Su means ‘water’ in Turkish, and the blue-and-white waters of the Aegean make the color scheme at the Su Otel my favorite place to stay in Bodrum.
Founded by an artist and a poet, it’s now co-owned and operated by Mr Zafer Küstü, who has managed the hotel for decades.
It’s charming, friendly, quiet and comfortable, even chic, with a nice swimming pool, a bar/ lounge/ breakfast room, and poolside terrace. There’s free Wifi Internet throughout.
The indoor/outdoor dining area serves light suppers of Mediterranean Turkish mezes such as stuffed vegetables, kalamari, small fish dishes and salads—perfect at the end of a busy day when you don’t want a heavy meal. Wine prices are unusually reasonable.
The guest rooms have quiet air conditioners, small refrigerators, and private bathrooms; many have twin beds, some have bougainvillea-cloaked balconies. Many of the paintings on the walls are the work of Zafer himself.
Zafer Bey, and his faithful assistant Ali, are charming hosts, sometimes joined by Zafer’s Irish wife Christine and their two children.
The hotel is set well back from the busy street (map), which can make it a bit difficult to find at first, but it’s worth the hunt.
—by Tom Brosnahan