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Gamirasu Cave Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ayvali
Certificate of Excellence
Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“One of the best we've stayed in!”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Enjoyed the second half of our ruby wedding trip in Turkey in this amazing hotel. Very warm welcome and a lovely little suite of caves with a view down the valley. Unfortunately unable to sit out on our small terrace as the weather was poor but enjoyed a swim on our last day in the rain! Lovely touch of rose petals on our very comfortable bed on our anniversary. Staff all delightful. Ate each night in the restaurant as food and service excellent. A lovely last breakfast was brought for our very early trip to the airport. Definitely would return and can't recommend highly enough.

Room Tip: All the rooms are individual but not all in caves as some are in the old monastery building. All wer...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

WOW! We haven't been able to stop saying this for two days. I still can't believe what I'm seeing. This was a church and monestary which was carved out of living rock in a cliff/rock formation. It is 1100 years old, but completely refurnished. Our room and the room for our kids is just huge. Our bed is larger that anything I've seen before its like two queen beds put together. The ammenites are top drawer and the furnishings make you feel like you're a Sultan, absolutely magnificent!

The food is quite good in the restaurant and even the local wines are higly recommended. We will do some research on these wines when we return to Canada.....a couple we tasted we're world class.

If you get the chance to take a balloon ride, do it. It leaves very early in the morning and you drift thought the valleys where you will see amazing cave homes and rock formations like no where else on earth. Worth the expense.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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11 reviews
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Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

As we got to Gamirasu, we were welcomed with fresh orange juice (which is the best I've ever had) and to top it up we were upgraded to a superior family suite instead of the 2 deluxe rooms we had booked ! The rooms were amazing from the view, size, decor, detailing to the fancy bathroom with the jetted tubs and the back lit marble.
The staff were extremely nice and planned out our programme for both the days we spent in Cappadocia. Anyhow on our first day we decided to swim in the pool which had an amazing view of the caves and go on a hike from our hotel rather than jumping into doing more touristy things. We ate a really good dinner with a great view at Sukurogullari Cafe located in Urgup.
Early next morning we went for a hot air balloon ride, thoroughly enjoyed it and returned to the hotel for some great breakfast. You must try their apple tea, hot chocolate and relish their spread of cheese, fruit and meat. We then set out for a long day of sight seeing which we enjoyed.
We flew out really early the next day and the hotel specially organised breakfast for the 4 of us in our room at 6am which was delicious.

Tips for travellers :-
1. Cheaper to book hot air balloon flights locally than with the hotel as they charge a premium.
2. Fly with Kaya Balloons at 80€ per head or Urgup Balloon at 110/120€ per head.
3. Whirling Dervishes are avoidable and not worth the money(25€) and time(1 hour).
4. Rent a car it's much cheaper than taking a car and driver for 160€ a day.
5. Eat a meal at Old Greek House and don't forget to take a tour of it!
6. Use the free shuttle service of the hotel to and from Urgup and Mustafapasa.
7. Most importantly keep some time in your schedule to just enjoy the hotel!
8. Staff is extremely kind feel free to ask them anything.
9. Use the hotel shuttle for pick up and drops to the airport (15€ per person) vs taxi which is 180 lira per ride.

Overall we had a fantastic stay at Gamirasu Cave Hotel which we later found out was the first ever cave hotel in Cappadocia and a special shout it the lady at the reception who played a huge part in this!

Stayed July 2014
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2014

Beautiful, magical hotel with gorgeous rooms, incredible views, and welcoming, fantastic, friendly service. I agree with the other glowing reviews but want to add how warm the service was. An example of this was when we arrived late in the evening and the restaurant was already closed. Without us asking, we were offered soup, snacks, etc. - "you must be tired and hungry from your trip." More than anything, we felt personally welcomed. Thank you, Emre!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have been travelling for a few weeks and this hotel was my favourite. The staff couldn't do enough for you, the setting is spectacular, the rooms are the coolest that I've seen, the food is delicious and very well priced. We didn't leave the hotel except for our hot air balloon ride that they booked for us three hours before it left. This hotel is about 15 kilometres from the two tourist areas but so worth it. They also provide one complimentary airport transfer and it's one hour away. The buffet wasn't open when we had to leave for our early flight so they made us a special breakfast for free to take with us. This hotel experience was one of the best that I've had!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Stayed 2 night in Cappadocia- 1st at Suhan which was disappointing at the least. Gamirasu more than made up for this. If you are in Cappadocia it's best to stay at a cave hotel and you can't go wrong with this one. This hotel gives you a real feel for the place. The food and beverage was excellent and the service if a level of a boutique property. Rooms are all different so spend some time on the selection before you get here .
Caution: the hotel is built on a hill , no lifts, so climbing steps is the norm.

Stayed July 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed there for two nights and it was amazing!! Service very friendly, gorgeous views, inside of the rooms very creatively done!! Amongst our stays in Istanbul, Pammukale , Kusadesi and Cappadoccia, this was the best.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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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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Hotel Gamirasu Cave
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