The 11 Best Hotels in Cappadocia

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best hotels in cappadocia

Located in the heart of Turkey, Cappadocia is one of the most magical places on earth. A premier hot air balloon destination, tourists have been flocking to this hot spot for decades.

I visited back in 2014 and was mesmerized by the power of the place. And I didn’t even go up in a balloon – because I’m scared of heights.

Cappadocia boasts an almost perfect melting pot of tourist attractions and facilities. A combination of stunning rock formations, brilliant sunsets, ancient history, and world-class accommodations draw record visitor numbers each year.

The infrastructure is excellent, the food is delicious, and the locals are friendly and welcoming. Taking an iconic hot air balloon ride over this ethereal landscape is one of those essential bucket list trips everyone should do in their lifetime. But where should you stay?

In this article, we look at the best hotels in Cappadocia, including those in the original cave dwellings the region is famous for. After all, if you’re going to visit one of the finest honeymoon destinations in the world, you’ll need accommodation that lives up to it.

TL;DR

Category Hotel
Best Luxury Hotel in Cappadocia The Museum Hotel
Best Mid-Range Hotel in Cappadocia Carus Cappadocia
Best Budget Hotel in Cappadocia Kismet Cave House
Best Family Hotel in Cappadocia Kelebek Hotel
Best Couples Hotel in Cappadocia Taskonaklar
Best Solo Hotel in Cappadocia Local Cave House

The Best Cappadocia Hotels

1. The Museum Hotel

Museum Hotel Aerial View
Museum Hotel  / Booking.com

Address: ekeli mah. Eski, Göreme Cd. No.1, 50240 Nevşehir, Türkiye

The Museum Hotel is one of the best hotels in Cappadocia with a view. It’s also one of the most breathtaking places you will ever stay. Built from ruins, caves, and ancient houses, the hotel justifies its name.

Luxurious rooms are decorated with priceless artifacts and antiques, enhancing the museum vibe. You’ll feel you’ve stepped back in time and you’re living like royalty in old-world Turkey. The heated outdoor pool and the views of the hot air balloons from the rooftop terrace are spectacular.

The hotel has a wide range of spacious rooms depending on your needs. They all feature air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, complimentary toiletries, and a safety deposit box for valuables. The Superior suites are jaw-dropping.

The menu is impressive too. Have you ever had a traditional Turkish buffet breakfast? Be prepared to enjoy mouthfuls of fruit and vegetables fresh from the hotel’s garden. Museum Hotel is easily one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia.

Pros

  • Stunning rooms
  • Gorgeous views
  • Delicious breakfast
  • Beautiful terrace and swimming pool area

Cons

  • Outrageously expensive

2. Local Cave House Hotel

Local Cave House Hotel in Cappadocia
Local Cave House Hotel / Booking.com

Address: Gaferli Mah. Cevizler Sok. No 11, 50180 Göreme, Turkey

The Local Cave House Hotel has a special place in my heart. This is where I stayed when I visited Cappadocia. It’s in a perfect central location, just a short walk from the main street, and surrounded by several famous fairy chimneys the region is known for.

One of the most popular cave hotels for travelers, staff at the Local Cave House will arrange local excursions, including hot air balloon flights. If you’d prefer to organize something yourself, try this popular full-day private Cappadocia tour. Or go here if you want to go up in a balloon at sunrise.

The main courtyard has a heated outdoor pool and the terrace is a great place to watch the hot air balloons flying over your head. This charming cave hotel offers a traditional Turkish breakfast buffet, which I found always set me up for the day.

Rooms carved from stone walls are still spacious without being overbearing. And the modern amenities will ensure you want for nothing.

Pros

  • Outstanding location
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Great for solo travelers

Cons

  • Can attract too many influencers
  • No bar or restaurant on site

3. Argos In Cappadocia

Argos in Cappadocia Hotel
Argos In Cappadocia / Booking.com

Address: Kayabasi Sokak, 50240 Uçhisar, Turkey

The Argos Hotel is housed in a former monastery and boasts a vineyard and winery. Facing the famous Pigeon Valley, many rooms feature outstanding views of the fairytale landscape. Some come with a private terrace, while some are only accessed through underground tunnels.

The Argos does well to offer a blend of antique and modern traditional Turkish decor throughout. All the rooms are set in carved stone buildings and offer essential standard provisions like Wi-Fi, a minibar, and a kettle. Fireplaces ensure this is a cozy hotel option if you’re arriving in winter.

The hotel’s on-site restaurant serves local and international cuisine, with views of Mount Erciyes in the distance. Uchisar Castle is only a stone’s throw away, and I highly recommend a visit to this stunning rock formation.

For anyone seeking adventure, the hotel can arrange hot-air balloon rides and tours on horseback or quads. Airport shuttles are also available on request.

Pros

  • Beautiful views
  • Centrally located
  • Garden terrace
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Small swimming pool

4. Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge

Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge Aerial View
Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge / Booking.com

Address: Tekelli Kümesi No 8, 50240 Uçhisar, Turkey

Quite the opposite of feeling like you’re staying underground in a cave hotel, the Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge is perched on top of the Uchisar Valley. However, cave rooms are still available if you so choose.

Named after an ancient goddess of the sun, there are 11 suites at the hotel, each named after a deity. And you’ll feel like one here, as the suites are decorated with precious stones, antique mosaics, and handcrafted details. They are also equipped with designer furniture and private marble bathrooms.

For added convenience, room service is available around the clock. There is an onsite American-style restaurant that prepares meals using fresh vegetables and local ingredients.

The grounds feature a perfectly manicured garden that offers guests the ideal background for photos and relaxation. If you’re looking for incredible accommodation for you and your significant other, this lodge is a home away from home.

Pros

  • Stunning terrace
  • Private and secluded feel
  • Excellent views

Cons

  • Could do with a spa, swimming pool, and wellness center

5. Taskonaklar

Jacuzzi in Taskonaklar
Taskonaklar / Booking.com

Address: Gedik Sokak No:8 Nevsehir, 50240 Uçhisar, Turkey

With its rooms offering a marriage of comfort and simplicity, the Taskonaklar is a delightful cave hotel in Cappadocia. The hotel overlooks one of the most beautiful valleys in the region, with stunning views from some suites.

Taskonaklar has charming traditional rooms that evoke a mix of history and romance. Each spacious room has free Wi-Fi, Turkish rugs, a fireplace, and other essentials. The hotel also offers complimentary local wine to all guests.

Deluxe suites feature private balconies with outdoor hot tubs, which makes Taskonaklar one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia for couples. There’s a restaurant and bar, and free private parking on site. The outdoor terrace offers views of the hot air balloons.

Staff can help you organize treks on foot or horseback in the valley. And if you want more adventure, you can take part in private-guided hot air balloon tours. This is a top-rated cave hotel that is perfect for a romantic getaway.

Pros

  • Perfect for couples
  • Cozy rooms
  • Beautiful outdoor courtyard
  • Friendly staff

Cons

  • There are a lot of stairs in the hotel – you might be in for a climb

6. Goreme Inn Hotel

Goreme Inn Hotel Architecture
Goreme Inn Hotel / Booking.com

Address: Orta Mah. Efendi Sok. No:5-6 Goreme Kasabasi, 50180 Göreme, Turkey

This boutique hotel has a convenient location in Göreme, which is the main hub for hot air balloon rides. Not strictly considered a cave hotel, it has a more contemporary design which distinguishes it from other options in our list.

The Goreme Inn Hotel features rooms that have been constructed using the same light-colored stone found in the caves. They are large and modern, with wood paneling and adorned with Persian rugs. Glass lanterns and large pottery have been strategically placed around the hotel to complement the design.

A daily Turkish-style breakfast is included, which ensures plenty of pastries, cheese, fresh fruit, vegetables, and cereal. You can enjoy your meals while relaxing on the large stone terraces facing the valley.

The staff here are friendly and available around the clock. They can arrange regional tours for you if you want to go sightseeing.

Alternatively, you can make these arrangements yourself. Try this sunset horseback ride for romance, or this ATV tour if you’d prefer the thrill of four wheels.

Pros

  • Excellent breakfast selection
  • Stunning terrace views
  • Great location
  • Very clean and well-maintained

Cons

  • Some people won’t like the “fake cave” aesthetic.

7. Sultan Cave Suites

Sultan Cave Suites room interior in Cappadocia
Sultan Cave Suites / Booking.com

Address: Aydinli Mah. Aydinli Sok. No:40, 50180 Göreme, Turkey

Sultan Cave Suites is one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia and boasts an impressive amount of rave reviews. The rooftop balcony is a particular highlight, where guests can enjoy a stunning panorama punctuated with hot air balloons.

Your cave room will be set in the stone walls of Aydinli Hill, and decorated with traditional Turkish antiques and furnishings. Most suites will have private terraces, balconies, or patios. Modern bathrooms ensure comfort, and there are sitting areas in each room to relax in.

Hotel staff are on hand 24 hours for all your needs, and they can arrange excursions including hiking trips and hot air balloon flights. Or you could try this popular full-day private Cappadocia tour if you want to book an interesting experience yourself.

The location of this Cappadocia cave hotel is one of its major plus points. The beautiful Goreme Tarihi Park is less than a mile away. Airport transfers are available on request for a small fee, as well as a shuttle to the local bus station.

Pros

  • Great location
  • Delicious food
  • Stunning terrace with beautiful views
  • Helpful staff

Cons

  • This cave hotel might be a little too popular for some
  • Pricey

8. Carus Cappadocia Hotel

Carus Cappadocia Architecture
Carus Cappadocia Hotel / Booking.com

Address: Gaferli Mahallesi Manav Çıkmazı sokak No:2 50180 Göreme

Carus Cappadocia Hotel is also among the hotels in Cappadocia. Although it is located in Goreme, it is not a cave hotel. It offers a modern experience for guests who do not want to sleep in cave rooms.

Amenities available at this hotel include a restaurant, a bar, and a garden. There is a terrace where you can sit and view the surrounding landscape. The restaurant has an expansive menu, with a wide variety of meals from a continental breakfast to an à la carte lunch.

Every room at Carus Cappadocia has a desk, a TV, a fridge, and a private bathroom. Room service is also available on demand. WiFi is available throughout, and there is an indoor pool and a sauna.

The area around the hotel is popular for activities like cycling, and hiking, and the staff can help you arrange bicycle rentals. Guests can also visit nearby attractions like Göreme National Park, Göreme Roman Castle, Rose Valley, and Sunset Point.

Pros

  • Eclectic food options on-site
  • Great location
  • Very highly rated
  • Gorgeous indoor pool

Cons

  • The pool is on the small side

9. Kismet Cave House

Kismet Cave House Building
Kismet Cave House / Booking.com

Address: Kagni Yolu No. 9, 50180 Göreme, Turkey

Kismet Cave House is a family-run establishment and one of the oldest cave hotels in Cappadocia.  The hotel has a loyal following because of its wonderful hospitality and unforgettable ambiance. It’s also one of the best cave hotels if you’re on a budget.

With only eight cave rooms, guests here receive a level of privacy and attention that might be rare in other cave hotels. Although small, it compensates for this with its unforgettable charm and character.

Rooms have been cut into one of the fairy chimneys, and are furnished with tasteful Turkish carpets and linens. The terrace on the roof offers beautiful views of the town, and a delicious breakfast is included in the rates.

Kismet Cave House is centrally located, with convenient access to most of the attractions around the Goreme area. There is even free airport pick-up for those staying at least three days.

Pros

  • Affordable price point
  • Personal, tailor-made experience
  • Cozy feel
  • Beautiful rooftop view

Cons

  • A little light on other facilities

10. Cappadocia Cave Suites

Cappadocia Cave Suites room interior
Cappadocia Cave Suites / Booking.com

Address: Gafferli Mah. Ünlü Sok. No: 19, 50180 Göreme, Turkey

For a unique experience, it’s hard to top the Cappadocia Cave Suites. With its cozy design and location close to Goreme town center, guests rave about this unique accommodation option set into the rock formations. The hotel offers a romantic and private vibe that is popular with couples.

The Historia Restaurant serves local fare in a relaxed atmosphere, while the terrace provides stunning views of the surrounding valley. Sightseeing tours are available, as well as hot air balloon rides. While you’re in the region, I encourage you to see a traditional whirling dervish show, which is a unique, meditation dance in Turkey.

Pros

  • Excellent food options
  • Cozy rooms
  • Terrace views

Cons

  • No outdoor swimming pool

11. Kelebek Special Cave Hotel

Kelebek Special Cave Hotel room interior
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel / Booking.com

Address: Aydinli Mah. Yavuz Sok. No:1 Goreme, 50180 Göreme, Turkey

The Kelebek Special Cave Hotel is one of the most highly-rated cave hotels in Cappadocia. Its rooms are decorated with Turkish fabrics for a traditional experience.

Amenities provided in the room include satellite TV and air conditioning. Suites are equipped with marble bathrooms. The hotel boasts a sauna and spa where guests can enjoy a traditional Turkish bath and relaxing massage. Alternatively, you can book your own private bath experience if you prefer.

If you love Turkish food, you will be in for a treat. The hotel’s onsite restaurant offers the best of the local Cappadocia cuisine.

Hotel pick-ups are available from the bus station in Goreme town to the hotel. And with most of the main attractions no more than two miles away, this is the perfect base camp (base cave?) for touring Cappadocia.

Pros

  • Great for families
  • Stunning pool
  • Well-stocked hotel bar
  • Beautiful views

Cons

  • Some rooms are a little on the small side

FAQs

What area is best to stay in Cappadocia?

The town of Goreme is the central hub, where most of the cave hotels are located, and where the hot air balloons take off from.

How many days should I stay in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia can reel you in and keep you for months if you’re not careful. But I would say that you should aim to spend no less than three days, at the very least.

What is the best month to visit Cappadocia?

You can’t go wrong in either late spring or early autumn.

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Stuart Jameson
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Stuart Jameson

With over 70 countries under his belt, Stuart is a well-seasoned globetrotter hailing from the UK, now living in Madison, Wisconsin. After traveling the world for seven years (including a hitchhike from Germany to Cambodia) his current mission is to visit all 50 states before turning 50 - something he's going to fail to do if he keeps collecting board games.

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