We have all seen the photographs of balloons swaying with vibrant colors in the sky of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is one of the few places where you can observe volcanic formations with a panoramic view from balloons. Even though the region has become synonymous with hot air balloons, another important experience is staying in the cave hotels in Cappadocia.
The most distinctive characteristic of Cappadocia is its unique land forms. However, with its history dating back to ancient times, there are also many man-made beauties in Cappadocia. In other words, Cappadocia is uniquely suited to both enjoy the beauty of nature and set out on a journey in history.
You can crown this cultural experience by staying at a cave hotel in Cappadocia. Because the boutique cave hotels of Cappadocia contain details that exactly match the geographical features and history of the region.
The Best Cave Hotels in Cappadocia 2021
The best cave hotels of Cappadocia provide accommodation in rooms carved into caves in accordance with the lifestyle of the region. In addition, there are structures that emerged with the restoration of old stone houses. Some of these hotel buildings have been restored with such care that they have won international awards.
In this article, we have listed the best cave hotels to stay in Cappadocia in 2021. While preparing the list, we took into account the hotels with the best ratings on international travel platforms. Cappadocia, the most visited place in Turkey along with Istanbul and Ephesus, has the most beautiful boutique hotels in the country.
1. Aydinli Cave Hotel
Aydinli Cave Hotel is located in Goreme, the heart of Cappadocia. Close to Goreme Open Air Museum, the most important tourist attraction of Cappadocia, the hotel is run by a local family.
There are 14 rooms furnished by prioritizing the comfort of guests in this natural Cappadocia stone-carved hotel. Featuring all characteristics of traditional cave hotels, Aydinli Cave Hotel both preserves its original frame and offers joyous and cozy vacation with a modern touch, as well.
Its terrace, having best view of the region, is an ideal place to have a delicious breakfast while watching the hot air balloons of Cappadocia. Although it is within walking distance to several natural and historical areas, this hotel also helps its guests on renting cars.
Aydinli Cave is a BB (Bed&Breakfast) hotel. It is 50 km away from Nevsehir Cappadocia Airport and offers special transfer service to its guests.
Aydinli Cave Hotel has very high customer satisfaction rates on travel sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com. For this reason, it is among the best cave hotels in Cappadocia in 2021.
2. Kelebek Special Cave Hotel
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel is located in the center of Goreme and offers its visitors a unique view of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys. While it is located in city center, this hotel also offers an environment far from the crowd with an outdoor pool on its verdant garden and terrace view.
This boutique hotel has a feel of Roman architecture and it has 35 rooms. Entertaining its guests with the concept of B&B, this hotel also pleases its customer with organic breakfasts in the mornings.
In addition to have a traditional Turkish Hammam and a sauna, it also enables its guests to get comfortable in company with proficient masseurs. As creating a domestic environment with traditional furniture and hand-woven fabrics, the hotel also gives a chance to look at the magnificent view of Uchisar and Cavusin.
Kelebek Special Cave Hotel also has very high customer satisfaction scores just like the Aydinli Cave Hotel in the top lines. For this reason, it stands out among the best cave hotels in Cappadocia. By the way this hotel is located 45 km away from Nevsehir Airport.
3. Kayakapi Premium Caves
Kayakapi Premium Caves is located in Urgup. Goreme and Urgup are the most popular places to stay in Cappadocia. While the first two hotels on our list were located in Goreme, we now recommend a place from Urgup.
Kayakapi Premium Caves is a 32-room boutique hotel offering views of Cappadocia’s unique natural beauties and magnificent fairy chimneys. It is possible to spend the night with the choice of staying in cave-room, suit or mansion which were designed for the needs and comforts of visitors, changing between 33 m2 and 253 m2.
The hotel came out five years in a row in the ranking of “Travelers Choice” arranged by TripAdvisor. In 2018, in particular, it achieved to rank 1st in Turkey, 3rd in Europe and 12th in World in terms of customer satisfaction in a survey arranged by TripAdvisor. Due to this great success, Kayakapi Premium Caves stands out as the best cave hotel in Cappadocia in 2021.
Serving with the concept of B&B, this hotel also provides sauna, massage and fitness services. It also offers electric golfcarts to its customers to take short trips. Kayakapi Premium Otel is 1 km away from Urgup, 9 km away from Nevsehir and 48 km away from Nevsehir Cappadocia Airport.
4. Hezen Cave Hotel
Hezen Cave Hotel offers a magnificent view of Ortahisar Castle. Located in the town of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, the hotel promises an alternative accommodation with 15 rooms. Its naturally-carved rooms appear like a modern cave-rooms.
Hezen Cave Hotel is a disposition of the most beautiful examples of authentic stonemasonry, adorned with withstanding decorations. Classical architectural items, vivid colors and modern accessories are blended in interior design. Each room is adorned with a different concept and special balconies were also added.
Hezen Hotel achieved to came in 16th in “Travelers Choice” survey ranking the best small hotels of the world, arranged by TripAdvisor in 2017. Hezen Cave Hotel, one of the most remarkable authentic boutique hotels of Cappadocia, seems to continue its success in 2021.
The hotel offers an enjoyable breakfast with a beautiful view in its two different terraces. Hezen Cave Hotel is very close to touristic sites and it is 7 km away from Urgup and 45 km away from Nevsehir Airport.
5. Argos in Cappadocia
Argos in Cappadocia is located in Uchisar, the third most popular place to stay in Cappadocia after Goreme and Urgup. Established on the site of an old monastery, the hotel promises a mysterious experience to its visitors. This place was created with the literal restorations of historic houses, caves and underground tunnels.
Serving with 53 rooms, this hotel offers balconied and terraced rooms. Also, it offers to experience exclusive comfort to its guests with special pools in some rooms.
The tunnels connecting living spaces to one another add a mystical style. The two-thousand-year-old Linseed House in the hotel hosts art activities with its two big domes and spectacular acoustic.
The Museum Saloon in the hotel was granted an award in “Preserving Historical Structures Category” within the scope of National Architecture Exhibition and Awards in 2018. You can see well-preserved mill mounts and mule vessels as well as details of rock carvings dating from Ottoman Empire period.
This hotel was awarded as “The Best Boutique Hotel in Turkey” at International Hotel Awards in 2007 and it is rated as one of the best wine hotels in the world, as well. You can taste their wines obtained from vintages produced in vineyards of Argos, and rested in thousands-year-old underground cisterns.
There is no doubt that Argos in Cappadocia is among the best luxury cave hotels to stay in Cappadocia in 2021. For this reason, it is one of the first hotels you find when you type “Cappadocia” in search engines. Meanwhile, the hotel is located 28 km from Nevsehir Airport.
6. MDC Cave Hotel
MDC Cave Hotel unites the characteristic fiber of the region and modern architecture. Surrounded with the unique view of fairy chimneys, this hotel serves with 46 luxury rooms.
As one of the most popular cave-hotels of the region, MDC gives a heavy feast to its guests with vegetables and fruits freshly picked from the garden of the hotel. It is also possible to enjoy local tastes at the restaurant which offers a cozy atmosphere.
Standing out with historic and natural beauty, this hotel won the “Travellers Choice” award arranged by TripAdvisor in 2018. MDC Cave Hotel is definitely one of the most beautiful cave hotels to stay in Cappadocia.
As providing the chance to have a notable vacation, the hotel also offers bicycle and car renting services to its customers. It is 25 km away from Nevsehir city-center, 48 km away from Cappadocia Airport.
7. Fresco Cave Suites
Fresco Cave Suites provides the opportunity to watch the magnificent nature view of Cappadocia. Located in the old city center of Urgup, the hotel is among the cave hotels with the best view in Cappadocia.
As serving with 11 cave-rooms and 6 historic mansions, this hotel was restored so meticulously that it is awe-inspiring. In the rooms there are installed traditional Turkish carpets and fireplaces so you can go for a vacation even in winter and indulge yourselves.
The hotel is full of historic elements. It is possible to see 150-year-old frescos as well as pipe drains as part of rock tunnels that Ottomans built to supply drinking water to Urgup. Also, a part of the hotel was used as a middle school during “Education Campaign” in the first years of Turkish Republic.
Fresco Cave Hotel is located in an advantageous place for those who want go shopping at the city center and taste local wines. The hotel is 47 km away from Nevsehir Airport.
8. Vineyard Cave Hotel
Vineyard Cave Hotel is located between fairy chimneys in Goreme. It serves with 8 rooms and each one of them is a small cave to its guests. As one of the oldest boutique cave hotels of Cappadocia, Vineyard offers both historic experience and modern comfort at the same time.
Some of the rooms that decorated for customer’s convenience provide traditional Turkish bath and fireplace. It is possible to have a peaceful and quiet time in this hotel which was decorated with traditional Turkish carpets and accessories that reflect Turkish culture and history.
You can enjoy a beautiful breakfast at the terrace of the hotel that offers an extraordinary view of fairy chimneys. The hotel also organizes trekking activities in surrounding areas. Vineyard is 29 km away from Nevsehir Airport and it takes an important place among the best cave hotels in Cappadocia.
Written by Serhat Engul