Historical Traveller Reviews of Gamirasu Cave Hotel
So Many Thanks !!!
We have spent so wonderful time there! The hotel is so romantic, so clean and the perfect place to relax and get out of any stress! The people were friendly and pleasant, the rooms absolutely great and the food so perfect, that I wish to have a book with the recipies of these wonderful plates. The village is also so cute, with smily people and children to play on the narrow streets. It reminded me my childhood! We hope to be back there on winter, we are sure that it would be more beautiful snowed. In case you get there (and you have to for sure) do not forget to play with Japa, a great Kangal dog who made our dinners more pleasant :)
A Haven of Peace, Comfort, and Turkish Hospitality
Four days at Gamirasu was the highlight of my two months in Turkey. It was primarily a business trip and I stayed at various five-star hotels in Istanbul and Izmir. At the end of the business trip, I took a personal trip to Cappadocia and encountered Gamirasu: Gamirasu stood out against all the ultra-luxury hotels in a league of its own! It is built with exquisite taste and maintained with impaccable care in a tranquil little village 20 minutes from the main town. Here one is embraced by the cavernous beauty of the landscape, touched by the simple way of village life, and submerged in a state of just being and letting be. The hotel has an aura of seclusion and exclusion, far from the maddening tourist crowds. The hotel is incredibly clean and comfortable with oversized bed and marble bathroom. All the amenities are at hand in 18 individually designed and decorated rooms carved out 4000-year old volcanic rocks. The local management and the staff demonstrate the best of Turkish hopitality: professionalism with genuine human touch.
This was an excellent experience which we will not forget.
Unlike the previous review we didn't mind not having a TV and plethora of nearby restaurants, preferring the ambiance,Turkish hospitalty, unique setting and nightingale singing in some nearby caves. We had some very enjoyable evenings mixing with other international guests from US/Aus/NZ/UK.
I would like to pass on my thanks to Suleyman and the team for a superb 3 day break. The organisation was faultless and our guide Aileen fantastic.
I spend lots of time on International business in lifeless and bland hotels.This is different, and I have already passed on details on to some of our friends.
Jim and Hazel H. UK
Awful Place to Stay
The novelty ends in the first thirty minutes when you realize you are totally isolated in this hotel and completely dependent on the hotel for everything. You are stuck in a village with no restaurants or entertainment with the nearest town 15 Miles away with no easy way to get there. There is no TV in the room which dose not matter because there was an everyday blackout in the hotel. The rooms where ok but if you have anyone in the adjacent room you can hear very clearly every activity and noise they do in the bathroom even with all the doors shut in your room. You need to accept lukewarm water for your shower even though it was 90 degrees in the day. Definitely stay away from the hotel’s travel agent unless you want to be flees. The hotel provides a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel but if you want to go back to the airport you must pay $75! I am sure you can find a better place to stay easily.
Mystic, friendly, relaxing and unique
from A TripAdvisor Member
Mystic, friendly, relaxing and unique. Some of the ways I would describe my time at Gamirasu during our stay in February of '05. The staff was very friendly and the experience will last with me (and surely you too) the entire life. The room, with its modern amenities, was spacious and provided a luxurious means in the "cave" environment. I would not miss a late-night rooftop view of the illuminated view of the cave valley; truly surreal!
We had a great time with the whole staff and I look forward to returning someday
Chilly Cave Room-A Unique Experience
Our tour group stayed in Gamirasu for 3 nights. After reading the reviews and visiting the hotel website, we had high expections for our stay.
We were a little disappointed with our rooms. As the website states, "Volcanic rock...keeps the temperature between 17-20 degrees Celsius throughout the year...", our room must have been on the much lower end of the thermometer. It was hard to relax in our chilly rooms.
Local furnishings add to the ambience of the cave hotel. Rooms were exceptionally clean. No problems with the hot water. Staff was friendly and spoke great English.
Dinner at Gamirasu was a great experience. The food was absolutely delicious! Creamy, flavorful soups. Refreshing salads. Savory main dishes! Simple, tasty desserts. Local wine is available at the restaurant. Also, there is a small library in the dining area which has several books about Turkey and Turkish cuisine.
This was our 2nd trip to Turkey. Cappadokia was a unique place to visit. While in Cappadokia, try arranging for a balloon ride over the area. An excursion to the Open Air Museum was full of surprises.
Our honeymoon destination
from A TripAdvisor Member
4 days at garimasu was the focal point and highlight of our honeymoon. I have travelled to 46 countries and stayed in many hotels of many levels but this one stands out as truly unique, which charms that could not be achieved through investment or any other artifice other than a combination of natural beauty, intriguing history and a very personal touch from the charismatic local management. Rooms are first class, spacious, comfortable... it is a real privilege to stay in a 4000 year old cave. The management team are intelligent, entrepreneurial but not aggressive and do everything with the belief that only good service and attention to detail will reap rewards. Ask for Remsi as your local guide... a highly educated and experienced guide who will teach you everything from botany, geology, history and comparative religion.... all of which is available in abundance in Cappadocia. I couldn't recommend a place more highly for a minimum of 2 nights but easily up to ten days of varied and fascinating activity, rest and relaxation... a few particularly unusual points of interest: The hotel has an owl who sits at your table and joins your for breakfast; the mother of Ibrahim, (the manager and owner) helps to prepares your dinner by hand in the evening; a wood burning fire, available in most rooms is stoked to burn at your request; each four thousand year old cave is comfortable furnished with a fantastic oversize bed, a stereo system and a lovely bathroom – in marble, yet well blended to the colour and texture of the local rock formations. The intimacy of the hotel itself and it’s remote location protects you from the giant bus tours, drunken tourists and mania of the main towns in Cappadocia which are running the risk of becoming the Benidorm of Byzantium. This place is timeless and must be visted….
Gamirasu -- Heavenly Friendly Retreat
We just returned from a four night stay at the Gamirasu Cave Hotel, and we wish it could have been forever. The owner and staff, and other families in the small village of Ayvali, were all so warm and welcoming that we felt like members of an extended family by the time we left. Ibrahim (the owner) Suleyman (his cousin who runs Cappdocia Tours), and Gumesh (the manager) all create an architecturally and historically stunning setting, with a warm, unique environment of exceptional hospitality, outstanding food and wine. All add up to make Gamirasu a heavenly and beautiful retreat, surrounded by gardens and caves in a small village that gives you an authentic taste of Cappadocian farming life. The rooms are wonderful, the bathroom had the best shower we experienced in Turkey. Suleyman and Gumesh will accommodate any request, arrange anything, and will go the extra mile to make you fall in love with Cappadocia and Gamirasu.
Exotic Flinstones Experience
Incredible natural beauty in the region.
After a long day of visiting attractions, retiring to your cave suite in the out of the way Gamirasu Hotel is pure heaven. It is located in a quaint and tiny village. And you must dine there...Quality food in an intimate setting. The staff is very friendly.
Trust Suleyman with any and all of your travel details.
The best way to experience Kapadokya is to hire a car with driver or guide...When you see tourists boarding those large buses, you realize what a great experience you would have missed if you had made that same choice.
Also, don't miss the hot air balloon ride...Not cheap. But the guilt trip of not having indulged while you were there would be more expensive in the long term.
Memories of a place unique in the world
My partner and I spent 4 amazing nights at Gamirasu and recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone seeking the real Turkey in a setting that cannot be appreciated until you are there. Suleyman was great via e-mail, had plenty of suggetions, they met us at the airport in Kayseri as well. Silver, the manager is fabulous, she gave us our choice of rooms, and even let us spend 3 in one and 1 in a suite. The food is wonderful, among the best we had during our 2 week stay in Turkey. We met a great couple from New Zealand whom we shared tours with - Barish, our guide, was the best. For a car and driver it was $100.00 per day which is a deal. We also went ballooning - expensive, but a once in a lifetime experience. Cappodoccia is magical and Gamirasu is the perfect place to experience it. Granted it is not in the middle of a large town, but rather a small village of 1000 people - where else can you have this kind of experience? I cannot recommend Gamirasu highly enough
Top Local Tips for Cappadocia
Take the time to walk in the Ilhara Valley about an hour's drive from Urgup and a good hour, hour and half walk once you climb down the 400 steps!
We hired a large car with a driver & guide for 2-day tour, and found this good use of our time/money.
hire a car for at least one day
As the title says, think about hiring a car for at least one day so you can be a little bit independent. Driving in Turkey is safe although local drivers do seem over confident that nothing will go wrong. We drove around for a week on the West coast and had no problems getting around. Speed limits and road signs did seem more of an 'optional extra' for the local drivers so you do need to be alert! Having said that The villages around the hotel are well worth visiting and a car would have made our stay there more productive.