Ionia Guest House is a rural bed-and-breakfast here in Turkey’s Aegean region. Our two rooms (soon to be four!) are spacious with ensuite bathrooms and private verandas. There’s a swimming pool with a large terrace, and a cafe serving local food. The hotel is set in a fig orchard surrounded by olive groves — think of our place as a country oasis where you can rest and recharge.
As seen on TV! For about a year we were filmed for a show about newcomers to the hotel industry who were building or renovating their own place. The show was called “Our Dream Hotel”, or “Alex Polizzi’s Dream Hotel”, depending on where it screened. So far we’ve been on in the Netherlands, Australia, the UK, Sweden, and New Zealand.
And anyone who saw the show will know that we’re passionate about green building and used 100% local materials to build the hotel. The walls are timber-frame, with straw bales laid out like giant bricks, and finally covered in layers of lime plaster. All this gives excellent insulation for both temperature and sound.
Our place is just off the route from Ephesus to Pamukkale. It makes a great base for exploring the stunning archaeological sites of the Meander Valley and ancient Ionia, including Priene, Magnesia, Tralleis, and Miletus. We’re also a good choice for visitors interested in local markets, authentic Turkish food, and exploring the natural landscape. Check out our local attractions page for more things to see and do. And we’re easily reached from either Izmir or Bodrum airports (some tips on how to get here).
Finally, the story of the hotel’s construction and our new life in Turkey can be found on our blog.