85 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Perfect, perfect, perfect
"We were a family of 3 generations staying in the Montebello Hotel and we were ALL very happy there. The warm welcome and devoted staff ensures you feel at home immediately. The staff are amazing, they work incredibly long hours but are always happy and smiling. In an excellent location just on the edge of the town it is quiet but only 5 minutes walk away from the shops and restaurants. The rooms are very clean and serviced extremely well. The pool area and gardens are perfect and pool so warm. We had nothing bad to say about the hotel we felt so at home there. Turkish night is great, good food and entertainment. Olu Deniz itself is just beautiful, plenty of shops and restaurants but not too many, it still has an unspoilt feel. The Lagoon is within walking distance and an idylic place to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery. We ate in lots of restaurants and did not have one bad meal, in fact the food overall is amazing and the service 2nd to none. The Olive Grove restaurant on the same street as the hotel however was our favourite and with 10% off if you are a Montebllo guest it was such good value. Can't wait until we can go again and wouldn't dare stay at another hotel as I would be worried it could not match up to the Montebello. (The tradition of cake time at 4pm each day has to be experienced!!)"
- Travel date: Mon 18th of June 2007
Great Location , great chief , happy faces...
"Stayed 3 nights , clean , friendly atmosphere , great foods , good wine (nine sterling for a bottle 75cl) , family of three USD.90p.d.HB.....Reccomendable"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of June 2007
lovely, friendly hotel
"we had a fantastic holiday in this hotel, especially as it was rated as a 2*+ by the operator (manos).
the location is ideal as its close to the resort center and the beach yet not in the thick of things so perfect for people travelling in peak season.
the reception staff were friendly and always had our room key ready before we asked for it!
breakfast was fine, nothing special-traditional turkish as mentioned before. if you missed it 9it finishes at 10), there are plenty of restaurants nearby serving a full english for about Â£3.
the public areas and pool were kept spotless, even while the winds were blowing up the staff were still tidying!
i would definately advise to get a safety deposit box as they are only Â£1p/day. fridges were Â£20/week, kettles Â£6 week and irons Â£2 day.
there are plenty of good restaurants in olu deniz, one thing i would recommend for a few nights is eating away from the water front, where prices can be double what they further back.
we especially enjoyed the secret garden for atmosphere and happy hour, the pine tree for breakfast and dinner and the lady bird cafe for a proper drink with the locals. lazy dazy also has excellent food. just be careful with buzz bar as they overcharged us even after taking the menu away to price up the bill!!
overall, we had an excellent holiday. this was our first time to turkey and we're definately planning on going back asap, hopefully to olu deniz"
- Travel date: Fri 8th of June 2007
Fantastic Value, Clean, Good Food, Great Staff
"Have just come back from a 2 week holiday at the "Montebello" and totaly agree with all the previous good reviews about this Hotel. The place is very clean, location 5/6 mins to beach and the staff are all very freindly and very helpfull. I paid Â£9 per night bed and breakfast for 1 person in a double room, fantastic value via cheapholidays.com. Vast selection of restaurants to choose from my favourites were; The Sultan Ahmet, The Olive Grove and Captain Hook. If you are thinking of doing some Paragliding I would go with "Reaction" a German backed company or "Sky Sports".
I would recommend you to phone the hotel prior to your visit --- (budgetcom.co.uk @ 1p per min after 6pm to 8am Mon To Fri or all day Sat/Sun) and ask to speak to "Mevlut" . He will try his best to give you a good room. I would recommend Block 2 first or Block 1 second. Go for a top floor (Only ground and first floor) with a pool view. Mevlut is very helpfull and courteous, like all the staff and I know he will do his best for you.
Lastly do not forget to have your Â£10 ready at Dalaman Airport as this is the cost of your Visa which you get just inside the Airport prior to Immigration.
Enjoy you stay at the "Montebello""
- Travel date: Tue 29th of May 2007
2 Star Price with 4 Star Style
"Booked this hotel a month before departure at a bargain price and was extremely impressed by this little oasis.
The public areas and pool are immaculately clean. Nice gardens/palm trees around the pool area. Rooms have recently been refurbished in a modern, simple style. Comfy beds and clean linen (the top sheets are thick but cosy when it gets cooler). Linen changed twice in 7 days. Free air-con, double glazed windows with an insect screen on the window (handy for opening at night but no flying visitors)!!!. TV with loads of channels, if you can't find what you want, ask Reception to tune in for you. Lovely shower room with loads of hot water morning and evening. Fresh towels every day.
Breakfast-typical Turkish but always fresh and served with a smile. I am addicted to their honey on fresh bread now!! Ate in the restaurant 3 times and the food was very good and reasonably priced. Highly recommended is the chicken or lamb shish. Turkish night was fun, again, excellent food and service. I would also recommend the "Olive Grove" restaurant where you receive a 10% discount as a hotel guest, cards can be found at Reception.
The only downside was "some" other guests who made a bit of a racket when returning at night-despite the polite notices not to. One couple had a massive bust-up one night and gave out a load of abuse when asked to keep the noise down. Sorted out by Thomson and the Hotel though and peace was restored!!!
Altogether a great holiday. Lovely staff on Reception, Hussain and Mevrook were always happy to help or advise. Give the Montebello a try, you won't be disappointed."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of May 2007
Nice hotel, nice resort
"Montebello was not the ritz but an honest clean resort full of charm. Woken up by 'call to prayer' (not loud) can be strange at first but very relaxing and welcome reminder of Turkey's rich and different culture. Pool area enjoys some shade from backdrop of pine scenteed mountains. Breakfast made by dozen in house boys who all seem to 'work' there - but again they are lovely. Food is simple but quality - especially the montobello pizza and the authentic kebabs. Beaches nearby - esp. bob's beach - are great as are local pubs and eateries- and fabulous Turkish bath. Gardens were nice with fresh lemon grove to pick from your balcony - and roaming chickens. Go on Dalyman boat tour to see turtles and enjoy spa and mud bath. Much cheapness! Take pounds though as they like them."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of December 2006
Great, Friendly Hotel. No faults at all.....
"This hotel was very friendly, clean and welcoming. Our room at the Montebello was a good size with a balcony with stunning views set in a beautiful surrounding. It was very good value for money and we are planning to go again next year. The beach was only a five minute walk away which gave the opportunity to browse along the small shops and talk to the friendly locals along the way. We could not fault our holiday at all. Cant wait for next year... xxx"
- Travel date: Thu 7th of December 2006
Great budget accommodation
"We booked a week in advance and got a really cheap holiday. We were impressed by the cleanliness of the hotel and the helpfulness of the staff. It is basic but the setting is lovely and it is really well located in a quiet but central position. We found the hotel food to be good and reasonably priced. To us the cost of the accommodation was an absolute bargain."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of October 2006
"Very very basic, rather dirty and in need of refurbishment. Lukewarm tea and coffee every morning. Very hard boiled eggs, little other choice- a great disappointment. Eat out at Olive Grove, Antique Bar or Captain Hooks-nice food, good service. This hotel does NOT merit a 3 star rating."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of September 2006
Not a bad stay at the Montebello
The reason we booked the Montebello was primarily because of the good reviews I had seen on various sites. Many people said it got 9/10. Were these accurate? Probably not in my view.
The Montebello is a basic, small hotel situated at the back of the resort of Olu Deniz. Its plus points were, it was clean, it had air-conditioning, and the block we were in which was at the back was very quiet. The staff were pleasant and unobtrusive, and the breakfast were ok but fairly plain (tea was awful but the coffee much better!). Safe deposit boxes were in reception (rather than in your room) plus and minus points on this â being in reception meant there is always a watchful eye on them (good side), downside was the safe room was small and you might end up in a queue to get your things out.
Rooms were cleaned everyday, with fresh towels. The sheets though were very hard and thick and the towels had seen better days.
The restaurant was semi open and by the pool which was very pleasant in the morning. The pool though was small, and during the day could be noisy with children. It was also quite slippery. Also the Brits seem to have taken over from the Germans in reserving poolside beds, as most were covered by 8.00am with towels even though there were few people out or having breakfast.
It was a good walk to the beach, which was a downside as when we were there it was extremely hot and the walk back was taxing. There were many hotels closer to the nightlife and beachfront, that didnât seem to suffer from noise.
Would we use the Montebello again? Wouldnât say no to it, but would also consider using some of the other hotels.
Rating definitely not a nine more of a 7/10"
- Travel date: Wed 6th of September 2006
Best 2 weeks of my life.
"Got back in the early hours of this morning from 2 amazing weeks at the Montebello and I wish I hadn't bothered coming back.
I went with my parents and my best friend and had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel. We arrived at around 4am Turkish time but Batis the barman took us to our rooms and made sure we were sorted in our rooms before we collapsed into our beds. :p
The rooms at the Montebello aren't the most luxorious, they are basic but are kept very clean by the friendly maid who would always say 'Good Morning' and made sure we had clean towels, sheets and spare loo roll if we asked her. One downside to the room was that the door handle to our balcony didn't work properly and we had to devise a new method for shutting our door. Also, the taps in our shower had been swapped around, so that what appeared to be the hot tap was actually the cold tap and vice versa. Despite these slight issues, neither were a major problem and we soon got used to them.
The food at the hotel isn't the best, breakfast was very basic and okay for some people but I am very picky with breakfast and there was not alot of choice. This wasn't much of an issue though and we normally skipped breakfast, had a lie in then ate lunch at the hotel which was lovely.
The best part of this hotel is the staff who are incredibly friendly and helpful, they all work extremely long hours but always do so with a smile and they soon learnt our names, favourite drinks and favourite lunches which adds a special touch. Also, "Cakeci"- (meaning cake time) at around 4pm everyday is a nice touch, but don't believe the staff when they tell you they make the cakes themselves. ;)
But a big thanks to Batis, Ridvan, Murat, Oktay, Mesut and Bahri for making our stay VERY enjoyable and don't worry, we'll keep our promise to come back next year after the renovations. :)
I'd definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a good, basic, clean room to use as a base and I'd definitely say to go to the Turkish night on Wednesdays!"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of August 2011
Fantastic Holiday- great hotel!
"1st time in Turkey and loved every minute of it! Hotel was really good- everything i had read about and hoped for! Ok breakfast not so good- typical Turkish options but very cheap alternatives on menu! Rooms basic but VERY clean and comfortable- the maid service was excellent! The staff are really really friendly and make you feel very welcome. Lovely small hotel with a really lovely feel and within 5 mins max of main strip etc. Billys beach was amazing- best beach at Olu Deniz in the Lagoon and free transport to and from whenever! Only problem we had was a meal at the KARBEL HOTEL RESTAURANT which had baby bugs in the free garlic bread!!!! All other restaurants fab but in particular- The Magic Garden and the Seahorse were amazing! Harrys Bar is fantastic in the evening with the most amazing juggling act! All in all a fantastic holiday and will definately be going back!!!!"
- Travel date: Sun 12th of September 2010