This family run hotel/pension is located towards the north of the town, only a five minute walk away from the bars and restaurants in the town centre. It's run by a nice welcoming family with the manager/owner guy speaking good English. My room was nice and clean with a double bed, wardrobe, a/c, and modern bathroom which I got for TL40 (January 2010). Breakfast is also included but was only so-so. They also have an outdoor swimming pool but I didn't use it as I was the only person staying plus it was January.
Two minute walk from train station. Center of town. Rooms basic with nice touches. TV and A/C. Showers hot. Free internet, but don't hog it, others may be waiting. Hosts Jimy & Juju were excellent. Folks, they know why your are here. Ephesus. They were a mother load of helpful information. They can arrange a cab or you can walk (we did, the ruins were 20 minutes away). And don't forget the St. John's ruins in Selcuk itself.
Breakfast amazing! Served on rooftop terrace with view of Selcuk Castle.
The Kirkinca Evleri was recommended to us by one travel agent and confirmed by a second as well as receiving some decent reviews on the internet. We were fully aware that lodgings in the Ephesus area were of limited quality, yet were still very disappointed by this facility.
The staff was largely limited to Turkish ( our problem, not theirs ) but were kind and solicitous and did their best to be helpful.
Sadly, the facility itself was the letdown. There is a difference between words like spartan and basic versus words like rundown and in poor repair. The single lightbulb in the bedroom could not disguise the aged furniture in suboptimal condition. The incongruous pink plastic bathtub had not been assembled properly and " black stuff " was present at the non-apposed margins. The bathroom also suffered from having only a single light bulb and the single electric outlet was in the bathroom with none in the bedroom. There was no shower curtain - we were not too happy about that until we saw that the room next door had no shower head (image 5 )( which may explain why the occupants left early in the morning after their arrival ). As advertised, there was indeed plenty of hot water. The electric heater took the chill out of the room, I suppose.
The copious breakfast presented us included at least 15 small dishes of condiments, vegetables, and unidentified spicy things, supplementing a basket of very decent bread. An omelet for two was too spicy to be eaten ( which may be the closest we came to non-tourist Turkish food or may just have been too over-spiced ). Service, as always here, was gracious. Breakfast was served in an elevated room which contained the only television we saw - limited reception quality, just a few stations. The dining area itself could have used a thorough cleaning.
We had the opportunity to check out a few other facilities in Sirince and found most in similar states of disrepair. We took the opportunity to discuss the hotels with our guide who stated that the Kirkinca Evleri was among the best choices in Sirince. Many people on the internet recommend Sirince as the best choice for lodging in the Ephesus area - despite the kindness of the hosts, we cannot agree. We would stay in one of the seaside resorts in Kusadasi or even in Izmir.
The hotel staff garner this facility one more star than it might otherwise deserve.
I had an overall good experience at Urkmez. The owners are very friendly and helpful, they creative a very inviting and open atmosphere, it was really good for me since I was traveling alone. They try to organize a dinner with all their guests on the patio (for a cheap price) which enables you to meet other people. I met some great people, that was a blast! The location is good as well. Right in the middle of it all in Goreme, with, in my room at least, a view of St. Johns Basilica. The rooms itself are very simple and small, bathrooms are average clean, but it is a cheap stay. Trip advisor rates this lodging fairly high and I do as well. They don't try to pettle carpets on you, have books and internet. Feel confident you'll have a good stay. Check out the website for more info
Set in central Selcuk, the Ozkan brothers, Jimmy and Juju, run a hotel that is clean, friendly, and an exceptional value. They will move mountains to help with travel, tours, or almost anything else a traveler would want. We felt more like visiting relatives at their place than paying guests. They both speak English very well and are sincerely concerned about making a visit to Selcuk a memorable one. Do not pass up this hotel if you go to Selcuk.
Clean rooms; a great covered patio on the roof with an excellent view of the old fort. Breakfast items (included) were always fresh and plentiful. Thick towels! Free internet and wireless.
Stayed here for 2 nights to see Ephesus and Pamukkale.
A good base to explore both Ephesus & Pamukkale is Selcuk and what better place to stay is - URKMEZ Hotel. 5 minutes walking from Selcuk bus station.
Urkmez is a budget hotel located in front of the Police Station and Turkiye Bank, ATM machines are left and right. The best inexpensive restaurant is beside the hotel.
CEM - the owner is a very charismatic guy, very helpful and active. Staff are so friendly and helpful, always available 24/7.
Simple but very neat rooms, white clean crisp sheets and clean towels. Clean bathroom/shower. No elevator though, so you have to walk up if your room is on the upper floor but no sweat. The view at the rooftop is really fantastic - St. John Basilica is in full view, it's a resto and a nice breakfast place during the summer (not in the winter).
Cem arranged for our day trip to Pamukkale, we joined a group in a minibus that took us to see the cotton castle & Aphrodisias. It was so convenient as the same bus picked us up later in the afternoon, cost was something like YTL 30 or 35, I forgot. But really worth it.
The breakfast is good too!
Fast Internet is free, you can download all your photos or burn it.
Upon arrival at the Selcuk bus station, proceed immediately at the Pamukkale bus office right at the station and tell them you have a booking at the Urkmez and they will gladly call the hotel, in just a couple of minute, the owner (CEM - pronounced "Jem") himself will pick you up.
Would highly recommend this place, you won't be sorry!
Note for CEM: if you happen to read this, sorry we forgot to handover the key to the room, nevertheless, I handed it over to the guy at the Pamukkale bus office. I hope he gave it back to you. Thanks again!
Friendly people. Very Homey!
My husband and I have been coming to Turkey for 18 years and have stayed in loads of hotels especially around the Kusadasi area. This year we found a new boutique hotel. This beautiful hidden gem came as a shock to us. Its unlike anything I have experienced in Turkey before. The hotel is quite beautiful, it has six magnificant and luxurious suites filled with works of art and antiques from all over the world. The hotel is run by Stephen and Adrian two British lads together with Gurkan and his wife songule who have a flare for making anyone feel at home. It is a haven of peace as we lay by the beautiful pool swallows would come and fly down to drink from the pool, occassionaly hearing the bray of donkeys. What a refreshing change this hotel is close to all the superb archealogical sites of Ephesus, Selcuk, the shrine of the Virgin Mary and St John's Basilica only 8 Kms away. The bright lights of Kusadasi are just 11 Kms away and all accessible by local dolmush.
The hotel is in a traditional mountain Turkish village hardly touched by tourists. The streets are narrow and you find yourself near the village square outside what looks like an ordinary Turkish village house which actually did worry us when we first arrived in the vilage as it is a working village. As we entered the hotel we were astonished by the tranquil beauty hidden behind the walls of the hotel. The first thing that hits you as you enter the hotel is a long entrance way covered in grape vines, bouganvillia and roses, opening out into the most magnificant pool courtyard with ancient Olive trees and beautiful sun terraces surrounding the swimming pool. There is a huge guest lounge leading from the pool courtyard which is filled with lovely furniture and antiques that I have never experienced in a hotel before. As you come out of the lounge you find yourselves in a hidden tranquil garden that the suites surround. The only word to describe this place is magnificant and we can't wait to go back.
Wonderfully friendly family run pension in a quiet, untouristy location 5 mýnutes walk from the statýon (although they can provýde a lift if you call). Recently redecorated very clean rooms. Give the delicious home cooked evening meals a try, wýth all the dishes you wýll be challenged to finish it all. They provide free lifts to and from Ephesus and free bicycle hire, although I didn't try that. English, French and German spoken by various family members who were all very helpful and knowledgeable. Despite posters advertising various famýly ventures in the town, absolutely no sales pressure. My children were invited fýrst to play football and then welcomed into Turkish family life.
We arrived in the beatiful mountain village of Sirince after visiting the ancient city of Ephesus. It was getting late so we looked for somewhere to stay in the village. We followed the signs for Hanimeli Pansiyon (Honeysuckle House) up the cobbled lanes and steps of the old village. The house was set in a beautiful position near the old church in a quiet peaceful part of the village. We were met by a very friendly Turkish couple who run the b&b called Erdem and Doursan. They couldn't have been nicer - a real Turkish welcome. They showed us the house which is 200 years old and has been restored with modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. There was no one else staying there that night so we chose the front double rooom which had a lovely view over the village and surrounding hills. The house has two double and one single. The house feels like a well looked after family home. The beds were new and comfortable and the linen new and clean. Erdem and Doursan made us Turkish tea and we sat out in the garden which was full of jasmine and honeysuckle. We spent the evening walking around the village which was beautiful.
This house was a listed historic building and has loads of character and atmosphere. There are exposed wooden beams and wooden ceilings and all the doors and cupboards are carved from wood. Being up in the mountains meant it was cooler than down near the coast and we slept really well . It is very peaceful and completely quiet at night and waking up to the view of the mountains was spectacular.
The breakfast was a proper Turkish breakfast with the added novelty of the bread having just been baked in the village bakery.
It's very close to the historic site of Ephesus and the coast and yet has none of the over development of a tourist area. It has nice restaurants with wonderful views and cafes and some little shops and stalls. If we were to come back through here we would book beforehand.
Perched above the town this is a great place to get away from the madness of Kusadasi or the quieter Selcuk.The road up is unpaved so take care and there are no lights at night also it's narrow but you get the best views of the local area.Rooms are on the small side but the food,hospitality,general ambiance and views are more than enough to compensate.
The views and the town will calm you down from nearby Kusadasi.
Now, as for other places... Look, I would have to enter in all of the hostels and pensions to be able to let you know what the differences are, in what way some are better than others.
Practically, they all offer both cheaper rooms that share a toilet and a shower on the floor and a bit more expensive ones that have private bathrooms (I always go for those), they offer hot water, and some include the breakfast while others have an option to eat breakfast at their place.
Artemis guesthouse, Tuncay Pension, ANZ... there are many of them. The Routard Guide offers a good description of most of them.
I wrote to eight and just semi-randomly chose Vardar pension (ok, the name of the river passing through Skopje is called Vardar so I knew that it had something to do with Macedonia).
I guess most of them are decent and offer similar facilities.
So, I will just include some web addresses:
PRICES vary between 15-20 euros, per room/per night, for the cheaper ones, to 24-28 euros, per room, per night for the more expensive ones.
Hope that is a good start.
Oh, one thing to be considered: Vardar pension is ... literally 45 seconds away from the bus station. VERY, AND I MEAN VERY, practical when you want to travel to other places for a day or when you come back tired, hungry, dying-for-a-shower, all sweaty from a one day visit to another place. I am serious, VERY PRACTICAL aspect of your accommodation in Selchuk.
Simply put: you get off the bus/dolmush, you go to Sahabedding Dede Caddesi and instead of going in the direction of the ring-road, or the tourist information office, you go in the opposite... walk... 100 meters and you will see first Dreams pension, and then next to it VARDAR pension. Piece of cake to find it even though it took us 40 minutes, but... it is a long story.
Oh and here's Sevals email: email@example.com
charming hotel open 20 years ago,built with recovery materials from old houses destroyed by property developers!
spectacular effect:looks as if it was a pacha palace....and now we are pachas!
all facilities,rooms decorated with taste;swimming pool;garden;
interesting restaurant,fountain in the middle,menu and a la carte...turkish style
breakfast with delicious jams made by the owner!
unfortunately,groups,even small,can be rather noisy!
credit cards accepted...but,grudgingly!
anyway,one of the best hotels when visiting ephesus,perge,milet and didymes.
indicated prices are for ONE ROOM for 2 persons with breakfasts!
This place has got everything a backpacker needs and a little bit more.
There is a travell library with lots of info about all Turkey, a book exchange, Internet (2,5 milj), laundryservice, a swimmingpool where there are barbaques (6 milj) some evenings, a big choice of breakfast (3 milj) served in the courtyard and a free lift to Efesos at 9 o'clock every morning. In Efesos you can join the free guided tour. You still pay
15 000 000 TL to the guide for the entrance fee (and they pay the price for groups - my ticket said 50% discount).
The guesthouse also has their own carpetshop nextdoor.
The rooms are nice and clean and have a shower and toilet. I paid 15 000 000 TL for my room (breakfast not included). there are also rooms with AC and bath for 30 000 000 TL.
It's a good place to meet other travellers at and to exchange experiences.
But don't forget to go out and see Selcuk, visit the shops and eat at the restaurants.
10 Million Turkish Lira/night + breakfast
- friendly staff (really friendly but not giving you 'money-making' feeling)
- free lift to ephesus
- rooms with shared balconies
- a roof-top bar with nice view/pool table
- a warm (really nice in winter) common room with TV/Hi-Fi
- a kitchen for cooking
- lots of guide books for reading
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