This review is long overdue, as we stayed in late August 2013.
Eric and I enjoyed our 4 nights in Goreme immensely. Brothers/Owners Ishmael and Harun were our most hospitable hosts in the 3 weeks we stayed in Turkey. Upon our arrival they set us up in the room we reserved, and seeing that we were exhausted from the journey, offered us an afternoon snack of fruit and cheese-which held us over until dinner. Our room was really nice- such a unique hotel stay. We stayed in a cave room-a bit chilly as expected, which made the experience all more exciting. The bed was a little firmer than I am used to, but I slept great every night. Breakfast was awesome every morning- traditional Turkish breakfast, which I could never get enough of.
Harun and Ishmael will offer you all the chai you could ever want, as they are always looking to make you comfortable and show their kindness. All of the restaurants they recommended were delicious, some of the best food we had during our stay.
The hotel location is ideal, as Goreme is a great jumping off point for hiking and sight-seeing in Cappadocia. There were hours of amazing vistas and cave churches and dwellings from the hikes we went on straight from the town. No rental car needed.
The one day “red tour” we went on per their recommendation was well worth the about 100 lira, and allowed us to explore a larger area without worry about renting a vehicle, etc.
The hot air balloon ride was by far our best experience, and had Harun and Ishmael not talked us into it, we would have missed out on one of the top 5 adventures in life thus far. (Up there with Uluru in Australia, Hiking the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines, and seeing the Pyramids of Giza).
What more can we say? There are so many cave hotels in Cappadocia; it can be overwhelming choosing one. We usually take a chance on a place that only has a few reviews (I think they were open only a few weeks before our stay)-and we are so glad we did! Chelebi Cave Hotel gave us an amazing experience in Cappadocia!
Ishmael and Harun, we wish you success with your business! It was a pleasure getting to know you during our short visit, when we think about Turkey we will think about your hospitality and the stories and memories we shared at your hotel.
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- Chelebi Cave House Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey