The House Hotel Cappadocia
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Stayed here for a couple of nights. Since we stayed as a group, the rooms were already allotted before we checked in and had no option to select rooms. The rooms being located at various levels it involves a lot of climbing/getting down stairs to get to the rooms or go to the restaurant. This could be a concern for senior citizens only. The hotel as such is very good and the rooms are in different shapes and sizes and very unique.
The restaurant located at the lowest level is modest in size. Food served at breakfast was good but with limited choice. The staff was good. It is a nice boutique hotel.
Really beautiful stone carved hotel with splendid rooms (every room offers a different décor style and floor layout) in a village-look-alike hotel complex on at least 5 open-air floors, connected with "hundreds" of stairs or elevators. Like in a small village with long distance views into the countryside of Cappadocia, you find different our door spaces / terraces with chairs and tables, to spend days or nights around your apartment - wonderful. But unfortunately the service of the hotel doesn't follow at all the 5-Stars-Hotel feeling described above. To give a few examples: Neither toilette paper, toiletries (shampoo,etc.) or similar things in the room are regularly filled up without separate request to the reception desk each and every day and after a long day out to the Cappadocia sights - and this happened to almost everyone of us. Also, be prepared and as it is an open outdoor space, to have hotel guests in front of your terrace / room at 6;30 am in the morning talking loud and making selfies, or and even better: we were "lucky" to have a Japanese guest of the hotel to do his TAI CHI exercises at 6;00 am in the morning with LOUD MUSIC - and the reception DOES NOT CARE / DOES NOT INTERFERE even when you ask for. Anyhow, breakfast buffet is very good but please don't arrive "too late"in the morning, as the kitchen doesn't fill up the buffet any more from a certain moment on.
The Exedra Hotel is a charming hotel spread over quite a large area, very close to the Ortahisar fort.
What went well - the hotel is very beautiful . The views are amazing, over the fairy chimneys, and the fort. The location is quite nice, there are a number of good restaurants and shops close by. The rooms, though small, are cosy, and the bathrooms are amazing.
What could have been improved - the food wasn't that great. Worse, in spite of repeated requests, the restaurant staff did not label the food,and their English wasn't good enough to tell us what exactly we were eating.
Top tips - though we found the hotel great, please note that there are lots of steps to go up and down. The restaurant is a good four floors down. So it might not be the best choice for the very elderly, or those with mobility issues.
The hotel is built on a slope with facilities on different levels. All rooms are caves carved out from volcanic rocks with different sizes and interesting interior layout. The dust falls from the soft rock ceiling is an experience but acceptable as part of nature. One drawback was the buffet dinner. Our group was arranged for the second seating, most of the food were gone and the food counters were tatty. The waiter told us no more refill but rice and noodles. Eventually got some meat dishes after the tour leader told the manager the issue.
I went to Exedra with my company and they hosted us in the best way possible, always with a smile and a helping approach. I have been to several different rooms for my colleagues and they are all very nicely decorated cave rooms. I recommend the stay here to everyone