The Best Waterfront Hotels to Book in Izmir, Turkey

The Best Western Plus in Konak looks out over the Aegean Sea
The Best Western Plus in Konak looks out over the Aegean Sea | Courtesy of Best Western Plus Hotel Konak / Expedia
Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

The perfect bay for ferry-hopping, a Byzantine bazaar and ancient temples can be found in the city of Izmir. Ride along the promenade on an electric scooter, sit at the side of a cobbled street with a crumbly Boyos pastry and tour one of the ancient attractions on your doorstep – including two of Turkey’s Unesco sites and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Before you set off exploring, check in at one of these waterfront hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Izmir Marriott Hotel in Konak, for waterfront luxury


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Courtesy of Izmir Marriott Hotel / Expedia

This seven-storey hideaway in Konak comes with a front-row seat of the Aegean Sea. There are 149 rooms, but the one you’ll want the key for is the Presidential Suite, which includes a king-size bed, views of the sea, and afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres deliveries. Enjoy a dip in the outdoor infinity pool or the indoor pool in the spa – or if you want to feel some sand between your toes, take a 30km (18.5mi) drive to the golden shores of Urla Kum Denizi Beach.

2. Mövenpick Hotel Izmir in Akdeniz, for getting business done

Independent Hotel, Business Hotel

Double room at the Mövenpick Hotel Izmir, with neutral furnishings, en-suite bathroom, large mirror and flatscreen TV.
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If you want to mix business and pleasure, this is the hotel for you. Voted Turkey’s leading business hotel twice, this city retreat comes with a work desk, super-fast wifi and sea views. Take your pick of seven different types of rooms – including the Suite With Sea View, which features a king-size bed, jacuzzi and Instagram-worthy views of Izmir Bay. If you love thermal springs and golden beaches, the Çeşme Peninsula is a short drive away.

3. Key Hotel in Konak, for boutique chic

Hotel, Airport Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

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A former 1950s bank with priceless views, this hotel on the Kordon in Konak has 34 rooms – each come with a complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, iPhone dock and a rain shower. The largest room is the 85sqm (914sqft) Grand Suite that features a jacuzzi and terrace, overlooking Izmir Bay. Venture out into the hotel and you’ll find a 250-bottle wine cellar and Technogym-filled wellness space.

5. Wyndham Grand Izmir Ozdilek in Balçova, for partying the night away

Hotel, Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

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This bay-side stay in Balçova offers rooms with views of the mountains, Aegean Sea or the bustling city of Izmir. Ease your shopped-out feet with a soothing olive oil massage or an authentic Turkish bath at the spa. Stop for cocktails or dance the night away at the Ozone Night Club, which captures views of the bay through sleek port-hole windows. Concerned that you might miss your flight? Don’t worry, just select a vibrating pillow alarm from the pillow menu.

6. Best Western Plus Hotel Konak, for pastry delights


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Courtesy of Best Western Plus Hotel Konak / Expedia

You might find it hard to tear yourself away from this seafront hotel in Konak. First, it serves sesame Gevrek bagels and Boyos puff pastry for breakfast – and from your sea-facing suite, you can also see the sun go down over the water. However, once you step outside the front door, you’ll find the boardwalk, theatre and the famed Kemeralti Market, just waiting to be explored.

7. Kordon Hotel Pasaport in Akdeniz, for a cool and classy stay


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Courtesy of Kordon Hotel Pasaport / Expedia
This waterside retreat in Izmir City Centre is very close to the bazaar and the Izmir Kulturpark, which includes a museum, art centre and open-air theatre dotted among the palm trees. So, if you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, just book one of the hotel’s six spacious suites that have plenty of room for shopping bags – and come with a muscle-easing jacuzzi.

8. Pasaport Pier Hotel in Konak, for a jacuzzi with a view


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Courtesy of Pasaport Pier Hotel / Expedia

Fancy the idea of sightseeing from a jacuzzi? Well, this is the place to do it. This seven-storey waterfront hotel in Konak features five elegant suites, finished with plump padded headboards and chic furnishings. In the Executive Room, you’ll find a jacuzzi behind floor-to-ceiling windows so you get a panoramic view of the water while you’re soaking in the tub. The Pier Roof Restaurant boosts equally dramatic views while serving up platters of fresh fish, olives and your favourite tipple.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth.

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