Cappadocia is famous for many things beyond just the beautiful array of hot air balloons that take off every morning. One of the best experiences in the region is staying in one of the many cave hotels that the villages have to offer.
I’m honestly not sure if they even offer any hotels other than cave hotels. I don’t know why anyway wouldn’t want to stay in a beautifully decorated, authentic hotel carved out of rock, but if for whatever reason you’re against such an incredible experience, you’re out of luck.
Although there are multiple towns in the region of Cappadocia, Turkey, the most famous is Goreme. Goreme is the tourist hub, hot air balloon central, and an overall quaint and cute village.
While booking my trip to the area, one of the MOST EXCITING parts was picking a cave hotel stay in. Let’s just say it was a really hard decision. There were so many to chose from and they all looked amazing (and were so inexpensive), but in the end we chose the BEST.
Elite Cave Suites
We stayed at Elite Cave Suites in Goreme. We also decided to splurge a bit and get their best room. It was still very reasonably priced, but so beautiful.
On the top of a hill, making our way through the cute stony roads, we climbed up what seemed to be an endless amount of stairs, we finally made it to our room, the “penthouse”, if you can call it that. It was the top cave carved out of the stone.
The views were incredible. The authentic feel was unmatched. We even saw the beginnings of a new room that they were carving out of the stone next to ours. Our door was a thing little enclave in the rock. We opened it and were amazed. Up a few more steps and we were there.
We had an extremely spacious main room decorated beautifully with brown embroidered and brocade fabrics. The room is naturally very cool (super refreshing from the hot summer day outside) because of the construction of the cave. But the best part of all was the little balcony that we had overlooking the city, the rock formations, and the valley. It was stunning way to wake up in the morning.
The bathroom was huge, with a big Jacuzzi and a separate shower, all beautifully decorated.
It was so cool to be staying in such an authentic, but very fancy version, of what people lived in thousands of years ago. We went hiking the next day (post here) and saw the ancient cave dwellings and couldn’t help but make the connections to where we were staying that night. It was amazing.
Best Cave Hotel in Goreme
Although I may be a bit biased as I only stayed in one place, I think Elite Cave Suites is the best place to stay in Goreme. It is perfectly located, has a beautiful view, was reasonably priced, and the staff was super friendly and helpful.
If you want to see the hot air balloons they have a beautiful arrangement for photos where you can have tea in the morning and watch the balloons take off. In our room we could even see the balloons from our balcony! Couldn’t be any more perfect.
They even let us borrow blankets and pillows for when we went to the sunset point to watch the sunrise. We set up a cute picnic spot with all their authentic Turkish blankets and designs.
Overall, the experience was incredible. The people were amazing and the room was among the loveliest I ever stayed in. It was one of the best experiences of the trip!
Lots of love and safe travels,
Danielle and Brooke, Colorful Sisters