Artemis Hotel

Written by on April 1, 2012 in I Eat Turkey, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

Sunday, 1 April 2012 (and again on Monday, 2 April 2012)

(No website found at time of publishing) – Selcuk, Turkey

How I heard of this place: Chris and I were looking forward to taking my sister and brother-in-laws’ recommendations and staying at the Urkmez Hotel in Selcuk. But when we arrived, we were told that they had already sold out of rooms and would be happy to show us to another hotel that would probably have rooms available (having just opened 45 days prior under new ownership). One of the Urkmez reception staff walked us around the block and introduced us to our new hosts.

Type of cuisine: In the mornings, a set menu with Turkish style breakfast.

Ambiance: The newly tiled courtyard outside connects the lobby area to the small dining quarters of the Artemis. In the summer months and on warm spring days, the tables from inside the dining area make their way out, into the courtyard for patrons to enjoy the cool breeze under the shade of the tree at the center. Inside, brick walls intersect with the log cabin-esque wall leading to the bright, blue-tiled kitchen. The salmon and white tiles underfood look new, while the tables and chairs may have come from the previous hotel owners. Plastic tableclothes cover the bronze ones underneath, and a too-small-for-the-room kilim lays askew at the center. The most intriguing part of the space is the carpet-covered floors of the Moroccan style seating area to the left as one enters the dining area. Cushions on the floor are pressed up against similar ones at the to create a comfortable space against the brick walls. A brick fireplace in the corner looks freshly used, as the soot and ashes from a fire are still present.

What I ordered: First, each diner is presented with a plate, already dressed with the following: three thin, fanned slices of apple, three, fanned slices from a local orange, three alternating slices each of cucumber and tomato, a tiny glass bowl with five or six olives and individual packets, one each, of cheese, butter and strawberry jam. A basket of bread, followed by a small, white (but mismatched) plate with two crepe-thin omelets (nothing inside). Quarters of sweet simit also joined the fried egg for a treat to enjoy with our Turkish tea (or apple tea).

What I loved: I love the apple tea! Later, I came to find out that it is simply a powdered apple cider mix, but it is a cozy, warm and refreshingly sweet beverage to enjoy after a hearty meal.

Why I loved it: Home-cooked meals, even if it is just eggs, served by the same staff that own the hotel, friendly guests finding their way to your table to compare travel notes and itineraries, simple and easy.

Cost: Included in the cost of the hotel

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