Where to Stay in Kusadasi: Club Caravanserail

Where to Stay in Kusadasi: Club Caravanserail

There’s a seaside town along the Aegean coast where people traveling by land and sea converge. This is Kuşadasi – the gateway to Ephesus, a city once claimed by the Greeks and later by the Romans and that was one of the seven churches of Asia referenced in the Book of Revelation. Kuşadasi is a bustling port city that welcomes cruise ships carrying passengers from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life.

Kuşadasi is abuzz with life. From travelers wandering through bazaars and alleyways in hopes of successfully haggling for a good deal, to parade participants from the Greek island of Samos and other nearby countries decked out in their national garb, Kuşadasi is the antithesis of a sleepy Turkish town.

And Club Caravanserail – a Kusadasi hotel that sits in the heart of all of the action – embodies the city’s vibrant energy. In centuries past, caravanserais were roadside inns where travelers could rest their weary heads after a long day’s journey. In Ottoman times – 1618 to be exact – Okuz Mehmet Pasha built Club Caravanserail with the standard caravanserai features of two floors, two entrances, and a huge courtyard. The outer architecture of the inn resembles a castle.

View of the upper level
View of the upper level
The hotel's side entrance
The hotel’s side entrance

From a bus stop located across the street from Club Caravanserail, you can hop on a bus for the 10-minute ride to Ladies Beach where you can stroll along the promenade, eat at one of the beach restaurants, or lay out in the sun.

Evil eyes can be found EVERYWHERE in Turkey
Evil eyes can be found EVERYWHERE in Turkey

The hotel is also an ideal jumping off point for a tour of ancient Ephesus which is about a 25-minute drive away. The beautifully preserved ruins of the Library of Celsus, the Great Theater, the home of the Virgin Mary, the burial site of St. John, what’s left of the Temple of Artemis, and so much more are all easily within reach in nearby Ephesus.

In front of the beautiful Library of Celsus

Club Caravanserail is also ideally located near shops, restaurants, and nightlife. One night, we chose to party it up at Kitty O’Shea’s where my then 16-year-old nephew awkwardly had his first nightclub/bar experience with his father, aunt, and uncle in tow. We did our best to show him the ropes! When we returned to the hotel in the wee hours of the morning, we were relieved that the front desk attendant was on duty as promised and available to open the inn’s huge doors for us when we came knocking.

My brother Aaron dancing the night away
My brother Aaron dancing the night away
My nephew in the green shirt looking quite stiff
My nephew in the green shirt looking quite stiff

For those who’d rather have a party closer to home, Club Caravanserail hosts a Turkish Night show where dancers and musicians perform traditional Turkish folkloric songs and dances. Although the noise from the show may deter some guests, we were delighted to have balcony seats to one of these performances from the comfort of the verandah outside of our room.

We rented the family suite whose décor was reminiscent of my grandmother’s house. With a double bed and two pull out beds, it was perfectly suited for a family of four. From our window, we had views of the cruise ship docks and the vibrant street below. In the mornings, we were greeted with made-to-order omelets, fresh bread, and honey.

Taking a photo of our breakfast was an afterthought – we just dug right in!

At Club Caravanserail, the hospitality was superb, the breakfast was amazing, and we truly felt like we were in the center of it all!

Read reviews of Club Caravanserail on Tripadvisor, and click here to book your stay.

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Have you ever stayed at a caravanserai?

  • I have been to the Turkish nights in the Caravanseri, quite a few times. Loved the buffet of Turkish foods there. I saw the dates on the comments but have to ask if you have done your cruise yet? It is a great holiday, but do it on a smaller boat called a Gulet and sail the Turkish Riviera!

    • Dana Carmel

      Hey Natalie – nope, no cruise to Turkey yet. However, whenever we return, I definitely want to explore more of Turkey’s coastal regions. I’m always enticed by the pics I’ve seen. Thanks for the recommendation about the Gulet. I’ll look into that!

  • What a great place to stay and an awesome location. I don’t know very much about Kusadasi other than seeing it on cruise ship itineraries so it was great to see all of these.

    • Dana Carmel

      Glad this post shed some light on Kusadasi for you. Hopefully you’ll make it there someday!

  • Wow what a lovely hotel! And in my favourite place in the world too! Were you on a cruise and decided to disembark in Kusadasi?

    • Dana Carmel

      We actually flew to Izmir from Cappadocia and then hired a taxi to take us to Kusadasi. I would love to go on a cruise one of these days – especially along the beautiful Turkish coast.

  • The traveler tales, the buildings … feels like a step into the past.

    BTW, what music is your brother Aaron dancing to? coz that pose looks like a Congolese dance style known as ‘soukous’ :).

    • Dana Carmel

      Wow – that’s awesome, Rachel. I don’t remember what we were listening to although I’m pretty sure the DJ was alternating between hip hop and Turkish music. Sometimes I think we black Americans subconsciously engage in dances and traditions that are rooted in Africa. I think it’s fascinating, actually.

  • Looks like you had a wonderful time in the thick of it all. What a great recommendation.

    • Dana Carmel

      Thanks, Leigh!

  • I think for the breakfast and the bed alone, I would love to stay here!

    • Dana Carmel

      The breakfast is definitely one of the hotel’s strengths!

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