My traveling companion was the one who wanted to visit Cappadocia (pronounced as "Ka-pa-dok-ya) after Istanbul. I just simply tagged along. But I was the one who made all the travel and sightseeing arrangements in Cappadocia. The travel agent in Cappadocia made the hotel reservation for us. And I clearly remembered asking for a good hotel in Cappadocia and apparently this is one of the better ones.
After my lousy hotel experience in Istanbul, I was expecting the worst in Cappadocia. But when I reached there, the hotel was not that bad!
Check in was very informal. Handed over passports to staff, decided who is sleeping with who and we were shown to our rooms. I had one of the better rooms so it was on the top most terrace and nearest to the hotel desk and entrance of the hotel and carpark.
And they got free wifi! Great!
The room is very spacious and I think you can easily put 3 extra single beds inside and still have enough space to walk around.
The bathroom is also quite big with a shower and a bathtub that looks like a Turkish bathtub (I think). Toiletries were not impressive (which is expected) but not a concern since I brought my own stash for the 4 weeks long holiday.
The bed was ok. Definitely not high thread count sheets.
But I think the unique experience of the hotel is the hotel room in a cave kind of concept. Which I believe a lot of the other hotels in this area are like that.
Breakfast was adequate (better than the Venice hotel I stayed at) and the staff are quite attentive. And dinner in the restaurant was also quite an experience. The setting is quite old school and homely. You can choose to sit in the open terrace or inside and we did both. The inside was decorated like a living hall of a someone's home.
When I go to some chain restaurants at home, the food are pre-cooked at a central kitchen at the factory and then heated when ordered by customers in the restaurant. But at Cappadocia, you get the feeling that the food is cooked from scratch. You got to wait for the food and while waiting for the food, you can have a drink at the table and have a conversation with your dining companions. No rushing for time. Just simply enjoying the moment.
The restaurant enjoys a good dinner crowd so you get a very jaunty atmosphere. And you are served Cappadocian cuisine and it would appears to me that this restaurant is like one of the more happening restaurant in town!
Beautiful light at sunset also meant that you get to take beautiful pictures before dinner.
Cons of the hotel for me is that because of our room's close proximity to the lobby and restaurant, you can hear the noise of the dinner crowd at the restaurant when you go to bed early. Which we did becos we were quite tired from the daily treks and walking in Cappadocia.
And the bathroom is dimly lit. Because of the cave concept of the room, natural light does not get into the bathroom and the lights in the bathroom is simply not enough to light up the place. I don't like bathing in dim lit conditions!
And the place is kinda dusty. But I guess Cappadocia is a dusty place after all and the hotel is so "natural" that I guess extensive cleaning is just not possible. And maybe the dust adds to the authenticity of the whole experience!
Because of the terraced layout of the hotel compound, my traveling companion's room was located quite a far way off. And you better have good knees for climbing up and down the steps. The steps are constructed in a way that feels like it was cut out from big slabs of stones so it can be very uneven so have to be careful. Even for me, I can miscalculate the height of the next step and I can trip. And I am actually a physically fit person so the elderly and the young have to be careful.
Turkey is a Muslim country so you hear the call to prayer 5 times a day. Last one at 11pm and the first one at 5am. I told my friends when I came back that I am a Buddhist/Taoist (but not a very religious one) who visited many churches in a Muslim country. And it was the first time I stepped into a mosque. It was a "conflicting" period for me. Of course, it was spoken in jest. But it goes to show that we have to be more religiously more tolerant.
Lastly, we had a full day tour before departing Cappadocia and the great thing was that there was a common shower that we can use before flying taking the long flight home. It was clean and it was bright! I had a good shower to wash off all the dust from the day tour.
My traveling companions didn't manage to have a shower but they had a shower in Turkish Airlines Business Class lounge. But the Turkish Airlines people were really quite impossible. They treat you like pests imposing on their shower facilities. What lousy attitude. Fly Emirates! They literally roll out the red carpet for you!
Anyway, do come stay at the hotel if you are coming to Cappadocia.
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