Our stay in July was memorable for many reasons, Some quick opening examples of the fine service we enjoyed is as follows -
We arrived on the day of our daugters birthday - SOS staff without anything other than a casual mention of it by us, arranged a magnificent, nicely decorated cake complete with piped "Happy Birthday" & her name.
I left my Ereader on the bus when we arrived in Goreme, staff happily rang & arranged it's return from the bus company when the bus next returned to Goreme in 3 days time (after my ereader visited the Black Sea without me!)
Unbelieveably this coincided with me later the same day of it's return, leaving it again on a bus as we departed for Istanbul, Musa the owner/ Manager then arranged for it to be found, & sent on to our hotel in Istanbul for me to happily & greatfully pay the freight of upon receipt!!.He also rung us to ensure it was received OK.
SOS review generally-
I was mildy wondering how we would occupy ourselves for 4-5 days on our intial arrival in Goreme, a bit of sightseeing, balloon trip & then what??
We settled into the SOS "bus lagged" on our arrival after a friendly welcome from all staff we encountered, happy with the facilities of the cave room, then sat and enjoyed the awesome 270plus degree view from the terrace of the "Fairy Chimney's" and I pondered the above.
The staff & Musa in paticular were happy to sit & chat with us for as long as we wished, whilst keeping an attentive eye on any other guest needs that arose.
We indicated to Musa that a balloon trip was on our wishlist & were happily reccomended to use Atmosfer baloons with an additional discount for SOS guests - the trip with Atmosfer was awesome - complete with a pinpoint landing of our basket upon the trailer - no lifting & loading required!!!
As we also explained our wish to absorb in greater detail sights & life in & around Cappadocia other then the stock tours, Musa offered himself to us as a private guide for a day trip, we encountered many "off the beaten track" sights & experiences. A cave home still fitted out with furnishings as in everyday life with a small shop & balcony to sit & enjoy a drink or food upon.
A village where the ladies (6 of them) were doing the weekly bread bake on a massive wood oven that we watched, bought some of the lovely bread & enjoyed with our Turkish lunch at a nearby restaraunt with awesome fresh lentil soup, kebabs, casserole,olives, cheeses, tomatoe etc.
A ceramics factory guided tour, Mulberry picking, Apricot tasting where ever we went as Musa grew up on an apricot farm & was keenly interested in apricot comparisons to his own that he is marketing dried. Carpet purchasing direct from a local wholesaler, out of the way cave churches & a recently discovered (30 yrs!) small Roman City with amazing intact mosaics that is under archealogical dig at the moment still.
A home cooked BBQ on our last night there with staff that was very very nice.
The staff in our opinion went above & beyond our expectations, treated us more like family, chatted like friends for as long as we wished, respected our privacy if we were tired, it felt more like a homestay or pension type hospitality than a typical hotel.
We were mildy surprised during on our arrival, that there is no official evening or lunch sevice promoted or on offer in the hotel, however as we found out if you were to arrive late in the evening, ask for, or just hanging around staff would happily share their own self cooked dinner meal with you or as upon our last night be invited to share an evening terrace BBQ instead of a 5-8 minute walk down the street to a restaraunt.
Our stay in SOS cave hotel was fantastic, we woud happily return anytime & would reccomend it to anyone as it caters very well to the varied types of guest they host from all over the world as staff have a host of languages they are either proficient in or learning.
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- Also Known As:
- Sos Cave Pansion Goreme
- SOS Cave Hotel Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey