I must say at the outset that the parts of the hotel itself that are completed are really amazing - we stayed in one of the King Suites (with the heated swimming pool and hammam), and it really was incredible. The resort really is impressive, even though it has only been open a couple of months and is still under development.
Secondly, the staff (Elvan, Mehmet, Ylias) were the friendliest we met on our trip to Turkey - they went out of their way at every turn to make our stay comfortable and memorable. A big thank you to them!
The reason I have given Kayakapi 4 not 5 is that it is not YET there. The restaurant is pitched (and priced) as high-end, but pales in comparison to the offerings downtown in Urgup (although breakfast was really good). And unlike hotels in Urgup itself (or in Goreme), it is a bit of walk down into town, which means visitors really are dependent on tours and the free shuttle to/from Urgup to get around (complimentary bicycles or scooters would have been a great touch). This wouldn't be as much of a problem for an established resort with a swimming pool, spa, gym, and other on-premises activities, but there is very little to do at the resort once you leave your suite. I have no doubt that there are plans to add more offerings, but that wasn't much help to us as guests in the early stages of development (and I do believe that the room prices should be reflective of this).
Overall, our experience at Kayapaki was a great one and I would certainly recommend it, but I visitors should not be expecting a fully-established, 5-star resort with all the trimmings. I have no doubt that in time it will become this, but it isn't quite there yet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As being one of the first settlement zones in Cappadocia’s centrally located city of Urgüp, the historical site of Kayakapi neighborhood – which is also known as the “Landowners’ Neighborhood” - is returning back to its glory days under the name of Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia, supported by UNESCO and World Heritage Center, is formed by hundreds of cave houses and historical structures. You can be one of the special guests of this historical neighborhood with its 10th-century Cave Church, the historical Mosque dated back to Seljuq Empire and the House of St. John the Russian with its unique Urgup / Cappadocia view. The Cave Rooms, Suites and Mansions with the sizes varying from 33 m² and 253 m², which are designed for your daily needs and luxury holidays, are waiting for their new owners. ... more less
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