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“Our home in Selçuk”
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Hotel Bella
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Our home in Selçuk”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

We happened on the Hotel Bella several years ago and have thought of it ever since as our home in Selçuk. As it happened, we didn't get back until this year, but, in fact, we planned our trip so that we'd be able to stay at the Bella. It was everything we remembered: comfortable beds with comfortable bed linens (I hate cotton-poly sheets), a clean room and a clean bathroom, friendly and helpful proprietors, and a wonderful rooftop terrace where we not only ate meals but read, wrote in our journals, and watched the storks only a few feet away. The first time we went, the room felt a little Spartan, but there's been considerable remodeling since then, and our room this time was very attractive and welcoming. The only reason we didn't give the Bella a 5 was because one can get better dinners elsewhere. However, I confess that we found the convenience of dining in the hotel usually outweighed the lure of alternative restaurants.

Incidentally, other reviewers have commented that they felt pressure to patronize the rug shop. We have never felt that.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Great place to stay in Selcuk, a short walk to the train station and the rooms are clean and comfortable, if a little small. The staff are incredibly helpful and will drive you to the top gate at Ephesus and pick you up a few hours later from the bottom gate, for free. I only had one night to spend there and was grateful for their assistance. Lovely people. The stalk nest with resident family just outside my window was a bonus. Do check out St John's Basilica which is just up the hill.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

We had a wonderful three-night stay at the Hotel Bella March 2014. The hotel has an excellent location in Selcuk, an easy walk to the train and bus stations and close to the major sites in the area. The staff was quite helpful in all regards. We would recommend the Hotel Bella to others.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

This is my second stay there and a place I've recommended to others. We all agree there is no better place to stay in Selcuk. Owners Erdal and Nazmi, as well as the whole staff, could not be warmer or more accommodating. The location is perfect: right across from St. John's Basilica and a five minute walk into the center of town. The Ephesus site is walk able, but the hotel staff will drop and pick you up for free. The rooms are small, but clean, attractive and comfortable. The roof top restaurant is sunny in the day and cosy and night, with a fire in cool weather. And in fair weather, the rooftop terrace is delightful. Both inside and out you have views of the castle and nesting storks. Nazmi was incedibly helpful in negotiating a car rental and planning an itinerary for our friends who were taking a 8 day road trip along the coast from Selcuk.
In response to the criticism that there was pressure to buy: I didn't feel pressure. The first time I stayed we did not buy, and I felt no chill about that. This time we did, but not because of any pressure.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2014

This hotel is wonderfully located in central Selcuk, across the street from the St. John Basilica and close to the Isa Bey Mosque. Even more important, the service is truly wonderful from the moment of booking until you leave. Some of the rooms are honestly quite small, but manageable (or upgrade to a triple with a balcony (#12 has a charming little balcony) for not much more). Yes, they own a carpet/ceramics/jewellery store attached to the hotel, but if you're not interested, just say so, though we found it totally worth looking through, and got an interesting history lesson on Turkish weaving, with little pressure to buy. Would absolutely stay there again, and highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Big Sky, Montana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

The hotel is in a great location. The rooms and common areas are very well appointed. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. The breakfast is outstanding. Dinners are ok but better food and value are available elsewhere-we highly recommend Ejder Restaurant a couple of blocks away.
The downside is that the owners apply subtle (or not so subtle) pressure to purchase rugs and ceramics from their onsite shop (we noticed a distinct chill after we made it clear that we were not interested in purchasing a rug from them). Better alternative sources for rugs are: Eastern Anatolia Nomadic Art Gallery and Lilys Authentic Art Carpets and Textiles Shop--both are a short walk from the hotel.
Also, we wanted to visit Hierapolis & Pamukkale and they indicated that the only way to get there was an expensive tour that included stops at trinket shops and a poor lunch--afterwards we found that regular and inexpensive bus trips area available at the bus a block away.
We would recommend this hotel for lodging but suggest you eat dinner and shop elsewhere.

Room Tip: Do not stay next to the rooms with three beds. We had very noisy families next to us for two nights...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Laurel, Maryland
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

My husband and I stayed here for one night on our 10 day tour of Turkey. We had a rental car, and were able to park on the street directly across from the hotel. The interior of the hotel, especially the rooms and roof terrace, have absolutely gorgeous woodwork and handpainted tiles (which I assume came from the shop attached to the hotel). The hotel offered to shuttle us to the ruins at Ephesus for free, but we had already arranged to be picked up at the hotel by a guide. The hotel is across the street from the Basilica of St. John and right down the street from the Isa Bey Mosque as well. Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel, and would definitely recommend it to fellow travelers.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bella
Address: Ataturk Mah. | St. John Street No:7, Selcuk, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Selcuk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Selcuk
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Selcuk
#5 Family Hotel in Selcuk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bella 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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

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