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Reviewed 11 April 2015

Let me start this review by saying that we absolutely did love this place: it's situated on a hill but very close to all parts of Alacati, the breakfast is marvelous and LARGE, the owners are wonderful people who went out of their way to show us good time. They made sure we knew where Asma was, gave us plentiful amounts of tea and coffee and cakes in the afternoon. The rooms are beautiful, well-appointed, and the heater/AC works fine. It's a bucolic property that, had we not arrived in winter conditions, I would have taken full advantage of. As others mentioned, don't rely on Google Maps or any other mapping system -- all their locations are wrong.

The only thing during our stay is the sound proofing. We stayed in a bottom level room, and around 2am, our upstairs neighbors and side neighbors checked in. This led to essentially 2 hours of banging around, moving chairs, a baby crying, children screaming, which resonated throughout our room. This led us to leave a day earlier than planned.

I really want to give this property 5 stars. I really really want to. The length of this review alone is a testament to how torn I am. But when I leave tired and grumpy from only 6 hours of sleep because of the lack of sound insulation, I can't reasonably give full marks. Granted this experience is probably rare, but it marred our experience.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Christine H
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Reviewed 8 April 2015

My husband and I shared a delightful 2 days from 31st March - 2 April. I can't praise Chigdem (the owner after whom it's named) enough. She whisked us off in her car the next morning to show us the shore at Alacati (windy town but fabulously quaint), then to Ilica and then dropped us off at Cesme (where we enjoyed a cuppa and took the bus back to Alacati town according to her advise). I just mentioned wanting an extra duvet and got two! The room was sooo cute (all blue). Every room has a colour theme down to the hand towels and knick knacks everywhere. Adorable room, hospitality and oh - the cherry on the cake - the breakfast!!!! Gosh, that was something else...a MASSIVE mezze spread, freshly squeezed orange juice, eggs to order, a hot traditional snack (a new one daily) and a beautifully arranged fruit platter...need I say more? That was the best breakfast during our fab 10 day trip in Turkey. A stay here is an experience for the senses, but above all Chigdem deserves an A+ in warmth! And not to forget the lovely tea and cake & savoury that awaits you at tea time! What we loved was the privacy in terms of location, and yet being a stone's throw from the main buzz (which I believe can get loud during the peak summer season). Highly recommended!

Room Tip: I loved the room on the ground floor overlooking the pool (the blue room)
  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank MSShah_214
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Reviewed 12 January 2015

My husband and I stayed at this hotel in June 2014 in the honeymoon suite. I loved this hotel so much. I would definitely recommend. It's a very quiet and peaceful hotel, and the staff really do offer a personal service. I once asked if they had a chocolate cake, and the waiter said they don't but they will go and get me one! Although I insisted they don't go out their way, they still went and got me a chocolate cake which was very kind.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank canan_unal
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Reviewed 30 October 2014

Hotel Chigdem is named after the owner who properly welcomes you into her family at this lovely retreat in a special corner of Alacati, That is not to say they are intrusive or try too hard, it is to say they are friendly, helpful and will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay - like the concierge at a top hotel, but with a personal touch. Recommendations for restaurants, parking, routes, are all given freely with no pressure - on our first night Chigdem herself walked with us into town to help us find a restaurant and ensure we were treated well. Chatting to the family over a cup of tea and cake in the afternoon is a such a pleasant part of the stay.

The hotel is based in a beautifully restored building at the quiet end of town, but a very short walk from everything you may wish to visit. The rooms are wonderfully clean, well appointed and have all you need. The small pool is clean and the decking a nice place to relax. There is free parking outside the door. And then there is the breakfast. A personal meze of sweet and savoury which changes every day and eggs to order, offers more than the heartiest appetite can manage, it is a delight that keeps coming, dish after dish - accompanied by the never ending tea and coffee. All served with a friendly smile.

Alacati itself is a friendly welcoming place, but this hotel makes you feel part of it. Chigdem please don't change a thing. Tesekkur ederim!

Room Tip: There are 11 rooms - I am certain there is not a bad one :-)
  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank OTTowner
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Reviewed 16 October 2014

Alaçatı is one of the most charming and tasteful towns in Turkey, with its maze of cobbled narrow streets and whitewashed stone houses, many of them converted into chic boutique hotels, upmarket shops or fine-dining restaurants.

We enjoyed our stay at the Chigdem hotel in July but wish we had visited Alaçatı in the autumn, when the crowds are gone, the school vacations are over and the town takes on a new personality. Not to mention that accommodation prices drop considerably after the 15th September. Alaçatı has a nice weather in October, and even the minimum temperature hovers at a T-shirt-friendly 18 degrees Celsius (64 F), with maximum temperatures between 22-25°C or 72-78 °F.

We arrived in nearby Çeşme with a rented car from Ephesus via Izmir and pulled over off state road D-300 to clarify the directions to the hotel. As we struggled to find its location, we soon realized that both our Google maps printout and the Turkey roadmap we bought at the airport were utterly useless. I called the hotel from a corner shop and was told to wait for a staff member for help. But shortly thereafter, phew, what a surprise ! Ahmet, one of the owners, arrived in a couple of minutes in his car to escort us to the hotel. We were impressed by his hospitality, as well as by what we saw when we arrived.

The family-owned boutique hotel occupies a stately three-storey building on a hill outside the town’s centre, built in traditional Alaçatı style, with the ground floor laid out in bare stone and plastered white stone walls on the upper floors. It has a sizeable swimming pool with sun loungers as well as two large terraces, one at street level -where breakfast is served- and the other one on the roof. Room windows (facing the street) and balcony doors (overlooking the pool) have wooden shutters painted in a pale blue.

Location-wise it’s on the outskirts of town, off the main tourist drag and therefore very quiet, but close enough to Alaçatı’s centre and just a few minutes walk to the best and most famous restaurants in town, namely Agrilia (the former Greek name of Alaçatı) and Asma Yaprağı (“The Vine Leaf”). You can walk to both restaurants in less than ten minutes and reserve a table, this should be easier in the off-peak season than during high summer (to my disappointment the waiting list for dinner at Asma Yaprağı was over two weeks back in July).

Since Alaçatı proper has no shore to the sea, you have to use a car, a scooter or at least a bicycle to reach the large beaches in nearby Çeşme.
So depending on your primary goal, the hotel’s location can be a huge plus or an annoying minus point. If you want to be close to the town’s centre without being permanently exposed to the crowds -and the noise that comes with it- than this is one of the best place to stay in Alaçatı.
If you want to be mainly at the beach though, you'd be much better off staying at a hotel directly on the beaches in Çeşme.

However the Chigdem has beach privileges - hotel guests are entitled to use a common dedicated hotel beach area free of charge. This area, simply called “the BEACH”, is located near the Ceshme PLUS hotel, roughly 1.8 Km east of the Sheraton hotel in Çeşme.
Ask the hotel owners for driving directions. Free parking should be available now but can be a problem on certain weekends or in peak season and secure parking lots are charging up to TL 20,- per day.

We were assigned room 12 on the top floor (2 levels above the pool), which commanded nice views over the pool and the red roofs of Alaçatı’s houses in the background.

Our room was spotless, boasting laminate flooring and white furnishings (a comfy double bed plus a wardrobe and a coffee table with an armchair).
It also had a fridge with minibar and a small flatscreen TV above a console doubling as a desk.

The décor (of room 12) was a bit girly though, with a pink canopy above the lavender bed linen and the painting on the wall had a touch of kitsch with its oversaturated brown colours but that is a matter of taste in all fairness.
We particularly liked the authentic black rotary dial phone -in perfect working condition-, a nice retro feature. We had some difficulties opening our room door on a few occasions, however this annoyance was quickly addressed by the owners.

The bathroom was OK, not too small, immaculate, with a stylish sink on a white table and a shower cubicle. While the warm water pressure was OK, we felt that the cold water pressure in our room on the 2nd floor could have been better.

Breakfast, served individually on a spacious terrace, was excellent and healthy.
The diverse menu included homemade jams and honey, fresh breads and pastries, various local cheeses, olives, eggs made to order, freshly squeezed juices and plenty of fruits.
A much healthier option than all-you-can-eat buffets in big hotels, which encourage overeating and may contain highly processed foods replete with trans fats, glutamate and preservatives !

Service was impeccable, both the owners and the junior staff were very friendly and polite. The juniors -Mehti, Kaitmas and Petu - were helping out at breakfast, serving drinks at the poolside or welcoming guests at the afternoon tea.

ROOMTIPS
The hotel has 11 individually furnished and decorated rooms, most of them with pool AND street views. The lower level rooms (Nr 3,4, 6 and 7, on floor “minus One”) are opening directly to the swimming pool, with sun loungers near their doors. Rooms 8 and 9, are above the pool at street level –i.e. on floor G or zero- and accessed over an exterior walkway, hence do not have sun loungers at their doors.
Room 12, see above, is at level “plus One”.

PLUS POINTS
-Charming boutique hotel with a sizeable swimming pool
-Friendly, polite & efficient staff
-Knowledgeable, helpful owners
-Location close to the town’s centre and best restaurants (Agrilia and Asma Yaprağı)
-Comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms, French balconies and dual street- &
poolside views (pictures)
-Excellent, healthy breakfast; complimentary afternoon tea
-Satellite TV
-Landline phone and free WiFi (in all rooms + public areas)
-Free parking on the street
-Board games available in the lobby (including backgammon)
-Beach privileges in Çeşme at “THE BEACH” near the Ceshme Plus hotel (see above)

MINUS POINTS
-location - a plus for the village centre, a minus for the beaches. But that’s pretty much the case with all hotels in Alaçatı proper, as the town is at a distance from the sea.
-insufficient, unpractically located power sockets (in room 12 at least) - the desk area on the small console below the TV screen could have more than one power socket within reach. To connect my notebook at the desk I had to unplug the TV -and also a denuded electrical cable inserted with the same TV plug - not a very good practice.
-small table and desk area
-very small, key operated “budget” safe deposit box
-relatively expensive minibar drinks (ice tea /coke = 5TL; Efes / Miller beer = 9/12 TL)
-Problematic driving to the hotel:
even the owner advised us that the hotel is not correctly positioned on Google maps. Access is over a narrow cobbled lane, which is partially uneven and inclined, a situation made worse by the numerous resident cars parked around.

THE VERDICT
A superb boutique hotel, located off the beaten path yet close to Alaçatı’s centre, offering an outstanding service, beach privileges and excellent breakfast.
The pluspoints outweigh by far the negatives. While the facilities may have a 4-star standard, I’m giving it an overall five points out of five for the owners’ friendliness and impeccable service. Highly recommended.

Marius C. Berger, MD
London, UK

Room Tip: The hotel has 11 individually furnished and decorated rooms, most of them with pool AND street views. The lower level rooms (Nr 3,4, 6 and 7, on floor “minus One”) are opening directly to the swimming pool, with sun loungers near their doors. Rooms 8 and 9, above the pool at street level –i.e. on floor G or zero- and are accessed over an exterior walkway, hence do not have sun loungers at their doors.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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