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Review of Argos in Cappadocia: A Luxury Cave Hotel in Turkey

Underground passages in this Cappadocia cave hotel lead to ancient cave cellars.

Its 51 deluxe rooms and suites are housed in five stone mansions.

Say hello to Argos in Cappadocia – one of the best hotels in Cappadocia!

We made sure to include Cappadocia in our Turkey itinerary on one visit to the country.

With its ancient underground cities and rock-cut churches, Cappadocia turned out to be a highlight.

Staying at Argos in Cappadocia added to the experience.

Argos in Cappadocia

Argos in Cappadocia review

Argos clings to the sides of the fairy tale village of Uchisar, the highest point in Cappadocia.

And you get killer views of Uchisar Castle from the hotel.

Argos Hotel, Cappadocia, is one of the best Cappadocia cave hotels.

Since opening in 2010, the luxury Cappadocia hotel has snagged numerous honors and awards – including being rated one of the top 10 honeymoon hotels worldwide by Gayot.

Argos in Cappadocia was also named Turkey’s leading heritage hotel for 2022 in the World Travel Awards (and it’s taken home that award since 2017).

Argos rooms

How “wow” your experience is depends a little on which room you bunk down in.

They range from standard rooms to “splendid suites” with private cave pools.

Some cave rooms at Argos in Cappadocia have private plunge pools

All rooms are super stylish though, with exposed stone walls, comfy king beds, antique rugs and fireplaces (it gets chilly in winter).

Dining

Dining at Argos in Cappadocia

Dine outside on the terrace of the hotel’s Seki restaurant for jaw-dropping views of the rock citadel of Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley.

Maybe order slow-cooked lamb shoulder with peach confit?

And try the traditional quince dessert with clotted cream, and get this, mince. Yes, mince meat.

It may not sound appealing, but it’s actually very delicious.

Quince is a tart fruit, and the tiny bits of ground meat add a crumbly texture to the flavors. It tastes a little like apple crumble.

Underground tunnels and caves

Caves and tunnels underneath Argos in Cappadocia

Argos was built on the site of an ancient monastery.

During its restoration, a 3½-mile tunnel and subterranean warren of caves and passages were discovered.

The hotel now houses its private wine cellars down there.

Ask the concierge for a tour – it’s well worth it to get a feel of what Cappadocia’s underground cities were like.

(Cappadocia has some 150 to 200 underground cave cities, which sheltered early Christians seeking refuge from persecution.)

Views at this Cappadocia cave hotel

View of hot air balloons from Argos in Cappadocia

Just make sure you save time to simply relax in one of Argos’ flower-filled gardens, soaking in those magnificent views.

Wake up early, and you can see the Cappadocia hot air balloons floating up in the sky.

Argos Hotel, Cappadocia

+90 (384) 219 3130

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Experience more of Turkey

Another cave hotel | We also stayed at Esbelli Evi, a boutique cave hotel in Cappadocia with kitchens in the rooms and suites.

Hammams | Check out the top hammams in Istanbul for luxury lovers.

Ephesus | Don’t miss a visit to Ephesus, a beautifully preserved ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bodrum | Do yourself a favor and stay in Bodrum at Casa Dell’Arte, a lovely, art-filled boutique hotel on the water.

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Photo credits: 3, 4 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Other photos Argos in Cappadocia


About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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