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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Tatvan Kardelen
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.
Well below expectations
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 complained about our small, ill lit and depressing room and were told all the best rooms were closed for the winter, the timing of our checkout was a disaster as the staff were still asleep (8am) and then charged our credit card twice and made us late for the airport.
Breakfast was adequate and the cheese platter on the dinner menu was good but the remainder of the dinner menu was uninspiring tour group choices with no real turkish flavour and at high prices for the area.
The hotel did have some genuinely nice antiques but these were hard to spot amongst the overloaded bric a brac that cluttered the public areas and the worn stair carpets were a real hazard.
The bedrooms were the most cheerless and depressing I have stayed in for a long time with no view, a crumpled bedspread that hadn't been ironed, a cramped and stained bathroom and all the charm of my grandmothers spare bedroom in the 1960's.
Definately won't be staying here again which is a shame as we have to make a further 8 trips to Turkey this year and it would have been nice to find a comfortable base.
We have felt the urge to write a reply as management to this unfair judgement review of our hotel. We are a family establishment of 25 years and for the first time have received such a bad review. We have always viewed our customers as guests and tried to maximize customer satisfaction in every way we can.
The hotel was designed as an old Anatolian inn, bringing together old and antique pieces from different locations and different time eras. So valuable antiques are exhibited along with the less valuable old pieces. The rooms are designed with Ottoman style windows, in their original sizes to keep away the heat of summer. We have different buildings surrounding a swimming pool and the rose garden. Some rooms have a view of the garden and some have a view of the castle among the trees located behind us. But regarding the location of the hotel we do not have any other view as see or mountain view. In winter months, when the tourism is really low, our buildings facing the garden are closed for heating and security purposes. Naturally the staff is reduced as well. The concept of an old Anatolian inn, is kept in the decoration of the rooms as well, with white washed walls, ironwrought beds, wooden furniture decorated with embroidery, oil paintings of view from Turkey and bedcovers made from local cotton fabric.
After this review, we have watched our camera recording in the lobby and have not seen any staff sleeping. He was preparing breakfast in the kitchen. We have a bell at the reception to call a staff when no body's attending the reception. But unfortunately this was not noticed by the clients. Instead they had to wait at the reception for one of our staff to come out of the kitchen.
Of course the taste buds of every individual is very different, but we always get good appraisals for our food as we have many guests coming to eat at our restaurant that are staying in other places.
The worst of all , we were accused of charging a credit card twice. But this was totally done by mistake. Our employee wiped the credit card, but the paper was stuck in the machine. He did not realize that the card went through. Then some time has passed when he changed the paper. He wiped the card again. When it was realized that the card went through twice the customer was assured that the amount would be returned to him. That amount was returned to his credit card back through the bank. Of course it would have been more reasonable for both sides, for a guest leaving early for the airport to pay the bills the night before, especially in a small hotel. We are terribly sorry to have viewed as a dishonest hotel, which we are very keen on.
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.
Quaint and pleasant
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.
Our room was simple, but perfectly adequate, with a well-functioning air conditioning unit, some nice furniture, and a good-sized bathroom with all modern conveniences. The staff was also very welcoming and friendly, and the morning breakfast buffet was very good.
The only downside was that it appeared to be frequented by tour groups, but the groups that were there while we stayed were all pretty small. We decided to stay here rather than Kusadasi for our visit to Ephesus and are glad we did. The location is a 5-minute drive from the ruins, and even closer to the museum. Kusadasi is a good half-hour away, and (having gone there one nigh for dinner) has been overbuilt by a horrendous number of ugly cement hotels along the water.
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.
Friendly Inn, Fabulous Food
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.
This hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the centre of Selcuk, a charming little town which itself is 5 minutes in the car from Ephesus and 10 minutes drive from a hill town called Sirince. There is also a fascinating steam locomotive museum at Aydin, again about 10 minutes away, which has a brilliant collection of 1930s steam locos. (We always hire a car in Turkey as there is so much to see and do).
The Kale Han has about 50 rooms, a small pool and a lovely little garden. Our young 5 year old son was mesmerised by the hotel rabbits in their hutch, the 3 hotel tortoises and a couple of hotel dogs and cats, all very tame and friendly too. Each evening we were served a delicious 4 course meal on our DBB package and were consulted beforehand incase something was not to our liking. The hotel is family owned and brilliantly run and we are very keen to return in the future.
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.
Best in Selcuk, but there are better values available
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.
The hotel looks very charming with a central garden courtyard. Made up of 3 separate buildings, it has a pool and the dining room is pretty good. The room rate comes with breakfast which is a continental breakfast with bread, jams, coffee, tea and cereals and yogurt, fruits. The rooms are in keeping with the town, older but quaint, average size, decent bathrooms. No TV's in the room.
However, after checking in, we also looked at other nearby hotels and pensions. The Hotel Nilya is a quaint hotel, smaller and very comparable and closer to town, they had rooms for about $55/nite. We also looked at the pensions, which cater mostly to backpacker types...we saw excellent rooms and they also serve breakfast and free internet connections and some had TV's and pools and they only charged about $20-30/nite. And the difference in quality between the pensions and Kalehan weren't worth the $45 difference in my opinion.
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