Where to Stay in Cappadocia 🇹🇷: Guide to the Best Areas & Cave Hotels

Updated on April 13, 2024
by Alex Miller

With its rock formations, ancient cave dwellings and colorful hot air balloons, Cappadocia is truly a magical place to visit. Choosing where to stay can be overwhelming, given the variety of charming neighborhoods and hotels built right into cliffsides.

This guide will help you decide on the best area and accommodation in Cappadocia based on your interests and budget.

Our pick of the best hotels in Cappadocia 🔝

We’ll give an overview of six great neighborhoods, highlighting the unique vibe and top attractions of each. You’ll get a feel for livelier spots like Göreme as well as peaceful escapes like Uçhisar.

When it comes to hotels,  we’ll point out both nested cave hotels and top rated boutique picks across neighborhoods.

Quick Overview of the Best Areas to Stay in Cappadocia 📋

1. Göreme – Best for the First Time 👀

🎈 Must-see: Nestled among thefairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Göreme is a fascinating small town that makes the perfect base for exploring this region of Turkey.

🔥 Despite its modest size, Göreme packs plenty of sites and activities for visitors:

  • Many hot air balloon companies operate out of Göreme.
  • For breathtaking views over the valley, head to Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Be sure to check out the local stores selling handmade rugs, jewelry and pottery.

👟 Walkable: Getting around Göreme is delightfully walkable. All the main attractions are accessible within a short stroll from the city center. Public minibuses provide transportation to other destinations in Cappadocia as well.

For example, just 4km away is the Valley of Love – check out the phallic “fairy chimneys” that have given this valley its nickname.

🛏️ Unique stays: Known for its unique cave hotels carved directly into the soft volcanic rock, Göreme provides a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience.

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Where to stay in Göreme? 🏨

Expensive Hotels:

  • Pashahan Hotel – elegant cave house hotel with panoramic views of the valley and excellent service.
  • Kayatas Cave Suites – luxurious cliffside suites with swimming pool and balloon views.
  • Erenbey Cave Hotel – chic hotel in a cave complex with restaurant, spa and valley views.

Medium price category:

Budget Hotels:

2. Uçhisar – Best for Families 👦🏻

🚌 Convenient base: This small village is located only 5 km from Göreme and the main tourist attractions of the region, making it a convenient home base.

💸 Affordable transit: Public minibuses run regularly between Uçhisar and Göreme, costing just a few lira each way. Alternatively, you can hire a private car and driver to take you around the major sites. A taxi from Göreme to Uçhisar costs around 40 TL one-way.

🏰 Top attraction: The top attraction is Uçhisar Castle, a towering rock formation with tunnels and windows offering magnificent panoramas over the surrounding valleys. Climb up 60 meters via precarious stone steps to reach the summit.

🏡 Carved homes: Around the base of the castle sprawls the main village, comprised of hand-carved homes and hotels.

🍽 Tasty treats: For dining, head to Cappadocia Senza Restaurant for their famous kebabs or stop by Dream Spot Restaurant’s panoramic terrace. Uçhisar also holds weekly bazaars where you can browse local handicrafts.

⏱ Nearby sites: Uçhisar provides easy access to Cappadocia’s top sites. It is only a 15 minute drive to Göreme Open Air Museum and 25-30 minutes to the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı.

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Where to stay in Uçhisar? 🏨

Expensive Hotels:

Medium price category:

  • Rox Cappadocia – cozy cave hotel with all amenities, good service and reasonable prices.
  • Helike Cave Hotel – comfortable rock cave hotel with panoramic views and reasonable prices.
  • Duven Hotel Cappadocia – a modern hotel in a historic building with an excellent location and good value for money.

Budget Hotels:

  • KEMAL STONE HOUSE HOTEL – small cozy hotel in a historic mansion with simple rooms and friendly service.
  • Capiedra Hotel – compact hotel with basic amenities and modest design, suitable for budget travelers.
  • My Story Cave Hotel – a budget hotel in rock caves with an authentic atmosphere and friendly staff.

3. Çavuşin – Best for Local Vibe 🌟

💡 Hidden gem: Nestled in the heart of Cappadocia’s otherworldly landscape, Çavuşin village provides a delightful glimpse into traditional life in this region of Turkey. It is located just 5 km from the popular tourist town of Göreme, but still maintains a peaceful atmosphere.

🔝 Top sights: The village is structured around its main street that curves along the hillside. Top sights and activities include:

  • Çavuşin Church: Dating back to the 5th century, this rock-hewn church features fascinating frescoes and stonework. It is partially collapsed now, but you can still enter its ancient chambers.
  • Hiking: There are great hiking trails around Çavuşin that take you through orchards, vineyards and the rocky landscapes with sweeping views.
  • Local shopping: Çavuşin has artisan shops selling handmade carpets, textiles, ceramics and onyx products. It’s a great place to buy authentic souvenirs.
  • Cooking class: Take a cooking class in a local home to learn how to make delicious Turkish specialties like dolma, kebab and baklava.

And of course, a hot air balloon ride – no visit to Cappadocia would be complete without a sunrise hot air balloon ride.


🔮 Authentic vibe: So if you’re looking to experience authentic local culture in Cappadocia while still having access to activities, Çavuşin makes the perfect base.

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Where to stay in Çavuşin? 🏩

Expensive Hotels:

  • Seki Cave Suites – elegant cave suites with exquisite decor and spectacular valley views.
  • Jacob's Cave Suites – luxurious cave suites with private pools and panoramic valley views.
  • Agarta Cave Hotel – a stylish cave hotel with chic interiors, haute cuisine restaurant and excellent service.

Medium price range:

  • Azure Cave Suites – cozy cave rooms in an eco-friendly hotel with beautiful views and good value for money.
  • Canela Cave Hotel – comfortable cave rooms with spacious bathrooms and a homely atmosphere.

Budget Hotels:

4. Ürgüp – Best for Luxury Stay 👛

As one of the main tourist centers in the region along with Goreme and Uçhisar, Ürgüp makes an ideal base to stay during your time exploring Cappadocia.

🚍 Well-located: Ürgüp located approximately 20 km from Nevşehir. Roads between Ürgüp and other Cappadocian towns like Göreme and Uçhisar excellent, making easy to explore region by rental car or taxi. Regular bus connections also available.

👣 Walkable: Small town center of Ürgüp easily navigated on foot. Almost all attractions located within walking distance of each other.

🔥 Key sights and activities in Ürgüp:

  • Turasan Winery – Sample Cappadocia’s famous wines at vineyard and winery in town.
  • Ürgüp Bazaar – Local market selling produce, spices, and handicrafts. Open Wednesdays.
  • Turkish Baths – Relax in a traditional hamam like the Temenni Hamami after a busy day of sightseeing.

🛏️ Large selection: Ürgüp has ample accommodation options in Ürgüp, from cave hotels to larger resorts with pools. Many restaurants serve traditional Turkish cuisine on open-air terraces.

🎵 At night, listen to live music in one of Ürgüp’s cozy bars, like Retro Blues or Angel Cafe Bar.

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Where to stay in Ürgüp? 🏩

Luxury Hotels:

  • Kayakapi Premium Caves – a luxurious premium cave hotel with exquisite interior design and panoramic views of the valley.
  • Kayata Cave Suites Special Class – elegant cave suites with high level of comfort and service, with private pools.
  • Yunak Evleri – stylish hotel in restored 19th century cave houses with an excellent location.

Medium price category:

  • Taru Cave Suites – cozy cave rooms with all amenities in traditional Cappadocian style at a reasonable price.
  • Solem Cave Suites – comfortable cave suites in a picturesque location overlooking the valley at a good price.
  • Dere Suites – spacious cave house rooms with modern design and good value for money.

5. Ortahisar – One of the Best Views 🌄

🌄 Scenic views: Ortahisar provides panoramic views of the Cappadocian landscape from its position on a high plateau. The town charms visitors through its narrow winding streets, traditional stone houses, and local shops and restaurants.

Ortahisar Castle
Ortahisar Castle
Ortahisar Market
Ortahisar Market
Ortahisar Market
Ortahisar Market

🏰 Historic charm: Exploring the peaceful back alleys untouched by mass tourism evokes a time past:

  • You can climb the 6th century Ortahisar Castle, the town’s highest point, for magnificent vistas.
  • The Ortahisar Market near the castle entrance offers handmade crafts and souvenirs. Cliffside restaurants (ETHEM USTANIN YERİ SEYİR TEPESİ,
  • Kapadokya karsi bag & Hatice, Aydede Restaurant Mangalbaşı Ortahisar Şubesi) provide al fresco dining with views.

🚶‍♂️ Walkable size: Ortahisar’s small size and flat terrain make it very walkable, with major sights within 10-15 minutes. Bikes can be rented to explore outskirts like Pigeon Valley. Frequent minibuses run between Ortahisar and nearby towns for day trips.

🏠 Peaceful stays: While offering fewer amenities than Göreme, Ortahisar provides a peaceful home base.

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Where to stay in Ortahisar? 🏨

Luxury Hotels:

  • Doda Artisanal Cave Hotel – luxurious adults-only cave hotel with exquisite interior design and panoramic views.
  • Exedra Cappadocia – a fashionable hotel with chic cave interiors and excellent service.
  • Hezen Cave Hotel – a stylish cave hotel with designer rooms and magnificent valley views.

Medium price range:

Budget Hotels:

6. Avanos – Best for Foodies & Pottery Making 🥙

🕍 Historical sites: Nestled on the banks of the Kızılırmak River, Avanos is a charming neighborhood known for its ancient historical sites and thriving pottery culture. The neighborhood is located just 10 km from Göreme and Uçhisar, two of the main tourist hubs in Cappadocia.

🏛️ Must-see: While Avanos may be small, it packs a lot for visitors to see and do. Must-visit attractions include:

  • the Avanos Castle, a 13th century Seljuk Turkish fortress perched on a hill overlooking the town
  • the Avanos Hair Museum is another unique site, filled with locks of women’s hair dating back centuries
  • for a glimpse into traditional pottery making, stop by the Avanos Pottery Workshop

⏱️ Quick getaway: For those short on time, Avanos makes an ideal half-day trip from Göreme or Ürgüp. Mini-buses run daily between the towns for just a few lira.

🍴 When hunger strikes, head to Avanos’ family-owned restaurants, like Fatıma’nın Sofrası and BigChefs Avanos. Dig into regional specialties from pottery kebab (a beef and veggie stew served in a clay pot) to homemade noodles paired with walnut pilaf. Complete your meals with sweet pastries.

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Where to stay in Avanos? 🏨

Luxury Hotels:

  • DoubleTree By Hilton Avanos – a modern premium hotel with excellent service, set in a picturesque location overlooking the valley.
  • Mira Cappadocia Hotel – an elegant boutique hotel with exquisite interior design and panoramic views of the Cappadocia valleys.

Medium price category:

  • Adanos Konuk Evi – a traditional-style guest house with a homely atmosphere and hospitable hosts.
  • Hikmet's House – a cozy hotel with comfortable rooms and friendly staff at reasonable prices.

Budget Hotels:

  • Sofa Hotel – simple and inexpensive hotel with basic amenities, good for budget travelers.
  • Sendian-guesthouse – a guest house with budget rooms located near the main attractions of the city.

Best Cave Hotels in Cappadocia ⛰

Kayakapi Premium Caves 💑

This luxury cave hotel is located in Uçhisar and has rooms carved into fairy chimneys. The decor is elegant with cave rooms featuring jacuzzis and ornate bathrooms.

They offer fine dining and views of the valley. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway.

Mithra Cave Hotel 🎈

Situated in Göreme, this hotel’s rooms are set inside restored ancient caves. The warm, cozy rooms have cave walls and modern amenities.

They provide a delicious breakfast buffet on their terrace overlooking the hot air balloons at sunrise. It’s an ideal spot for balloon watching.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel 👪

This charming hotel is set in a quiet area of Ayvalı village. The rooms are thoughtfully decorated with a mix of cave dwelling features and contemporary comforts.

Guests rave about their large breakfast spread and friendly staff. It’s a great option for families.

Best Places to Stay in Cappadocia on a Map 🗺

FAQs about Trip to Cappadocia ❔

What is the best things to do in Cappadocia?

One of the greatest things you can do in Cappadocia is to have a balloon ride in a hot air baloon at sunrise, flying above the strange landscapes of fairy chimneys and rock formations that will surely astonish you.

What is the most popular area of Cappadocia?

When it comes to the most popular area in Cappadocia, Goreme takes the spotlight. Goreme has an open-air museum with ancient cave churches having colorful frescoes which represent a glimpse into Cappadocia’s rich history.

How many days do you need to explore Cappadocia?

At least three days’ stay is recommended if you want to enjoy all the magic that Cappadocia has to offer. You get to visit various attractions such as underground cities like Derinkuyu or rock-cut churches in Ihlara Valley and still take part in other activities such as hiking along Rose Valley.

What is the best month to visit Cappadocia?

The selection of the month in which one should visit Cappadocia largely depends on personal preferences. However, for many travelers, April-June and September-October are considered to be ideal months for visiting this place. During these times, the weather is pleasant and the landscape looks alive. It would be better to avoid too hot periods so as not to miss out on outdoor activities.

Is Cappadocia too touristy?

It’s true that it has become a popular destination. However, its area is quite wide and if you go beyond more remote valleys or smaller settlements you may avoid crowds. Also, try to come early mornings or late afternoons during non-peak tourist hours for better experience.