Historical Traveler Reviews Maa Ganga Haveli ( Home Stay ) Haridwar
Fantastic place to stay
I have to admit, when I looked at the reviews of this hotel I thought it would struggle to live up to the hype, however it did. We stayed for 4 nights in a cave suite with its own courtyard and were very impressed. The staff are so helpful, they even organised a cake for my birthday!! The breakfasts are wonderful, lovely jams and breads, the dinner was good, although not spectacular, and the check out bill process hurried and confusing (hence only 4 stars).
Urgup is a great town, bars are cool, shops interesting, people friendly.
If you want a different holiday, somewhere memorable, Cappodocia is the place, and based on our stay I couldn't recommend this hotel highly enough.
Some Do's and Donts
Do have beers on the terrace.
Do walk the Red Valley on your own, its wonderful
Do let the hotel organise tours and baloon rides, they are cheaper beleive it or not than booking direct.
Do use Argeus tours if you want to book direct
Don't (under any circumstances) go to the whirling dervishes show - its rubbish (really jaw droppinly rubbish)
Don't use Akhal Teke Horse Centre for riding, they are all thats bad about African riding for Europeans, no safety info, no English speakers, pressure to pay, different charges for different hotels etc etc oh and unsafe horses.
Soz to end on a low note - but that was all of them, overal a fab fab place!!
Everything is perfect in this Hotel.
Staff is so friendly..
I recommend to everybody to visit this hotel.
Fantastic Place to Stay
We stayed at the Yunak Evleri for 2 nights in July '06 and loved it. We are amused that the Lonely Planet guide is a bit dismissive of the place, so off base.
I had several emails with the staff before arriving to arrange a hot air balloon ride (definitely a must do, BTW), and to help with directions as we were driving there, and the response from the staff was very quick and very helpful. Everyone speaks English quite well.
Upon being greeted, we were offered a place to sit, and a beverage while the room was checked to be sure it was ready. The hotel has less than 30 rooms, and is quite spread out, so you feel like you are alone much of the time. The main building has a kitchen in it which guests can access for a vast array of beverages at any time (at a hefty markup, I must add)--just place a check mark on a piece of paper on the fridge! An informal part of the hotel that I found sort of charming. There are different levels of rooms, some of which are in a newer building and are not in the caves...staying in the caves is a big part of this hotel, just pay the extra money and do it!
Each of the cave rooms has its own terrace with chairs and small table for having a drink and admiring the view. The view is incredible, but the hotel is much closer to the "city" than it appears on their website. There are people's homes rignt up against the hotel on all sides, and the pics on their website make it seem like you are very isolated--not the case. It was still very quite and restful.
The room we had had a nice sitting area, a large comfortable king size bed, CD player stereo, desk, multiple furniture for stowing things and a very nice modern bathroom with all the mod cons. Urgup and Goreme are pretty rustic-type towns, so its sort of odd to be staying in such a luxurious place, and I loved it! So nice to come back to this after a hot day exploring.
There is a lovely terrace restaurant for breakfast (part of the room) and dinner (extra). Our first night we wanted to eat on the terrace and it was not set for dinner...it was "too cold" and dinner was inside in a somewhat charm-less room. We started to leave into town to eat, and they changed plans and allowed us to eat, by ourselves, on the terrace, even bringing blankets to keep warm after the sun went down (it was probably 60+ degrees, but breezy). The meal was very good, and service efficient.
All the staff of the hotel were professional, friendly and always around wanting to help. Staff stand outside the main building most of the day to greet you and help with whatever your needs may be. Urgup was a good place to stay; its just a few minutes walk into "town", and while touristy, its much less so than Goreme (which is just 10 minutes drive away--they'll arrange taxi if you don't have a car). As a side note, we went into Urchisar on our way out of the region and we stunned by how great it was; lots of nice looking places to stay and some pretty good looking restaurants...yet the town is barely mentioned in our guide books...might be worth checking out staying there if you're not set on Urgup.
All told, this was an exceptional property and a delightful stay, I recommend it very highly.
The best hotel in Urgup
Stayed at Yunak Evleri for 4 nights and I would highly recommend this hotel. Lovely rooms, very tasteful decor and excellant service. The nicest hotel in Urgup.
What a fabulous experience!
My husband and I loved this hotel! The rooms are beautiful and large, and the bathrooms are huge, clean, and have unbelievable water pressure in the showers. The proprietor of the hotel is extremely friendly and helpful, and the hotel is very quiet and peaceful. The breakfast (included in the room price) is tasty and fresh, and the available dinners are delicious and an exceptional value for $20. The hotel is well-located a short walk from downtown Urgup and very near a wine company that has a tasting room. You won't forget staying at this hotel--it's an experience not to be missed! We're definitely going back!
Unlike anywhere else!
Yunak Evleri is a fabulous base from which to explore Cappadocia. After seeing all the rock-cut villages and churches, you can retire to your very own rock-cut suite! It's quite a dramatic sight to round the bend up the hill and come upon this honeycombed cliff-turned-hotel. But you don't have to be a cave man to enjoy it - the rooms and suites are decked out with wood floors, Turkish carpets, kilims, etc. Some have their own fireplaces, and all have fabulous marble baths. And even in November when we stayed, it was perfectly warm in our room. The restaurant was delightful as well - a great place to dine if you don't feel like descending into downtown Urgup itself. We had just a wonderful time - I can't imagine a better place to stay to experience Cappadocia.
What an experience!
We found this hotel online, and my only complaint is that we did not have more time to enjoy it! We got a personal greeting, cup of tea, and a tour from the manager upon arrival. The room was superb - cool and comfortable even in the middle of summer. The view from our front step was of the whole town and at night it was just us, the crickets and the muzzein crying the call to prayer. And the bathrooms!! All gray marble with glass showers. I wanted to pack it in my suitcase and take it home. We'd return there anytime.
Sublime, Serene, Divine in the Cave Hotels
Luxurious, earthy, and peaceful, the Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel in Cappadocia is sublimly divine. It is listed in both the Hideaway report and 1000 places to see before you die for good reason.
Under a full moon as the call to prayer melted over our ears and the scent of the fresh high plateau air filled our lungs, we arrived to find our suite ready and a late dinner prepared just for us. A welcoming table sat next to the fireplace as we ate one of the best meals in our two week journey. We had fun seeing three different cave rooms and chose the suite complete with a stunning view of this unique geological area, known as the land of Fairy Chimneys. The bathroom suprassed the Ciragan Palace with its local pottery accessories, steam shower unit, jacuzzi tub, and oh so clean. An attention to detail is found throughout from the antiques in your room, the cubby holes in the rock, the candles, the couches with Turkish pillows, the CDs and CD player in the bedroom....this place is a delight.
Wake up to the sound of birds and the fresh air. Take in the view of the mountains and the fairy chimneys while sipping the region's famous apple tea. Walk down to a fresh breakfasts of ripe tomatoes, cheeses, olives, breads, fabulous preserves, fresh OJ, eggs, apricots and more while classical music plays.
The manager arranged a top notch tour for us with Irlfan. He turned out to be the photographer of the region's famous tour books. We discussed the plans over a sunny breakfast outside as a turtle sauntered by. The Yunak cave hotel made us feel welcomed, attended to our needs and yet we had a sense of serene privacy.
Only a 45 minute flight from Istanbul and then a short car ride (free airport transfer), you are then whisked to this serene land with its 7th century caves, outdoor archeological museums, and the best baklava ever (ask Irlfan for the store). Climb fairy chimneys and lie on a 6th Century's Saint's stone bed and pillow, Visit the Turasan winery nearly next door; Explore the hidden underground dwellings as well as the high above caves; Stroll the newly refreshed center of Urgup; or just relax on your porch star gazing.
It was magic!
A little gem!
This hotel is gorgeous! The location is stunning, in a magical landscape. The rooms are very luxurious, large and comfortable with amazing bathrooms . The hotel is beautifully decorated. Everything was spotlessly clean.
Diner and breakfast are served on a terrace with a fantastic view. Diner was delicious, much better than the food we had in Istanbul!
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
This hotel is really the perfect place for a fabulous stay in Cappadocia.
My husband and I had a deluxe room at this hotel and it was *stunning*. (See the website - our room really did look like the deluxe room in the photograph. ---yunak--- You feel an incredible sense of history when you enter the hotel and your room. The room was spotless and had both a bedroom and a separate seating area so that we could plan our day, write postcards, etc. (The bedroom had a nice stereo system so bring your CDs if you want music.) The bathroom was very large and had a fantastic shower. We had a lovely view from our balcony. At night, the stars were incredible. The room was extremely quiet. The staff was friendly and very helpful.
Breakfast (included) was delicious! I am a vegetarian and my husband eats meat. We both had more than enough options and left extremely full and happy. We had dinner there one night and thought that the food was very good.
We visited in September and found the room temperature very comfortable so I don't know if the room has air conditioning.
We highly recommend this hotel and would stay there again in an instant! Enjoy your trip!
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Thank you to Julie for the pictures to accompany this blog!
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