Selçuk (Ephesus) Hotels

Decades ago, Selçuk, the town next to Ephesus, was known for its inexpensive, congenial backpackers’ pensions located on the southern continuation of Ayasoluk Hill. They were only a few minutes’ walk from all there was to see and do in Selçuk, including services such as restaurants, shops and transport.

Well, Selçuk has grown and developed, and the simple backpackers’ pensions are now more like atmospheric boutique hotels, their guest rooms boasting private bathrooms, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wifi, their décor and ambience still charming and friendly.

My Favorites

Nilya Hotel

The 12-room Nilya Hotel, on a quiet back street, is just the sort of atmospheric boutique hotel you’re looking for. With its verdant courtyard by a bubbling fountain, its fine Ottoman-style décor of carved wood, colorful Ottoman ceramics, Turkish miniatures and Turkish carpets, and its friendly staff, it makes a great base for explorations of Ephesus and the region. More…

Hotel Bella

The Nilya’s sister hotel, the 11-room Hotel Bella, is a Selçuk hotel of longstanding. Located just around the corner from the Nilya, facing the St John Basilica on Ayasoluk Hill—talk about a location convenient for seeing the sights!—it’s within walking distance of everything. And speaking of seeing the sights, the Bella and Nilya operate a shuttle service to take youout to Ephesus. More…

Other Possibilities

Homeros Pension & Guesthouse

Watching your budget? You can’t do better than the 12-room Homeros Pension & Guesthouse, one of the original Selçuk backpacker pensions now upgraded to the atmosphere and comforts of a boutique hotel. Like my other recommended hotels, it is on the quiet back streets near Ayasoluk Hill, the Ephesus Museumtransport, restaurants—in short, everything in Selçuk. More…

Ephesus Suites Hotel

This boutique hotel may be tiny, but its 4 guest suites are large and decorated in an appealing, understated modern style. The location is quiet. More…

Amazon Petite Palace

All the advantages are here in this 10-room boutique hotel just steps from everything. More…

—by Tom Brosnahan


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