I cannot rate the service and property of Hotel Bella highly enough. My husband and I had a wonderful time staying there - and I'm sure that we would not have enjoyed the sites of Ephesus and its surroundings nearly as much as we did without the help and hospitality of the owner of the hotel and our true host, Nazim.
Most hotels will pay lip-service to the idea of "guest" and "host" but Nazim and his staff take it seriously. You truly are a guest when you stay at Hotel Bella. Nazim gave us spot-on advice for how to plan our day trips and then drove us around to the places we wanted to visit, lending us a guidebook - all free of charge. He is an amazing hotelier who knows how to strike the perfect balance of being friendly and hospitable without ever being pushy. You are under no obligations ever, but Nazim and his staff truly want to help you enjoy your stay. It was just superb service.
The hotel is decorated with sumptuous Turkish goods - wood carved beds, artistic tiles, gorgeous carpets, etc. The quality is much higher than you'll find in Istanbul's touristy areas and markets. Nazim has a shop that was unfortunately out of our price range, but whenever I'm in the market for a Turkish carpet - I know who to contact! In the meantime, I just enjoyed the carpets and art that filled the hotel.
The rooftop is an amazing place. It looks out over the St. John's Basilica, the Castle on the hill, and the town of Selcuk below. Best of all, you are eye-level with the town's Stork nesting platforms. Storks are not native to the United States so we had never seen these magnificent birds before, we were enthralled to watch them in the nests!
Each afternoon we would lounge on the cushions on the rooftop, drinking tea (free of charge), and watching the sun go down. If you choose to eat dinner there, the food is very good. I recommend eating there at least once during your stay.
If we ever return to Selcuk, we will definitely stay at Hotel Bella!
- 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