A beautifully restored traditional Cappadocian dwelling, with guestrooms in ancient caves and stone houses
The buzzy rooftop restaurant, Fresko Lokanta, features a firepit and a chill-out area strewn with cushions
The atmospheric basement spa is cut into caves and has a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a marble hammam
What To Know
All rooms have unique layouts and are individually decorated
The cave rooms are truly authentic, but if you'd prefer natural light, opt for one of the more conventional room types
There's an elevator, but there are also a lot of steps — something to consider if you have limited mobility
Parking on site
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Sleek newcomer in a traditional Cappadocian village, with rooms in ancient caves and stone houses and a buzzy rooftop restaurant
In keeping with the aesthetic of the House Hotel brand (a small chain of designer digs throughout Istanbul), this brand new property features its recognizable sleek urban look, albeit in a characterful Cappadocian village full of cave dwellings. The contemporary clean lines offset the hotel's quirky room layouts, which are typical of old Cappadocian houses. Some rooms are carved out of caves, some are stone-arched spaces, and some have flat wooden ceilings. A few carefully chosen local artifacts, including old dowry chests and cooking utensils, provide attractive talking points and contrast with modern pieces. The buzzy rooftop bar-restaurant offers impressive views of the surrounding moon-like landscape.
Bed and Bath
The building was once a large private home, so each of the 28 guestrooms has a completely different layout. They're individually decorated, too. Fancy furnishings include Empire-style beds, modern four-posters, TVs concealed in wooden cabinets and freestanding tubs. Many feature comfortable sitting areas or look onto private terraces or enclosed courtyards. The hotel has gone to town with its bathrooms, which have circular neo-Ottoman stenciled sinks, walk-in showers and/or big tubs. The toiletries are from the Istanbul-based boutique Lokum. And as with the bedrooms, all the bathrooms are unique.
In summer the Fresko Lokanta restaurant occupies the roof of the main building and offers great views of the typically Cappadocian lumpy-bumpy landscape toward Ortahisar Castle, a soaring, cave-riddled rock formation; in winter it migrates indoors into a collection of elegant stone-arched dining rooms decorated with frescoes. The cuisine is Turkish but with unexpected twists such as Circassian duck, a tasty walnut and duck paste starter, and trilece, a delicious pudding made with three kinds of milk. The breakfast buffet features bread baked fresh on-site. The cave-cut basement spa is wonderfully atmospheric and features a sauna with a salt-brick panel, a glorious blue tile Jacuzzi with heated mosaic recliners, an exquisite marble-lined hammam and a candlelit space for yoga sessions.
In the Area
A relative newcomer to Cappadocia’s tourism scene, the village of Ortahisar is still largely rural, with many people earning a living from storing and fattening up lemons. On its doorstep the far more developed town of Goreme is home to astonishing rock-cut churches preserved in an open-air museum. Easily accessible are several “underground cities” as well as many valleys that are perfect for trekking or horseback riding. It’s a rare visitor who doesn’t take to the air at dawn to gaze down on the spectacular valley vistas from a hot air balloon.