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Located in a centuries old restored Byzantine monastic retreat, Gamirasu Cave Hotel is quite literally, housed in caves.
The quirkiest of the lot, and certainly Original, Gamirasu Cave Hotel is built into the rock face and comprises of 31 rooms in seven old houses, made from 'tufa', a volcanic rock. Each is different from the next - although they are all very Turkish in design with Ottoman style rugs and artwork - some have vaulted ceilings, while others started life as a monk's cell (don't worry they are anything but small, in fact the beds are the biggest we have seen).
All of the food is homemade, and served Cappadocian style with six courses every evening either in the restaurant or on the terrace outside. Breakfast is more of a buffet affair, with local honey, homemade jams, locally dried apricots, and cream from the owner's cow. The chef is also happy to give guests cooking classes.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel is just a 20 minute drive from Goreme and the hotel offers complimentary transfers to anywhere in the area. Horse riding, camel riding and hot air balloon rides are all on offer in the area, as well as walking in the Red, Rose and Lower Valleys. There is also an open air museum in Goreme which is well worth a visit, and there are some great local restaurants. Back at the hotel, there is a swimming pool and massages and yoga are available upon request.
Why we love it
The caves are made from a volcanic rock called Tufa. It has a natural insulation that keeps rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter - a pretty effective heating system we think.