If you are planning a trip to Turkey, you probably already have Cappadocia on your bucket list! This region in central Turkey is well known for the tall rock formations rising up from the arid ground that are referred to as “fairy chimneys”. Cappadocia is also famous for its massive underground cities, sunrise hot air balloon rides, and luxurious hotels that have been built directly into rock caves.
Cappadocia is the name that has been given to this region, and there are two towns where you’ll be booking your stay – Göreme and Uçhisar. Goreme is the lively central city that is filled with hotels, hostels, restaurants, and shops. And Uchisar, just a short motorbike ride away, tends to be quieter and less touristy. No matter which town you choose, you really can’t go wrong.
Check out our list of the best cave hotels in the Cappadocia region below. We offer options in both Goreme and Uchisar. All of these authentic cave hotels listed have luxurious rooms and spectacular views of Cappadocia’s famous hot air balloons. Enjoy!
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10 Authentic Cave Hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey
1. Lunar Cappadocia Hotel
The Lunar Cappadocia Hotel is a strikingly beautiful cave hotel made of carved stone and surrounded by a lush, perfectly manicured garden. It’s located in Goreme with a large terrace covered in pillows – the perfect place to watch the hot air balloons floating by every morning at sunrise.
Cave rooms at the Lunar are huge with impressive walls and stone furniture throughout. The large beds with stone pillars are especially unique. You’ll feel like you are sleeping in an ancient castle here! Furnishings are simple to highlight the features of the cave walls and ceiling. Some rooms have a private terrace and some have a private spa tub for relaxing. No matter what room you choose, you’ll be provided with all of the necessary amenities during your stay.
The breakfast spread every morning is massive and delicious. And the hotel staff are all super attentive, friendly, and helpful in arranging any tours during your stay in Cappadocia. The property offers a paid airport shuttle service if you need it.
Lunar Cave Hotel is unqestionably one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia. You’ll feel like absolute royalty here and you’ll never want to leave!
2. Asuwari Suites Cappadocia
Asuwari Suites Cappadocia is the ultimate in glamor with stone walls, lavish velour fabrics, and pops of color throughout. It looks like something out of a movie! Located in Urgup, it’s close enough to the tourist sites of Cappadocia and has spectacular views of the fairy chimneys. You’ll love lounging in the shared lounge areas and on the beautiful terrace which offers one of the best views of the hot air balloons in Cappadocia.
The rooms at this luxury cave hotel are quite large and totally luxurious. You’ll absolutely sink into the feathery soft bed every night. The decor is tasteful and classic and you’ll appreciate the amenities including a comfortable seating area, a flat-screen television set, a hairdryer, kettle, and toiletries.
The owner of Asuwari Suites is such an amazing host and will assist you with anything and everything that you may need during your stay. You’ll feel like a member of the family here. And the breakfast in the morning is a massive spread that includes a selection of cheeses, fruit, meats, and eggs. You can enjoy a continental or à la carte breakfast depending on your preference.
3. Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel
The Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel is actually set inside of 8 original fairy chimneys in Cappadocia – it’s difficult to get a more authentic cave hotel experience than that! The most impressive highlights of the hotel include an outdoor pool and an indoor pool that actually resembles an ancient Roman bathhouse. It also has a lovely spa if you want to pamper yourself during your stay.
Guests especially like the wine tap where you can enjoy complimentary white or red wine during specific hours each day. Rooms are spacious, comfortable, and well-appointed. You’ll love the traditional artifacts and artwork throughout the hotel. And the beds are unbelievably comfortable – you won’t want to get up in the morning! But you must because it’s just a short walk to the popular sunrise balloon viewing area.
Your room will even have a fireplace which you can enjoy on chilly evenings! And the traditional Turkish breakfast spread each morning is delectable and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room or terrace.
When you’re ready to head out for the day to explore, the city center of Goreme is easily reached through a tunnel from the property. This is definitely one of the most authentic cave hotels in Cappadocia!
4. Charming Cave Hotel
The Charming Cave Hotel is very aptly named as it is incredibly cozy and charming with the friendliest staff around! They will help in arranging any activities around Cappadocia and will go out of their way to make your cave hotel stay fantastic! The hotel is centrally located in Goreme and was built directly into the rocks.
Rooms at the Charming Cave Hotel have stone walls and intricately carved wooden furniture. The traditional Turkish decor and fabrics adds a nice touch as well. Lighting is dim and romantic, perfect for curling up with a good book at the end of a long day exploring the region. They also provide all of the amenities and toiletries that you’ll need during your stay.
The view from the terrace is spectacular! It’s the perfect place to watch Cappadocia’s hot air balloons at sunrise or to enjoy a Turkish tea at sunset. The breakfast buffet includes tasty homemade jams and sweet local honey. You’ll feel right at home at the Charming Cave Hotel!
5. Wings Cappadocia
Wings Cappadocia is a cave hotel located right near Uchisar Castle, in a quieter, less touristy area of Cappadocia. The terrace offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape. You can enjoy a large, traditional breakfast while watching the hot air balloons pass through the valley below.
The unique cave rooms feature large stone platform beds that are lavishly comfortable. The wooden furniture and traditional Turkish decor complete these beautiful suites. You’ll appreciate the flat-screen television set, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries. The massive stone bathrooms are especially impressive.
The staff at Wings Cappadocia can help you in arranging any tours of the area or dinner reservations around town. They also have a bicycle and car rental service onsite to assist with your transportation needs.
Taskonaklar is a beautiful and authentic cave hotel that was built to incorporate the shape, size, and feel of the original cave dwellings. It is just outside of Goreme and the spacious outdoor terrace offers spectacular views of Pigeon Valley. It’s a cozy place to lounge at sunrise and watch the hot air balloons float by.
The rooms at this Cappadocia cave hotel have beautifully carved stone archways and antique furniture throughout. Traditional Turkish rugs and tapestries add splashes of color to brighten the space. It’s certainly worth paying a bit more to have your own private hot tub on a terrace overlooking the valley. You’ll want to spend sunset relaxing in your tub with a glass of wine!
The morning breakfast spread is a superb mix of Turkish snacks, cheeses, fresh fruits, and baked goods. You can go trekking through the valley to admire the hundreds of pigeon nests carved into the rock. It’s a quiet, peaceful area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
7. Museum Hotel
The panoramic views from the Museum Hotel have become famous thanks to the many beautiful photos that have been featured on Instagram. It’s also one of the best hotels in Cappadocia to see balloons at sunrise.
The heated outdoor pool has been constructed in a Roman bath style and is an ideal spot to have a refreshing dip in the afternoon. There are so many picture-perfect photo opportunities around the property, you could spend all day just hanging out around this cave hotel!
The Museum Hotel was constructed from historic ruins and is meant to be a kind of “living” museum experience with gorgeous antique decor and traditionally styled rooms. Cave rooms come equipped with a flat-screen television set, minibar, safety deposit box, a kettle, spa bathtub, and high-quality toiletries. Some of the rooms even have a complimentary wine tap for you to enjoy.
The hotel has a garden where they get fresh fruits and vegetables for your daily breakfast spread. And cooking classes are also offered to guests upon request. You won’t want to leave this stunningly gorgeous cave hotel!
8. Argos in Cappadocia
Argos in Cappadocia is an elegant hotel that was once a monastery. Located near the Uchisar Castle, you’ll find the area to be peaceful with beautiful views of Pigeon Valley. There are plenty of comfortable seating options on the terrace where you can soak in the views.
Certainly one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia, Argos offers spacious rooms with large and luxurious stone bathrooms. Every room is unique and original with stone carvings and antique furnishings. Many of the rooms offer a fireplace and some are accessed via an underground tunnel for a truly authentic cave hotel experience. You’ll also enjoy going for a dip in the underground stone pool!
A highlight of this luxury cave hotel is the massive, impressive wine cellar that you absolutely must check out during your stay! It’s a rarity in Turkey. The restaurant serves both local and international dishes that are accompanied by an extensive wine list.
9. Carus Cappadocia
Carus Cappadocia is centrally located in the town of Goreme that truly has it all! Featuring a restaurant and bar, a beautiful garden and terrace, beautiful views of the area, and an indoor cave pool and sauna, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this luxury cave hotel!
This Cappadocia hotel offers both cave rooms and regular rooms so if you want to stay in a cave be sure to select the correct one when booking. All rooms have air conditioning, a satellite television set, a kettle for making coffee or tea, a bidet, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries. The decor is classic and elegant and the beds are unbelievably comfortable.
The huge breakfast spread is both healthy and delicious. You can choose a continental or buffet option depending on your preference. Carus has bicycles and cars available for hire and the friendly staff is happy to help all guests with booking their excursions around Cappadocia.
10. Sultan Cave Suites
Sultan Cave Suites isn’t the most luxurious of the hotels on our list, but it is arguably the most famous cave hotel in Cappadocia. Thanks to a large terrace with the most amazing view of the valley, its perhaps the best hotel in Cappadocia to see hot air balloons and has been attracting Instagram models for several years now.
If you want that classic sunrise balloon shot that you’ve seen over and over again on Instagram, this is the place to stay. But if you’re not concerned with getting the perfect sunrise shot, we would recommend choosing one of the other cave hotels mentioned previously.
The cave rooms at the Sultan have stone walls and simple antique decor. Beds are comfortable and you’ll have a small seating area to enjoy. Many of the rooms have a private terrace. The rooms stay relatively cool and the setting is peaceful and serene.
The staff members at Sultan Cave Suites are all very friendly and attentive. They will go out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful stay. And they will also assist in booking any tours of the region. You can take the free shuttle from the bus station or the paid airport transfer service. Be sure to book your stay well in advance!
We hope you have a wonderful stay in Cappadocia, Turkey!
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