Late September we journeyed 1 hour's flight from Istanbul to the Sultan Caves Hotel, Goreme in Cappadocia. It was dark when we arrived and so the highlights of the spectacular landscape largely awaited the next day. Check in was swift and efficient with Mehmet providing most information on an informative map of the town, plus a leaflet with three local tours, taking in some of the region's highlights. Our room was, no surprise really, a cave with what looked like a very tasteful add on. Large lounge, two bedroom and a large bathroom completed the suite. This was fortunate as our friend was not quite so lucky and had to be rescued from a fate worse than death in a nearby hotel the next morning. She moved into our second bedroom. No problem with the hotel management. Awoken by the blaring of the loudspeakers close to the hotel at 5.45am, there are two mosques nearby- you have been warned!!! We could not name the sound of something like an aeroplance engine, until we looked out of the window to see no less than 60 hot air ballons taking to the air at the same, or almost the same time!!
The restaurant of the hotel serves local cuisine, lamb, chicken wrapped with walnots and spinach was v nice as are the local meatballs. Much is cooked in a brick oven at the side of the eating area. The local wines are fine, we bought a couple of bottles to bring back to Istanbul,.
Lots of backpackers, many from the orient, plus Brits and Americans and others. Breakfast is in a separate area and is the traditional Turkish buffet manner. Staff were unfailingly courteous and helpful, nothing seemingly too much trouble. The hotel is on the edge of the town, and you can see people gathering on a ridge on the far side of the town to watch the sun go down. It looks a long way but is only about a 15 minute stroll, though uphill at the end. All this can be watched from the covered areas with ample provision for sitting out. Watch carefully and you may still see the tiny moth like humming bird that visits the flowers there!
Ask for details of local sites, and do visit the local open air museum!!!
We all thought the place was amazing in all respects, and we will be going back.
It has a wonderful rustic charm typical of the area, as when the cleaning maid was wondering what to do with our used coffee filter cups! Wonderful, globalisation not here- yet!!
Not much can be done re the religious services clearly, the call to prayer can still be heard even from the depths of the cave but it all adds to the uniqueness.
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