Hezen Cave Hotel

Ortahisar Cappadocia, Turkey Book from Book from £104 per night

Make like a modern troglodyte in this stylish cave hotel, set into the steep slopes of Ortahisar
Built around and carved into Cappadocia’s soft rock, the Hezen Cave Hotel effortlessly blends the contemporary and traditional within its stone walls. The enormous lounge lobby sets the tone: sleek white banquettes, funky artwork and antique carpets give plenty of colour and offset the pale stone walls and wooden floors. The spacious cave rooms are equally bright - and cosy all year round thanks to underfloor heating. There’s plenty of outside space, too, for soaking up the views by day or stargazing by night.

Traditional rock houses spill down the hillsides of Ortahisar in spectacular fashion and this picturesque village makes a peaceful base from which to explore the region’s many attractions, including Goreme's Open Air Museum, 3km away. Ortahisar has the second tallest citadel in the region, and the sides of the valley are filled with carved-out storage areas used for preserving local produce, as well as citrus fruit brought from the coast. While it lacks the boutiques and nightlife of Urgup and Goreme, its maze of dusty cobbled streets will give you a real taste of Anatolian life.
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  • Lovely, contemporary interiors and an arty feel
  • The friendly staff are wonderful, and will advise on what to see and do and how to get there
  • The sunny terraces have stunning views over the village - we loved sitting out for delicious breakfasts and evening drinks
  • The 24-hour honesty bar adds to the relaxed ambiance
  • Ortahisar feels unspoilt and off the tourist trail


  • No restaurant, and limited dining options in Ortahisar, but the larger towns of Urgup and Goreme are a short drive away. Reception can book a cheap taxi
  • You have to negotiate several sets of steps to reach the rooms on the lower levels
  • Some may find the lounge over-formal
  • Low headroom in some areas of the bedrooms

Best time to go

The hotel is open March-October. May, June, September and October are the best months to visit Cappadocia in general; high summer is hot. Urgup's annual International Wine and Grape Festival is in October.

Our top tips

  • Le Bazaar D’Orient, the owners’ shop in Urgup, has a fine selection of rugs, kilims and textiles. Be sure to visit their fascinating museum of antique rugs and textiles above the shop
  • A sunset hike through the Rose Valley is unforgettable
  • Great for...

    Great Outdoors
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 14
    • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
    • All ages welcome
    • Open all year
    • Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Snack kitchen


    The guest rooms are carved into the hillside at different levels and no 2 are the same. Some of the rooms on the upper floors have private balconies, while some of the lower rooms have access to a courtyard.

    They're surprisingly light and airy for caves, and the Turkish designer Halide Didem was inspired by the region’s traditional houses to use colourful décor. Green window frames, a yellow door and a glossy red bedstead enlivened the rustic sand-coloured stone walls of our room, while bright embroidered cushions and a throw adorned the large bed. Goosedown duvets and pillows kept things cosy at night.

    All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with underfloor heating, marble showers, attractive round basins decorated with Ottoman-style designs, thick white Turkish bath towels, and traditional slippers.

    All Standard Rooms have seating areas - ours had a pair of contemporary button-backed chairs - and the Suites have a separate living area with plenty of lounging space, flat-screen TVs and minibars. These latter rooms are best for families.

    More recently, 4 Superior Suites have been added to the collection. We haven't seen them yet and they're set in a slightly different location to the other rooms, but the look particularly luxurious and have a slightly more modern design than the original rooms.

    Features include:

    • Central heating
    • Complimentary mineral water
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Hairdryer
    • Honesty bar
    • Phone
    • Safe box
    • Slippers
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi


    A buffet breakfast is served in the colourful dining room or on the sun-drenched terraces. We really enjoyed our typical Turkish feast - white cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, freshly baked bread, strong coffee - and there are also fresh pastries, fruit, cereals and cold meats, as well as eggs made to order.

    The honesty bar stocks a full range of spirits and beers. Post-sightseeing, relax alfresco or in front of the fire in the lounge with a Turkish tea, a glass of the excellent local wine, or raki, Turkey’s potent anise-flavoured spirit.

    Ortahisar has several small restaurants. Süreyya Restaurant near the castle is one of the best, offering traditional Cappadocian cuisine in a cave setting.

    Further afield - the hotel has a discounted rate with the local taxi station - try A’laturka in Goreme (3km away), which serves traditional Turkish dishes with a contemporary twist. Ziggy’s in Urgup (6km away) is also a favourite with both visitors and residents, but make sure you book in advance. We loved the Turkish menu, which included 10 mezze plates - smoked aubergine dip and fava bean purée among them - and garlic chicken skewers.

    Features include:

    • Breakfast
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Room service


    • Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and marvel at the beautifully preserved Byzantine frescoes that decorate its many monasteries and churches

    • Don’t miss a sunrise balloon flight and the chance to drift gently over the sculpted landscape, dipping in and out of valleys and over fairy chimneys

    • Remember to duck as you explore the narrow, labyrinthine passageways, wineries and kitchens of the ancient underground cities of Derinkuyu or Kaymakli

    • Take a hike - the terrain is perfect for hiking at all levels and the hotel will provide you with route maps

    • Or go horse riding, mountain biking or quad biking, and play cross-country golf

    • Lose yourself in Ortahisar’s warren of narrow streets, visit its castle and climb to the top of its fortress for panoramic views

    • Be entranced by the Whirling Dervish performances at the historical Saruhan caravanserai; reception can book tickets

    • Barter for carpets, silver jewellery, semi-precious stones, pottery and more in the bazaars of Urgup and Goreme

    • Sample the reds, whites and rosés at Turasan in Urgup, one of the region’s oldest wineries

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Horse riding
    • Hot air ballooning
    • Mountain biking
    • Museums / galleries
    • Private guided tours
    • Quad biking
    • Shopping / markets
    • Traditional cultures
    • Wine tasting


    Children are welcome on request.

    Best for:

    All ages

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Suites have 1-2 sofas (which can be made up as single beds for children aged 6 and under), or can fit 1-2 rollaway beds for older children. One of the Superior Suites has space for an extra bed or baby cot.

    Baby equipment:

    The hotel can provide a car seat, buggy, baby cot and highchair.

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking


    Hezen Cave Hotel is set in the town of Ortahisar, between Nevsehir and Urgup, in Cappadocia, central Turkey. It is 3km from Goreme Open Air Museum, 6km from Uchisar and 4km from Urgup.

    By Air:
    Fly into Nevsehir (50km, and a 40-minute drive) or Kayseri (75km, and an hour's drive). There are daily flights to both from Istanbul. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

    From the Airport
    The hotel can book the shuttle bus from either airport for you, or arrange for a private transfer. Enquire when booking.

    By Car
    If you want to hire a car to explore the area see our car rental recommendations.

    Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

    More on getting to Turkey and getting around


    • Nevsehir 50.0 km NAV
    • Kayseri 75.0 km ASR


    • Beach 300.0 km
    • Shops 0.1 km
    • Restaurant 0.1 km

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests


    We had a wonderful experience in Cappadocia. Everyone in the staff of Hezen Cave Hotel is welcoming and diligent. They make an honest and smiling effort for all guests to feel comfortable, and will organise any or all activities for one to feel taken care of and at ease. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone planing to visit such an intriguing, interesting and beautiful place as Cappadocia. The rooms are decorated with attention to every detail, as are all common areas. Overall, I would rate this hotel as an excellent place for its service, room, food, and value. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have visited and hope to be back. I would certainly choose Hezen Cave Hotel, again. From any of the terraces, nights overlooking the castle of Ortahisar surrounded by starry dark skies are sublime.
    Thank you Mehmet, Gökhan and all staff.


    We can highly recommend the Hezen Cave Hotel. We stayed for four nights with our three children. The family suite room was huge and beautiful with plenty of room for three kids, a stunning view and it was really stylishly decorated. The bathroom was to die for. The communal areas of the hotel are also beautiful. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. It is rare to get such a high end feeling hotel for this price. The Hezen is in Ortahisar which is a much nicer town than Goreme. Ortahisar retains a traditional feel and the views of the town from the hotel are fascinating. Walking up the hill to the castle from the hotel is a real adventure.


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