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 picks for value 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.
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
Opened in 2011, the Hezen Cave Hotel is a traditional but chic 14-room boutique in the village of Ortahisar. It was originally an old Orthodox Greek house, and the rooms are carved from the soft volcanic rocks of Cappadocia. They are cozy and intimate, with colorful, stylish modern decor accents. There’s a system of stairways and tunnels leading to the rooms, public areas, and beautiful gardens. While the surrounding area lacks nightlife and restaurants, there are plenty of historic sites nearby for outdoor adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The eight-room Dervish Cave House is a particularly charming and intimate hotel built in the typical Cappadocia style cut into the rock. Rooms are cozy and snug with more than adequate amenities, though small windows mean it can get a little humid (and there's no proper air-conditioning). Although bathrooms look basic, all provide jetted tubs. The highlight of the hotel, however, is the pretty garden terrace overlooking the wonderful surroundings. It all feels a little more secluded and quaint than most, if a little rough around the edges, but low rates give the property good value.
The 13-room Caravanserai Cave Hotel is a typically quaint, family-run Cappadocia lodging with a welcoming, rustic vibe set in the center of Göreme town. It's a pretty simple set-up, especially in the rooms, though this is part of its appeal and it gets all the basics right -- including an especially warm welcome, a delicious free breakfast, and terraces looking out over the wonderful scenery. Don't expect much in the way of facilities or polish, but for spades of charm at very reasonable rates, this is certainly one of the better options.