We stayed at the Koza Cave hotel in April 2011, and it was wonderful. I agree with all the reviews, it really is an exceptional hotel. The hotel is a three storey cave hotel which was restored over about three years, and was a labour of love for the owner, Dervish Bey, who paid exceptional attention to detail to everything: from the hand wrought iron bannisters to the inclusion of a hamam and jacuzzi bath in the suite room.
We wished to have not only a cave experience but a luxe one as a treat, and so chose the suite on the ground floor. This room was lovely, a comfortable bedroom which led up to a small seating area and an enormous bathroom, which was larger than the bedroom and seating room combined! After a full day walking about, it was a treat to come back to a calm and peaceful room. We were also supplied with water and herbal soaps, and plenty of fluffy towels.
Breakfast was a lovely Turkish buffet, and particularly enjoyed helping myself to the jug of the freshly squeezed orange juice (though had to jockey for juice and coffee with Belgian honeymooners who also enjoyed it all, albeit far more enthusiastically than us!). Dervish Bey pointed out that he tries to use organic and quality ingredients as much as possible, and it showed. The buffet is not huge but was plenty for us.
Will not go into the sights of Cappadocia here but will say that a balloon ride is completely worth every penny! Dervish arranged for us to fly with Butterfly (Kelebek) Hot Air Balloons, and it was fantastic. He also made sure that we flew with British pilot Mike, reputedly the best and most experienced hot air pilot in the region. And Dervish was right - Mike was excellent. He had a vast knowledge of all the valleys, down to the wildlife and flora, and showed exceptional skill in lowering us right into the valleys and even landed the balloon directly on to the trailer! Thanks again for that recommendation, Dervish!
Of course, it was not only Dervish who helped us, his partner Jem was also helpful and very articulate and thoughtful in his recommendations. Dervish's wife and teenage son were also charming. And finally, the rooms were absolutely spotless, cleaned with real attention and care. It is not the cheapest in the area, but we wished to have something a bit more upmarket. We wish the Koza Cave Hotel every success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Koza Cave Hotel was restored using reclaimed stone, iron and wood building materials. It offers rooms fitted with traditional Turkish rugs and furnishings. Several rooms have a living room with a fireplace. Some feature a jacuzzi and a private terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koza Cave Hotel Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey