The Fantasy Cave Suite at Esbelli
inn in Ürgüp, Cappadocia,
is simply perfect
couples, or anyone who wants lots
of space and atmosphere.
The suite—actually a troglodyte
four interconnected cave rooms, plus
a private garden terrace,
and a front terrace with
good views of the garden and the Cappadocian
Mr Süha Ersöz,
Evi, explained to me that the
cave rooms of the suite, like all rooms
Evi, are as authentic as
"I didn't change anything
except what had to be
changed," he told me. "In
many cave hotels they standardize the
add and subtract to make it look a
certain way. I want the rooms to look
as they looked when people were still
living in them." Thus the suite
is as authentically "old Ürgüp"
as possible, with beautiful
colored banding in the volcanic
stone walls and ceiling.
Except for the luxury! The
shape of the rooms may be the same,
but the appointments are extraordinary.
Everyone comments on the bathroom, with
its twin large showerheads and separate
hand-held shower in a roomy glass enclosure,
clawfoot tub (big enough for
two), the 30 channels of stereo satellite
radio, the atmospheric lighting (even
all in the bathroom!
The master bedroom has
the expected large, comfortable king-size
lights and writing desk and Wifi Internet.
In the salon/living room is
another writing desk with laptop computer,
easy chairs, the Internet
Wifi transmitter that covers
the entire suite, and a charming Tavşan
a small cave-ette with a king-size
bed that is children's favorite
sleeping area—and big and comfortable
enough for adults, too.
The kitchen, for
preparing drinks and snacks (not meals),
has stone-carved shelves, kitchen sink,
table and chairs, microwave oven, and
electric kettle with plentiful supplies
of coffee, hot chocolate, and black
and herbal teas. The full-sized
refrigerator is stocked with
wine, beer, soft drinks and milk, yours
to enjoy on the honor system at low
prices. Bottled spring water is complimentary,
and refreshed every day.
"The furnishings change sometimes," Süha
Bey says. "I like to find the
perfect pieces for each room.
I keep looking, and when I find the
perfect piece, I buy it and move it
There are three separate entrances from
the outside: to the hallway and bathroom,
to the bedroom, and to the
kitchen from the private garden terrace.
With sun pouring through the
south-facing windows, it's
difficult to think of the Esbelli
suite as a troglodyte dwelling, yet
you'll appreciate the cool atmosphere
and intense quiet provided by the stone
You have all the privacy you want,
and you still enjoy all the comforts
of staying at Esbelli Evi,
including a full Turkish breakfast each
day, included in the rates.
Evi suites are among
charming and satisfying places to
stay in Cappadocia,
but for all their luxury, the Esbelli
families and small groups that might
otherwise need to reserve two rooms.
are other suites to consider.)
When you contact
Esbelli Evi, mention
TTP. Here's why.
Esbelli Sokak No. 8 (P.K. 2),
Tel: +90 (384) 341-3395
Fax: +90 (384) 341-8848