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Sacred House
Ranked #10 of 66 Hotels in Urgup
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 January 2012

The hotel is above average. The level of service is a European 4 - 5 stars but it's a boutique so it's quite small. The pricing is on the high end for the region but not the most expensive.

The meals at Sacred House are the best we had in the area - high quality,large portions. The breakfasts are huge. If you hang out in any of the lounges they'll offer variety of tea.

The hotel's concierge was able to hook us up for all activities for reasonable prices. I was able to negotiate better prices in person but maximum 10% discount. Likely if you're very thrifty you can negotiate down. In the tourist season you may get stuck on huge group tours so make sure you request the mini-bus.

The location is in a kind of more upscale city in the region - everything we found was targeted at tourists. Do take a day to walk around, there are plenty of caves to just walk into there. Some are still occupied!

There are a few points that lowered my rating from 5 star and actually I would consider staying in a different hotel next time. Believe it or not there are a number of similar luxury hotels in that city. Sacred House is the most wildly decorated that we saw - we went to a couple others just to check them out.

1. The music in the hotel was really out of control. They played it from 8am to 10pm. Very very loud. We couldn't sleep - and we had to wake up at 5am for the balloon ride once. I called every single day to lower or turn it off. I think each room has a sound system, why blast music outside? It totally ruined the atmosphere.

2. They totally didn't tell us that the free hotel shuttle is ONE WAY. So you have to pay on the way back. For a seemingly luxury hotel we thought they'd cover the cost.

3. There are no phones in the rooms so you cannot communicate with hotel staff. If you need something you have to leave your room. Kind of unusual for a 4+ star hotel. And since we had to call every night about the blasting music I called from my cell. Kind of weird.

Other than that it's a really good place to stay! We'd recommend it for a nice retreat. We weren't able to meet any other guests but suspect they would be interesting folks.

Room Tip: They're all good!
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sacred_House, Owner at Sacred House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Years have been passed since your last visit... Sacred House expanded and deserves a new visit.

We have 21 rooms now with a stunning restaurant & bar, underground SPA that might take away you breath.

Looking forward to serve you again in near future.

Best Regards,

Ece

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Reviewed 20 January 2012

very good design rooms with fireplace and bath-tub (fairy nest). Definitely best room for that value at the area. If the view was better the prize wouldn't be same think. Breakfast is very very good, service is great: very polite and warm. 1000% recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacred_House, Owner at Sacred House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Years have been passed since your last visit... Sacred House expanded and deserves a new visit.

We have 21 rooms now with a stunning restaurant & bar, underground SPA that might take away you breath.

Looking forward to serve you again in near future.

Best Regards,

Ece

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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Well designed hotel. Friendly staff. The best place that you will bless your love...
Dont forget to take a baloon tour in Urgup.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacred_House, Owner at Sacred House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Years have been passed since your last visit... Sacred House expanded and deserves a new visit.

We have 21 rooms now with a stunning restaurant & bar, underground SPA that might take away you breath.

Looking forward to serve you again in near future.

Best Regards,

Ece

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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Sacred House is an experience not to be missed, the amazing imagination of the young couple who have designed and created this hotel is far beyond the ordinary. Attention to details abound wherever you look. The food and service is exquisite with the owners taking personal care to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. We stayed in the ankha room which is a traditional cave room, warm and secretly tucked away, an exceptional experience. Our friends stayed in the room up higher with the fairy tower and gorgeous round bath. The land next door has been acquired and more rooms are to be added. We had a fine dining experience in the private dining room, where the food, traditional turkish fayre was absolutely delicious. The roof terrace is great to relax or sunbathe, the only thing lacking is a small pool or shady courtyard garden to make it perfect, but maybe these will be added with the extension. I had my suitcase stolen but it turned up and one of the staff drove back to the airport to get it for me at no charge. Nothing is too much trouble.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Sacred_House, Owner at Sacred House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Years have been passed since your last visit... Sacred House expanded and deserves a new visit.

We have 21 rooms now with a stunning restaurant & bar, underground SPA that might take away you breath.

Looking forward to serve you again in near future.

Best Regards,

Ece

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Reviewed 13 December 2011

We stayed at the Sacred House for both of our nights in the Cappadocia region and could not have asked for a nicer place to come back to after a full day of exploring! It is the perfect retreat for a couple looking for a lavish and unique getaway. Our visit was wonderful in every way.

We flew in to Kayseri where met by our driver for a private transfer to the hotel in Urgup. The property is perfectly positioned to give you the best access to the sites in Goreme, Derinkuyu and anything else in the area. The hotel itself is perched on a hill and surrounded by other dwellings. It has a unique feel that, at first, seemed like it would be a bit unconventionally intertwined with the private residences around it, but somehow, it worked perfectly and was very pleasant. Unless you get one of the few rooms with first floor access (such as “The King” room), you will have to deal with numerous sets of stairs, but the staff is excellent and took care of all our bags.

We stayed in The Sultan suite and could not have been happier. The Sultan is a spectacular room with a giant, vaulted, stone ceiling as you first walk in with an equally giant king bed that is luxuriously appointed with a bevy of brocaded blankets and velvet pillows. At the foot of the bed was a beautiful couch and table set with complimentary local wine in a crystal decanter and a plate of fresh fruit. Large stone and gold calligraphy motifs adorn the walls and compliment the overall décor of the suite with its glass candlabras, candlelight, and plenty of small alcoves with other distinctive artifacts. The room included a quality sound system with a pre-loaded iPod already set to augment the atmosphere with the perfect music. The bathroom was a palatial expanse of tile and marble with a unique, round soaking tub in the center. There were huge, golden candle pedestals around with large candles ready for you to light – perfect for creating a romantic mood if you decide to draw a bubble bath. The only complaint we had was that the tub was also the shower and, as such, the shower head was hand held only. This made it a bit difficult to shower and a bit more like a very large bird bath – you basically had to stand in the middle of the tub (with no curtain) and try to handle the shower head and the soap/shampoo/etc. while you bathe. In the end, we found the easiest method was to get wet, put the shower head down, lather, rinse, put the shower head back down, and so on. Also, you need to make sure you step on the shower head when you lay it down to ensure it doesn’t spray out of the tub. It gets a little chilly while you are standing there in your beautiful cave-like room with no water spraying on you! We absolutely loved the suite, but would recommend they rethink the shower situation (installing a separate, stand-alone shower would probably be the best idea).

The hotel restaurant was excellent. The breakfast dining area is on one of the hotel’s rooftops and commanded a gorgeous view of the surrounding rock formations while we enjoyed our breakfast. The breakfast was superb, consisting of many local delicacies such as olives, fresh vegetables, rose and fruit jams, breads, and cheeses. The staff also cooked eggs to order and other items, such as French toast, that you can have them prepare for you. Service was exceptional; they were always there with another serving of fresh orange juice or adjusting the sun shade without needing to be asked.

We also spent a huge amount of time with our private guide touring Goreme, the underground houses at Durinkuyu, ballooning over the “fairy chimneys”, attending an evening show of the Whirling Dirvishes, and much more. Everything in the area is equally magnificent – make sure you spend enough time in this region to experience it all! We would recommend three entire days if you don't want to have a hectic schedule. This allows you to walk through Goreme and the surrounding area, tour Urgup castle, take a (very) early morning hot-air balloon ride over Rose Valley at sunrise, meander around the fairy chimneys, crouch down and find your way through the underground cities, maybe visit the little town known for its pottery, and definitely attend the Sema (whirling dervish ceremony) at the ancient Sarihan Caravanserai. FYI, photography is not allowed in the hall during the actual ceremony. There's plenty to do, and Sacred House serves as an ideal base of operations.

This is definitely one of the “must see” areas in Turkey. The cave hotels get most of the hype in Cappadocia, but our stay at Sacred House proved it should be at the top of your list. It is excellent in every way and we recommend it whole-heartedly.

Room Tip: each room as a different feel to it, make sure you take a look through their online website to pick...
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacred_House, Owner at Sacred House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Years have been passed since your last visit... Sacred House expanded and deserves a new visit.

We have 21 rooms now with a stunning restaurant & bar, underground SPA that might take away you breath.

Looking forward to serve you again in near future.

Best Regards,

Ece

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Reviewed 8 December 2011

not a great location with no view bur great rooms (fairy's nest). super breakfast with local cheese, jam and everything. fairy nest room is a romantic midsized room with a fireplace and a big bathtub. excellent service, historic romantic rooms.

Room Tip: all rooms are different, visit the website of hotel before you go.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacred_House, Owner at Sacred House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Years have been passed since your last visit... Sacred House expanded and deserves a new visit.

We have 21 rooms now with a stunning restaurant & bar, underground SPA that might take away you breath.

Looking forward to serve you again in near future.

Best Regards,

Ece

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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We spent 3 days at the hotel in early November; 2 families (each with 2 kids aged 6 and 8). Both the kids and us parents enjoyed the hotel very very much. Room decorations are original, reflecting local culture with exquisite taste, yet still cozy, with every detail elegantly planned. Superb hospitality, friendly yet professional management. Breakfast, in-room treats are extremely delicious, well-thought of and elegantly presented. Hotel Manager Ece hn. was a great help with daily tours, which went smoothly. Definitely a must see. Bet it would be a fairytale event, too, to stay for New Year's Eve with snow all around.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank İlke H
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Sacred_House, Owner at Sacred House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Years have been passed since your last visit... Sacred House expanded and deserves a new visit.

We have 21 rooms now with a stunning restaurant & bar, underground SPA that might take away you breath.

Looking forward to serve you again in near future.

Best Regards,

Ece

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Additional Information about Sacred House

Address: Dutlu Cami Mah. Barbaros Hayrettin Sok. No:25 Urgup Merkez, Urgup 50400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Cappadocia > Urgup
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Urgup
#3 Spa Hotel in Urgup
#17 Family Hotel in Urgup
#18 Romantic Hotel in Urgup
Price Range: £101 - £184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sacred House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sacred House is a 250 years old, Greek mansion, where medieval art & contemporary luxury meet to provide that certain old world touch. Precious decorations, antique furnishings & worthy antique items enhance the atmosphere and luxurious comfort of the 21 totally different & unique rooms. Our menu accompanied by old, forgotten and ancient cuisines which are served in a medieval atmosphere supported by antique silverware, antique chandeliers and chevalier tables, to be a 'knightly' one to remember a long time. ... more   less 
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