A city centred round its harbour, much of its accommodation can be found close by, though our recommendations for the best places to stay in Bodrum tend to be further out of town. The preferred method of travel is by sailboat, or yacht, and the most popular meals are made with the freshest bounty of the sea - served in the city’s nicest restaurants which line the coast.
Moving away from the harbour and into the city centre, Bodrum’s culture is focused on the purity of that deep blue water, with many visitors and locals coming in off the ocean to spend a pleasant afternoon in one of the Turkish baths for some rest and relaxation.
Even Bodrum’s history is best discovered under the harbour - a visit to the popular Museum of Underwater Archaeology will have you feeling like you’ve landed in Atlantis. Before you come back to the surface though, take a moment to look out of the renovated windows of Bodrum Castle for a spectacular view of the life blood of the city - the crowded harbour which is still keeping the city going.
Tourism is Bodrum’s cash cow, and more than a million visitors flock to its beaches each year. But Bodrum retains a bougainvillea-shaded charm, and houses that look like they’re made of sugar cubes. Especially in the outlying coastal villages. The castle and museums, Ottoman era mosques and laws restricting building works have helped to preserve Bodrum's own character.
It's only in the last few decades that this fishing village has been associated with idyllic beach breaks and favoured by royalty and A Listers. But behind the fancy bars and restaurants and the palm lined promenades many of the best places to stay in Bodrum are still reasonably priced. And of course the beaches are free, as are many of the historic sights and museums. So Bodrum is a great option if you're on a budget and you just want one base.
A contemporary seaside hotel just outside Bodrum. Spacious rooms simply decorated. Lovely garden and pool. Walking distance to beaches and restaurants. A great value spot for a no frills beach holiday.
Bodrum (Hoşgörü Sk)
A sleek boutique seaside hotel. Stunning all white rooms and suites with large living areas, private balconies and all the mod cons. Enormous sun bathing areas, pool, open-air restaurant, kids club, and immediate access to the beach and watersports. A wise choice for an all round beach holiday.
A family friendly and laid back hotel with its own beach and colourful contemporary rooms. Rooms and suites have balconies with sea views and all the mod cons. Lovely restaurant, pool, and lots of coastline to explore. Great for families.
Bodrum (Gündönümü Mevkii)
A sleek seaside hotel in contemporary chic style. White washed rooms and suites have splashes of the ocean, parquet floors, and private balconies with sea views. Excellent spa, swimming pool, and direct access to the sea. A fabulous choice for a beach holiday.
Small, low-rise resort at the foot of the forest with great views of the nearby Aegean. Just eight stone cottages offer intimacy and panoramic views of the ocean, olive groves and the hotel's wooden sailing boat waiting in the harbour. Everything is natural - stone, wood, glass, and the cuisine too.
Trendy and charming hillside resort, highly professional in its approach but still small, stylish and friendly, with a lovely location. Large, white washed, rooms with contemporary art. Stunning and generously proportioned pool with pool-side bar, and candlelit dinners. A chic option.
Designer style and comfort at an affordable price. A small peaceful oasis in a quiet cul-de-sac. The bright white walls of the 'cubist' complex of rooms, suites with kitchenettes, and two-bedroom apartments surround a lovely swimming pool. A secluded choice for families and groups.
A gorgeous Turkish stone house with lovely accommodation. Suites and family suites all in neutral tones have huge living areas and private balconies with sea views. Beautiful garden, pool, terraces, and day bed area. A perfectly balanced spot; characterful tradition meets modern comfort.
A luxurious resort hotel with private sandy beach and marina, and choice of seven restaurants and bars. Chic cabana-style suites with private balconies overlooking the sea and fantastic spa - all in glorious isolation. The most gorgeous beach resort hotel near Bodrum.
Bodrum Torba Mahallesi
A stunning boutique chic hotel on the sea front. Luxurious rooms and suites are all in white and filled with modern art. Private balconies, all the mod cons, and stunning sea views. Excellent restaurant, spa, and easy access to the beach. A sophisticated beach holiday.
A stunning hotel that attracts celebrity royalty and sun seekers. Rooms and suites in chic beach style with balconies, some private pools, and all the mod cons. Fantastic restaurant, spa, and lounge decks. An upmarket beach holiday.