Top 7 hotels in Cappadocia for Valentine’s Day
1. Sacred House, Ürgüp
Once the mansion of a Greek aristocrat, the 250-year-old hotel hewn from caves is sure to take you back in time as soon as you step into its medieval atmosphere. The 20 rooms, each one decorated in its own distinctive style and individually named, have a story of their own. The room named "Old Chapel" was actually a chapel that used to serve the mansion in its days as a private residence. "Anka's Lair" features a brass bed set beneath a sculpture carved into a rock. Other rooms include "The King," "The Sultan," "Byzantium Treasury," "Harem," et cetera. Your dinner at Sacred House, served in a medieval atmosphere with antique candle sticks and silverware, will certainly be a memorable one.
2. Museum Hotel, Üçhisar
The 30-room, multiple award-winning boutique hotel was restored and renovated to become the first luxury hotel in Cappadocia. The hotel's unique location allows guests to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the region from the rooms, restaurant, terrace and the bars. No room in the "living museum" concept hotel is alike, each one exceptionally decorated with priceless antiques. Honeymoon suites, massages, an ecological garden where you can taste the fruits and vegetable, as well as cooking lessons from the hotel kitchen's master chef are some of the unique facilities available at Museum Hotel. The hotel has announced Feb. 10 to Feb. 19 as Valentine's Week.
3. Shoestring Cave House, Göreme
Consisting of a set of five cave houses, with 23 different cave rooms, Shoestring Cave House was originally used as a private residence until it was restored by the owner and opened to service as a hotel in 1999. Most of the rooms are carved from volcanic rock, while some are built from local stone. Although no dinner is available, open-buffet breakfast is included in hotel stay. The outdoor swimming pool and roof-top terrace offer a magnificent view of Göreme. The hotel is conveniently priced to suit any budget and the friendly hotel staff are local and know the area well, hence very helpful.
4. Kelebek Special Cave Hotel, Göreme
This Travelers' Choice 2017 award-winner, perched above Göreme, offers sweeping views of Cappadocia. The hotel that initially started off as a guesthouse for backpackers evolved throughout the years, now offering traditional fairy chimney rooms at the top of rock formations alongside luxury suites. Its tranquil rose garden, outdoor swimming pool, traditional hamam and restaurant serving traditional local dishes are sure to help you reinvigorate after a long day discovering Cappadocia.
5. Yunak Evleri, Ürgüp
A 19th-century Greek mansion housing a set of seven cave houses dating back to the fifth and sixth centuries, this charming hotel serving guests since 2000, features 40 private cave rooms, each with its own patio overlooking the mesa. An outdoor fireplace decked out with soft cushions gives guests the opportunity watch the sunset in warmth. Candlelight dining is also available on the adjacent rooftop terrace, with local homemade foods for dinner and an open-buffet for breakfast.
6. Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Ürgüp
Set in a pristine village, the first rock hotel in the region, opened for service in 1999, was used as a monastic retreat in the Byzantine era. This "Travelers' Choice 2016" award-winner hotel features 35 restored and designed cave rooms as well as a swimming pool with floor heating. The pool designed with inspiration from Roman architecture offers are great view of the valley.
7. Selçuklu Evi Cave Hotel, Ürgüp
A blend of the past and present, this impressive mansion boasts 20 individually decorated rooms, with a pretty courtyard garden and a terrace with a scenic village view. The hotel kitchen serves traditional Turkish dishes with fresh local produce and gözleme, pastry with a variety of fillings, for breakfast.