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“Fantastic Hotel in Goreme”

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Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Ranked #7 of 72 Hotels in Goreme
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“Fantastic Hotel in Goreme”
Reviewed 31 May 2009

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.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2009

We came across this place by accident arriving at 11.00 pm one night with no booking. We had read about it in Lonely Planet where it was highly recommended. The book did not do it justice.
The Hotel itself is very comfortable with a range of rooms and prices. Some are in Fairy Chimneys some are partially rock and stone.
It is the staff though that make the difference. They were just so friendly and extremely helpful.
We spent 5 nights there, they arranged our day trips for us, they have their own guides even. The food was good (though limited but the town is only 5 minutes walk away) and the drinks were good value. Sitting outside drinking house wine looking down on the town... you would have to experience to really understand it.
I would rate this place 10/10 and would stay there again without hesitation.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

Go there...you will never regret it. Just stay in one of the rooms of the patio (they are more expensive but it is worth). The other small ones are really unique (within a fairy chimney, but too small and with shared bath...we stayed the first day, and although nice, we decided to extend our stay but in other room...bigger and more comfortable).Breakfast is wonderful and jammy. But the best is how the staff treat you. We arrived at 5 am, and they leave a door open for you to enter in a room and lay on a couch while waiting fro them to arrive (7-8 am). Nice touch. They are always attentive, and friendly. Once, we left for a walk, and I got lost in the surroundings: they accompanied my girlfriend to look for me for more than one hour, just because she was very worry although they knew that I can find the way back easily. Nice people.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Houston
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

We let the hotel arrange for 3 full days of touring the region. Try the group tour with the walk in the valley and then hire a private guide for a day.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 19 May 2009

We stayed at the Kelebek for two nights while we were in Goreme. This place is absolutely gorgeous! Our room was one of the fairy chimney cave rooms, which was delightful!

The bed was comfy, the heater worked, the shower was hot... the only tiny drawback of being in these rooms was that the bathroom was tiny. But it looked recently renovated and it was sparkling clean.

Breakfast was lovely - lots of fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc etc - yum! The restaurant also does great dinners, and you can sit out on the terrace and watch the twinkling lights of the town below.

When staying at the Kelebek, make sure you avail yourself of the Turkish baths. What a relaxation boost! I felt invigorated and relaxed all at once!

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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Sydney
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

This is a "cave hotel" where most rooms are dug into the local landscape. We had a wonderful stay over four nights. Staff are outstanding - nothing was too much trouble. Wonderful breakfasts and dinner. Meals are on the terrace restaurant overlooking the amazing town of Goreme. This place does not disappoint. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

Book for longer than you think you'll need as you will want to stay on here! It is somewhere quite different, charming, relaxing.

There is plenty to do in the area - hiring a car is recommended and we would have done this if we were staying longer. Day trips and tours arranged through reception. Lots of shopping in the village, and some great restaurants - just ask the hotel reception for recommendations. I went on a fabulous horse-ride (arranged through the hotel) - make sure you do know how to horse-ride as there were some beginners who did struggle a bit as the horses are lovely but a bit feisty, and some steep inclines to traverse over.

Airport pick-up and drop-off was arranged by the hotel (just let them know your flight details!).

Everything was just as you read in all the other reviews - a really lovely gem of a hotel in a unique part of the world.

Just one pointer - if you are claustrophobic just make sure you choose a room with a high ceiling. We were in room 10 and it was quite dark with only one tiny window (yes, it was a cave room!) and a low ceiling. Probably better to choose one of the fairy chimney rooms, or oen of the suites surrounding the lovely rose garden - you can check through all the rooms on their website and choose which you would like to stay in, depends on availability : http://www.kelebekhotel.com

Also be aware that the walk up to the hotel is on cobblestones and a few minutes uphill so be prepared, and have appropriate shoes on.

Don't bother looking any further for a place to stay in Goreme!

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Address: Aydinli Mah. Yavuz Sok. No 1, Goreme 50180, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Cappadocia > Goreme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Goreme
#2 Spa Hotel in Goreme
#2 Family Hotel in Goreme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kelebek Special Cave Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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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