Light rain and gloom greeted us as we made the drive from the airport to our hotel. Tired from a long day of travel, I could barely keep my heavy eyes open as our heated van made its way into Göreme, one of the hubs of fairy chimney country. But Göreme is anything but bustling. Upon stepping out of our van once we arrived to Divan Cave House, one of Cappadocia’s many boutique hotels, we were immediately enveloped by peace and quiet. I knew then that our stay was going to be the perfect place to pause from our busy travels through Turkey.
Because our early morning flight got us to Cappadocia several hours before check-in time, one of the hotel staffers who we later found out is actually the owner, carried our bags to the reception area and invited us to relax in the comfort of the upstairs dining room where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast spread. After a few hours of eating and waiting around, our family-sized cave suite – one of 10 of the hotel’s rooms – was finally ready.
By this time, the rain really started to pour, so after changing out of our travel clothes, there was nothing left to do but knock out – Jave and I on the upper level and my brother and nephew downstairs in their cozy alcove just off the living area. What ensued was some of the best sleep of my life. Snuggled with Jave in our dimly lit cave room, the quiet patter of rain on our window, and the stillness of Cappadocia outside, it was no wonder we fell into such a deep slumber.
During our stay, we realized that although Cappadocia has no shortage of diversions for all walks of travelers, one of our favorite things to do at the end of each day was to return to our little cave home at Divan Cave House. Not only because our room was so cozy, but because we truly enjoyed the company of the hotel’s owner.
One evening, we spent hours chatting with our host about everything from his wine-making endeavors and his family life, after which he offered to drive us to a local pizza shop for dinner which we enjoyed back in our suite. Another night, he offered to take us on a nighttime hike to a hillside spot where we could enjoy pristine views of Göreme while sipping on red wine. And while I decided against the hike, we still enjoyed sharing a bottle of wine with our host on the hotel’s rooftop.
It’s this kind of incomparable hospitality that won my heart, my loyalty, and nothing but high praises for Divan Cave House – a place I remember fondly as “home” when I think back to our stay in Cappadocia.
- Check out Divan Cave House’s website for room and rate information (ranging from 60€ – 120€/night); rates include breakfast
- Click here to make a reservation inquiry
- Divan offers its guests many services including airport transfers, hot air balloon flights over Cappadocia, group and private tours, and more