Where to Stay in Izmir Turkey: Best Areas & Hotel Resorts

By Anna

We all get excited when it’s time to start looking at holidays and get an inner feeling of excitement at the thought of some rest and relaxation. In this article, we’re going to be telling you where to stay in Izmir, Turkey so you can decide for yourselves whether or not this is the destination for you.

We’ll be sharing everything from the best budget hotels to luxury all-inclusive resorts. So, let’s get straight to it and find out the best hotels in izmir.

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Oglakcioglu Park Boutique Hotel:

Oglakcioglu Park Boutique Hotel
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We’re kicking things off with the Oglakcioglu Park boutique Hotel which is a four-star hotel situated in Izmir city centre, meaning you won’t be far from all the action. If you want to get a bus into the next city then you’re only a five-minute walk from the Basmane Station and a 20-minute car journey from the Izmir Bus Terminal.

If you fancy doing an activity that’s within a 20-minute taxi ride from the hotel then how about visiting the Culture Park or Izmir Bay?

When booking this boutique hotel in Izmir, you’ll get to choose from a range of three different rooms which include 45 standard rooms, two superior and two suite rooms. All standard rooms come with all the usual you would expect in a hotel plus the added luxuries of a minibar and slippers. Suite rooms and superior rooms come with the same except they offer a luxury bathroom with a hot tub bath and bigger room space. Superior rooms also offer a more luxurious feel.

Hotel Restaurants:

If you’re feeling hungry in the morning, then your belly is sure to be full until the afternoon with the Oglakcioglu Park boutique Hotels breakfast. There are two types of breakfast, one is laid out as an open buffet which will let you explore tastes from the Aegean Region. The second is an organic breakfast which offers locally sourced produce including delicious olives from Akhisar, milk and dairy products from the healthful plateaus of Ödemiş and Tire, flower honey from Menemen and jams from Antalya.

In the evening, why not try the hotels Tower restaurant and bar? Offering an a la carte service, you can taste the unique dishes from Turkish and world cuisine with its rich menu contents. Or, if you’re too cosy in bed then how about ordering some room service?

DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir Airport:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Izmir
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Offering a touch of luxury to your stay in Izmir is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Hilton have a worldwide reputation for being one of the more upmarket hotel chains and we promise you that this four-star hotel won’t disappoint you.

Situated in central Izmir near the Old Town, this hotel is just a short walk away from some great tourist attraction sights including Kültürpark İzmir which is a beautiful park with water fountains surrounded by lush greenery and Kemeralti Bazaar which is a big marketing supplying clothes, food, souvenirs and meat and fish.

The price of this hotel may shock you, and not in a bad way either! A cheaper price than you may think, in this hotel there is a spa and sauna room and even a rooftop pool which will give amazing views all across Izmir!

There are a range of different rooms to choose from too including a king guest room, deluxe room, king superior room with sea view, king deluxe with sea view and king junior suite, all of which look amazing but if you can spend the extra then we recommend going for a room overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Hotel Restaurants:

There are two restaurants to choose from, all serving delicious food. For breakfast you’ll be eating in the Smyrna restaurant which has a warm atmosphere and is filled with friendly helpful staff if you have any problems. Serving a international cuisine that also has local delicacies, you can taste food from around the world.

The second restaurant is the roof bar. Situated on the 21st floor of the hotel, you’ll get to enjoy stunning views over Izmir Bay which is perfect for a meal and evening drinks. The roof bar is open from 8.00am until 23.00pm daily.

Piano Hotel:

Piano Hotel
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If you’re not sure where to stay in Izmir on a budget, then the Piano hotel is highly recommended by us. This hotel has a three-star rating, but if would you prefer to go out and explore the city of Izmir and not worry about having a luxurious room then this is the place for you.

We’re by no means saying this is a bad place to stay, but compared to the others, they offer more facilities but of course that comes at an extra price. The Piano hotel is the cheapest hotel we’ve spoken about so far.

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Breakfast is served in the Piano cafe from 7.30am-10.00am seven days a week where you will be able to tuck into local cheese and vegetable assortments, organic jams and different tastes of a local Aegean breakfast.

What this hotel can offer that the others didn’t is room to socialise and make friends with new people. There is a living room area in the main cafe where you get breakfast from, so after you’ve finished your breakfast, you’ll be able to relax on the sofa with a cup of coffee and speak to others staying at the hotel.

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What’s Near The Hotel?

This hotel is situated near lots of restaurants and is in close proximity to Konak Pier, which is a shopping centre and Kadifekale Suru, a fort which gives fantastic panoramic views of the city. Also, just an hour’s drive is the House of Virgin Mary and Smyryna, both of which are a must see to top up on your ancient history knowledge.

There are five different room types at this hotel including a single, eco double, twin, double and superior room. All rooms are furnished to give the rooms a homely feel and the price will vary depending on which room you decide to stay in.

Hotel Swissôtel Büyük Efes:

Hotel Swissôtel Büyük Efes
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If luxury five-star hotels are more for you then this is the place you’ve been waiting for! The Swissôtel Büyük Efes is a five-star hotel which is set in 12.000 m² of landscaped gardens and located in the heart of the city’s commercial hub, overlooking the spectacular Kordon Promenade on Turkey’s Aegean Sea. The Hotel is within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum, Commercial Centre and Izmir Cultural Park.

There are over 13 different room types at this hotel all of which have a different price range, the cheapest room is the classic room city king which gives views of the city, the mid-priced room is the Swiss executive room which gives you access to the executive lounge and the most expensive room which is executive suite with sea view which give you plenty of room space, a jacuzzi, espresso machine and access to the executive lounge.

Feeling Hungry?

There are three different restaurants to choose from at this hotel and you won’t be disappointed with any of them! The first is Equinox which is a fine dining restaurant offering fish and meat dishes. The view is just as good as the food as you can sit on the balcony overlooking Izmir Bay, making it the perfect place for a romantic meal.

The second restaurant is the aquarium mezzes and grill which serves yummy grilled food. On certain days of the week you can even enjoy some live music whilst you’re eating.

And the third restaurant is Cafe Swiss which is a relaxed and contemporary restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. It offers Turkish and Swiss cuisine from the Italian, French and German regions of Switzerland, with an extensive buffet and show kitchen.

Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention:

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Something else for all you luxury hotel lovers is the Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention five-star hotel which offers bed and breakfast. This is the perfect hotel for anybody who wants to feel super relaxed and calm on their holidays.

Kaya Izmir is the most modern thermal treatment centre in Turkey, and it enables visitors to feel good in an environment that’s full of oxygen and natural beauty. Inside the hotel there is also a physical therapy and rehabilitation centre.

Don’t forget your swimsuit as there is a choice of four stunning indoor and outdoor pools to relax in including an outdoor and indoor pool and an outdoor and indoor thermal pool, all of which are surrounded by sun loungers perfect for anyone on their travels to Izmir between the months of May-September where the weather can reach up to 35 degrees Celsius.

If you think the pools sound good, then the rooms won’t disappoint you either! Choose from a deluxe room, king suite, executive suite or royal residence. If you decide to choose the royal residence then you really will feel like a king or queen of your own room with a bedroom, a dressing room, two showers, two WC units, a jacuzzi and a living room. Included in the price is also Breakfast, lunch and dinner with local alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages and waiter service!

There are also five different restaurants to choose from serving different foods such as an open buffet consisting of Turkish and International dishes, Mediterranean cuisine, lobby lounge, snack restaurant and a pool bar.

Spa and Fitness:

If you come to this hotel you could enjoy a range of spa treatments, some of which include:

  • Saunas
  • Turkish bath
  • Shock showers
  • Steam bath
  • Beauty centre
  • Massage rooms
  • Snow fountain

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Key Hotel:

Key Hotel
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This hotel takes having a room with a view to a whole new level, but we’ll get on to the room a bit later. The Key hotel is located in the heart of Izmir and is in close proximity to Konak Square, a traditional open-air bazaar- Kemeraltı and ancient caravanserail Kızlarağası Han, Konak Pier mall and a wide range of restaurants.

As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll understand why this is a four-star hotel. The hotel pride themselves on providing excellent customer service to their guests, wether thats the restaurant team or front of house, the staff are there to welcome you.

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So, back to the rooms and there’s a great choice for you to choose! There are six different rooms which include, a standard room, superior room, a family suite – something that children would love, executive suite, deluxe suite and grand suite. The grand suite really does have one of the best views of the sea – it’s like having your very own penthouse! All rooms have a sea view and come with complimentary Molton Brown toiletries!


Kickstart the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel which features both Turkish & international offerings which are sure to keep you full up until lunch time. You can also go for lunch and dinner at the hotel where you will be served an à la carte menu accompanied by a range of fine wines from a 250-bottle wine cellar. The well selected range of local and international wines that are handpicked, reflect high quality.

If you’d prefer to stay in bed, then there is always the option of ordering room service which is available 24 hours a day.

Kozan City Hotel:

Kozan City Hotel
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Our seventh and final place to stay in Izmir a three-star budget hotel situated at just a five-minute walk from Izmir International Fair – one of Turkeys oldest trade shows and walking distance from the beach and Kemeralti Bazaar.

There are four different rooms to choose from at this hotel including a single room, double room, triple room and family room. All rooms come with a TV, city views, tea and coffee maker, a safe, towels and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are clean, fresh and have a traditional Turkish aura to them.

This hotel features a humble breakfast which starts at 7.00 and finishes at 10.00. The breakfast is a buffet style in which you can choose from jams, fruit, veg, cheese, cold meats, butter and bread. This hotel only serves breakfast so for lunch and dinner you’ll be able to make your way out into the streets of Izmir and find some delicious local authentic Turkish food.

Let’s have a look and see what restaurants are nearby for lunch and dinner.

Nearby Restaurants:

Skyfire bar and restaurant: This eatery is part of the Marriot hotel chain but it’s open to the public for dining in. Serving a Mediterranean cuisine, this is a great place to enjoy views of Izmir Bay on the restaurants roof-top terrace.

SushiCo: For something a little less traditional, how about SushiCo which offer more than just sushi! On the menu you can choose from spring rolls, steamed dumplings, crispy shrimp and chicken curry as well as much more!

Where Is the Best Area to Stay in Izmir for Families?

Turkey beach
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A little town called Selçuk is the best place for families to stay in Izmir due to its small and safe feeling streets. There’s plenty of things to do that will keep children entertained (and adults too), but you’ll get to experience it in a small town.

You’ll find traditional shops, restaurants and cafes here as well as big tourist attractions such as Ephesus – an archaeological museum and ruins. Just a 15-minute drive away there’s also Pamuk beach – a beach that rarely busy.

If, however, you choose to stay in the city center you can pick Renaissance Izmir Hotel or Smart Hotel. Smart Hotel Izmir offers all that you can imagine for, along with the added advantage of a sauna and a fitness center. Even Radisson Izmir features rooms with exceptional amenities, and can therefore prove to be ideal for you!

Where Is the Best Area to Stay in Izmir for Couples?

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The best area for couples to stay in is central Izmir, this is because there’s plenty of things to see and do right in the heart of the city.Nearly all of the hotels we spoke about in this article are located in the centre of Izmir so you know that there’s a good choice out there for you to stay.

With plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, beaches, markets and tourist attractions to visit, there’s not a chance you’ll be complaining you’re bored.

Where Is the Best Area to Stay in Izmir for Backpackers?

kemeralti bazaar
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The best area we recommend for backpackers is the Izmir city center. If you’re looking for a bargain hotel with affordable per night charges,it’s not difficult to find in Izmir, and being in a central location, there’s no need to worry about the added stress of money for bus fare or taxis etc.

The budget hotels we have spoken about are perfect for backpackers and most of these Izmir hotels come with a free breakfast so there’s something else you don’t need to worry about! You can even try out traditional Turkish food in one of the nearby restaurants or cafes.

So, that’s the end of the article and we hope you have a better understanding about where to stay in Izmir. If you’ve enjoyed the article, then please leave a comment in the box below. Are you a backpacker and looking for a cheap hostel in Thailand? Give the article below a read.

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