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“An Amazing Place - we loved it”
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Museum Hotel
Ranked #13 of 28 Hotels in Uchisar
London
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“An Amazing Place - we loved it”
Reviewed August 22, 2010

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.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

I stayed at this hotel in June 2010 with my two 8 year old children and my mother. This hotel was one of the best hotels I have ever visited. We had two of the rooms that were not in the cave part but they were still fun and I could look out the window and watch my children play with the turtles and the rabbit in the garden near the pool. I looked in a few of the cave rooms and they seemed extemely nice and looked like they would be fun to stay in. The hotel grounds are immaculate and I spent a lot of time relaxing in the loungers above the pool. The staff is attentive and super friendly. I had an amazing outdoor massage with olive oil. Food in the restaurant was wonderful. I can't say enough good things about this hotel. It was such a special experience. I hope we get back to the Museum Hotel one day.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Raipur, India
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

Very different accomodation. Great for one time experience. Quite expensive as all the other cave hotels in cappadocia. Stay here atleast once in your lifetime.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

As the hotel name indicates, staying at this hotel is like staying in a museum -- or at the very least an antique shop. Two of the highlights of our three-week trip to Turkey was the hotel cooking class (we were ushered into the hotel dining room and with the staff chose four menu items to cook) and an early morning walk with the owner, Omar, who is an exceptional entrepreneur and philanthropist. He supports the local culture and community, for example by bringing local delicacies into the hotel restaurant. The restaurant presents a great variety of food on the breakfast buffet including a diversity of Turkish cheeses which, in contrast to many other situations, are well labelled. Another highlight was halavah on the buffet (my wife wasn't impressed...).

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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tucson, Az
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Reviewed June 5, 2010

Arriving at the Museum Hotel was like arriving at a magical and spiritual place. This hotel sits on a hill so the views from this place are as far as your eye can see! The experience of living for a few days among history where every turn you take there is yet another piece of art and antiques make it almost unreal.
Our room, the Beyzade Suite was beautifully decorated and was very large with plenty of space to sit and enjoy the views out the windows. The bathroom was also large and very clean and it too had beautiful views of the valley.
The hotel staff were very helpful and you could see they took great pride in their work and making sure that all was in order for you.
Dinner at Lila's restaurant was wonderful. Both food and wine were delicious!! The setting very romantic - both during the day when you could have breakfast outside and see the balloons overhead or at night when you could sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
We also did the balloon excursions which we very much enjoyed. Our Pilot Nuri from Urgup Balloons was very professional and helpful in directing you every step of the way.
The days we spent here were so wonderful that I would love to come back and bring family and friends to come experience something that is so unique you leave with a feeling of was it real?

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed May 26, 2010

On a recent trip to Turkey, my wife and freinds of ours had the pleasure of staying at the Museum Hotel in Cappadocia. This may be one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed at - in our lives. To begin with, the location is at the top of a hill and overlooks a huge valley. The vistas continue all the way to Mount Aegis - 80 km away. As for the hotel itself, the service was impecible, the rooms were carved out of caves - and yet tehy were very luxurious. Thread counts on the beds had to be 1000 or better. The only drawback might be that it is fairly isolated from other ammenities so it would be hard to go elsewhere for meals. If that sounds like a problem, let me assure you that the food at the hotel is exquisite and, because breakfast is included in the cost of the room, there is no need to really go anywhere else. It is upscale, but worth every Turkish Lira. I cannot recommend this hotel enough. It was the perfect topper for a fabulous adventure in the middle of Turkey.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed April 11, 2010

All that have been said so far about the uniqueness of this hotel is true. My family and I felt so privileged to have spent a few days here.

As we were a couple travelling with a child, the hotel recommended Kandilli (meaning candle) room which has a day bed that can also be converted into a single bed and a truly breathtaking view. It was a perfect recommendation! Our cave room had lots of small nooks where little candles were placed. When lit, the flickering candles, along with the other soft lighting in the room, gave our nights a cozy and romantic atmosphere.

Dinners at Lila restaurant were memorable experiences. The list of Turkish cuisines on offer was extensive, each item came beautifully presented. Better still was the very attentive restaurant service - every one of the restaurant staff took great effort to ensure our comfort, provide food recommendations, even fuss over our child... nothing was too much trouble. They were very happy to chat with us during our meals and the following mornings during breakfasts that, at the end of the trip, we felt that we had gotten a glimpse into their own lives.

However, the same cannot be said of the reception staff. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, they all looked stern and forboding, unapproachable and suspicious. An example of our interaction:
Me (approaching Reception Staff behind the desk): "How much does a taxi ride cost to Goreme?"
Reception Staff: "I don't know."
Me: "Do you have an idea how much it normally would cost?"
Reception Staff: "They run on the meter."
By then another person standing nearby interjected and gave us an indicative cost estimate, which was really what I wanted to know. Shame, really... as the dreadful reception staff are a blotch to the otherwise exceptional service provided by the restaurant staff. But we didn't have much to do with the reception staff, hence didn't allow them to spoil our stay.

Location wise - yes, it would've been more convenient to be located in Goreme about 10 minutes away, where there are more shops and touristy restaurants. But then Goreme town is just a taxi ride away, which, together with its Open Air Museum, is more than sufficient for an afternoon's quick visit.

There is a laptop in the breakfast area that allows free access. Connection can be slow and at times erratic, though.

Rise early to see the sunrise that slowly changes the hues of the resort. Have breakfast on the terraces as you watch the numerous hot air balloons float silently into the clear Cappadocian skies. A hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia's mystical valleys is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and truly worth the cost.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Museum Hotel
Address: Tekelli Mahallesi No.1, Uchisar 50240, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Cappadocia > Uchisar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Uchisar
#3 Romantic Hotel in Uchisar
#3 Business Hotel in Uchisar
#4 Luxury Hotel in Uchisar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Museum Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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