Sultan Cave Suites is easily the best cave hotel in Cappadocia. It became famous on Instagram for its roof terrace and the incredible viewpoint it offers to see the hot air balloons at sunrise in Cappadocia.
However, as well as a beautiful sunrise in Cappadocia, the hotel is a brilliant stay inself. From the excellent breakfast offering, to the awesome cave rooms and some of the nicest hotel staff I have ever come across.
Unsurprisingly, it was seeing photos on Instagram that inspired my stay there. But aside from the terrace, my time at Sultan Cave Suites was without a doubt one of the most incredible hotel stays of my life. That’s a bold statement, but I had the most faultless stay. I’ve written a long and detailed guide to experiencing a sunrise in Cappadocia at the Sultan Cave Suites, but in this blog post, I am aim to cover everything else you might want to know about the Sultan Cave Suites. From the rooms, the food, the public areas, and of course, the pool – which few people seem to know about.
So read on and let me know if you have any questions or thoughts. I hope this helps in planning your time in Cappadocia and in Turkey!
The Best Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
Sultan Cave Suites is a true cave hotel in Cappadocia, offering real stays in cave rooms with stone walls. It is incredible. However, did you know it wasn’t always a cave hotel?
Over the past few centuries, the residents of Cappadoccia and the village of
Göreme have moved out of their ancient dwellings into more modern and practical homes. This has meant there were hundreds of abandoned and empty cave homes which locals, such as the team behind Sultan Cave Suites, have preserved. So these original cave dwellings now make otherworldly hotels.
Rooms and Facilities
The cave rooms
Sultan Cave Suites hotel has 30 cave 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 on my fingers, some of the beds are nestled into alcoves and there are little cubby hole shelves hidden by little wooden doors. It’s really just a whole different experience!
The bathroom was modern, despite being in a cave. I experienced no issues with the power shower at all and it was an all-round luxurious experience.
Cappadocia is prone to heavy snowfall in winter, so the rooms are equipped with good heating and blankets. Many even have fireplaces to warm up by.
Many of the cave rooms at Sultan Cave Suites have their own stone terraces. These are often tucked away, with comfortable seating and the most incredible views over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. When I stepped onto our small terrace to see the hot air balloons drifting right above the door to our room, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The rooms are nestled into the side of the hill, so with all the stairs and narrow pathways, a cave hotel isn’t very accessible.
The public areas
The hotel reception is located in a large living room (after all, it was once a home), with a huge fireplace, sofas and books. It’s very cosy.
This is also where Izmir, the famous Instagram dog of Cappadocia lives. Check-in is very relaxed affair here. There are no typical hotel formalities – Sultan Cave Suites just feels like a wonderful family home.
There are a number of public terraces to relax with tables and chairs or softer giant cushions on the floor. The famous Instagram photo spot is on the terrace, which is often quite busy in the morning whilst everyone takes photos of Instagram.
But during the day, the beautiful terrace makes a lovely relaxing spot to enjoy the sun. There’s a bar on the terrace too, as well as renowned restaurant called the The Seten Anatolian Cuisine Restaurant, which welcomes non-guests in the evening for dinner.
Sultan Cave Suites – Other useful things to know
You might be surprised to know that such a beautiful stay in a cave hotel is affordable. I honestly couldn’t believe it when I found it on booking.com.
We stayed in a Junior Suite which was around £130 a night. Cappadocia in general is increasing in its popularity and I recommend booking accommodation way ahead of time. You can check prices for a stay at Sultan Cave Suites here. I actually booked in 2017 for a stay in three weeks’ time, so I was pretty lucky!
The price includes an incredible breakfast. as well as the best sunrise view in Cappadocia. What more could you ask for!
The swimming pool
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. Which, by the way, is also a brilliant alternative if Sultan Cave Suites is fully booked up.
Breakfast is included in your stay at the Sultan Cave Suites and it’s an extravaganza of delicious home-cooked food!
Apparently, there are more 50 local dishes and items, it certainly felt that way. I’m sure I spent a good hour in there munching away. Eating out on the terrace just as the last hot air balloons go down is pretty special too.
Location and Getting to Sultan Cave Suites
Sultan Cave Suites is located in the heart of the old part of Göreme. It takes just five minutes to walk down the hill into the town centre. It takes about one hour to drive from Sultan Cave Suites to Kayseri airport. You can arrange airport transfers here.
The staff at the Sultan Cave Suites 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. I found the team to be so helpful and I spent a lot of time getting to know them!
Tours in Cappadocia
Sultan Cave Suites is able to organise tours for guests with hotel pickup. One of the best things to do in Cappadocia is of course, a hot air balloon flight at sunrise. We loved our organised trip. I’ve also written a longer detailed post on all of best things to do in Cappadocia where I share plenty of local tour suggestions.
Sunrise at Sultan Cave Suites
Sultan Cave Suites is one of the most famous hotels on Instagram. In most part, this is thanks to its incredible photo spot on its terrace. It is easily one of the best places to capture the sunrise in Cappadocia. I’ve actually written a long and detailed blog post on sunrise at the Sultan Cave Suites and everything you need to know to get an awesome Instagram photo. However, it important to know the balloons flying is weather dependent. If the winds are too strong, they simply cannot fly.
Sultan Cave Suites
So this concludes my guide to staying at the Sultan Cave Suites hotel. I really believe it is the best cave hotel in Cappadocia..
I hope this has been helpful if you’re planning on heading to the amazing area of Göreme and Cappadocia in Turkey.
If you’re considering a longer Turkey adventure, you might find my two-week itinerary here useful, I’ve also written guides to Bodrum, Pamukkale, Ephesus, sailing the famous Turquoise Coast, and Istanbul here.
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Disclaimer: This visit to Cappadocia, Turkey was entirely paid for by myself. There was no involvement from the tourism board or the Sultan Cave Suites team. This is an independent guide
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