Don't take our word for it.
Read some comments from our guests to find out why
they recommend ANZ Guesthouse as the place to stay
in Selçuk / Ephesus.
We wanted to let you know what happened to us and where we have been
since we left you early on the morning of 8 November. It hardly
seems possible it could have been so long ago! We enjoyed Bodrum
and our weather was beautiful but windy. We were amazed at all the
yachts in Bodrum and all the US registered yachts we saw! We enjoyed
seeing the castle and the Mausoleum. We left there on Sunday morning
the 11th and headed for Pamukkale. We had decided the distances were
too far to come back to center from Selcuk. Renting a car was fun but
the cost of petrol is a real budget breaker! We took a van "tour" to
Aphrodisia one day and spent a whole day exploring Hierapolis and the
travertines at Pamukkale and then spent another full day at the ruins
of Laodicea (Laodykia). They are really working on the excavations
there and it was interesting to see an archeological dig in action.
We want to go back in several years to see the progress they have made.
From Pamukkale we headed to Alasehir (which is the site of ancient
Philadelphia--one of the Seven Churches of Philadelphia) and spent
a night there. Then we headed to Akhisar (which has a city block of
ruins from the ancient city of Thyatira) and from there on to Bergama
where we spent four days. Then it was on to Canakkale and Troy and the
site of the Battles of Gallipoli. Today we have traveled to Iznik and
will be here until Monday morning when we will head back to Istanbul.
Next Thursday we fly to Rome where we will pick up a cruise ship on
next Saturday for our journey back to the US.
We want to thank you once again for all your assistance and hospitality.
We really enjoyed our time at the ANZ Guest House and hope to come back
some time in the future. Please give Simon our regards as well as Ali.
Michele and Keith Grimm — Nov 2012
I stayed at the ANZ Guest House on May 11 and 12 during my recent
visit to Turkey. I had a wonderful time in Selcuk and a very special
welcome at your guest house.
The room was perfect, the breakfasts were good and the hospitality was
extraordinary. The dinner on the roof was excellent.
I had a very good time in Selcuk. I got to see what I wanted to see:
St. John's Basilica, the Isa Bey Mosque, Ephesus and the Ephesus
best part was meeting people. That's really the reason I travel.
You, Ali Baba and another man who name I have forgotten were all
so helpful and friendly.
I have recommended your guest house to others and I will continue to
recommend it. Thank you so much for being an important part of my
trip to Turkey.
— Neil Van Steenbergen — May 2012
Thanks again for a great stay!
We loved our time at ANZ Guesthouse.
Your hospitality was truly unmatched and we appreciate everything.
We will be back!
— The Koch Family, from North Carolina, U.S., April 2012
This place really felt like home.
Thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
The hostel provided bikes and we cycled our way to Ephesus
and the Artemis Temple.
It was a memorable experience.
— Through Hostel Bookers, 20 April 2012
This is such a gem! The breakfast is superb, the staff is incredibly
friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere can't be beat. I love it!
— Caitlin Frazier, through Hostel World, 19 April 2012
91.40% Liked: Harry is soooo helpful and the terrace is
— Through Hostel Bookers, 13 April 2012
91.40% Liked: Good breakfast, easy walk to Ephesus, friendly
owner and staff, clean, nice rooms, comfy bed.
— Through Hostel Bookers, 2 February 2012
Hope you and your family are well!!
I was passing through all mail addresses and noticed
that I never
thanked you by mail for a nice staying in your Hostel.
Even though the weather was lousy, we enjoyed being your guests.
— Leon and Dragica, from Slovenia, April 2012
I just wanted to thank you again for your pleasant welcoming.
I traveled a lot and tried a lot of guesthouse but yours have
I really felt at home although the atmophere was new for me me.
The terrace on top as well as the view is very pleasant.
The "host family" is very welcoming, kind and helpful.
I really enjoyed it and can only recommend it if
you stop in Selçuk.
— Cyril Guyot, from France, September 2011
Harry, my stay was short lived but it has left a positive impression
The look and feel of the place, the instant camaraderie and the home
services were excellent.
Why would anyone stay anywhere else while in Selcuk is beyond me.
I came across it by the magic of the internet and I left there happy.
— John, Canada (currently in Sudan), June 2010
PS Maybe next time you can do something about the heat.
It was pretty hot at Ephesus! :)
Hello to Harry, Ali Baba and Mehmet I recently stayed with two
friends at ANZ and we wanted to thank you for your hospitality,
advice and assistance (pick-up at the bus station, etc).
Our only regret is we were unable to stay longer.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning
again in future. Wishing you continued success in
your business endeavours. Cheers!
— Greg Ramsay, Montreal, Canada, October 2009
Hello folks ..... we're back home in Canada and wanted to thank you
all very much for your help in arranging a tour of Ephesus while we
were there on our cruise. Harry very graciously pulled together a
tour guide and car that turned out to be excellent. The timing and
custom tour was exactly what we had hoped for. As I'm sure you all
know, Ephesus is an incredible place to visit and the entire Turkey
experience exceeded expectations.
My thanks to you all and especially to Harry for making the last
— Dave and Ann Rogers, Canada, September 2009
Just wanted to thank you for your hospitality when we visited.
We are back in New York and enjoyed our stay and ANZ.
Thank you again!!!
— Francine Mancini, October 2008
Thank you for your service.
Everybody in my group loved their stay
and the barbecue was amazing. Your hospitality was incredible, and I
will eagerly recommend you to anyone who is going to Selcuk.
— Kerry Storms, June 2008
I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality I
experienced at the ANZ Guesthouse. You have such a beautiful setting,
overlooking the Temple of Artemis below and the Church of St. John
Also, I wanted you to know that I always felt very comfortable —
proud — of taking my guests into your establishment, whether it
be Crisler, Genghis, Asuman or even Anton Bammer back in 2003.
And it's not merely your hospitality and setting that adds value to
ANZ, but even the food is excellent. I enjoyed each and every one of my
dishes at your place — Simon is so much the perfect chef! In fact, the
food looked so good that I took pictures of it. For me, presentation is
I hope to be returning to your wonderful guesthouse sometime by the end of next month.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
— James Rietveld, May 2008
Our stay at ANZ Guesthouse was the highlight of our trip to
Turkey last summer.
Harry and Simon and the rest of the crew really go out of their
way to make your stay enjoyable.
I left my passport there and Harry offered to fly to Istanbul
to make sure I got it in time for my return flight home!
Harry and company have the best information on local attractions,
great dinners on the roof, and a generally laid-back attitude
that is hard to beat.
The clientele at the ANZ is so very interesting too!
People from all over the world there to enjoy the beauty of Turkey
and the hospitality and warmth of the Turkish people.
I will always remember my stay at the ANZ and I recommend it
to anyone who likes to travel off the main tourist track.
— Gwen Sancar
Hello Harry, Simon, Turik (Alex), the lovely woman who helped
with the bathroom (never caught your name), the guy who served me
my breakfast (sorry I forget your name) and Mom and Dad
in the side apartment.
Thank you so much for your hospitality.
It was great meeting you all and being your guest.
I'm spreading the news that your spot is the spot to be in Selcuk.
Turik (Alex), thank you very much for the interesting conversations.
You are a wonderful person.
Hope to see you all again.
Keep in touch, I'll be back to see more ruins in the summer!
— Susan Little, Canada
We've been in Turkey for three weeks and this is by far
the best place we've stayed. Highly recommended!
— Andrew Pawson, Canada
We came for a couple of days and ended up staying a whole week.
We particularly enjoyed the three day trek in the mountains.
— Astrid Godin, Canada
Of our whole European trip, our stay at the ANZ Guesthouse was
by far the most enjoyable!
When we go through our vacation photos with friends and family,
almost everyone finds themselves wishing for a Turkish vacation
with a long stop at the ANZ Guesthouse).
We certainly hope that the new Iraq war is not affecting your
business too much.
Hopefully we were able to send a few guests your way:
everyone we met that was going even close to Turkey,
we told them all about the ANZ Guesthouse
and gave them clear directions.
— Chad and Nicole, Alberta, Canada
My husband and I had our honeymoon in the Middle East,
and whilst in Turkey we had THE BEST time overall in Selcuk.
Steve and Harry were fantastic hosts — they bent over
backwards to help us out.
The room we stayed in was just perfect and those yummy meals
on the magical rooftop terrace were awesome — and all
for a reasonable price. We will be back someday!
— Sarha Howard, Australia, Queensland
Harry and Steve were wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble.
The room was bright and airy, the roof terrace with it's backgammon
boards, magazines and TV was fantastic, the beer was COLD and cheap
and the excellent food (Thanks to Simon) was the best I tasted in
Turkey (especially the delicious huge homemade muesli).
You have set the standard that others will have to follow...Thank you!
— Nadine, London, UK
In a word, EXCELLENT!!!
2nd time back to Turkey, 3rd time back to ANZ Guesthouse!!
Steve and Shaannon ROCK! Simon's cooking is the best in Turkey!!
If you come to Turkey and only go to one place stay here!!!
— Ralph McLean, Canada
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