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Gamirasu Cave Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ayvali
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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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“The middle of nowhere is the middle of everywhere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

I just spent the last month traveling in Croatia, Turkey and Italy, and the very best experience I had anywhere was at the Gamirasu Cave Hotel. Not only is the accommodation luxurious, the pool refreshing and the beauty of the surrounding landscape breathtaking, but the food at the hotel is the absolute best. The lavash bread will make you cry it is so delicious. Everything else on the menu is worth it, just order what you feel like and you won't be disappointed. The hotel staff are so lovely, Hamide will help you figure out how to plan activities according to your budget and time, and the waiters always have a smile. The very epitome of hospitality is Kamil, the head chef who arranges perfect breakfasts, salads made from vegetables grown in the hotel garden, and will pluck a fresh walnut from the tree for you to taste if you ask. When you see him, say hello, for he will surely make your trip a happy one.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

As stated by all the reviews, this hotel is spectacular in every way. The location is so serenely beautiful, exotic and almost other-worldly. The service is superior. The breakfasts are amazing, and the dinner in the restaurant very good. Our room has a circular bed and a private terrace that looked across at the village. The minaret faced us and the early morning call to prayer (along with the roosters) precluded the need for a wake up call.
We have never had such a perfect experience in a hotel. Food, beauty, comfort of the room, impeccable service, friendly staff, set in ancient caves in a village that time seemingly hasn't affected. I doubt we will ever find a hotel to rival our experience at the Gamirasu Cave Hotel!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Excellent Rooms and Service

The hotel has converted old caves into rooms - a very unique concept indeed - and they have done this in the best way possible aesthetically. This is a welcome change from the usual run-of-the-mill hotels - we would recommend this hotel purely to experience this very distinctive ambience! One small drawback is that not all rooms have the same amount of natural light coming in - so if you prefer a lot of natural light, it's best to state that while doing the booking so that you get can get a room according to your requirements.

The Service is excellent. All members of the staff are incredibly helpful, courteous and warm. The owner herself spends a lot of time at the Front Desk interacting with guests and helping them. While all the staff members provided fantastic service, one of them stood out in particular - Kamil. It was an absolute pleasure being served by Kamil. He was highly energetic and ever ready to help with any request we had. He went out of his way to make us feel at home. He always had a smile on his face and his sincerity while serving us came through visibly. We really enjoyed getting to know him during our time at Gamirasu. It was clear that he genuinely wanted us to have a wonderful stay, and we certainly did!

We would highly recommend this hotel to those visiting Cappadocia.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Burton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

My partner and I recently stayed at this wonderful Cave Hotel situated in a small village on the outskirts of Urgup, The scenery is second to none as were the rooms, we had an amazing suite carved out of rock with a Jacuzzi bath, the rooms were all unique in design and kept spotlessly clean. The breakfast was delicious and fresh with a wide variety of choice, we dined at the Hotel every night during our stay simply because the food was so fresh and cooked to perfection while enjoying the view from the wonderful terrace. The pool is so welcoming and relaxing after a day sight seeing. The overall plus was the staff and the owner Ibrahim who were so welcoming and attentive, the service they provided was so professional and friendly that we felt like we were at home. If you ever visit Cappadocia I strongly recommend you give this Hotel a visit, we will most certainly be returning in the near future.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

My wife and I had an excellent two days at the Gamirasu Cave Hotel - a wonderful, quiet location. What really stood out was the service - 24 hours a day, anything that we wanted! Very friendly and welcoming. Nice pool and great, local food and wine.

The only thing that could have been better was the room which could have been a little cleaner (the rugs) - but this was a minor issue.

I recommend it highly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

The best hotel on our trip. I couldn't imagine before the trip what a cave hotel would be like. We had a gorgeous suite high up in the hotel, including a living room, bedroom, balcony and terrace overlooking the incredible Cappadocia landscape. The food was great, the staff was efficient, friendly and helpful. There were kittens everywhere and it was a delight to pet them and watch them play. A true gem.

Room Tip: Ask for room 134 for a splendid room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

3 nights in this wonderful cave hotel in Capadoccia. Every bedroom was unique and carved out of the rock face. Everything you could need was provided for in the hotel - ours had previously been were the monks had pressed wine! There was little to do in the village itself but the hotel do provide a free shuttle service to the nearest town, although we did not have time to do this. The food at the hotel was excellent and all of the staff were attentive and friendly. Do have a balloon flight - its an amazing experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Property: Gamirasu Cave Hotel
Address: Ayvali, Urgup 50400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Cappadocia > Urgup > Ayvali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ayvali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gamirasu Cave Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gamirasu is the name of an exquisitely restored 35 rooms troglodyte cave house opened in 1998, in Ayvali Village near Urgup in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. The hotel is located in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat which offers modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years. Gamirasu cave Hotel is featured in major international travel guides as one of the best cave hotels of Cappadocia. Recently Business Insider choose '' 50 incredible hotels you should sleep in during your lifetime '' It is also mentioned as a romantic escape for honeymoons in wedding magazines. A 12th century Byzantine Christian church forms part of the Gamirasu, and until recently, part of the hotel was still used by Christian monks. Much care has been taken to blend the historic facades with the natural curves of the Cappadocian landscape to preserve its traditional style and appearance whilst providing you with the utmost in modern conveniences. The finish is stylish and the atmosphere inviting and romantic. Indeed, it is the perfect honeymoon destination, with many couples choosing the intimate cave suites for access to some of the most breathtaking and unforgettable scenery in the world. The sense of tranquility and authentic village atmosphere around the Gamirasu is instantly soothing, with nothing to disturb you but the sound of birds and sumptuous aromas drifting across the warm air from the old Monastic kitchen. Breakfast consists of all local and organically grown produce, including freshly baked bread, clotted cream, honeycomb and fresh fruit. A 7km hiking trail departs from the front door of the hotel and follows a remote valley with a beautiful brook flowing down the middle. In every direction, you are surrounded by breathtaking views, extraordinary natural shapes and a myriad of cave-dwellings to explore. It really is the most mesmerizing of destinations. ... more   less 
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Gamirasu Cave Urgup
Hotel Gamirasu Cave
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