Last week I spent a fantastic few days in Cappadocia, central Turkey. I’ve already written a couple of posts on what I did there – notably staying in a cave hotel, taking a flight in a hot air balloon, and eating a fair amount of Cappadocian food – but since it’s not an area of the world that a huge amount of people go and visit, I thought I would write a little bit more about it.
In Cappadocia, we stayed for three days in a cave hotel. This isn’t in itself surprising as the town of Goreme is entirely made up of cave hotels, but it is the first time that I have stayed in such a place – and to be honest, I haven’t seen any other ‘cave hotels’ advertised anywhere else in the world. The town is built on a hillside with many natural caves: some of the hotels make use of these, others have carved their own rooms out, and some of the cheaper places have built cave-lookalike rooms out of stone. Because of the steep slope of the hillside, most of the hotels end up looking as though they have several stories – our hotel (Turquaz Hotel) was fairly small but still had three levels, with a couple of rooms on each level. The rooms were a mixture of real cave and imitation cave, but even so it was a real experience to sleep – and even shower – in a cave!
Have you ever stayed in a cave hotel, Cappadocian or otherwise?