My family (husband, 2 adult daughters, and teenage son) stayed at the Stella Hotel July 15-17, 2011. We did not arrive to the Kusadasi bus station until after midnight. We stopped by the Metro Bus ticket office to inquire about the hotel and purchase return tickets and mentioned that we were staying at the Stella. The person at the ticket office picked up his cell phone and called the Stella Hotel. He then stated someone from the hotel would come to pick us up and they would arrive in about 5 minutes.
Hasan from the Stella Hotel picked us up from the bus station and mentioned he was worried that we had not arrived. Hasan speaks excellent English, so he gave us a great orientation and answered all of our questions on the way to the hotel. Once we arrived, he showed us around the hotel (very nice and comfy) and even took us out on the balcony so we could see the great views of the waterfront. Considering it was around 1 am demonstrates the hospitality was unwavering.
The room was dormitory style, nice warm shower, air conditioned, clean, nicely decorated, and waterfront view from the room. Breakfast was personally served and consisted of boiled eggs, breads, olives, watermelon, breakfast melon, coffee, tea, etc.
Hasan offered many tour packages, but we decided to take the offer of his friend Lily taking us to Ephesus. Lily spoke excellent English and was extremely pleasant. She also took us to the Temple of Artemis. Afterward Lily took us to Lily’s Authentic Art where in her air conditioned showroom she provided us a short history of theTurkish carpets she obtains from the many tribes in the area and presented the Turkish carpets (look very different from what you purchase from the department stores and is much cheaper). There was absolutely no pressure to buy. It was a nice break after visiting Ephesus (the store is about a mile from Ephesus in Selcuk). Lily then dropped us back at the hotel taking the scenic route.
The next morning Hasan continued his superb hospitality and even offered transportation to the bus station because we were short on time and it prevented us from having to wait for a cab. This was an excellent hotel with an excellent location (within walking distance from restaurants, shopping, scenic waterfront, etc.). Hasan and his family were absolutely wonderful and we will stay there again.
BTW-we are an African American family and felt truly welcomed everywhere we went; by the entire Turkish community.
PS-We had an early dinner at a restaurant on the waterfront in which I got food poisoning and had a true medical emergency. It was resolved within a few hours. I am not 100% sure because I am trying to identify the restaurant based on the receipt, but I believe it is Balik Ekmek (Ataturk Blvd No:1). When Hasan found out he inquired about my condition several times.
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- From harbour just walk to the bird island way, 1 minute later you will see Hotel Stella on your left side. ... more less
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