We stayed at The Museum Hotel in June to celebrate my 50th birthday. What a magical place it is. As it was a special occasion we booked the Catalkaya Cave Suite and were not disappointed. The cave aspect and history of this hotel are what makes it so special. Our room was fantastic with the bathroom being outstanding. The Jacuzzi tub had a window that looked out over the valley and the views from the room were spectacular (take a peek out the door at 6:00am and watch the hot air balloons overhead).
Breakfast is served out on the terrace and included both cold and hot food. Not wanting to eat in the restaurant every night we walked up the hill a short way through Uchisar. We found a small and charming pension called Les Terrasse d’Uchisar that was run by a French couple. For £30 we got an excellent three course meal for two with a bottle of wine . The next evening we spent in Goreme (10 minute taxi ride from hotel) where there are plenty of restaurants and bars for a more casual evening. On our last evening we ate in the Lila Restaurant at the hotel. The restaurant is in a beautiful room and there was a large selection on the menu. Obviously the restaurant is much more expensive than the local options but it was a lovely place to celebrate my birthday. We had a lovely meal and the chef prepared a wonderful cake for my birthday.
We booked both our Cappadocia tour and the balloon ride through the hotel. I highly recommend Royal Balloons. You are picked up at 4:30am and taken to their head offices where you are served a nice breakfast in their cafe. You are then taken to the spot where the balloon is waiting to be inflated and then taken up into the sky for a ride of your life. We were in a group basket (up to 20 people) and had more than enough room as you are put into small pods of 4 or 5. The pilot was excellent and once landed we had a glass of champagne and a cake. You then are taken back to the hotel in time for another breakfast. After breakfast we embarked on a full day exploration of the area which included the underground city, Goreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, Urgroup Fairychimneys plus more. Our guide was excellent.
This hotel is wonderful and is part of one of the most spectacular places in Turkey. Most people do not even know about Cappadoccia which in my opinion is what makes it even more spectacular when you are there. You leave knowing that you have experienced something truly special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'Unique...' There is no other word that better describes Museum Hotel. Situated in a very special geographic region in Cappadocia, Museum Hotel has been designed and created from a distinctive combination of the land and historical features and ruins, some intact and some beautifully restored to their original glory. The hotel features 30 rooms & suites-each of them exceptional in their own inimitable way. No room can be alike, with each bringing its own special ambiance, contributing to Museum Hotel's evident character and charm. Steeped in thousands of years of history, there is a magical feel to the hotel. Our unusual 'living museum' concept means our cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are all decorated with priceless antiques and feature stunning views of Cappadocia-just some of the elements that go to make Museum Hotel... well, unique! As evidence of this, Museum Hotel is the only hotel in Turkey invited into the family of luxury hotels and special dining establishments that comprise Relais & Châteaux. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Museum Hotel Uchisar
- Museum Hotel Cappadocia, Turkey - Uchisar