Argos In Cappadocia – Special Class
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast and a fruit platter
- The hillside setting affords views of Cappadocia's spectacular landscape
- Charming Uchisar is an ideal base for exploring the region
- The restaurant’s regional fare makes the most of seasonal produce
- Sufi, classical and jazz music performances are held in the Bezirhane concert hall
What To Know
- The 80-seat Seki restaurant is open to the publicl
- The nearest airport is Nevsehir Kapadokya, about an hour's flight from Istanbul
- Free WiFi
- As an eco-friendly hotel, rooms don't have air-conditioning but the layout of the buildings provides natural ventilation
- The hotel will be closed for renovation from Dec 1 2015 to April 1 2016
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
By turns a monastery, a Silk Road caravansary and a linseed oil factory, the Argos has been through several incarnations over the last 2,000 years. Now it’s a luxe hotel where caves that once sheltered holy men have been transformed into sumptuous suites surrounded by flowering gardens and sun-soaked terraces with views of the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. By day, check out the fairy chimneys of Pigeon Valley and snowcapped Mount Erciyes; at night, attend Sufi music recitals in the hotel’s Bezirhane music hall.
Bed and Bath
The property, a network of six mansions, opened in 2010 after a decade and a half of careful renovations that transformed abandoned caves (where Christians once holed up to escape Roman persecution) into 51 guestrooms and suites. Each features stone walls, traditional kilims and such mod cons as iPod docking stations and roaring fireplaces. They all offer access to a communal terrace or patio on which to soak up the sun and the stunning views of Cappadocia’s lunar landscape; suites have separate living areas and private terraces, balconies or secluded courtyards.
Days are spent exploring the region, but they should start and finish beneath the stone arches of the hotel’s light and airy restaurant, Seki. In the morning feast on Turkish cheese, plump olives, sweet pastries and eggs made to order while watching hot air balloons drift over the valley. At night dine on lamb cutlets with grape molasses, pilaf and herbs fresh from the garden, paired with a fruity red from the hotel’s own vineyard. The hotel’s Bezirhane music hall, a former monastery with excellent acoustics, holds jazz, classical and Sufi recitals most nights.
In the Area
A sunrise balloon ride over Cappadocia’s otherworldly landscape is a must. Or climb Uchisar’s natural rock citadel, the region’s highest point, for panoramic views. The cave churches at the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are known for their exquisite Byzantine frescoes. Imagine life as a troglodyte as you navigate the narrow passageways of the multilevel subterranean cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu. In Avanos visit ceramics shops including Omürlü Seramik, where you can see artists at work and even try your hand at the wheel.
How to Get There
We spent 2 nights in amazing Argos hotel in Cappadocia and one needs to see it to imagine its beauty, refinement and style. The hotel itself is located in a fairytale setup, with magical backgrounds of fairy chimneys, caves and hot air balloons. The hotel design is stunning, with thoughtful details throughout the property, numerous flowers and decoration items reminding of the traditions and heritage of this unique place. It is a high-end refined and luxurious resort which allows to enjoy the magic and energy of Cappadocia in peace and serenity. The hotel itself has a monastery cave, where you can visit the occasional concerts; the underground tunnel (which is the part of original 10km tunnel); the wine cellar with over 25.000 bottles; lovely lounge area with a fireplace and a selection of board games; the fine Seki restaurant; and numerous various suites and terraces which invite for spectacular views.
The staff was very friendly and fluent in English, special thank you to the reception and concierge desk for their professionalism, friendliness, prompt replies and outstanding recommendations.
Our Splendid Suite was a luxurious and spacious duplex suite, with our own swimming pool and 2 terraces. It was immaculately clean, with a beautiful fireplace area and comfortable sitting area. All the room details were accenting the culture and characteristics of this historical place, though providing cutting edge technology and luxurious amenities - iPod with a music collection for morning/night, A/C, nespresso machine and ronnenfeld teas, information on sustainability and history of the place, let alone to mention our suite was immaculately clean and organized.
The hotel is no-tv hotel, which is such a right thing to do....in a fairytale there is not time for TV...especially when you can enjoy the splendid Cappadocian evenings by the fireplace with a bottle of beautiful Argos wine!
This is a must leave experience. 7 mansion of the 11th century with a monastery turned to a concert room overlooking the pigeon valley. Unbelievable. The rooms, servive, breakfast and common areas were exceptional. The views were breathraking. Trekking from the hotel to the Valley a ln unforgettable memory. Everything was perfect!
We stayed at the property recently and we were floored by the beauty of the property, especially as the architecture blends in with the surrounding valley. The hotel succeeds remarkably in getting you drawn into feeling that you are part of the heritage and civilization through the landscape into which it is weaved. The rooms are simple, a bit monastic, but has all the modern amenities and not ostentatious. The morning breakfast buffet was included in the price and is quite a spread with the majority of the food being locally produced. The concierge staff was very helpful in helping us with our itinerary and arrangements. I wish they'd add non-dairy milk/vegan options in their buffet menu and restaurant menu but if you are flexible they will try to accommodate you with limited choices. All-in-all, we had a great time and would definitely recommend this gem to all.
We have spent four days and still wanting to go back. Food is a bit overpriced such as french fries 30 tl where the potatoes are from their own garden. Staff is very good unless you call them they don’t bother you and service is done in elegance. As some of the place around staff are trying to interfere your daily activities before you ask. Some rooms have better view ask for the valley view so you can watch the balons in the morning.
Beautiful Hotel, great location. Fabulous decor and old world charm all blended into one.
Only negatives was our room was abit small and the 10% service charge is so unnecessary. But these didn't detract from our stay.