Cappadocia stands on a plateau and covers 40 square kilometres of stunning landscape in Anatolia, Turkey. Arriving in Cappadocia is like stepping into a fairytale. There are honeycombed hills, strange rock formations, and fairy chimneys in shades of cream and orange. It’s home to the famous underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli where numerous dwellings were carved into the soft rock. You can even stay in a cave just like the ancient inhabitants! The memory of visiting Cappadocia, will stay with you a lifetime. Below are our recommendations for where to stay in Cappadocia.
Situated just one kilometre from Göreme Open Air Museum, the town centre contains some of the famous fairy chimneys, which instantly makes it rather special. The town is bustling and has good hotels and restaurants and to add to its fascination, a number of its residents still live in cave dwellings. It’s also a great location to catch a tour to a number of local attractions, including the Underground City, and both Northern and Southern Cappadocia.
The Panoramic Cave Hotel
This romantic and splendid hotel is located right in the heart of the town with rooms decorated in a more traditional Turkish style. As the name suggests, the hotel’s sprawling sun terrace offers expansive views of the UNESCO listed fairy chimneys and rolling landscape that surrounds the hotel. Take a few moments to escape in the gardens that cover the property, or one of the private areas for eating and relaxing.
Gaferli Mah. Sukru Efendi Sok. No:19, 50180 Goreme, Turkey
This unique property offers upscale accommodation that has been cleverly designed as it is both contemporary and timeless. The hotel has been built without any walls so that guests really are immersed in the character of the town, and offers an array of amenities. Relax at the on-site bar, soak in the indoor pool, stargaze in the garden, or let go of the day with a soak in the sauna at this beautiful hotel. You can select from rooms that are completely underground or those with windows.
Gaferli Mahallesi Manav Çıkmazı sokak No:2 50180 Göreme / Nevşehir, 50180 Goreme, Turkey
Standing at an altitude of 1,260 metres, this town was a citadel, founded by the Ottomans. ‘Nevşhir’ means ‘new city’ and much of it is. There is a fortress standing high on a hilltop and in 2014 an underground city was discovered underneath it and the excavations continue today. It is an ideal base for exploring Cappadocia as it has a choice of modern and comfortable hotels.
This hotel offers up the best of the regions with views over the always captivating Pigeon Valley, individually design rooms in renovated buildings with antique furniture, and small terraces scattered around where guests can enjoy a glass of wine and some respite after a day of trekking. The hotel also has a bar and restaurant onsite to taste the region’s cuisine and wine offerings, and is in the heart of city’s best district.
Gedik Sokak No:8 Nevsehir, 50240 Uchisar, Turkey
Cappadocia Ennar Cave
This property isn’t just another cave hotel, it’s a stunning escape where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploring in the opulent shared lounge, the lush garden, or the onsite bar. With flowers sitting outside every window and traditional regional decorations adorning the walls and rooms, it feels like a home away from home, no matter how far you are.
Orta Mahalle Çavuş Sokak Nu 3, 50130 Nevsehir, Turkey
One of the most beautiful and unique hotels in the area, the Argos sits in a restored monastery and its surrounding outbuildings, all of which have kept their original features and elaborate stone carvings. Some guest rooms can only be accessed by underground tunnel, while others have soaring vaulted ceilings. With panoramic views over the valleys and mountains below, enjoying an international or local meal with wine from the property’s own vineyards shouldn’t be missed.
Kayabasi Sokak, 50240 Uchisar, Turkey
The Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge
This beautiful hotel is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The guest rooms have rock carvings and other stone features and the hotel terrace is perfect for watching all the hot air balloons rise at dawn. They also offer a complimentary afternoon tea and a full fitness center, and is consistently highly ranked by Conde Nast for its exceptional service.
Tekelli Mahallesi – Tekelli Kümesi No 8, 50240 Uchisar, Turkey
The Museum Hotel
One of the luxury Relais & Chateaux’s properties, and gets its name from the priceless antiques that adorn each room, and the ruins that the hotel overlooks from each window. Every room is unique, and some even offer free wine from taps, while the eco garden provides fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables for the restaurant that serves long-forgotten Cappadocian cuisine as well as modern takes on Turkish delicacies. With an emphasis on sustainability, this is a guilt-free indulgence that you’ll be happy you chose.
Tekeli Mah. No:1, 50240 Uchisar, Turkey
This is the chief town in the area and is situated six kilometers from Göreme. The town stretches along the side of the valley, with many of its houses cut into the rock. In its center there are charming hotels with cave rooms, whilst on its outskirts lie larger, modern hotels. There are plenty of places to enjoy traditional local food, with Ziggy Cafe and Dimitri being the favorites!
Yunak Evleri Cappadocia
Located in the singular and mystical landscape of Cappadocia, this underground hotel is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this ethereal region in a new way. The opulent multi-chamber suites and luxe single rooms are all equipped with marble bathrooms and exquisite hand-crafted furnishings, from lace curtains to antique writing desks. The spa is an underground oasis where visitors can unwind with a relaxing massage or soak in one of the two outdoor pools, surrounded by the towering fairy chimneys. The Caverna restaurant offers stunning views and an extensive selection of traditional regional rules.
Yunak Mahallesi, 50400 Urgup, Turkey
Kayakapi Premium Caves Cappadocia
Located in a historical neighborhood in the splendid city of Urgup, this boutique complex encompasses sprawling cave rooms, storied historical structures, and sumptuous restaurants on open terraces. Along with an elegant wine cellar showcasing local vintners and a limpid pool overlooking the lunar landscape, the hotel also provides access to their unique spa. Housed in a historical mansion, treatments range from reflexology, to full-body massages, along with a sauna, traditional hammam, and full fitness center.
Kayakapi Mah. Kuscular Sok. No:43, 50400 Urgup, Turkey
One of the most elegant and luxurious small-scale boutique hotels in the region, Serinn House is a stunning hotel both outside and in as many of its guest rooms are situated in rock caves on two , and each room is uniquely styled to show off its best features. The hotel’s chefs treat guests to a wide range of delicious Turkish dishes and the day always begins with their gorgeous home-made breads, served on the terrace that overlooks the ethereal landscape below.
Esbelli Mah Esbelli Sokak No 36 Urgup, 50400 Urgup, Turkey