This pension hotel offers much more than a delightful building near the center of Selcuk: brothers Osman and Asim create the feeling of a home away from home. After a day or two you feel like part of the family--including the 'family' of other travelers you meet on the rooftop for breakfast (and lunch and dinner, if you want). The food is great, the walled garden with a swimming pool is a plus, and the brothers know the best company for a PMD tour (Priene, Miletus, Didyma--Greek and Roman sites hard to reach without a car) with a wonderfully knowledgeable guide. Whatever my question, they had a helpful answer--including help with wheeling my luggage to the train station because I had a problem with my knee. And the hotel is only a five minutes' or so walk to either the bus or the train station.
While most American tourists come to nearby Ephesus on huge cruise ships, being bussed in and out of that famous Roman ruin, they miss the charm of Selcuk, its Saturday market, its hamam (Turkish bath), its storks (and stork nests high on ancient pillars in the town center), and its excellent museum. I loved sitting on the hotel rooftop in the evening, watching the walled fort high on the hill or staring over town rooftops into the distance, and seeing the storks fly by with food for their nestlings.
If you want clean functional accommodations, a wonderful family atmosphere, great home-cooked food and views, a 45-minute walk (or a free ride) to Ephesus, and even a small bookcase of English books that various travelers have left behind, stay at the Nazar Hotel. I high recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Nazar Hotel Selcuk
- Hotel Nazar Turkey/Izmir Province