This amazing property is located in the hills above Urgup riddles with the ruins of cave houses. In conjunction with Unesco, the property is restoring the caves with minimum of alteration and operating a luxury hotel. The hotel is a work in progress with unrestored ruins next to rooms.
Nothing in Urgup or the surrounding area even comes close to comparison. While this isn't the best hotel I've ever stayed in, it is certainly the most unique.
If you can afford it, there is no doubt about where you should stay.
Some unsorted tips and opinions:
The breakfast has a decent selection of local cheeses, breads, dried fruits and some hot items including hard boiled eggs. But what should be mentioned in particular are the home made jams, delicious and the eggs.
I've had eggs all around the world and these are unique. Have the fried eggs sunny side up and you'll be amazed. By the way, don't ask for two eggs, that translates as four; one order is by default two eggs. Don't try changing this. I had four eggs at a go, it is so good.
However I hate reviews that can't find any issues with a property. We stayed at one of the suites with our own hamaam. In the whole suite, there are only two tiny dust bins. Consequently always overflowing. The hamaam is ok, it doesn't get hot enough.
Please remember that these are caves, so there's some fine dust on the floor. Hotel slippers aren't good enough, you need proper bedroom slippers for these rooms.
The bar is stuck in a corner of the restaurant and hasn't been designed by someone who likes a drink. The drinks themselves are unbelievably expensive, $15 for a single vodka!
What the hotel could use is a nice bar with a lounge to sit and relax.
We had dinner twice and the food at the restaurant is average and expensive.
However there are free shuttles down to the town below provided by the hotel. Just call them up and once in town you'll find many more dining choices as well as liquor stores. Cab fare on the return is only TL 10.
Allow they're excellent Guest Services Manager Elvan Kismet to manage everything. She'll set up the balloon, tours and side trips. Just sit and have a chat and your holiday is sorted.
Of course like most extraordinary destinations in the world, Cappadocia is full of tourist traps and touts waiting to rip you off. So allow Elvan to organise everything. Our tour guide was names Unlu and he's very good.
One point about the tours, they'll inevitably include a visit to a ceramic factory and a carpet cooperative. In both these places you'll get a personal tour by the owner or manager and then offered to buy their wares, at no obligation. Naturally after 45 mins you're feeling a little obligated.
You should only visit these places if your holiday in Turkey includes plans of buying a ceramic souvenir or a rug. Otherwise give it a pass, although there's no obligation to buy it's hard to leave a carpet showroom empty handed and they don't have placemats or fridge magnets. These stops eat up 45 mins to an hour.
Also when taking the the tour, ask Elvan in advance to book a home cooked lunch. Far more interesting than a restaurant, our one regret we forgot to do this.
We visited in the off season, but even then there were four or five tour buses parked at all the attractions. In peak season it may get unpleasant at the sights. Also, the weather is nice and cold now and the fire place was fun.
Finally, keep a few hours to explore the unrestored parts of the property. Eventually they'll be restored and there would be 200 rooms. So go now. Oh and before I forget, Cappadocia was one of the most amazing places I have seen in my life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As being one of the first settlement zones in Cappadocia’s centrally located city of Urgüp, the historical site of Kayakapi neighborhood – which is also known as the “Landowners’ Neighborhood” - is returning back to its glory days under the name of Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia, supported by UNESCO and World Heritage Center, is formed by hundreds of cave houses and historical structures. You can be one of the special guests of this historical neighborhood with its 10th-century Cave Church, the historical Mosque dated back to Seljuq Empire and the House of St. John the Russian with its unique Urgup / Cappadocia view. The Cave Rooms, Suites and Mansions with the sizes varying from 33 m² and 253 m², which are designed for your daily needs and luxury holidays, are waiting for their new owners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia Turkey - Urgup