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Living in A Cave – A Hotel Review of Cappadocia’s Castle Inn

In Blog, Middle East, Turkey by Kay3 Comments

To be completely honest, I never once thought I would ever spend the night in a cave. Needless to say, when we landed at Nevsehir Airport and made our way to Castle Inn in Cappadocia, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A friendly man by the name of Suat greeted us when we arrived, welcoming us into the Inn and sitting us down in a small corridor. Knight-like decorations embellished the inn’s stony walls, and we marveled at tokens from around the world while the staff shuffled around hurriedly.

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Handing us each a cup of Turkish tea, Suat proceeded to tell us that we were sitting in a 150-year-old Greek edifice. He spoke a little bit about the history of Cappadocia and the kinds of visitors he meets every year.

Enough about our story, though. I’ll let the hotel speak for itself.

The Hotel

Like I said, the Castle Inn was created out of an old, Greek structure. There are five rooms, each with its own personality and custom design by Suat. He adorns the walls with souvenirs and crafts from his travels, which range from New York City to Madagascar. The small, cozy feeling of the hotel definitely gives it a home-like feel. Although the inn is located in a rock formation, it is always well-lit and clean. There is also free internet and local calling throughout the building.

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To every guest, Castle Inn offers free breakfast as well as tea or coffee at any time of day. There is also a terrace with a beautiful view of Cappadocia’s rolling hills and rocks. Situated in Ortahasir, the castle is right down the street from some awesome restaurants and tea houses as well as the Ortahasir castle, a giant rock formation that was once inhabited. Visitors can still visit the castle and climb to the top.

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The Rooms

Each of the hotel’s five rooms presents a different atmosphere and personality. There is one cave room, where we stayed, that is GIGANTIC and looks really awesome. Suat did a great job of decorating every nook and cranny of the room to give it a cozy feel and a really neat, cavern feel. Every room is equipped with its own electric heater, bathroom, mini fridge, and tea/coffee maker for your convenience, and everything is free to use. The most amazing thing about the rooms is that they are all stocked with an informational book that Suat himself put together, with information about the history of Cappadocia, its various activities, and a map.

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The Staff

Suat Ulusuoy runs the hotel with the help of a couple of staff assistants, and they do a good job of accommodating guests. They arranged all of our tours for us to see as much of Cappadocia as possible in such a little amount of time and made us a delicious Turkish-style breakfast every morning. The hotel was always clean and the staff were accommodating of all of our needs throughout our stay. Suat even drove us to the bus station 10 km away when we missed our bus – a very kind and generous deed that really personalized the experience for us.

In A Nutshell

We loved Castle Inn as an affordable luxury accommodation. Suat mentioned that it’s becoming more and more popular for young couples, which makes a lot of sense because it’s so cozy and accessible. It’s a great place to relax after a long day of exploring with its beautiful rooftop terrace and comfortable bedding, and the staff do their best to plan barbecues and events for visitors. Every step of the way, the kind staff were there to help us navigate the area with minimal Turkish and planned out our tours and dinners so that they’d run perfectly for us.

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If you’re looking for a personalized, memorable stay in Cappadocia, definitely check out the Castle Inn. You’ll be living in luxury during your time there while paying reasonable prices, and you’ll definitely have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! And hey, you may also leave Cappadocia with a few new friends too.

*Special thanks to Suat and the Castle Inn for partnering with us for this stay. As always, all opinions are my own and ONLY my own. 🙂

Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this review! This place looks so unique and I think it is so cool to spend the night in a cave.

  2. Woah! This looks amazing. I may be in Turkey this summer myself and while I was only planning on going to Istanbul, this inn as well as the entire area looks so incredible I might have to make time for it. Do you know if it’s accessible by public ground transportation from Istanbul, or only by plane or driving?

  3. Hi Alex, There are overnight buses from Istanbul to Cappadocia.Also daily scheduled flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia’s 2 airports(Kayseri and Nevsehir). The bus duration takes about 12 hours and flights are jsut 1 hour 15 mins. Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines are 2 operators. If you buy your flight tickets in advance sometimes flights are same price as bus tickets or even cheaper.

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