“A picturesque jumble of ancient stone houses, caves and underground tunnels turned beautiful boutique hotel”
The guest rooms are spread between 6 different mansions (Monastery, Tunnel, Vasil, Gemil, Tiraz and the White House) and caves that once sheltered holy men. They are a mix of Stone Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Suites and Splendid Suites. No 2 are the same size and shape but each has been decorated in muted tones that complement the exposed stone walls.
Our spacious Deluxe Room was a subtle mix of ancient and modern. An enormous bed was a delight to sink into; we also loved the antique Turkish carpets, wardrobes with intricately carved wooden doors, and the traditional fireplace (some rooms have a chimnea instead). The all-stone bathrooms have a walk-in shower and soft Turkish cotton bathrobes.
Stone Rooms have access to a communal terrace or corner from which to soak up the sun and the views; the larger rooms have private terraces, too. The Suites have a separate living area and some open onto a private terrace, balcony or secluded courtyard.
The amazing Splendid Suites are all different, and vary in size and price; some are spread over 2 floors. Their private heated plunge pools weave in and out of pillars and archways like ancient Roman baths. You can wake up in the morning and jump right in.
Breakfast is served in the hotel’s light and airy restaurant, Seki, also open for lunch and dinner. The large windows meant we could watch hot-air balloons drift over the valley while we tucked into a selection of cold meats and cheeses, olives, freshly baked bread, sweet pastries, jams, and omelettes to order.
In the evening, you dine under the stars or under stone arches, on a mixture of international and local dishes with a contemporary twist. Think mushroom lamb wrapped in cabbage leaves and chicken with molasses and baked pumpkin. We plumped for a perfectly cooked steak washed down with Kalecik Karasi, a fruity red from the hotel’s own vineyard.
For a change of scene, we liked sophisticated Elai, which sits in the shadow of Uchisar's fortress. We started with a glass of local wine in front of the Ottoman-style fireplace, before an assortment of meze, followed by tandir (oven-roasted lamb) and a delicious Turkish crème brulée.
Locals also recommend the unpretentious Center Café and Restaurant on the square for its straightforward, tasty Turkish fare: chicken shish, shepherd’s salad and lamb and aubergine stew.
Children of any age are welcome and under-12s stay free of charge if sharing their parent’s bed. Note all rooms have shower-only bathrooms.
Most rooms can fit 1 rollaway bed or 1 baby cot. The Splendid Suites have a bedroom and a living area with 2 sofas, which can be made up as single beds for children.