Upon arriving at Hotel Bella my husband and I were warmly greeted by the hotel owner Nazmi and his staff. We were given a few minutes to unpack and then instructed to meet with Nazmi in the restaurant. After reading some of the previous reviews we didn’t know what to expect. Or were expecting a rug sales pitch that was described from the other Trip Advisor posts. As it turned out Nazmi was like a tour guide and came up with an itinerary of all the things we wanted to accomplish in our 3 day stay. He drove us to Sirince that afternoon for lunch and picked us up later. Told us what would be a good time to go to Basilica of St. John. We had dinner that night at Hotel Bella and it was very good. Bottle of wine, mezes, great kabobs, and baklava in a warm Turkish ambiance for about 70TL or $35. The hotel is in a great location and the rooms are decorated beautifully with Turkish decor. The breakfast that is included in the price is very good and plentiful also.
The next day Nazmi drove us to Ephesus. With Nazmi’s experience he knows just how long you will need at the attractions. He picked us up 3 hours later and then drove us to an awesome lunch spot and actually helped us pick what to order before he left. My husband and I like to be in charge and do our own thing but we trusted Nazmi’s guidance and he didn’t disappoint. He gave us the privacy we like and we never felt pressured to do what he recommended. That afternoon we met with Nazmi for his aforementioned carpet tutorial. We really had not planned on buying any rugs but we felt the value and quality are so superior that we just could not pass it up. We ended up buying 3 rugs and getting a great deal on some quality souvenirs. So if you plan on buying a rug while in Turkey wait until your stay at Hotel Bella. Nazmi is truly an expert on them and gets some wonderful heirlooms from all the villages he visits during the winter months.
On leaving day Nazmi insisted on driving us to the train station. An easy 5 minute walk. He checked the train schedule and saved us money by insisting we didn’t need a shuttle to the airport. If guests want to rent a car that also can be arranged and delivered directly to the hotel.
Hotel Bella’s sign reads “Come as a guest and leave as a friend”. That is exactly how we feel. We were treated like life long friends staying at Hotel Bella. A great experience!
- 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