Cappadocia is a region of magical and quirky rock formations and caves. Where to stay in Cappadocia can be a tough decision with all the appealing cave hotels. And to give you the best options, I’ve asked fellow travel bloggers to recommend some of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia for a unique and memorable experience.
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Cave hotels in Cappadocia – Goreme
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
If you want to stay in one of the traditional cave hotels in Cappadocia that’s close to the attractions of Goreme; then the mid-range Kelebek Cave Hotel is a fun choice. The views from the multiple terraces out over the town and the valleys and mountains of Cappadocia are simply stunning. This is a great place to watch the hot air balloons floating by in the mornings. The price won’t break the bank either.
Many of the 35 bedrooms have been hewn out of the rock, and each is unique in size and shape. Some of them were carved out back in the 8th century by the early Christians, so you know this is the real deal. There is also a swimming pool, Turkish bath and sauna, and restaurant to enjoy. The Goreme open-air museum and surrounding valleys are within walking distance.
By Conversant Traveller
Cappadocia Cave suites
Cappadocia Cave Suites, located in the beautiful town of Goreme, is one of the beautiful cave hotels in Cappadocia to stay.
Located less than 0.3 km from the city center, the hotel provides a spectacular view of the town. One can sit on the private terrace and behold the sight of hot air balloons floating in the air with warm rays of the sun casting hues of yellow in the early morning hours. The rooms have lovely touches such as a jacuzzi, fireplaces, sitting area, large bathrooms, etc.
Opt for this hotel if you are not ready to splurge on luxury or don’t want to opt for an overly budget hotel either.
Tip: Choose the Fairy chimney rooms in advance as they get booked fast
ErenBey Cave Hotel
Those seeking an authentic cave hotel in Cappadocia need to look no further than the ErenBey Cave Hotel. This family-operated hotel is perfect for a short stay. It offers clean, well-appointed spaces at a reasonable price. You will find all the creature comforts including, central floor heating, in-room refrigerator, flat-screen television, Wi-Fi, inviting beds, and well-equipped private baths. Some rooms have the original fire pits on the floor from when it was a family residence.
Outside you will find an inviting sunny courtyard furnished with comfy sofas and chairs. During the midday heat and sun, guests are supplied with large patio umbrellas. On cool nights lodgers can enjoy the fireplace built into one of the courtyard walls.
ErenBey offers a complimentary breakfast, airport pick-up and will arrange tours and other services for its guests. Its in-town location makes it an easy walk to dining and shopping experiences.
Sultan Cave Suites
Sultan Cave Suites is one of the more famous cave hotels in Cappadocia. It was one of the first ‘influencer’ photoshoot hotels and had a fantastic golden cocker spaniel living there, who frequently joined the photos!
Izmir, the spaniel, has sadly passed, and with the flurry of other excellent cave hotels in Cappadocia, Sultan Cave Suites is no longer the ‘must stay’ hotel.
That being said, anyone that picks the hotel will have a fantastic experience. Not only is it surprisingly affordable, but the buffet breakfast is exceptional, and the mid-range cave rooms offer excellent comfort and style.
You can even use the hotel at the sister property, Kelebek, just a 2 minute walk away. One super important thing to know is that non-guests are not welcome to visit the hotel and take photos from its beautiful terrace – and you will be turned away if you arrive for sunrise photos there.
By Stoked to Travel
Village Cave House Hotel
Village Cave House Hotel is another less-popular cave hotel in Cappadocia worth staying at. The hotel is located inside a cave only 5 minutes of walk away from Lovers Hill, which will give you some of the most amazing views over Goreme and the whole valley.
Some rooms have a shared terrace from which one could see the flying hot air balloons in the morning, a comfy sitting area, and a spa tub to spoil yourself completely. The cave interior had some oriental touches, and spending time in the room and the hotel was an experience itself. The best part is that the price is budget-friendly (about 60 euro per night) while the experience feels like being at a 5-star hotel all the time.
Ottoman Cave Suites
The Ottoman Cave Suites hotel is an ideal introduction to Cappadocia and has everything a traveler could ever need! To start, Ottoman Cave Suites have authentic cave rooms that include hand-carved ‘paintings’ in the walls, traditional decor, and beautiful mosaics in the bathroom.
The hotel’s rooftop terrace is the perfect place to watch the hot air balloons and is expertly decorated in colorful rugs, a horse statue (an homage to Cappadocia’s original name means Land of Beautiful Horses). Even a breakfast spread is set up to get that perfect shot. Speaking of breakfast, the hotel offers an epic breakfast buffet complete with different cuisines and plenty of options! Ottoman Suites is ideal for a mid-range budget and is within walking distance to downtown Goreme.
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By Adventures with Luda
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Cave hotels in Cappadocia – Uchisar
Found in the heart of Uchisar, Museum Hotel is the epitome of luxury and one of the most exclusive cave hotels in Cappadocia. This 4-star boutique hotel has been restored from ancient ruins and caves to provide an unparalleled experience.
Set on the highest peak in Cappadocia and carved deep into a cliff face, it gives a perfect vantage point to enjoy the sight of the hot air balloons in the morning. The 30 stone cave rooms that make up the hotel are well decorated with historical artifacts and antique furnishings.
Facilities include a spa, outdoor pool, a business center, and a garden while the staff is friendly and able to understand a variety of different languages. Despite being one of the more expensive options, Museum Hotel offers a unique experience and is an excellent choice for a stay.
By A Rai of Light
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Prepare for the trip
To ease your travel planning, check out all the posts about Turkey travel. Additionally, here are some of the websites and services I use when preparing for my next adventure anywhere in the world.
- Book affordable flights on Skyscanner, a platform that shows the best routes and flight deals to your destination. There’s a money-back guarantee if you miss the flight!
- Check iVisa to see if you need a tourist visa to visit Turkey, how to apply online if applicable, or where’s the nearest embassy or consulate
- Find budget-friendly deals on all sorts of accommodation types on Booking and Agoda
- Buy the most flexible and budget-friendly travel insurance, SafetyWing, to cover all sorts of health problems on the road
- Pack your copy of Lonely Planet’s Turkey travel guide. Alternatively, buy Rough Guide to Turkey
- Book in advance some of the best city walks, cultural experiences, and day tours to maximize your stay and experience here