Cappadocia in Turkey’s Central Anatolia is a dreamy destination on the top of many bucket lists. And when it comes to unique places to stay, Cappadocia wins first place! The cave hotels in Cappadocia are carved entirely out of the natural landscape, letting you experience the true history, culture and beauty of the region.
While the word ‘cave’ may not bring up pretty images for you, and you may be imagining damp, dark and cold places, rest assured that these cave hotels in Cappadocia provide all the modern comforts you’d expect in a top hotel. From panoramic views to hot tubs, they’re definitely not the average basic accommodations!
1. Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel
In the ancient village of Ürgüp and the magical landscape of fairy chimneys, the Yunak Evleri is a unique cave hotel carved into a mountain cliff. This hotel dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries and has an adjacent 19th century Greek mansion. Take your pick of rooms from either structure! They are renovated and decorated in their own distinct styles while still respecting the local character. The decor is elegant with beautiful handcrafted furnishings. With 120 rooms, Yunak Evleri is small enough to be intimate, yet large enough to offer privacy. All rooms also have private patios overlooking the Turkish Mesa!
In short, Yunak Evleri is a truly beautiful hotel. And with its convenient location in the center of Ürgüp, it is an ideal base for exploring Cappadocia’s elaborate underground cities, hidden cavernous churches and enchanting rock terrain.
2. Artemis Cave Suites
This hotel has the perfect Cappadocia sunrise view right off their beautiful outdoor patio, complete with comfy cave and stone rooms. Each room here reflects a simplistic yet sophisticated design featuring both historic and contemporary elements. All of the rooms are one-of-a-kind in shape and sizes. The cave rooms were originally hand carved by various settlements ranging from Hittites, early Christians, Armenians, Greeks and finally Turks. These were later renovated while retaining its rich heritage, while the stone rooms were built in the Old Cappadocian style to mimic the cave experience.
Enjoy magnificent views over the valleys and the balloons at sunrise, or indulge in traditional Turkish baths. At night, lights illuminate the landscape, and the fairy chimneys set the tone for a memorable evening. The hotel staff can also help you make the most of your time in Cappadocia, whether that means booking a hot air balloon flight or a cycling adventure through beautiful rock formations.
3. Sultan Cave Suites
Sitting above the village of Göreme, Sultan Cave Suites offers a unique cave hotel experience with panoramic views. In the early morning, enjoy the sunrise, marvel at the sight of hot air balloons or simply enjoy the view over the village and surrounding valleys, mountains, and the Erciyes volcano in the background. Built over the ancient cave dwellings used for centuries, all the original cave walls have been preserved and integrated harmoniously into the rooms. Every room, corner, and terrace is tastefully decorated with artifacts showing the unique history of the area.
Also within the hotel is the Anatolian Cultural Center, which showcases the history of the region and supports local and international artists through music concerts and art exhibits. As with some of the cave hotels in Göreme, you’re paying extra for the beautiful views from the terrace. Most of the reviews seem to think it’s worth it!
4. Museum Hotel Cappadocia
Museum Hotel won many awards over the years and you can see why. Steeped in thousands of years of history, there is a magical feel to the hotel. The unique ‘living museum’ concept means the cave rooms and specially restored rooms are all decorated with priceless antiques and feature stunning views of Cappadocia. Its name comes from the founder’s antique collection, with pieces from the Ottoman, Seljuk, Roman and Hittite periods.
It is known that Hittites, Persians, and early Christian Romans lived in the restored caves that now belong to Museum Hotel, and its last inhabitants were from the Tekeli clan The rare caves and stone houses were used for many purposes, like accommodation, stalls, depots, and kitchens and now serve as a living museum. Thanks to its unique location, guests enjoy an unrivalled view of the major districts of the region. Avanos, Göreme, Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley, and Mt. Erciyes can all be seen and enjoyed from the rooms, and different parts of the hotel.
5. Kayakapi Premium Caves
This hotel is one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia. Consistently receiving top reviews, it offers incredible views from the terrace. Within the establishment, medieval rooms are carved right into the rocks of the landscape, creating a truly Cappadocian experience. Inside, the decor is upscale, and you can expect features like ornate stone murals, hand carved furniture and even private hammams in some of the largest suites.
Just a few miles away from the hotel are major attractions like the Zelve Open Air Museum and the Al Nazar Church. If you prefer to just stay in, Kayakapi also has a dedicated spa, fitness rooms, and Turkish baths. You’ll also have access to an outdoor pool as well as two restaurants on site, not to mention a large collection of local wines!