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Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel
Ranked #11 of 69 Hotels in Urgup
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 September 2010

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.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

Esbelli Evi is such a special and relaxing place it feels hard to describe it. We spent just 3 nights and we regretted not having booked longer. Suha, the Owner, is an incredibly generous, discreet, supportive and sensitive host, who does his utmost to pamper his guests and to make their stay a memorable one. The rooms are all well-equipped, spacious and beautiful, confy and clean. The property itself is amazing!! The view from the terrace is awesome and the service... well, the service is perfect! If you like classical or jazz music you'll love this place.
The only problem was that we spent time at Esbelli Evi at the very beginning of our trip in Turkey and Esbelli Evi became our benchmark. So, any other hotel/ resort/inn coming after it was obviously never good enough!
Wonderful Esbelli Evi, unbeatable and unique...

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Esbelli for four nights while taking day trips through Cappadocia.The hotel is amazing. A compound of interconnected buildings, terraces and courtyards. One of the best "hotels" I have ever been in during my life of world travels. It feels more like your own home - very intimate. You will not find better service, food, accommodations, friendly staff, etc., etc., etc. anywhere on this planet. The property is so tranquil you may not want to leave.

C & A from Florida

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

early morning balooning, trekking tours and exquisite culinary experiences. Esbelli House with its spacious cave rooms, all individually decorated with antiques hand picked by the gracious owner, Suha over the years feels more like an old mansion than a hotel.

Stayed: August 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

We arrived at the hotel from Istanbul. The tranquility of the area was such a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. From the minute we were greeted at the door, we knew this was a special place. Suha, the owner, met us and personally showed us around the grounds. He showed us 2 rooms in the category we reserved and gave us a choice as to which one we wanted. The room had all of the amenities we needed. Everything was well thought out, right down to the powerbar that could be used for recharging North American electronics. Breakfast, including fresh orange juice and a variety of freshly made egg dishes was a great way to begin our full days of activities. Suha's recommendations for hot air balloon rides and guided tours were fantastic. There were excellent restaurants within a short walk (Ziggy's Cafe and Dimrit). We never felt nervous about walking back to the hotel late at night. The hotel was magical for our 3 night stay. On the morning of our departure, Suha was at the main door to say goodbye....very classy! We will definitely return to this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

Suha is an incredible host who cares deeply about his hotel and his environs. He has filled Esbelli Evi with beautiful artwork and landscaping, homey Turkish furnishing and true serenity. My husband, two teenaged children and I just stayed in the fantasy cave for three nights and were sad to leave. It's the only hotel I've stayed at where I can honestly say the hotel is even nicer than the pictures. (Some hotels barely look like the pictures on their website.) I can't think of one weak point of Esbelli Evi. Thank you Suha for your generous hospitality. Two different groups of friends recommended your hotel to us and we will enthusiastically recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

We, agroup of five have spent a memorable four days in Urgup with a perfect choice of accomodation , early morning balooning, trekking tours and exquisite culinary experiences.

Esbelli House with its spacious cave rooms, all individually decorated with antiques hand picked by the gracious owner, Suha over the years feels more like an old mansion than a hotel.

When you arrive you set your foot in to a quite, small hall giving no hint for a hotel with several doors opening to it one of which is a large sitting room full classical and jazz cd's for guests to enjoy , complete with a piano ready to be played and lots of books to be red.
One other door will take you down to a court yard where all the cave rooms, immaculate with spacious and renovated bathrooms are looking at . As years go by Suha has expanded the property adding more rooms and suits, keeping the entirety of the grounds.

Another door takes you to the dinning area and kitchen via a room decorated authentically if not for the two computers for checkin-out purposes and where you may find one of the courteus staff.

The breakfast, complete with fresh from the oven simit (turkish sesame bagels) and breads, homemade jams, eggs to order and freshly squeezed orange juice, weather permiting served on a patio with a nice view. Othervise you will be hosted in several elegantly arranged rooms all looking at the same view along with always tastefully selected classical or jazz music in the backgorund.

Suha and the staff are always there to answer all your needs even before you put it in words ( on one cloudy would be rainy morning several umbrella's were waiting at the entrance for us to pick before we took of for trekking ), providing an unforgettable experience at a homely setting .

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Additional Information about 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: £112 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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