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What We Love

  • Daily breakfast, wine on arrival and free soft drinks are included in the Jetsetter rate
  • The hotel opened in May 2011, with three new suites scheduled to be built for 2013
  • Sleeping in a fabulous cave room in the center of a traditional Cappadocian village
  • A 10-minute walk takes you into one of the world’s most surreal landscapes
  • Sunset cocktail hour on a deck overlooking a giant rock castle

What To Know

  • There’s no restaurant on property, and the nearest nightlife (clubs and restaurants) is about a 15-minute drive away, in Goreme, Urgup and Avanos. Taxis cost $10-15, though there are plans to introduce a free shuttle from the hotel in 2012
  • Intimate vibe is suited to couples on a romantic break
  • Cave hotels have lots of stairs and are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Generally, cave rooms are quiet, but be prepared for potential barking dogs, crowing roosters and the hiss of hot air balloons (a common activity in Cappadocia) in the morning
  • Pair with a stay at the House Hotel Bosphorus in Istanbul

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

The Review

The Hezen Cave Hotel is in the heart of the village of Ortahisar, a central base for exploring the famed landscapes of Cappadocia. Here, you’ll experience a destination in the midst of change and modernization: Ortahisar’s economy has long been based on the storage of citrus fruit in the region’s iconic caves, but now many caves are being transformed into boutique hotels.

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There is something magical about sleeping in a cave, and my stay did not disappoint. The 10 rooms mix ancient rock formations with modern features, such as marble bathrooms and underfloor heating. The decor is bright and welcoming, with white painted wooden floors, spotless linen and antique-style furnishings. A freshly-made Turkish and continental breakfast is served in the colorful dining room, but you will have to venture into town for other meals.

Cappadocia’s proximity to the Silk Road kept it populated for thousands of years. The Hittites, who lived here in the 18th century BC, dug amazingly detailed multilevel underground cities that can be explored on day-long tours. Later, the early Christians carved thousands of churches and monasteries out of the solid rock, painting frescoes that have been wonderfully preserved by the crisp dry climate. Exploring the area fully could take months, but one shortcut is to join in on one of Cappadocia’s most popular attractions: a hot air balloon flight at sunrise over the otherwordly landscape.

How to Get There

Hezen Cave Hotel
Esentepe Mah. Tahir Bey sok. No 87
Nevsehir, 50400 Turkey

Reviews

Pure magic
Idussen

Ever since booking Mehmet the manager has been absolutly fantastic help. He helped organize ballonride, and upon arrival gave lots of recommendations from restaurants, spa and tours to take. Its clear he loves his job, no wonder who wouldn't!

This cave hotel is pure magic. Its a few minutes drive from the hustle and bustle in Goreme, and Im so happy we choose this location. The view towards the Ortahisar castle is amazing both at sunrise and after sunset. The hotel has plenty of wonderfull outdoor space, with lounges and sunbeds around. The breakfast in the morning is all home made with different kinds of sweets and cakes each morning, as well as a plenty full buffet and eggs made to order.

The rooms are so unique and well designed, with a huge turkish bath style shower. Amazing details all over. Only wished we could stay even longer! 3 days is not nearly enough, but that only means we will return back to this wonderful hotel again in the future!

Thank you to all the staff for an amazing stay!

It felt surreal . . .
HabsfanBW

From the moment we arrived at the Hezen Cave we experienced professional service, great value, and surreal surroundings. The views of Ortahisar and the castle from the breakfast terrace and the rooftop terraces are "otherworldly" . . . We had a "standard" room which was beautifully appointed and, yes, it was a cave! The bathroom was like a bit of art with a large walk-in shower, and VERY clean. Sumptuous traditional cloths are provided as shower "towels" which is a nice, unique touch. The staff, as mentioned, was attentive, helpful, and professional. My wife and I didn't want to go out for dinner one evening so the staff accommodated our request for a light snack of bread, olives, cheese, and nuts, to go with our glass of wine, free of charge. Much appreciated! We still talk about that evening listening to the call to prayer looking at the castle . . .

I should mention the location for the sake of clarity. This is by no means a criticism of the location, which we found incredible . . . Hezen Cave is not situated where you can walk out to see a mass hot air balloon launch at sunrise. Although the odd balloon can be seen from Hezen Cave, it is a considerable distance from the launch sites. I would prefer the view of Ortahisar and the castle any day, but be forewarned if you want to be near launch sites.

One afternoon, we walked through town, down a road leading toward the National Park. I highly recommend this flat hike of about 4km round trip. We were blown away by the cave dwellings and ancient monasteries that lined the path on both sides. Take plenty of water and don't expect toilet facilities as this is undeveloped (which made it even more COOL!).

Value for the dollar for the experience we had a Hezen Cave was amazing. Reasonably priced with fantastic service, amenities and views. We went in late September and the weather was picture perfect. Highly recommended.

The best view in this small, quiet village
westcoastcat

The village of Ortahisar is in the heart of Cappadocia, yet it is unspoiled by hoards of tourists. The view from the Hezen Cave Hotel of the mosque and Ortahisar Castle is incredible. The hotel is very well run and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. We were offered a drink, which was most welcome after a long days travel, and enjoyed a glass of Turkish tea in the reception while we completed the formalities.

Our room was literally in a cave that was sumptuously decorated with fine silver ornaments. The large king size bed was very comfortable and we had a separate living room complete with a flat screen TV where we could access BBC and CNN in English, something not many of the hotels we stayed in offered. The bathroom was spacious with a huge walk in shower. We had a roof top terrace with great views and there were also chaises outside our room on the lawn.

One of the highlights was enjoying breakfast in the warm sunshine on their terrace each morning with magnificent views of the Ortahisar Castle. Although we chose to eat out at night in nearby towns, they do offer 2 set menus including mezze each night for dinner. There is a laundry for guests to use free of charge which was was great.

The whole team provide excellent customer service and go out of their way to be helpful. Communication prior to the trip was prompt and they were able to arrange a Sunrise balloon ride for us as well as a private guide to help explore the all the fascinating sights and history of Cappadocia. We even met the owner of the hotel Mr. Murat, who showed us some beautiful Turkish carpets. This hotel is a real find.