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“Great experience, great family hospitality”
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Assiana House
Ranked #38 of 65 Hotels in Urgup
Istanbul, Turkey
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75 reviews
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“Great experience, great family hospitality”
Reviewed 20 May 2009

Assiana is a great family hotel. It has just a few rooms. All rooms have stone walls, the lower floor roos are carved in a mountain (like a cave) and designed in Cappodocia style. The bathrooms were very clean. The terrace is great to have a drink at nights and to have a decent breakfast. Mr. Mevlut and his wife are great homeowners. They are very friendly. You feel yourself like at home.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Deep River, Canada
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Reviewed 8 May 2009

The reviews on Tripadvisor could not be more accurate. What a gem of a place, thanks to the wonderful owners Mevlut and Suna. They were the perfect hosts suggesting all sort of travel tips and helpful advice. The Assiana was gorgeous - very clean and comfortable. The rooms were furnished with real character. There was a wood fireplace and the fire lit for us on the first evening. The food which Suna prepared was first class. We could highly recommend this small hotel for travellers to Urgup - The owners are also planning an extra suite in the near future.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Wilmette, Illinois
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48 reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

This is the most wonderful place to stay in Cappadocia. The hoteliers were nice and warm and the cave hotel was impeccable with the cozy towl warmers and the wonderful family suite. It was wonderful and so clean and the breakfast was served like a five star resort. Can't wait to return to Cappadocia and this wonderful treasure.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 January 2009

In 45 years of traveling around the globe, from the Far East to Europe, there have been three memorable hotels/inns we have stayed in that stand above all others by a huge margin -- one in Germany, one in Japan, and now this one in Cappadocia. As an aside, Cappadocia is absolutely a "must see" destination -- and Assiana House is the "must stay" inn when you are there.

Assiana House is located on the edge of Urgup -- a perfect place away from the masses of tourists (who frequently go to Goerme), and only short walk into town. The Inn has five wonderful "cave rooms," beautifully furnished, with modern bathrooms, fireplaces in some of the rooms, crisp linens and towels, TV, wireless, and sitting places just outside the doors. But what sets Assiana House apart is the friendly owner/operator, Melvut, and his wife. Arriving late in the evening he took us in his car to a restaurant (Somine) in the center of town where we had an absolutely amazing meal in a 5-star atmosphere at a budget price -- and then he picked us up again. The breakfasts at Assiana House were best of anyplace we stayed in Turkey -- with great variety and home-cooked breads and egg dishes (we even coaxed the recipes from them). And when we left Melvut took us to the bus station, made sure they knew where we were going. He was the perfect host in every regard.

The Assiana House website is totally accurate -- the descriptions and pictures reflected exactly what we found. There are many places to stay in Goerme and Urgup to be sure, and I am sure many are nice. But we prefer the smaller inns where we can get to know the owners and learn more about the culture through them. The Assiana House was the perfect setting. But Melvut, his wife, and the Assiana House get our highest recommendations -- you will NOT be disappointed I assure you. Staying in a cave inn was an amazing experience, one that a famous magazine once said was one of 100 things you should do before you die.

If you have questions feel free to contact me.

  • Liked — Immaculate cave room with unbelievably accommodating hosts
  • Disliked — Can't think of any.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Lavenham
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Reviewed 6 October 2008

This small family run bed and breakfast is one of the friendliest places we have stayed in. Within an easy walk of Urgup town what it lacks in 5 star frills it makes up in character.
The rooms are in a renovated cave with decent en suite showers and the views from the terrace impressive. The breakfast is buffet style on the terrace.
What stood out here was the friendly and helpful service.
The owner booked us a balloon trip with Urgup balloons which was well worth the £120 each, suggested excellent places to eat, and took us on a friendly tour of the locality.
If you fancy a Hamman the one in Urgup is clean and well run and about a quarter of the price of the Istanbul equivalent.

  • Liked — The service
  • Disliked — The coffee
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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cyprus
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Reviewed 5 October 2008

everything excellent. very natural but confort. thanks MR MEVLUT.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 September 2008

Date: 28 September 2008
Reviewer: Dr Jerzy Z. Przybojewski, Cardiologist, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.
A trip to Turkey, a mystical tapestry of great bygone civilizations and fascinating culture, is deeply enriched by a visit to the incredible region of Cappadocia. The Assiana Cave Hotel, nestled on a hill overlooking the ancient town of Urgup, was my wife's and my haven for three days recently. Mevlut Bilgic, the unobtrusive and soft-spoken owner of this small family-owned abode, is charming, proficient in English, visionary, and deeply human and was always obliging.

Our suite was part of a cave which was naturally and pleasantly cool in contrast to the hot weather outside. The incredible peace and beauty of the natural surroundings, viewed from two elevated terraces which realized the viewing of sunrise, sunset and moon-rise , was food for the soul! A substantial self-service breakfast was enjoyed on the terrace. No other meals were available, allowing for other culinary experiences in the town, reached by a most fascinating ten-minute walk. Blazing colors of various potted flowers graced the patios and terraces, which also included old farm implements as appropriate decor.

Mevlut plans to open an underground wine cellar, as well as a small restaurant on the premises, and wishes to maintain a "family atmosphere" by adding only a few further bedrooms. The hotel is staffed by Emine and Ayla, two most charming young Turkish women. The accent is on personal attention, a welcome change from the large impersonal international chain-hotels.

We had the good fortune to experience several awe-inspiring organized tours, including a must-do and magical hot-air balloon flight. I was truly in "paradise" since I am an avid amateur photographer (took some 9,000 photographs during the two-week holiday in Turkey!). Safe and reliable transport to and from the hotel was organized.

Perchance, a Cornell University professor and his wife (both medical doctors) were our neighbors at the Assiana Cave Hotel and truly raved about it and vowed to return!

This accommodation was indeed the highlight of our two-week "Turkish Delight" experience. It is impossible to imagine any other traveller not having the same sentiments after savoring the Assiana Cave Hotel. My wife and I sincerely look forward to a further visit to this establishment and will certainly encourage our family, friends and other travellers to do likewise.

The few photographs appended will underline these sentiments. Enjoy the rich fruits of Turkey!

  • Liked — Authentic Turkish atmosphere in a unique cave setting
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Assiana House
Address: Esbelli Mah. Dolay Sok. No:1 Urgup Merkez, Urgup 50400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Cappadocia > Urgup
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Urgup
#23 Family Hotel in Urgup
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Assiana House 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Assiana House is a cave hotel located in the old part of Urgup (Esbelli district), and has 5 rooms with ensuite bathrooms and beautiful decoration. This family run small hotel of Cappadocia makes your stay a memorable and unforgettable one. ... more   less 
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