The bed was so big and comfortable, it would have been easy to stay there all day. There was a small leather sofa and table which sat in front of large patio style windows, overlooking the bay of Izmir. The local ferries come in and out of the small harbour on a frequent basis, whilst cruise ships dock most mornings and depart early evening after their passengers have been to nearby Ephesus for the day.
I chose to stay in Izmir, rather than a resort such as Kusadasi to get away from the tourists. Izmir reminded me a lot of Brighton to be honest. Lots of cool cafes along the waterfront, everybody seemed so much more laid back than they were in Istanbul or other cities I had been to. It was still easy to arrange trips to Ephesus, Pergamom and Pamukkale but then pleasant in the evening to stroll along the waterfont with the locals, sipping iced coffee in a café and eating in one of the many waterfront restaurants, many of which are 24 hour.
The hotel has a restaurant, however nobody seemed to eat there for the four days I was there. Similarly, the rooftop bar was never open. But there again there was no need to with the local café culture.
Wi fi was free and excellent, breakfast was good and eggs were cooked to order and the staff were helpful, although slightly limited in their English. Not as limited as my Turkish though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kordon Otel is favorably located within walking distance of the Konak Pier and Kemeraltı Bazaar, moments from the seafront promenade on a major business street. Enjoy spectacular views of the bay from the room and the restaurant, of the Kordon Otel hotel. Enjoy delicious food, followed by a favorite drink at the attractive bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kordon Otel Pasaport Hotel Izmir