Choosing where to stay in Cappadocia was a tough decision. I’m not being hyper dramatic when I say that I probably spent more time choosing this hotel than I did when I was choosing a wedding dress – and in the end, I made a decision via the less than scientific method of asking Mr Kiwi for two favourites, and flipping a coin. (The hotel, not the dress.)
I love staying in quirky hotels – but they have to carefully tiptoe the line between bland and kitsch, and suit our travelling style. I adore the hotels that have a keen sense of place (it’s also a bonus when they come with animal custodians like our stay with Jasper at the Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall or the Pygmy goat neighbours in Austin, Texas) and are lovely to come back to at the end of the day.
First decision: which town did we stay in Cappadocia?
Do we stay in the slightly more touristy but excellently connected valley of Goreme, or slightly southwest in Uçhisar where hundreds of low and rustic colourful houses sit under the castle, perhaps one of the largest towns of Ürgüp, or maybe in Avanos, a slow-paced provincial town that’s a centre for pottery?
Eventually, we settled on Goreme – it was convenient for all the things to do in Cappadocia, beautiful and had several lovely hotels to choose from as a base for our trip.
Second decision: how long to stay in Cappadocia for?
Partially this depended on where we were (how close we were to everything we wanted to do), and partially on how much time I could pry myself away from the laptop for.
We settled on around 2.5 days in Cappadocia – and we could have probably used another half day, but we also did less than we could have fitted in because we wanted to relax a little after a busy few weeks at home.
Third decision: which Goreme hotel to stay in
We didn’t want something too polished, and we most definitely wanted to stay in one of the cave hotels that lined the valley edges – that was an absolute given.
Eventually, through a stringent selection process narrowing down our choices (see above), we picked the Mithra Cave Hotel in Goreme, a 4-star boutique hotel with only 39 rooms, all of them completely individual and designed in an Ottoman/Greek architectural style.
The hotel curves into the cave rock which you can see the minute you step foot in.
We had a suite with a full bathroom hewn into the rock, and an extra bathtub for relaxing in, in the corner of the cosy lounge.
And the view from our balcony & windows over the valleys below were rather glorious, no matter what the light.
Isn’t it a crazy wonderful landscape – or moonscape as it’s often called – dotted with fairy chimneys?
We were so very comfortable in the well-appointed rooms with every mod-con that you could think of and thoroughly cosy heating (we arrived just as snow was melting on the landscape and pathways.)
The public areas were a myriad of interior and external terraces that cascaded along twisting staircases that we explored extensively between sipping local beers.
But there was one that we lingered on, possibly the most infamous in Goreme.
There was one particular sunset after a busy day exploring, where we took up residence on the restaurant terrace – all strewn with colourful cushions – which we especially enjoyed relaxing upon, with snuggly blankets that the hotel staff kindly brought out to us as the day chilled down. The peace over the settled valley was one that we really cherished, one of those ‘pinch me’ moments as the evening bedded in.
A breakfast with a view indeed.
I’m so glad that when we were pondering where to stay in Cappadocia that we chose the Mithra Cave Hotel, it was just perfect for our short stay – and certainly one of our most memorable hotel suites. To book your own hotel stay (we paid for this in full) feel free to use the booking.com affiliate link in these pages for your own magical adventure.
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