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“Cave Experience a mixed bag”
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Elif Star Caves
Ranked #26 of 72 Hotels in Goreme
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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68 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Cave Experience a mixed bag”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

I have very conflicted views of this property. The location is quite good - just outside the main strip in Goreme. Good access to Pigeon Valley, which is a pleasant 45-60 minute hike. Unfortunately we had to listen to a lot of dog barking and howling all night (something that is likely a problem all over the region) and my husband complained that the plumbing was very noisy (although the plumbing didn't bother me).

Our 2 rooms were pleasant - our bed was one of the more comfortable that we had in our 2 weeks in Turkey. My kids complained that their bathroom leaked water from above, but they were clean and tidy. The shower head in our bathroom was hilarious - shot water out the sides, so finding the best angle to hold it was an adventure. The common areas really leave a lot to be desired - the tables are cheap and the balcony areas seemed inaccessible, which is a shame because the view is nice. The complimentary breakfast is OK - nothing special, but did the trick. The staff are friendly and helpful - very accommodating. If you are committed to a cave hotel experience, this is a reasonable cost alternative. At the end of the day, it suited us fine. We would have liked a more pleasant area to lounge out of the sun in the hot afternoons, but at the end of the day, we had a great time in Goreme.

Room Tip: All of the rooms seem to face the same way. We were in room #6. Our kids had room #5. Our kids room...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Kind staff, comfortable rooms, amazing location. Unlike some hotels that advertise "cave" but there isn't one in sight, this hotel has rooms with cave walls throughout. I am happy with my choice in hotel here in Goreme. A great price for such a lovely hotel!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2013

I'm stealing another reviewer's title because it captures the hotel well. The staff was the friendliest and most helpful we experienced during our stay in Turkey; just super-nice. (Thanks to all there!!) It's a simple hotel, not fancy in the least, but quite functional---and you get the experience of staying in a cave. Great value.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Stayed a week at this hotel; lovely room tastefully decorated; staff very helpful and conveniently located for walks in Pigeon Valley which start just a few yeards up the road.
However and this is no fault of the owners and the staff there is a lot of animal noises which kept me awake at night. A number of neighbours keep dogs - one next door and one across the road (possibly the man with the horse that carts tourists about- this are kept dogs not the strays) and they bark loudly the whole night. Also the top rooms are homes to sparrows - I love birdsong but a few hundred sparrow chirping just outside one's room at 5.30am is a bit much. I know this is possibly outside their control and animal noise is afact of life in the country but this was excessive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

My friends and I went to stay at this hotel last week and we are quite impressed with the service. They really treat you like family. We had a free day in Cappadocia and the staff really help us plan the trip.

What ever you asked them they will try their best to give it to you, I guaranteed! There is one staff who really impressed our group, he couldn't speak any English and he tries his best to give us what we want. It was pretty funny when we had to ask for the foot towel for the toilet, anyway he was really helpful.

Also the hotel was kind enough to let us use their lobby toilet for taking a bath (after we have checked out), there were 15 of us so imagine the chaos. They gave us everything, the soap, shampoo and bath towels. I mean you cannot find this kind of service anywhere else!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

I stayed that hotel 1 month ago, Hotel has good location just near by center, the rooms were clean and the staff was helpful and friendly also the room has a perfect view, Thank you Elif Star Caves ;)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Being a frequent traveller, writing a review for a hotel means I really enjoyed my stay. The Staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel comfort and commodities met absolutely our expectations. The ambiance of this cave hotel was very exceptional and romantic. I greatly appreciated my time there and the hospitality of the turkish people. The receptionnist, Eren ensured we were having a perfect stay.

Room Tip: Try to say teşekkürler and you get a big smile back. Needed 2 days to get it alright though.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Elif Star Caves
Address: Uzundere Caddesi No 37, 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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