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Saint John Hotel
Ranked #2 of 32 Selcuk B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Charleston, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Great experience”
Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

We just stayed here 4 nights. I agree with earlier reviews that staff was outstanding; we had a lovely and filling breakfast; it is just a short walk to the center of town; the appointments are lovely (check out their website pictures). We actually walked to Ephesus for our self- guided walking tour however we are seasoned walkers. We began our tour from the lower gate toward the upper gate thereby bucking the crowds who began the opposite way. Sure there are dogs barking, roosters crowing, an occasional baby crying in the neighborhood at night but that's Selcuk and Turkey unless you stay in mega sized resort or grand hotel. They exist in nearby Kusadasi

Our hotel was just below the Citadel, a short walk to the ruins of St John's Church (where his tomb is reputed to be), and near the ruins of the Artemis Temple. We took the local bus to Sirince, an Ancient Greek village, also not to be missed. There are lots of good restaurants in town especially Tat and The Ancient House.

Stay at the St John's if your are a traveler and over in Kusadasi if you are a tourist. We took the train straight to the Izmir Airport for 3 TL (less than an hour ride) and the owner drove us to the Selcuk train station.

Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

I was looking forward to this hotel based on the pictures and the reviews we read on tripadvisor. We even cancelled our reservation at another less expensive hotel to come here. I must admit that for the price we paid (90 euros), we expected a lot more. But it was for one night so it was okay.

The location is close enough to the restaurants in town and maybe a 15-20 minute walk to the bus station but the street the hotel is located on is not that clean. I would have been nervous walking down it at night. They are also the only hotel we noticed on this residential street.

The couple, who pretty much run the hotel were friendly but Menekse is probably the more knowledgeable of the two. They helped us with finding bus and train schedules etc.

The room is small but well decorated and the bed was quite comfortable. The bathroom was so so small that the door touched the toilet so it wouldn't open all the way. The walls are paper thin and you can hear everything from your neighbours. We had a few instances where the door of the room wouldn't open, the safe door wouldn't open....just little things that were frustrating. But staff were quick to help us. This is a fairly new hotel (used to be a prison) so they are probably still working out the kinks. Breakfast was okay. Nothing exciting and did not compare to the other breakfasts we had throughout our stays.

Overall, they try but it's not quite there yet. I think you could find many other cheaper hotels in the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stongly recommend this hotel. (And we think TripAdvisor should put it in the hotel category and not the BB category). The location is good - in a low traffic, residential area of Selcuk - and within a short walk from the restaurants an shops in the city center. The rooms are nice and clean with good quality beds and linen. The breakfast is delicious. But most memorable from our 7 nights stay in March 2013 is the high level of hospitality, excellent service and friendly atmosphere offered by all the members of the family running the hotel.

We had the hotel as a our base for visiting the local historical sights as well as day trips by dolmus to the nice village of Sirince and by train along the green countryside to Izmir. We also recommend a guided tour to Hierapolis / Pamukkale, although it means several hours on the road.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed as part of a group of 8 friends for two nights. The hotel is about 5 to 8 minute walk for the main restaurant area which was fine albeit not very scenic as a walk. The room , although with a fairly small bathroom, was very comfortable and well appointed. Very good shower with plenty of hot water. Breakfasts were good and all the staff were very friendly and keen to help in anyway they could. Their English was also good. We would definitely stay again if coming to Selcuk

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

From what I have seen of the hotels in Selcuk, this is likely to be the best option you are likely to find there. Our room was very clean and comfortable, though a bit small. The courtyard was beautiful and is a veritable oasis of calm and quiet after a tiring day of sightseeing. What really made the difference was the hotel staff, they are so friendly and helpful, Turkish Airlines had lost our luggage for 4 days and refused to deliver it to our hotel on the same day it arrived at Izmir airport, so we had to go collect it ourselves from the lost and found office very early the next morning before our flight to Cappadocia. Our driver from the hotel staff came with us inside the airport to make sure we were able to get our luggage, and even though we had obtained assurances from Turkish Airlines that the office was open 24 hours and that they were expecting us at the appointed time there was no one to be found. Our driver helped us call the information hotline multiple times and stayed with us for over a hour at 5 am in the morning till someone finally came to give us our luggage. So rest assured they will take good care of you.

The only thing which I thought detracted from the hotel and is not their fault at all is the poor condition of the streets around the hotel and the dim street lighting, if I was a single female traveller I might be a bit nervous walking back late at night.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I travel a lot and having grown up in the hospitality industry, am very cognizant of the level of service and comfort of my choices of inns. St. John's is a wonderful place to stay. The owners have given meticulous care to every detail of this new hotel, from the view on the rooftop veranda, to the accoutrements in the rooms. The place is quiet, lovely, and peaceful. Everyone here is so kind and genuinely helpful. I could not find the right train connection and Menehse took many a panicked call from me to help me arrive safely. She picked me up at the station and I immediately hugged her, I was so grateful for her kindness and assistance. The service did not end there... anything I so much as hinted that I would like, was provided, from a glass of wine upon arrival, to arrangements for a fantastic tour to Palmukkale..... I have rarely had such a wonderful stay on vacation alone. Stay here. You won't have a moment of regret.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

As soon as we arrived, the owner and manager sat us down and served us Turkish tea while helping us plan out the time that we had in the area. They were lovely and wonderful - just genuinely kind people. The rooms were clean and beautifully decorated. The hotel is owned and run by a family, and you can see their care in the decor and details. Breakfast is included in the room price, and it's a fantastic spread with omelets, traditional Turkish foods (like Simit and Menemen), fruit, danishes, etc. We had to leave quite early in the morning on our last day to catch a flight home, and they served an early breakfast just for us. The location is convenient - the city center is a quick walk away and it is next to the Basilica of St. John and a short walk to the Temple of Artemis.

More than the practical points like the facilities and location, the family and manager, Meneske, were just wonderful. Late one night, my friend and I found ourselves stranded on the side of the highway in the dark with a flat tire and barking dogs at our car. The rental car place was of no help, so we called Meneske. She and the owner drove out in the middle of the night to find and help us. It was such a refreshing experience to find such generous, kind, and wonderful people a world away from home. I can't say enough positive things about them!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Saint John Hotel
Address: Isabey Mah. Sehit Polis Metin Tavaslioglu Caddesi No:67, Selcuk 35478, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Selcuk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Selcuk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Saint John Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The nostalgic atmosphere of Hotel St. John reaches perfection in its elegantly decorated 26 luxury rooms most of which have balconies with quality and comfortable accomodation like a home away from home . Rooms are tastefuly decorated , such maintain a home like atmosphere . Rooms are quiet, and have double paned windows to screen out unwanted noise.We feel it is important to give people a sense of the place where they stay . Smoking is not permitted, and was prohibited by law in 2011 in indoor areas.Pets are not permitted except quide dogs for blind . ... more   less 
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