When we stayed at Chigdem, it was still considered their "winter'" the high season doesn't start until after 4/15, so basically we were the only ones in the hotel.
We flew in to Izmir so it took us a while to get to Alacati. When we finally got to the town, The owners personally picked us up and gave us everything we need to settle for the night. Their helper, Rahman, even walked with us to a recommended restaurant to have some local meals. Later, when we were at the hotels terrace gazing at the stars, we were greeted with tea and coffee. I can keep going on and on about how wonderful their hospitality is.
It felt like staying at a someone's house with the cutest design and decoration instead of a hotel. We truly felt the warmth of
Turkish hospitality at Chigdem Hotel. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- About UsCommanding a fine view of Alacati, Chigdem Hotel greets the day with the sunrise. This hotel reflects the peace and nature among the bougainvilles overlooking Alacati's famous windmills. You can start the night sipping wine on the terrace-bar watching the sunset. It was constructed by certified engineer Batacar Baysal who made a surprise and gave his wife's name to the hotel(Çiğdem) and was decorated bytheir daughter-in-law, Gunel Baysal.Crocus FlowerCrocus flower, Colchium in Latin, is originally native to Eurasia. It is plant of woodlands ; blossoming in a variety of colors, standing out to strong winds with its fragile body, reminding us to endure and the power of existence. It has 59 species, 30 of which grow in Turkey. These flowers appear in the late winter often emerging in a colony when hardly a few plants blossom in the meantime. Flower color ranges from yellow, pink and blue, to a vast array of shades.Known as one of the most expensive spices of the world, Saffron is is obtained from the stigmas of of Crocus sativus. It was used to provide with nice odour for the baths by the ancient Grek and Roman. Crocuses have the late-winter/early spring bulbs. They are the first blossoms of spring and autumn. They have a short flowering period and after a two week process they end up with their buds. They survive until the next year by their bulbs storing the nutritives. These are the bulbs sold by the florists. It means you can grow any color of these flowers in your garden.Our hotel took its name from our hostess who took her name from these flowers: CHIGDEM.Special Category HotelSpecial Category hotels contributes to the tourism and are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. They have at least one of the characteristics given below by the law:Architectural genuinenessHistorical valueA touch of natureArtistic valueLocal, national and international composition, decorationConstructed and decorated with top quality and original materialOperatin of this kind of hotels need to carry at least one of the characteristics given below:Being a trademark or having a reputation, nationally or internationally, at least for five yearsReflecting local, national or international cultureAt special category hotels, the staff, the number of which has to be 20% of the total bed number, must be experienced and educated for high quality service. ... more less
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