My wife and I stayed at the Meleklerevi Cave Hotel in June of 2012. It was the best place we stayed in Turkey.
We chose a cave room which was called Sevgi. I wasn't sure before we arrived what a cave room would actually be like, but it was well apointed, spacious, clean and a cool refuge from the Cappadocia sun. The cave interior made the room exotic to us as visitors, but also made us understand the essence of Cappadocia. And with a name like Sevgi ....
The bathroom was very modern and certainly would be the envy of any cave dweller in the area. The shower even had body massage jets!
I think the thing that I most remember was how much at home we felt in the Meleklerevi. Arzu and Muammer, the owners and builders of the hotel, are some of the kindest and friendliest people you will ever meet anywhere. If you've been to Turkey, you will know how hospitable the people are; however, Arzu and Muammer take hospitality to a new level. I remember my surprise when Muammer carried our two bags up to the room. It was at least three flights of stairs and a hot day, but he insisted on carrying them, opening the door to the room and showing us around.
The meals are simply magnificent. My wife loves to entertain, so we are not strangers to good food with nice touches. She loved it. We found ourselves lingering over our meal, savouring the new tastes and enjoying the fading sun. What else could you ask for on a vacation?
The hotel's web site tells you a little bit about Arzu and Muammer. Being curious, I asked Muammer why he'd left Istanbul for Urgup, a small town in a somewhat remote part of the country. He said that he wanted a more tranquil life (actually he said that Istanbul was very busy and took a lot of time to commute, which I translate as 'I want something different than haste'); you will find this tranquility and the quality of life it brings in the Meleklerevi hotel.
I'd recommend this hotel to a friend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the first beating of Angel Wings...The first time we saw this land of beautiful horses, Cappadocia, and its magical fairy chimneys, we knew we had to leave our own mark on this land that has been home to different civilizations for centuries. In Cappadocia nothing is as it seems. We lived this with each throw of the axe and with each stone that we lifted from the soil. As we removed hundreds of cubic meters of dirt from the garden and from the top of the main building, we discovered the remainders of centuries past. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meleklerevi Cave Hotel Turkey/Cappadocia - Urgup