Izmir hotels run the entire gamut from exclusive boutique hotels and deluxe
five-star hotels to cheap Izmir lodging and vacation rentals and villas. This
is the most visited city in Turkey after Istanbul.
Like its sister city, it has been an international crossroads of trade and cultural
exchange for centuries.
For this reason, there are a number of upscale, five-star hotels in Izmir that
are international chains catering both to business travelers and tourists. The
Hilton is an example of this class of accommodations in Izmir that you can rely
on for a high standard of service. It is close to the attractions of the Old
Town district, and has wonderful views over the bay. Every amenity you would
expect of any world-class luxury property will be found here, from fitness centers
and swimming pools, to high-speed Internet access and a shopping arcade. There
are two restaurants, including Windows on the Bay, with expansive views and
dining on gourmet local cuisine. Rooms and suites are spacious and deluxe.
These more deluxe hotels in Izmir often have tour desks that will book guided tours to the city Agora Park and archeological site, as well as to St. Polycarp Church, the only one of the Seven Churches of the Revelations that is still an active place of worship. An example of this kind of deluxe hotel is the Swisshotel Grand Efses, set on 37 acres of lushly landscaped gardens. This is a respected five-star international chain hotel, overlooking the city's Kordon Promenade and the Aegean Sea. It boasts two restaurants and a Sky Bar serving snacks, as well as a full service spa and wellness center.
For Izmir hotels that are in the city, location is important. You want to find something near the Old Town district—and you will find a wide variety. For boutique hotels (only 20 to 100 rooms) look at the Beyond Hotel and Blue Boutique. Both are near the bay, shopping boulevards, and Old Town attractions. The Ontur Izmir is a quiet property just a few minutes' from the International Fairgrounds—a perfect place to stay if you have come for the special events that occur from mid-June to mid-July during the Izmir International Festival.
Many of the pension hotels in Izmir will also give you a taste of history, as some are very old structures in which the same family may have lived for generations. And, since most are small family-run properties, they also offer you more intimate contact with the local people. Many also offer rooms with kitchenettes, excellent for saving money on dining out expenses. The Homeros Pension offers quite inexpensive rooms only a ten-minute walk from the central bus station. A traditional Turkish breakfast is included in the cost of the rooms, some of which can sleep as many as four people. It is set on a hill overlooking the city.
There is a range of Izmir hotels to choose from, but a good thing to know is
that most cheap Izmir lodging will be located near a travel agency. These are
numerous and located throughout the city, and will book cruises down the Turkish
Riviera coastline to the beaches of Kusadasi,
or tours to Ephesus and other sites. Kusadasi
is only about 50 miles south of Izmir, and
Ephesus is located between the two.
Jutting into the Aegean Sea due west of Izmir is a peninsula reaching almost to the Greek Island of Chios. Along the coast of this peninsula ending at the town of Cesme (port for ferries to Greece) 50 miles from Izmir are numerous deluxe resorts, many with beaches, full-service spas, and private marinas. While these resorts definitely do not provide cheap Izmir lodging for those on a budget, you will find clean and comfortable smaller hotels and pensions in the little towns like Urla and Cesme that will suit your needs.