I can't say enough good things about our stay at Vineyard Cave Hotel. It's not the typical hotel design that you might expect. Because of the layout it almost felt like a bed and breakfast, yet the location of the rooms allowed each guest their own individual privacy. Our room was beautiful, very nicely decorated with stone walls, Turkish glass and carpets. The bathroom was spacious and accommodating. The separate bedroom room for our daughter was huge and equally beautiful. My only complaint was that the television was in her room with the single bed, and not the room with the double bed. This being said, people don't go to Cappadocia for the television, so this is a very minor issue in my book. The room was cleaned daily by the very friendly family staff. Simply put, the rooms were comfortable, beautiful, and met our every need.
When we arrived, Hasan and Osman were both there to greet us at the door. This was a pleasant surprise considering our late arrival. They both made us feel instantly at home. Their motto seems to be "If there's anything you need, all you have to do is ask". I never felt the need to ask for anything, because everything we could want was already supplied for us. The mini-fridge was stocked with complimentary water and juice bottles (which was great after a long flight).
The breakfast was amazing!!! Where do I start? The first morning we ate, was right after a hot-air balloon ride with Butterfly Balloons (Amazing! Worth every cent!) that Hasan and Osman were nice enough to arrange for us. When we arrived to the dining area we were served coffee along with a plate full of a wide variety of foods. It had everything; multiple cheeses, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, meats, kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, banana, pear, apple, not to mention the fresh baked bread rolls. It was almost too much to eat, yet I still could not resist their specialty egg dish. Trust me when I tell you, when they offer to make them for you, just smile and say "Yes please". Breakfast was one of my favorite things about my stay. This alone would bring me back again.
Our second day there, we decided to take Hasan up on his offer for a tour of the surrounding area. It was convenient to have someone local show us the area. The price was comparable to what a rental car for the day would have cost us; at the same time offering us an inside look at life in Cappadocia. Hasan showed us where he grew up and played as a child. We got to see many areas that we would have missed if we had been on our own. We were also taken to a local jewelry maker as well as a pottery shop. I know what you're thinking...it was a convenient opportunity for a sales pitch, which was not the case at all. Hasan let us know in advance that there was absolutely no pressure to buy anything, and he was right. There was no pressure from anyone. While we couldn't resist a small purchase from the jeweler, we just didn't find anything at the pottery shop that was right for us. The salesmen thanked us for stopping by and wished us a safe trip. I never once felt any pressure to buy from anyone, and I was glad to have an opportunity to view pottery art by local artists. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience. After the tour was over, I felt like I really got to see Cappadocia through the eyes of a local.
I promised Hasan and Osman that when we got back home that I would let everyone know how much fun we had staying with them, I hope these few paragraphs does just that. I feel like we now have new friends in Cappadocia, and I can't wait to see them again. To Hasan, Osman, and your wonderful family, thank you so much for a wonderful experience!
Sean, Stephanie & Emma
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