Small Hotels in Turkiye & Greece website is the result of a long journey that started when I returned from America. I am originally from Ayvalık, my grandfather from Bozcaada and my grandmother from Lesbos…
Born and raised in Ankara, I started my career at Çırağan Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul. In 2003, I went to the US and returned to Turkey after 2 years, following a dream I had when I was living in Boston. I set out to explore different parts of our country and stayed in wonderful small hotels, but there were some absolutely horrible ones. Staying in a decent hotel with character and finding new places for like-minded people, exploring them and starting to write about them started to make me happier. As I shared the stories of these places, this hobby became a business for me. My only advice to those who want to follow their dreams is a little courage and a little patience!
This website is here to keep my books going. You will find additional photos and (constantly) updated information about many of the hotels and guesthouses featured in my books, as well as updated articles on new places to stay, restaurants, beaches, directions and notes on places to visit.
I still travel regularly in Turkiye & Greece and abroad every year and discover great new places, small hotels, chalets and boutique hotels.
Thanks to this site, I don't have to wait for my next book to be published, as I used to do in the past. And there are no books anymore, because long live social media and blogging :) I publish the hotels I have visited in Turkey & Greece on www.boutiquesmallhotels.com and the hotels I have visited abroad on www.thesmallhotels.com. Once again, I would like to mention that every place, town, street, restaurant, hotel on this website has been visited by me personally or by my editorial team. We have stayed in almost all of them, and in the very few places where we have not stayed overnight, we continue our efforts to have breakfast, check the rooms, meet the owner and feel the atmosphere. By the way, some people ask why don't you become an agency? For now, I prefer to stay as a traveling editor.