Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice
Esbelli Evi, Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey
Nominated By: Lynsey, Washington, D.C., December '09
Price Range: US$140-$300 (breakfast included) # of Rooms: 13 Kid-Friendly: yes
What makes the Esbelli Evi so Darn Good? Esbelli Evi is pure heaven and it is worth going to Cappadocia just to stay there! We stayed in the enormous and beautiful junior suite, and my favorite experience was soaking in our big tub with a glass of delicious Cappadocian wine, complimentary with our room. The staff is wonderfully friendly and helpful without being intrusive, and they arranged a taxi for us to see all of the attractions, as well as a hot-air balloon tour of the area (do this!).
Vibe: Esbelli Evi is a welcoming, peaceful retreat and a stay there is both a luxurious and cultural experience.
Location: Esbelli Evi is in Central Turkey in the town of Urgup within walking distance to many restaurants and shops. The location allows for easy drives to all of Cappadocias main sites, including the areas famous cave churches and underground cities.
Rooms: The hotel is constructed from several traditional Cappadocian stone houses and the 6th-century caves behind them and has ten rooms and nine suites, each one different from the next. All rooms have hardwood floors, modern bathrooms with marble showers, Ottoman-style furniture, kilim carpets, and traditional lace curtains. Some also have fireplaces or naturally formed chimneys. Our room was elegant and luxurious, yet felt authentic, and we appreciated the outstanding wifi.
Food: Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The food is delicious, and includes freshly baked breads, cheese, olives, tomatoes, boiled eggs, and fresh orange juice. The hotel also puts out such treats as cookies, wine, and juice all day long.
Keep in Mind: Rooms are all different sizes, so be sure to ask for a larger room if you need one.
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