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Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

Our stay at Kelebek was a once in a life-time experience. First off, Kelebek arranged for transport to and from Kayseri Airport, which simplified things tremendously. We stayed for 4 nights and we stayed in one of the Presidential suites right above the Kelebek office and travel service. The room was one of the most unique rooms I've ever stayed in. It was large, had it's own marble bathroom and shower, was situated on a couple of levels of living space, and had it's own private balcony over looking the town and valley of Goreme.

Most everyone working there spoken conversational English well and were extremely warm and friendly. We especially had a great time chatting with Serkon almost on a daily basis. The hotel is quite beautiful and we took advantage of Kelebek's travel company to book a most unforgettable hot-air balloon ride and also a fabulous daily tour which tour us on hikes through valleys of Faery Chimneys and cliff dwelling, explored underground cities, treated us to a tasty Turkish meal, visited a traditional pottery/ceramic factory as well as a local winery, and a few other fun places - it was an all day affair that was quite affordable considering all that we did.

Since we were on our honeymoon, the hotel staff surprised us with a complementary bottle of local wine (Cukurbag) and fruit basket, which we thought was a nice touch. Our room came included the free use of the luxurious on-site hamman (the steam room, wash room, and relaxation room). We used this a few times and we also splurged for the additional Turkish body scrub and wash and full body massage. It was 2.5 hours of pure pampering - and it was fantastic!

The included breakfast was delicious with 20+ things on the buffet that ranged from the traditional turkish bites (tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, olives) to more western style choices (muesli, cereals, pastries). Of course tea and coffee are available complimentary 24 hours a day from their on-site restaurant and bar.

Outside of their included breakfast buffet, we ate at their restaurant just a few times. Although the food wasn't extraordinary, it was quite tasty and it was convenient. We even ate at their sister hotel's restaurant up the hill called Sultan, which was also a nice experience. The food was tasty and well presented and the ambiance was a bit fancier than we expected - the decor was tasteful, warm, and inviting.

Although the rooms at the Kelebek hotel are all quite nice, they aren't all "cave rooms". They only have a hand full of true cave rooms and the rest are built out of cave stones, but not actually carved out of the bedrock itself. So if you are looking for the true "cave experience" choose your room from their selection of available rooms on their website or you might be mildly disappointed.

Kelebek is situated a short distance (very walkable) from the center of Goreme up a hill. If you have difficulty walking uphill, then this might not be the place for you. That being said, most places in Cappadocia require some level of fitness since there are so many different places to explore and discover. All-in-all, I would not hesitate to stay at Kelebek again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique experience and a little adventure.

Room Tip: Don't get the rooms without private bathrooms unless you like to "rough it" a little more. The bathrooms are outside and down a short flight of stairs. We opted and splurged for the presidential suite that was located inside on of the fairy chimney's and was one of the only ones that was an actual "cave room". They have equally nice rooms, but they are only built out of cave stone and aren't actually carved out of the bedrock.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

The Kelebek Hotel exceeded all our expectations and definitely ranks as one of the best places ever we have stayed at due to its unbeatable affordability which offers extremely good value for money. Hassan Kabalci is the perfect host and he ensured that we had an excellent stay.

Unlike other hotels, in this instance the rooms and facilities are exactly as they appear on the hotel website - true to life - which means what you see is what you get! The rooms are very comfortable and well appointed. High quality linen on a firm mattress ensures a good night's rest. The bathrooms were perfect in all aspects. From the breakfast terrace, one can enjoy endless views while savouring the delicious spread of local products. Breakfast is served from 08:00 onwards (or earlier by prior arrangement) but staff is available from earlier - especially useful if you want to get up early and watch the myriads of hot air balloons dotting the skies in the early morning.

Kelebek guests qualify for a discount at the Seten Restaurant - fine dining in a superb location - worth the effort. Heritage Travel, affiliated to the hotel, seamlessly arranged our airport transfers and tours. Seda was superb in assisting us in finalising our arrangements beforehand. Their tours represent good value for money and outstanding quality - no need to look any further for other offerings.

I would highly recommend a minimum 3-night stay at the Kelebek to ensure that you can enjoy every aspect to the fullest.

Room Tip: For a single traveller, choose room 20 and for a couple, choose room 15. You won't regret it!
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Ahlers
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

I visited Kelebek with a friend in December 2012. The rooms were very comfortable and clean, the staff was nice and helpful, and the breakfasts were great! I definitely would visit again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank jess_hagerman
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Hotel is charming, offering wonderful views, located on a hillside above Goreme, a town situated inside a national park in Cappadocia. Rooms are less expensive and smaller than the sister hotel next door, but even tho my room (114) was small-ish, it was nicely furnished with local textiles and rugs. It had a private terrace as well. All rooms are unique.
One note: the bathroom (modern, spotlessly clean, well designed) was down an interior stair case on a separate level - must confirm with the hotel in advance if you cannot handle this kind of situation. Breakfast was fine out on the lovely terrace all three sunny mornings I stayed. The day-long tours were arranged by the in-house Heritage Travel agency and there is a turkish bath/spa on premises as well. One guide in particular was excellent - Cihad (not sure of the spelling). Had a delicious dinner at the Kelebek restaurant one evening (try the tandoor lamb!), and ate at the more up-market restaurant at the hotel next door as well which was good too. Great red Cappadocian wine not to be missed! Kelebek had lots of sitting areas both indoors and out, where you could relax and read if you had the time, which we didn't.
Staff was friendly, ready to help when needed, such as carrying luggage up steps, handling billing/check out, etc. I'd go back for sure. Only small criticism was that they could have used more lighting in the backroom, given that it did not have a window.

Room Tip: ask for a room with a valley view and be sure to clarify (if you cannot handle a stairway to the bathroom) that you need it to be on one level.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank aavery
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

I stayed here twice in the same month to bring back friends. I was recommended this place by another friend and I'm so glad we followed her advice. When I went at the end of February it was snowing and it let up quite a bit when I went again in March. It was amazing to sleep in cave rooms that are modernized. The first weekend we were upgraded to room 116 - cozy room with a mini balcony and great view. I ended up sleeping on a mattress in front of the fireplace because there were 3 of us. There was a bit of a draft because it was snowing outside, but I was fine. A little thing I appreciated was the warm towel rack in the bathroom. The next time I went I stayed in room 13 which was quit big as it had a little seating area and fireplace. There's really no view, but my friend who gets claustrophobic had no problem. The air felt a little stuffy to me (perhaps because we had tried to light a fire without help), but my friend had no problem. Our other friends stayed in 3 other rooms and they were all great. The stone room suite of 110 was incredible with high ceilings. The group of 8 of us ended up meeting there sometimes. Also the breakfast we good with a view of the small town. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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