Cappadocia Museum Hotel
What it is
The only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Turkey, with 30 antique-dotted rooms hidden within the age-old stone houses of an actual cave.
What it isn't
Just a hotel. It’s also a museum, chockablock with artifacts from the Ottoman and Roman epochs and beyond.
What we think
In an ancient land, it can be hard to get excited about staying at a faceless corporate hotel. Which is why Museum Hotel Cappadocia is the exact opposite. Each and every room is unlike the rest, so you can pick your pleasure. Tuck into Safir Cave, which overlooks their lush Garden of Eden and has wine taps (yes, wine taps) with free-flowing local red and white Cappadocian wines. Or swing for the Selale Cave Suite, a royal-worthy reprieve accessed by a private rock tunnel, with its own leafy garden, fish pond, and a jacuzzi overlooking the landscape. Whichever room you select, know that you’ll be treated like a sultan, with turn-down and amenities like L’occitane toiletries, Nespresso coffee machines and pillow menus to ensure your best possible dreams.
You're here because
They truly care about their sustainability and carbon footprint, and are in the process of adding geothermal heating that will—bonus—create a thermal spa to boot.
Turkish food doesn’t get any better than it is here at the hotel’s own restaurant, Lila, where chef Saygin Sesli churns out ancient recipes, many using produce from their own 500-acre garden. Your order tonight? Tandoor ribs cooked on a wood fire, a smoked beet salad with goat’s cheese, and a creme brulee with almond ice cream and homemade grape molasses.
Restaurants & Bars
Lil’a - An à la carte restaurant of Museum Hotel, the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in Turkey, bringing the best recipes of Turkish cuisine, along with those special, almost forgotten traditional tastes of Anatolia and Cappadocia, and served with impeccable service to its guests.
Built from the caves and ruins of Cappadocia, yet just a quick stroll from Uchisar Castle, itself built into a rock spur, and hiking trails at Pigeon Valley.