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When you visit Cappadocia, you must stay in a cave hotel.
The region may be famous for their sunrise hot air balloons, but the Cappadocia cave hotels are a close second.
Most visitors base their trip in the tiny town of Goreme, nestled into Goreme National Park. The surrounding landscape of canyons, valleys, and fairy chimneys is full of caves dug the people who lived there thousands of years ago.
The awesome thing about Cappadocia is that you can still stay in the caves and fairy chimneys today!
Dan and I spent three nights at a cave hotel called Anatolia Cave Pension and I liked it so much I decided to write up an entire review (which I rarely d0) to share it with you. Check it out!
Our room is carved into the base of this fairy chimney!
5 Reasons to Book Anatolia Cave Pension
The Anatolia Cave Pension is run by a lovely couple named Bekir and Brit and their family. Dan and I had a fantastic stay in this cozy room carved into an ancient fairy chimney, and these are my top five reasons why you’ll love it too!
1. Super central location
Anatolia Cave Pension seriously has a perfect location. It’s one block away from the center of Goreme and about 15 minutes walking from Sunrise Point, the best place to watch the Cappadocia hot air balloons every morning.
2. Budget-friendly prices
The main selling point of Anatolia Cave Pension is their incredibly affordable pricing. Of course, prices vary by season, but our three night stay in this lovely Cappadocia cave hotel was only $38 per night! Other Cappadocia hotels run for $100 per night or more.
3. Ultra-cozy rooms
This is probably the most important factor in choosing my Cappadocia cave hotel. Coziness is highly valued in this household and Anatolia Cave Pension fits the bill.
There was beautiful woven art on the walls, the bathroom had its own staircase and a tiny door (there’s something about tiny doors that just does it for me), and the shelves were carved right into the cave and accentuated with uplighting. Plus, the bed was big and comfy, making it the perfect room to relax in after a long day of exploring Cappadocia.
I was a little worried about the cave hotels feeling a bit dark or claustrophobic, but that’s definitely not the case here – I never wanted to leave!
4. Tasty Breakfast
There’s no better way to start a day than with free breakfast. Anatolia Cave Pension offers a traditional Turkish spread with tea, coffee, bread, cheese, veggies, fresh fruit, baklava, and eggs made to order.
Plus, in good weather you can enjoy it out on the terrace with a view over Goreme.
5. Great Customer Service
One reason why Anatolia Cave Pension has such consistently good reviews is because of the customer service.
Bekir speaks perfect English and was always around to answer any questions we had. He even sat down to explain everything we needed to know about Goreme and the surrounding area when we arrived.
Bekir also arranged our hot air balloon ride (and got us an insanely good price), our Green tour, and our shuttles too and from the airport. I’m a budget traveler and usually do all of this myself, so having it taken off my plate was an unexpected pleasure.
For the price, I honestly think Anatolia Cave Pension is one of the best Cappadocia cave hotels in Goreme!
Our cozy cave room at Anatolia Cave Pension
More Accommodation Options in Cappadocia
There are tons of cave hotels in Cappadocia on Airbnb and also a few to choose from on Booking.com.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly cave hotel, the Shoestring Cave House has cave dorms for around $15 per night. On the other end of the scale is Koza Cave Hotel, another top choice for Cappadocia cave hotels with panoramic views, fireplaces, and spa tubs.
If you’re not interested in staying in a cave hotel (although, I really think you should give it a chance because the caves and fairy chimneys are such a big part of the Cappadocia experience) there are also gorgeous stone hotels, like the Peace Stone House, that offer their own unique atmosphere.
If you’re looking for an even more relaxed and low key experience you can also go camping at the Kaya Camping site.
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