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Goreme – Fairy Chimneys and Cave Hotels

Goreme, a town of troglodytes, cave hotels and fairy chimneys was the first stop on our mini-tour of Turkey. Located in Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, it sits slap bang in the middle of the country and is home to rock-cut churches adorned with ancient Christian frescoes, underground cities and unique volcanic rock formations.

Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

After getting up at ouch o’clock, two flights and a dusty bus drive later, we were more than happy to arrive at our Cappadocia hotel, The Kelebek Special Cave Hotel (kelebek means butterfly in Turkish). We’d booked late but managed to bag three nights in this gorgeous boutique cave hotel; we’d have to change rooms after the first night, but this wasn’t a problem; in fact it turned out to be a bonus.

Hassan welcomed us and, as we checked-in, he dropped into the conversation that we’d been upgraded to a fairy chimney for the first night. Result! But wait, the website said the two fairy chimney rooms had shared bathroom facilities – this would be a major problem for Mr Jones. There was no need for concern, though, we’d been upgraded to the Presidential Fairy Chimney suite, the mother of all Fairy Chimneys. With en suite. Excited? Me? You bet!

Goreme, Cappadocia

View over Goreme

What is a Fairy Chimney?

You’re probably wondering by now what a fairy chimney is, so here goes with the topography. Cappadocia and the area around it is made up of valleys, canyons and large areas of volcanic rock. Over time the soft lava covering, known as tuff, has been eroded by strong winds, weather and flood-waters to create bizarrely shaped peaks known as fairy chimneys.

The chimneys come in various shapes; cone, pointy, capped, pinnacled and in some cases remarkably phallic. The rock is soft, like pumice stone, and has been hollowed out for centuries to form these unusual dwellings.

Fairy Chimney Hotel Room

Fairy Chimney Hotel Room

The door on the right leads to our room, which was originally the wine-press – how appropriate we thought! The Fairy Chimney was much more spacious inside than we’d imagined; it housed a seated fireplace area, balcony, en suite, entrance area and bedroom. I just loved the quirkiness of it all.

Kelebek Fairy Chimney Room

Our bed for the night

There were some lovely decorative touches to the room; locally made Turkish rugs and artefacts, a pair of traditional leather boots hanging on the wall and hand-carved wooden furniture.

We were absolutely delighted with our unexpected stay in a Fairy Chimney – and the reason for our upgrade? The previous occupants didn’t like that there was no television in the room…

Fairy Chimney Room, The Kelebek, Goreme

Our Room

I can’t recommend The Kelebek Special Cave Hotel enough, the hotel itself is totally charming with a lovely restaurant and bar offering stunning views over Goreme town which is about 5 minutes walk away. There are 31 rooms including cave rooms, arch rooms, suites and fairy chimneys and prices vary per night and include breakfast.

There is a small outdoor pool with sunbeds, a quiet garden and Turkish bath with various treatments available. The service at the Kelebek was excellent, food superb and attention to detail second to none. The staff was incredibly helpful recommending which tours would make sure we got the most from our visit. Staying at The Kelebek was one of the highlights of our trip to Turkey and is a Goreme cave hotel that I’d definitely recommend.

Check rates and availability for the Kelebek Special Cave Hotel

Kelebek Cave Hotel, Goreme

Kelebek Cave Hotel, Goreme

There are many types of accommodation available in Goreme from boutique cave hotels, rooms and backpacker hostels; something to suit every budget. The bus station in the centre of town provides extensive transport links to many areas of Turkey and Kayseri airport is just over an hour’s drive from the town.

Many accommodations offer a free one-way airport transfer with the purchase of tours and balloon flights. Although Goreme is a small town there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes and bars and we ate some excellent food during our visit. More posts to come covering our stay in Goreme include our dawn balloon flight, exploring Derinkuyu underground city and the perfect Turkish breakfast.

Fairy Chimneys, Goreme

Fairy Chimneys, Goreme



Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Going soon! Can't wait! Xxx

Suzanne Jones

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

I'd love to go back and do it all again. Have an amazing time

Andrew Darwitan

Thursday 1st of December 2016

Absolutely gorgeous. Cappadocia is an eye-opening experience. How on Earth could such a place exists!!!

Suzanne Jones

Thursday 1st of December 2016

Cappadocia is a stunning place - I'd love to go back some time :)

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Tuesday 5th of May 2015

[…] us and the walls. We passed by hostels and homes built into the volcanic rock and hollowed out fairy chimneys until, after about ten minutes, we reached the top of the village and a viewpoint with superb views […]

Eric Tomlinson

Monday 1st of December 2014

These are the best pictures yet that I have seen! Thank you! I also saw a show on TV where the star of the show actually went inside one and visited with the owner. Do you happen to know what that TV show was?

Again, great coverage!

Suzanne Jones

Monday 1st of December 2014

Sorry I've not heard of the TV show.

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Sunday 9th of March 2014

[…] If you love something a little different, Suzanne Courtney recommends Goreme – Fairy Chimneys and Cave Hotels. […]

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