If you get the idea that Lynn and I are obsessed with Turkish breakfasts, you would be right. See, Breakfast at Halikarnas Restaurant, Egirdir, Turkey, and this won’t be the last post about breakfast.
The Urkmez Hotel is in the heart of Selcuk, mostly known as the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, the last home of the Virgin Mary, and other wonderful sights. Plus, the town itself has some incredible things to see, including a museum with a couple of statues of the goddess Artemis.
First, about the Urkmez Hotel. This is a family run establishment and everyone is unbelievably friendly and helpful. They recently opened a restaurant a block away, but the only meal served at the hotel is breakfast, which comes with the room. The eating area is on the roof or top floor, partly open air and partly inside.
This is a typical Turkish hotel. One thing we found common was clean and spartan rooms (we were staying in relatively inexpensive places).
Plumbing anywhere is rarely up to what Americans and Europeans expect, but it fine, really. The other thing was the smaller hotels did not have elevators, but had seriously steep steps. Not for handicapped people or make sure you get the ground floor. The breakfast area was on the top floor (4 floors, I think).
When you entered the breakfast area, the family was usually around a big table in a middle “room” right next to the buffet. On one side was the indoor section and the other the outdoor area. The outdoor area could be closed in during winter. So, you had a choice. We always went for the outdoor area because the weather was so nice for that, plus the view was a bit better.
Breakfast was buffet style and had all the usual items, everything local and home made. There were always a couple of selections of cut, fresh fruit, such as watermelon and honeydew melon. There were a couple of varieties of bread, and real butter and jams. Black olives, sliced tomatoes and peeled cucumbers, and always fresh plain yogurt. Their egg dish here was something like a spinach and egg frittata, always excellent. The only thing we didn’t care for was the fresh squeezed orange juice because they watered it down too much. There was also coffee and tea and cold cereal with milk if you wanted.
This was a great place to stay and the breakfast just added to the experience staying there.