Crystal Moselle

Cappadocia: Kelebek
Cave Hotel

by: Crystal Moselle    |    crystalmoselle.com

  • Why:

    Adventure

  • When:

    Summer of 2012

  • Who:

    I went with my lovely friend Kate Atherton.

Important Bits

  • Type:

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

  • Rooms:

    36

  • 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.

  • Year Opened:

    It was a family home until 1993.

  • Wifi:

    Available on the terrace and in the restaurant.

  • Vibe:

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

  • Music:

    n/a

  • Children:

    Very kid friendly.

  • Location:

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

  • Designed By:

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

  • Best Way to Book:

    www.kelebekhotel.com

  • Price:

    Great price for what you get. Invaluable experience.

Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

  • : 40/50

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.

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