The Best Cave Hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey

A stay in Cappadocia is all about the cave hotels
A stay in Cappadocia is all about the cave hotels | © imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo
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12 February 2018

Göreme is known for its national park, fairy chimneys, rock-hewn Byzantine sanctuaries and underground villages. Here’s our pick of places to staywhen you’re heading for a visit to the Cappadocia region.

Charming Cave Hotel

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In the heart of Göreme city centre, the Charming Cave Hotel is, as its name suggests, built into the volcanic rock of Cappadocia’s famous landscape. Its vaulted ceilings and traditional-style Turkish decor will make you feel like you’re getting an authentic piece of the historic Cappadocia experience. The hotel restaurant serves the best local cuisine, all made with organic products, including a great breakfast buffet with local delicacies such as home-made jams and local honey.

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Old Town Stone House

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The Old Town Stone House stands out with its hand-carved wooden details, including ornamented ceilings and beautifully ornate furniture. Even though the natural wood gives off a rustic feel, the hotel has all the modern conveniences you’ll want, such as wifi, LCD TVs and more. Enjoy breakfast in bed when you’re feeling lazy, and ask about the local activities, including hiking, cycling and horse riding, for when you’re feeling adventurous.

Kayataş Hotel

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Another great hotel that lets you experience what it’s like to live among the rock caves of Cappadocia, Kayataş Hotel is all about providing an authentic atmosphere. With a floral-bedecked terrace overlooking the magnificent fairy chimneys, the hotel’s rooms have beautiful local carpets, gorgeous stone carvings and vaulted ceilings for that perfectly historical feel. Enjoy local cuisine in the hotel restaurant and a breakfast buffet of Turkish classics in the garden.

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Osmanbey Cave House

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With a touch of sophistication, the Osmanbey Cave House stands out with its beautiful decorative stone carvings on its façade, as well as its large terrace and garden. The rooms in the restored mansion are simply adorned with traditional textiles, allowing the beautiful decorative carvings to shine through. After a delicious breakfast buffet, rent a bike to explore the area, including the famous Kaymaklı Underground City.

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Henna Hotel

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Charming and rustic, the Henna Hotel sits in the city centre of Göreme with a terrace overlooking its entire stunning landscape. Inside, its high ceilings with ornate details and traditional decor feel like a journey to another time, but with modern amenities such as free wifi. In the mornings, you can enjoy your traditional Turkish breakfast in the lounge, with its lovely arched ceilings. For tips and advice on tours, make sure to speak with the staff who can even book that essential hot-air-balloon ride.

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Cappadocia Cave Suites

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This castle-like hotel in the city of Göreme is carved out of fairy chimney rock formations that date back to the Hittite, Roman and Byzantine periods. Colourful cloth textiles provide a warm quality to the stark stone surroundings, and the facilities are far from medieval. Free wifi, minibars, flat-screen TVs and coffee machines bring these caves into the 21st century. If you’re looking to indulge, the on-site spa provides a Turkish bath, saunas and a gym to help you unwind and relax.

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  • Taşkonaklar

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    The heritage of ancient civilisations combines with the craftsmanship of talented architects to create this cave-like hotel that’s only a stone’s throw away from the centre of Nevşehir. Enjoy panoramic views of the area’s unique rock formations, and in the evening, observe the hot-air-balloon-filled sky as the sun sets. Two of the suites even include jacuzzis, so you can take it all in from the comfort of warm bubbles.

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    Mithra Cave Hotel

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    If you’re looking to impress your loved one, look no further than Mithra Cave Hotel, one of the most romantic escapes in Turkey. Browse through its different honeymoon packages, and prepare to be wooed by the Cappadocia skyline and architecture – if you ever want to leave your room, that is. Draped curtains surround the circular French beds, and in-room jacuzzis make for the most memorable trips with your partner. Who knew caves could be so intimate?

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    Millstone Cave Suites

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    Attention to detail is key at Millstone Cave Suites. Hand-carved stone walls and aged teak wood furniture, specially made in Indonesia, decorate the spacious chambers. Step outside to enjoy the incredible views of Göreme, Red Valley and Pigeon Valley, visible from the hilltop hotel’s balcony, which also provides a perfect vantage point for the Cappadocia hot-air-balloon display. All rooms have internet, TVs and bathtubs with provided bath salts. And the on-site Millocal Restaurant serves local dishes prepared in a stone oven – make sure you try its speciality drip brew coffee.

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    Museum Hotel

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    Claiming to be “Europe’s best luxury boutique hotel”, the Museum Hotel has collected many awards over the years – and you can see why. It has a unique location, offering unrivalled panoramic views of the nearby districts, with Mt Erciyes towering over. The name comes from the founder’s antique collection, with pieces from the Ottoman, Seljuk, Roman and Hittite periods on display throughout. The colourful, eccentric interiors add to the magic of your stay at this unique living museum. Taste authentic Turkish cuisine at the Lil’a restaurant, and don’t forget to unwind with a massage, either in your room or on the terrace with the Cappadocia scenery surrounding you.

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    Additional reporting by Ben Kempton.