While visiting a friend in Istanbul recently, I decided to take a last-minute trip to Selcuk/Ephesus via bus. After a long, overnight bus, I found Jimmy's Place easily, a 3-minute walk from the bus station. I was greeting kindly and advised there was a tour departing soon, if I cared to join. I quickly threw my luggage in the room and was whisked away to see the ruins of Ephesus, house of the Virgin Mary, and the Temple of Artemis (one of 7 Ancient Wonders). What an incredible day! Make sure you also check out St. John's Church (walking distance) as well. The tour had a carpet/leather sales stop so tell your group to say "no" when they ask if interested (hotel didn't run tour, just recommended it). At Jimmy's the rooms were simple but comfortable. Not noisy at all, and the showers were updated with hot water. They have an amazing collection of tourist guides, historical documents, and informative resources and free computer terminal in the lobby. They even whipped me up some local cuisine despite being the only guest in the lobby/restaurant area. The fireplace is nice in colder months, and they also have a nice deck out front. You are very close to restaurants, bank ATMs, pharmacy, and other necessities, and the free breakfast was more than I expected - probably 10-12 items to enjoy with your Turkish tea or coffee. Great staff, location, owner, and food - what more do you need? They made the long journey to and from there bearable, and I highly recommend Ephesus as a side, albeit long, trip from Istanbul (about 9 hrs. by bus, look into flights which may be priced similarly, depending on season). If you are into history, religious pilgrimages, or seeing the ancient wonders, this is a great place to visit and stay. Rhodes/Bodrum is not too far by car/train if you want to see another one of the ancient ruins in the same trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belis Hotel moved to a much better building & location in 2015. 2016 saw renovations: specially-designed 'boutique' deluxe rooms through to budget rooms- something for EVERY traveller! Elevator, central heating, A/C, restaurant with experienced chef, Travel Desk with qualified travel agent, & the biggest and best travel library on Turkey you will find anywhere! Get the most from your visit to Selcuk ! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jimmy`s Place Hotel Selcuk
- Jimmys Place Selcuk
- Jimmys Place Hotel Selcuk