When visiting the Cappadocia region in Turkey, we had to stay in a troglodyte hotel. It’s just one of those things that we needed to try and which is part of the experience…
Our road trip in South Turkey started in Antalya. When we hit the road, we first visited the Kursunlu Waterfalls, as well as the antique city of Perge and Aspendos. We got a bit lost on the road (you can check this out here) so we had to stop for the night in Konya which is kind of half way between Antalya and Goreme our destination.
Our hotel in Konya was a bit of a disappointment. First when we arrived at the hotel, I got very stressed because I realized a bit late that the Booking email was listing as a condition that only married guess were allowed and… we’re not married… I switched one my ring to the correct finger, put my hair in a bun, stood quietly and let Mr A handle our check in. This is my mistake really, I should have read the fine prints and if not happy with their conditions, I could have chosen a different hotel. But at the same time, it’s just hard to accept rules like this one. Don’t shout at me, I understand there are cultural differences and traveling is about discovering, understanding or at least accepting those differences. I just have troubles with rules, whether cultural, religious or else that discriminate between human beings.
The next morning I almost wished they would have kicked us out the night before and that we would have stayed somewhere else.
The hotel looked lovely but we didn’t rest one bit as they had rented the room above us for a party which lasted way past reasonable hours. The traffic jam starting at 6 am just below our windows and the extremely noisy but totally necessary air conditioning, made it impossible to sleep. The hotel restaurant was closed when we arrived. We had to eat a frozen pizza at a small café we found on the next block. The breakfast service was appalling. Other guests of the hotel were just as annoyed and we all ended up going behind the bar to make coffee ourselves….
Overall a bad choice! and it happens and it’s ok!!
When we arrived in Goreme, things were totally different. Of course, the whole city is tourism oriented and the perk is that you feel more than welcome!
Our hotel, a troglodyte hotel, was fantastic and so charming. We chose the Sultan Caves Suites but there are many other troglodyte hotels and it seems that the whole city is under constructions for more hotels of this style.
The link above is to Booking. This is not an affiliated link, I just think the pictures there show what the hotel really looks like as I realized I didn’t take that many pictures.
The view from the hotel from back side is on the Pigeon valley:
Our bedroom also had an indoor sitting area and an outdoor one furnished with old trunks and comfy pillows. The room was obviously very fresh as the stone protects naturally from the heat. No noise from neighbor’s rooms, no noise from the very small street in front of the hotel. It was very quiet and peaceful.
One of the courtyards:
Street view. This is actually the entrance to another hotel. In Goreme, it’s a bit hard to know where one hotel starts and where the others end as everything seems to mingle
Night view of Goreme:
The manager of the hotel who had welcomed us with an apple tea, also gave us some guidance to what we should be doing during our stay. He gave us the below map and lent us a guide of the region. He also detailed per day what he recommended for us, ensuring we would see the main things of course but that we would also be able to stay out of the tourist packs. Soganli valley for example and the multiple troglodyte churches, was a treat. Stay tune, I’ll post very soon some more pictures!
He did also tell us about the hot air balloons, bragging a bit that the best place to see them take off was from the terrace of the hotel but that one had to be up at 5am to see this. By the tone of his voice, I could tell he was doubting one of us would do it. Obviously he didn’t know me very well!! Unfortunately the sky wasn’t so clear that morning but it was still very impressive to see all those balloons in the sky. I counted more than 60 of them. There is apparently 28 passengers per balloon which means more than 1,600 people flying that day. I didn’t think there was that many tourists around and sure still can’t believe that they all got up so early!
Kitty can’t be bothered at that time of the day!!
I did go back to bed after that!!