Arch Palace Hotel, Göreme, Cappadocia, June 2009
Mustafa, his wife Nűrtan and 4-yr old daughter Çeran, went out of their way to make our stay there as homey as possible, and all of it done in the most natural and unself- conscious manner imaginable. On more than one occasion we were invited to have dinner with the family lounging leisurely, ottoman style, on pillows on the roof terrace overlooking Göreme’s mosque and the fascinating ‘fairy chimney’ structures of the eroded geology characteristic to Cappadocia. ‘Come’ he said. ‘We’ll buy some food together.’ And we did. Sensing our discomfort at having our vegetarian food cooked on the same grill as the chicken he had prepared for his family Mustafa, unbidden, scrubbed the grill in soap and water before roasting our aubergines and courgettes. . ‘Come. Would you like to see the house I’m building for my family?’ And another day ‘Are you interested in pottery? Come. I’ll show you the best pottery in the region.’ We think there is a magic in the way some people in some countries are able to extend hospitality that is both generous and appropriate without it becoming overwhelming or creating a sense of obligation in the people to whom it is extended. Yes, there are the subtle give-and-take nuances of negotiation but learning them adds to the traveller’s experience of a place and its people.
The Arch Palace Hotel might not have an award-winning design, nor a swimming pool. But our room had a large and comfortable bed, a shower with plenty of hot water and a little annex room overlooking Göreme’s mosque, suitable for prayer or meditation. Breakfast was always accompanied by the Çeran’s sunshine giggles on the roof terrace and there were daily discussions with Mustafa about how we might, yet again, avoid getting lost on our walks thorough the mysterious valleys of the surrounding countryside. To no avail. Northern Europeans need maps. These are an unnecessary encumbrance to Cappadocians, and even when they draw them out they need to be taken with a grain of salt. Saved by men with horse-drawn carts we’d encounter on dusty paths in the middle of nowhere, we’d return in the late afternoon. Later we’d emerge in the cool evening and venture the to recommended restaurants where we met assorted Mehmets and Ahmets, all invariably cousins of Mustafa and all equally polite, good-humoured and excellent hosts serving very simple tasty food. This was such a contrast to the constant (sometimes charming but often tiresome).on-the- make restaurant scouts and shop-keepers in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul where we’d been the week before.
Sarah and Arnold UK
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arch Palace Hotel is set in the middle of breathtaking surroundings with spectacular panoramic views of Goreme, ideally situated only 300m from the centre of Goreme. All the rooms at Arch Palace Hotel have central heating, air conditioning and private bathrooms. In total there are 11 rooms for a maximum of 30 guests. Arch Palace Hotel is a family run hotel where you will be made to feel at home by the owner Mustafa and his wife. From the spacious rooftop terrace you can enjoy the amazing surroundings and beautiful sunsets, or just relax on the cushions of the Turkish style sitting corner. The name of Arch Palace Hotel comes from the traditional room-type that has been built in Anatolia for centuries. A building with an arched ceiling keeps the room cool during the hot months of summer and retains the warmth during cold winters. This building tradition is still used today as can be seen at Arch Palace Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arch Palace Goreme
- Hotel Arch Palace
- Arch Palace Hotel Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey