I stayed four nights at the Arch Palace Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have stayed in a huge variety of hotels and hostels worldwide, ranging from the best international 5 star hotels to US 2.50 hostels with faulty electric showers. I can say without a doubt that the Arch Palace will remain a highlight for me. The Arch Palace isn't exactly a palace, and it isn't a cave hotel either, but the owner, Mustafa, is exceptionally warm and willing to go out of his way to make your experience in Cappadocia outstanding. If you are looking for 5 stars, neither Göreme nor the Arch Palace are probably the place for you, but if you are looking to experience Cappadocia both as a tourist and a culturally inquisitive person, then I highly recommend the Arch Palace.
I traveled alone in December and since it was the (very) low season I was the only one staying at the time. In spite of this, Mustafa was there to greet me, had listened to my preferences after a very prompt e-mail exchange, and had a wonderful set of suggestions that matched my needs perfectly. I felt that he and his staff really looked out for me, and found the perfect balance between making sure I was okay hiking alone and that I got back to the hotel every night safely and respecting my privacy and independence at the same time. In spite of the cold weather in December Cappadocia was lovely and the heat at the Arch Palace was a welcome relief from the cold (reading reviews about damp, heatless cave hotels was one of my reasons for choosing it), and the views from the terrace were lovely, in spite of the snow.
On the whole, however, the highlight of my experience in Cappadocia was a simple thing that will remain with me forever; Mustafa and his friends hike in the winter when the season is slow and they invited me along. We found figs, walnuts and almonds on the trees, found a stone beehive and walked through some beautiful valleys; but we hiked as friends, not as guide and customer. While I know that the other seasons are too bust to accommodate this, I think it is representative of the experience you will have staying at the Arch Palace; Mustafa really went out of his way to help me and in doing so made me love Göreme and Cappadocia that much more... and it is an absolutely incredible place to begin with.
The hotel itself is totally decent; good beds, good bathroom with a fantastic shower head & travertine, and most importantly in Dec., they were not stingy on heat! The breakfast was typical for Turkey and the service was great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arch Palace Hotel is set in the middle of breathtaking surroundings with spectacular panoramic views of Goreme, ideally situated only 300m from the centre of Goreme. All the rooms at Arch Palace Hotel have central heating, air conditioning and private bathrooms. In total there are 11 rooms for a maximum of 30 guests. Arch Palace Hotel is a family run hotel where you will be made to feel at home by the owner Mustafa and his wife. From the spacious rooftop terrace you can enjoy the amazing surroundings and beautiful sunsets, or just relax on the cushions of the Turkish style sitting corner. The name of Arch Palace Hotel comes from the traditional room-type that has been built in Anatolia for centuries. A building with an arched ceiling keeps the room cool during the hot months of summer and retains the warmth during cold winters. This building tradition is still used today as can be seen at Arch Palace Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arch Palace Goreme
- Hotel Arch Palace
- Arch Palace Hotel Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey