OK, I’m coming out and saying it. The Kelebek Special Cave Hotel was THE COOLEST hotel we stayed in during our trip to Turkey!! 2 Chitalian points right there!! First of all, it is in the magical city of Cappadocia, with its fairy chimneys and unusual landscape, the surroundings are beautiful! 2 more points for that.
We arrived at Kayseri airport, and we had the hotel arrange for airport pickup through the hotel (much better than figuring out the bus like we did to get to Jimmy’s Place in Selçuk!) so arriving at night was no issue. It was a bit of a ride from the airport to the hotel, but we had nice company on the ride, and it passed quickly. Another 2 points for the hotel making it so easy to get to them from the airport.
Upon arrival, we were taken to our room and we got to check out our new digs. Very cool!! The rooms are carved out of the rock face, just as many of the other houses and businesses in the region. 3 points for local flavor! The benefit to the cave rooms is that even in the heat of summer, they stay remarkably cool. Another point for green temperature control! No Central Air needed here!!
Another noteworthy thing about this hotel is that you can go online and pick your exact room. I picked a few different options out, and told them, in order of preference, which room I wanted to reserve for my friend A (who I was travelling with) and myself. In the end, our priority was to have an inexpensive room with two single beds, as we didn’t plan to spend much time in it, so we went with the least expensive room option – for only 50 Euro/night. Room 12 was right for us!! 1 point for giving you freedom to choose your room, and another for having each room have a character of its own.
Another thing that we really liked about this hotel was that they had a really good breakfast spread, and breakfast was included in the room price, making it a really great value! 1 point for the spread and another for the value. The breakfast area is open-aired, and it is open for a good long period of time, which was really nice. Then in the afternoons & evenings, you can
order a drink and some appetizers, and sit outside watching the sunset over the fairy chimneys, and make new friends. My friend A, a big cat-lover, was enjoying bonding with the resident cats while we also made new human friends, S & C, with whom we wound up going out to dinner and enjoying a really fun night out on the town in Cappadocia with. Another point for the relaxed, friendly atmosphere they have created here. As a side note, I love striking up random conversations with fellow travelers that I cross paths with in the far corners of the world. People you might never meet under other circumstances, who are totally disconnected from your circle of friends, might wind up having tons in common with you, and enriching your life in unexpected ways. From random friendships I have struck with people on trains in Italy, by pools in Nigeria, hotels in Turkey, work conferences in Cameroon or training courses in South Carolina, I’ve met people in the most unexpected places from all over the world, some of whom have become some great travel companions, and one who totally wound up being a kindred spirit. And even if I don’t see them all regularly, it’s just nice that an unexpected meeting in a far off land can lead to a rich friendship. But as I often do in my blog posts, I digress.
Back to reviewing the hotel!!
The views of the landscape from this hotel are stunning, due to its location at the top of a hill above the town. Plus 2 for the views! And another plus for the location is that it is walking distance into the center of town, where you can find good restaurants, nice shops, and cafe’s to pass some time. And if you’re up for a slightly longer walk, you can also walk to the Göreme National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another 2 points for the location, though I’ll take 1 point back right away because while it’s nice and close, the walk back uphill can be pretty brutal when the sun is beating down on you!!!
The good thing is, though, that after you work up a sweat climbing back up the hill to the hotel, there are plenty of options to relax. There is a lovely pool, that also has a lovely view of the landscape, where you can take a nice dip and get a little bit more exercise. A point for the lovely pool, with the map design at the bottom of it. Then there’s the hammam, where you can enjoy a reasonably priced spa service or package. A and I booked ourselves a treat while we were here – a Turkish Bath, a massage, and a facial mask….. mmmmm, lovely!!!!! A little awkward when French tourists waiting for their turn in the hammam are sitting around watching while you get your Turkish scrub-down!! 1 point for the Hammam, 1 point for the awesome & professional staff there, 1 point for the heated marble where they scrub you down, but -1 point for the weirdness that ensues by not having a waiting area other than around the heated marble washing area, so the next people just sit around observing your treatment….
Finally, there’s the office staff at the Kelebek. They will help you set up rides to & from the airport. They can book tours for you – whether tours around the area or sunrise Hot Air Balloon rides (read about our balloon ride in my upcoming post on Cappadocia), and set up all kinds of services for you. Plus, how cool is a cave-office? That is pretty cool too – I’d love to have a an office in a cave!! Another point for the hotel staff!
Overall, I loved staying at the Kelebek Special Cave Hotel!!! Not only would I recommend it to others, but I hope to return myself some day. And maybe I’ll even spring for a fancier, yet still very reasonably priced, room! This is a great value hotel, with kind staff is a definite treasure. What’s the final tally of Chitalian points you ask? 21 points, making it the best rated hotel yet!!!
So with that, I will leave you with one more photo of my Best Chitalian Rated Hotel to date. Until next time,