This delightful property is situated centrally within the resort. The first room that was allocated to us was disappointing in that it was on the ground floor, facing a wall, and below a stairwell which was noisy. Having arrived at 4:00am, we waited until morning to request a room change which was granted straight away. This might not be possible in high season, but we were allocated a top floor room with excellent sea-views immediately.
The room was a reasonable size, hotel TV provided sky news and fox films which are in English along with some Turkish channels. Bathroom was very clean with shower cubicle rather than curtain, so no soaking wet floors to contend with. Water was always hot, even after a cloudy day and shower drained well, water pressure was good. The sink was very slow-draining making it difficult to rinse clean but we managed. Towels and bedding changed every other day and room given a good clean on a daily basis.
We stayed bed and breakfast. Breakfast was made up of the usual eggs, bread, cheese, yogurt, cereal etc and could be taken inside or out. Pool bar serves food from 12:00 - 4:00pm. Bar food is very pleasant and prices are comparable with (and cheaper than some of) the bars and restaurants in the resort. Pool bar remains the main bar in the evening but there is also the lobby bar in reception if you want to get away from organised entertainment. There was a variety of entertainment from BBQ night with belly dancer, acrobatic display, Russian burlesque show and some karaoke. I cannot comment on the quality of the entertainment as it's not my thing and I tended to use the lobby bar, but other guests seemed happy with it.
What makes this hotel so special is the it's fabulous staff. From reception and bar staff to cleaners and porters, all are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. When we booked a trip but were not picked up, a porter rang the travel company concerned for us to sort it out.
In keeping with the style of the resort, the rooms are built in blocks of about 12. Balconies are small, just enough room for 2 small chairs, and they have iron railings aroud them which gives an attractive appearance. Staircases are marble - very slippy when wet, but the overall look of the hotel with it's little paths leading to the various accommodation blocks is very appealing.
Safety deposit boxes cost £25 per week and are situated in reception. You can hire a travel kettle from reception if you want to make drinks in your room and have not taken your own. You are given a charge-card that you use to pay for all your drinks and food in the hotel which you can pay off at the end of your stay, or as you go along if you prefer.
The taxi rank is right behind the hotel so it's always easy to get a cab. The local dolmus service runs every 10 minutes or so and is reliable.
The pool area is very clean, though I would imagine it could get rather crowded in high season.
The rooms have a wooden door to enter and the balcony door is double glazed UPVC, so there is little noise to be heard once you have shut them. There are windows with mosquito guards on them so you can leave your windows open at night if you wish, though I would advise using a plug-in mosquito killer as back-up. Air conditioning was included in the price as I booked with Thomson, though you will have to pay this as an extra if you book independantly.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel for just about anyone. There is a small play area if you have children and a separate childrens pool is provided. You can be assured that you will be able to sit back and relax while the fabulous hotel staff look after you. At our welcome meeting, our rep said that the hotel owner only employs the best - she certainly wasn't wrong.
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- Also Known As:
- Karbel Hotel Oludeniz