'And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared. These are the words of Homer the noted ancient poet and resident of the city of Izmir.
After visiting this Turkish jewel, one could easily infer that the spirit of this sentiment was also born from the city. This is the largest metropolitan city in Turkey outside of Istanbul and it is extraordinary in many ways. The rhythm of the street, the din of pleasant voices, the spicy aroma in the air, and the carnival of colors in the markets can be found all over Izmir.
Izmir on a Budget
Those in search of budget accommodations in Izmir are in luck as the city caters to every type of traveler. One example of particularly robust cheap hotels in Izmir is the Vatanotel. This hotel has air-conditioning in all the rooms, which is almost essential during the summer, a mini bar, a steam shower, and room service available 24 hours. As with most hotels in Izmir the rooms have international satellite TV, proximity to many points of interest in the area, and an Ottoman feel. Another option is the Park Hotel Izmir, which offers guests free hot drinks. The Park Hotel offers many of the basics including baggage service, daily room cleaning, a daily newspaper, a wireless and cable internet connection, and a GPRS navigation system to help you find your way around the city, something you might not find in other cheap hotels.
Opulence in Izmir
There are many high-end hotels in Izmir that bring the most opulent aspects of Turkish culture to the lives of visitors to the city. One such hotel is the Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir, which is massive housing 420 standard rooms and 55 large suites. One of the Swissotel Buyuk Efes claims to fame, aside from its chic blend of modern style and Turkish delights, is the technology available to guests including broadband internet access, high-speed Wi-Fi, data ports and voice mail. The Kordon Hotel Pasaport is another of the many Izmir hotels that cater to those looking to spend a little more on their accommodations. This hotel caters to business people with meeting rooms and high quality restaurants nearby perfect for professional dinners and, of course, all the rooms are outfitted with opulent amenities where people can get things done.
A Trip Through the Grand Bazaar
There are many things to see and do in the city of Izmir, but the three must-see attractions necessary for anyone looking for a full Turkish experience are the Kemeralti Market, the Yamanlar, and the Mount Sipylus. The Kemeralti Market is the quintessential Turkish market filled with candies, food, spices, clothes, and other treats all of which make it a genuine bazaar. The Yamanlar is a mountain that can be reached from most Izmir hotels with a fair amount of ease and it offers comfortable bungalows and amenities, as well as some epic views of the country. Lastly, there is Mount Sipylus a towering summit that is ripe for hiking and adventurous excursions.
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