Hotel has served
happy travelers to Cappadocia for
Starting as a simple travelers' pension
with basic rooms, the Kelebek
(it means 'butterfly' in Turkish) has
grown to be the best
boutique hotel in Göreme, with Ottoman-style
rooms, some at least partially in caves,
each with private bath and central
heating (important during
the Cappadocian winter!)
The complex of
traditional Cappadocian stone houses
has been lovingly-restored
using stones from other old houses
to retain the patina and
authenticity of age. Furnishings are
of local hand-made furniture and handicrafts.
(Read this about staying in a
Seten Anatolian Cuisine Restaurant, the fine-dining restaurant, is one of the best—perhaps the very best—dining spot in all of Cappadocia. From it, and from numerous terraces, you can enjoy panoramic
views of the town and the
Most of the hotel's guest rooms have stone walls with hand-carved decoration;
some are partly in caves; all have satellite
TVs and very nice private
bathrooms, many of which are
covered in marble, with the latest
fixtures and comforts.
Kelebek also has
an outdoor swimming pool with
splendid views over the town of Göreme, a beautiful marble hamam (Turkish
bath), and even authentic Thai
a special spa room. This is the real
thing, with a professional
Thai masseuse. Ask about it, and make
an appointment for your time at the
For even more upscale lodgings, consider Sultan Cave Suites, with 30 even grander accommodations right next to the Kelebek. More...
Mr Ali Yavuz, the
genial owner-manager, speaks
English and does his best to help guests
with questions or problems.
Ali is always thinking up fun activities for guests, such as taking guests to a Cappadocian valley to enjoy a traditional village breakfast among the fruit trees and grapevines. More...
By the way, Ali runs Turkish
Heritage Travel, a tour
company specializing in programs highlighting traditional
Turkish culture and cuisine, weddings and honeymoons.
These programs give you an unforgettable
look into the fascinating world of
Turkish traditional culture. More...
He is also in charge of Butterfly Balloons, one of Cappadocia's best hot air balloon companies. More...
Ali for rates and availability. When you do, mention TTP. Here's
50180 Göreme, Nevşehir, Cappadocia,
Tel +90 (384) 271 2531, 271 2280
Fax +90 (384) 271 2763, 271 2370
—by Tom Brosnahan