Gamirasu Cave Hotel
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Well, even though I an typing this from Turkey, I haven't updated you on the last couple of days on the ship. This river never seems to end but we are enjoying not having to unpack and repack so often. Food is still brilliant as is the wine and the company (even if depleting in numbers).
We headed in to Regensburg which is yet another …
... The head stones have eventually collapsed to ground and the process has been repeated again, taking over 1400 years. The weird formations of soft dusty rock have been adapted into caves and even into cities over the centuries. The stone is easily carved. People sheltered in and established churches in naturally occurring caves. 58 families still live in the fairy chimneys. Many dwellings are a mixture of cave and ...
... of the meal he approached me with a rather gleeful look and passed me a digestif on the house, which with amusement he announced was liquid chicken, it tickled him so much that he virtually sprinted out of the restaurant to stop himself cracking up in front of the now rather dwindled number of remaining customers. It was another demonstration of the ever generous and ever welcoming hospitality in Turkey, it really is a charm filled place.
... Museum. After the eruption of Mount Erciyes over 2,000 years ago, the people of Goreme realised that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches and monasteries. At the Open Air Museum you can wander through some of the best churches of its kind, all with their own unique frescoes (wall paintings) to admire.
Its amazing to wander through the region and look out over hundreds of these ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gamirasu Cave Hotel Ayvali
An absolutely wonderful experience
What could be better than staying in a lovely, comfortable cave in an extaordinary setting with excellent food. It was a delightful experience. The owner and his staff were very gracious and helpful as was Suleyman Cakir of the associated travel agency. Mr. Cakir helped me with many of my travel arrangements beyond just our stay in Cappadocia. On top of all this, we had an excellent guide, Ramsi, who made our visit all the more enjoyable. His English is perfect and his knowledge of history remarkable. He planned our trip in a way that we saw all the sights at the perfect time of day and in an order which made the experience all the more exciting. I would highly recommend staying at the Gamirasu.
We stayed here for a couple of nights at the end of May. I agree that it is isolated but that is part of the charm of this place. Walking around this village was amazing. It was like living in a time warp. If you have arranged a tour then the tour company will pick you up and return you to the hotel. Staff were delightful and even though we arrived at 3am and had to wake the manager she was gracious and just said she was used to it.
The suites are quite unique and comfortable and the walk down to the hotel really allows you to experience village life. Well worth it.
Gamirasu is a wonderful experience!
We stayed at the Gamirasu for two nights and I wish it had been two weeks. There is a fairy tale quality to the village where it is located and we just loved being there. The rooms were beautiful, the staff was extraordinarily helpful and gracious, and the food was delicious. We could not have enjoyed our stay more!
Sleep in luxury in a cave!
We have just returned from the trip of a lifetime, to Istanbul and the Cappadocia area of Turkey. In Cappadocia we stayed at the Gamirasu Cave Hotel, which is by far the most unique hotel either of us (one a seasoned world traveler) has experienced. The Cappadocia area is known for its Fairy Chimney rock formations and the cave homes, churches, and even entire cities excavated by ancient settlers in the soft tufa stone. This hotel is one such cluster of cave dwellings, adapted to modern comforts with spacious marble bathrooms, thick oriental carpets, and Turkish-style decorations. We spent each day with a guide, driver, and car provided by the hotel proprietor, and the hotel also arranged for our plane tickets from Istanbul to Kayseri to be waiting on us at the Istanbul airport to avoid the confusion and added expense of purchasing local plane tickets from the US. Our guide was delightful, well educated, and eloquent (speaking perfect English), and had a wealth of information at his fingertips. The guide, car, and driver were well worth the extra expense. Without them, it would have been difficult to fully understand the history and significance of the many wonders you can see in this area of Turkey. Ramzi, our guide, found us fabulous restaurants for each meal, even in remote villages, and on the evenings we were too tired to go out, we ate at the hotel. The hotel manager treated us like personal house guests, and even let us use her computer to check email. The charm of this place is enhanced by the setting. To get to the hotel's front gate, you must drive through the countryside past a small village, and then wind through narrow, ancient footpaths just barely wide enough for the van, crossing a bridge over a small gorge. This is an experience in itself! While savoring a typical Turkish breakfast of cheeses, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, yogurt, honey, and bread (all locally grown) on the patio or the roof, we could hear a million bees busy making honey, sheep and cattle and chickens calling, and the cry of the cliff swallows. Our eyes feasted on the rose garden in the hotel courtyard and the view of the ancient cliff dwellings across the small gorge. A duck built its nest in the daylilies outside our door. And the hotel had adopted an injured baby owl as its very tame mascot. The weather was perfect, cool at night and not too hot during the day. We whole-heartedly endorse the Gamirasu Cave Hotel, not just as a place to spend the night, but as a one-stop, full-service tour guide of the highest quality. When we were "caved out", they even arranged for us to have a private white-water rafting expedition high in the mountains where few of the local villagers have seen rafters or tourists. The exciting ride down the rapids was enhanced by a mid-morning stop for fresh local fruits, and lunch at the end of the trip in a remote campground, where we feasted on chicken shish kebab, rice pilaf, and fresh fruits and vegetables, followed by the requisite glass of strong Turkish tea. At the end of the raft-ride, our guides took us to see an amazing sight: four waterfalls spewing out of the middle of a sheer rock cliff through a crack in the mountain. This sight alone was worth the cost of the trip! We took almost 2,000 photographs in eight days. Attached is a picture of the reception area of the hotel. Other photographs are available at the hotel's website:---------. Enjoy!
Gamirasu Cave Hotel: Good but remote
We spent 2 nights at the Gamirasu in early June. As other reviewers have noted, the rooms are spacious, well-decorated and well-lighted. Also noted is the location of the hotel in a very small village about 6 km from Goereme. You really do get to see what it's like to live in a small village.
The pluses: The staff is friendly, very competent and helpful. The breakfast is very good, varied and fresh. The dinners, which are $15 extra, were quite good, although there is no choice of courses or dishes. This is a chef's menu. The rooms are charming, one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in.
We arranged all our transportation and tours thru Suleyman who is a cousin to the owner of the hotel and has an interest in the hotel. Can't say enough nice things about Suleyman and his company, Cappadocia Tours. He exceeded our expectations and our wishes.
The drawbacks: Anyone staying at this hotel should think through the remote location. Unless you have your own rental car, it's impossible to leave the hotel without arranging for a car and driver. On the second night, we thought it might be interesting to try one of the local restaurants but decided that it was not worth the cost to hire a driver or the effort to drive 15-20 minutes each way back into the next town on the very dark highways.
A tour group of 14 was staying at the hotel while we were there. They were delightful people but it was hard on the 3 other independent couples staying there who were not part of the group. They took over most of the dining room at breakfast and at dinner.
The weather was rainy while we were there and that may have affected our enjoyment of the stay. The hotel has a lovely open terrace but we were unable to sit outside due to the rain. Except for the dining room, there is no where else to gather under cover. Thus, we spent more time in our room than we might have normally.
Bottom line: We enjoyed our stay at the Gamirasu but my advice would be to be sure that you really want to be so far from any other activities and restaurants. This is an all encompassing experience, totally focused on the hotel and the people there. Few options to do anything else in the evening or without significant planning.
Great place and people
After having had trouble with Turkish airlines getting to Cappadocia (triple check your reservations), arriving in the little village and the Gamirasu was a relief. Kayseri is a modern place filled with high rises and Urgup is attractive but filled with hostels and hotels. The Gamirasu is the only place in the village and is, as claimed, built into the hill side where monks once lived. It even has its own church carved into the rock hundreds of years ago (now abandoned). Our room was very large and cut into the rock. Bathroom was modern, bed very comfortable. Only noise was the local rooster and the occasional far-away sound of a tractor. They have a resident chef who produces a different meal each evening (no a la carte menu). Good local wines available at reasonable prices. Breakfast (included in room rate) is typical Turkish buffet with side orders of eggs etc possible. Very welcoming and attentive staff. New cave rooms were being finished while we were there and they looked great. One will have a jacuzzi and sauna! This is an excellent base from which to explore Cappadocia. Very highly recommend it and exploring Cappadocia. One of the best vacations we have had in the last five years (covering South America, Mexico, AustralAsia, France, Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal etc.)
A wonderful experience
This is a gem of a hotel in a small, very small village about 15 minutes out of Urgup. We fell in love with the owner Ibriham and his staff and the hotel itself. We used the hotel driver/car and the hotel guide Ramzi for our tours and this was a great move. The food at dinner at $15.pp was excellent. The atmosphere at this hotel is one of you are a visiting guest who should be cared for. The rooms are wonderful and most important of all the beds are very very comfortable. After seeing our pictures and listening to our stories of our stay at Gamirasu Cave Hotel all our friends want to visit.
Sept 6-9,2004 We stayed with Suleyman at Gamirasu in Ayvali. This delightful little town gets you away-about 10 km- from Urgup which is packed with tourists. With only 10 rooms the Gamirasu dining room is small enough that you can meet a few fellow travelers. One evening there was music and a fellow started dancing at had many of the bold on their feet. Our tour guide, Adnan Tanguler arranged by Suleyman was also excellent. He is very knowledgeable and gave us the history as well as a few wonderful encounters with local people. Gamirasu gets our vote!
Most definitely recommend it
First trip to Turkey. (so first disclosure is that i haven't stayed at other Cappadocia hotels). but this place was awesome.
we booked a tour with Cappadocia Tours -- the people are affiliated with the hotel. it was off season so they gave us a free upgrade to the honeymoon suite.
awesome breakfast variety each morning. and the dinner selection was terrific. they treat you like family, sharing stories, take a geniune interest in you and your background. these guys are the best.
if you want (1) stay at a great hotel, (2) really get to know cappadocia, the people and the culture, and (3) hang out with the coolest people. stay here.
looking forward to our next trip to turkey next year.
We had sucha terrific time that I am planning on coming there again with a different friend next October (if everything works out). Can't wait to see you all again and have another wonderful vacation with you. Hope all is going well there and that everyone is happy and healthy.