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 a couple of nights in Argos Hotel...what an excellent experience. People were very helpful for any request. The view from our suite 3205 was spectacular!! we had a private garden with a view to the ballon flying at dawn... There are some experiences that you will not forget at all y one of these is this. No doubt to choose this hotel.
This was a truly special place to us. A beautiful hotel with well-appointed rooms and top-notch service. We had an excellent four-night stay at the Argos in Cappadocia. Be sure to take the tour of the hotel. They have their own ancient monastery and a great wine cellar. The rooms are great (the cave rooms can be a bit musty, but that is unavoidable). There was no TV FYI, but we truly did not miss it. We ate in the restaurant about half our nights and wished we have dined each night instead. The restaurant is one of the best in the whole region. The only true issue we had was determining what food we could order at the bar and when. It was certainly never a problem as the staff was accommodating. I cannot emphasize enough how gorgeous the property and views were. The breakfast was also great, especially catching the morning sun from the cliff side. If you're an early riser, you can catch sight of all the balloons around 7 or 7:30am.
Wonderful de luxe room-very large and very comfortable. Delicious food with excellent staff.
The position of the hotel is spectacular and Uchisar is a very nice and interesting little village with good restaurants.