This small hotel overlooking Sirince was our base for three nights while we explored ancient Ephesus. We wanted a place to escape from our forays into the tourist hoards that crowd the well known and easily accessible ancient sites in the area. We could not have picked a better refuge. Even small picturesque Sirence hasn't escaped the spillover from tour busses, but the Markiz Konaklari with its perch overlooking the town keeps the daytime crowds at bay. And, as the crowds recede by late afternoon and dusk descends a peaceful quite punctuated by calls to prayer and the rustle of village life envelope the air.
This is all experienced best from the gorgeously quaint terrace with its blue checked table clothes and soft seating areas where you can relax with a glass of wine or tea and a game or two of backgammon. If the weather is warm and dry have dinner on the terrace. If cool and damp, dinner in the dinning room is delightful, too. The restaurant caters to its guests for the most part, so the service is attentive and the food impeccably
The rooms are located in two buildings, one adjacent to the terrace and one above and separate from the main building in which a hamam is located. We stayed in a small, beautifully appointed room overlooking the terrace and would recommend that if possible, since walking more or less directly out to the terrace felt like being closer to goings on. The upper building is more private and would be preferable for those who like more privacy. Our room was small and cozy. Dealing with luggage took a little planning, but nothing we aren't used too when traveling in Europe.
Turkish breakfast will be ready for you on the terrace or in the dining room when you wake in the morning. Ask for eggs compliments of the hotel chickens that roam the grounds lead by a majestic rooster given to very early morning wake-up calls. Other denizens of the grounds are various cats and dogs that reside in the village. These are definitely not the unruly sort of beasts familiar in many places. These are well mannered, but not sometimes insistent, affection loving creatures, with traits best described as adorable. If you've traveled at all in Turkey you will be familiar with these creatures, particularly the cats. One day my wife and I stayed "home" in Sirince to explore some of its back by-ways on foot. A short way from the hotel an ocher coated dog with long legs, cropped ears and uncertain breed adopted us and guided us down the road - a companion rather than a pest. We took to calling him Vincent (something to do with the cropped ears).
Perhaps the best thing about Markiz Konaklari is its attentive staff. Sadri Aribas leads a small group of people who work very hard to make sure your every need is addressed. Mamet, Faud and two or three others who's names we are remiss in remembering become friends if you stay even only a short time. You can trust your life to them... But that's another story.
There are certainly other places to stay in Sirence. But, if you don't stay here at least once you have missed something.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Markiz Konaklari...Markiz Konaklari is a complex of 3 different Greek houses and it has the best view of the village at Sirince, which is built in a garden with full of fruit trees and endemic flowers. In our mansions, there are 8 rooms in total which are 2 suite Rooms, 6 deluxe rooms. All rooms have central heating system, air-condition and fireplace. Our aim is to make your holiday experience in Sirince one to remember in your memories with Markiz Konaklari difference. ... more less
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