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Elif Star Caves
Ranked #30 of 76 Hotels in Goreme
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Good experience staying in a cave :)”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

This hotel, like many others in Göreme takeing place against the mountain with rooms made in the rocks, is providing a great service and lot of attention to their guests. I stayed 5 nights in a nice room with private bathroom, comfy bed and well designed interior, included Turkish -fresh and good quantity breakfast in their common area.
The service in the lobby was good to very good, depending if the person was speaking english. In case yes, the suggestions were always at the measure of my expectations, like Hot Balloon flight, restaurant, Hammam, other reservation for tours (especially the excellent Shah Mat day tours) and I had no complains about it !
I totally recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

I had a lovely cave room, which was toasty warm during the cold nights, with lovely hot showers. The breakfast was simple Turkish fare but fresh and tasty. The view is wonderful, located at the end of town, from here you can easily walk the Pigeon Valley. It is also a short walk from bus station and all the shops & restaurants. I walked to the red & rose valleys also. Most of all the owner was lovely and took extra care of me, worrying about me when I was out walking.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

This little hotel in the cliff above Goreme was on my tour organized by Road Runner, out of Istanbul. What a unique experience to see balloons float by your bathroom window at 6am! This room carved into rock,had no TV, but the large comfy bed, modern bathroom and Turkish rugs on the floors, and the kilims on the walls, gave it a homey feeling. The weather was cold and chilly at the beginning of April, so the room was a little chilly, but I'm sure that's been regulated, when I mentioned it to my tour agent. The staff is very friendly, and the breakfast was very good.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

A great cave hotel! I stayed there 10 years ago and went back 1 week ago to find the same great hospitality! The location is perfect: just 5 minutes walk from downtown so very quiet but still near everything and not in the hill so no need to go up 1 million stairs to go back to your hotel each time, the view from the rooms is amazing and each room has balcony. The staff is so friendly and welcoming and they will go out of their way to help you make the best of your time in Kapadokya. I love this place and will always come back! Its like behing at home with your loved ones yet in a fairy house setting :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

My mum and I stayed there last November for a few days, and it was a great place to stay. 2 minutes from the centre, comfortable rooms, and the staff is really lovely and accommodating. We really enjoyed it and recommend it to future travellers. :)
Also, there was free wifi , always a plus!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We loved this hotel, it is in the beautiful valley facing to gorgeous view very peaceful place. Rooms are not luxury but very clean, comfortable, always hot water and very nice breakfast. We highly recommend this hotel if you like to stay in a cave room.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw, IN
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Our time in Goreme and the Cappadocia region was enchanting, and Elif Star Cave Hotel made our experience the most it could be.

Location: The hotel is located on the edge of town so the walk to restaurants and other attractions is a little big longer than might be ideal (10-15 minutes). But the view of the valley and surrounding fairy chimneys is so beautiful! And we didn't mind being a little farther removed from the hustle and bustle of the shopping and restaurant district. We were told the walk to the Goreme Open Air Museum was about one kilometer, but my guess is that it was closer to two miles. (Maybe it just felt that long because it was HOT!)

The Room: We loved the experience of staying in a cave hotel! You can see that the facility is truly carved into a stone structure. Our room stayed cool because of the stone surroundings. We loved the rugs on the floor and the carved out niches. The room was very spacious. Outside the room we had a lovely little balcony with chairs to enjoy the magnificent view of the valley. Only once did we not have hot water, but mostly it was there and plentiful. The bathroom is spacious and bright although it does feel a little odd to not have an enclosed shower. We embraced the experience.

The Hotel and Staff: The hotel has a great common area outside to enjoy breakfast or just resting before or after an excursion. It also has a cute dining area inside with a lending library and a decidedly back-packer/relaxed feel. The staff is extremely helpful and lovely. Breakfast is not a buffet, but made to order by the staff. It is delicious and filling. We were also offered tea in the afternoons. Perihan (the female manager) and the other gentleman working there really went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and to take care of our needs (carrying bags to our shuttles, waking up early and calling excursion companies when they didn't arrive on time, etc...). I don't know if I've ever felt so looked after. Yes, there is a bit of a language barrier there, but with a cheerful attitude, we were always able to get everything figured out with them. Also, they are going to offer you excursions. The commissions they make from them are part of how the hotels survive in that area. Perihan never made it feel high-pressured, she simply let us know what was available. When we said no, she accepted it. When we said yes, she took care of all the arrangements, calling excursion companies, letting us know pick-up times, and then simply adding the cost to our hotel bill. They now accept credit cards which is a huge convenience! When we departed Perihan gave me a warm hug and kiss and thanked us generously. All of this for an outrageously cheap nightly rate!

I would highly recommend Elif Star for a very authentic, affordable, and enjoyable stay in the region. I know that if we ever return to the area it is where we will be staying.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Elif Star Caves
Address: Uzundere Caddesi No 37 | Cappadocia, Goreme 50180, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Cappadocia > Goreme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Goreme
#5 Romantic Hotel in Goreme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Elif Star Caves 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With views over Goreme and Pigeon Valley, the family-run Elif Star Cave Hotel has a terrace and a restaurant. It offers traditionally decorated cave rooms and free Wi-Fi in all areas. Goreme Bus Terminal is within 5 minutes' walk. If you like to stay in a historical Orthodox Cave Monastery, Elif star Caves is exactly the hotel that you looking for. All the caves carved out at 8 century... Chapel, dining room, foodstore, shelter, watchtower, pigeon house, winery... The cave rooms at Elif Star are heated and feature traditional textiles, parquet floors and carpets. All rooms have their own private bathroom with toilet and shower. Each is decorated with a combination of Ottoman and Greek interior style. You can taste a traditional Turkish breakfast while you waching Fairychimneys. The hotel's a la carte restaurant also serves traditional home made dishes like kofte, Pottery Kebab and fresh local trout. Dining is possible either indoors or at the open courtyard with flowers. The reception works 24 hours aday, provides room service. Laundry and ironing services are available upon request, at an extra charge. Guests can relax in the garden and enjoy scenic views of Goreme from the hotel's balconies. Hotel Elif Star Cave also organises Hot Air Balloon Rides and Semi-Private Daily Cappadocia Tours with small groups. ... more   less 
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