Swissôtel Büyük Efes

The Swissôtel Büyük Efes (formerly known as Büyük Efes Hotel) is a hotel located near Cumhuriyet Square in İzmir, Turkey. It is part of the Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts chain.[1]

Swissôtel Büyük Efes seen from Cumhuriyet Square (2007)


Garden of the hotel

The initial design of the hotel was prepared by architect Paul Bonatz in 1950, but was soon discontinued due to the architect's health problems.[2] The project was soon reassigned to and completed by Turkish architect Fatih Uran.[2] The hotel opened officially in 1964.[3][4][5]

The hotel was originally owned by The Pension Fund (Emekli Sandığı).[4] In 2003 a new architectural project for the hotel was prepared by HAS Architecture and NBBJ (a global American architecture firm).[6][7] In May 2008, the hotel reopened as Swissôtel Büyük Efes.[2][8]

The hotel is located near Cumhuriyet Square, which was constructed after the great fire of Smyrna in 1922. The famous Atatürk Monument is situated in the square.


  1. ^ Fodor's Travel Guides (27 May 2014). Fodor's Turkey. Travel Distribution. pp. 348–. ISBN 978-0-8041-4192-5.
  2. ^ a b c Yalçın Kayıkçı, Meltem (March 2014). "Şehrin Ruhuna Ritim Tutmuş Bir Otel: Büyük Efes Oteli" (PDF) (in Turkish). Anatolia Turizm Akademisi. pp. 639–648. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ Fikret Yılmaz; Hurşide Taçoğlu; Begüm Tatari (2007). History written on glass. İzmir Ticaret Odası. ISBN 978-9944-60-204-4.
  4. ^ a b "İzmir'in şahane oteli". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 21 June 1964. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ Kaya, Burcu (2018). "İzmir'in İncisi: Büyük Efes Oteli (1964-2002)" (PDF) (in Turkish). Anatolia Turizm Akademisi. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. ^ "İzmir Büyük Efes Oteli – Has Mimarlık İzmir'de Simge Bir Yapı: Büyük Efes Oteli". İnşaat Dünyası (in Turkish). Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. ^ Hasol Erktin, Ayşe (2004). "İzmir Büyük Efes Oteli Yenileme Projesi" (PDF). Ege Mimarlık (in Turkish) (51). Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ Sert, Cesur (4 May 2008). "İzmir'in Efes efsanesi Swiss olup geri döndü". Hürriyet (in Turkish). İzmir. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 38°25′41″N 27°8′9″E / 38.42806°N 27.13583°E / 38.42806; 27.13583