A city with an intriguing history, Izmir has been under Greek, Roman and Ottoman rule. Offering plenty of archaeological heritage, its Roman Agora of Smyrna (an open-air museum) and Kadifekale (Velvet Castle) are particularly popular with visitors. It’s also very glamorous; a palm-lined coastal resort, where you can recline beside the sparkling Agean sea, as well as shopping in bazaars and admiring the skyscape’s minarets. Izmir serves as a great stopping-off point if you’re en route to Ephesus, however, it’s also a charming city break destination in its own right. Here are some of Izmir’s best hotels.
Izmir Marriott Hotel
Stay right beside the sea, in the first Marriott property to arrive in the city. The 149-bedroom five-star hotel is a great choice if you want direct beach access. Its sea views are panoramic, not least from its rooftop bar and infinity pool. There’s also an indoor pool and a full-service spa, a fitness suite, a lobby bar and an all-day restaurant. And those in premium suites can access the M Club Lounge. All of the rooms offer views of either the ocean or the city, with calming, contemporary decor and you can bring your furry friend along for the journey.
Wyndham Grand Izmir Ozdilek
A sophisticated, glass-walled circular skyscraper, the Wyndham Grand Izmir Ozdilek is a glamorous and spectacular sight on the Anatolian Coast. With 219 bedrooms (all with floor-to-ceiling views), ten event spaces and seven restaurants, it provides plenty of choices for both the business and leisure traveller. Swim in indoor and outdoor pools, follow the thermal journey and take a Turkish bath at its Qualitas Spa; work out in its fitness suite; do a spot of souvenir shopping at the gift boutique; and have a flutter at the casino. The Wyndham Grand Izmir Ozdilek is very family-friendly providing a playground, childrens’ activities and babysitting services.