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Hotel Nilya
Ranked #6 of 32 Hotels in Selcuk
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Houston, Texas
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135 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lots of atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We had a lovely stay at this hotel. We had room 9 - which had a nice view, and our daughters were downstairs (room 4 I believe). Ask for an upstairs room for view. Clean rooms. Nice decor. The staff was very helpful. We had them do laundry there, and they did a nice job for very reasonable price. One thing to be aware of is that one of the owner will meet you for an "orientation". They want to set up dinner at their other restaurant and let you know about their gift shop. We did have dinner at his other hotel, which is on a rooftop, so great view. But food was just OK. On the other hand it was 25 lira for 3 courses, so very reasonable.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Bodrum City, Turkey
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

The difficulty was in finding the hotel. Drive to the top of St Jean street and turn left at the top of the hill. Then take immediate right. Then take first left which is after about 60 metres. . About 100 metres along this road Hotel Nilya is on your left.

Oleander shrubs at the entrance hide the small nameplate. There is space for about four cars to park outside. The other clue is that next door to Hotel Nilya you may see a dog sitting quietly and tied up, sitting on the step.

Breakfast was very nicely served and several people said what a nice hotel it is. Information about visiting Ephesus was provided on arrival which was very thoughtful. The location is great for visiting the hilltop basilica and in going into the town centre.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Hotel is close to the train station (5 min walk) and right next to St John's Bascilica. Staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. They helped us arrange a rental car (to drive to Pamukkale - which by the way is well worth the trip). Rooms are small but decorated tastefully. The breakfast was basic but nice. They offered to cook eggs each morning in any style we wanted. Hotel Bella is a sister hotel around the corner - we ate at the restaurant there one night and it was ok - nothing great - there are several better options closer to the train station. The town is small and is very close to Ephesus - the hotel offers a free shuttle service to/from the main gates.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

This is a beautiful little hotel in Selcuk with a good location near the castle and St John's church, and a short walk to the town's activity centre. The owners and staff are extremely friendly (I'm terrible with names yet can remember them all) and always offerring me apple tea (because I became hooked on it). They even shared a 'nargile' pipe with me though wasn't really my thing, one puff was enough :-) Breakfast is a set type rather than buffet but its fresh and delicious, and served in a beautiful little garden with sprawling lemon tree (full of yet to ripen lemons too!). The room is beautifully decorated, as expected given the owner has a Turkish decorative shop. There is no television but that wasn't missed at all.

Aboslutely loved it and will return one day, hopefully with more of a budget so I can grab some of the gorgeous items in the owner's shop.

PS: While in Selcuk I highly recommend visiting the nearby hillside town of Sirince (about 8km away). And if you consider yourself fit enough, the walk up (rather than bus) to Sirince is well worth it for stopping and enjoying the views of the beautiful countryside (reward yourself when you get there with lunch at Yorgo's on entering the town - try the plum wine, yum!). There is also a tiny little 'school village' called Matematik (mathematics) around 1km walk from Sirince that you can visit. You might also see a monument built into the mountain around 1km further from Matematik if you keep your eyes peeled (don't try and walk there though, inaccessible as far as I could tell despite my best efforts)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cdchi1
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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82 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

The hotel is located off the Main Street of Selcuk, in a by lane, close to St. John's Church, now in ruins. It's a family run hotel, with, I guess, under 20 rooms. The reception is in a large sitting area for the guests to lounge in the evening, and a bar attached, with a fire place dominating the room. On the far end is the working open kitchen. But what catches the eye is the decor and furnishing, and Turkish carpets are thrown in for that warm feeling on a cold winter night. Perfect setting for that homely feeling!

The people running the facility also run Hotel Bella, more prominently located closer to the Main Street. But then Selcuk is such a small town, it's all there within 500 meters of each other - Main Street, eateries, shopping areas...

The rooms are around a courtyard with a lovely lemon tree, which was bearing fruit these days in September when my friend and I visited it. They don't serve a dinner, and encourage you to go to the Bella for it, which has a rooftop sit down with a nice view of the town. But I would recommend that having a drink here a better than the food, which is limited in choice.

The rooms are small, but have all the necessary comforts. The furnitures seem all antique - bed, dresser, bedside tables, cupboard... Table lamps, other light fixtures are all typically Turkish. For the size of the room that we stayed in (No. 5, on the ground floor), it all looked stylish and had that sense of staying in someone's home. The bath was cool and welcoming, not constrained in space either. :)

The staff, being family run, is friendly, and will engage you about the local history, which for tourists is actually welcome, in order to get to know the town better. But they also tried to sell us some Turkish carpets, which are sold frm the basement of the Bella hotel.

The breakfast was wonderful: fresh locally produced fruits and salads - something which this Aegean area is blessed with in abundance! And you can order your eggs to taste. So all in all, while the choice is limited, it is wholesome. And, not to forget, there is unlimited freshly brewed Turkish tea throughout your stay! Brilliant.

Overall a wonderful experience, and I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shilendra
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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

The Nilya is a charming old building in a Selçuk side street near the castle. Most of the rooms give on on to a courtyard garden with a fine lemon tree. We had a first floor room (no 9) and it was full of Ottoman antiques including a wardrobe that seemed to be giving in to old age and very fragile. Nevertheless, everything worked including strange old pendant lamps and modern a/c. The welcome and breakfast are both in the courtyard. They don't serve evening meals but recommend that you go to their sister hotel the Bella about 7 minutes walk away, where we had some excellent fish. It's tourist shop below had very over-priced items and ceramics with heavy reliefs (unlike the gems in the Topkapi palace) and Iznik tiles.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cicero, IL
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92 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Hotel Nilya is a quaint, family-run hotel near the Ottoman castle, the main drag through Selcuk, and that open-air market along Cengiz Topel Cd. It's situated down a street in a Selcuk neighborhood, with very friendly and helpful people sitting outside their stores and homes, eating and conversing with one another. The brother is the hotel manager while the sister helps in serving the guests breakfast. There's a great walled garden where breakfast is served al fresco. Breakfast is basic--some cheese, a half of a bagel, some veggies, hard- or soft-boiled eggs, and some fruit, and that's what we learned to expect from the other hotels we stayed at outside of Istanbul. There aren't any TVs in the room, but so what? After your day-long trips to Ephesus or Pamukkale, you'll be too tired anyway. Besides, why stay in the room and veg in front of a TV when there's the sights in Selcuk to see.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Nilya
Address: Ataturk Mah. 1051 Sok. No:7 | Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk 35920, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Selcuk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Selcuk
#2 Family Hotel in Selcuk
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Selcuk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Nilya 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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