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Help with Hotel in Goreme!

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Amsterdam, The...
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Help with Hotel in Goreme!

It seems that one is spoiled for choice with all the great hotel options in Goreme. I've narrowed it down to the following three, and would appreciate any advice. I am a 28-yr old male solo traveller.

Kelebek Hotel - gets great reviews and looks beautiful, but I'm concerned that it might be a bit lonely as it appears to cater more to families.

Flintstones Hotel - seems to cater to a younger, backpacker crowd (which I see as a good thing), and is in a cave (which is also a good thing).

Pension Kose - gets great reviews and also caters to a younger, backpacker crowd, but it's not a cave hotel, and I think that is part of the experience of Cappadocia.

What do you think? I'd prefer a cave hotel if possible, but also want to be somewhere that I can mingle with other independent travellers. Has anyone been to any of these three places that can help?

Chicago
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The Kelebek Hotel is nice hotel up on a hill, but is a little over-priced imo. If you're traveling solo, you'll want to stay in town. You'll have more fun there. I'd pass on the Flintstones Hotel and choose Pension Kose.

Cave hotels are just rooms made of rock, rather than wood. Beside you'll be hiking in and around caves during your visit. When are you going? The weather is changing now - sometimes warm at night and other times chilly. FWIW, cave hotels stay cool in the summer heat, but they get cold when the temperature drops.

Gocek, Turkey
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Flintstones looked a bit rough to me (as in dilapidated).

I stayed in the Kelebek and there were plenty of single girls staying when I was there (but I'm married!).

The New Forest, UK
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Last June I stayed a couple of nights in the Köse Pension, but it wasn't a cave, so I moved on to the Star Cave Hotel, which I enjoyed... tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g297983-d6551…

Perrysburg, Ohio
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The Kelebek is fantastic, and both times that I've stayed there (most recently this past June) it's had a good mixture of younger solo travelers and older couples/families (but only once was there a family with a young child).

Although I'm older and wasn't traveling solo, we had no problem socializing with the other guests at the hotel, several of whom were in their 20's/30's. We even exchanged emails/photos after our trip. Most guests at the Kelebek gather on the terrace in the evening. While some people keep to themselves (usually the older folks), others mingle and hang out together until it's time to call it a night. A good way to meet the other guests right off the bat is to take one of the Heritage Travel tours the hotel offers on your first day in Goreme. The tours are small (usually no more than 14 people), and after spending the day together everybody feels like they know each other and seem to gravitate towards each other on the terrace in the evenings. Even without taking a tour, you won't find it difficult to meet and mingle at the Kelebek.

While I haven't stayed at the other hotels you mentioned, I agree that at a strictly backpacker hotel there would be many more young, solo travelers for you to meet...but you'll also find some at the Kelebek.

London, United...
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Good advice from Osumom - the Heritage Travel tours offered at the Kelebek seem to be a good way to get around, especially as a solo traveller. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants in the village itself where people hang out. For example the Goreme Restaurant - they have a terrace over the river bed that runs at the back of the square where the buses stop, as well as an indoors restaurant with lots of low "sofra" style seating on cushions at low tables with live music and dancing at night. Run by friendly people and looked like it was frequented by lots of younger backpacker types.

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Great advice above.

I would second that Pension Kose is definitely a young backpackers option. I chatted with Dawn and Ahmet in 2005/06; most welcoming and happy laid back owners; but as you state not a cave hotel.

I stayed in the Dora Motel in winter 2005 which only has a small part of a cave behind reception (there they built sofra area for eating breakfast.) The owner's family and young guy on reception were very helpful regarding where to go and get around; prices good. There were also young guests visiting, mostly those keen on walking. Its close to the main strip for restaurants and bars.

Aberdeen, Scotland
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I agree with all the advice you've received so far!

Don't know the Kose Pension but I would definitely recommend you choose a Cave Hotel.

Also agree there may be better backpackers places than Flintstones, if you choose that option.

We stayed in Kelebek too, loved it. Agree with all the others, it has a great mix of people of all ages. Actually saw very few families, now I think of it. Everyone mixed at breakfast then again on the terrace in the evening.

Day tour advice spot on too - we made "friends" on the tour whi we socialised with for the next few days.

Never had time or energy to visit them but there are brs in town which I think are good for solo travellers mixing, too.

Think you may be getting the point now - there are many Kelebek fans here, though there must be many more good places!

Amsterdam, The...
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Thanks for the advice everybody, I think I will try the Kelebek. Their tours look nice and they give a single-traveller discount, which is appealing.

Regards,

Ryan

Chicago
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Have a great time! You'll love it.

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