We stayed at Esbelli Evi for three nights in August 2010 — the first two nights in the Hillside Suite, and the last in a standard room. My husband and I agreed that it was one of the most enjoyable hotel stays we've had anywhere in the world.
The rooms: The Hillside Suite was sprawling yet cozy, with three rooms (bedroom, kitchen/sitting room, bathroom) spread over three floors, each separated by a short flight of stairs. The suite came equipped with a laptop (with free, reliable Wi-Fi), slippers, A/C, TV and a fridge stocked with bottled water (free), a variety of beer and soft drinks (paid on the honor system), and chilled beer mugs in the freezer. The bathroom was modern, spacious and sparkling clean.
The suite also had a private outdoor patio with table and chairs, as well as two separate entrances — one from the street and one inside the resort — which we found really convenient (we used the street-level entrance most often).
If we had any criticism at all of the room, it would be the firmness of the mattress, but this appears to be pretty standard for Turkish hotels. In any case, the bed is piled with a cushy duvet and an extra blanket, so you can just sleep on the duvet.
The standard room we had for the third night (we had originally planned to stay only two nights, but extended our stay) was also spacious and clean, with a king-size bed and an additional twin bed in a separate area of the room. Overall, however, it couldn't really compare with the suite. And it was also a bit noisy, since it was located in a corridor of the resort, next to utility rooms that were accessed often by hotel staff. Still, for the price of the accommodations here, the value is incredible.
The hotel: Excellent all-around. The grounds were beautiful and well kept, and the ambience of the resort was peaceful, with delicate piano music often tinkling throughout. An extensive breakfast buffet is served every morning; the spread includes fresh fruits, juice (the juice is DELICIOUS!), jams, cereal, yogurt, cheeses, olives, pastries, eggs-to-order, coffee and tea — in short, everything. In the pantry, there's an abundant supply of bottled water, fruit and snacks free of charge, plus beer, soft drinks, liquor and wine, to which you can help yourself on the honor system. And, finally, another boon: washing machines available for guests (US$5 per load).
The staff: Extraordinary. Suha, the owner of Esbelli Evi, should give a course on hospitality. He gave us excellent advice about what to do and see in Cappadocia (and the rest of Turkey), and arranged our activities and transport for us. (If you do a hot-air balloon tour — and you should! — go with Butterfly Balloons.) When my husband came down with an upset stomach, Suha immediately dispatched one of his staff members to the pharmacy in town for medication, and had another staff member cook a stomach-calming meal. But aside from all that, Suha was also just a really cool and mellow guy, an ever-interesting person to sit and chat with. All the staff members here are friendly and kind, and make you feel at home. There's a real family-like vibe among them.
The neighborhood: The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the center of Urgup, and less than 5 minutes from Ziggy Cafe, which you should try for dinner. For getting around in the area, you could join tours, hire a car and driver, or just rent your own car or moped. When we went to the Goreme Open-Air Museum, Suha kindly had one of his staff members drop us off. (From Goreme, you can walk to the museum.) There's also a supercheap bus between Goreme and Urgup; the last one leaves Goreme at 7p, so after that you have to take a cab, which is a lot more expensive.
Overall, we loved Esbelli Evi and would definitely return.
- 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