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Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel
Ranked #7 of 65 Hotels in Urgup
Certificate of Excellence
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“I should have visited sooner”
Reviewed 31 May 2011

We recently had the pleasure of staying at the Esbelli Evi Labyrinth Suite. The owner and general manager of the hotel treated us like we were their only guests even though there were many other guests. We traveled with our one year old daughter and nanny so we definitely needed a place with enough room for the four of us without sacrificing privacy.

After we made our reservations Suha was extremely responsive to our questions about tours and activities and recommended an excellent guide (Deniz) . Our room was well appointed and clean and we felt at home. Our Nanny stayed at the hotel with the baby while we toured the area and she couldn't stop talking about Esbelli's friendly and thoughtful staff and management. (Would you like something to drink or eat?) She and the baby spent time on the terrace overlooking the village, walking around the garden and hanging out in the sitting room. At breakfast we had a variety of fresh fruit and fresh squeezed orange juice, cereals, yogurt and cheeses . My husband and nanny were especially fond of the made to order omelets with feta .

We were sad to leave, the lady who prepares breakfast even came out to kiss the baby before we left.

We will definitely return and recommend this hotel to our friends.
Thank You Esbelli!

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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Our family of 3 stayed in the Family Suite for 3 nights. What can I say - it was just perfect. The suite is extremely large, modern and comfortable. It's unique nature makes this combination of comfort and situation a real winner. While the hotel is expensive it is worth the money. The location is up the hill from town, but it's not bad at all.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Whidbey Island, Washington
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

Our host, Súha Ersöz, runs a tight ship. He personally picked us up at the Ürgüp bus station after our journey from Ankara.

The attention to detail is amazing, including a classical music channel from France on the room TV. Wi Fi worked well. The room heaters and overhead system kept us comfortable while in our quarters. The bed was perfect and the shower head the best we encountred in our travels around Turkey.

Suha arranged an auto rental from a small local company, Astral, whose owner, Orhan Sarikaya, brought the vehicle to us and allowed us to turn it in at Esbelli. A nice touch I thought.

We were one of the first guests of the 2011 season so the hotel was not crowded. Breakfast was ample. There are two fine restaurants within walking distance, Dimrit the closest, and Ziggy's farther down the hill toward the village of Ürgüp.

We would recommend Esbelli Evi to those visiting the Cappadocia region who are not on a tight budget.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

This has to be the most unique hotel I have ever stayed in...
Rooms are first class (wow wow wow), and owners/staff are very friendly. Only criticism is that US$10 for a self service load of washing is a bit steep.  

  • Stayed April 2011
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

What an amazing place. Suha is a complete gentleman and invited us in like we were family. Our family suite cave was perfect and the surrounds ASTOUNDING! Cannot Fault

  • Stayed April 2011
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 12 April 2011

Esbelli Evi met all of our very high expectations, and that is saying something. It was fun to stay in a cave hotel, and the family cave suite was perfect for us (though the kids could not agree about who got to sleep in the cool cave bed in their room!). Suha's advice on what we should do each day and where we should eat was spot on. Breakfast was delicious. Cappadocia is a wonderful location for a trip with teens, and we were pleased with our choice of Esbelli Evi in every way!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

Up a winding hill, and behind a fortress wall lies your home away from home if you choose to stay at Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel in Urgup Cappadocia. As I say, IF you choose to stay here you will NOT be dissapointed in ANY way except that you didn't book MORE nights here instead of rushing off to your next adventure. So, now that my charge has been delivered to you its up to you to make the reservation!

The door to the hotel opened upon our arrival and our host (and owner Suha Ersoz) personally greeted us with diplomatic aplomb! Our luggage swiftly disappeared (only to show up in our room after the property tour) and we were promptly and personally shown the sprawling accommodation by Shua--just another of the MANY reasons that Esbelli should be your hotel of choice in Cappadocia. This is one of the earliest of hotels in Urgup and Suha has been involved since day one...upwards of 20 years if memory serves! The touch of a true expert in comfort and hospitality is evident in his hotel.

Suha took us through the winding cave hallways, through the library where classical music was softly churning. Here, there are 2 laptops for guest use, an upright piano (and sheet music should you feel Beethovan's ghost move), board games, swaths of music on CD and a large comfy couch all available 24hrs/day. Further we walk through "bar" where soft drinks, juice, bottled water and a full bar (including cappadocian wines affordably priced) are available as well as tea and coffee and desserty snacks (all complimentary except alcohol and soft/fruit drinks) the kitchen to the breakfast rooms where the most elegant service is provided each morning from 7-11am--a relief for me as i intended to NOT rise before 9 or 10 and somtimes the hotel breakfast is over by then. The breakfast included cheeses, breads, jams, yoghurt, cereal, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, pastries and a FULL menu of eggs any way. Again, this was another of the niceities of Esbelli that affirmed my decision to stay here.

In the room(s)--and I say rooms because the rooms are not just A room but rather a series of adjacent caves all linked together to create a suite with a well appointed efficiency kitchen. The floors are brilliant wood (with slippers included to glide across) and the baths brilliant marble. The design of the caves make it wonderful if you are traveling with children. Or if you just want a GIANT cave all to yourself! Further attention to detail that Suha excells at is that there is sattellite tv and blazing fast wireless internet with a laptop in every cave dwelling! In fact, Suha informed me there are MORE laptops than rooms in the hotel. Hows that for service!? If you should need, there are 2 brand new front load washers...the kind you have at home...or WISH you had at home available for 5 USD. Soap is of course provided and the staff will hang the clothes for you when they are done! (no dryers to help save energy). Not to worry the beautiful Turkish sun will dry your clothes in no time!

Suha was willing to give us recommendations of what to do, where to go where to eat and how to get there. An added bonus was that the website author Tom Brosnahan was also visiting (as he's personal friends of Suha) Suha offered to help us plan our days! Which was really nice, but like I said, after we arrived I didn't want to leave the hotel--despite all the wonderful activities available. We did venture to the small downtown area to get beautiful fruit and veggies and soup for late afternoon lunch (explore a little and you'll find beautiful Whole Foods like produce, artisinal breads and cheeses and authentic mom and pop restuarants in town)...and took a rental car ($55) for a day of exploring Cappadocia... but while out we longed to get back to the hotel to enjoy the tranquility and truly enjoy lazy days at Esbelli Evi.

My only complaint is the lack of clocks in the room and it would have been nice to have DVD movies available in the library to watch...should you be as lazy as me in the evening! Otherwise Esbelli Evi was the HIGHLIGHT of my Turkish vacation. I am so thankful to the staff and to Suha for providing me with exactly what I was looking for in the last 4 days of my vacation.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel

Property: Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel
Address: Esbelli Mah. Dolay-1 Sk. No:8 Urgup Merkez, Urgup 50400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Cappadocia > Urgup
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Urgup
#2 Romantic Hotel in Urgup
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fine small inn of comfortable cave rooms hewn from the golden stone, with beautiful views of the Cappadocian landscape, and the warmest welcome you'll receive in Turkey. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Esbelli Evi Urgup
Esbelli Evi Hotel Urgup
Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel Turkey/Cappadocia - Urgup

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