Travel Blogs from Selcuk
Today begins our final day of touring with this group. We are off to Ephesus, to join the hoards of visitors to this site. This city was once the home to over 200,000 souls. It began as a Greek city, built by one of Alexander the Great's generals.
Ephesus was one of the world's foremost cities in its day, located on major trade routes with …
A bright sunny day greeted us, a relief from the cloudy and showery day of yesterday. We began by heading up to the ancient city of Hierapolis, which along with the hot springs of Pamukkale, are an UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient city demonstrates that hot springs have been in demand since the second century BC with remains of Roman baths …
Hi all Well we have been now to Aphrosdiasis, as well today we are in Ephesus. Here we visited the ruins of Ephesus where the disciple St. Paul wrote his letters from and then the home of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John. It is VERY hot here (well into the mid 40's or higher where we were today!!) but we are having fun. We ended our day …
... under there so luckily we never have to carry our big packs around anywhere. On the second day here we has a trip to Ephesus - a huge Roman ruins town which is still only 10% uncovered but covers a lot of ground. Had a 2 hour tour around the area then had another free afternoon which we spent stocking up on food for lunches and alcohol as the following camping ground is out of reach of ...
... historical significance. It is amazing how the ruins of the Acropolis still stand to this very day, considering that the Acropolis was completed in the 5th century BC.
Most of the buildings and monuments in Pergamum date to the time of Eumenes II (197-159 BC), including the famed library, the terrace of the spectacularly sited hillside theater, the main palace, the Altar of Zeus, and the propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. In the early Christian era, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Kalehan Selcuk
I have been staying in this hotel many times since 1985 with my family. We really appreciate the hospitality of the personnel, the decoration of the hotel, the delicious Turkish foods.
You can find peaceful athmosphere in this hotel.
We were very disapointed with this hotel. We only ever stay in small boutique hotels and the Kalehan was a real downer being lacking in atmosphere, somewhat scruffy and inefficiently run.
We stayed 5 days in Hotel Kalehan in August 2005 with our 2 kids. It was like an oasis after a long day of visits to the sights. Lovely garden and Pool. Family room is very comfortable and very spacious even with 2 kids. Kids loved to play with the indoor games as well as playing in the garden. Very characteristic. Fresh bathrobes were a real treat every day. Every detail is nicely thought. Staff is very warm and efficient. Great Breakfast. Very well planned meals. You can really taste the freshness of the ingredients used. The shop at the hotel is cozy and charming and worth a visit with interesting stuff that has a nice local touch.
We had a very pleasant two-night stay at the Hotel Kalehan while visiting Ephesus in Septmber. Although it is on the main road in Selcuk, meaning a rather charisma-challenged exterior, the interior is a different world, with pretty garden and a nice pool.
Charming Hotel Kalehan
We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Kalehan. The hotel has a antique look and a beautiful garden and very friendly staff. Be sure to say hello to Attica by the pool.
Some of my best memories of Turkey are staying in Selcuk. It was nice to get away from very touristy areas and be a little closer to the Turkish people.
Avoid overbuilt Kusadasi and stay in Selcuk for a trip to Ephesus. Ephesus is a pleasant morning stroll away and you can beat the crowds.
Beautiful garden and pool. View of Crusader castle on hill above. Quiet. Excellent staff.
This is a good, clean, comfortable hotel. The rooms are small and fairly basic (no tv for example) but the accommodation is sited well away from the busy main road that runs along the front of the hotel, buffered by a lovely oasis of a rose garden and swimming pool with bar (usually staffed, too). The bathroom in our room had been recently renovated. The food was excellent and staff friendly and helpful.
We stayed at the Kale Han last summer and were bowled over by the friendliness of the staff and the locally grown, delicious, home made food. We stayed for 10 nights in the little self contained family suite near the pool, (3 beds and a shower room) and were exceedingly happy. We had originally booked to stay in Kusadasi at the Kismet Hotel but the whole town's a tourist dump and the staff at both the Kismet and the Blue Sky in Kusadasi, (where my teenage son was staying), couldn't have been less welcoming.
We had a most enjoyable stay at Hotel Kalehan.The surroundings are charmingthe staff is polite and helpfuland the food is delicios.If I ever go to Turkey again I know which hotel come to.
Stayed at the Kalehan this October 2004 during my honeymoon. It is supposed to be the best hotel in Selcuk and it likely is. We spent about $70/nite for 3 nites. The hotel is about 8-10 minute walk to center of town. You will need to take a taxi to see the sights of Ephesus, however, we walked there and it took us about 40 minutes.