Sultan Cave Suites, made famous by Instagram, was without a doubt, one of the most incredible stays of my life. It’s a bold statement to call it the most magical hotel in the world – but there is something so special and unique about this hotel.
I can’t deny that it was seeing the hotel (and its famous pup, Izmir), all over Instagram that led me to look into it as our accommodation.
First of all, I was amazed that the hotel was affordable. Second of all, that there was ONE room left for our last minute trip to Cappadoccia. It all seemed too good to be true, but that is Sultan Cave Suites. It is all true, and all so good.
From the breakfast, to the rooms, to the location, the staff, the pup.. everything is outstanding. All in all, it became one of the best stays of my life!
For those considering a stay, of course I am recommending it! However, I’m going to detail each key aspect of the hotel and my main suggestion is – go to Cappadocia, stay here and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!
Sultan Cave Suites is a true cave hotel. Over the past few centuries, the residents of Cappadoccia and the village of Goreme have moved out of their ancient dwellings into more modern homes. This has left behind empty cave homes behind which locals, such as those behind Sultan Cave Suites have preserved. So these original cave dwellings now make otherworldly hotels.
This hotel has 30 rooms, all varying in size, shape and amenities, due to the type of cave they situated in. Ranging from Junior Suites, Suites and King Suites, they can accommodate different numbers of people. The cave walls left dust in my fingers, some of the beds are nestled into alcoves and there are little cubby hole shelves hidden by little wooden doors. The hotel calls itself a ‘visual delight’ and they’re right. Each room is a joy, with the furniture integrated harmoniously into the rooms designs, and each decorated with local art or artefacts showcasing the unique history of the town.
The bathroom was modern, despite being in a cave. No issues with the power shower at all and it was an all-round luxurious experience. The area is prone to heavy snowfall in winter, so the rooms come with good heating, blankets and many have fireplaces and chimneys to warm up by.
Many of the rooms have their own stone terraces, often tucked away, with comfortable seating and possibly the most incredible views imaginable. My excitement whilst jumping up at 5am to see the hot air balloons and seeing them drifting right above the door to our room, with the soft orangey sky behind – I have experienced nothing like it!
The rooms are nestled into the hilltop so there are many stairs and little pathways to navigate your way around the hotel. Despite the Suites being full whilst we stayed there in August, it never felt busy and we could always have a quiet spot to ourselves.
The hotel’s public areas
Reception is located in a large living room (after all, it was once a home), with a huge fireplace and sofas and books. This is also where Izmir, the famous pup lives. Check-in is very relaxed affair in here. There are no typical hotel formalities – it really feels like a wonderful family home.
There are a number of public terraces to relax with tables and chairs or softer giant cushions. The ultra-famous Instagram heaven terrace is packed in the morning whilst everyone takes pics. But during the day, it makes a lovely relaxing spot to enjoy the sun. There’s a bar there, as well as renowned restaurant called the The Seten Anatolian Cuisine Restaurant , which welcomes other guests from the village to enjoy their excellent food.
Breakfast is included in your stay, and it’s an actual extravaganza of delicious home-cooked food. One of the best breakfast spreads I have ever seen, and much better than generic 5* hotels’ offerings. Apparently, there are more 50 local dishes and items, it certainly felt that way and I’m sure I spent a good hour in there munching away. Eating is out on the terrace just as the last hot air balloons go down is pretty special too.
Something the hotel doesn’t really promote is that it has use of its sister hotel’s pool! Right next door at Kelebek Special Hotel. We had a full morning to relax ahead of our flight and spent the most enjoyable few hours chilling here. But, you’re warned – the water is cold!
The hotel is located in the heart of the old part of Goreme, and just a five minute walk down the hill into the town centre. The hotel is happy to organise an airport transfer for your stay, which I recommend for ease (about 7 euros pp). It’s about an hours’ drive and makes finding the hotel a lot easier. It’s entrance after all, is just a door in a wall!
Well, the staff are just something else. The hotel is so relaxed, yet so clean, efficient and well-maintained. The staff are always happy and having fun, without it feeling stiff and formal like a traditional branded hotel. After a day sightseeing, you might come back and find them enjoying some time playing a board game together. That being said, they were so helpful and I spent a lot of time getting to know them!
The hotel offers a number of tours directly through a local service in the town, with hotel pickup. From balloon flights to tours of the town and local area, we loved our organised trip.
Sunrise at the hotel
One of the things the hotel has become so famous for is it’s fabulous sunrise shot. I’ve decided to write a separate blog post on this which you can read here. It’s as good as you can imagine!
This gorgeous doggy has some sass, possibly from being just too much affection! She literally never gets left alone. She is a beautiful pup, with a powerful growl! Catch her in the right moment and she’s all for the stroking and tickles. Catch her when she’s grumpy and you will instantly regret it!
I hope this has been helpful if you’re planning on heading to the amazing town of Göreme and Cappadocia. Sultan Caves Suites was the most amazing hotel!
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