On our recent trip to Turkey we visited the town of Ortakent which is 10km from Bodrum and managed to get a private tour of this very special hotel.
Ortakent is one of the oldest continuously settled areas on the Bodrum Peninsula. Ada Ev is the only one-room hotel in Turkey and after Bodrum Castle is the oldest building on the Bodrum Peninsula.
Unique to this area are the famous Tower Houses (Kule Ev) these houses were built as Ottoman watch towers for defensive purposes. The oldest Tower House is the three storey Mustafa Paşa Kulesi built in 1601, it was bought in 1993 by Ada Tourism. Despite being in a near ruined state its meter thick stone walls and many of its beautiful features remained and it was painstakingly restored. It was a private residence for many years until the owner decided to open it to the public as a hotel in 2009 and named it Ada Ev which translates to Island Home.
The tower house stands in its original garden area with outside hamam
Walking up the stone steps up into the tower you find yourself walking across a genuine drawbridge complete with chains. It is like stepping back in time.
The ornate fireplaces in the main living area
The bedroom alcove, the three windows look out to the sea, the hills and the windmills above the town, it’s simply stunning
Another alcove with comfy cushions again with views to the sea and hills, I imagine this would be a perfect spot for reading or sharing a nice bottle of wine. I can but dream….
The draw bridge
Adjacent to the Hotel, is the Ada Sofra Restaurant.
What an amazing view from the restaurant terrace. Can you imagine that view at night!
The restaurant had just closed when we where there, it is only open certain months of the year. Being closed was no obstacle for me and I still managed to have a good look around. The main part of the restaurant is in an old building also listed, before it opens out to the wonderful terrace with its amazing views.
This is the restaurant toilet look at that original heavy marble sink and the floor!!
I felt bad standing on the mosaic as it’s so pretty.
Ortakent is popular with tourists for its beaches especially Camel Beach and its great to take a day trip there but sometimes its nice to explore a little. Stopping on the main street in town and taking a little walk up the twisting cobbled streets you will find the old part of the town. Suddenly it’s so quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the main street. I was wondering if it was worth it in the intense heat but I kept going and just around the next corner there it was Ada Ev behind its imposing wooden gate and I think you will agree sometimes you just need to go off the beaten track!