Cappadocia is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations to visit in Turkey. The area is exploding with tourism and as such, heaps of brand-new hotels, facilities and restaurants are being built to keep up with the demand. Some of the best hotels in Cappadocia have been transformed from old caves into luxurious hotel rooms, hold beautifully decorated terraces to watch the infamous hot air balloons and contain stunning swimming pools.
Whilst these may sound unaffordable, you may be surprised to find that you can actually stay in Cappadocia for a very affordable price and even benefit from some of the luxury qualities like having a beautifully decorated roof terrace to watch the balloons.
In this guide, you’ll find some of the very best hotels across the region. I’ve covered budget, mid-range and luxury options so that there is hopefully something for everyone.
You’ll also find additional details such as the best time to visit, how to get there and travel around, the best area of Cappadocia to stay in and how many days you’ll need to spend there.
In addition, you’ll find an FAQ at the end of this guide.
Where is Cappadocia
The region of Cappadocia is situated in the centre of Turkey – approximately three and a half hours south of the capital city of Ankara.
The largest city in Cappadocia is Nevşehir, however by far the most popular town to visit in Göreme as this is where the infamous hot air balloons flood the skies most mornings.
Below you’ll find an interactive map of the exact location of Cappadocia.
How to get to Cappadocia
By plane | if you’re travelling from another country, have a decent budget, or want to travel to Cappadocia as quickly as possible, then travelling by plane is the best option.
If you’re coming from outside of Turkey, you’ll need to fly to a larger city such as Istanbul, Antalya or Akara before taking a domestic flight to either Nevşehir or Kayseri.
In my experience, flying to Kayseri seems to be cheaper, but it is slightly further away.
From either of the airports, you’ll then need to take a shuttle bus or taxi to the town where you’re staying in Cappadocia. I’d recommend you book these ahead of time as the airports are small and in remote locations, so it’s best to have something organised for when you arrive with a trustworthy company.
Check flights: Omio
Check transport prices from Kayseri: GetYourGuide
Check transport prices from Nevşehir: GetYourGuide
By bus | if you’re travelling from elsewhere in Turkey and you’re on a budget or don’t enjoy flying, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is a pretty decent bus network across Turkey.
However, since Cappadocia is a remote part of Turkey, the timetable isn’t always that great.
For example, if you’re looking to get from Istanbul to Cappadocia then currently your only option is to take a night bus. On the plus side, the bus is cheap and you’ll be saving a night on accommodation since you’ll hopefully be getting some sleep on the bus.
I personally chose to fly, but I met plenty of others who took the bus and they said the busses were very comfortable with reclining seats and were well-equipped.
By car | alternatively, it’s possible to rent a car and drive around Turkey. I’d never considered this option before arriving as it seemed quite daunting and I didn’t imagine the roads to be that great.
However, I also met a few people who were driving across Turkey and quickly found that the roads were arguably better than some of those in the UK – even in remote parts such as Cappadocia.
If I ever visit Turkey again, I’d definitely consider this option.
If you’re travelling as a group and you’ve got time on your side, then this is going to be cost-effective for all of you. However, I would avoid driving in Istanbul at all costs as it’s incredibly chaotic compared to the rest of the country.
Check prices: Rentalcars.com
Tip: If you’re planning a trip to Istanbul as well as Cappadocia, you may find this guide helpful: 4 day Istanbul Itinerary
How to travel around
By foot | Cappadocia is a relatively small town and so if you’re only planning to stay in Cappadocia itself, then you’ll be able to walk around very easily.
However, you’ll need to bear in mind that there are some hills to climb around Cappadocia if you’re wanting to visit some of the popular viewpoints and quaint stores tucked down some of the high streets.
By bus | If you’re looking to venture out of the area – perhaps to do one of the many hikes in Cappadocia – such as the Love Valley, Red Valley, or Ihlara Valley hike, then there are plenty of buses available.
The timetable isn’t always that accurate and so the best thing to do is to head to the bus station the night before to see what’s available the next day.
By taxi | Taxis are readily available in Cappadocia if you’d prefer to take this mode of transport.
You’ll see plenty in the streets, however, the best option is to ask your hostel or hotel to arrange this for you to ensure you’re travelling with a trusted company that offers fair prices.
Best hotels in Cappadocia
Best hotels in Cappadocia with a view
Budget | Cappadocia Stone Palace
Pros | excellent terrace, central location, exceptional customer service, organised tours
Cons | poor Wi-Fi
Cappadocia Stone Palace is an excellent choice for travellers who are on a tight budget but still want to enjoy a good view.
Here you’ll find some great views over Göreme, the Red Valley and Rose Valley.
Once the sun starts to rise and hundreds of hot air balloons fill the sky, this looks even more spectacular.
The rooms are decorated in traditional Turkish style, with fine-looking rugs and rich colours. Some rooms also contain spa baths and fireplaces which are perfect for those who are travelling to Cappadocia during the winter months.
This hotel is known for its exceptional customer service, with staff going above and beyond to ensure guests enjoy their trip to Cappadocia.
If you’re looking for a hassle-free break, then all tours and transport can be organised by the hotel.
Whilst the wi-fi is not always super speedy, however with many other benefits, including being very close to the town centre, it’s not the end of the world.
Check prices: Booking.com
Mid-range | Prime Cappadocia Suites
Pros | excellent location, great breakfast, fantastic view of hot-air balloons, quiet, cave-style hotel
Cons | Fans rather than AC in rooms, limited rooms with jacuzzi baths (call to reserve)
Prime Cappadocia Suits is in an excellent location on the edge of the main town of Cappadocia – Göreme. Being on the edge allows the property to benefit from a quiet atmosphere and clear views of the hot air balloons in Cappadocia.
There are a variety of different rooms available at Prime Cappadocia Suits, all of which are well equipped with flat-screen TVs, necessary food and drinks, as well luxurious toiletries.
You’ll also find that a number of the rooms offer a jacuzzi bath and a private terrace where you can view the hot air balloons in privacy. However, be sure to request these ahead of time to avoid disappointment upon arrival.
A few highlights of this property include the impeccable cleanliness, attention to detail by staff and excellent breakfast which is offered as both à la carte and continental breakfast.
One thing to bear in mind about this hotel is that they do not have AC in the rooms, but rather fans.
This is not uncommon in Cappadocia since most of the hotels are old caves, however, it is something that can be uncomfortable during the height of summer.
Later on in this guide, you’ll find a section on the best time to visit Cappadocia.
Luxury | Koza Cave Hotel
Pros | ecological, cave-style hotel, spacious, central location, excellent food, family-run, panoramic views
Cons | terrace only decorated upon request
Koza Cave Hotel is a luxurious ecological cave-style hotel that offers panoramic views over the infamous Pigeon Valley in Cappadocia.
In addition, it’s also home to the highest terrace in Göreme and as such, provides one of the very best hotels in Cappadocia with a view of the hot air balloons.
Whilst the Koza Cave Hotel did previously used to be a cave, it’s been restored and modernised with excellent facilities whilst still keeping a lot of its authentic charm.
For example, in many of the rooms, you’ll find an old fireplace which is perfect for those visiting Cappadocia in winter.
Additionally, each room is incredibly spacious and offers comfortable beds and many rooms include a jacuzzi bath.
Whilst this location is perfect for a special occasion, many people head here solely for the view of the hot air balloons on the outdoor terrace.
But, if you want the ultimate Cappadocia balloon picture then you’ll need to let the owners know the night before to ensure the terrace is decorated with cushions accordingly.
Check prices: Booking.com
Best luxury hotels in Cappadocia
Budget-luxury | Chelebi Cave House Hotel
Pros | value for money, central location, excellent food, fantastic staff, great views, family-run
Cons | house rather than a hotel
Chelebi Cave House Hotel is – as the name suggests – an old cave home which has been converted into a hotel.
As such, this isn’t your typical resort-like accommodation, but rather a home-away-from-home.
The owners of the accommodation go above and beyond to provide their guests with 5-star service.
If you’re looking to book transport and tours, then this will be handled by the owners so that you can enjoy a stress-free trip.
If you opt for the Junior Cave Suite with Jacuzzi Bath, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. These rooms are extremely large and feel immensely luxurious.
Given the central location and the fact that there are 2 terraces which offer panoramic views of Cappadocia, this is an absolute steal.
Whilst there are plenty of places to eat around the town, Chelebi Cave House Hotel attracts not only its guests but other travellers too, for both its views of the hot air balloons and the impeccable food.
Overall, finding a luxury hotel in Cappadocia for a price better than this is going to be tough.
Luxury – Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel and Spa
Pros | free wine tap, cave-style hotel, modern facilities, central location, excellent food, great views of the hot air balloons, multilingual staff
Cons | Wi-Fi is not always fast
Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel and Spa is home to 8 caves – also known as fairy chimneys – and have been redesigned with a modern twist.
Whilst they retain a lot of their authenticity with features like old fireplaces, they’ve been re-vamped to contain hydro-massage baths and all of the latest gadgets. Each room is uniquely transformed with some of the most spectacular designs I’ve seen.
Inside the grounds, you’ll also find plenty of facilities, including a roman-style pool, a Turkish hammam and a gym.
Yet, perhaps one of the best features of this hotel is the free wine tap that you’ll find in the courtyard.
The location of this hotel is excellent. It’s just a few minute’s walk to the centre of Göreme and even has its own secret tunnel to get there.
Whilst the food at the hotel is popular, in Göreme you’ll find plenty more wonderful cafes and restaurants to try.
One final point to note is the view of the magical hot air balloons which float above Cappadocia almost every day.
Anatolian Houses Cave Hotel and Spa has a number of terraces where these can be viewed, however, many sightings can be made from the comfort of your own room.
Check prices: Booking.com
Super-luxury | AJWA Cappadocia
Pros | celebrity-style, top-quality restaurant, tranquil location, pristine building, resort-like grounds, shuttle service, spa
Cons | remote location
Location: near Ürgüp
AJWA Cappadocia is a fairly new resort-style hotel which is just outside of Ürgüp.
It’s grown in popularity recently for its impeccable grounds and five-star service that many guests claim is the ‘best service they’ve ever received’.
The property itself is immensely grand and has been designed with careful intent.
Each corner of the building holds intricate detail and the rooms are draped with the highest quality interiors to provide the ultimate luxurious experience.
This hotel is situated 25 minutes outside of Göreme – Cappadocia’s main town, however, that should not put you off, as many of the things to do in the area are also outside of Göreme.
Plus, the hotel offers a shuttle service to ensure you’re seeing the very best of what’s on offer.
Since the hotel is resort-style, those who don’t want to leave the grounds will also have plenty of things to do.
With a sauna, pool, Hammam bath, numerous gardens and a gym, there is more than enough to keep guests entertained.
Check prices | Booking.com
Best affordable cave hotels in Cappadocia
Budget | The Dorm Cave by Travellers
Pro’s | central location, budget-friendly, cave-style accommodation, balloons fly directly overhead
Cons | limited breakfast
The Dorm Cave by Travellers is a budget-friendly hostel and hotel that’s just a few minutes’ walk to the centre of Göreme in Cappadocia.
It’s conveniently tucked down a small side street which provides both privacy and peacefulness away from the hustle and bustle of the town.
For the price of this accommodation, the view you get of the balloons and the surrounding caves are fantastic value for money.
The balloons fly directly above The Dorm Cave between 7 and 8 AM, and if you’re standing on one of their terraces then you’ll almost be able to touch them as they fly overhead.
Whether you opt for a dorm or private room, you’ll still enjoy luxurious traditional Turkish decor with lovely home touches throughout the accommodation.
The only downside to The Dorm Cave by Travellers is the breakfast – it’s very basic and could certainly benefit from some variety.
But, with this being the only downside, it’s certainly one of the best options to go for if you’re on a budget but still want to stay in one of the best hotels in Cappadocia with a view of the hot air balloons.
Budget | Göreme Valley Cave House
Pros | hotel and hostel, cave-style accommodation, on-site restaurant, free shuttle service (bus station), budget-friendly, central location, excellent views
Cons | sometimes smell damp due to being an old cave
Göreme Valley Cave House is another property which is both a hotel and a hostel.
Yet, this budget-friendly accommodation feels anything but budget, with qualities such as whirlpool baths by the bedroom window – the perfect spot to view the hot air balloons flying each morning.
Whilst Göreme Valley Cave House is in the popular town of Göreme, it’s on the edge.
This makes it a peaceful place to stay whilst still being conveniently located within walking distance to the town centre and one of the most popular attractions – Göreme Open Air Museum.
Each room holds many of its original cave-style features whilst being adequately equipped with all of the necessities you need for a trip to Cappadocia.
The property is owned by the lovely Ali – who, with the help of his team – can help to arrange tours and activities at an excellent price.
More often than not, they’ll even be able to pull a few strings to get you onto a hot-air balloon the following day if need be.
Check prices: Booking.com
Best cave hotels in Cappadocia
Mid-range | Solem Cave Suites
Pros | peaceful location, fantastic food, new hotel, underfloor heating, air-conditioned rooms, excellent customer service, hammam bath
Cons | Wi-Fi not great in basement rooms
Solem Cave Suites is situated in the peaceful town of Ürgüp and is one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia.
Whilst it’s fairly new in comparison to others in the area, it’s not faced many teething problems since launching in May 2022.
In fact, it’s quickly growing in popularity with consistent high-scoring reviews across all booking platforms.
The hotel is absolutely immaculate and has been well thought through in the design.
It’s found the perfect balance of authenticity and modern Turkish chic to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience of staying in a cave without compromising on home comforts.
For example, caves can be quite a cold environment. Yet, with underfloor heating and a fireplace, you’ll be super cosy during the winter months.
Many guests claim this to be one of the best hotels that they’ve stayed in, giving particular shoutouts to the high levels of customer service and the fantastic food which you’ll find served here.
For the price, this is a great choice if you’re looking to stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Mid-range | Local Cave House Hotel
Pros | excellent swimming pool, central location, impeccable views, great breakfast
Cons | Wi-Fi is not always great in the rooms
The Local Cave House Hotel is one of the very best mid-range cave hotels in Cappadocia that is storming social media platforms.
It’s been built into the side of one of the old ‘fairy chimneys’ aka an old cave-style home.
Yet, to keep up with modern styling, it’s been extended with solid stone and furnished with trendy decor.
Whilst it’s a little bit of a climb from the centre of Göreme to reach the entrance of the hotel, the short burst of energy is rewarded with incredible views over Cappadocia – which of course, is even more incredible when the balloons are scattered across the sky.
Unlike many of the other hotels in the area at this price point, this hotel benefits from a swimming pool as well as a beautifully decorated terrace to capture some of the most instrgrammable photos of your time in Cappadocia.
Check prices: Booking.com
Best Cave Hotel in Cappadocia with hot air balloon view
Luxury | Museum Hotel
Pros | Relais & Chateaux member, pillow menu, free wine tap, impeccable grounds, stunning views, excellent food, peaceful location
Cons | 10-minutes from Göreme
Museum Hotel is the only hotel in Turkey that belongs to Relais & Chateaux – an association of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants. It’s a real hidden gem in Cappadocia that oozes quality from top to bottom.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll receive 5-star service, starting with a pillow menu to ensure maximum comfort throughout your stay.
Each room is impeccable with stunning views across the valley. Some rooms have extra special features like whirlpool baths and even a free wine tap!
However, regardless of your room choice, you’ll have access to the numerous facilities within the hotel grounds including a workout area and spa. Yet, perhaps one of the best features of this hotel is the viewing platform to witness the stunning hot air balloons flying overhead.
Each morning, free champagne is served as you capture the special moment when hundreds of balloons fill the sky.
As to be expected with a hotel of this calibre, the food is excellent. Being an eco-conscious hotel means that many of the fruit and vegetables that end up on your plate have been grown within the hotel grounds and are freshly picked and prepared to perfection.
Should you wish to learn how it’s done, you’ll be able to make a reservation with the reception for a cooking class.
Since Museum Hotel is situated in Uçhisar, it’s extremely peaceful and not only the best cave hotel in Cappadocia with a hot air balloon view, but also over the Pigeon Valley and Red Valley as well as Göreme.
The best area to stay in Cappadocia
Cappadocia is a fairly large region and there are 3 main areas in which people choose to stay: Göreme, Uçhisar, and Ürgüp.
Where you choose to stay whilst you follow your Cappadocia itinerary is entirely dependent on your travel preferences, however, the below should help you decide:
Göreme is the main town situated within Cappadocia and it’s by far the most popular place to stay.
Although it’s fairly small, it’s exploding with some of Cappadocia’s best hotels, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
Almost all year round, it’s bustling with people who flock to see the hot air balloons in Cappadocia, so you can expect a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of options when it comes to accommodation.
Uçhisar is just a 10-minute drive from Göreme and is a great option for those who want to be close to plenty of amenities and atmosphere, but not amongst it.
Uçhisar is best known for Uçhisar Castle, however, you will find a number of restaurants and cafes dotted around the small town as well.
For those who prefer to walk to places, then you’ll find an excellent trail that leads from Uçhisar to Göreme through the Pigeon Valley.
This takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Ürgüp is a small town that has a much more authentic feel to it. It’s incredibly peaceful and home to some amazing and luxurious hotels in Cappadocia.
It’s approximately a 20-minute drive from Göreme, however, more often than not, the hotels here are resort-style and have a restaurant on site.
How many days to spend in Cappadocia
A lot of people head to Cappadocia as part of a wider trip across Turkey and as such, only spend 3-4 days here.
However, I spent two weeks here and found plenty of things to do to fill my time.
There are plenty of excursions to be had from Cappadocia which quickly fill the days, as well as a plethora of hiking trails, restaurants and cute shops to explore.
Plus, if you’re staying in one of these hotels, you’ll likely want a few days to relax.
So, the long story short, is that you can spend anywhere between 3 days and 2 weeks in Cappadocia and be perfectly satisfied.
- What is a cave hotel?
Years ago, those who lived in Cappadocia carved homes out of the soft rock. Many of these homes have now been transformed into characterful hotels to provide a unique experience of staying in a cave.
- Are caves cold?
Yes, sometimes they can be cold. However, in the height of summer in Cappadocia this is a benefit. If you’re heading to Cappadocia during winter, you’ll usually be provided thick blankets if the cave doesn’t have a fireplace.
- Do you need AC in Cappadocia?
If you’re staying in a cave hotel then this will naturally be quite cool, even in summer. If you’re staying in a modern-day hotel then it’s likely that you will want to ensure there is AC available if you’re visiting during the summer.
- Is it better to stay in Göreme or Uchisar?
This is entirely down to preference, however, most people prefer to stay in Göreme.
- What problems may arise when staying in a cave hotel?
Caves are naturally cold and can feel damp. As such, people with breathing difficulties or allergies may find staying in a cave uncomfortable. It’s always best to check with the hotel to understand their regulations and whether they would advise you to stay in a cave-style room or not. Often, hotels have a mix of cave and modern-style rooms available.
- Is it safe to travel to Cappadocia alone?
Yes. Cappadocia is very safe. I travelled there alone and had no issues. Most hotels can arrange transport to and from the airport, however, it can also be booked on a trusted platform such as GetYourGuide.com.
- Is there a beach in Cappadocia?
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