Wow Babayan Evi is a FIND! Most popular hotels in the Cappadocia region are situated around Goreme, Uchisar, and Ugrup which are bustling with tourists and the resultant tourism infrastructure, but Babayan Evi is located in the quiet village of Ibrahimpasa overlooking a small river, cave houses, ruins, and a beautiful valley. It's really wonderful to spend a day touring the popular sites in Cappadocia but then return to the peace and quiet at the hotel. Mehmet, the owner/operator, is an amazingly hospitable man and he goes out of his way to make your stay memorable (he even picked us up in his own car from Goreme).
And of course, the rooms are awesome! Very charming hotel, occupying many levels including some stone rooms and some rooms in caves, with lots of stairwells and nooks and crannies in between. The shower was hot with good water pressure, though the bottom had a small leak. The roof has a few viewing decks which are relaxing. Breakfast is standard but good, and some nights dinner is served as well, all in the small, very nice dining quarter (dinner is not included but breakfast is).
I would say it is not a 5-star hotel in terms of an objective comparisons with other 5 star hotels by amenities (where you expect to have everything on hand, blazing internet, every luxury imaginable) but for what it costs and what it's meant for it is a 5-star experience. Mehmet is amazing. The hotel is relatively new and is off the beaten track from a lot of other ones. The only thing people may have problems with is the fact that Ibrahimpasa is more isolated than some other very popular tourist spots, so it can be more difficult to get to the cool places if you want to. This is not to say it's impossible at all, almost all tours will pick you up from Ibrahimpasa town center (they can't drive up to the hotel because the streets are too narrow and windy - it makes for a REALLY charming place!!) and there is shuttle service as well. Restaurants and tourist shops in Imbrahimpasa are relatively sparse, which makes the area more quiet and relaxing, and there are lots of old abandoned caves/structures still around the main river valley. It's a much slower pace then the popular centers of Cappadocia and like other reviewers said it has its own rural flair. People still live here, and its main purpose is NOT tourism still.
So all in all, surprisingly affordable for such a great experience. Would highly recommend, keeping in mind the only potential drawback which is the increased difficulty in transportation due to Ibrahimpasa's isolation (which could be a real draw for some people).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a rustic stone house in Ibrahimpasa, this hotel offers individually decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi. Some have a spa bath and fireplace. It has an a la carte restaurant and a garden with a terrace.Heating, a seating area, and electric kettle are in at Babayan Evi's traditionally decorated rooms. A furnished balcony overlooking Ibrahimpasa is in some. Slippers and a hairdryer are in the en suite bathrooms.Room service, including breakfast, is provided by Babayan Evi Cave Hotel's 24-hour staff. Packed lunches are available on request.Babayan has a tour desk, car and bike rentals and trekking tours can be provided. Goreme Tarihi Mili Park is about 8 km from the hotel and the night life of Urgup is 9 km away.Free private parking is available at Babayan Evi Cave Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Babayan Evi Cave Boutique Hotel Cappadocia/Urgup, Turkey