The hotel was lovely, a luxury retreat. Our room (105) was a long rectangle carved into the rock cliff, with a low ceiling. It had one window and a cozy and effective radiator (important since it snowed during our stay!). We enjoyed breakfast in one of the stone buildings, and had a wine-and-cheese hour in one of the music rooms in the former Greek mansion that is available for guest use. (If you like wine, try some of the grapes grown in Cappadocia: “kalicik karesi”, “bogazkere” and “öküzgözü" - Turasan locally has some nice wines.)
We also found Urgup to be a charming and walkable town - I preferred it to Goreme. Several good restaurants are an easy walk from Yunak Evleri, if you don't mind going up and down a hill: Ziggy's, Somine, and Ehlikeyf (I posted reviews). (Dinner is also offered at the hotel.)
The moment I loved best: emerging after a nap onto the stone terrace/balcony of our room. The sun had just set and the apricot and white stone of the cliffs glowed slightly in the early evening. Just then, the muezzin struck up the call of evening prayer, which floated up the hill and ricocheted off the wall behind us. We paused and soaked in the moment. The small town of 10,000 was quiet. There was no sound but the plaintive call to prayer.
What they say is true: cave sleep is different than "normal" sleep. It is utterly quiet, and you end up sleeping about two hours extra unless you set an alarm!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magical Serenity : Yunak Evleri Cappadocia In Cappadocia's magical landscape of fairy chimneys, in the ancient village of Urgup, is a unique cave hotel carved into a mountain cliff, the Yunak Evleri. This hotel includes 7 cave houses, 40 rooms dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries and a 19th century Greek Mansion. Yunak Evleri is an inspiring hotel - an ideal base for exploring Cappadocia's elaborate underground cities, hidden cavernous churches and enchanting rock terrain. A labyrinth of narrow passageways and curved stone stairways lead to unique rooms tastefully decorated in warm traditional style. These exceptional cave houses are renovated and decorated with care and in their own distinct style with strictly respecting the local character. The decor is elegant and personalized with beautiful hand-crafted furnishings and antiques. All rooms have private patios overlooking the Turkish Mesa. With 40 rooms, Yunak Evleri is small enough to be intimate, yet large enough to offer you privacy. Accommodations range from exotic luxury caves to multi-chamber deluxe suites, including family suites. One can find the signs of past times in each room which all have been decorated differently. The elegant decor is prominent wherever you lay your eyes on.Emperador marble floors, handcrafted lace curtains, antique chests and bedside tables, traditional bed covers, old brass bedsteads, old handcrafted writing desks , old kilim carpets and antique lighting have been chosen with care and with simplicity in mind. At the foot of the cliff stands the hotel's main lobby. Housed in a 19th century Greek mansion, the main building exudes a kind of sophisticated charm. Within the stone building, cozy meeting rooms provide a soothing atmosphere for lounging in the evening. Alongside a room with computer and wireless Internet connection, the music room has a wide variety of CDs you can borrow and the TV room is decked out in plush Turkish cushions with a view of the surrounding cliffs. There is a DVD room on the second floor decorated with local handmade pottery accessories, candles, and a lovely furnace. Evenings are characterized by sunset gatherings on soft upholstered Turkish pillows warmed by an outdoor fireplace. Candlelight dining is offered on the adjacent rooftop terrace. We serve local homemade foods for dinner and an open-buffet breakfast. Yunak Evleri opened its doors to its guests in 2000 and since then has hosted around 200,000 travellers from all regions of the world. Listed in various prominent guidebooks' top hotels lists, Yunak Evleri has created a peaceful balance between modern today and traditional past. With its convenient location in the center of Urgup, Yunak Evleri is a perfect base for daily excursions within Cappadocia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yunak Evleri Urgup
- Yunak Evleri Hotel Urgup
- Yunak Evleri Turkey/Cappadocia - Urgup