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... your hand and you spread it on your hands, neck or arms. He also spritzered the carpet of the bus aisle carpet with a lemon scented spray frequently. From Izmir we transferred to a mini bus for an hour ride to Selçuk and our hotel. After settling into our room, off for a short walk and out to dinner. Wonderful restaurant and great ...
... at all. We saw a horse and cart loaded up going through town. All along the roads we saw people watching their cattle and sheep to make sure they kept off the highway!
We stopped for lunch at a little eatery along the road and managed, with a lot of pointing, to work out what things were and tell him what we wanted. We had the kofte or meatballs with rice and salad and of course bread. They were cooked on the grill out front while we waited.
... and I know. Picture several groups of men all sitting round a table, all drinking black tea (chai) out of small tulip shaped glasses and playing board games! No milk, no lemon and definitely.......no women! This is turkish tea culture at its best! Being of British descent and loving my tea, Mark and I have been into a few of these tea houses...it was only when I was in about the third one that I realised there were no women....I ...
Wandered around Selcuk, which took all of 15 mins end to end. Bought some snacks and then hiked up to St. Jeans Basilica for a photo op. Had a view of the whole town. I want to say it was breathtaking, but it really wasn't; Selcuk is a small, sleepy town without key landmarks, so it just looks like I took a photo from a hill.
On the walk back to the hostel, met a restaurant owner named Mehmet, who invited me in for tea despite me saying I didn't plan to ...
... Fanta? It came with the hotel, and was served by a very kind older man in a chef outfit. The Turks really like their uniforms. There was even a man in a chef uniform on our PLANE coming into Izmir. Breakfast has also been our only meal today... more on that later down ;)
2. We wandered the streets of Izmir, finding ourselves on back streets filled with tiny shops, little children, who really enjoyed saying "Hello" in English to us, and older women with ...
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Not a 5* hotel
Ephesus Princess was not in my opinion a 5* rating in was more of a 3*, although the service was acceptable the overall standard was poor your company advertised the hotel as "ultra inclusive" but this really was not the case, for example their selection of drinks service at a number of bars was very poor. (gin, vodka only at the cocktail bar on the beach)
A large number of the staff at the resort were training and spoke non or very little English, at dinner , breakfast or lunch the waiters would not ask and remove plates from your table whilst you were still eating,
The late breakfast service did not exist, the food would be cleared away by 10.15am. The rooms were small, even the villas were inadequate with the two very small rooms. Whilst being a quest for nearly 8 day's I tried to book the Ala carte restaurants I was told either they were full and i was too late and to come back the next day, by which time the booking were full. The problem being that reservation had to be done two days in advance, leaving little time to arrange other tours. over all the stay in this hotel was disappointing and not worth the money we paid and for what it is worth WE WOULD NOT RETURN to this hotel.
In the evening the entertainment for the kids was fine and the staff did their best, but the hotel's remoteness meant that to get into kusidasi, a taxi or local bus service had to be taken.
Kids will love it!
This holiday has been even better this year, i visited it last year aswel and i thought it was great for me, my partner and my children.
Everything was just perfect appart from the stairs the lead up and down to the beach but i did not let that spoil anything.
We met alot of new people even the staff, they are very polite and helpful in every way.
The food was also excellent!! they had every kind of food that you could think of.
The room i stayed in was very big and spacious and we had a very nice view, i want to thank the cleaners for coming in everyday and making it very welcoming.
I enjoyed this holiday soo much that i have decided that we will be returning next year and i advice you who read this to go because you will have the time of your life.
And them people who write the horrible comments about this holiday are not true and it does have a sea that you can swim in, maybe shes just an ungrateful person.
Please, Don't go there if you want sea bath
I just came back from Ephesus princess with my wife and two kids.
As I had great hollidays in Antalya last year, wished again in turkey but in different location. My fault.
1. Location: It looks great when you see the hotel from photo because of its high hill position. However, there is no beach actually. Within a week I saw very few courageous people having swimming in sea water. It is not ideally arranged , and totally not suitable for sea bath but sun bath. If you have children and wish to swim in salty water? Forget this hotel. For the beach you have to go public beach in Kusadasi by Dolmus. I stayed in the pool all 8days, having accomodation near the Agean see.
2. Accomodation: Hardly 3star level. if there were not safe in the room it would be 2star rather than three. I saw many 3 star hotels with far greater room than this hotel.
3. Foods: Variety is acceptible. Taste is awful. I am not pretentious with food, however, many of foods could not touch. Fruits quality was poor as well except on green and water melon. All beverage is free ,however, modest quality of course.
4. Facility: there are many facilities but hard to use. Free water sports is in function very limited time 1-2hrs only/day. Pay sports is almost full day available. Ping pong table and rackets are deteriorated. Animation is acceptible just for kids.
1. Landscape: It is splendid. Very beautiful scenary will attract your eyes all the time to the sea direction. Because of high hill location the hotel offers uncomparable landscape to you.
2. Bars: sofas, chairs, arrangement of bars are what it should be. Terraces in out side is very romantic in the evening harmonized with beautiful environment and landscape.
3. Garden: Very well maintained and beautiful with exotic plants and flowers.
4. Pools: temperature and depth of water is different for different people. there are 4 pools .
5. Near from town centre: It takes about 10min. by dolmus. Town centre is beautiful, and worth to visit. Especially old town centre is recommended. Bazar is very big and full of brands immitation brands.
Overall It was far under expectation. Last year I stayed in Rixos premium in Belek. It was great hotel and luxous. Yes its true that price was double than Ephesus princess, but quality of service, room, beach, facilities etc. were at least triple quality than Ephesus princess. I may go again to Kusadasi-selcuk, but not Ephesus princess because I have kids who love sea water.
Please, try it!
I am from France and I have spent 2 weeks in June at EPHESUS PRINCESS HOTEL and 5 months after being back there is still something very strong thaht remain from this holiday time.
I was with my boyfriend and we loved everything in the hotel. Every part inside or outside is arranged so good that there is always a place that really corresponds to your mood: if you want to be quiet and rest, there are different places with look out on the sea.
The parc is so beautiful, you can have a walk in the parc and you will discover many different flowers, a nice place to have a drink that is a bit hidden among the trees and that you would have never found by staying in the main building...If you have a walk in the parc you will also find a mini zoo, a mini golf...the parc is huge and it is one of the brilliant thing in this hotel.
We loved everything in this hotel: the food, the entertainments, the beauty of the place which is due to the situation of the hotel (up on a hill). The extra all inclusive fomula is very high quality. I would like to go back to this hotel asap.
You will spend excellent holidays since, in addition to this hotel which is great, you have a very easy access to the city center of KUSADASI and a very nice choice of day trip, not very far from KUSADASI.
The only thing is that we were very few French people and we were a bit sorry that we have not made friends over there... French anyway are not good to socialize whereas English people were very friendly between them and this is what I would have liked...Despite this hotel is mostly English spoken and also German, I recommend it to French people.
HAVE A VERY GOOD TIME et EPHESUS PRINCESS,
Go to ephesus princess for a great time
just got back from the ephesus princess and what a great holiday it was for all the family. i went with my husband inlaws and children what can i say accomadation great food fantastic staff could not do enough for you and the entertainment team worked flat out all day long. it really was a great place to stay with only one drawback our room was up at the top with 70+ steps which is hard with a buggy but when we mentioned it to reception they said we could pay extra for a prestige room or they would run us back and forwards in the hotel car they really make you feel special and i will be going back
Just got back from a weeks stay at the ephesus princess. Lovely large hotel with a great views over the pool. The food is good but try the A la Carte restaurants too where it is a bit better. Music is played by the pool all day so if you really want to relax then this might get a bit too much. However there are a few steps and you come to a little private beach. Try the winehouse at the top of the resort where you can relax with a glass of wine away from it all. The rooms are nice but basic. They have a great maid service where they top up your fridge with soft drinks everyday. There is a local bus that can take you in to the centre of Kusadasi if you want to explore.
Great holiday, fab hotel, food excellent
We have recently returned from a 2week holiday staying at the Ephesus Princess. The hotel was superb with the staff being very friendly. We had 2 rooms on the 1st floor of the main hotel which were located on ground level and this proved to be an excellent choice as it gave us easy access to the pools, restaurant and several bars. The food was buffet style for breakfast, lunch & dinner in the main restaurant and there was always a good selection. You could also book at the a la carte restaurants for several dinners depending on the duration of your holiday, this was not always the better meal but made a pleasant change! The rooms were spotless and the maid service very good. The private beach is accessed by stairs leading from the pool area. It is quite a steep climb but luckily in the afternoons, there is a tractor that runs every 30mins from the beach to the hotel so you do not have to worry if you are not overly fit!!
The evening entertainment was a little monotonous but the children enjoyed it and Kusadasi is only a short drive by dolma bus from outside the security gate and leave every 10 miniutes or so. Beware the shopkeepers who hassle you constantly to make a purcase but the bargains are excellent and it is quite good fun to haggle over the cost of everything!!
All in all it was an excellent holiday and we would certainly go back there again as it was excellent value for money and was a holiday for both younger children and teenagers and adults alike!!
Dont take any notice of the bad reviews
I went quite some time ago, may 02 and you wont find a more beautiful hotel. I wont write alot (lots of people seem to go into great detail). I shall start with the rooms, they were'nt brilliant, not that big but there was enough for the amount of time we were going to be spendidng in there (we had a standard sized room). And we had our own fridge and the maid made good job of cleaning round every day. The gardens were absolutly beautiful! There were lots of tropical creatures around. The beach was man made but pretty none theless. And there was a nice bar that served cocktails.The beach wasnt to crowded. The food was v nice, lots of variety, i've been to many all inclusive hotels all over the world and the food was of the best quality. The entertainment was very funny and entertaining. And not cheesy like most! You wont be dissapointed. we made some great friends there that we stil keep in touch with. Go and enjoy yourself, you WILL have a brilliant time!
we stayed at the Ephesus Princess quite some time ago- in August 2001. The accomodation was situated outside of the main hotel on a hillside complex overlooking the coastline. Our room was comfortable and we stayed on a fully inclusive basis. Food was of good quality although it's best to avoid the peak opening times of the restaurant as seating was at a premium and there were long queues at the buffet. The hotel had it's own private beach which was extremely busy and the sunbeds were placed so close to each other you could easily shake hands with the holiday makers lying next to you. It's beachside pizza restaurant was excellent and very convenient especially for the children as it was a very steep walk back to the hotel, we advise you take advantage of the tractor-taxi. Hotel entertainment was varied and catered for all ages, it offered watersports during the daytime (1 hour free tuition per day including water ski-ing) evening entertainment plus disco's and cinema until the early hours. However we did find the hotel isolated as there are no other buildings or hotels situated locally-if you like a stroll after dinner or a walk into town this hotel is definitely not for you! Finally for those who like a drink as part of their "all inclusive package", we found the spririts to be very weak and diluted, I'm sure Weights & Measures would have a field day over here in the UK, but Turkey does not comply with any copyright or licencing laws so watering down the drinks is of no consequence to them. You could drink from dawn until midnight and still be as sober as a judge, we did compalin to the Airtours rep Kim who was most dismissive and unhelpful. So if you don't enjoy a tipple and like to stay within the hotel complex this holiday would be ideal.
What a great place
its a lovely place. the food was excellent and the staff were so friendly.It was so good we have booked to again this year.The beach was lovely and the watersports were free at a certain time of day.
Everybody that worked there so nice. theres allways plenty to do theres a cinema wich showed a different movie every night. theres also a disco wich was outdoor and snookerooms wich was open all the time. the pools are also good and it has a slide in one. thers plenty to eat and drink down the beach it has a cocktail bar and a eating area.By the pool theres a bar and a snack bar it also has a restaurant a adults only bar and restaurant. And snack bar wich is open from 11 till 2 in the morning.