How do you say "damp" in Turkish? I don't know why we didn't realize a room in a cave would be damp, but the dehumidifier in our room never registered below 68% humidity and was usually up at 80%.
Because there were no windows, the heat given off by the dehumidifier had nowhere to go, so the room was also consistently warm. We had to leave the door open when we were in the room and turn the dehumidifier off at night or the room got up to 85 degrees - and might have gone higher if we'd not turned it off. The lights in the room were all incandescent so they gave off a good deal of heat as well, but had to be kept on as there were no windows. We spent a lot of time in the very pretty courtyards, but we paid extra thinking we'd have a cool room to retire to in the heat of the day.
There was also no top sheet on our bed, so the first night we had to take the blanket out of the duvet cover and sleep under the duvet cover which was still too warm. Because of language difficulties, it took a couple tries to get an additional sheet for our bed (at first they just brought us another duvet cover!)
There were washcloths the first night, but none after that, and they made up the rooms rather late in the day, so when we came back to the room at around 2pm, the bed was still unmade, which detracted from the only thing the room had going for it - the prettiness.
When we brought the dampness issue up to the management, they did offer to switch us to a non-cave room, but that room had windows out to both the reception area/main courtyard and the space above the dining hall which promised to be both noisy and smoky. The room was very breezy, but because of all the lovely architectural lighting throughout the grounds, would have also been very bright at night (the curtains were a very light thin cotton). That, coupled with the fact that the bathroom had no shower curtain (just a hand-held shower head and a bathtub), we decided to stick with the cave room.
This turned out to be a mistake because even though the room was clean, it smelled like clay/dust and caused my boyfriend’s allergies to act up so that he was sniffling and sneezing the whole time.
The staff at the front desk didn't seem to be particularly knowledgeable - about either the area or tourist concerns in general. We might just have been spoiled after the exceptional service we experienced at our hotel in Istanbul, but I expected more from a place that's billed as a luxury hotel. When we were online booking a flight back to Istanbul for the end of our trip, they offered to help us - and then directed us to a travel agency in town!
The breakfast was quite nice - eggs were the only option for hot food, but the presentation was elegant (as were the surroundings) and it was the breakfast staff that turned me on to the wonders of sun-dried apricots (so much tastier than the orange chemical-dried/sulphured ones!). There was a decent variety of fresh fruit (much of it under-ripe), and dried fruit (figs!), as well as nuts, some interesting cheeses, chocolate spread, halva, breakfast cake (bit dry), bread, yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes.
We paid about half price through a deal on booking.com - even so, it felt pricey for the level of comfort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cappadocia Cave Suites is located in the city of Goreme, one of the most beautiful and characteristic locales in the Cappadocia region. The famous fairy chimneys and fantastic colorful shapes of the landscape, make this region a natural wonder of the world. Come to relax and explore this historic, wondrous and romantic landscape while enjoying the finest in hotel accommodations and world famous Turkish hospitality.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cappadocia Cave Hotel Goreme
- Cappadocia Cave Goreme
- Cappadocia Cave Suites Goreme, Turkey