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Nisanyan Evleri Hotel
Ranked #1 of 13 Sirince B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Hippie paradise on a hill”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

I don't know how to rate this place. On the one hand, it's atop a hill, it's strikingly beautiful in an almost storybook way. Paths are lit up nightly with lanterns, small cottages and guest houses line paths through trees and bushes, a beautiful pool with a view unlike any other I've ever seen sits empty most of the day. The main house and reception houses the restaurant. The food is beautiful, traditional turkish breakfasts with spreads of cheeses, various iterations of dairy, and fresh fruit and vegetables, decent coffee, majestic. At night, you're surrounded by candles and books and table cloths and ballet slipper soft quiet service. The lamb was perhaps the best I've ever had, the imam's call to prayer from the town below is beautiful and pierces the night air, conversations stop.

You head back to your room in one of the cottages, reversal of fortune. The cottages take rustic chic to a new level. Beds are close to the floor like tatami mats. You feel like you're back at summer camp, no chairs to sit in (maybe one), no amenities, no view, it's cramped, there are bugs everywhere, the shower runs out of hot water-- it feels like you're on top of a hill in a small town in a developing country- and then you realize-- you're on top of a hill in a small town in a developing country. And then you start to notice things -- the "driver" the hotel arranges inappropriately flirts with your female traveling companion and pesters you, not once, not twice, but fifty times to come visit his carpet shop in the town below. The common area for sitting and relaxing is taken up by the hotel's cleaning ladies and their families, who are all sitting and relaxing. Workers work on the pool and leer at the two women swimming alone, taking two hours to do a ten minute repair.

And so you take the good with the bad. You imagine bringing your partner here, sweeping them off their feet, and hoping the big house they rent out is available so you don't have to sleep on the floor. You hope the carpet store closes, or that they hire a different driver. But then you realize you're in Turkey, the political dissident author/owner/self-fashioned hotelier's books are on the shelf, a chicken joins you in the shower as the door is broken and keeps swinging open, and you kind of love the whole thing. Just make sure you visit the carpet shop.

Who it's for: College history majors traveling before grad school, hippie hikers, people that write for design magazines.

Who it's not for: Your rich in-laws that love the Four Seasons, your bros, good looking women traveling alone.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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15 Thank Skijeet B
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Hamilton, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012

One of the nicest travel experiences i've had to date. A beautiful, relaxed and comfortable stay in a quaint village nestled in the mountains above Selcuk. The staff were friendly, the food delicious, and i had the feeling I was staying with friends. A cut above the rest and make sure you book an extra day, you won;t regret it.

Room Tip: The main house is great for solo travelling, but couples may like the cottages.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RobertS54321
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Jackson, Mississippi
Level Contributor
115 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Wonderful location to tour around Selcuk and Ephesus. It is easy to get to (only about 5-10 minutes from the sites) but far enough away that you feel you are isolated and not a tourist.

Location: Up on a hill in Serince. A little drive on a partly dirt road, but not that difficult and well worth it. I couldn't think of a better location to visit Ephesus or other nearby sites.

Room: We stayed in Room 1. It had a wonderful view of the village and was a good size. The bed could have been a little more comfortable. The hotel has a nice library room with good views which we also enjoyed. Everything was in good shape, very clean, and overall quite good. There is a mosque nearby and the are serious about their call for morning prayers, so be prepared to wake up early.

Staff: Most don't feel comfortable speaking English, but everyone was very friendly and helpful. The owners are fluent in English so no problem. We were impressed with the overall attitude of everyone, very welcoming.

Food: Breakfast is included in the price and is quite large and varied. It will definitely fill you up and had a great selection of little plates as well as bread, eggs, anything you want. We also had dinner twice and the food was again quite good. The menu is a bit limited, so I would not want to have eaten for a third night, but not because of poor quality, just would need more variety. The views from the restaurant was great.

Value: It's not the cheapest choice by far, but with a great location and a wonderful breakfast included in the price, it was a good value.

We would 100% stay again if in the area.

Room Tip: Go with Room 1. It's a bit more expensive, but much larger and the best view in the whole place...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jonathan J
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Clarkston, Michigan
Level Contributor
67 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

This hotel was the perfect end to our tour around Turkey. The village of Sirince is so charming and authentic. It's at the top of a winding hill overlooking the village below. Every room and cottage is unique and filled with items collected by the owner on his travels. Our cottage was a large 2 bedroom unit overlooking the village and was one of the most unique lodgings we have ever stayed in. You feel the owners love, passion and Independant spirit in every room. It's truly hard to describe. The grounds are large and lush. There are all sorts of fruit trees, figs, goats and other animals roaming around like a very boutique Italian farm. The restaurant serves amazing local dishes made with love and care. The breakfasts are a feast of everything under the sun. If you love high end, unique boutique style lodging with a real local flare, you will fall in love. Exceeded every expectation and then some. Magic.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank carriebleu
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Peterborough, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

If you're visiting nearby Ephesus or Selcuk, this is an excellent place to stay. In order to save their village from commercialization by hotels, the owners renovated many of the older homes, decorating them in period styles: Ottoman, ancient Greek, etc. Every home has its own special touch of charm, along with a bit of luxury. The owners are friendly and helpful, the staff attentive and eager to please, and the villagers welcoming. We have organized three retreats here in addition to our personal stays, and we've never had a negative experience. Nisanyan Evleri is just a bit off the beaten path, but WELL worth the extra few minutes of travel!

Room Tip: You won't find a bad room here; use their website to find a decor you like! We've stayed in...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Happi_Camper108
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

I can not say too much about this place! It was a fantastical most picturesque setting you can imagine. I travelled with family, we stayed in one of their 'homes' which had two bedrooms, the second floor had a full kitchen, a living room area with a fireplace, logs to burn, dining room they situated an extra bed in there- which allowed for 5 people to privately stay under ONE roof. Beautiful BEAUTIFUL rooms,, the aura is of a log cabin. Our view overlooked a hill where you saw the red brick rooftops of the adjacent homes, pomagranite trees, and walnut trees lurking from every window sight. Amazing breakfast made out of local ingredients, or you have the option of having a breakfast basket sent to your cabin where one of the kitchen staffs would prepare your breakfast at your own time in your room instead of you having to wake up at a certain time to meet your breakfast buffet. Cobble stone paths throughout the grounds, had their OWN private Hammam well stocked with everything you would need for the guests to use. I just can not say enough about this place. It's appropriate for families, couples, kids, any situation or reason you are travelling to this area, your experience will not be as magical if you stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sanastravels
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
Level Contributor
191 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

We probably would not have found this little boutique hotel, had it not been for our Turkish friend because it is tucked away from the village but it has great atmosphere. We ate in the restaurant and the food was both different and delicious. Strangely enough, one of the highlights for us was the Cantor from the local mosque at the call to prayer. We are not Moslem but his voice was truly beautiful as it echoed down the valley and it lent an exotic atmosphere to the whole experience. Highly recommended

Stayed November 2012
Helpful?
Thank KathyH111
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Property: Nisanyan Evleri Hotel
Address: Merkez Sirince Koyu, Sirince 35920, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Sirince
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Sirince
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Nisanyan Evleri Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are four types of accommodation on offer: Inn - double or twin rooms - all en suite, breakfast included. Houses - fully independent historic houses - sleep 4-5 - all en suite, breakfast basket provided. Cottages - modest comfort in beautiful farm setting - all en suite, breakfast included. Guesthouse - economy double and twin rooms, one suite - all en suite, breakfast included. ... more   less 
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