For the money this is as good as you're going to get - the cave rooms are authentically cavey but with lovely modern bathrooms, satellite telly and their own terrace looking out over the village.
The ancient stone house rooms each have their own cushoined-porches and there are lush communal gardens and a roof garden with a great view.
The staff are brilliant, knowing six languages (from English to Spanish and Korean) and while we were there looked after everyone from young backpackers to golden oldies with charm and endless patience. At no time were trips foisted on us, but they can arrange everything, including airport transfers, hire car, private tours, laundry and haircuts. Nothing seemed too much trouble - even spending an afternoon making sure we understood the proper rules for a Turkish tile game.
The hotel's location is great - very central, but with perfect views of the Goreme valley. I'd wake up every morning to see hot-air balloons floating past my window. There's a welcome variety to breakfast (it's not always the inevitable boiled egg, there's sometimes yoghurt, fresh fruit or omelette), and drinks are available until late.
The cave rooms are hung with carpets, and are cool by day and warm at night, but there are also blankets and duvets on hand as Cappadocia can be a little colder than other bits of Turkey. Rooms are cleaned thoroughly and regularly, which makes a nice change.
I've stayed in several places in Goreme - all have been great, but you had to be prepared for the odd eccentricity - from staffing crises, relentless tour selling, or just carpet on the toilet seats, but this place had none of those drawbacks. If you've got the money for something mid-range, then you won't go wrong here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cave Hotel SAKSAGAN is an old cave Cappadocian house turned into an inn in 1983 and restorated in 2002. At the moment it is a small boutique hotel with 12 en-suite rooms that offer you history, nature and culture altogether and is ready to become your own home in Göreme. Rooms are located within fairy-chimneys and carved into rocks. All the rooms are clean, spacious, and decorated in the Ottoman Style by owner Osman Atak. “Although it wasn’t easy to work in the fairy-chimneys, because they are very tough, we achieved to set up the rooms and bathrooms into the fairy-chimneys with the help of modern devices” says Mr. Osman. Cave Hotel SAKSAGAN has a wonderful garden with the smells of hundreds of different flowers. The hotel is also known as “Garden of Piraye Hanım” by Turkish people after taking part in the common film series “Asmali Konak”. Breakfast in Cave Hotel SAKSAGAN is served either on the terrace, with its magical Göreme view, or in the garden accompanied with birds in songs. Special dinner parties or BBQ can be arranged on request. The hotel has 24 hours reception and provides hospitality at its best. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cave Hotel Saksagan Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey