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Elif Star Caves
Ranked #32 of 78 Hotels in Goreme
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 October 2013

The rooms were clean and the beds had fresh towels waiting for us. It was surprisingly cold the few days my friends and I were there and the receptionist took great care of us by shifting the portable heater in. Walking distance between hotel and restaurants.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I stayed here over 10 years ago and recently stayed again. This place is fantastic. Peri and all of the staff took exquisite care of us. I really felt at home here. It was also so nice to see that though Goreme had grown tremendously since my last visit this cave hotel kept all of it's amazing views and charm. The location is perfect....beautiful views, close to hiking trails and town but very quiet. I would stay here again! The balconies have 5 star views!!!! I highly recommend Goreme and Elif star caves. It is a magical place.

Room Tip: I loved our room with balcony on the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Great staff:helpful, knowledgeable, providing suggestions in organizing local tours and restaurant tips.
Excellent rooms, unique atmosphere: rooms caved directly into the rocks - looking forward to go back there!

Booking in advance recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

For the price this would have been a great hotel had we gotten any room but the one we did. First the good, the staff is friendly, the location is good (just a couple minute walk and you are in the middle of town) and the rooms are cool looking. The bad. My buddy and I were placed in the new room on the bottom floor right next to the reception area. There was a larger bedroom with a big bed and a small bedroom with a small bed and a bathroom. The room was a neat looking cave room. However, the larger bedroom is right next to the kitchen / bedroom of the family that runs it with the front door facing the outside breakfast area where everyone eats. Neither side has any sound proofing, there is actually an old door between the bedroom and the kitchen as this was probably used by the staff till recently. You could tell the room was changed to a bedroom just in the past few weeks.
While the family is fairly quiet at night, as soon as morning starts, or more correctly that early morning riser gets up, you hear everything. I am a heavy sleeper and was awaken several times.
Stay here, just get a different room.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Our cave room was spacious and charming, and the views from the terrace were just beautiful (basically it's like this everywhere in this area). The location is just slightly off the main road so it is quiet and still close enough to the restaurants, shop and the bus station in Goreme. Hot and tasty breakfast was included (the only place that offered hot breakfast throughout our trip in Turkey).

It seems to me that it's running by a lady with her daughters who although might be inexperienced (when we were there, a year ago) but for sure they tried to make sure that we had a great stay. The lady tried to sell us some tour packages during our first breakfast. Once we told her that we wanted to explore Cappodocia on a rental scooter, she didn't try to convince us anymore. We booked our hot air balloon ride through another place, she didn't say anything. One night we returned to the hotel really late. She was concerned but didn't ask too many questions so I'd say she is quite reasonable.

We had the chance to see another two hotels in Goreme and one of them wasn't even a real "cave room" as they advertised. Elif star is worth the price we paid for.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

I have very conflicted views of this property. The location is quite good - just outside the main strip in Goreme. Good access to Pigeon Valley, which is a pleasant 45-60 minute hike. Unfortunately we had to listen to a lot of dog barking and howling all night (something that is likely a problem all over the region) and my husband complained that the plumbing was very noisy (although the plumbing didn't bother me).

Our 2 rooms were pleasant - our bed was one of the more comfortable that we had in our 2 weeks in Turkey. My kids complained that their bathroom leaked water from above, but they were clean and tidy. The shower head in our bathroom was hilarious - shot water out the sides, so finding the best angle to hold it was an adventure. The common areas really leave a lot to be desired - the tables are cheap and the balcony areas seemed inaccessible, which is a shame because the view is nice. The complimentary breakfast is OK - nothing special, but did the trick. The staff are friendly and helpful - very accommodating. If you are committed to a cave hotel experience, this is a reasonable cost alternative. At the end of the day, it suited us fine. We would have liked a more pleasant area to lounge out of the sun in the hot afternoons, but at the end of the day, we had a great time in Goreme.

Room Tip: All of the rooms seem to face the same way. We were in room #6. Our kids had room #5. Our kids room...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Kind staff, comfortable rooms, amazing location. Unlike some hotels that advertise "cave" but there isn't one in sight, this hotel has rooms with cave walls throughout. I am happy with my choice in hotel here in Goreme. A great price for such a lovely hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Elif Star Caves

Address: Uzundere Caddesi No 37 | Cappadocia, Goreme 50180, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Cappadocia > Goreme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Goreme
#5 Romantic Hotel in Goreme
Price Range: £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Elif Star Caves 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With views over Goreme and Pigeon Valley, the family-run Elif Star Cave Hotel has a terrace and a restaurant. It offers traditionally decorated cave rooms and free Wi-Fi in all areas. Goreme Bus Terminal is within 5 minutes' walk. If you like to stay in a historical Orthodox Cave Monastery, Elif star Caves is exactly the hotel that you looking for. All the caves carved out at 8 century... Chapel, dining room, foodstore, shelter, watchtower, pigeon house, winery... The cave rooms at Elif Star are heated and feature traditional textiles, parquet floors and carpets. All rooms have their own private bathroom with toilet and shower. Each is decorated with a combination of Ottoman and Greek interior style. You can taste a traditional Turkish breakfast while you waching Fairychimneys. The hotel's a la carte restaurant also serves traditional home made dishes like kofte, Pottery Kebab and fresh local trout. Dining is possible either indoors or at the open courtyard with flowers. The reception works 24 hours aday, provides room service. Laundry and ironing services are available upon request, at an extra charge. Guests can relax in the garden and enjoy scenic views of Goreme from the hotel's balconies. Hotel Elif Star Cave also organises Hot Air Balloon Rides and Semi-Private Daily Cappadocia Tours with small groups. ... more   less 
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