Bodrum, Turkey

Birdcage 33

Price per night from$414.37

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (inclusive of taxes and fees) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR380.23), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Super-fly retro nest

Setting

The Turkish Riviera

Buzzy bohemian Bodrum is in full peacock mode for sun-kissed holidays, and adults-only boutique hotel Birdcage 33 is a soft place to land close to the coast. Birds of a feather – largely those who are fans of old-school style (stone accent walls, crocheted parasols…) and sociable terraces – flock together here in just 11 rooms, some of which offer balconies primed for spotting the yachts bobbing in the Yalıkavak Marina just downhill. Roost by the hotel pool and terrace bar, or fly the coop to the coast, because much awaits beyond Birdcage 33’s – actually rather comfortable – confines.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

11, including three two-bed suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a fee of 50 per cent of the room rate after 5pm. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £319.49 (€380), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

The hotel is not accessible for wheelchair-users.

Hotel closed

The hotel is open between 1 May and 31 October.

At the hotel

Terraces, free WiFi and concierge. In rooms: smart TV, minibar, Nespresso machine and tea-making kit, and L'Occitane bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Executive Suite with Private Garden & Sea View Room is the jewel in the crown, connecting three suites. Its spacious terrace and a kitchenette with graphic, multicoloured tiles present the perfect opportunity for impromptu alfresco feasts. The Superior Poolside Room stands out from the rest for its proximity to the pool.

Poolside

No mere bird bath, there’s a well-sized, natural saltwater pool open to guests between 9am and 6pm. Its terrace setting, dotted with white sunloungers and fringed, crocheted parasols, is the stuff of Aegean dreams.

Spa

There’s no spa onsite, however the concierge can help you make a reservation at a nearby spa and hammam or, alternatively, book an in-room massage for you.

Packing tips

Bring boho-style cover-ups, because you’ll be making many manoeuvres to and from the pool.

Also

Sign up to a culinary workshop (focused towards Turkish and Aegean cooking traditions) or a local wine tasting; both bookable for a charge via the concierge.

Children

Sorry chickies, you can only stay in this adults-only hotel from age 16 and up.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

You can’t beat a table on the deck in view of the marina, particularly as the sun begins to dip.

Dress Code

Some retro-fabulous plumage to echo Birdcage 33's Seventies look.

Hotel restaurant

Peckish? Start your day sunny-side up with eggs, fresh fruit, and a glass of OJ. Then grab a snack by the pool’s open kitchen when you get peckish. For something more substantial, Lika Restaurant is set on the terrace, serving seafood-laden pastas, grilled meats and small plates to pick at.

Hotel bar

The hotel’s chill poolside bar is open daily from 2pm to midnight; come for cocktails with a marina and bay view.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8.30am to noon; grab a poolside bite at Lika between 1pm and 6pm; and an all-day menu runs from 7.30am to 11pm, while the bar stays open until midnight.

Location

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Address
Birdcage 33
Yalikavak Omer Efendi Cd 33
Mugla
48990
Turkey

Set just inland from Bodrum’s beaches, Turkish delight Birdcage 33 is perched in the centre of Yalıkavak.

Planes

The nearest transport hub is Bodrum Airport; the drive should take about an hour and transfers are bookable via the hotel.

Automobiles

Traversing the local area will be made easier if you’ve rented a car. There’s free valet parking when you arrive, and the hotel’s car park operates round the clock.

Other

With the hotel positioned less than two kilometres from Yalıkavak Marina, you can always make your entrance via yacht.

Worth getting out of bed for

Taking flight from Birdcage 33 early in the day, head to the Yalıkavak Marina to eye up the ritziest and glitziest dockings that morning. After a stroll around, venture on foot to Bodrum’s old city-centre, stopping at the Castle of St Peter (aka Bodrum Castle, built during the 15th century). While here, pay a visit to Bodrum Underwater Archeology Museum located within the castle’s confines. There are several important historical sites within driving distance; plan day trips to Halicarnassus to see its ancient city walls up close and Sandima village, plotted on the Bodrum peninsula. The hotel can also help plan excursions – take your pick from the ancient city of Alinda, Bafa Lake and the surrounding Latmos Mountains, and the Virgin Mary’s house on Bülbül Mountain. Plus they offer a roster of activities, spanning cooking classes and local-wine tastings to private outings in a gulet (traditional wooden boat). 

Local restaurants

If you find yourself in the marina, stop by French-Med eatery, Bagatelle for a bite to eat (and maybe a hang by the pool). Recline poolside with an Aegean Secret (a combination of Saint Germain, Martini, jasmine syrup, mint, lime juice, prosecco and soda water) or take a seat in the indoor-outdoor dining room, commencing with a decadent truffle pizza. Another option along the seafront is Memedof Balik, known for its fresh seafood dishes. Meanwhile, Morena, a beachside restaurant, located at the Bodrum Edition, offers a Japanese-inspired dinner menu with a superlative spider roll.

Local cafés

Café Mandarin is a 15-minute drive from Birdcage 33 and its feta cheese- and honey-laden Turkish breakfasts are worth the early wake-up call. Nearby Limon Café is a charming family-run spot, peppered with sinkable sofas and reams of fairy-lights. A mezze must-stop, book ahead in peak season.

Local bars

Commence your night at music venue, bar and restaurant, the Marina Yacht Club Bodrum, considered a marina institution. If you’re in town over the weekend, try Lucca by the Sea to catch Turkish and international DJs spinning until 1am.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this adults-only boutique hotel in Turkey and unpacked their hand-painted ceramics and boxes of Turkish delight, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Birdcage 33 in Bodrum…

On a hillside, cradled by copses of wild olive and oak trees, Birdcage 33 sits pretty. The adults-only boutique hotel is a beautiful, bohemian crash-pad in buzzy Bodrum. Echoing the leanings of the Turkish Riviera in the Seventies, terracotta tones, crocheted parasols, and stone accent walls abound. It’s old-school, but still cool, with just 11 rooms, some of which offer balconies primed for yacht-spotting; and with the Yal?kavak Marina and sandy Bodrum beaches a scenic downhill stroll away, this gilded cage is far from restrictive. But, lovebirds may prefer to stay on their perch – chill out by the pool (book the Superior Poolside Room if you’re competitive about sunloungers) then head to the terrace bar for a glass of something chilled (the hotel concierge can sign you up to a wine tasting if you’re curious to learn more about the local vines). Day trips can take flight in a multitude of directions, but the hotel’s proximity to the Aegean will likely have you swooping down to the water’s edge. And, when it’s time to nest, call it a night in your modern Med quarters, which are well-feathered with suspended raffia light fixtures, rich wood panelling, and the softest of beds.

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Price per night from $414.37