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... about lentils. I am such a bad vegetarian! I am very tired tonight - I probably ended up with a bit too much sun today. Tomorrow is to be overcast with a slight chance for rain. We will be in the car most of the day as well - we are headed to Dalyan. We will be there for three nights. Hopefully our pace will continue to slow down and that we will truly relax these last 8 days of our vacation. We wish to all our family and friends a blessed and peaceful ESelcuk, Turkey turkeytrotters
... but most of it is still buried underground but you could still see what a magnificent building it must have been. There were several bath houses as these were very inportant to the Romans. There were also several other temples to other important Romans of the time. The most exciting find which is now on display is a terrace of 8 houses. Originally there were three three storey houses at ground level, then 2 single storey houses and then three two storey ...Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast, Turkey susanel
We are off to the beach today. The man at our hotel tells us to go to the one further down the highway as it is cleaner. We catch a dolmus (local bus) and the driver lets us off. We walk into a very modern town, but no one is here. All the houses have their shutters closed, no one is on the streets. We finally hear and see a man cutting the grass in a playground. We find the beach and go for a walk along the shore. It is nice fine sand and the water is ...Selcuk, Turkey dancejill
Well, I loved Seljuk. We got there late at night and checked into our hostel. We went to bed early because we had a big day ahead of us. We decided to get a tour here because we wanted to know the history and what everything was that we were seeing. The first thing we saw was the Temple of Artemis. I have now seen TWO of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. There was so much history here that the tour really helped because I can't even ...Seljuk, Turkey triskele
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Bella Selcuk
Well worth a stay
A well run, well managed hotel in a pleasant location with a nice view of a fortress and ancient ruins.I stayed there because of the reviews I read on trip advisor
Loved the Hotel Bella and staff
My wife and I found the Hotel Bella on the Web and made our arrangements that way. Everything worked without a hitch, and the hotel staff were expecting our arrival. The manager and staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome, extending courtesies and services that you wouldn't find in a large hotel. The location was superb and the ambiance fantastic. The view of the storks feeding their young, in a nest atop a light standard across the street from the top floor open-air restaurant, was an unexpected and entertaining surprise! There was almost a family atmosphere, as guests met in the lounge area of the restaurant and exchanged stories of their experiences. This very-well kept and run, clean small hotel had a tremendous Turkish-flavoured charm, with Turkish rugs and artifacts in the public areas and the rooms.
We heartily recommend Hotel Bella to any traveller, for a short or an extended stay. Without a doubt, it was one of the highlights of our 3 weeks in Turkey, and our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer!
Hotel Bella was a gem
We just came back from Selchuk Turkey where we stayed at Hotel Bella. It was just great and the owners went out of their way to make us at home including driving us to all the major sites and also recommending ideas for excursions. They were terrific. We also purchased a carpet from Nazi, and had a very positive experience. No high pressure. The breakfast was really good, and it was a great value. The rooms are small but spotless, and the hotel is only 3 years old.
The most remarkable travel experience
Our arrival into Turkey in October 2005 was one of the most memorible experiences of my life. After travelling over night on a ferry from the Greek Islands my husband, 4 friends and myself were approached at the ferry station by a young man named Savache. Savache encouraged us to join him for the beginning of our Turkey travels with a stay at the Bella Hotel Selcuk. Offering us taxi rides to the hotel with no obligation to stay if we were not 100% satisfied with the hotel and no payment would be required for the taxi's if we did not wish to stay. Our travel group had made the decision to travel to Turkey unexpectedly after a 2 week stay in Greece. We were rather unprepared, no travel guides to assist us with suitable accomadation and all the other vital information found in these must have travel accessories, therefore feeling very tired, hungry, and just a little irritable after the ferry trip from hell, we excepted Savache's offer to check out the Bella Hotel. From this point a friendship formed with not only some of the nicest people I met in Turkey but I would have to say the nicest people I have ever met in my life. On our arrival at the Bella Hotel we were greeted by the owners, Erdal Kahya & Nazmi Uyanik. Our bags were taken to our designated rooms and we were guided up stairs to the most devine rooftop terrrace that overlookd not only St. Johns Basilica and castle but gave a birds eye view to the larges storks nest I have ever seen. It was here that we were served apple tea and offered breakfast before we freshened up in the clean, well equipped rooms with private bathroom, then taken to a little village in the Selcuk area, the Seven Sleepers, for pancakes and a beer for lunch. The hospitality of our hosts just continued beyond all of our expectations, Erdal, Nazmi and all the staff at the Bella showed us the most outstanding level of hospitality I have ever experienced. They welcomed us, feed us, organised all our travel plans, educated us on life in Turkey but most of all gave us their friendship. A sign in the reception area reads Come as a guest leave as a friend. Words have never rung more true. If you happen to be travelling in Turkey, heading Selcuk way do yourself a favour and go and visit our friends at the Bella, you will not be disappointed. The Bella gets our recommendation along with a very nice wrap from Lonely Planet.
Lesley & Stephen Watson Atherton QLD Australia
Loved the Bella
This inexpensive and friendly hotel was a real delight. The owners Erdal Kahya and Nazmi Uyanik were gracious hosts, helping with touring agendas and shopping tips. The chef was incredible and breakfasts were a delightful way to start the day. His evening meal was only 10ytl and many locals came to enjoy the soup, mezzes, salad, shishs and fruit dessert. For 12 ytl one could have delicious and deboned fish. The dining and lounge area is on the top floor with a lovely view of nearby ruins and is where the hosts can often be found socializing with their guests, smoking a water pipe. Their website is hotelbella. (There is also a stork nest right across from the lounge.)
We really enjoyed staying here. The owner treats you like you are a friend and like you are the only person staying there. Any time we needed something he arranged it for us in a flash. They gave us a few free drives as well. The hotel is great value. Bedrooms are clean. Dining area a delight and a great selection of books to browse through. The owner also seems very well connected (he seems to know everybody) so is a great resource. The hotel is centrally located with a great view of the ruins across the street.
Stayed at Hotel Nilya, but I wish I would have stayed here.
I stayed at the Hotel Nilya but had to pass Hotel Bella to reach Hotel Nilya. Hotel Bella is perfeclty situated. We had dinner here our first night in Selcuk. The staff was awesome. They even invited us to use the internet whenever we needed to, considering that Hotel Nilya does not have internet service. I witnessed how well they treated the guests, and was very jealous. They showed me one of the rooms and I must say they resembled the rooms at Nilya.
A gem in Turkey
What a gem of a hotel we found in Selcuk,Turkey. The owners of the hotel
not only make you feel right at home,but do everything for you. They made calls to straighten out airline ticket problems, dropped us off at various places of interest and all with no charge.
We had a view of St. John's from our window and nesting storks were less than 100 feet away. Great showers and hair dryers were an extra touch you do not expect at a small hotel.
There is a terrace on the roof where delicious meals are served . A wood stove, TV and internet connection at your beck and call.
But it is the warmth and attention to every need that make this such an outstanding place to stay. All this at very moderate rates. We will always treasure the memories of our delightful stay at the Hotel Bella.
Comfort - Quality - True Value
Simply put our 3 day stay there was the B E S T .
Clean, newly renovated rooms, great rooftop view, internet, restaurant-bar, real bathrooms, wonderful location. Eddie, Nazmi and the excellent staff at the Bella qualify as true "Ambassadors" for Turkey. I would not hesitate to return.
Hotel Bella 100%-the best in town!!
We had never experienced anything like this before and have never felt inclined to share our thoughts but this was amazing! Hotel Bella has the most accomodating hosts, who drove us around everywhere in the area, Ephesus, Sirene & the beach. Our room had a very comfy bed with a balcony, views of the castle & the storks nest plus the best roof terrace too. Excellent price too. We give it 100%!