I stayed at the hotel Derici in late-2012 and was generally pleased with the overall experience. As indicated in many of the other reviews, the hotel is a little dated. You can really see this with the carpeting and some of the furnishings. Nevertheless, they took pretty good care of me here, and I loved the nice balcony and seaside view from my upper-floor room.
The room was sufficiently spacious for my needs, and the bathroom was fine. I had enough hot water for my showers. The beds were small and a little too soft for my back. Although the furniture in the room was somewhat dated and insubstantial, I did have the storage space I needed for a three-night stay. The 'included' breakfast buffet was fairly good but nothing special.
Getting here from the train station in Selçuk required hiring a taxi, as the buses and shuttles that run from Selçuk to Kuşadası were not readily available when I arrived at the train station. However, the taxi ride was had at a reasonable cost. When I traveled from Kuşadası back over to Ephesus (near Selçuk), the hotel gave me pretty good directions on how to use the buses and shuttles, thus saving me money.
Frankly, I was surprised how much I enjoyed the town of Kuşadası. Sure, it is a seaside drop-off point for the cruise ships, but I enjoyed some of the busy restaurants and the shops along the waterfront boulevard that cater to the cruise ship passengers. The coffee shop right in front of the Derici is a nice place for coffee, tea and a pastry or other dessert. The clerk at the hotel Derici front desk always gave me good directions to restaurants, ATMs and even a local laundry. There is a large taxi stand just steps away from the Derici's front door.
It was here, at the hotel Derici, that I decided to go for a steam, sauna and full massage. That was a very relaxing experience, which I can recommend. Their price is decent too.
In retrospect, I am pleased that I chose to stay in Kuşadası as my base for visiting Ephesus. Everything worked out well. And the hotel Derici gave me plenty of opportunity to sample the "festive, seaside resort" atmosphere.
Only two things occurred that I did not expect: they asked me to fully pre-pay with my credit card at the time of check-in. That request is not so unusual in Turkey, but I just did not anticipate it from my prior review or use of their website. I complied, and it all worked out well.
The second issue was after check-out, when they actually telephoned me about 30 minutes after I had departed Kuşadası in a taxi for Izmir, simply to ask if I had used a fruit juice drink from the service bar in my room. This was a stunner that really made me shake my head with laughter. Earlier, they even had sent someone up to check that issue while I was still standing there at the front desk to check out. No, I had not obtained that juice drink from their service bar, but instead I had bought it a day earlier at a mini-mart in Kuşadası. In fact, the type of juice drink was clearly different than the ones they had in the service bar. Anyone should have been able to tell the difference. So I found it rather hilarious that they later called me in my airport-bound taxi via my taxi driver's mobile phone just to ask me about an empty juice drink carton that they later found in the wastebasket. They accepted my assurance that I had not failed to pay for something out of the service bar, and that was that. But I still marveled at how weird the whole thing was and how miserly this made them come off. No hard feelings, but it was just an "eye-roller" for me.
In summary, if you adjust your expectations to reality, you can enjoy this hotel and the seaside resort town of Kuşadası. Sure, things may seem a little dated, and they are. But I for one had fun here.
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