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Oct 26, 2006
Outside Magazine
Esbelli Evi

CAVE DWELLING: This sixth-century Turkish cavern is now the Esbelli Evi.

ESBELLI EVI // Urgup, Turkey
Step through the tall pine doors into this sixth-century cave hotel carved into a hillside and you're instantly enveloped in Stone Age chic. Lawyer-turned-innkeeper Suha Ersoz has restored the underground rooms, adding wooden antique Turkish furniture that provides a glimpse into the simple yet elegant lives led by the region's original inhabitants, the Byzantine monks.
ROOM & BOARD: Arched passageways lead to ten guest rooms and three luxury suites, all with hardwood floors, kilim rugs, and antique brass beds. (Mountain bikes come complimentary with the suites.) Ersoz encourages guests to raid the fridge—packed with local wines, olives, and feta—and suggests you then catch the sun sinking behind Mount Erciyes from the terrace. When the snack wears off, head to Old Greek House, in Mustafapasa, for eggplant stuffed with spiced lamb.
OUT THE BACK DOOR: Tour the surreal fairy chimneys—formations of eroded volcanic ash—in the Devrent Valley or rise with the mist in a hot-air balloon over the Cappadocia region and end with champagne.
DETAILS: Open April–November; doubles from $110 (suites, $250), including breakfast; 011-90-384-341-3395,

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