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Recommend a nice "cave" hotel in Göreme, Cappadocia?

Currently planning a trip to Turkey in March 2020. Looking for recommendations for a nice "cave hotel" in Göreme.

What did you like (and what didn't you)?

Thank you!

Posted by
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We really enjoyed the Kelebek hotel. Comfortable, clean, good breakfast, easy to arrange balloon flight & sightseeing trips. Helpful staff.

Posted by
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Curious as to why you prefer a cave hotel. We researched to find a hotel that did not offer cave rooms after a bad situation in a cave hotel in another location.

Posted by
5017 posts

Thanks for the suggestions so far, still looking for more if anyone has them.

Curious as to why you prefer a cave hotel. We researched to find a hotel that did not offer cave rooms after a bad situation in a cave hotel in another location.

Fair question. I guess because 1) it seems like a unique experience, 2) wife asked to do it, and 3) it seems everyone does it.

Now, of those, only 2 may actually be a valid reason...

@ Suki - That said, I'd be curious to hear about your bad situation elsewhere (via PM if you prefer). I've scoured a lot of "cave hotel" reviews on TA, and there are definitely some very bad reviews of cave rooms (dampness, odors, etc.)...which I suppose should not be a complete surprise (there are valid reasons that most of humanity moved out of caves eons ago).

Posted by
76 posts

Most of cave hotels that have been constructed in last 20 years, are artificial!. They dug into caves with machines and built these hotels! Or they extended their existing cave hotels by digging.

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It's been years since I stayed in Uçhisar, just uphill from Göreme, but that location has good views over Göreme and Mt. Erciyes, and quite a few cave hotel options. I did view and was impressed with Les Maisons de Cappadoce as it was being completed - beautiful, more expensive than other options, but still feasible for most American budgets.

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We spent our honeymoon vacation in the Shoestring Cave hotel. That was last July.
We loved it, but I wouldn't recommend the cave rooms since they have a musty smell and I am not good with smells. We asked to change rooms and they put us on the very top, by the pool and the bar, where there was no A/C but we still loved it way better than the dark and musty cave rooms.

The Hotel was great, breakfast was delicious, the pool and the bar were always open and you have a magnificent view of the hot air balloons at sunrise.

If you don't like climbing stairs, getting the rooms on the top may be challenging.

It's best if you go September or May to skip the scorching hot weather.