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Argos in Cappadocia: Dig this luxury cave hotel in Turkey

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

Its 51 deluxe rooms and suites are housed in five stone mansions. And you get killer views of Uchisar Castle.

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

Argos in Cappadocia

Argos in Cappadocia

Argos in Cappadocia pool

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.

View of Uchisar Castle

Staying at Argos in Cappadocia added to the experience.

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

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 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the World Travel Awards.

Argos rooms

Some cave rooms at Argos in Cappadocia have private plunge pools

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.

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

Underground caves at 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.

Caves and tunnels underneath Argos in Cappadocia

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.)

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.

View of hot air balloons from Argos in Cappadocia

Argos Hotel, Cappadocia

+90 (384) 219 3130

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


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

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

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