We just sent four days at Kayakapi Premium Caves, and I would be hard pressed to find even a constructive criticism, as this place has thought of everything. The hotel was built into the side of cliff on the site of an old village. Each of the rooms, and for that matter the public spaces are cave, carved out of the side of the cliff face. We ended up in Room 107, which consisted of a sitting room, a bed room, an enormous bathroom with our own personal hamam, and "Kosk" or private cabin in front of our room with a fireplace and spectacular views of the valley and Urgup town. The Kosk came in very handy for late nights with local wine and a fire - the hotel staff would even come and light the fire for us.
To a person, the staff could not have been friendlier - the front desk, Elvan and Mehmet arranged for all of our tours guides and balloon excursions (a must in Kapadokya). In fact, Elvan continued to help us with recommendations and bookings as e journeyed on to Istanbul later in the week. The restaurant manager, Ruzgar, told us that his name means "windy" and that if we said his name three times he would appear. That was not far from the truth. He would arrange for anything we wanted - setting up a dinner service for four in our Kosk, lighting the fire, bringing more wood, etc. The food in the restaurant was very good - especially breakfast, and there are several good options in town as well. Plus the local wines are terrific - there is a winery on the opposite side of the hill from the hotel.
The room itself was great. The cave rooms were very tastefully decorated. The floors were heated, so you would never guess that you're in a cave, except for the fact that you can see the chisel patterns from when it was carved. The sleep was perfect, and the ham am in the bathroom was a special bonus.
Apparently the hotel is still in early development and will continue to expand into additional caves in the former settlement. You can see them up the cliff face. As a result, they have not completed all of the facilities, so there is no gym or spa, but we didn't feel deprived for a second, and plan to return as soon as we can.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia Urgup, Turkey