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!
Looking for more amazing things to do in Turkey? Or Cappadocia in general? Check out all of our posts here: Turkey.
Lots of love and safe travels,
Danielle and Brooke, Colorful Sisters
whimziequiltzOctober 8, 2020 at 5:32 pm
Amazing place! I’m wondering how they get plumbing for the jacuzzi, etc. through the stone – it must be a remarkable feat of engineering!
Colorful SistersOctober 8, 2020 at 6:51 pm
Such an interesting thought!! I never considered that but it would be super interesting to find out! Would be remarkable for sure 🙂
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Timothy PriceOctober 9, 2020 at 3:30 am
Cool hotel. Beautiful area. We normally have our International Balloon Fiesta this week, but it was cancelled this year.
Colorful SistersOctober 9, 2020 at 7:23 am
It really is an amazing area! What a shame that it was canceled this year 😭
Timothy PriceOctober 9, 2020 at 12:23 pm
Most big events and conferences have been cancelled because of the pandemic. Over a million people come to town from all over the world for our balloon fiesta. Too many people all bunched together.
Colorful SistersOctober 9, 2020 at 9:29 pm
Yes for sure. Hopefully next year things will be different and you’ll be able to have the Fiesta like normal!
Michele Lee SeftonOctober 9, 2020 at 5:02 am
Beautiful photos. Looks like a unique experience.
Colorful SistersOctober 9, 2020 at 7:22 am
It really was!! Loved it so much 😍
Smitha VOctober 11, 2020 at 12:50 am
We visited Turkey but somehow did not go to Cappadocia. I’ve wanted to go since then. Beautifully written post.
Colorful SistersOctober 11, 2020 at 6:33 am
Oh wow! I hope you can visit again one day and see this amazing region! It’s truly unique 🙂 And thank you so much!
SmithasbakeloveOctober 16, 2020 at 6:36 pm
Cave hotels??? that’s something new for me. Have to check
Colorful SistersOctober 16, 2020 at 4:57 pm
Yess its really super cool! Hope you can stay in one some day 😎
SmithasbakeloveOctober 16, 2020 at 6:36 pm
Someday!!!! I love to travel and this looks perfect to stay with my boys. Loved that you guys went for sunrise with turkish blankets. I was kind of checking for a clear pic of blankets – photo of your picnic spot.
Colorful SistersOctober 19, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Would be amazing and I hope you can visit one day! I’m sure you’d love it :).
Check out this link for the picture of the blankets and the cute spot we found! https://colorfulsisters.com/2020/09/09/hot-air-balloons-in-cappadocia-experience-of-a-lifetime-turkey-travel/
ForestwoodOctober 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm
Good to know that they cave hotels are as good as they sound.
Colorful SistersOctober 19, 2020 at 1:51 pm
Yess they really are!!
enogastronomistaOctober 19, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Awesome place, colors, photos and blog! Happy to meet you Colourful sisters! Greetings from Italy! Xristina
Colorful SistersOctober 19, 2020 at 10:22 pm
Thank you so much!! Happy to meet you as well. Would love to travel to Italy one day!
enogastronomistaOctober 20, 2020 at 9:30 am
Good idea! Lake Como, Burano Island, Positano, Capri are beautiful in May and June. Let’s just hope the covid disappears soon !
thetravelingchevaliersNovember 6, 2020 at 1:42 am
Fantastic photos. A cave hotel is such an intriguing idea! Cappadocia is on our bucket list. Thanks for all of the great information!
Colorful SistersNovember 6, 2020 at 4:07 am
Thank you! I happy you found it useful and I hope you’ll check out all of our Cappadocia posts when you visit. It’s such an incredible region 🙂
Roger JenkinsNovember 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm
Wow, how fascinating and what a lovely experience.
Colorful SistersNovember 15, 2020 at 9:24 pm
It really was! Very unique and amazing 🙂
fragglerockingNovember 23, 2020 at 8:40 pm
Wow, hotels! I visited Goreme back in 1999 and there were no hotels back then sadly, nor balloons.
Lovely to see how it’s come along.
this is how it was back then
Colorful SistersNovember 23, 2020 at 9:33 pm
Wow just checked your blog out. So crazy how much it has changed in a relatively short period of time!! Loved all your photos!
fragglerockingNovember 23, 2020 at 11:38 pm
Thanks for visiting!
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