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Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir
Ranked #1 of 96 Hotels in Izmir
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Los Angeles, California
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“Impressive!”
Reviewed 16 March 2011

Depending on your budget, worth a stay if possible. Good location about 2 blocks from the sea and miles of really good seaside restaurants. Super large comfortable beds. Room service even has a pillow menu! Bathrooms top-notch spa-like. Excellent hotel gym that even includes spin classes. One of the nicest hotel spas I've visited. Hotel also has really nice large pool. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

I stayed in the hotel on the weekend with my family and once more I was in love with Izmir with Swissotel. The best hospitality I have ever seen, friendly staff, beautiful roof, new and modern rooms, amazing Amrita Spa & Wellness... I can deeply recommend this hotel for families with children, weekend escapers, Spa lovers or Izmir fans... Very central location, walking distance to the shopping district, cafes and bars... I will stay in Swissotel for my next visit to Izmir for sure... And it takes only an hour to Cesme by car, maybe less, suitable for summer short breaks..

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 17 January 2011

Pros: Stayed in Executive level room as lower-priced rooms were full and very pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth the upgrade for the small increase in price. Spacious, beautifully designed, large windows and balcony, top leather designer furniture. Daily turn-down and tea service. Amazing view of the sea from our room, sound of the hotel's fountain directly below. Gorgeous pool and spa. Excellent meal in the rooftop restaurant our first night. Bellman was extremely professional and provided great information and polite service.

Cons: Second night we ate downstairs in a mid-priced restaurant and it was mediocre at best. Booking of our trip to Ephesus through the hotel lacked proper communication (we thought we had a private car taking the two of us just to Virgin Mary's house and Ephesus for the whole day, turned out to be a group mini van with a chatty tour guide also taking us to annoying rug and leather shops for pressure sales without enough time at Ephesus and none at the excavation site/museum, and missed our scheduled return time by 2 hours due to other passengers and the shopping therefore almost missed our hotel spa appointment). Communication was also lacking for the spa/Turkish Bath service in the hotel. It was a beautiful facility, but we booked a couple's appointment as advertised all over the hotel and were separated upon arrival never to see each other again. Spa staff did not speak enough English to let us know what was going on, so my husband in particular was in for a big surprise about the experience in store and we kept thinking at the next stage we'd be put in the same room together and never were.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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new york
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

I booked a two night stay through the Swissotel website and then had to cancel it due to predicted snowstorms in Paris/London. The cancellation policy permitted cancellations at no charge up to the day of arrival. In fact, I cancelled both reservations more than a week prior to arrival and have cancellation emails to prove this. No charges were due. Nonetheless, the local hotel charged my credit card twice for both reservations. This is clearly credit card fraud. I am now arguing with Swissotel, the hotel, and the credit card company to get my moeny back. Beware of dealing with this hotel--shady operators.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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gefes, Public Relations Manager at Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir, responded to this review, 10 February 2011
As a result of the necessary investigation we see that there were three rooms booked under the guest's name from the web site although she indicated that she had made only one booking for two nights. Depending on the cancellation request, one of the bookings have been cancelled however, since no cancellation request has been recieved regarding the other two bookings, we charged 'No Show' depending on the booking type. Regardless of this mistake the total amount have been refunded (991.73 TL) to her credit card on 18.01.2011.
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Yalova,Turkey
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Reviewed 23 December 2010

I stayed in Swissotel Grand Efes with my family.We simply loved it..It is very new.It has excellent location.Very good rooms (could be a bit bigger).,Out of the 6 Swissotels i stayed worldwide,this was the best.
It has a very nice spa.Not overcrowded.We really felt spoiled in the spa facilities including the Turkish Bath.The staff are very friendly and helpful.
The price also was very good value for the quality.I would say it is a true 5 star hotel
Strongly suggested.Looking forward to go back
sinan arslanturk,yalova turkey

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 16 December 2010

This was the fourth stay this year at the Swissotel Grand Efes. Each time is a pleasure. The room is excellant. The location is perfect right in the shopping district or take a walk or run in the morning as you are on the walk that circles the bay- but the on site gym facilities are perfect if you want to stay indoors. The pool and sauna were great and I treated myself to the hamam spa with massage. Lovely. The breakfast buffet offering is Extensive, fresh and delicious. The Executive suite features are excellant- light snacks throughout the day and evening appetizers with drinks available- great soup wonderful desserts. You can have the perfect location and amenities but a great hotel is defined by its staff and the staff here are warm and personable and go out of their way to make you feel at home- and very special. I really love the art that is highlighted through the hotel. The hotel gallery had an amazing show featuring a Turkish painter while we were visiting. Just a really wonderful stay and we will be back.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ankara, Turkey
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Reviewed 28 November 2010

I am 46 and stayed at a lot of high-end properties all around the world. Swissotel Grand Efes is definitely one of the best that I ever stayed. Room design, decoration, clenliness were all impressive. But their greatest asset is the wonderful staff. They are simply great!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir
Address: Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No: 1 Alsancak, Izmir, Izmir 35210, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Izmir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Izmir
#1 Business Hotel in Izmir
#1 Family Hotel in Izmir
#1 Luxury Hotel in Izmir
#2 Romantic Hotel in Izmir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir 5*
Number of rooms: 402
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 12.000 m² of landscaped gardens Swissotel Buyuk Efes, Izmir is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the heart of the city’s commercial hub and overlooking the spectacular Kordon Promenade, on Turkey’s Aegean Sea. Adnan Menderes International Airport is less than 10 miles (15 km) and 20 minutes away. Swissotel Buyuk Efes has 402 luxury rooms including 55 elegantly decorated suites At Swissotel Buyuk Efes the guests are presented an inspiring art collection from Fernando Botero to Turkey’s leading exponents of modern art throughout the hotel with more than 800 art masterpieces and a selection of traditional Turkish and contemporary cuisine in a variety of attractive restaurants & bar: Equinox, Cafe Swiss, Aquarium and Sky Bar. Equipped with the latest technology available Buyuk Efes Convention Center located in the hotel, is designed to host all kinds of meetings and conferences in an ideal setting. Over 5,500m², Purovel Spa&Sport provides the Alpine inspired solution to healthy living within a stylish and contemporary environment. Facilities include; 14 treatment rooms, a Presidential Wellness Suite for couple therapies, a hydrotherapy room, solarium, a relaxation lounge, Turkish Hammam, steam bath, sauna, jacuzzi, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, pilates studios, group fitness classes, personal training and a tennis court. ... more   less 
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