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Shoe String Cave House
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Orta Mah. Kazim Eren Sok. No:23, Goreme 50180, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #5 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Goreme
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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“Perfect stay for backpackers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Shoestring cave was jus perfect for our stay in Goreme in June 2013! We are two backpackers - 19 and 23! We stayed in the dorm rooms which are actually inside a cave! There is a pool to cool off after a big day of trekking and the breakfast is the best hostel brekky we've had in turkey. It's really one of the nicest hostels I've stayed in- and I've been all over Europe, the USA and Asia! Free shuttles to the bus stop (both on departure and arrival) are also really handy- since most people arrive via long bus rides and are tired when they depart after a trek or two!
We love Shoestring!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Great location, great staff (thank you Oktay) to make your stay comfortable and fun, very good with planning out your itinerary, room was very clean.

Super comfortable bed, high quality towels, linen and very reasonable price.

Plus you get the experience to live inside a cave!!!

If you book cappadocia tour & hot air balloon with them they give you one way free airport transfer (25 liters pp) and their prices for hot air balloon is cheaper than others. We booked the green tour & hot air balloon - I recommend both as they were both very good.

Well done to the team in Shoestring!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at shoestring! Oktay made our 2 day trip in Cappadocia from Istanbul a breeze. We had to revise our original plan of attending the Green Tour on the day of our arrival because our bus was delayed. Oktay immediately spewed out a new itinerary that maximized our short stay. After dropping off our bags in our perfectly sized cave room, we went horse back riding in the Red Valley and explored the Göreme Open Air Museum. After a soundless night of sleep, we decided to wake up at 6:30 AM to watch the hot air balloons rise from pool at the top of the rock, but we were too far away and the balloons were too small for a photo opt. We had a 9:30 Green Tour that Oktay booked us on, so we crawled back into our beds for an extra hour of sleep. Oh, what a mistake that was. We were woken up by a staff knocking on our door, telling us that our tour bus is here. Oktay saved the day by offering to drive us to the first stop of the tour, which gave us a bit of time to pack and check out.

It was a great experience living in a cave room at Shoestring. Though the bathroom drainage system is a bit slow, everything else about the bathroom and shower was flawless. Because we woke up late, we didn't get a chance to try the complimentary breakfast.

The company that Oktay booked for us for the Green Tour was great and i highly recommend it. our guide, Efe, was charismatic and eager guide us through the Ihara Valley, Selime Monastery, and Underground city.

I wouldn't have changed a thing about our trip in Cappadocia (except for maybe a few additional nights at Shoestring), and this was all made possible by Oktay! Thank you Shoestring for the flawless hospitality and a wonderful trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

The team and the hotel were welcoming and accommodating.
Even though they did not make a note of our pre-ordered dinner, nothing was a problem and we enjoyed our meal at the terrace with no delay.

I highly recommend it for a weekend getaway!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

You can leave any worries behind because Oktay will take care of all your concerns it seems effortlessly! He has help from Sullieman and his great Kitchen Staff.
All kinds of room are available, from Dorm Cave w Lobby Area Showers to the Penthouse above the Pool, Room 401.
Note Penthouse does require climbing over fifty stairs, so pack light!
The Breakfast Spread is Heavenly and the Cantina is open most of day so you can grab a beer or patates (French Fries Freshly Made)
There is even a Hotel Dog, Princess.
Highly recommended, please remember Oktay has been doing this for years and knows everyone in town. Everything went so Smoothly thanks to him and his English is Excellent.
Enjoy and Dream of Cappadocia even after you return!

Room Tip: Best View from your Private Balcony is 401 ! The room just below 301 has the view but you have to o...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alpharetta GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Shoestring Cave Hotel. The staff were friendly and super helpful - they really went out of the way to help us with all the things we wanted to do in the area. The room was comfy and breakfast was tasty. Couldn't ask for a better experience!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

The staff is very friendly and helpful, they settled everything, tours, ballon flight, airport transfer, and everything worked very well! The hotel has a good location, and the experience of staying in caves it's great! i strongly recommend!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Orta Mah. Kazim Eren Sok. No:23, Goreme 50180, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Cappadocia > Goreme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Goreme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Shoe String Cave House 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ShoeString Cave House is in Göreme, at the very heart of the Cappadocia region. With great care for the environment and for the natural beauty of the rocks, five ancient cave houses have been restored and converted into accommodation where both Turkish and foreign visitors are made welcome. ShoeString Cave House has 23 bedrooms, an open air swimming pool and indoor and outdoor sitting and eating areas. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Shoe String Cave Pension Hotel Goreme
Shoe String Cave House Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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