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.
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- Also Known As:
- Ephesus Boutique Kirazli
- Hotel Ephesus Boutique
- Ephesus Boutique Hotel Turkey/Kirazli