Ephesus Boutique Hotel
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A slice of 21st c. in the middle of the 19th.
"We were so fortunate to have found this charming, warm, and welcoming hotel - it seemed as if fate had led us to it. Really it was just a Google search.
We had spent a few days in Istanbul, and Moustafa, a business partner at the hotel, escorted us on our commercial flight to Izmir and arranged all tours and transportation for the next three days.
We learned so much not only at the main attractions - Ephesus and Mary's House - but also at Priene and the Turkish towns in the area. It was an indescribably amazing experience, and our local guides were professorial in their knowledge and enthusiasm, especially Heddia. It was admittedly expensive, but without any doubt worth every penny to have a personal tour guide and driver for just myself and my husband. I highly recommend arranging your tours through the hotel proprietors.
As for the hotel itself, it was simply the most calm, peaceful, modern, and welcoming facility we could have imagined. We were treated to homemade breakfast in the morning, local wines and authentic cuisine for dinner at night. I donât know for sure, but I feel confident that if the wine was local, the ingredients for the meals were local in origin too.
We could not have been happier with our overall experience, which, given that everything had been arranged over a series of emails, could have had a very different outcome. Once we had moved on to the Greece segment of our trip, my husband and I both wished we hadnât left the Ephesus Boutique Hotel quite so quickly."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of January 2008
Fantastic Hotel! Truly Wonderful Service.
"This hotel could not have been more perfect - or accomodating. The owner/manager Mustafa continually went out of his way to make sure we were well-taken-care-of. Every detail from how we arrived and departed to and from the hotel, to our meals, to making sure we had just the right temperature in our room was looked after. It is so refreshing to have a staff so concerned with the little things. The rooms were spotless and very comfortable. I highly reccomend this hotel as a quiet, clean and well-kept retreat in an authentic Turkish village. Enjoy!!"
- Travel date: Mon 26th of November 2007
You Should Stay Here
"We highly recommend the Ephesus Boutique Hotel where we recently stayed for three nights while visiting Ephesus and the other nearby ruins. The hotel is a little hard to find at night and the long driveway up to the hotel was not exactly promising (there was an overflowing garbage dumpster when we were there), but once you're at the hotel, you forget about such things. The rooms are spacious, the breakfasts are sumptuous, and the garden provides a great view of the surrounding countryside. It's also surprisingly close to Ephesus (about 15 minutes) but worlds away from highly touristy Kusadasi and uninteresting Selcuk, where most people visiting Ephesus seem to stay. Once we figured out how to get around, we were thrilled to be staying in the countryside. Among the great things about the hotel are the two very delightful young men who run it, Sevki Erkan, the manager, and his assistant, Arkan. Shevki especially speaks pretty good English, they were extremely courteous and attentive to our needs, we had delighful conversations with both of them, and Shevki even let us name his sweet dog! Highly highly recommended!!"
- Travel date: Sat 27th of October 2007
Ephesus Boutique - a beautiful retreat
"We stayed here for two nights in late March and loved it. It's very close to the main sites in Ephesus and around, but it doesn't feel touristy at all. The hosts were wonderful and willing to help with any inquiry. We enjoyed two delicious dinners here (the sea bass was amazing) and watched the sunset from our room. Overall, a great stay."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of June 2007
A lovely place
"We had a wonderful three days here. The hotel is in a beautiful location, with a pretty garden overlooking a traditional village. The rooms are spacious, clean and attractive. The staff could not have been more helpful. We really enjoyed the two dinners we had - traditional Turkish food, cooked by a woman from the village. There is also an excellent restaurant a short walking distance from the hotel. And of course, the hotel is only a short distance from all the major sites. Thoroughly recommended."
- Travel date: Fri 27th of April 2007
"We wanted an interesting place to stay near Ephesus, ,away from tourist hordes with decent rooms. We could not believe our good fortune in picking this boutque hotel! Large beautiful rooms, very private, with a great view of the village as the sun set. Excellent hospitality by the owners. In the morning we were asked if we wanted dinner. My husband asked if there was fish and a few minutes later, we were told that some was available in the market and the owners would cook this! The village, Kirazli, is very interesting. We were warmly welcomed by the people in the coffee shop, and invited into people's homes for tea and goodies. A local man stopped the Dolmus for us, and within 15 minutes we were a world away from the village in Kusadasi-a huge tourist centre, and port. The next day we had a terrific private tour of Ephesus arranged by the hotel. I highly recommend this-for just a little more money, you can set your own agenda and go off the beaten track where groups never go.The guide took us to an excellent restaurant for lunch and even helped me get a cheap suitcase at a local supermarket. That night, we went to the rooftop and had one of the best views of the night sky we have ever seen outside of a planetarium.! We were sorry we did not stay longer."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of September 2006
"What a delightful surprise to arrive in a small village in the Agean hills not far from Ephesus and see the Ephesus Boutique Hotel - four months old! The owners are a delightful couple, both conversant in English. Both Sezgin and Tejin are wonderfully welcoming. Tejin is a terrific cook and all three of our dinners there were outstanding - fresh seafood and delicious meatballs! The breakfasts were filling and delightful - fresh cheese, olives, eggs, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables. They either grow their own produce or get it from the neighboring village where eco-agriculture is practiced. Sezgin is a fount of knowledge about the Agean and just about everything Turkish. He introduced us to Raki, the local liquer that has a quickly acquired taste! A friend of Sezgin makes red wine from the Alfonse grape that is sublime! The rooms are great, the views are great and the hospitality was first rate. This is a terrific option to the concrete bustle of Kusadasi and the bland dustiness of Selcuk. VERY VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
"The hotel is new and in a very interesting spot. It is located in a tiny village. If you are looking for a bit of an adventure but want to stay in a nice place this hotel is fine. You can listen to the roosters crow in the morning as a local farmer leads his horse-drawn wagon down the path.The rooms are clean and the Staff terrific. They were most helpful in helping us with local travel trips. The rooms are very clean and well kept. The only downside is finding the hotel. To say it is off the beaten-track is an understatement. It is hard to find but worth the effort to look. We would definitely stay there again."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006
Amazing Honeymoon Stay at Ephesus Boutique
"Our honeymoon stay at the Ephesus Boutique Hotel was amazing. We spent two nights at the hotel in May during our honeymoon trip throughout Greece and Turkey and without question this was the most amazing two days of our honeymoon. The hotel is brand new and situated in the picturesque village of Kirazli just minutes from the port if Kusadasi. The rolling hills of Turkey reminded us of Tuscany.
Sezgin, Tijen and the whole staff were very gracious hosts offering very personalized service. Our private tour of Ephesus and the sites in and around Ephesus was fantastic.
We highly recommend the Ephesus hotel for those seeking a bed-and-breakfast/boutique hotel surrounded by Turkish culture away from the usual commercialized tourist hotels. When you go do not forget to have afternoon tea with the widow next-door to the hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of August 2006
A Great Place to Stay
"I spent 2 nights at a great new hotel in Kusadasi called the Ephesus Boutique Hotel.
The hotel is just beautiful & the surroundings are just breathtaking, the view is amazing & the hotel feels like home.
The staff are really friendly & helpful & have a wealth of Knowledge.
For breakfast you are treated to a typical Turkish breakfast, which will definately fill you up for the day
If you want to stay in a peaceful place that isn't to far from the action of Kusadasi then this is definately the place to stay."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of June 2006