has dozens of hotels of all shapes,
sizes and prices. I like the ones
within walking distance of
the castle, restaurants, shops and
public transport because driving
in Bodrum is simply terrible: narrow,
labyrinthine alleys clogged with
This 25-room boutique hotel is a bit difficult to find (map),
but when you do you enter a peaceful
refuge far from
the madness of Bodrum in summer. Beautiful,
atmospheric, flower-filled and restful,
with accommodating staff. If you're looking for serenity, here it is. More...
I prefer hotels near the marina on
the west side of the west bay because
they tend to be quieter that the
ones on the
eastern bay. The 87-room Marina Vista has just
that: views of the Bodrum Marina right across the street. More...
With a view over the Castle of St Peter, the 19-room El Vino has, as you might imagine, an elaborate wine bar, besides a lovely swimming pool, hot tub, and even a small cinema. Tea/coffee time each evening is complimentary, with fresh-baked pastries. More...
One of the early upscale boutique hotels
in Bodrum, the 4-star, 104-room Karia Princess, claimed a good location,
quiet, but within walking distance
of the marina. A class act, but not
The name translates as "Preferred
They must be doing something right,
as they have been hosting guests
here for decades. Though on the main
street just across from the marina,
most traffic turns off before coming
this far, keeping the 36 guest rooms fairly quiet. More...
Up on the hill above the town, just
across the busy boulevard from Bodrum's
ancient theater, this aptly-named 18-room
hotel has the most spectacular
views over the bay to the castle.
You've got to see it! It's an
800-meter walk downhill to the marina
(about 10 minutes), but a little
longer walk back up the hill. More...
If your preference is for a grand resort hotel complex set apart from everything on its own pretty cove, this luxurious resort is for you: two swimming pools, East Asian spa and treatments, sauna, Turkish hamam, fitness center, fishing tours, water sports—it has it all. All 173 rooms have balconies and panoramic views of the Aegean.
Right in the action and throngs of
Bodrum on a summer night, this modest,
family-run, 18-room budget-priced lodging
just inland from the eastern bay is
to everything—if you like bustle
and activity. More...
Bodrum has lots of them, for all
sorts of groups. More...
You can also ask one of my recommended
travel agencies for help in finding
a good Bodrum hotel.
Also have a look at these hotels
in Yalıkavak on the north shore,
towns on the Bodrum peninsula.
—by Tom Brosnahan