We stayed at the Kelebek (Suite 103) for three nights in May 2009. We very much enjoyed this hotel and were glad to have booked it over our other hotels in the area, including Anatolian Houses. The location, views, ambiance and overall atmosphere of this hotel can't be beat. It was a lovely experience and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
We had one of the cave suites (103) and it was very spacious. The complimentary lokum in the room when we arrived was a nice touch. The room was exactly as pictured on the Kelebek website. The cave aspect was very cool, and the room still had high ceilings and a view on to the terrace. There were two small things that could have been better: first, the bed was very hard and not that comfortable; second, the shower in this room was very, very small - you could barely turn around in it and it would not be suitable for tall people.
Other than those two small things, our stay at the Kelebek was pretty much perfect. As others have mentioned, the breakfast is excellent. We enjoyed having the separate area for the suites from the rest of the pension as we found it to be much less busy. Each day we had a lovely table outside on the terrace with great views of the surrounding area. The honeycomb, french toast and variety of cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables were excellent.
We also used the hamam and loved it. We visited the Cemberlitas hamam in Istanbul prior to our trip to Cappadocia and while my husband had a very good treatment there, mine was lackluster to say the least. This was not the case at the Kelebek - I had a great scrub and soap massage, followed by an oil massage and mask. The treatment was very gopd and on par with top quality North American spa standards. I would highly recommend the Kelebek spa to other guests.
Finally, we also took one of the day trips offered by Heritage Travel (the in-house travel agency for Kelebek) - the History and Adventure Tour. This was a nice, small group tour that covered a lot of the local sights, including one of the underground cities and a good hike through one of the valleys. It was a good way to see a few of the Cappadocia sights and reasonably priced at EUR 30 per person. We also wanted to do a hot air balloon ride but the first one we booked got cancelled due to high winds. We tried to rebook for the next day but were told that all of the reputable companies were fully booked. Somehow the Kelebek agents were able to find a spot for us and we went the following morning with Sultan Balloons. It was one of those "once in a lifetime" experiences and although somewhat expensive, we were so glad we did it.
We would highly recommend the Kelebek to anyone wanting to stay in Goreme. Our stay there was a highlight of our trip to Turkey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ever dreamed of staying in a cave-hotel with all mod cons? Well, now's your chance to make those dreams come true with a stay in the gorgeous Kelebek Hotel and Pension.Spacious cave bedrooms with hand-carved furnishings and locally-made fabrics, marble-walled bathrooms and a lovely flower-filled garden with fairy chimneys behind. The new cave Turkish bath and swimming pool are also available to guests! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kelebek Hotel Goreme
- Kelebek Special Cave Hotel Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey