The Nisanyan House is a unique hotel in a fabulous natural setting high up in the coastal hills. We stayed in a converted stone cottage there. It was more expensive than other rooms (they have a wide range) but it was also quite an experience. You really do feel that you are living in the Turkish countryside of another era. The hotel allows you to use the breakfast kitchen (just a few meters from our cottage) for perparing your own dinner and we did so one evening. This really added to the experience of living in this beautiful and timeless area. Also, it enabled us to take advantage of the wonderful market in the village where fresh foods (including some excellent fish) are available for very low prices. The hotel also has a fine gourmet restaurant but it is a little expensive. Although the views and the quality of the food are excellent. Walking down to the village for dinner is also an option. But after a day of hiking in the hills and visiting the ruins in the area, the steep walk back and forth didn't seem too inviting.
The setting of the Nisayan House is perhaps the most perfect of any hotel we stayed at in Turkey. The views are magical. The hotel lodgings are clean and the staff is very helpful. In particular the breakfast staff are wonderful women who go out of their way to make certain that you have everything you could desire. The hotel is also very close to Ephesus and not far from some other interesting sites.
The town below the hotel has many well preserved buildings and is quite pleasant. However, sadly the tourist trinket trade has apparently taken over the local economy. It's a long winding road to reach the hotel and, although it doen't seem ideal for the tour buses, they persevere and are rewarded with a small car park that they can fill at the edge of town. Apparently, it's a popular shopping stop. Still, especially if you get there between busloads, the town is very pleasant and the people have maintained their native friendliness. You should definate visit at least once. Also, it does provide an alternative option for dinner, but remember to bring a flash light for the trip back if you decide to go down in the evening.
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- There are four types of accommodation on offer: Inn - double or twin rooms - all en suite, breakfast included. Houses - fully independent historic houses - sleep 4-5 - all en suite, breakfast basket provided. Cottages - modest comfort in beautiful farm setting - all en suite, breakfast included. Guesthouse - economy double and twin rooms, one suite - all en suite, breakfast included. ... more less
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