Staying at Esbelli Evi was a dream come true. The hotel is impeccably and tastefully put together by owner Suha Ersoz who was the first to purchase and lovingly restore cave ruins and turn them into a boutique hotel for us all to enjoy the experience of staying in the incredible caves of Urgup, Cappadocia.
The hotel is set in a ridge overlooking the town and has magnificent views from the terrace overlooking the town and valley below. It's an oasis of peace and tranquility after a long day of sightseeing. We were warmly welcomed after ringing the front door bell and shown around the hotel.
There was the beautiful guest lounge/library with internet and Turkish-style lounges around the walls, a piano and dark polished wood floors, carpets and creamy Turkish lace curtains. The carved stone barrel ceilings were impressive and there were desks and coffee tables and books to enjoy. Soft classical or jazz music played around the public areas adding to the restful ambiance.
There is a free drinks room with fridges stocked with cans and bottles of water and soft drinks and beers, free tea and coffee and fruit all beautifully laid out to help yourself to. We were shown the breakfast room and terrace where our breakfast would be served the next day. It was one of the best breakfasts we'd had in Europe: fresh fruit, cereals, Turkish offerings, pastries, the best coffee I've had since Italy and a menu of eggs dishes to order. Delicious!
We were taken down to our cave room via stone steps with iron railings. There was a shared stone terrace outside with terracotta pots and plants and
inside a big cast iron bed and lamps, white crisp luxury linens, and a beautiful bathroom with marble and wood vanity and a sparkling hot clean shower!
Wooden carved trunks, desk and window were covered in simple Turkish linens woven with small beads and white terry toweling slippers embroidered with "Esbelli Evi" and above us beautiful creamy stone with caramel streaks running through it. With the
lamps on, it glowed warmly. Heaven!
Suha has extensive knowledge of the area and other areas of Turkey and personally sits down with guests at breakfast to help with recommendations and map out itineraries for those who would like some recommendations. He also recommends the best restaurants and our dinner at Ziggy's was fabulous in a stunning building.
Esbelli Evi was a magical experience in an amazing place thanks to Suha and his staff. I couldn't recommend it more highly and hope to return soon.
- 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