Staying in an Unusual Boutique Cave Hotel

Posted on May 20, 2010 by

The two words ‘boutique’ and ‘cave’ rarely come together in one sentence, but Yunak Evleri manages to pull it off rather well. With impeccable service, exquisite furnishing and a hint of rustic au naturel ambiance,  Yunak Evleri adds special meaning to one’s travel experience.

Blending nature and interior design into one perfect setting, Yunak Evleri sets the golden standards for cave hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey. Having first opened its doors to guests 12 years ago, this luxury cave hotel was one of the pioneering hotels to be set in a genuine cave. Since then, it has maintained its reputation as one of the best cave hotels in Cappadocia.

Preserving Environment and History

Exterior of Yunak Evleri

Carved right out of towering cliff faces, these caves date back to the 5th and 6th century when Cappadocia was shaped by works of nature. These caves, rich in history and heritage, are now protected by the Turkish authorities. This is why although they are renovated and decorated with plush furnishing at Yunak Evleri, the caves are still kept in their original structure. Any sort of reform or overhaul is not allowed by law.

Cave hotel exteriorCaves form a quintessential part of Cappadocia’s landscapes – with magical fairy chimneys and mystical caves dotted all over its winding valleys and sprawling terrain.

To get an opportunity to actually sleep in a genuine cave inevitably makes one feel privileged.

And it’s not just a simple cave, it is fitted with lavish rustic furnishing, a right dose of traditional Turkish decor and a tinge of luxury.

At Yunak Evleri, it is easy to see how much attention they pay to details, and how much care they provide towards conserving the environment.

Lavish Greek Mansion

Main hotel lobby

Hotel lounge   At the foot cliffs stands the hotel’s main lobby. Housed in a 19th century Greek mansion, the main building exudes a kind of sophisticated charm.

Within the stone building, cozy meeting ooms provide a soothing atmosphere for some lounging in the evening. The music room has a wide variety of CDs you can borrow and the TV room is decked out in plush Turkish cushions and a million-dollar view of the surrounding cliffs.

Adjacent to the stone mansion is a rooftop terrace that is strewn with thick, comfortable pillows come summer. Candle-light dinners are held here.



Luxury Cave Suites

A labyrinth of narrow cobbled stone paths lead to the hotel’s 30 cave rooms. Each room is tastefully designed in Ottoman style and decorated with old kilim carpets and wooden chests. Polished teak flooring and handcrafted furniture give it a tinge of subtle elegance. Some of the best rooms are located a short climb away; with an unobstructed panorama of the Urgup mountain cliffs.

What’s special about the rooms is the television, or rather, the lack of it. Hotel manager, Abdullah Inal tells me the purpose of not having a television set in the rooms is to allow guests to completely unwind and soak in their surroundings. Instead, guests can chill out to calm, soothing jazz music and enjoy the alluring view within the comfort of their own room.

Standard twin room

Out of its selection of cave rooms, the massive suite has to be a honeymooner’s dream come true.  I had the opportunity to stay at its multi-chambered deluxe suite. Besides the massive living area, the gorgeous marble bathroom fitted with a jacuzzi jet-bath was enough to make me dream of coming back again with my other half. The sleeping area is cozily tucked behind the living area, furnished simply with a cushy double bed, a teak chest box and a rocking chair.

Yunak Evleri suite

Sleeping area within its suite

The hotel’s restaurant, situated adjacent to the stone mansion, is an atmospheric one. With classical music playing in the background and the fireplace burning, it sets you in the right mood for some romance. Its Victorian-style interior is enhanced by the hardwood ceiling, stone walls and velvet upholstery.



The hotel caters to the well-heeled traveler, with room rates starting from US$130 (single room) to $230 (suite) per night. I’m accustomed to budget hostels or B&B, being a shoestring traveler, but for such an exotic setting and world-class furnishing, I think the price is rather reasonable.


Yunak Evleri is situated in the town of Ürgüp, the main tourist base in Cappadocia. In contrast to Goreme, Ürgüp is calmer in terms of tourism and has a more quaint feel to it. Just a 5-minute downhill walk from the hotel is the center of Ürgüp, where most restaurants and shops are located. With tour operators and public buses easily available, it’s a convenient base for exploring Cappadocia.

Town of Urgup

*Disclaimer: my stay at Yunak Evleri was sponsored by the hotel, it does not affect my opinions in any way.


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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

18 Responses to “Staying in an Unusual Boutique Cave Hotel”

  1. Scene by Laurie May 19, 2010 7:38 pm #

    Totally cool, I'm beyond jealous. An amazing pairing of boutique and nature. I need to remember this, hopefully some day :-)

  2. Alison May 20, 2010 8:03 am #

    This looks incredible! What a unique and beautifully maintained place to stay.

  3. Dave and Deb May 21, 2010 9:32 pm #

    We are used to budget travel too, but I agree. For this hotel, the price is very reasonable. Totally have to go there one day and one day soon!

  4. The Blade Shop June 3, 2010 9:06 pm #

    Looks incredible… sadly I doubt I'll ever make it to Turkey otherwise I'd love to stay in such as place as this. Thanks for sharing!

  5. David July 9, 2010 10:10 am #

    Looks really beautiful. I thought there was another one without any furniture and you sleep on a rock shaped like a bed?


    • admin July 9, 2010 8:30 pm #

      Sounds like a pretty minimalistic hotel you’re describing there! This hotel was definitely one of the best I’ve ever stayed in: gorgeous designs and such natural backdrop.

  6. Samui Guy March 23, 2011 12:18 pm #

    That is, without a doubt one of the strangest locations for a hotel I have ever seen. I wish Mr. Evleri luck with what I can honestly say is a hotel beyond my imaginings!

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  8. jesper December 24, 2013 6:49 am #

    I have stayed in many special and odd hotels. I have to try this one. I looks amazing and beautifully


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