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Hotel Karballa
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

The proprietor is a very nice and helpful man who is very enthusiastic to share his knowledge of this end of cappadocia. And the building it is in - an old monastery - is a treasure.

But the plusses end there. We were guided there by a 2006 Rough Guide which must be severely out of date as it called this "the best hotel in the region." we came midweek and were the only guests there which was a little disconcerting coming from crowded Goreme. We were quoted 60 euros (150tl) for a room which was almost what we paid in Goreme for a top of the line room. Not knowing better we bargained it down a little bit but should have said no right then.

The toilet smelled as if there were a break in the sewer line. The towels were worthy of monks as they felt like sandpaper. And there was a bizarre "sheet" on the bottom that was extremely rough and was probably a mattress pad- the other rooms had normal sheets. Breakfast was fine but nothing to make up for the odd accommodations- this is what we thought would make up for everything else.

Im not sure whether or not the lack of Internet here is a minus, after all you're here to get away from it all, but that would seem to make it cheaper to run the place.



  • Stayed: September 2011
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2  Thank brooklynmfs
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

I mistakenly read the price in the tourbook as TL but the price for the Karballa was instead listed in Euros (twice as much) so I was going to leave, but the tourist industry was so slow this year that the manager and I came to a middle ground on price (closer to my end) and we spent two nights here. Only us and an Italian family were there in the huge dining hall where nuns and monks used to eat. It was an impressive place, but the bathrooms smelled a little musty and the sheets and towels had the feel of having been air-dried outside - stiff and rough. Still, for the price we paid it was reasonable and we had all the apricots we wanted on the fruit trees on the grounds of the hotel.
The pool was not functioning, either, this summer. I liked staying here and exploring the region better than the area around Goreme, which was like any tourist area around the world, filled with busses, shops, and trendy restaurants and shops. This was more the real deal. It was a little challenging finding places to eat (we were here during Ramadan). The Ilhara valley had, on the other hand, WONDERFUL eateries in the gorge, near the mid-point.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Rick B
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Reviewed 1 December 2010

We didn't stay here as tour group booked in. However in Guzelyurt you can only eat at night in the hotels and it needs to be booked. We booked a meal here to find 2 tour groups in who had eaten everything - literally. Obviously not enough food prepared. This left us witha picnic in our room (grocery shops quite ok for food). We stayed in a new hotel Karamanli Konagi (www.karamanlikonagi.com) where the rooms good but got food poisoning there!

Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

We stayed here because we planned to hike Ihlara Valley. The hotel manager was superb in her concerned friendliness and in the services she supplied. She arranged to have a taxi take us to the start of the walk, Ihlara Village, and then pick us up at the end of the hike, Selime. She was very gracious, spoke superb French (lived in France for 30 years and worked at Turkey's French embassy for 15), and definitely enhanced our stay.
Our first day the pool was out of commission, but they fixed it in time for our second day. The cool water in the infinity pool was a wonderful treat as the rest of the great outdoors was incredibly hot and parched. The pool is perched on a hillside with a wonderful vista - I filmed an ancient cow herder urging his three charges forward on the hillside path.
Ilhara Valley is a 14 km hike and well worth the time! On our 2nd day, we decided to explore Monument Valley in Guzelyurt. I saw things I had only seen in National Geographic, etc. - women washing their weekly clothes load in a stream, a hedgehog, and local "gas stations" (stone water troughs) for the domestic automobiles (donkeys) everyone was riding.
Different from the previous reviewer, our dinner at the hotel took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Also, our "standard" room was larger than I expected, but the beds were not the best, and I don't think the carpet had EVER seen a vacuum. Bad stuff aside, there was fountain with six fascinating fish and a swing my child loved and all the staff were so friendly and helpful. So, I would most definitely bring the rest of my family back for another stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank BuieKnife
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

Nice hotel located in an old Greek monastery, ideal basis for visiting the Ihlara Valley.
The swimming pool is a very welcome refreshing experience (it was out of service the first 2 days of our stay, but the management did all that was possible to fix it as quick as possible).
Dinner in the ancient main eating room of the monastery is an experience; the waiters were "charmingly clumsy", but this is what we really like in this type of hotel. (Minus point: the dishes are served at an incredible speed, leaving few time to enjoy).
Conclusion: a place not to miss when you are in the neighbourhood of Güzelyurt!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank MRCPAntwerp
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