CONTRIBUTED BY TUTI HAWKINS
Planning a trip to Izmir soon? Izmir is Turkey’s third-largest city (formally known as Smyrna). It’s modern feel and beautiful setting is a great base for visiting Ephesus, Çeşme, and other surrounding areas (all within driving distance). However, you can also travel around by bus (you can buy tickets on board; credit cards not accepted), the expanding metro system, dolmuş, or taxi. From the Izmir airport, the most comfortable and economical way to get to downtown is via Havaş Shuttle Bus (about 10TL one way).
On our recent trip to Izmir, we stayed at a 5 Star hotel; Renaissance Izmir. The hotel was centrally located right in downtown and within walking distance to Konak Meydani (Konak Square), Konak Pier (a waterfront 19th-century pier), Tarih ve Sanat Muzesi (History and Art Museum) and the Grand Bostanli Pazar (Bostali bazaar).
The hotel was very reasonably priced in my opinion ($90-$125/per night), considering all that was included. The rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable and the bathroom was spa-like!
Included in the room rate was an amazing breakfast “feast” that was not your typical continental breakfast; They offered smoked salmon, a variety of international cheeses, baked goods, waffles, cereals (hot and cold), bacon/ham, made-to-order omelets, salads, coffee, tea, lattes, and plenty more! There was something for everyone in our family to enjoy and we were satisfied! Not to mention FULL for the rest of the day until dinner!
Also, the hotel has an amazing rooftop restaurant and bar with beautiful views of the waterfront. You can enjoy a tasty cocktail while watching the sunset. Very romantic!
Most of the hotel staff spoke English, so it made it easy to ask for what we wanted. There is also an amazing spa and pool area on the second floor. They offer Turkish hamam baths, as well as a variety of massages to include Classic, Swedish, Thai, and Balinese.
If you’re planning a trip to Izmir, you should consider the Renaissance Izmir Hotel for an exquisite experience! Happy traveling!
Payment: Credit Card or TL
Website: Renaissance Izmir Hotel
Phone: 0232 497 7777
Address: Akdeniz Mah Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No 16 Konak Izmir, Turkey 35210
Coordinates: 38.4266086, 27.1358458