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Aydinli Cave Hotel 3.5

Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Pros

  • Friendly, family-run guesthouse set in ancient cave dwelling
  • Located on a hilltop overlooking Göreme town and the "fairy chimneys"
  • Individually styled, atmospheric rooms -- most with lounge fireplaces
  • Excellent Turkish breakfast buffet (included in rate)
  • Rooftop breakfast room and terrace with magnificent views
  • Free drop-off and pick-up from local attractions
  • Turkish cooking classes available

Cons

  • No TVs in rooms
  • Steep walk uphill to hotel

Bottom Line

The 14-room Aydinli Cave House Hotel is a mid-range, family-run guesthouse set on a hillside overlooking Göreme town and the surrounding area. Friendly and accommodating service is a real highlight here, as is an excellent breakfast that can be taken on the panoramic terrace. Atmospheric cave rooms too are impressively finished, though fairly basic and without TVs. It's a steep walk up the hill, but more than worth it for the vistas and a free drop-off and pick-up service is available. Overall it's an excellent choice for those looking for a warm and welcoming vibe -- and with rates that are also great value. 

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Scene

Ancient rock-carved cave house renovated and run by friendly family

Originally a cave dwelling carved out from the Cappadocian rock typical of the region, parts of this hotel are thought to date back at least 500 years. This family-owned guesthouse was restored and renovated in 2008 but retains all the rugged charm of the original abode -- a weathered limestone facade welcomes guests into to a homey and cozy lobby area stuffed with old family antiques and locally-made rugs. A series of stone stairways connect courtyards decorated with potted shrubbery to sunny terraces overlooking the particularly picturesque surroundings of Göreme town and its famous "fairy chimneys". Being run by the particularly friendly Demirci clan means this intimate boutique has a real personal feel with a focus on individual and accommodating service. 

Location

Set on a hillside overlooking Göreme town and its picturesque surrounds

Aydinli Cave House is located on a hillside overlooking Göreme, a five-minute walk uphill from the town center and within walking distance of most of the area's attractions. The complex of rock-cut dwellings of the Zelve Open Air Museum is less than a 15-minute walk away, while the ancient 11th-century El Nazar Church is just over a mile away. Ballooning excursion points are also well within walking distance, as are the Pigeon, Love, and Zemi Valleys. The hotel can organize transfers to and from both Kayseri and Nevsehir Kapadokya airports (for a reasonable fee) as well as offering a free pick up from Göreme's bus station. 

Rooms

Spacious, atmospheric rock-carved rooms with no TVs but fireplaces and tubs in many

There are a total of 14 rooms, 12 of which are atmospheric, stone cave rooms. Each is individually styled and often with a unique history. Rooms are generally spacious with wonderful old stone walls, exposed wooden beams, and locally-sourced decorations and furnishings. Although there are no TVs, amenities are generally good with minibars, tea and coffee facilities, and even free Wi-Fi. Many rooms also feature furnished terraces with excellent views and separate lounges with fireplaces to make it extra snug. Bathrooms also tend to be relatively large with heated towel rails and plenty of toiletries -- many also come with bathtubs big enough for two. 

Features

Excellent Turkish buffet breakfast served on panoramic terrace

Being more a bed and breakfast guesthouse than a hotel, there isn't a great deal in the way of amenities. However, an excellent, extensive Turkish buffet breakfast is served each morning (included in the rate) and includes cooked-to-order eggs and homemade jams which can be taken on the panoramic terrace. Guests can also take courses to learn to cook regional dishes, and the guesthouse offers free drop-off services to many of the local attractions. 

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Address

Aydinli Mah. Aydinli Sok. No:12, Goreme, Cappadocia 50180, Turkey

Also Known As

  • Aydinli Cave House Hotel

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