Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we visit properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top boutique hotel picks in Cappadocia, and get inspired!
One of the top hotels in Urgup, Kayakapi Premium Caves is poised to grow from 32 to 55 rooms when its ambitious restoration project is completed. The hilltop property occupies 2,700 acres of a residential neighborhood composed of hundreds of long abandoned cave homes and historical buildings. A full spa, outdoor pool, and two restaurants fill the unique stone interiors and gorgeous grounds, from which guests can take in stunning views of the town's terra-cotta rooftops stretching into the distance.
Some of the eight spacious rooms of Vineyard Cave Hotel offer special luxuries like private whirlpool baths and personal hammams. The father and son team who run the property receive an endless stream of praise from guests, who note they will often drive visitors to their sightseeing destinations and are happy to offer suggestions for tourist attractions and culinary offerings. Of particular note is the large, shaded rooftop deck with spectacular views of the surrounding valley.
Dating from the 18th century, the Fresco is a collection of restored mansions that served as opulent residences during the Ottoman period. Some rooms are traditional and brightly decorated with original frescoes, but with three stories and no elevator, some travelers may find that it’s a hassle to reach a few of them. Most of the rooms however are true cave rooms, hewn from the rock deeper within the buildings. And, unlike many others in the area, they're air-conditioned.
Converted from nine abandoned cave houses and the neighboring fifth-century caves, Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel is a boutique with 10 suites and four standard rooms. It was the first hotel in Cappadocia and opened in 1990. The rooms are each unique, quite large compared to other cave hotels, and include personal-use laptops. There are laundry machines, a well-kept garden, and a breakfast area set up along the hill’s cliffs. The hotel is about a 15-minute drive to the caves in Goreme National Park.
The MDC Hotel is an upscale, typical Cappadocia-style property set on a hillside overlooking Urgup town. The location offers some lovely views of the area, though is also a bit of a hike to and from town center (though free drop-offs are available). Its cave rooms are nicely finished and their spacious, marble bathrooms are a real highlight -- all have under-floor heating and whirlpool tubs.
The 36-room Kelebek Special Cave Hotel offers an authentic Cappadocia cave experience but is a cut above many similar hotels by virtue of its excellent hammam and outdoor pool. The hillside setting means some wonderful views, though also a steep walk up to the hotel. Rooms are nicely finished, but amenities can vary widely -- as can rates -- so be sure to know which you're getting. Suites are particularly lavish and worth the extra outlay.
Designed for explorers who prefer a quiet and meditative space, the 35-room Gamirasu Cave Hotel is a stunning and romantic find in Ayvali Village. The property is a combination of converted village houses and a Byzantine-era monastery that now hosts a number of modern conveniences -- from a heated outdoor pool to free Wi-Fi -- but has retained historic details such as frescos decorating the walls. Standard rooms have the basic bed and en-suite shower, while the larger suites have luxuriously decorated separate living areas and balconies with great views. The secluded location a 20-minute drive out to Urgup may be a drawback for some, but for others it's part of the appeal.
The sprawling hillside property made up of six stone buildings (and the caves beneath them) has stunning views of Pigeon Valley from its many terraces and courtyards, where guests can enjoy wine from the hotel's immense cellar. Some of the rooms also have terrific views, while others lack natural light, but they all combine a unique cave-like design with Turkish decor and modern amenities. Wi-Fi and an excellent breakfast are included, and the property features an music hall (once a monastery) with wonderful acoustics.
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.
Although similar to many offerings in the area, the 12-room Divan Cave House stands out on two levels: its integrated "fairy chimneys" and particularly hospitable service. Most rooms too are excellent, some featuring fireplaces and hot tubs, though a few can suffer from the usual dankness. Being set up on the hill is great for views over the town -- especially over breakfast -- though not ideal for guests with mobility issues. Rates aren't the cheapest in town, though still good value, especially for the wonderful cave suites.
One of the oldest cave hotels in the area, Kismet Cave House has built a loyal following of repeat guests who return for the hospitality as well as the unique, affordable lodging. It's an intimate hotel with just eight rooms operating like a bed and breakfast -- slim on facilities but big on personality with simple but delicious food and distinctive furnished rooms that show off the owner's collection of Turkish rugs. The similar Dervish Cave House across town has newer, less ornate rooms at slightly cheaper rates.