I splurged a bit on this lodge after backpacking around Greece and the Mediterranean for 3 months and am so glad I did! It was truly wonderful – I preferred quieter Uchisar to Goreme, and the lodge terrace has a great view across the Pigeon Valley. The room has a jacuzzi tub and nice toiletries, a very cool in-floor mini bar and the most comfortable bed and bedding. even though Tolun was traveling that weekend, he called me to make sure I had everything I needed and set up my hot air balloon ride with a recommended company, which turned out to be very good. Cappadocia has certainly been a highlight of my travels in the Mediterranean and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you want a great location and a comfortable cave stay with little touches of luxury, choose Cappadocia Lodge in Uchisar. Note, taxi drivers and the bus station get confused about this lodge and might send you to Lykia Lodge Cappadocia on the outskirts of town. Make sure you tell them it’s in the town center on the street below Argos!
Travel Girl 222
Staying at Cappadocia Lodge was one of the best accommodation experiences of my life!
First of all, the property is located in a cave! I was amazed when I first walked into my bedroom, super clean, tidy, attention to detail, stoned walls, cozy decoration, free tea & coffee facilities and the bathroom definitely went over my expectations: bathtub with Jacuzzi, homemade soaps, make up mirror, good quality towels, very large.. I felt like staying in a 5* hotel but hundreds years ago, as the cave style is unique!
The room was very cozy and you have stunning views of the Cappadocia landscape.
Furthermore, Tolun is the loveliest owner you could ever imagine. As I was travelling on my own and I was arriving late at night, they came to pick me up to the airport. During my 2 day stay I shared a lot of time with them. He prepared me a huge homemade breakfast and a delicious dinner with turkish products and local wine, too much food for a girl, hehe! I was lucky enough to share dinner with them and talked to them for hours. Tolun is a very literate and knowledgeable man who knows absolutely everything about Turkish culture and its history, he is also a tour guide and you could talk to him for hours. He treats his guests as kings and queens and really makes you feel at home. I also love the Cappadocia itself! Its landscapes, open air museums, caves, underground cities, monasteries built in the rocks, secret Christian churches and the hot balloon fly! But it wouldn’t have been the same if I had stayed somewhere else… If you come to Cappadocia you must sleep in a cave, but honestly the treat I received at Cappadocia lodge was priceless! I 100% recommend staying here!
Bea_7seas Stayed, traveled solo
We stayed three nights here, seeing the incredible sites in Cappadocia. Tolun was our guide for a tour of western Turkey. There are lots of hotel choices here, including at least one other in which you also stay in rooms carved out of the rock. If we had it to do over again, this is exactly where I would stay, whether or not a tour with Tolun was involved. The room we stayed in here was, of course very interesting, not only because it’s partially carved out of the volcanic tuff, but also because it’s entry point for a tunnel system that runs for many kilometers, all the way to Uçhisar Castle. These are not to highly luxurious accommodations, but they’re roomy, architecturally interesting, and quite comfortable. The food was extremely good, though of course it’s vegetarian and traditional Turkish, and there were lots of thinghs to choose from at each meal. The hospitality was outstanding, and we enjoyed getting to know Tolun’s hospitality. For travelers who enjoy the traditional B&B experience, this is an outstanding choice.
Ceolmhor Parker, Colorado
What a warm and nice gentleman Tolun is. Even without the lodge being completely finished it was a great stay. Beautiful cave rooms, spotlessly clean, attention to detail like the tumle drying the the towells each day and beautiful hand made bath soap. A real sense of home from home. The breakfasts are amazing and just too much for normal people to eat. A small dresser in the rooms would give more unpacking space and be more practical than the decorative furniture.
Rod F Johannesburg, South Africa
Tolun’s Lodge in Cappadocia is such a wonderful experience. And Tolun himself so knowledgeable and pleasant. Sleeping in the caves at Tolun’s made every night magical. Beautiful sunsets, we went in November and we were treated to snow flurries, yet the cave rooms were cozy. I was traveling with my boyfriend and my son, and Tolun had 2 adjoining rooms for us. The in grand mini bar was a gothic twist and the bathrooms were well appointed with modern luxuries. Clean and quiet. One absolutely must sleep in a cave when visiting the region. And Tolun’s hospitality made us feel like family.
Its hard to tell from address and research online but Tolun’s location is THE best. Its right across the street from the Argos of Cappadocia – a thrilling five star hotel with a lovely restaurant. Uchisar is an absolutely wonderful neighborhood up in the caves. One can walk to many other hotels, restaurants, bars, gift shops. From the patio you look straight across into Pigeon Valley, an unspoiled ancient site. The hamam in town will send a car for you in the evening if you wish.
We hired Tolun as our guide as well. He drove us everywhere in his clean quiet van. Such a good value. We saw all of the sites. He seems particularly fond of hiking and showing sites that are not common. Tolun’s gentle nature and flexibility made touring with him a treat. He told colorful stories from his long career as a tour guide. His English is perfect, – he lived in the states for a while. He is not long winded or pushy – like some tour operators can be. He will go fast if you like or slow. – We were on a whirlwind tour with not too much time to spare and he was very accommodating.
My son loved the trip to Cappadocia and my boyfriend said that it was the best! – We had been in Istanbul for business (we stayed in a suite at the Four Seasons by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and that was lovely too) and I planned the trip to Cappadocia, so neither of them knew anything about the region before we went. The geology was spectacular, the history, art, and relics we saw will be forever in our hearts and minds. We are already thinking of planning another trip to Turkey. The off season in winter turned out to be just a wonderful time, many places were empty. The crisp weather was refreshing. It was a real treat.
Michelle Jonas, USA
Thank you so much for your hospitality, We met very spontaneously but I felt very much at home here in Cappadocia and part of this is due to you. Thank you very much. We have spent some beautiful and enriching days in this area. Your house is amazing and your project impressive. We hope you will soon be able to finish all construction works and move into this beautiful new home. This is definitely a place to recommend to all our friends.
Take Care, Yours, Miriam and Stephan, Germany