We spent 4 nights at the Nilya while we explored the ruins at Ephesus and the surrounding area. From the first moment we got there, the owners went out of their way to help us by driving us to Ephesus, making suggestions, and just being very outgoing and friendly. The hotel is a delight with a beautiful courtyard where the very accommodating staff serve a delicious breakfast. The property is decorated throughout with great examples of Turkish artwork.
But the real example of the owners' character came later. We purchased a number of items at the Divan, the delightful shop at the sister property, Hotel Bella. One of the items was a hand painted camel bone jewelry box. We had it shipped and when it arrived it looked like it had a crack. When we contacted Nazmi and Erdal they immediately offered to send us a new more expensive box at no cost. When it arrived it had the same type of damage as the first. Upon investigation it turned out that U.S. Customs had damaged both boxes by cutting them with a knife when doing the customs' inspection. We shared this with Nazmi and Erdal, and to our astonishment they insisted on sending a third box at no cost to us so that we would have the keepsake of our trip. The third box arrived in perfect shape and sits proudly on display in our home.
There are no words to describe how decent and honest these two men are. If everyone in the world acted with half of their compassion it would truly be a much better place to live. Thank you Nazmi and Erdal for providing us yet another great memory of a truly great country - Turkey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nilya, located in the quiet area of St Johns Basilica. With 12 rooms, some 1st floor balcony level, views through the valley to 13th Cent. Isabey Mosque, Pamucak beach, beautiful sunsets or overlooking the garden courtyard. Other rooms on the ground floor opening to the garden courtyard, outdoor seating amongst trees, flowers, bird song and waterfall. Rooms are decorated in traditional Ottoman style, with hand carved furniture and marbled bathrooms. WI-FI access in each room. Relax in our lounge area with open fire (seasonal), enjoy filtered coffee or a drink from our bar, while relaxing with a book, or talking with other guests. Located within 5-10 mins walking distance of historical sites, museum and town centre. Free shuttle service to Ephesus. A mere 300 mtrs, 2 min walk from our other hotel, Hotel Bella. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nilya Hotel Selcuk
- Hotel Nilya Turkey/Izmir Province