Although we normally choose hotels based on our trusty Fodor's guidebook's (always outstanding) recommendations, none of the guidebook's recommendations for Selcuk sounded up to par, so we took a chance on Saint John Hotel, and booked it based solely on Tripadvisor's reviews. And I am happy to say that the risk paid off! This hotel is really a gem.
The location is a bit unusual--- the elegant hotel is definitely something of an anomaly in the midst of a working-class neighborhood. In fact, we drove right by the hotel several times before recognizing it, which is really kind of surprising, because if we'd actually taken a hard look at the building as we passed by, we'd have seen that this building was far more elegant than the others, with its beautiful marble and polished gold gleaming through the lovely ground floor windows.
I am surprised that this property is listed on Tripadvisor under the "B&B and Inns" category, because it seems entirely comparable (and in some way superior) to other very fine small hotels we've stayed in, both in Turkey and in other countries around the world. I would not categorize it as a B&B or an inn. It is definitely a full-service hotel, very similar to a boutique hotel, that is staffed around the clock and offers almost every amenity you could wish for.
The hotel common areas are lovely, graceful, and inviting. The guest rooms are positioned around a central, Roman-style courtyard, with a swimming pool, statuary, and lots of comfortable, intimate spaces to sit and chat or eat a snack.
Upon arrival, we were invited to sit at a bistro table beside the pool, and the owner brought us tea and a delicious banana cake, which he said his daughter had just made. It was really a wonderful, warm welcome.
Our room was charming. It was on the second floor, overlooking the courtyard and pool. It was beautifully appointed, and the bathroom was stocked with plenty of toiletries. The shower was large (although it did run short on hot water a couple of times....). The hotel caters mainly to English and French-speaking guests, and the fact that the owner lived many years in America is evident, as everything is very up to American standards, and indeed, was the most "American" hotel we stayed in, as far as amenities and policies. We sent our laundry out, and it came back the same day, washed and folded. The price for laundry was exceptionally reasonable. (Which actually makes this hotel superior to American ones!)
This is a family-run establishment, and everyone who works there is extremely friendly, polite, and eager to help out with whatever we needed (they even let me put some things in their personal refrigerator, since the air conditioning in the rooms stays off when the room is not occupied. Very accommodating!).
They had excellent recommendations for dinner in the evenings and gave us good advice on everything we inquired about.
We also loved the adorable kittens who lived right outside the front door. They were so cute, and so fun to watch!
This elegant little hotel treats you like family, and we were genuinely sad when it was time to say good-bye. We hope to visit Saint John Hotel again, next time we're in Turkey. We highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The nostalgic atmosphere of Hotel St. John reaches perfection in its elegantly decorated 26 luxury rooms most of which have balconies with quality and comfortable accomodation like a home away from home . Rooms are tastefuly decorated , such maintain a home like atmosphere . Rooms are quiet, and have double paned windows to screen out unwanted noise.We feel it is important to give people a sense of the place where they stay . Smoking is not permitted, and was prohibited by law in 2011 in indoor areas.Pets are not permitted except quide dogs for blind . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint John Hotel Turkey/Izmir Province