Where to Stay in Cappadocia: Divan Cave House

Where to Stay in Cappadocia: Divan Cave House

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.

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A man and his camel
Camel rock formation
Camel rock formation

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.

View just outside of our room
View just outside of our room
The outside of our room
The outside of our room
Living area
Living area which can sleep an extra person

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.

Where my brother and nephew slept
Where my brother and nephew slept
Door leading to our room
Door leading up to our room
The shared bathroom in our room upstairs
The shared bathroom in our room upstairs
Our room
Our cozy cave room

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.

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  • 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

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Does Divan Cave House look like the kind of place you’d like to stay when in Cappadocia?

  • This places looks so cool. I have read so much about this place and have to make the effort to visit next year if I can squeeze it in the budget.

    • Dana Carmel

      Cappadocia is ideal for hikers, so I’m sure you’d love it!

  • This place looks great! I’ve always wanted to go hot air ballooning over Cappadocia and now I have a good recommendation of somewhere to stay! 🙂

    • Dana Carmel

      Glad to help, and maybe the next time I’m in Cappadpcia I’ll work up the nerve to take a hot air balloon ride too!

  • As I can see it, Cappadocia is not populate. Nevertheless, one can make many interesting activities! I would like to ride this camel.

    • Dana Carmel

      Absolutely – there’s no shortage of things to do in Cappadocia!

  • Wow, thislooks absolutely incredible. I’d love to stay in this cave. It looks so cosy!

    • Dana Carmel

      It’s an incredibly cozy and intimate hotel!

  • This hotel looks amazing ! I have been once to Cappadocia but badly want to go back one day. I would love to go hiking there for a couple of days and of course stay in this fabulous hotel. Lovely photos.

    • Dana Carmel

      When I go back to Cappadocia, although we did hike the Ihlara Valley, I’d definitely love to explore more active pursuits. I’m sure that you’d have a great time hiking there, Freya!

  • Such an interesting place to visit in Turkey and that cave room looks amazing!

    • Dana Carmel

      It was an awesome stay, Becky!

  • The Divan looks like a fantastic cave hotel and the staff also seem friendly and attentive. I love the rock formations, it’s a place I would love to visit.

    • Dana Carmel

      Cappadocia is wonderful, Rachel! It’s a destination that can easily be as active or kicked back as you want it to be!

  • This was SO COOL, Dana! I’ve never ever heard of this place and my jaw dropped at the cave room. I liked how you said you enjoyed returning there after your walks. I had to scroll through this twice as I would never think that such nice amenities would be there! Btw, have you ever ridden a camel? I’ve heard they can be ornery 🙂

    • Dana Carmel

      The most I’ve done is climb atop a camel and that was daunting enough -I got right down! 🙂

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