a must-do in Cappadocia.
A trip to Cappadocia,
in central Turkey, gives you the chance
for a unique lodging experience: staying
in a cave.
Cappadocia's soft volcanic rock has
been hollowed out for homes for at
least two millennia. Cappadocia's
by Mr Süha Ersöz of Ürgüp's Esbelli
crumbling stone-and-cave houses,
equipped the rooms with comforts
such as electricity, modern bathrooms,
telephones, and even fast Internet
connections, and opened them as traditional
If you don't stay in a cave inn or
hotel during your stay in Cappadocia,
you're really missing something! But
not all cave rooms are alike, and some are not going to make you happy. Read this about staying
in a cave room.
Here are my favorite Cappadocian cave hotels and
This was Cappadocia's
first fine cave inn, and set the standard
all the others. It's an exceptional
place to stay because of its owner,
Mr Süha Ersöz.
Most accommodations are extraordinary cave
suites, with a few standard rooms
as well. More...
A good variety of rooms and facilities,
panoramic views of the striking
and a fine-dining restaurant and Turkish
hamam on the premises. More...
out on the Roman-arched terrace and
watch the dawn light flood
the sky, or relax in the blissfully
cool and quiet sanctuary of your cave
room after a long day of trekking
through the volcanic moonscape
valleys of Cappadocia,
and the Kale Konak becomes your mansion. More...
Another wonderful small cave inn run
by a well-traveled lady, this one with
a difference: the tidy cave rooms are
done in a simple, appealing modern style.
The owner, Ms Eren Serpen,
worked for British Airways and speaks
Turkish, English and Italian. She offers special
bonuses to TTP travelers. More...
Who said a cave can't be colorful?
Mr Faruk Keleş's cave rooms are bright
with colorful local cloths, handicrafts,
and artistic murals. TTP guests receive
a 10% discount. More...
Mr Bora Özkök is something of a
legend in Turkish tourism lore because of his personally
guided cultural tours. His restored cave accommodations
in Göreme Town
offer comfort, charm and a great location. More...
The name means "Four Rooms,"
though now it's actually five
nice cave rooms in the Esbelli neighborhood
of Ürgüp. Quiet, comfy, congenial,
good choice for single female travelers. More...
Caves in a steep Ürgüp cliff
have been nicely restored and equipped
with all the modern comforts. More...
In the peaceful farming town of Mustafapasa (Sinasos),
these two fine Ottoman Greek mansions are
superb places to stay, good enough for the Ecumenical
Patriarch and the Queen of Spain—not
to mention for the rest of us. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan