The Kelebek Hotel has served happy travelers to Cappadocia for decades.
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 aboutstaying in a cave room.)
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 valley.
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 massage, in 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 hotel.
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...
—by Tom Brosnahan