Esbelli Evi, A Cozy Cave Inn
A fine small inn of comfortable cave rooms hewn from the golden stone, with beautiful views of the Cappadocian landscape, and the warmest welcome you'll receive in Turkey
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Esbelli Evi

Esbelli Sokak, 8 (P.K. 2) 50400
Ürgüp, Cappadocia, Turkey
Phone: +90 (384) 341-3395
Fax: +90 (384) 341-8848
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TripAdvisor Traveler Reviews of Esbelli Evi

A Place to Stay - Hotels of the World
Grant Sheehan / Shelley-Maree Cassidy

Caving in Cappadocia

...Bought and converted into a guesthouse a decade ago by owner Suha Ersoz, Esbelli Evi House is easily the most interesting hotel in the area. Of the eight bedrooms, one was originally a kitchen, another a stable, and a third a wine pressing room. Suha prefers to run Esbelli Evi as a house rather than a hotel...

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Budget Travel - November 2006

50 Utterly Charming Hotels Around $100

Suha Ersoz, a former lawyer, bought up traditional cave houses in Urgup, Cappadocia, and turned them into a 13-room hotel. The phrase cave hotel doesn't really do Esbelli Evi justice: Its style is timeless but contemporary, with modern bathrooms and hardwood floors.

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Focus Magazine - September 2006

11 Turkish Hotels In World's Best 550

11 Turkish hotels are among the best 550 hotels of the world, which are selected by German 'Focus' magazine.

Design, comfort and prices were the criteria used by the magazine while selecting the best hotels. The list was prepared based on the views of more than 400 hotel managers, expert journalists, airline companies executives, as well as people who travel a lot.

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Heritage Hotels of Europe / Alberghi Storici d'Europa
Nicola Lecca

A seemingly lunar landscape punctuated by ancient stone towers.

...A hotel which is itself a cavern, bedrooms date back to the 5th century, and whose upper level was instead constructed in the early 1800s.There is also a terrace with a view of the stone city.The impression is of being in a private house; in fact, Evi, in Turkish, means house...

...Torri di pietra, cave all'interno, abitate fino all'VIII secolo a.C. dai trogloditi, e lo scenario di un albergo veramente fuori dal comune, con il quale ci piace concludere questo volume...

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Amanda Jones

10 Unforgettable Romantic Trips

The Esbelli House is a seven-room restored cave house, and I would challenge any hotel in the world to beat its age...The owner, Süha Ersöz, spent seven years lovingly restoring the ancient house, and his taste is impeccable. Once you've done the sites, return to the hotel's rooftop patio and drink the local wine while watching the crimson sun melt into the limestone cliff-city...

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Frommer's Online, 2005
Lynn Levine

Cappadocian inn that set the standard for all others

...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...

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Turkey Travel Planner, 2005
Tom Brosnahan

Esbelli Evi is among the finest inns in Turkey - and it's in a cave!

...a simple but comfortable, artistically designed bed-and-breakfast inn with perfect hospitality. His was the first, and is still the best. It captures the traditional aesthetic and lifestyle of Cappadocia, but with modern services...

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Hillsider, Mart 2000
Fem Güçlütürk

Ürgüp'te bir eviniz var!

Esbelli Evi'nin sıcaklığı, seçkinliği, abartısızlıkla yakalanmış özgünlüğü aklınızdan çıkmıyor... müzik dinleyerek turasan şarabını yudumluyor ve Urgüp'ün Erciyes'e kadar açık manzarasında güneş batışını izliyorsunuz;genelliklede Esbelli Evi'nin diğer misafirleriyle dünyanın bir ucundan gelmiş bir gökbilimcisi veya bisiklet turuna çıkmış bir doğa düşkünü ile sohbet ediyorsunuz...

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National Post, June 8, 2002
Alexander Wooley

Bunker down in a hillside cavern

The main drawing room features CDs from the owner's collection of opera -- Stan Getz, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis, current periodicals from around the world and several coffee-table books describing the world's great hotels. Mr. Ersoz's creation can be found in each.

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Travel & Leisure

World's Best Hideaways

Haven't stayed in a cave before? Well, certainly, probably not like this one! It has modern bathrooms, designer beds, heat, jazz played on the rooftop terrace and whitewashed walls covered with Turkish artifacts.. Stone floors in this ancient seven-room house are carved into the side of a cliff. A pretty interesting place!

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Emma Rock

The Most Idyllic Hotels Of All Time

...Esbelli Evi House is the most interesting hotel in the area and a fascinating place to stay...

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AD "art + decor", Mayıs 2003
Sevda Barandır

Serin Kayanın Sıcak Konukseverliği

...Esbelli'nin yamaca oturan, teraslı bir planı var. Yan yana ve iç içe altı evden oluşuyor, doğal çevresiyle şiirsel bir ahenk kuran bu evler sade mi sade, serin mi serin. Her ev ise bir avluya sarılıyor. Avluların kimi iki, kimi dört odayı buluşturuyor. Tüneller ve küçük sahanlıklarda buluşan odaların kimi kayadan oyma kimi kemerli kimi de peri bacası oyuğunda... Odaların eşyası bu özgün dokunun öteden beri burada var olan parçaları gibi...

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Tasarım - Eylül, 1992
Cengiz Bektaş

Kültür Kirliliginin Ortasında Bir Ada

...Abartmadan, kültürlü bir insan nasıl davranacaksa öyle davranılmış... Alçakgönüllülükle, severek, okşayarak çalışılmış. Esbelli Evi'ni fotoğrafladım, size tanıtmak için... Kültürün hızla kirletildiği bir yerde, bize azıcık dinlenme, azıcık soluk alma, azıcık umut çiçeklendirme olanağı veren bir yer...

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San Francisco Examiner, Jan. 24, 1999
Amanda Jones

Ultra-romantic spots for an international honeymoon

...So, if you're looking for a honeymoon that makes for slightly more interesting dinner-party tales, but one that doesn't require you to forego luxury in the process, ponder these... Home of the Troglodytes, Cappadocia is also one of Turkey's most spectacular geographic and historic destinations.

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L'Ecoviaggi - Ottobre, 1994
Luciana Giambuzzi

Per dormire dentro un camino delle fate

... Ma la Cappadocia regala qualcosa di piu... A Ürgüp ho dormito in una camera ricavata in un camino delle fate ...

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Condé Nast Traveller, November 1997
Annie Youngman


...So it looks like something out of The Flintstones, and you have to share your room with fossils. But Esbelli House - originally a series of higgledy-piggledy cave houses - is designed for 'real' travellers.

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Travel & Leisure - June, 1999

Shhh...50 Secret Hotels

If staying in a sixth-century cave sounds primitive, fear not: there are modern bathrooms, designer beds, and heat; jazz is played on the rooftop terrace.

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Elle Decoration - March, 1998
Jane Withers

Where to Stay

On the rocky fringes of the village of Urgup, Esbelli House is a pension occupying a cluster of houses typical of the region-the place to try the troglodyte experience in comfort

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Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel - Spring, 1998
Tom Brosnahan

Esbelli is the best of the best

Your Cappadocian accommodation can be a spacious cave-room with window and door framed in wood, but walls, ceiling and floor of volcanic stone.Visitors can sample the Flintstone lifestyle at a variety of guest houses in Ürgüp, Göreme and Uchisar. Rooms and noshing spots are cared from the flanks of fairy chimneys, and rock walls still provide natural insulation from extremes of weather. But the Esbelli is the best of the best...

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Town & Country - February, 1999
Sarah Midori Zimmerman

A Turkish Treasure

Now visitors to the ancient kingdom of Cappadocia, in Turkey's Central Anatolia, can enjoy exquisite lodgings while exploring the fantastical terrain and historic caves of the region. Esbelli Evi, in the town of Ürgüp...

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NZ House & Garden - October, 1999
Grant Sheehan

Ancient as the Hills

The remote valleys of Cappadocia are an extraordinary part of central Turkey, where volcanic explosions sixty million years ago and subsequent erosion have left a limestone landscape of the most fanciful shapes. Esbelli Evi...

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Reader's Digest, New Choices - February, 2001
Margery Stein / Tom Brosnahan

40 Favourite Destinations

...A quiet refuge in a surreal moonscape of rock, it's open from March through November...

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Harpers & Queen - August, 1999
Susanna Gross

Heartbeat Hotels

Today, Cappadocia's cave dwellings have mostly been abandoned for houses of brick and concrete. But stone-age chic has arrived, and many have been restored and turned into hotels. Of these none is more elegant than Esbelli House on the outskirts of the town of Urgüp. The Hotel ,which only serves breakfast, has a simplicity and purity that Anouska Hempel can only dream of.

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Condé Nast Traveller On-Line
Top Hotels

Family heirlooms can be found all over Esbelli House, which is run more as a home than a hotel by its owner Suha Ersoz. Originally a series of cave houses, the hotel has just seven simply furnished bedrooms and stairs carved out of the fossilised rock. Nearby is the quiet and authentic Turkish village of Urgup, but equally interesting are the freak rock formations which surround the hotel - they`re the result of volcanic explosions three million years ago.

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Food and Travel - September 1998
Sophie Pither

Going Underground - Deep Sleep

Quite the best place to stay is cave-hotel Esbelli Evi Pansiyon, on the rocky fringes of Ürgüp...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.

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Australian Gourmet Traveller - August, 1997
Andrew O'Keeffe

A balance of antiquity and functionality

Service at Esbelli is as distinguished as the architecture. Welcoming guests as if they're returning family...

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This Season @ Dayton's - Summer 1999
Amanda Jones

Enchanted Places

In order to qualify as one of the world's few enchanted places, however, these destinations must have accommodations that go beyond the ordinary. They must be exceptional in their service, style, and ambiance, and, above all, they must reflect their location. Urgup, Cappadocia is one of central Turkey's most spectacular geographic and historic destinations. In the heart of this area lies Esbelli House...

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Home Art - Ekim, 1998
Sibel Buğdaycı

Taş Taş Kapadokya

Kapadokya doğal dokusu ve kaya evleriyle dünyanın en ilginç bölgelerinden biri olamaya devam ediyor. Ürgüp'te Esbelli Evi, daha çok yabancı turistlere hitap eden küçük bir butik otel. Mekanın özelliği doğal taşların ve kaya odaların birleştirilerek, orjinal özelliklerine dokunulmadan döşenmiş olması...

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San Francisco Examiner - January, 1999
Amanda Jones

... The Esbelli House is a seven-room restored cave dwelling, with bedrooms dating back to the sixth century. I'd like to see something in Europe beat that ...

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Bell' Europa - Ottobre, 1996
Carolina Lami

... Il nucleo centrale risale addirittura al terzo secolo, mentre il resto dell'attuale albergo é del Seicento. Qui hanno abitato, per diverse generazioni, alcune famiglie del posto, strappando faticosamente alla roccia gli spazi vitali e ricreando ancora una volta quella sorta di miracolo architettonico che rende la Cappadocia una regione affascinante e indimenticabile ...

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GEO Season, Mai 2004
Martina Wimmer

Ein Hotel in der Höhle

Es scheint, als formten in Kappadokien nicht nur die Menschen den Fels, sondern der Fels auch die Menschen. Wer bleibt, nimmt die Ruhe an. Süha Ersöz war einer der ersten, der alte Höhlenhäuser wohnlich machte. Ein schmaler, schweigsamer Türke, ein ganz und gar bedächtiger Mensch, der den Gästen seines kleinen Hotels "Esbelli Evi" in Ürgüp die stille Größe der Wahlheimat mit Ernst und liebevoller Sorgfalt nahe bringt...

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Kapadokya’nın ilk “butik kaya oteli” olarak bilinen Esbelli Evi’ni 3 yıl süren bir restorasyon çalışmasından sonra 1990 yılında 5 odası olan küçük bir konaklama tesisi olarak açmıştık. Aradan geçen 30 yıl boyunca yakınımızda bulunan diğer kaya evleri de alarak onları da mimarisinin ruhuna sadık kalarak restore etmiştik.

Son yıllarda, seyahat eden insanların konaklama tercihlerini otel odaları yerine kendilerine daha geniş yaşam alanları sunan bağımsız evlere yönelttiklerini gözlemledik. Bu arada Coronavirüs / Covid-19 salgınının baş göstermesiyle birlikte hızlıca bir konsept değişikliğine gitmeye karar verdik.

Restore etmiş olduğumuz evlerden bağımsız sokak girişleri olan 10 tanesinin birbirleri ile olan bağlantılarını kapatıp her biri için geniş teras, avlu ve bahçe alanları yarattık. Mutfaklarını yemek pişirilecek şekilde tam donanımlı bir duruma getirerek bunları ayrı ayrı ev olarak kısa süreli konaklamalar için kiralamaya başladık.

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