There were only 2 reviews of the Nirvana Cave Hotel on TA when I made our booking; one negative and one positive. So in my mind it was a 50/50 gamble, but it turned out to be a gamble well worth taking.
The hotel is located right in the heart of the small but ever popular tourist town of Goreme in the region of Cappadocia. It is surrounded by the majestic white rock formations that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The landscape is quite simple breathtaking.
We travelled to Goreme from Ankara on a 5-hour bus ride that stops in Nevsehir and from there we took a minibus to Goreme - all on the same ticket. From Goreme bus station it was a short 5-minute walk to the Hotel with the help of directions from local people.
The hotel owner, Mustafa, greeted us with apple tea and showed us to our room. He was a very helpful and accommodating host throughout our 3-night stay. We took a deluxe double room. It was a spacious 'cave-style' room, with en-suite bathroom (shower, toilet, wash basin). The queen size bed was very comfortable and there was an extra single bed too. The room was clean, spacious and warm. Well worth the price (35 Euros per person, per night).
Breakfast was served upstairs in the reception room with a panoramic view over Goreme, though some people had theirs downstairs on the tables in front of each room. There's a sort of 'arcade' that runs right round the hotel and makes for a great evening social space to relax and chat with other guests. Breakfast was simple but all ingredients were local and fresh and the coffee was great.
Mustafa arranged several tours for us while we were there, including the must-do day tour of Cappadocia, a ride on the famous hot-air balloons dotted all round Goreme airspace. and a session at the Goreme Hamam. All in all the hotel, the location, the area made for an amazing trip and I'd definitely recommend the Nirvana Cave Hotel to anyone looking for good quality on a budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nirvana Cave Hotel & Camping lies in the heart of Cappadocia, in the small town of Goreme. It is situated among fairy chimneys and fruit trees and is just a few minutes walk from the bus station and centre of town. At Nirvana Cave Hotel you can spend the night in a traditional cave room or in one of the stone built rooms with authentic wooden ceilings. Budget travelers can choose to stay in our unique cave room dormitory where the beds are fitted into niches in the rock. All the rooms at Nirvana Cave Hotel have been recently renovated (in 2010) to bring them up to date and meet the requirements of today’s travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nirvana Cave Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey