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Ephesus Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kirazli
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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“Experiencing the real Turkey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

One's reaction to this hotel most likely relates to one's expectations. What does the term "boutique hotel" conjure up in your mind? For Americans, a quaint New England country inn? For Brits, a country house in Devon? What about agri-turismo in Tuscany? That's closer to the Ephesus Boutique Hotel, but Kirazli is not some exquisite Tuscan village, where one goes the café in the piazza for morning coffee or some upscale restaurant in the evening. [In fact, there is no such square.]

Most visitors to Turkey will have been in Istanbul, a very big city, vibrant and chock-a-block with incredibly historic and beautiful sites, cafes, restaurants, shops. You can easily see the significant economic progress Turkey has made in the past ten years, and see how modern it is. But Turkey outside of Istanbul is quite different. To experience this in the most pleasant way, spend a few days at the Ephesus Boutique Hotel. Kirazli is a working farming community and not the type one sees in coffee table books.

Mustafa, who did university studies in the UK and has been in the hospitality industry for years, decided to move back to the province where he grew up. He had built a purpose-built, two-story hotel, at the edge of the village, up on the hillside. But this is also his home, and it is evident that he tends the garden with loving care, and those in the kitchen truly want you to enjoy the meals they cook. The staff are very polite, and clearly want to please their guests.

Shortly before daybreak, you have heard the call to the prayer from the nearby mosque. Then a cock will crow. Then you will hear birds chirping, cows moo-ing, donkeys braying. Awhile later, you will hear tractors, as people go off to the fields. At this point you will most likely be up and dressed, and will go down to the dining room for a fantastic, Turkish breakfast -- a lavish spread of cheeses, fruits, jams, bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, etc. Much of this will have been grown on the grounds or nearby.

This is a great location as it is within short driving distance to Ephesus, Priene, and Didyma. After a long day of touring ancient ruins in the hot sun, you return to the hotel, and either go to the pool, or simply sit in the beautiful garden with a cool drink.

The rooms are very large, as is the bathroom. But in summer, why stay in the room when the grounds are lovely. The evening is especially magical -- a calmness comes over the countryside and one hears the last call to prayer of the day.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

Words cannot convey the heartfelt and authentic experience we had in discovering this gorgeous accommodation. The owner, his family and staff were, not only helpful with information etc. but provided home grown meals from their beautiful and plentiful garden along with stimulating conversation. The room was clean and spacious with a wonderful view, from our balcony, of the village and valley beyond. It was great to have access to many sights, beaches and the city of Kusadasi without negotiating its traffic and nightmare resorts. We would retire to this peaceful retreat at the end of the day for a restful sleep and perhaps a swim in the well designed pool. Definitely another discovery we would return to in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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München
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

What a beautiful and well-kept hotel. We went there together with our two-year-old son and parents and enjoyed the stay immensely. We felt like part of the family. The garden and pool area is beautiful, the rooms are spacious and clean. The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast and dinner were plentiful, fresh and tasty. We had fresh salad from the garden every evening, fresh fruits from the markets and every day a variety of starters. We didn't mind the "long" drive to Ephesus as we tend to inform ourselves beforehand, where a hotel is situated and how long it takes to get to the next bigger city, sightseeing area or beach.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

The Ephesus Boutique Hotel was the perfect combination of a beautiful location, peaceful relaxation, incredible meals, a comfortable room, and attentive/friendly staff. When I say incredible meals I meant to say some of the most mouth watering dishes I had the pleasure of experiencing. All of the meats, cheeses, fruits & vegetables are locally grown - everything is prepared fresh! The owner Mustafa personally prepared every succulent meal & his wife and another lady created the evening desserts. Mustafa spoke perfect English which is an enormous help when your Turkish vocabulary is 5 words. I purchased a hand made Turkish rug and Mustafa told me if I had any problems with the rug's delivery to let him know & he would handle it. Mustafa & his family went out of their way to let us experience a truly memorable trip.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

I loved my stay here - Kirazli (means "cherry" in Turkish) is in a charming little village a short drive from Selcuk and well worth the hike. It has a very Napa-like feel. The hospitality and warmth at Ephesus Boutique Hotel are unmatched - the cook even asked me what I'd like for dinner if I chose to eat at the hotel (and do this at least once during your stay) and taught me to make the dishes he cooked for my meal that night as a bonus. I truly felt at home here - my room was lovely and it was a pleasure capping off each day with a glass of wine in the rose garden. Don't miss this little gem.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Mardin, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

The owner of this hotel has been in the business for many years and brings his experiences and knowledge to this endeavor with great passion and outstanding results. My daughter and I were traveling together and he assisted us in many ways beyond merely providing a place to sleep. He does much of the food preparation himself and is most generous in sharing his knowledge of food and its place in the Turkish culture. It was a relaxed, comfortable and secure stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Brookfield, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

The Ephesus Boutique Hotel is just a lovely place to stay ... modern yet in an old-world setting, and convenient to the historical sites of eastern Turkey.

Mustafa and his family are great company and can help a traveler with anything along the way. When I left a tablet charger behind, he even arranged to get it back to me in Istanbul. Above and beyond the call.

And you won't get a better meal, prepared entirely with ingredients from the premises or from local farms and markets, anywhere.

I traveled with a tour group from EpicureanTravel.com and we were able to get into the whole food thing more than most visitors would. Mustafa took us shopping and we had a full day with the master chef in his kitchen, getting cooking lessons that we're all putting to use back home!

Room Tip: There isn't a bad room in the place but consult Mustafa if you're particular about the view...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Ephesus Boutique Hotel
Address: Kirazli Koyu Koyici Mevki Kusadasi Merkez, Kirazli 09400, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Aydin Province > Kirazli
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kirazli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ephesus Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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