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Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel Review: Fairytale Charm in Cappadocia, Turkey

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.

Esbelli Evi is a charming cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Esbelli Evi is a charming cave hotel in Cappadocia

Esbelli Evi Review: Cappadocia cave hotel in Turkey

On one trip to Turkey, we included a visit to Cappadocia.

We went hot air ballooning over Cappadocia and also made like troglodytes – exploring the area’s underground cave cities and rock-cut cave churches.

To enhance our experience, we stayed at a cave hotel in Cappadocia.

Esbelli Evi is a lovely Cappadocia cave hotel
For more light and higher ceilings, ask for the Hillside Suite

One of the first cave hotels in Cappadocia, Esbelli Evi opened in 1990 with five rooms.

Over the years, the owner Suha Ersoz expanded the hotel by connecting individual houses through stairs and tunnels.

Today – carved into into Cappadocia’s volcanic rock cliffs – Esbelli Evi is a boutique cave hotel with nine suites and four classic rooms.

The bathroom of the Stone Arch Suite at Esbelli Evi
The bathroom of the Stone Arch Suite at Esbelli Evi

Esbelli Evi cave hotel: Rooms and suites

Esbelli Evi's 13 rooms and suites are delightfully comfortable havens
Esbelli Evi’s 13 rooms and suites are delightfully comfortable havens

Book a suite; you’ll appreciate Esbelli Evi best if you do.

Larger than most city apartments, the suites are cocoons of comfort.

Each suite is unique.

But they all have hardwood floors, air-conditioning, kilim rugs, king-size beds, rain showers, lace curtains made by the owner’s mother – and even kitchens.

The marble bathroom of our Fantasy Cave Suite came with a clawfoot tub – plus help-yourself scotch in a crystal decanter next to scented candles on a side-table.

Living room of the Fantasy Cave Suite at Esbelli Evi
Living room of our Fantasy Cave Suite at Esbelli Evi

Ever gracious, Ersoz has thought of everything to make travelers feel like they have a home away from home.

It’s a joy to return to Esbelli Evi after a day out exploring the UNESCO site of Cappadocia.

You’re treated to a welcome bottle of wine, free WiFi and in-room laptops, along with complimentary fruit and snacks in Esbelli Evi’s living room.

Our Fantasy Cave Suite at Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel was very atmospheric
Our Fantasy Cave Suite was very atmospheric

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.

Esbelli Evi has a washing machine for guest use – very thoughtful and convenient!


Breakfast (7:30 am to 10:30 am) is taken on a rooftop terrace overlooking the rolling countryside and traditional village, or in two cozy breakfast rooms.

Order an omelet or other egg dish, and while waiting, help yourself to freshly squeezed orange juice; fresh cucumber, tomatoes and cheese; home-baked breads and cakes; and yogurt and preserves.

Suha drops by to personally chat with each guest and check that you’re set for the day with tours.

Breakfast at Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel, Cappadocia
Turkish breakfast to start your day?

Esbelli Evi location

Esbelli Evi is conveniently located within walking distance of Urgup’s town center.

For dinner, nearby Ziggy’s Café, one of Cappadocia’s best restaurants, serves yummy mezes (shared Turkish dishes).

Reasonable rates

Esbelli Evi Receptions Room
Roses bloom outside in summer and in winter, it’s cozy and warm inside

To top it all off, rates at this lovely cave hotel in Cappadocia (which include breakfast) are extremely affordable.

Just one more reason Esbelli Evi ranks right up there on our list of favorite boutique hotels in the world…

Esbelli Evi is a magical Cappadocia cave hotel!
Gardens and quiet corners to read – this Cappadocia cave hotel is quite magical!

Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel

+90 (384) 341 3395
+90 (530) 416 9525

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Esbelli Evi review (cave hotel in Cappadocia)

Photo credits: 5, 6, 7, 9 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Esbelli Evi

About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Becky Padmore

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

What a unique place to stay, I love hotels like this.

Janice and George

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

Yes, it's very unique - lots of character!


Monday 8th of April 2013

We're going to be in Turkey in Fall this year and staying inside a cave hotel is definitely something ont he list of things I want to do.

Janice and George

Monday 8th of April 2013

Staying in a cave hotel certainly adds to the whole Cappadocia experience. Enjoy your trip!


Monday 1st of April 2013

That's a very cool experience!