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Istanbul — By Nellie Huang on May 1, 2010 at 8:25 am
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Unusual Hotel Stay: Cappadocia Cave Hotel

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Amidst Cappadocia’s magical fairy chimneys and unworldly landscape, you’ll find several cave hotels that are unique in design, decor and setting. Carved out of volcanic rocks, these hotels give you the rare opportunity of sleeping in an extraordinary setting. Imagine waking up to the view of mountain cliffs, bizarre rock formations and rose canyons and lounging around in your private rustic cave: Yunak Evleri gives you exactly that experience.

At Yunak Evleri, nature meets comfort. The cave rooms are designed tastefully, retaining the original raw cave setting and adding a touch of luxury and extravagance. Dating back to the 5th and 6th century, these caves smell of history and authenticity. Blending nature and interior design immaculately, the cave hotel impresses even the most refined guests.

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Designed in ancient Ottoman style, the rooms are outfitted with antique Kilim carpets, teak chest boxes and plush weaved cushions. Its hand-carved dark wood furniture is the work of Turkish traditional artisan masters. Polished hardwood floors and furnishing are evocative of an Ottoman villa feel. Walls are kept in their original state, rugged creamy surfaces with intricate Orthodox carvings. Each room is equipped with a marble bathroom decorated in classy Victorian style.

All of its cave rooms are carved right out of the mountain cliffs and connected by a labyrinth of narrow walkways and cobblestoned paths. Out of its 30 rooms, you can choose from standard rooms fitted with double or twin beds, multi-chambered deluxe rooms with separate living and sleeping areas and the sprawling suites perfect for a romantic weekend.

Top Notch Facilities

The main reception is housed in a 19th century stone mansion at the foot of the cliffs. It also houses the cozy computer room, TV room and meeting room – fitted with high-speed internet connection. These rooms are all equipped with velvet upholstery, extravagant chandeliers and a bird’s view of the surrounding mountain cliffs and the old town.

In summer, the rooftop terrace is dimly lit up and furnished with plush comfortable Turkish cushions for you and your travel partner to lounge around and enjoy the summer breeze. A fireplace warms up the area, while diners enjoy a meal at the adjacent rooftop terrace under the starlight.

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Personal Services

With a comfortable size, the hotel is intimate enough to create that boutique hotel experience. Yunak Evleri prides itself in the close relations it establishes with its guests. Every guest is treated like a friend: whether you’re here for only a night or two weeks, the hotel makes you feel completely at home. Turkish hospitality is world famous, but Yunak Evleri takes it a step further.

Location

Set in the ancient village of Urgup, Yunak Evleri is within walking distance from Cappadocia’s hallmarked Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys. It is also just a 5-minute downhill walk to the town center, where a plethora of restaurants, bars and shops await. Cappadocia is just a 1.5-hour flight from Istanbul. From Kayseri airport, the hotel can arrange transfer for you, which is usually a 1-hour bus ride.

Prices

This boutique hotel might be on the higher end, but as compared to luxury hotels in Europe, the rates here are very reasonable, considering the standard and quality of service. Room rates start from US$130 for a single room to US$230 for a suite.

If you’re looking for a unique and out-of-this-world experience, then staying at Yunak Evleri will definitely feed your appetite for all things strange and inspiring.

Details of Yunak Evleri:

Website: http://www.yunak.com

Email: yunak@yunak.com

Address: Yunak Mahallesi, Urgup, Cappadocia 50400

Tel : +90 384 341 6920

Fax: +90 384 341 6924

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