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Esbelli Evi Frommer's Favorite

Address Esbelli Sok. 8
Location Around Town
Phone 0384/341-3395
Fax 0384/341-8848
Web site www.esbelli.com.tr
Room Information 9 units
Prices $80 double
Credit Cards MC, V
In Room Amenities Hair dryer
Season Closed in winter

Frommer's Review

In keeping with the tradition of the original troglodyte home, the exterior of Esbelli Evi is unimpressive -- but wait until you get inside. This is the Cappadocian inn that set the standard for all others, and it's mostly due to Süha, Esbelli's gracious owner, whose genuineness and discreet hospitality keep guests coming back again and again. Built in and around ancient cave dwellings, this hotel is a breathtaking maze of stone stairways, courtyards, and outdoor terraces. The result is an irresistible collection of rooms that, thanks to polished hardwood floors, ample modern bathrooms, and thick bright white duvets, manage all at once to be prehistoric, modern, and romantic. An unusual amenity is the communal clothes washer, a lifesaver for those with longer itineraries (and hanging out your laundry on a rock terrace will make you feel at one with the rhythm of local life).

Süha always manages to stay ahead of the pack, and has already begun renovations on a group of neighboring houses destined to be transformed into luxury suites, including a honeymooner's cave haven with its very own garden, lawn, kitchen, enclosed courtyard, and all the trappings of entitlement.

Laundry; dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms

Frommer's Destination Guides Source: Frommer's Turkey, 3rd Edition

Author: Lynn A. Levine
Pub Date: June 14, 2004
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