'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
The indoor/outdoor dining
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
The guest rooms have quiet air
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.
Here are directions for
walking or driving to the Su Otel, which is near the landmark Özel Bodrum Hastanesi (Private Bodrum Hospital).
When you contact the Su Otel, please mention
TTP. Here's why.
Mr Zafer Küstü
Tepecik Mahallesi, Turgut Reis Cad., 1201 Sokak (map)
Bodrum, Muğla, Turkey
Tel +90 (252) 316 6906
+90 (252) 316 7391
—by Tom Brosnahan
How to Get to the Su Otel