The Best Hotels in Izmir, Turkey, for Every Traveller
Choose a design-led stay, with upcycled or custom-made bohemian furniture | Courtesy of GAIA Bazaar / Expedia
Known as the “Pearl of the Aegean,” Izmir is a city both modern and rich, with more than 3000 years of recorded urban history. Izmir and all its various districts are tourist magnets in the summer, so make your reservations at one of these excellent Turkish hotels before the temperatures start to rise.
4.5/5 (196 Reviews)
Svalinn Hotel | Courtesy of Svalinn Hotel / Expedia
Classical opulence reigns supreme at the Svalinn, a four-star operation located on the main road that links Izmir’s Old Town with the Adnan Menderes Airport. Start the day by choosing from a table-bending breakfast buffet – featuring culinary contributions from both East and West – and a soak in the pool or a brief workout, before heading out to explore. Rooms are consistently praised for being spotless and representing excellent value, and the staff win stars for friendliness. There’s free parking for guests.
Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
5/5 (1 Reviews)
GAIA Bazaar | Courtesy of GAIA Bazaar / Expedia
The charming GAIA Bazaar is found on the western end of Izmir province in Alaçati, a town known for its pale stone houses and quaint narrow streets. A committed advocate of design and recycling, the hotel offers Standard, Deluxe, Superior and Suite rooms in which the bohemian-style furniture is upcycled or custom made in Bali – ask staff if you’re interested in purchasing any items. The onsite cafe and restaurant spreads out beneath hanging plants and softly-lit lanterns and offers a menu of traditional Turkish cuisine.
L’agora Old Town Hotel & Bazaar
Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
4.1/5 (70 Reviews)
L’agora Old Town Hotel & Bazaar | Courtesy of L’agora Old Town Hotel & Bazaar / Expedia
The four-star L’agora occupies a 300-year-old building in Izmir’s Old Town, surrounded by the sounds, smells and colours of the Kemeralti bazaar. As well as refined rooms that wouldn’t be out of place in a much more expensive hotel, its key draw is a central, open-air patio where you can enjoy breakfast, bar snacks, drinks and live music. L’agora is a clean, economical base from which to explore the historical part of Izmir, although it might be worth brushing up on your Turkish beforehand.
Viva La Vita Butik Otel
Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
4.3/5 (147 Reviews)
Viva La Vita Butik Otel | Courtesy of Viva La Vita Butik Otel / Expedia
Friendly, English-speaking Viva la Vita Butik is located in the Alsancak district of central Izmir, on a quiet street named after a much-loved Turkish poet, just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront promenade. Simple yet stylishly decorated rooms wear smart whites, browns and blues and come in three types: doubles either with or without balconies and a suite that can sleep a child in addition to two adults. All have views out over the centuries-old rooftops of Izmir, air conditioning and plush carpets for your slipperless comfort.
Hotel, Airport Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
4.8/5 (315 Reviews)
Key Hotel | Courtesy of Key Hotel / Expedia
Key Hotel offers 34 rooms and is located right on Izmir’s coastline, with an amazing view of the city and sea, especially during sunset. It is luxury-driven with modern amenities, airport transfers, meeting and event rooms, as well as a restaurant and bar. Book the enormous Grand Suite, for your own private terrace that overlooks the sparkling Gulf of Izmir.
Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir
Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
4.6/5 (965 Reviews)
Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir | Courtesy of Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir / Expedia
Overlooking Izmir’s famous promenade and right by the waters edge, Swissotel is a truly luxury option situated within landscaped gardens. This hotel’s 402 rooms have all the technology and modern amenities expected of a luxury offering, and there are three restaurants, two bars, and a spa and sport facility on the rooftop as well. From a daily breakfast buffet to evening hammam treatment, there’s plenty to keep visitors happy inside the hotel before they even begin to explore the city.
Mövenpick Hotel Izmir
Independent Hotel, Business Hotel
4.2/5 (915 Reviews)
Mövenpick Hotel Izmir | Courtesy of Mövenpick Izmir
With a modern bar with a great sea and city view, the sophisticated Margaux Restaurant and Swiss Cake patisserie, and a convenient location in the city centre, the five-star Mövenpick Hotel Izmir offers unbeatable service at great value. Green Globe-certified and voted Turkey’s Leading Business Hotel, there’s nothing missing in terms of professional service.
Wyndham Grand Izmir Özdilek
Hotel, Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
4.5/5 (976 Reviews)
Mövenpick Hotel Izmir | Courtesy of Mövenpick Hotel Izmir / Expedia
This enormous complex contains over 200 rooms and seven different restaurants and bars, making it feel like a city unto itself. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow for panoramic views of Izmir’s coast and make a stay here feel very special. Just some of the hotel’s perks are its nightclub, pool bar and spa with indoor and outdoor pools.
DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir, Alsancak
Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Spa Hotel
3.9/5 (276 Reviews)
DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir, Alsancak | Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir, Alsancak / Expedia
With a location in the city centre, DoubleTree is close to all the shops and restaurants in the busy Alsancak neighbourhood as well as the famous Clock Tower and Kemeraltı Bazaar. This hotel is far from just location however, with a rooftop swimming pool, luxurious spa facilities, and a restaurant with beautiful views to offer its guests.
Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on February 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.