My wife and I just returned from a one-month trip to Turkey. We stayed in approximately 12 hotels, and this was our best experience.
We stayed in the hotel for 2 nights. The highlights are the common areas, the service, and the general ambience.
The common areas, including multiple terraces, dining room and lobby create a peaceful, private environment. Because there are only 11 rooms, there is always a place to sit, a cushion to lean up against, a nook to find just to relax. This is a great hotel to relax at as well as a base for your exploration of Cappadocica. It is so peaceful, in fact, that you could spend a day just lounging at the hotel, catching up on email, reading, etc, and have a very nice vacation day.
The service is the finest I encountered during our month, and we are picky. Every single member of the staff is smart, well-groomed, polite and extremely willing to help. The service feels sincere and authentic -- they really want you to enjoy yourself. Sometimes the service at boutique hotels can be a bit off, either because the management is not well trained or the owners are smothering, but the service here was really natural and easygoing, while still being efficent.
The ambience is unique. Because of the handsome stone architecture of the hotel, and the ancient feeling backdrop of the village or Ortahizar, there is a bit of a spiritual, ancient feel to the place. Relaxing on one of the terraces at night, one is struck by the beauty of the shimmering lights from the village, and even the sounds and music of the village -- a prayer call, a wedding party -- give the whole place the feeling of being both vibrant and frozen in time. It had a magical quality for me. (And I can be quite a cynic!)
As far as practical advice: this is an authentic cave hotel. Your room will be an actual cave that was formerly a dwelling. For me, I really enjoyed this aspect -- it gave me an appreciation for the history and real life of cave dwellers in the region. However -- the room is dark, slightly damp and cool. I enjoyed the experience, but you should understand that this is not quite the same as staying in a modern hotel room with acir conditioning, big windows, black out shades, etc.
If I returned to Cappadocia, I would definitely stay in this hotel again, and I would feel comfortable reccomending it to anyone who travels to the region. I also found it worth the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hezen Cave Hotel is an unique design boutique hotel located in Cappadocia, Turkey. This exceptional old house of cave bedrooms was fully renovated and refurbished to the highest standard and comfort.Located in a very central village in Cappadocia, our hotel has a magnificent view, overseeing the Ortahisar castle and old town. Hezen Cave hotel is ideal for guests willing to spent some charming moments in Cappadocia, resting in this quite location.HistoryOriginally Hezen was an old Orthodox Greek house with rooms build in the original rock of Cappadocia. We have kept the original structure of the cave rooms and re-decorated the interior with an unique style and colorful trait of character.Our cave hotel is designed by considering ideal contemporary comfort as well as the feeling of being at home. All rooms are in cave and each have a unique design and charm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hezen Cave Hotel Turkey/Cappadocia - Ortahisar