Fairy Chimney Inn has excellent rooms - actual cave rooms beautifully designed in a way that's a lesson in the aesthetic use of space, wonderful heating in the rooms, clean bathrooms, electric kettle and a basket of different tea-bags/coffee-making things. The rooms have a very authentic homespun flavour with local touches in furnishings, furniture, even the odd cooking utensil on display in the room, everything just right - the only place where I wished I could stay in the hotel longer than I could visit outside and trust me, the outsides of Cappadocia are non-pareil! However "Hasan", the room we had booked, had one or two negative points. Firstly, everything in the room was visible from outside the window even with curtains on both during the day and in the evenings when the lights were on. This was because the window of the room opened to the main entrance to the hotel. Secondly, room walls were so thin that we could easily hear voices from outside especially from within the kitchen, which is just off the room. Thirdly, though Gulcan was kind enough to get breakfast ready for us at 7.15 so we could catch an early plane, the people who gave us the wrapped sandwiches looked really upset that we sat down to eat these sandwiches in the breakfast area - even though we'd told Guljan the previous night that we'd want some tea in the morning before we left at about 7.45! The semi-hurt demeanour didn't lift all morning, which was a bit of a downer because the previous day they'd all been warm and enthusiastic when we came in the morning to leave our bags in the office (we didn't want to check in because it was 8 am and we were more interested in seeing Goreme and anyway they weren't able to find the room key and so on). After so many hotels all over the world, starred and unstarred, one learns to distinguish between genuine kindness and superficial show to guests who are yet to pay the bill. Perhaps Fairy Chimney Inn doesn't really care about visitors, or we don't understand Turkish body language, or the temperature changed suddenly, or we were the colour to be treated with respect or whatever, but this coldness was very puzzling and off-putting - not really how I'd treat someone if I wanted to run a decent establishment.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fairy Chimney Hotel Goreme
- Fairy Chimney Inn Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey