we were still a little worried however once we arrived the views were amazing. The hotel grounds were beautiful - just the steps at times got a little wearing.
We found all the staff at the Karbel were polite and very friendly, nothing was too much trouble and this seemed to be the concensus of most people staying there, but perhaps at times you needed a sense of humour too! Yes the waiters did try to sell you tickets for dinner or for the bar-b-cue but we found a polite no was more than enough. Mind you we did go for dinner at the hotel for four nights and got one free which was extremely good value (25 turkish lire per person for four nights). This was much cheaper overall than eating out at the other restaurants and we found just as good because you could have as much as you wanted from the starters through to the puddings! Breakfast was more than enough for anyone and the bread was not dry, it was baked freshly every day. If you wanted bacon and eggs then you could have it for an additional 10 lire but frankly you could stay in England and pay £15.00 for similar. If you want english food then try the Sunday night dinner - roast chicken, roast beef, yorkshire pudding, et al! The restaurant was heaving that night.
The bedrooms were small but more than adequate but the beds were a bit hard.The cleaners were wonderful and could'nt do enough for you including decorating your room with flowers. There were two pools and the quiet second pool was better for swimming in but you could choose.
Taking a trip down to the Blue Lagoon was superb although you had to pay for the sunbeds and umbrella but excellent for children as it was so safe apart from the pebbles.
The only downside - we took the trip to Dalyan which included a stay in the evening before flying back home. The day trip was good but the hotel we were sent to was awful. Thomson said three star but frankly we thought one star was too good for it. The bathroom was mouldy and toilet very old and stained.A good idea but Thomson need to get their act together and find a better hotel. The dinner was also very basic and the price of drinks on the high side. The airport was a rip off and we paid £7.30 for two coffees but we can't say we were not warned before hand, so eat and drink before you go.
Overall we did have a super holiday (and paid a price for a three star hotel to boot) which was extremely good value .
Well done all at the Karbel - keep it up and we will be back as soon as we can.
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- Also Known As:
- Karbel Hotel Oludeniz