Esbelli Evi, A Cozy Cave Inn
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Esbelli Evi

Esbelli Sokak, 8 (P.K. 2) 50400
▄rgŘp, Cappadocia, Turkey
Phone: +90 (384) 341-3395
Fax: +90 (384) 341-8848
Food and Travel - September, 1998
Sophie Pither
Page 56

Going Underground

Quite the best place to stay is cave-hotel Esbelli Evi Pansiyon, on the rocky fringes of ▄rgŘp. Owner SŘha Ers÷z spent seven years restoring the seven, sixth-century cave rooms and is the first to admit that so few beds don't make fast cash. But SŘha's genteel and unassuming style is becoming legendary among seasoned travellers. And if you happen to bump into Ţstanbul's Australian Consulate General or Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and an Ecumenical Patriarch, they'll tell you that they found it rather special, too. Esbelli's guest book is crammed wiith the words of edulatory dignitaries. When SŘha greets you like a long-lost relative you'll know you've arrived somewhere exceptional.

Half of the hotel is above ground and half below. The upper level, added in the 1890s, is furnished in traditional Turkish style (by SŘha's mother). Settle in on the low, rug-covered Ottoman divans; so compatible with late-night lounging. Relax, because if SŘha has his way you'll be here for at least three days - he thinks anything less is simply not enough. And if enjoying a sun-downer on the stone roof-terrace after a day at the sites, listen to one of SŘha's classical or jazz CDs (there are speakers in the flowerpots).

Deep Sleep

Go down to the bedrooms and enter a honeycomb of caves. The rock keeps the temperature cool during the day, saving the heat for chilly nights. All rooms have bathrooms and one is in a former rock-cut kitchen complete with soaring chimney. The natural, streaky-strata decor comes in just-stirred biscuit mixture-colours range from pale gold to chocolate.

Two lounges, a laundry and kitchen are at your disposal; just wander in and make yourself a cup of tea if you please. Complimentary bottled drinking water is another welcome touch and breakfast, an informal help-yourself, can be taken in the little breakfast room or out in the morning sun on the terrace.

Photo by Mark Luscombe-Whyte

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KapadokyaÔÇÖn─▒n ilk ÔÇťbutik kaya oteliÔÇŁ olarak bilinen Esbelli EviÔÇÖni 3 y─▒l s├╝ren bir restorasyon ├žal─▒┼čmas─▒ndan sonra 1990 y─▒l─▒nda 5 odas─▒ olan k├╝├ž├╝k bir konaklama tesisi olarak a├žm─▒┼čt─▒k. Aradan ge├žen 30 y─▒l boyunca yak─▒n─▒m─▒zda bulunan di─čer kaya evleri de alarak onlar─▒ da mimarisinin ruhuna sad─▒k kalarak restore etmi┼čtik.

Son y─▒llarda, seyahat eden insanlar─▒n konaklama tercihlerini otel odalar─▒ yerine kendilerine daha geni┼č ya┼čam alanlar─▒ sunan ba─č─▒ms─▒z evlere y├Ânelttiklerini g├Âzlemledik. Bu arada Coronavir├╝s / Covid-19 salg─▒n─▒n─▒n ba┼č g├Âstermesiyle birlikte h─▒zl─▒ca bir konsept de─či┼čikli─čine gitmeye karar verdik.

Restore etmi┼č oldu─čumuz evlerden ba─č─▒ms─▒z sokak giri┼čleri olan 10 tanesinin birbirleri ile olan ba─člant─▒lar─▒n─▒ kapat─▒p her biri i├žin geni┼č teras, avlu ve bah├že alanlar─▒ yaratt─▒k. Mutfaklar─▒n─▒ yemek pi┼čirilecek ┼čekilde tam donan─▒ml─▒ bir duruma getirerek bunlar─▒ ayr─▒ ayr─▒ ev olarak k─▒sa s├╝reli konaklamalar i├žin kiralamaya ba┼člad─▒k.

Yeni konseptimizi Kaya Evler ad─▒ alt─▒nda s├╝rd├╝r├╝yoruz. Yeni konseptimize g├Âz atmak i├žin;

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