Occasionally when traveling, you stumble across a truly special hotel – one that charms you right down to your soul.
Esbelli Evi in Cappadocia, Turkey, is such a place.
Carved into Cappadocia’s white volcanic rock cliffs, Esbelli Evi is a boutique cave hotel with ten suites and four standard rooms.
Larger than most city apartments, the suites are cocoons of comfort.
Each suite is unique; they feature hardwood floors, kilim rugs, king-size brass beds, kitchens, rainshowers and lace curtains made by the owner’s mother. Our marble bathroom came with a clawfoot tub – plus help-yourself scotch in a crystal decanter next to scented candles on a side-table.
The gracious owner, Suha Ersoz, has thought of everything to make travelers feel like they have a home away from home – a joy to return to after a day out exploring Cappadocia’s underground cave cities and rock-cut churches.
You’re treated to a welcome bottle of wine, free WiFi and in-room laptops, and complimentary fruit and snacks in Esbelli Evi’s living room. Niches in the bedroom walls are stuffed with great travel and art books; we browsed one on Caravaggio.
There’s even a complimentary guest laundry tucked away in a courtyard, and each suite’s private stone terrace has a clothes rack, discreetly hidden behind pots of roses.
Breakfast is taken on a rooftop terrace overlooking the rolling countryside and traditional village. Order an omelette, and while waiting, help yourself to fresh cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, home-baked breads and preserves.
Suha drops by to personally chat with each guest and check that you’re set for the day with tours.
For dinner, nearby Ziggy’s Café, one of Cappadocia’s best restaurants, serves yummy mezes (shared Turkish dishes).
To top it all off, rates are extremely affordable (and they include breakfast).
Just one more reason this Cappadocia cave hotel ranks right up there on our list of favorite hotels in the world.