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“Budget authentic cave hotel with excellent facilities”
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Star Cave Hotel
Ranked #25 of 72 Hotels in Goreme
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Palawan Island, Philippines
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“Budget authentic cave hotel with excellent facilities”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

We’ve stayed at Star Cave Hotel for 2 nights during the end of August 2011. Made a reservation online via a reservation site. It wasn’t expensive at Euro13 or so per person and we are two, inclusive of breakfasts which for us is very reasonable.

We arrived at Star Cave before noon, we found it easy to find as I’ve been to Goreme couple of years back. It’s located at the end of the main road up a hill overlooking the valleys. Location is really good, quite area but few minute walk to the very center.

We were greeted by Ramazan (the guy at the reception who manages the cave hotel) and a very nice and friendly lady from Estonia. The usual sweet apple tea (elma cay) was offered with a couple bites of the delicious baklava. It was Bayram festival. As usual – like most hotels in Goreme – we received a brief lecture on what to see in the area and the tours on offer. But I’ve learned from Ramazan that some of the places can be covered on foot which I found out to be correct, and I did. It was a tiring hike but a great experience that gives a sense of accomplishment. Ramazan gave us a map and scribbled the path ways on it along with the approximate number of hours to get to those sights which are mostly valleys. I appreciate that he suggested that option to us – which could save seasoned and semi-seasoned travelers who are used on doing it on their own from spending on package tours which costs between TL50 to 70. Other hotels will persuade you to take the tours. Take the green tour with the hotel, it’s reasonably priced and covers itinerary comfortably on an aircon van with other travelers, which cannot be done on foot.

The place is a cave hotel so all the rooms are furnished cave rooms complete with toilet and shower. We got a twin bedroom on the floor above the common area and it was a nice room with patio with flower plants overlooking the common area below and the valleys, a view of the balloons during the early hours of the morning. You can even hang your wet clothes there. It’s a lot better than the one we had couple of years back. Clean single beds, big/separate toilet & hot shower, soaps and shampoos provided, clean towels. There was a crack on the ceiling giving the room that authentic cave feeling. The lamp was a yellow bulb but there’s a small window that provide enough lighting during the daytime. There was no TV like in most hotels, you don’t need it in Cappadocia.

Aside from the family room and double/twin rooms, they also have a mixed-gender dormitory on the common area level with shared bathroom, for real budget traveler.

The common area where the breakfast is served is spacious and surrounded by crawling plants, fruit-bearing trees and flowers, many tables and chairs. There are colorful large pillows that you can throw and laze around, in fact there are enough space in the common area for all the guests with a view of the rock formation and the valley. You can have your hot or cold bev including beer while surfing the net for free. They even provide I think 2 of their laptops for the guests use. You can leave your luggage upon checking out as most buses leaves in the evening.

I didn’t expect much out of Euro28 or something so I was surprised. It was also the first time I’ve seen a room that size with so many electrical outlets that you can use to plug-in your laptop, recharge your cam-batteries, mobiles, etc.. at one time – I think about 4 outlets including the one inside the toilet.

The place was really nice and I commend the work done by the owner of this place. The manager - Ramazan (I don’t really know if he’s the owner or one of the owner?) was nice although I’ve to be honest – and in my observation - he seem to be moody or more precisely his friendliness level fluctuates from arrival to departure ---- nicest on arrival - nice in between – care less in the mid – then pick-up again on being nice during departure. Then again, a lot of hotels in the area have similar pattern as I’ve discovered, others are even worse. He will even take you back to the bus station. Maybe he just lives on his well-pronounced principle that as guests you own the place. So feel free. The other staff at Star Cave – a nice lady and the young kid are helpful and friendly.

The breakfast was good and filling, although they run out of bread the second morning, or it arrived late? An extra plate costs TL5 which I found to be useless because guests can come back for a refill anytime. I would’ve suggested that it should’ve been one-time serving, a second serve would cost extra – so you fill-up your plate one time and a second serving would incur extra charge - which is more realistic.

Will I be staying at Star Cave again? Definitely yes. I highly recommend it. I like the facilities -- good and clean, nice common area both outdoor and indoor, excellent staff and location, authentic cave hotel. Am planning to come back this coming November in fact.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

Had a great stay at star cave. Great food and really friendly staff. Central location right in the mix of it all but not too touristy. The owner, Ramazan, helped us sort out all of the activities we wanted to do and made sure we got the cheapest price in town. Definately recommend this place for any backpackers or families.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Very good location
Nice rooms
Friendly staff
Good breakfast
A good experience of living in a cave. If u like to have new experiences, this hotel is a must!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

We have just spent two night in Star Cave Hotel and it was a very pleasant experience. The owner, Ramazan helped us with all our needs and he was able answer all our questions regarding where to eat, which hammam to go to and such. This place was booked for us by a travel agency based in Istanbul and Mr.Ramazan and our travel agent Fethi from iloveyouturkey.com seem to have a great personal and professional relationship which I think played a big role on us getting upgraded to a suite room without any extra charges. So, we want to thank both Mr.Ramazan and Mr.Fethi for their great help and we are definitely coming back to Turkey!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Thanks Star Cave for having my family and I to stay! We found the Star Cave to be one of the cutest, most cosy and comfortable places we have ever stayed. The rooms were traditionally built into a cave and just so comfortable and spacious for a family/couple.

The owners (and gorgeous Puppy!) were so friendly, welcoming and prepared the best breakfast ever.

Thanks for having us to stay and would love to come again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Gloversville, New York
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Reviewed June 1, 2011

From a backpacker's view this is a nice place with lots of room. Near the main street. Glad I stayed in a cave, been there, done it, not doing again.
I found the shower to be filthy and the sink a wreck.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

My fiancé and I are currently on a 15 day circuit around turkey and we came to this lovely pension for our stay in cappadocia. For $50, you get a cozy, immaculately clean double room. The linens are spring fresh clean, the beds super comfy (the best we experienced in turkey thus far...and we stayed in pricier hotels).

The location, while not in the center of town, is just a short, lovely 5 minute stroll through the town. And in this town (Goreme) the one thing that you will want to do is to walk during all different parts of the day so that you can see the vibrant changing colors of the town as the sun passes through it.

Without a doubt, the best thing about this pension are the two young brothers (Ramazan and mehmet) who enthusiastically operate their establishment with sincere, earnest friendliness. They take the time to explain all your options for you and they never ever push you to choose their own menu of tours and guides. In short, they are genuinely honest and good people -- and never dodgy. You can trust them completely during your stay in Goreme. We went on the green valley tour through their them and to no surprise, this proved to be the best guided tour (among 4) that we went on. And the price was very reasonable.

If you want to avoid any hassles in choosing where to stay and what to do in Goreme, you can rely on Ramazan and Mehmet at the Star cave hotel. We and everyone that stayed there during our time there, were extremely happy with their choice.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Property: Star Cave Hotel
Address: Issalli Mah. Issalli Sok. No 15, Goreme 50180, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Cappadocia > Goreme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Goreme
#15 Family Hotel in Goreme
#18 Romantic Hotel in Goreme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Star Cave is a family-owned and run hotel located in a traditional restored Cappadocian house in the centre of Goreme. Most of the rooms are cut into the rock while the upper rooms are built from the local stone. Sleeping in a cave room is a great experience - the quality of this age-old rock means that the rooms stay cool in summer and retain the warmth in winter. We create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can chill out with a drink on one of our panoramic terraces, taste local home-made cooking and basically enjoy typical authentic Turkish hospitality. Our breakfast buffet includes a selection of Turkish specialities as well as fresh seasonal fruit. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Star Cave Hotel And Pansion
Star Cave Hotel Pansion
Star Cave Goreme
Star Cave Hotel Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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