At the tender age of 14
years, Ms Zeynep Öziş,
now the owner of the Taş
Otel in Alaçatı,
was designing houses.
"It's just something
I had to do," she says.
Luckily her father, a civil engineer,
was able to supply her with books and
plans that helped her to match her
dreams of architecture and design with
the real world.
When she discovered Alaçatı,
a charming old village on the Çeşme peninsula
70 km (43 miles) west of İzmir,
she knew her fate was sealed. She bought
stone mansion and designed her dream
an eight-room boutique hotel perfect
in its beauty, charm and atmosphere.
She went on to design dozens of other
buildings (mostly private houses) in
and has become one of the leading figures
The Taş Otel (TAHSH
oh-tehl, "Stone Hotel") is
no chic glitterati status
a refuge of
for discerning real-world travelers,
a mixture of cultured local and international
The eight high-ceilinged guest
rooms are light and spacious, with a pleasant
understated, authentic decor and modern
private bathrooms. Wifi Internet is
available throughout the
hotel, but the guest rooms do not have
TVs, minibars or phones—which
is exactly what her guests prefer.
Travelers don't come to Alaçatı to
watch TV. They swim in the Tas Otel's
pretty swimming pool (illuminated
at night), sit in the shade of palm
and bougainvillea, sip tea, coffee
or a homemade minted lemonade.
On a chill evening, they gather in
the living room around the fireplace
and chat, read, sip, or doze....
In the autumn, guests may, if they
with the harvest from Taş
Otel's 200 olive trees,
and take home some of the extra
virgin olive oil from
You'll also find the olives, prepared
in a half-dozen styles, on the breakfast
buffet every morning along
with a dozen jams and preserves made
at the hotel from organic ingredients,
and several special healthy breads.
Step outside the Taş
Otel and you find yourself
right next to Alaçatı's
many excellent cafés, restaurants
Saturday market makes
the village even more lively.
At least some of the guests come to
as Alaçatı's reliable
steady winds and wave-less sea make
this a heaven for
perfect English (she got a head start
on the language
as an AFS high school exchange student
in the USA), and Italian, some German,
French and of course Turkish. She is
usually present at the hotel (she lives
hotel in another house she designed),
welcoming guests, chatting and helping
them to make plans, or introducing
to her favorite pets.
If you're looking for a beautiful,
low-key, high-quality, rich-atmosphere
getaway hideout for a few
days of beach time, quiet reading,
windsurfing, shopping, cafe life, romance,...this
is it! You've found it. You're home.
When you contact Taş Otel,
TTP. Here's why.
Kemalpaşa Caddesi No. 132
Alaçatı, Çeşme, İzmir,
Tel +90 (232) 716 7772
Fax +90 (232) 716 8517