Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel Urgup
Well I used this forum as a guide to book my hotel and Esbelli Evi is everything and more! First of all the location overlooking the town of Urgup and the hotel are both fantastic. However, what sets this unique inn apart from others that i have stayed in is the amazing service. My wife, son (21 years old) and I had booked two rooms originally on the advice of Suha (owner) so that we would have plenty of space and privacy for our three day visit. However, once we got there and the inn was half full (off season) Suha gave my son his choice of a second room at no additional charge. From there he personally arranged tours for us from a local taxi driver (highly recommend this option), personally drove us to a wonderful hiking trail and gave us full reign of his pc, cd collection and beer (honor system but he never charged us)
This is a great place, with rooms in rehabbed houses built into caves and a somewhat maze-like plan, a nice living room with excellent library, free internet service on 2 computers, very nice patio with views, and excellent advice on 3 different touring routes for Kapadokya (Cappadocia in Greek). Suha Ersoz was not there when we arrived (we later learned that he was out of town in Ankara), but Ramazan spoke English and was very helpful. We had our bedroom, a hallway, a bathroom with the best shower of the trip (and one of the best ever), and an extra bedroom with twin beds.
Absolutely incredibly stunning!!
Our stay at Esbelli Evi in early-November, 2005 had to have been one of the most pleasant "home-away-from-home" hotel experiences that I have ever had. From top to bottom, from start to finish, Esbelli Evi is first rate. I would recommend Esbelli Evi as a base of operation for anyone staying in Cappadocia. Owner Suha and his staff were always available and attentive, yet never in the way. We were able to extend a three day stay into a four day stay because it was so difficult for us to leave the wonderful Cappadocia area of Turkey and the equally wonderful Esbelli Evi.
Esbelli Evi is a wonderful place to stay in Cappadocia. We stayed for 2 nights, and it was great. Suha Bey, the owner, helped us arranging the reservations for the hot air balloon ride, pick up from the Kayseri airport and a daily tour. The room that we stayed was roomy, very clean. It's a very quite, unique place to spend your nights.
The nicest hotel we have stayed at.
We stayed here in 2000 as part of a trip around Turkey. It was the most magical place that we have ever stayed. The rooms (in caves) the building, the atmosphere and the staff were all excellent. It is almost worth making the trip to Cappadocia just to stay in this hotel. It is good to see that it sounds just as friendly and welcoming now as it was when we stayed there.
Once in a while one has an experience that is unmatched... and this is one of those unique places. From the understated graciousness of the owner to the wonderful staff...this place will meet all expectations. I can't wait to return.
Met all expectations and more!
I was wondering how Esbelli could possibly live up to all the great reviews - well, it is just as fasntastic as everyone says and then some! Fabulous location and so beautiful - loved the room (shower had water pressure that'll leave you cowering at the bottom of the tub if you choose ;)), the staff, breakfast, free internet access, cheap drinks available all hours, good restaurant recommendations, laundry service, absolutely gracious host - I could go on. You will love staying here. Very reasonably priced, too.
An hotelier's hotel
As an hotelier I am not always the easiest guest to please. But Esbelli Evi not only pleased me, it was one of the most pleasant hotel stays I can recall... Not because it is luxurious, or because of innumerable gimmicks, bells and whistles (spas, saunas, fine restaurants, etc...) There are none of these. There is a landscape and a view to take one's breath away. There is an attentiveness to the guest that is the greatest luxury of all : a true welcome. It is hard to explain what it is, but whatever it is is it is there and it is bliss. Since coming away, I can only think of when I shall be able to return.
Aside from my stay at Esbelli Evi being pure bliss, the staff was incredibly responsive and helpful. On my last day, Agra Tours in Cappadocia was suppose to make arrangements for the next leg of my trip. After numerous conversations, I thought everything was confirmed. Next thing I knew, they not only failed to pick me up as promised but when I called them, they informed me that my bus tickets weren't even purchased. I was incredibly upset as I had to be at my destination by a certain time. Seeing my distress, Suha, the owner/manager at Esbelli Evi, drove me to the bus station and convinced the bus company to give me a seat on the sold out bus ride. Before finding out if that was feasible, he also offered to drive me to a town a half hour away to catch a departing bus from there. He was incredibly sympathetic and I can't thank him enough for helping me out. That being said, even without the debacle, Esbelli Evi is one of the most comfortable and intimate hotels I have ever stayed at and will be my first choice when I return.
A stay at the Esbelli Evi is like being a guest at an elegant private home. I can not imagine staying anywhere else on our next visit.