Before I go on, I must admit I only spent one night at the Neşe before heading back to Istanbul on the tail end of a 5 day holiday in which I went to Izmir, Kuşadası, and Selçuk before finishing off in Çeşme,
The Neşe Otel is a simple place that provides access to some amazing beaches. The room I stayed in was spotless and and had decent facilities. While not remarkable, its location is its prime benefit. Neşe is located in central Çeşme, which means you have access to all of the shopping and eating, and you can get around without a car. I'd been warned by friends that you need a car to visit Çeşme, but I don't think that is true if you're stationed in the town center. You can get around by dolmuş to Ilıca and Alaçatı.
Emre, the hotel manager, was quite helpful. I was in for one day, so he suggested an amazing beach and then helped me catch the Havaş directly back to the airport. This saved me a ton of time and trouble compared to my original plan to head into the Izmir Otogar and take a city bus across town to the airport. Oy! That would have been awful.
Anyways, Neşe is not a five star hotel, but it seems like a great place for the sort of folks I saw there: backpackers, families on a budget, and young couples. The room was affordable enough for me on my own, but I was splurging after staying in some dodgy places earlier in my trip.
The one complaint I have about my room was that there were no windows and therefore I had to keep the balcony door open to get air. The balcony opens onto the small side street that the hotel is on and since I was on the first floor, it would have been easy to hop over and enter my room. I tend not to be worried about things like getting knifed in my sleep (particularly in Turkey) and I wasn't travelling with anything of value, so I did it anyways. But, if I had children or a spouse I may have had to sweat it out all night. During the day, however, the balcony is nice even if it just puts you at street level.
P.S. The breakfast is amazing. Do not miss it.
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