Crystal Moselle

Kelebek Cave Hotel

Cappadocia

by: Crystal Moselle

  • Why

    Adventure

  • When

    Summer of 2012

  • Who

    I went with my lovely friend Kate Atherton.

Highs + Lows

  • The breakfast at the hotel was the best part about the cuisine. The cheese was out of this world...super soft and salty. Dried fruits and Halva that was to die for.

  • The rooms are hand carved caves in the mountain! You become a character on a luxurious Flinstones episode. People were friendly and it had a family vibe to it but wasn’t overbearing. It still felt romantic.

  • The temperature inside the rooms are naturally cool without use of air conditioners (Althought they had them in some of the rooms) because of ancient cave like structure. They call the structures “Fairy Chimneys” WHAT!!!

  • The authentic turkish baths were modern and clean, and had a full menu of relaxing services.

  • The food in Cappadocia isn’t the best. They have this famous “Turkish Ravioli” and “Clay Pot” grill...both are mediocre.

  • They encouraged us to go to a “Whirling Dervish” presentation that was pretty mediocre. I wouldn’t suggest it.

: 42/50
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  • Life Changing

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  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

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  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

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Important Bits

  • Type

    A boutique, authentic, out-of-this-world, nothing you have ever seen before hotel.

  • Vibe

    Clean, authentic & luxurious cave dwelling. It's like no place on this planet.

  • Location

    In the old part of Goreme, less than a five minute walk to the town center.

  • Rooms

    36

  • Music

    n/a

  • Year Opened

    It was a family home until 1993.

  • Designed By

    The ancient people of the land. They are hand carved “Fairy Chimneys"

  • Pool/Gym

    Beautiful cliffside pool, authentic Turkish bath, great spa and yoga classes.

  • Restaurant

    The restaurant was actually the best in the area and was convenient because it was attached to the hotel.

  • Bar

    Great local wines.

  • Wifi

    Available on the terrace and in the restaurant.

  • Children

    Very kid friendly.

  • Price

    Great price for what you get. Invaluable experience.

In the Area

Get up close and personal with the land and its history by riding through the ancient sacred valleys.

ATV Through Town

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Get up close and personal with the land and its history by riding through the ancient sacred valleys.

Tour the medieval underground cave city with an old man that's been giving tours since 1964.

Underground City Tour

kaymakli underground city

Tour the medieval underground cave city with an old man that's been giving tours since 1964.

A church that was carved into the side of the mountain from the ancient times

Goreme Open-Air Museum

0180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey

A church that was carved into the side of the mountain from the ancient times

More fairy chimneys.

Kelebek Cave Hotel

Aydinli Mah., Yavuz Sok. No:1, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey

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