This was the first hotel my wife and I stayed at during our 10 day visit in Turkey. We stayed there for 2 nights, so two partial days and one full day in Cappadocia.
This hotel experience exceeded previous hotel experiences in the US and abroad. Also, the natural area and history in Cappadocia are amazing, though I don't play that into this review or the rating. Rather, my review and rating focus on the elements roughly within any hotel's control: accommodations (the room + public areas), restaurants in the surrounding area and especially Argos' restaurant, and the hotel's service.
Accommodations. The housing style is an interesting blend of the area's classic architecture with modern considerations and style.Our room had a terrace that overlooked a small street and had an amazing view (our room ran about 375TL/night, about $200USD). Our room was one of their "Stone Rooms", which is the baseline type of room you can get at this hotel. The room had hardwood floors, a very comfortable queen bed, a fire place with provided firewood (won't want to use this in the summer!), an excellent bathroom/shower, and a terrace (the terrace was probably a bonus since it sounds like all the Stone Rooms vary in size and amenities). For those who wonder, there was no TV, though we saw this as a good thing. It stayed pleasant to stay in the room during the day despite the high daytime temps, and the room was also a nice sleeping temperature at night. But I want to return to the terrace, which was a great bonus. From jet lag, I actually woke up in the middle of the first night in our hotel and went out to the terrace for an hour of work on my laptop from 130a-230a. It was a bit cool, but I was warm enough for awhile in a T-shirt, and it was incredibly pleasant (this was in mid-July). Perhaps you can request room 3102 if you want to guarantee the terrace.
Food. We had dinner at Argos one evening and breakfast there both mornings of our stay. My wife and I are both vegetarians, and Argos offers a few pasta options that are quite affordable for dinner. Both dishes we got were good to very good. The breakfasts were excellent and topped any free breakfast a hotel provides in the US, at least for hotels where we've stayed. We had all of our meals on their outdoor patio, which overlooked Pigeon Valley for an amazing view. Lastly, I want to note that the service at Argos was the top tier we have had at any restaurant. One other restaurant in the area, recommended to us by the hotel's concierge (Merve), is the Center Cafe. We went there for lunch; the food was very good and the service was better than average for other restaurants we visited in Turkey. The last (second) evening during our stay we ate at a different nearby restaurant called Elai, which we found to be below average in food, about average in service, and above average in price.
Service. Even before our arrival, the Argos staff were incredibly helpful over email. They helped arrange an excellent and very affordable shuttle from the airport, and they provided excellent assistance in arranging tours. Our visit to Cappadocia and Argos ended up being delayed one day by our outgoing US flight to Istanbul. We were able to correspond a little with the Argos staff over email and a couple phone calls during what was an incredibly stressful time as we rebooked our flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia, and the staff arranged a new shuttle on short notice for the following day. Upon arrival, after over 35 hours of traveling within a 48 hour window, we were greeted by Argos.
History. During the evening of our second day (the full day) at Argos, we were given a tour of the hotel by Merve. If given the opportunity to take this tour, do so. So much of the land in this area includes ancient dwellings that have been either partially or fully buried, and Argos' property is no exception. A hotel in this position typically chooses one of two options: plow over the history, or excavate it as historical and basically use it for show and tell. Argos took a third path, which was to excavate and actually put these places to use through modernization. Keep in mind that while the dwellings are somewhat historical (at least to an American eye), they are so common in this area that Argos' modernization seemed like a perfect balance between preservation and practicality, and they did it really well. There was a larger room that is used for events, a longer tunnel that Argos has excavated up to their property line (no obvious purpose, at least yet), and then many other rooms that have been converted to what is an incredible wine cellar (the word "cellar" doesn't do it justice).
If we make it back to Cappadocia, we will certainly return to Argos for our stay.
P.S. If you are visiting the area, do take tours or get a guide... they really add a lot of value to the sight-seeing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An enchanting blend of two thousand years of history, passionate devotion to authenticity and traditions of hospitality along with design, the 51 room boutique hotel argos in Cappadocia must be experienced to be believed... argos in Cappadocia includes an outstanding 80-seat indoor and outdoor Seki Restaurant-Lounge-Cellar serving local and regional dishes as well as international fare. The hotel's huge wine collection, housed in its own wine cellar underneath the restaurant showcases bottles from its own vineyards as well as other local selections... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Argos In Cappadocia Hotel Uchisar
- Argos In Cappadocia Turkey - Uchisar