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The Best Hotels in Izmir

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to stay in Izmir, both international luxury and boutique choices.
Our lady in Izmir is a professional traveller who has lived in Turkey for many years.

Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey with a fast growing population of around 4.7 million, the second biggest port after Istanbul, located on the West coast of Turkey. Izmir is one of the most “modern” cities of Turkey - it hosts international fairs – and a very colourful night life.

Izmir’s cuisine has largely been affected by its multicultural history, hence the large variety of food originating from the Aegean, Mediterranean and Anatolian regions. Common dishes are tarhana soup (dried yoghurt and tomatoes), köfte, keşkek (boiled wheat with meat), zerde (sweetened rice with saffron) and mücver (zucchini and eggs).

Kemeralti is İzmir’s historic market (bazaar) district. This is one of the liveliest parts of İzmir. The big bazaar is situated in an old building with many interesting shops for carpets, nice carvings, silver, dried fruits, antiques, leathers, gold accessories, handmade ceramics, and of course many souvenir shops – and go inside Kislaragasi Han.

The Agora Shopping Center offers clothing, accessories, cosmetics, household textiles, music, book stores, and electronics – and offers different options of world cuisines.

Forum Bornova offers the latest trends in fashion, cinema, entertainment, cafes and restaurants.

So come to Izmir, have fun, and don’t forget to have a cafe or tea in a small traditional cafe. Currency is Turkish Lira (YTL).

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Hotels:
Hotel Set in 12,000 m² of landscaped gardens overlooking the spectacular Kordon on the Aegean Sea, the luxurious five-star hotel Swissotel Büyük Efes, Izmir is conveniently located in the center of Izmir's commercial district, steps away from the heart of the city.

Designed in modern and contemporary style, the 402 luxuriously appointed guest rooms including 55 spacious suites feature state-of-the-art technology and exclusive amenities, contemporary fabrics, hand-picked furnishings, original local artwork and a comfort-engineered bed.

The hotel offers traditional Turkish and contemporary cuisine in a variety of stylishly elegant restaurants.

The hotel rooftop terrace and Spa are ideal for relaxation, set in 5,500 m², Pürovel Spa and Sport offers serenity and rejuvenation with a full range of exclusively relaxing treatments. 14 treatment rooms, a Wellness Suite for couples, hydrotherapy room, solarium, relaxation lounge, Turkish Hammam, steam bath, sauna, jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, pilates studios, group fitness classes, personal training and a tennis court.

Secure hotel parking is also available for your vehicle during your stay. High-speed Internet access – impeccable service.

Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No:1
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Hotel Renaissance Boutique Hotel is located in Izmir city centre, perfect to explore the area's top attractions - the Kordon - the famous and vibrant sea front promenade and the lively Kemeralti district, which contains the city's historic bazaars, are just moments away.

The hotel has 110 splendid rooms and suites, filled with boutique amenities including pillow top mattresses and flat-screen TVs - as well as modern technology. The sleek marble bathrooms include oversized showers, as well as traditional kurna bathing basins. All rooms feature scenic views of the Izmir skyline.

Try the rooftop terrace restaurant and enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, try the plunge pool, whirlpool, the beautiful sauna and spa with its luxury treatments and calming atmosphere, and the well-equipped fitness centre.

Top service – the best boutique hotels in Izmir.

Akdeniz Mah Gaz. Bulvari No 16
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St. Regis KEY Hotel is a new hip and exclusive hotel set in the heart of the city, the KEY is a 34 rooms, luxury-driven lifestyle hotel, catering to the discerning taste.

The hotel provides the guests with personalised attention, unparalleled service, cutting edge technology, delectable food in a refined atmosphere.

Spacious rooms with direct sea views, a choice of french or twin beds, cotton-satin linens, desks with reading lamps and separate sitting areas. The corner rooms have a sitting section in a separate room and a large bathroom with both a rain shower and a Jacuzzi tub. The rooms are equipped with flat screen IP TVs, IP Telephones, iPhone docks and complimentary internet access – complementary minibar with non-alcoholic beverages and tea and coffee throughout your stay.

Top professional service.

Mimar Kemalettin Cad No:1
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Restaurant Equinox is located on Level 9 at the Swissotel Buyuk Efes.

Equinox is a fine dining restaurant that offers innovative fish and meat dishes, with an amazing view over Izmir Bay.

The Chef prepares each dish with the freshest ingredients, combining Aegean flavours with international cuisine.

Restaurant Equinox is one of the top restaurants in Izmir, Equinox is the place for romantic celebrations.

Excellent cooking, first class service.

Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No: 1
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Deniz Restaurant is located in Palas Otel on Kordon - the famous and vibrant sea front promenade, a very nice fish restaurant with white table cloathing.

Deniz Restaurant offers two halls for the winter season and a garden with 200 seats – offering the pleasure of eating seafood outdoor with a sea view for the summer season.

The Chefs, father and brothers Çelikkaya, are combining the seafood - the flavour from the sea - with quality product and service - and the most beautiful view of Izmir’s Kordon.

The restaurant is recognized among professional gourmets as the best fish restaurant and also as the restaurant that offers the best hors d’oeuvre. A meeting place for renowned people of movie, music, sports, theatre and literature circles.

Nice location – nice restaurant - excellent cooking – top service.

Atatürk Caddesi, No: 188/B
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The KEY Restaurant is of course located in the KEY hotel.

The Restaurant showcases international cuisine with an Aegean flair in a contemporary setting. You can enjoy the sunsets over the Gulf of Izmir while the team make it a memorable dining experience.

The Chef and his team offer an à la carte menu accompanied by a range of fine wines from the 250 bottle wine cellar - well selected, wide range of handpicked local and international wines.

If you feel that you have a craving for a particular dish that is not on the menu, the Chef we will be glad to accommodate your wish.

Excellent cooking.

Mimar Kemalettin Cad No:1
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