Hezen Cave Hotel needed no added praise, I hadn’t seen or heard one bad review about it and the cave rooms looked huge in the pictures online. Set in the small town of Ortasahir, in the centre of Cappadocia it was the most serene place I have ever experienced. It was silent and the weather we had when we arrived was blissful; partly cloudy days with barely a breeze in the air, definitely good luck for the area. My research told me that I’d be facing temperatures of -4 degrees celsius. In fact, it was about 8 degrees in the morning.
Arrive at this boutique hotel and you’ll be greeted warmly by one of their managers who will take the time to explain EVERYTHING you need to know about Cappadocia. The hotel had no problems calling us cabs, finding restaurant recommendations and even filling us in on approximate costs for tours. The service is the icing on this (beautiful) cake. The hotel doesn’t offer dinner but they can prepare mezze on request for guests who do not wish to walk to the restaurant nearby or get a cab to another. Breakfast was great, don’t miss the Menemen – Turkish scrambled eggs with peppers. Get a table outside, soak in the sunlight and the fantastic views. If you’ve got an early shuttle to the airport, the hotel will happily pack a lunch box for you, which they did before 6am on the day I left.
The room I stayed in was a family room that contained two huge bedrooms and an equally large bathroom. To put this in perspective, the bathroom has a bench across one side of the shower that could seat perhaps – 5 people? The lounge area was well sized and the TV was large. This family room would work for a group of 4 without feeling cramped. You are literally staying in a room carved out of the rock. It’s got a ‘cavey’ smell, but it’s not unpleasant. The modern comforts are all available; air conditioning, waterfall shower, a selection of satellite tv channels, free internet, a minibar, also, the beds are huge.
Touring in Cappadocia involves a lot of distance and a lot of walking. I found myself sinking into bed at the end of the day and hardly being able to think about dinner.
Thank you to everyone at Hezen for making my stay unforgettable, this is definitely a place I will cherish. Cappadocia has such charm and Hezen Cave Hotel just completed the experience.