For a trip to Cappadochia, I can give a good recommendation for the Sultan Cave Suites. Some of the rooms are actually built into the hillside, and others that are not keep the same motif. They are all referred to as "cave" rooms. The hotel is situated on a ridge overlooking the town of Göreme, which is probably where you want to be on your first visit to Cappadochia. There are other small hotels on the same ridge overlooking the town, and it is a little confusing to discern which rooms beloing to which hotel. But this did not have any effect on me. I enjoyed my three-night stay here. There is a really nice view of the town and the surrounding "fairy chimney - moonscape" scenery from the hotel's outdoor terrace.
The walk down the hill to the middle of Göreme takes about 5-10 minutes. That is where the restaurants, mini-marts, tour offices, ATM's and shopping can be found. You walk down a winding, cobblestone road bounded on both sides by houses and other town buildings. The road is not well lit at night, so walking down there by yourself at night can be a little intimidating. However, I had no problems, other than being followed by a couple of curious dogs.
The Sultan Cave Suites guest rooms are very nice on the inside, even if the buildings look a little "rustic" on the outside, like in many old, small towns you might see all over Europe. It is part of the charm of being in Göreme. Remember, this town is very old! I had to walk about 50 meters outdoors along the ridge road from the hotel lobby / restaurant / terrace area to the building that contained my guest room -- No. 335. I really liked the spacious room itself. They gave me the specific room I requested when I made the reservation.
The hotel staff meet you at check-in and give you a good overview of their services and what there is to do in Göreme. I found the tours and the balloon ride they arranged for me to be excellent. I really enjoyed them! The hotel set up my hot-air balloon ride with Butterfly Balloons, and I was totally satisfied, not only with the ride and the overall service, but also with the price. I can say the same thing about the established day tours. I took Tour No. 1 and had a very fine day -- really enjoyable and informative.
The Sultan Cave Suites hotel restaurant was better than I expected for evening dinner. The breakfast buffet was about what I expected. Not the best I have ever had, but certainly satisfying. The atmosphere is relaxed here, and that is part of what you come here for anyway.
Everything in my room worked well, including the internet. Housekeeping did a nice job. I was here three nights, and so I used the laundry service, which was good. The bed was comfortable and the room nicely appointed. The bathroom was good, with a nice shower.
I could have used more English TV channels, but that was a minor issue. I found myself keeping on the French TV channel at night while sleeping, because the in-cave, thoroughly sound-insulated nature of my room made the suite so soundproof and so totally quiet that it was almost a little unnerving for me. I normally never sleep with the TV on, but I did here -- just to be able to hear 'something' at night -- so I could sleep better. Remember this when you book a room inside a cave or otherwise in any place underground or built into a hillside, like this.
Check-in and check-out were easy. They like you to pay in cash, so I did, although I think they do take some credit cards -- make sure you ask in an email if they will take the form of payment you wish to use. Airport transfers were very good. The trip in from the airport near Nevşehir on my arrival day was pleasant and safe. The slightly longer trip over to the Kayseri airport for my flight back to Istanbul was also a pleasant and safe van ride.
In summary, give yourself a chance to stay in a place that is a little unusual but where they will provide what you need, with good service and a smile: The Sultan Cave Suites.
- Also Known As:
- Sultan Cave Hotel Goreme
- Sultan Cave Suites Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sultan Cave Suites is a special, recently renovated small hotel located in the heart of Cappadocia, Goreme. There are 30 total units in two blocks as junior suites, suites & king suites. Most of the rooms are carved into cave. ... more less
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