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“One of the nicest places I have stayed anywhere on Earth” 5 of 5 stars
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Kirkinca Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Istihlas Mah. No 1 Sirince Koyu, Sirince 35920, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sirince
Los Angeles, California
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“One of the nicest places I have stayed anywhere on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

It was like something out of a Mediterranean Romantic Comedy. Set up in the moutains above Selcuk, we accidentally stayed here knowing nothing about Sirince and only looking for a hotel near Ephesus. From the minute we arrived people were amazingly helpful and friendly. The food at breakfast was delicious and all-you-could-eat as we sat in the tower room overlooking Sirince Valley. The atmosphere of Sirince is so easy going and light. At dinner they had live music and the landlady herself even sang beautifully. We enjoyed it so much that we elected to extend our stay here 2 more days and use Sirince as our base for exploring all of the West of Turkey (Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale) with no regrets. Be aware that Kirkinca is a set of multiple houses in Sirince Village, and some rooms are fancier than others. Upon arrival they showed us multiple rooms in different buildings and let us choose the one we wanted - Loved It! In the basement of our building (Cotton House #1) they even have a turkish bath / sauna / jacuzzi you can use if you give them a few hours notice to warm it up. Overall I liked this place so much I would give it a 10 out of 10 and I am seriously considering sending my parents there for a vacation. It is beautiful, peaceful, quaint....just plain lovely and a great place to relax at the end of a day of adventures. Cars can only enter the village so far and then its foot, scooter or donkey cart. At night its quiet, and you can see the stars.
Hands down the nicest place I stayed in Turkey. We even had a turkish style shower in our room!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kirkinca, Yönetici at Kirkinca Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear Ajontheroad,

Thanks for such a nice review .We are looking forward to seeing you again .

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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Porto Alegre, Brazil
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

Ok, we had the best room of the hotel, with a great view of Siringe... And it was really a good room! Big, warm, beatiful, huge bathroom, comfortable bed, lots of hot water... But you may have in mind that the hotel is composed by 3 buildings, and our room was 2 or 3 blocks away from the main part of the hotel... This is not good when it is cold and raining... You have also to have in mind that to arrive at the hotel you have to walk 4, 5 or 6 blocks (don't remember...) with your luggage, hill up... Not good at all (remember the cold and rain...) In the middle of the night we were waked up with people talking really loud inside the hotel, and we were the only costumers there... Point number one: there is no acustic isolation... AND my husband is sure that it was the hotel staff who did all that noise... :( In the morming, we had ordered our coffee to be served at 8 o'clock, cause we had a tour departing at 8:45am, and our room was so far from the main building and the road... Well, we arrived at the restaurant at 8:00am... It was completely closed... We opened it and waited... At 8:20 am I started to open the cabinets, searching for bread and milk to make our own breakfast... That was when somebody finally appeared to prepare the breakfast. The food was ok, but when a second woman appeared , she started talking with the first one and the service slowed... A third one appeared and this just stood there, watching us with a strange face, some times making comments with her friends. Not confortable situation at all... Siringe worths a stay, but maybe there are better options ! Of course nobody was there to carry our luggage out...

Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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kirkinca, Yönetici at Kirkinca Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear ClauSand,

Thanks for the review also your kind and nice suggestions for our hotel and sorry about the amateur staff we worked in the past. We improved our service and rooms since then .We are looking forward to seeing you again .

Mustafa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

Based on recommendations, we decided to make Sirince our home when in the Ephesus area. The town was supposed to be picturesque and the Kirkinca Hotel (actually three different houses spread around the town) to be a charming boutique place. But Sirince is incredibly commercial and touristy--kind of like the Grand Bazaar but here everybody is hawking sweet wine. Maybe if I'd never lived in a village before I would have found it quaint, but this place really turned me off.

We switched rooms after the first night, hoping to improve things, but no luck. Each room had it's own problems. Maybe that's supposed to happen in old houses, but some of the problems weren't to do with age, they were just bad management. For example, not changing a light bulb in the bathroom (the only bulb) in spite of several requests, no place to hang clothes in one of the rooms (they had wardrobes back in the day and in other rooms), no place to put toiletry items in the other room's bath (no shelf at all). Everything was kind of dusty. And in our first room, where they had splurged on a whirlpool tub, the shower head was useless--spraying everywhere except in front where the bather stands! These things could be taken care of if management cared.

They did have wifi, but it only worked when I was sitting in their office.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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kirkinca, Yönetici at Kirkinca Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear SamWoodward,

Thanks for the review also your kind and nice suggestions for our hotel and sorry about the amateur staff we worked in the past. We improved our service and rooms since then .We are looking forward to seeing you again .

Mustafa
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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

we had been told by our wonderful travel agent that we were getting a beautiful suite with 2 beds, justifying the 150 Euros charge for 1 night - instead we got 1 room with 1 large bed and a small fold-up bed in the corner - not a suite by any stretch of the imagination! we thought perhaps there had been a mistake in providing us what we'd paid for, but the hotel confirmed to our agent that they considered they had given us a suite and made no offer to reduce the very high charge

we realize that sirince has high prices since it's a bit isolated but the charm of the mountain village doesn't come close to making up for what we paid - other pensions and hotels in turkey will give you much more for your dollar/pound/euro!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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kirkinca, Yönetici at Kirkinca Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear 2ruse,

Thanks for the review also your kind and nice suggestions for our hotel and sorry about the confusion about the room . We improved our service and rooms since then .We are looking forward to seeing you again .

Mustafa
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Izmir, Turkey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

Stayed there with my girlfriend in Asmali Oda of Erdem House. The room was nice and simple. The staff were friendly and the breakfast was nice. The room has a few small and ignorable problems, which I would like to note for the hotel owners to find solutions. For many people these may not be a problem at all

a. There is no door for the part where toilet and shower are located. Shower is not a problem, but one would like privacy when using the toilet, even when with wife or partner. There can be unpleasant sounds and odors :)
b. there is 1m distance between the mirror and the washbasin so it is difficult to have a shave :)
c. the shower was leaking to the room (not much)
d. the bed makes noice when used by a hot couple :))

In general the stay was quite pleasant thanks to the charming village and old/traditional decoration of the room.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kirkinca, Yönetici at Kirkinca Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear PrinceofCaspian ,

Thanks for the review also your kind and nice suggestions for our hotel . We are looking forward to seeing you again .

Mustafa
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Wiltshire, UK
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

We stayed for three nights in the Plum room, which is in the Erdem house rather than the main house. The room was supposedly 300 years old and was very unusual in terms of its decor. It was pretty basic for the price, but I guess the rate is all about location and period charm (?) . You have to adopt a very laid backl attiitude here - they will request you car key to re-arrange the vehicles and you will get it back eventually, but everyone works on a "it will all be OK in the end basis".

I have to agree with other reviewers that the information is not great - we did not realise that we could have breakfast in the courtyard underneath until the last day - and had been walking all the way to the main hotel. Having said that everyone was very helpful and friendly, we found the place enchanting and would probably stay there again if we ever went back.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kirkinca, Yönetici at Kirkinca Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear Phil Stead,

Thanks for such a nice review .We are looking forward to seeing you again .

Mustafa
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Windhoek, Namibia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

The hotel is marketed as a "boutique hotel" but it doesn't live up to the glossy brochure or website. Our welcome was less than warm. The first room we were allocated was not in the main house but down the lane. From the looks of things we were the only guests in this house. The room was dusty and there was no bottled water available, no soap, no shampoo, no facility for tea or coffee. We felt very much as if the staff had forgotten our booking and after a couple of minutes sitting on a dirty back verandah looking at a view of building rubble and general rubbish we requested a change. The next room we were shown was in another house - this time there was coffee, tea and water available and the room was acceptable (just). The bedding was very poor - a very tatty and dusty bedcover and a top sheet which was half the size of the bed. I asked for it to be changed and a young man handed me another sheet and I made the bed up myself!
We were so disappointed with our accommodation that we stayed in this lovely village for one night rather then two.
Nobody from the hotel informed us about options for dinner and I still don't know if evening meals are available in the main house. We were served a very good breakfast but it was a shame to eat it off chipped plates and to have to ask for clean cutlery.
Luxury is not a necessity for us but good service and attention to detail is. Our visit to a lovely mountain village could have been so much better if our accommodation had lived up to our expectations

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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kirkinca, Yönetici at Kirkinca Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Dear RJWal,

Thanks for the review also your kind and nice suggestions for our hotel and sorry about the amateur staff we worked in the past. We improved our service and rooms since then .We are looking forward to seeing you again .

Mustafa
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Address: Istihlas Mah. No 1 Sirince Koyu, Sirince 35920, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Sirince
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sirince
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kirkinca Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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