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“Give this hotel a pass unless you like barking dogs in the middle of the night and rude staff”
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Fairy Chimney Inn
Ranked #62 of 78 Goreme B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Give this hotel a pass unless you like barking dogs in the middle of the night and rude staff”
Reviewed September 19, 2011

We stayed here for four nights September 2011 - the staff (except for the agreeable manager) were down right surley - we felt like we were a major irritant just by being there - the composting heap was right outside our bathroom, the grumpy cook thought nothing of coming onto our little patio in the middle of our dinner and dumping a big bucket of kitchen waste over the edge - smelly and extremely unpleasant - we could see the pile from our bathroom window - the room reeked of air freshener and we had to sleep the first night with the door wide open so we could breathe - the patio where we ate breakfast was pleasant except for being hounded by wasps (and I mean hounded) - the staff sat and stared at us while we ate and the German owner did not even acknowledge our presence - their very large dog is tied up right in the dining area and spent most of the day either on our patio or right outside our door - when we complained about being awoken in the middle of the night by their barking dog - the attitude was "it's a dog" accompanied by a shrug - the friends we were travelling with did not have hot water for 3 days and when they mentioned it they were told that was impossible - that they must have been doing something wrong (despite letting the water run for 15 minutes waiting for hot water) overall I would say that we felt at best like unwelcome guests - like we were imposing - and we paid 55 Euro a night for the experience - also they burn something that is very smelly (coal?) which made it very difficult to sleep - the breakfast was good (except for the wasps) and the bed was comfortable (except for the smell in the room) - we are now in Uchisar at a beautiful boutique hotel in a view room with a balcony and clean white towels and a glorious shower for only 5 Euro more per night - and the family that runs it are so pleasant! The hotel is in Uchisar and is called Has Konak on Goremme Caddesi [--] So, give the Fairy Chimney a wide pass - the Lonely Planet guide was way off on this hotel - it is like they know they are in the book and don't have to try any more - the one good thing about the hotel is the manager(?) who booked our tours and drove us into town when we left.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2011

We spent 3 nights in Fairy Chimney Inn. The owner's brother, Unal, was a perfect host, consistently pleasant and very helpful with good recommendations for activities.

Fairy Chimney is one of the few inns we saw in Goreme that is high (great view) and looks over Pigeon Valley. Pigeon Valley is relatively deserted so it is much quieter than the hotels looking over the town. I found it quite blissful to sit on one of the patios overlooking this quiet valley.

We stayed in a 2 storey stone room that was lovely. Our bathroom was carved into volcanic rock. The second floor mezzanine living room area had carpets and cushions for sprawling on. Our room was close to the main entrance to the inn and our windows overlooked the lane that dead ends at Fairy Chimney. There was a little bit of noise as people came and went but it is overall a very quiet place. Other rooms open onto a series of patios overlooking the valley -- these patios aren't demarcated for any particular room.

As in other places in Turkey, we noticed some sewer smell -- it is very dry there so we put some water down the floor drain in case the trap was dry and that seemed to help. The room was very clean.

The breakfast buffet was very extensive and good -- something for everyone I think.

People with mobility issues might have difficulty with the number of stairs without handrails and uneven stone walkways. We had to stoop over significantly to enter our bathroom's short doorway (which was fun for us but might be difficult for some).

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2011

You've got to stay in a "cave" hotel if you go to Goreme. There are many. But this one was a great one -- amazing service, great views since it's at the top of the city, very good price. They also gave us itinerary options for each day and even booked a tour at no charge (perhaps they get a small commission from the tour operator).

Excellent breakfast with a variety of food, including fruits, veggies, and Nutella!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

May be the best place to stay in Goreme; beautiful view from two directions as it sits on a ridge; breakfast wonderful; dinner fabulous; completely charming cave hotel; quaint walk to town; Orem was a fabulous host, so personable and genuine; owner's committed to 100% satisfaction; the hot air balloons explored the valley adjacent to the hotel one morning, breath taking to see and hear the balloons so close as they explored the cave dwellings nearby! Hosts able to coordinate transportation of all sorts and trip to see whriling dervish ceremony, as well as give great advice on shopping.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Santa Ana, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2011

I brought a group of 10 persons here, May 2011, for 3 nights. It was the most breathtaking and wonderous hotel any of us had every visited. The owner-manager and her team made us all feel welcome, providing for our every need. The rooms are beautifully cared for and decorated (very photogenic!), laundry services at the inn are reasonably priced, optional dinners ("half board") are excellent, the view of the Goreme valley is beautiful, access to shops, ballooning, etc. is easy, and the price was the best I could find for an authentic fairy chimney adventure.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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apache junction
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Fairy Chimney Inn for several days in May. This place is amazing! The accomodation was comfortable and well planned. We stayed in the deli yusef room which was equipped with an upstairs sitting areathat has a stove for comfort, very nice on a couple of the cold nights. The views are incredible. The bed was comfortable and the linens clean. We had dinners prepared by the staff here which are delicious and plentiful! The staff was also helpful in organising activities that we inquired about doing.
This area is awesome! We did alot of exploring. Dont miss the underground city tour or horseback riding through the numerous outcroppings of cave dwellings.
This was a great experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

We booked to stay at the Fairy Chimney for 2 nights. It is a very lovely hotel and pretty cool to sleep in a cave. They picked us up from the bus station after the info centre gave them a call to come and get us. When we arrived, they just sort of ignored us until they were finished eating lunch so we just sat there with our bags and watched them eat. The problem we had in particular with this place is that they cancelled our booking! My sister had even spoke with the owner on the phone a few days before to confirm our room and said what time we would arrive and from where (early afternoon from Konya). But for some reason, they thought we would come on an overnight bus and arrive early in the morning. So when we didn't come, they simply cancelled our room. Fortunately, there was another room available, but the room we were supposed to stay in was already given away.

However, the hotel itself is nice. The building is cool, all a bit of a maze and you have great views of Goreme and the fairy chimneys in the area. The room was nice and very clean, although I would guess the bed we had was old since we could feel the bedsprings which made for a bit of an uncomfortable sleep (I actually woke up a few times during the nights due to this and I wake up in the middle of the night during my sleep about twice a year. Seriously. I have mentioned in other reviews that I can pretty much sleep through most things.) We did have one dinner there which was really delicious (though you can find better deals in town, but it was pretty good value and quality) and breakfast was incredible.

Also, re booking activities with them, someone else wrote about misinformation about their balloon trip. Keeping in mind that remembering details wasn't their forte, we decided to book the dervish ceremony with them. After the experience of our cancelled room, I doubly confirmed it and then both my sister and I confirmed again with another staff the next day separately. We decided to go with other companies for other activities we did in Goreme, not just to not be stressed about being forgotten, but to spread the wealth a bit around town, since, obviously, they promote the activities belonging to their company.

Someone else posted that maybe they are suffering from Lonely Planet syndrome and now that they have the mention, they don't need to try so much. I don't have that impression but rather, I just felt that the owner is sort of forgetful and not deliberately trying to be negligent to guests. Despite the few negative incidents, I still enjoyed staying here, but I probably would have pushed up my rating to 4 dots on 5 had our booking not been cancelled on us!

And re a note from Lonely Planet, they mention that they give occasional paying cooking lessons at Fairy Chimney. This is not the case. You are welcome to watch them cook for free, but the ladies who cook can't speak English so it's not a lesson at all.

Room Tip: Book early, confirm it, reconfirm x 5.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Fairy Chimney Inn
Address: Guvercinlik sokak 3/7 | Aydinli Mahallesi, Goreme 50180, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Cappadocia > Goreme
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 78 B&Bs / Inns in Goreme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carefully restored cave-cone complex from Byzantine times with best views to the unique Cappadocian landscape. Authentic and almost private atmosphere, bordering on the bohemian. International management. World wide first and only cave-haman, WLan and all kind of service & advice. Free tea and sympathy. ... more   less 
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