My wife, and I, traveled to Goreme to see the underground cities from centuries past and to take a hot air balloon trip. After researching places to stay, on the internet, we selected Goreme House.
What a perfect choice!
This is a family run hotel with about 12 rooms. If we had been driving, we would have missed it as it is tucked away just up the side of a small hill and in behind some local homes. We had picked one of the suites which offered a jacuzzi. Breakfast is included in the price and is served in a dining room at the very top of the hotel (4 stories). The dining room offers a 180 degree view of the surrounding valley. Breakfast was in traditional Turkish style. As a note here to those from North America who have not traveled much in Europe or the Middle East, do not expect to see piles of breakfast ham or bacon. Breakfast consisted of freshly squeezed orange juice, a large assortment of great tasting local cheeses, fresh (and delicious) tomatoes, cucumbers, an assortment of olives, breads, jams and a choice of eggs (boiled, omelet, fried ...). In Turkey, tea is traditionally served stronger than a mother's love and hot water needs to be generously added to bring it to a delicious state.
Goreme House is located about a 2 minute walk from most of the downtown centre where a wide assortment of shops, restaurants and other attractions are located. The bus station is about a 5 minute walk and everything else is just as close.
Our hosts were generous to a fault. If we asked, they provided or arranged for what we were looking for. On one afternoon, the dad offered to drive us to the next village for free.
Ok, now for the best part .... the son (the hotel owner) also owns a hot air balloon business. He is also a pilot and we were fortunate enough to ride in his balloon on the day we went up.
His English is just about perfect. His humour is excellent and his piloting skills are amazing. I had several conversations with him, after our flight and the following day. One of the very first things that caught my attention was the individual cost. per flight, per passenger (it was 150 Euros each). When he explained the capital costs of the business, the operating costs and insurance and taxes (none of these are cheap by anyone's standards) I quickly realized the cost was very reasonable if not even a little on the cheap side.
I won't take the space to describe the balloon flight itself. There isn't enough room here. I will say I personally have an issue with heights. I can assure everyone this was not a factor during any part of the flight. I was too amazed, too busy and too comfortable with the complete event. I will share one secret. After the landing, the staff held a champagne reception and we all received a Certificate of Flight.
All told, we spent four days and nights as guests. It was worth every bit of the cost, time and effort. There may be a few nicer hotels in the area but from what we observed, they lack the local flavour and colour. There may even be some cheaper hotels but we felt we received more than the value in what we paid.
Voyager Balloons and Goreme House will see us again and the next time, we are taking friends from Canada with us.
If your plans include travel to central Turkey, you can't go wrong in including at stay at Goreme House and you just have to experience the hot air balloon ride for yourself. Make sure your camera batteries are well charged and you have lots of film/digital storage space. You will need both!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cappadocia Goreme House Hotel offers enchanting and elegant accommodation in a restored old Cappadocian House. Close and convenient to downtown, restaurants, Museums, shopping and attractions in Cappadocia. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere that is delightfully different... Goreme House Hotel, nestled on the back slopes of Goreme Village, was constructed and completed in 1997. The hotel harmoniously fuses together traditional Anatolian style with modern comforts in order to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere to meet the needs of today's traveler. In constructing Goreme House Hotel, the style was kept as traditional as possible while stressing the importance of details. Blocks of natural rock were used to create the cool and spacious arch rooms. Wood floors and panel decorations were added for warmth. Modern bathroom amenities as well as central heating make even the weariest of travelers feel at home. Goreme House Hotel is not your everyday, conventional hotel. It has a warm, guest house feel with extremely personal care, breathtaking views, and many quaint corners to "slip away" with a good book or simply enjoy the views of village life activities going on down below. Homey yet professional is the general ambiance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goreme House Hotel Goreme
- Goreme Hotel
- Goreme House Cappadocia, Turkey