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“Traditional Decor, Incredible Staff & Location”
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Hotel Bella
Ranked #9 of 33 Hotels in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 14, 2014

This charming little gem is perfectly located, just up the hill from all amenities but still quiet and peaceful. An easy commute to/from Ephesus (hotel even provides a shuttle, but we had a car so didn't use it) but with it's own amazing small town character. Traditional Turkish decor at every turn, the rooms are very small but well equipped given the space limitations in this historic property. The rooftop restaurant is lovely - cozy and comfy with a fantastic mountain and town view, including an up close glimpse of St. John Basilica and 2 huge stork nests. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful - they taught us how to play backgammon "the Turkish way", prepared some really delicious meals for a very good price, and created signature drinks to our liking. There is a lovely little gift shop downstairs with authentic Turkish crafts and creations - a little pricey for our budget, so we regretfully left empty-handed. Hopefully, next time!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here one night here and one at Nilya, both have the same owner. The rooms here are on the small side but the room was clean. Breakfast is included and is served in the lovely rooftop restaurant overlooking the sights. It is a slight uphill walk from the downtown area. Free transit to and from Ephesus is included. The owner is helpful with travel advice and assistance.

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank melindasr5
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stayed in Selcuk for a night to visit Ephesus and decided to skip Kusadasi and opt for the smaller town, closer to the ruins. Hotel Bella is ideally located near the Mosque and Basilica, just 5 minutes away from the chaotic aqueduct streets. This meant it was quiet and peaceful. They have an absolutely beautiful rooftop terrace where you can chill, eat a great dinner and watch the sunset over the many stork nests. In the morning, breakfast was great and we got a free shuttle to and from Ephesus along with loaned guidebooks! The staff were very helpful in giving us any kind of information and the train station was a 5 minute walk, with easy connection to Izmir Airport. Only slight negative is the small rooms, but they are very clean and well decorated and for one night - not an issue!

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Nick S
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

What a charming hotel!

Though small, the room was full of character and offered a lovely view. Dinner was somewhat lacking but the rest of the hotel and hardworking staff more than made up for it. We also fell in love exploring the shop. While other stores were selling imitations the boutique attached to the hotel had authentic items. It was like visiting a museum! In addition, the owner was knowledgeable and informative. I would recommend this hotel in the future!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visited Turkey back in May and I wrote most of my reviews in regards to Turkey at the end of May, beginning of June when we arrived home. I however held off writing the review on Hotel Bella in the hope an issue could be rectified and after numerous emails back and forth it was not.

My review is not so much for the accommodation side of Hotel Bella. Yes we stayed there – for four nights – and I will say that the stay was reasonably comfortable but the breakfasts were very lacking. The staff here are lovely and very hard working. My review however is more to do with purchases in the Hotel’s gallery/shop.

Upon arrival you are ‘encouraged’ to shop in the hotel’s gift shop. This encouragement continues though out your stay. The items in the shop are expensive, but they are of a very high quality, in fact much better than what you would find in a typical souvenir / gift shop. on our last evening we decided to have a look at the shop and showed interest in purchasing a very expensive and very beautiful, large – 55cm in diameter with 5cm concave - hand painted ceramic wall plate by a well known Turkish ceramist/artist. We expressed concern about how the plate would travel back to Australia and were reluctant to spend such a considerable amount on the plate should it be broken during transit. Erdal assured us the plate would be carefully and expertly wrapped and boxed for the trip. He assured us Hotel Bella sent such items all over the world without any problem. He explained that the plate would be wrapped in layers of bubble wrap, padded and packed into a large hard box specially designed and made for the plates and would be wrapped again in bubble wrap. Satisfied we purchased the plate and paid 700TL ($370Aud). We requested the paperwork for the plate and was told it would be put with the plate. We were to collect the packed plate the next morning upon our departure.

The next morning we collected the plate from Nazmi and found it was not boxed, we asked for it to be boxed, Nazmi went away, put the plate in the box and returned. We questioned why the box itself was not wrapped in bubble wrap and were told it would be ok. We trusted Nazmi at his word, paid for the plate and our accommodation and left, flying out of Izmir to Istanbul and on to Singapore. At Singapore we collected the boxed plate and heard it tinkle. Upon opening it at the claims office it was discovered the plate had been wrapped in one piece of bubble-wrap only - 90cm x 60cm – not even large enough to wrap around the plate once – and that the box with a 4.5cm top-lip had not been padded thus allowing the plate to move in the box. The plate was smashed to pieces. We were devastated to say the least. To make matters worse, the airline has refused to pay compensation because of the way the item was poorly packed. They photographed the item, box and wrapping and this cannot be disputed. Our travel insurance is also refusing to pay the claim because of 2reasons – 1 the item was not securely packed and 2 there was no documentation for the plate. We have had a number of emails back and forth with Hotel Bella requesting documentation (none has been forthcoming) and advising them that the plate smashed due to their poor packaging. Hotel Bella is refusing to take any responsibility for the poor packaging. To add insult to injury, they then sent photos of more plates to us with a request we purchase another one, at a greater amount than what we brought the first plate for.

I would recommend anyone who purchases an item from Hotel Bella to be present when the item is being packaged, to insist on it being packaged securely and safely, and not pay or leave unless they have an itemised receipt and full documentation for the item. I have to say, this incident has left us with a very poor view of Hotel Bella and has soured our memories of our time at their hotel. We would not stay there again. And in anticipation of a reply to this review from Hotel Bella in saying that we should have carried the plate/box into the planes Cabin, I would like to say first that the box (with plate) weighed 8kilos and was 60cmx60cms in size and thus considered too large to be allowed in cabin. We argued with the desk attendant that the item was a plate but it was not allowed in cabin. And as I have said prior above, we trusted that Nazmi had securely packaged the plate as assured by Erdal.

I would also like to add that Hotel Bella has been slow in replying to emails and has not even replied to our last email and thus I am now putting this review on.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank kezzaloveslife
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was our first stop in Turkey after a long flight through Istanbul. However the owner was very hospitable and helpful. After check-in you are invited to go to the rooftop terrace for tea and an info session. And what an amazing view of Selcuk it was. When he found out that we would be traveling to a different city the next day, he immediately showed us the location of the bus stop, which is just a 5 min walk and called up the bus company to reserve seats for us. The room was clean but rather cramped, which was fine since we were only staying there overnight and we didn't have much luggage. Dinner was tasty, particularly for it being our first Turkish meal. My friend thought that of all the restaurants we ate at in Turkey during our two weeks in 6 cities, they still had the best and most uniquely flavored lentil soup. Breakfast on the other hand was less impressive. Avoid getting eggs unless it's boiled. I got scrambled and my friend got an omelet, and they came out horribly done. They were both drenched in oil - the scrambled eggs looked like they just fried it and then chopped it up into tiny pieces; the omelet looked more like a fried crepe.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stayed at Hotel Bella for one night, nothing was too much trouble for the staff and the food was excellent. The bedrooms were small but the charm of the place and the people more than compensated. As,we were on a tight schedule they took care of everything from the shuttle to Ephesus arranging a great guide and even booking the bus tickets for us. If your looking for a relaxed inviting place with an authentic feel and good food then this could be for you.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
Thank Adrian F
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Address: Ataturk Mah. | St. John Street No:7, Selcuk, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Selcuk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Selcuk
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Selcuk
#5 Family Hotel in Selcuk
Price Range: $37 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bella 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Bella with 11 rooms, offers quality accommodation and services. Decorated in traditional Ottoman style, but with all the modern conveniences including Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Located opposite St Johns Basilica and Selcuk Castle. Some rooms with small private balcony. The rooftop terrace restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful summer evenings dinning under the stars, while enjoying traditional Turkish cuisine, admiring the beautiful views to St. Johns Basilica, Selcuk Castle and nesting storks (in season). Free shuttle service to Ephesus with loan of guide book. ... more   less 
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