Lalezar Cave Hotel
We arrived early morning at Goreme after a 12 hour overnight bus ride from Istanbul. We were a little disoriented as there was no one there to receive us. We went to the tourist information office located close by and the officer on duty made a phone call to the hotel. We were told to wait 5 minutes and true enough a jeep came over to fetch us to the hotel.
First timers take note - you get dropped off at the terminal and you report to the tourist information office and they would inform the hotel of your arrival and would send someone to pick you up.
The hotel was located up on a slope af a fairy chimney close to the town's centre. We received a very warm welcome from Ozzy the co-owner of the hotel's restaurant. Our initial anxiety of our arrival at the terminal was quickly forgotten with the ever highly enthusiastic and very energetic Ozzy chatting us up during breakfast. He even briefly gave a summary of the tour we were about to take the same morning and that helped us to mentally prepare ourselves for the day.
We were given a dugout cabin/cave room with no window. The big terrace attached with a view of the whole valley of Goreme easily compensated for the lack of direct sunlight into the room. The room was big enough for the three of us and was equipped with a small TV but there was no signal for wifi. The beds were big and the sheets clean. The bathroom was of medium size, well maintained and furbished with almost new towels! We slept well and did not have any problem with the temperature.
We took Ozzy's offer of a barbecue dinner for 20TL/pax for the evening. It turned out to be a feast of deliciously prepared chicken barbecue and other local delicacies. Ozzy had 20 years of training in the art of culinary! Note - Request Ozzy for his barbecue chicken dinner, you will not regret it! After dinner we had tea in the dugout part of the hotel's cosy lounge. The wifi was good both there and at the dining area.
Breakfast was standard and hot Turkish tea was free all day long. We wished we had stayed longer at Lalezar and would really like to know Ozzy and his team better. This was not a 5 star hotel, and we didn't expect it to be, but the charm, the enthusiasm and the extra hospitality offered by the staffs and the owners were enough for us to want to come back to this hotel.
If you're for the hospitality of the people rather than the facilities, we would recommend Lalezar for you.
Hamdan Omar, Melania & Aleif
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be our guest in the land of fairy chimneys...We offer you a warm welcome and hope to share the true meaning of Turkish hospitality; at Boutique Hotel Lalezar our attentive staff is here to make your stay in the land of fairy chimneys a memory to last a lifetime. Each of our 10 spacious cave rooms have been carefully crafted from volcanic stone, allowing a blissfully cool nights sleep in summer and cozy warmth in winter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lalezar Cave Hotel Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey