Where to stay in Kusadasi, Turkey

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Whether you visit Kuşadası as part of a trip to history-rich Ephesus (Efes), take the ferry in from Samos, Greece, from visiting the house of the Virgin Mary, from exploring Sirince, or as a destination in itself, there’s much to see and do. Kuşadası is located on Turkey’s Aegean coast, on a bay. There is a large marina, and the peninsula of Güvercin Adasi (Pigeon Island) is a visual highlight, sporting an ancient fortress.  Kuşadası has an interesting history, and has been an active marine hub since being founded in 3,000BC. 

View across the Kusadasi marina to Pigeon Island

View across the marina to Pigeon Island

Panoramic view of Kusadasi harbor from Hotel Kismet’s terrace

Panoramic view of Kusadasi harbor from Hotel Kismet’s terrace

So besides the history, and the town, and Ladies Beach (more on that to come), and nearby attractions, where should you stay, in Kuşadası

An enormous evil eye, at the Hotel Kismet in Kusadasi, Turkey

Where to stay in Kuşadası, Turkey

Where to stay in Kusadasi, Turkey

While there is a plethora of accommodation options here, I can only recommend one – for its beauty, location, delicious food, comfortable rooms, and oh, the view.

The view from my room at the Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey.

The view from my balcony at Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Hotel Kismet

The Hotel Kismet (click for info) is a winner on several accounts. It is located on a peninsula itself, so there are views from every angle. There is a terrace that entices at all times of day, a small play area for kids in the yard, and a lovely outdoors dining area, with a full buffet each night and an unparalleled view of the Kusadasi marina. 

Buffet dinner, terrace restaurant, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Buffet dinner, terrace restaurant (for dessert, try the heavenly chocolate pudding)

Sunset view, Kusadasi marina

Sunset view, Kusadasi marina, from the Hotel Kismet terrace

Myself and dear friends Gizem Salcigil White and Lillie Teacha Marshall, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey
Myself and dear friends Gizem Salcigil White and Lillie Teacha Marshall

In the morning, dine inside with full views, while you plan your day. The coffee machine is particularly welcome, and makes delicious, strong coffee (thank you!). Of note is the yogurt – some of the best I ate in Turkey (and I ate it at every chance).

A view worth getting up for at Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Good morning! A view worth getting up for

A pre-breakfast morning swim = happy mermaid
A pre-breakfast morning swim = happy mermaid

On the way to breakfast at the Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

On the way to breakfast. I want this in my home.

Below: Breakfast and dining areas, Hotel Kismet

Breakfast, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Breakfast, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Breakfast, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Breakfast, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

The lobby is beautifully decorated in blues with classical touches, and windows that lure you. Note: the internet seems to only work in the lobby. Luckily, there are plenty of seating areas to park yourself down to work. 

Lobby, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Lobby, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Lobby, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Lobby, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Lobby, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

The staff is extremely friendly, and whether you need help from the front desk concierge or a golf cart ride down to the sea or tennis courts, if you're like me and can’t walk down the path. Leave your enormous key with the concierge, where he’ll stow it in your room slot until you come back – making you feel welcome and cared for. 

Room Keys, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Leave your keys – the evil eye will keep them safe!

Down by the sea, you’ll find a beach bar, plenty of recliners and umbrellas, and unparalleled views.

View from my balcony down to the tennis courts, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

View from my balcony down to the tennis courts

View from my balcony down to the pathway that leads to the sea, beach bar, and tennis courts. Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

View from my balcony down to the pathway that leads to the sea, beach bar, and tennis courts

Down by the Aegean Sea, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Down by the sea

Swimming in the Aegean, and the golf cart driver, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

My golf cart driver, who made heading down the hill to swim accessible to me

View from the terrace, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

oh yes

More views from the terrace, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

the views

The rooms are lovely – most have balconies that make you never want to leave, and there is a tv, although I can’t imagine turning it on, with that balcony and view. The bathrooms are also classically decorated. There was not a full range of bathroom amenities in my room, so if you need more than soap and shampoo, bring your own (this was especially missed with my curly hair). There are ample outlets and plenty of storage. 

The view from my balcony at the Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

My balcony – and view…

Bathroom, Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Classically decorated bathroom

Whether you’re here with a family, for a respite, on a romantic trip, or for a group tour or family reunion, the Hotel Kismet is the perfect place to base yourself. You can head off and explore, or just stay put and swim, dine, and feast your eyes on the beauty around you. It’s hard to tear yourself away. I never wanted to leave...

Marina through my water glass, sunset in Kusadasi

Marina through my water glass, sunset in Kusadasi

Entrance to the Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Entrance to the Hotel Kismet

Happy mermaids at Hotel Kismet, Kusadasi, Turkey

Happy mermaids at Hotel Kismet

 

 

 

 

Note: I was part of a group of White House Travel Bloggers that Turkish Airlines flew in to experience Turkey (thank you, eternally!) – and I fell in love. With Turkey, Istanbul, the Aegean, the places we stayed and the food we ate, and that famous Turkish hospitality and friendly, interesting people. Stay tuned for more posts about a special country I’d love for you to explore  - and check out our The Best of Turkey - an A-Z Guide.

 

 

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