Over 120 years old, this antique Greek-style stone house was the romantic setting featured in a recent Turkish movie “İlk Aşk / First Love” (2006), which caught our attention and led us to the picturesque coastal town of Foca for our honeymoon. By chance, we discovered that it was a family acquaintance, Bahri Bey, who had recently acquired this house, and following an extensive four-year renovation, transformed it into a delightful six-room Boutique Hotel where old meets new. The vintage look and feel of this distinguished villa is extremely well conserved, while the rooms and common areas are decorated with a modern, stylish and whimsical sense. The charming Green Room (honeymoon suite) with the enchanting en-suite living area, and the stunning view of the Aegean Sea literally steps away from the suite’s private entrance, was our pick for our romantic get away. All six rooms are exquisite, with each having their own character and charm (and angelic private bathrooms), and cater to the different guests’ needs, whether families, couples or single travellers. The attention to detail that the owners place in providing a truly personable experience to their guests becomes apparent in the cleanliness of the rooms, the freshly cut flowers carefully placed inside the rooms and the staircase, the heavenly homemade breakfast served on the sidewalk-terrace facing the sea, and the family treatment the hosts give to their guests making them feel at home and secure without intruding. Bahri Bey’s passion for sharing his knowledge about the town’s history and ancient Greek architecture is noteworthy, and his tremendous hospitality is demonstrated in simple gestures such as driving guests around town or walking along with them to help run errands or catch daily excursions. The affectionate family dog Daisy, a six-year-old Golden Retriever is the perfect companion for morning swims and lazy afternoon naps in the backyard. In short – Lola 38 is the perfect place to enjoy a magical escape in a timeless beauty run by a sweetheart family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the idea of turning a unique 120 years old Greek mansion into a boutique hotel with six rooms, a Turkish-American exclusive interior designer Aylin Urgun's point of view to decoration and design shows its difference at first glance. With sea and sunset view on the front and a peaceful back garden, the mansion is on of the gorgeous historical places in Foca. In this exciting place's garden, it will be possible to held wedding ceremonies and invitations in the summer of 2011. LOLA 38 Hotel always works to be more special and keeps welcoming its exclusive guests.. ... more less
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