Our family (with two kids, ages 13 and 9) and another family (kids of similar ages) stayed at the Kelebek Hotel for three nights in August during our visit to Cappadocia. The hotel is at the top of the hill in the town of Goreme and has fantastic views of the town and the valley below, including the famous "fairy chimneys", the moutain ridges in the distance and the fortress at nearby Upschia. The hotel, which was formerly a haven for backpackers, is a quaint, charming, higgledy-piggeldy conglomeration of rooms, set into caves (a little dank for my taste), old stone buildings and fairy chimneys. Because the terrain is on a hillside and part of the hotel is dug out of the rock, each of the rooms is unique in set up, furniture and design. The hotel has a small pool (very popular in the evenings after hiking), a hammam (which we didn't make use of as we ran out of time), lovely gardens and a variety of terraces from which to enjoy the beautiful surrounding views. It is also equipped with Wifi and internet (much to the joy of the kids, who would hang out in an alcove above the restaurant, furnished with carpets and cushions), with a fabulous view and play games late into the evenings). The staff, particularly Hasan, were wonderfully helpful and offered some terrific organized day tours of the area. The two we took were both given very high marks from our kids. Breakfasts are included at the hotel are are buffet syle, with typical Turkish fare, plus cereals. We ate dinner in the hotel one evening and the food was really good.
The town itself is a great location from which to visit the sites of Cappadocia, including the Goreme Open Air Museum, the underground cities of Derinkeryu and Kaymakli, and for hiking in the valleys (.e.g. the Rose Valley) and in the Ilhara Gorge. It is also a centre for hot air ballooning, an activity which is very popular amongst toursits (for good reasons considering the incredible views). The areas is great for anyone, young or old, who loves outdoor activites, such as hiking, climbing, clambering around in caves, mountainsides, gorges and underground cities.
- 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