My husband and I stayed four nights at the Gamirasu. We did not take advantage of their free pickup from the airport because we had a rental car to get around a bit on our own, and we arrived very late, after 11 p.m. They were unbelievably welcoming, saying they were worried about us because their driver knew we arrived at the airport and it took us a long time (we got lost). They asked if we wanted to eat first, which we did. They had kept the dining room open and had a great meal for us in their magical dining room. Our waiter, Murat, even played a song for us on a Turkish stringed instrument that was hanging on the wall and sang a song.
Our cave room was huge, comfortable, with cable and WIFI, with a huge bath with both a traditional bathing area and a modern bath area with whirlpool. When I say huge, I mean about the size of three large hotel rooms put together. With a fireplace.
The breakfast was terrific, and the service at breakfast was also amazing. Even though it was a buffet, the waiter watched me like a hawk and noticed if I forgot something so I never had to go back to get anything like a spoon. He just about read my mind.
The rooms were spotless, and all the staff were terrific and all very friendly. The ladies at the desk helped set us up with wonderful tours, and helped by printing out our boarding passes for our flight. The tours they arranged were with Remzi, who is incredibly knowledgeable and taught us not just about the sites but about the culture and history of the area. You don't need a car, since you can get the tours or the hotel will shuttle you to nearby towns, but if you want to drive the roads are fine and there are two nearby towns, Urgup and Mustafapasa to stroll around.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gamirasu Cave Urgup
- Hotel Gamirasu Cave
- Gamirasu Cave Hotel Turkey/Cappadocia - Ayvali