This is how a local described Hotel Bella and I couldn't agree more. The hotel, including the rooms are very elegantly decorated with beautiful ceramics and rugs. The location, service and quality of the hotel is excellent. The cleaning staff even shapes the clean towels into different animals- think origami with towels. An unusual, but thoughtful touch). Very close to train station (5 minutes down the street), which is perfect for getting to and from Izmir airport. The hotel provides free shuttles to Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, Şirince, and will also drop you off other locations nearby if you ask. The rooms are more than sufficient for two people and there is a small (very small) balcony. The breakfast is very good (includes eggs) and is served on a roof terrace with great views of the city and St John's Basilica. The hotel also arranged for a Pamukkale tour. Overall, we would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. However, the hotel does have a shop selling amazing ceramics and rugs. There is an expectation that you will spend 20 minutes or so in the shop getting the carpet spiel from the owner. We found it a little strange at first, but it turned out to be a nice opportunity to learn about carpets in a more relaxed environment. We learned about the different regions where carpets came from, some of the symbolism and how they are made, they owner appeared very knowledgeable, especially regarding his region. Once we got the spiel, we could pop into the shop whenever we please and browse around without hassle, which was great. (Full disclosure we did purchase one).
I would also recommend that people take an extra day or two in Selcuk. It is a very nice town with good restaurants and is not too bustling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bella with 11 rooms, offers quality accommodation and services. Decorated in traditional Ottoman style, but with all the modern conveniences including Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Located opposite St Johns Basilica and Selcuk Castle. Some rooms with small private balcony. The rooftop terrace restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful summer evenings dinning under the stars, while enjoying traditional Turkish cuisine, admiring the beautiful views to St. Johns Basilica, Selcuk Castle and nesting storks (in season). Free shuttle service to Ephesus with loan of guide book. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bella Hotel Selcuk
- Hotel Bella Turkey/Izmir Province