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Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel
Ranked #11 of 69 Hotels in Urgup
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 3, 2010

After an awful experience staying one night at another hotel nearby we walked down the hill to this place. An American bloke who was going out said, "you are about to have an amazing experience". Other guests would say something similar over the next three days as we all remarked on our luck at getting to stay at such an extraordinary place. Not only beautiful but every detail shows thoughtfulness about your comfort and convenience. In thirty years of travel, this place has got into my list of the best 5 hotels we've ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

This is the most amazing place in Urgup. We had an opportunity to stay at two different hotels in our trip and can really express our feelings. This hotel not only is amazing and beautiful but the service is truly unique. The employees here go beyond to please you. Urgup is a very nice town, but there are so many more options, views and access from other little towns around (Goreme and Uchisar) and that is why we rated 3 out of 5 stars for location. The breakfast selection is extensive and the terraces post great views of the city and the valley. We fell in love with this place!! (Oh, as a plus, the hotel is very close to Ziggy's Cafe, the best restaurant in Urgup).

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Surfbr
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

Everything about Esbelli Evi is terrific. The accommodations are beautiful. Our room was spacious and furnished tastefully; the laptop with high-speed Internet in the sitting area was especially appreciated. The breakfast buffet is outstanding (the fresh figs incomparable). The staff could not be more warm and welcoming; they anticipate every need or request. Sacid was especially kind and solicitous, offering comprehensive advice whenever asked. The free bottled water and snacks were appreciated as we headed out each day for a hike.

In short, every aspect of staying at Esbelli Evi is a delight. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else on a trip to Cappadocia.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank gingercat111
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Reviewed September 22, 2010

I would highly recommend this property if you are going to the Cappadocia area. Outstanding service, excellant property everything about it was lovely. Great recommendations for dinner... nothing negative about it.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Rick956
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

We stayed at Esbelli Evi for three nights in August 2010 — the first two nights in the Hillside Suite, and the last in a standard room. My husband and I agreed that it was one of the most enjoyable hotel stays we've had anywhere in the world.

The rooms: The Hillside Suite was sprawling yet cozy, with three rooms (bedroom, kitchen/sitting room, bathroom) spread over three floors, each separated by a short flight of stairs. The suite came equipped with a laptop (with free, reliable Wi-Fi), slippers, A/C, TV and a fridge stocked with bottled water (free), a variety of beer and soft drinks (paid on the honor system), and chilled beer mugs in the freezer. The bathroom was modern, spacious and sparkling clean.

The suite also had a private outdoor patio with table and chairs, as well as two separate entrances — one from the street and one inside the resort — which we found really convenient (we used the street-level entrance most often).

If we had any criticism at all of the room, it would be the firmness of the mattress, but this appears to be pretty standard for Turkish hotels. In any case, the bed is piled with a cushy duvet and an extra blanket, so you can just sleep on the duvet.

The standard room we had for the third night (we had originally planned to stay only two nights, but extended our stay) was also spacious and clean, with a king-size bed and an additional twin bed in a separate area of the room. Overall, however, it couldn't really compare with the suite. And it was also a bit noisy, since it was located in a corridor of the resort, next to utility rooms that were accessed often by hotel staff. Still, for the price of the accommodations here, the value is incredible.

The hotel: Excellent all-around. The grounds were beautiful and well kept, and the ambience of the resort was peaceful, with delicate piano music often tinkling throughout. An extensive breakfast buffet is served every morning; the spread includes fresh fruits, juice (the juice is DELICIOUS!), jams, cereal, yogurt, cheeses, olives, pastries, eggs-to-order, coffee and tea — in short, everything. In the pantry, there's an abundant supply of bottled water, fruit and snacks free of charge, plus beer, soft drinks, liquor and wine, to which you can help yourself on the honor system. And, finally, another boon: washing machines available for guests (US$5 per load).

The staff: Extraordinary. Suha, the owner of Esbelli Evi, should give a course on hospitality. He gave us excellent advice about what to do and see in Cappadocia (and the rest of Turkey), and arranged our activities and transport for us. (If you do a hot-air balloon tour — and you should! — go with Butterfly Balloons.) When my husband came down with an upset stomach, Suha immediately dispatched one of his staff members to the pharmacy in town for medication, and had another staff member cook a stomach-calming meal. But aside from all that, Suha was also just a really cool and mellow guy, an ever-interesting person to sit and chat with. All the staff members here are friendly and kind, and make you feel at home. There's a real family-like vibe among them.

The neighborhood: The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the center of Urgup, and less than 5 minutes from Ziggy Cafe, which you should try for dinner. For getting around in the area, you could join tours, hire a car and driver, or just rent your own car or moped. When we went to the Goreme Open-Air Museum, Suha kindly had one of his staff members drop us off. (From Goreme, you can walk to the museum.) There's also a supercheap bus between Goreme and Urgup; the last one leaves Goreme at 7p, so after that you have to take a cab, which is a lot more expensive.

Overall, we loved Esbelli Evi and would definitely return.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ss782
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

Esbelli Evi is such a special and relaxing place it feels hard to describe it. We spent just 3 nights and we regretted not having booked longer. Suha, the Owner, is an incredibly generous, discreet, supportive and sensitive host, who does his utmost to pamper his guests and to make their stay a memorable one. The rooms are all well-equipped, spacious and beautiful, confy and clean. The property itself is amazing!! The view from the terrace is awesome and the service... well, the service is perfect! If you like classical or jazz music you'll love this place.
The only problem was that we spent time at Esbelli Evi at the very beginning of our trip in Turkey and Esbelli Evi became our benchmark. So, any other hotel/ resort/inn coming after it was obviously never good enough!
Wonderful Esbelli Evi, unbeatable and unique...

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank bedilizia
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Esbelli for four nights while taking day trips through Cappadocia.The hotel is amazing. A compound of interconnected buildings, terraces and courtyards. One of the best "hotels" I have ever been in during my life of world travels. It feels more like your own home - very intimate. You will not find better service, food, accommodations, friendly staff, etc., etc., etc. anywhere on this planet. The property is so tranquil you may not want to leave.

C & A from Florida

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank roadlesstraveled65
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Additional Information about Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel

Address: Esbelli Mah. Dolay-1 Sk. No:8 Urgup Merkez, Urgup 50400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Cappadocia > Urgup
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Urgup
#2 Romantic Hotel in Urgup
Price Range: $150 - $300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fine small inn of comfortable cave rooms hewn from the golden stone, with beautiful views of the Cappadocian landscape, and the warmest welcome you'll receive in Turkey. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Esbelli Evi Urgup
Esbelli Evi Hotel Urgup
Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel Cappadocia/Urgup, Turkey

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