Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel
At a Glance
The 46 rooms of Yunak Evleri are housed in a network of 5th and 6th century cave houses, so evocative of the surrounding landscape
With a pool, spa and restaurant with outdoor and indoor dining areas, the hotel serves as both a base to explore the surrounding landscapes and a beautiful spot for a relaxing break
The rooms are a particular highlight, carved from the mountainside and with delightful quirks that make each one unique and evocative of the rugged mountain surrounds
Meals at Yunak Evleri are a delicious range of local and Turkish dishes, conjuring up a flavour of the vineyards, orchards and olive groves of the area
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Comfortable year-round climate. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, are marked by mild to warm days and cool nights. The summer months from June through August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter falls from December through February and days are crisp and evenings can be cold. The year-round temperature range is 6°C to 15°C (January), 11°C to 21°C (April), 22°C to 34°C (July), 15°C to 27°C (October).
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Carved from the walls of a mountain cliff, Yunak Evleri is a collection of 5th and 6th century cave houses and a 19th century Greek mansion, all offering a unique and atmospheric stay in one of Turkey’s most breathtaking regions, Cappadocia.
There can be few hotels more evocative of their surrounds than Yunak Evleri. Mirroring the extraordinary landscape of Cappadocia that lies on its doorstep, the hotel’s accommodation is carved from the mountain in a series of 5th and 6th century houses that contain 46 guestrooms, while a 19th century Greek mansion houses the main lobby and various social spaces. A pool, charming restaurant and spa create a self-contained retreat that you may never want to leave.
Each of the 46 rooms and suites feature a private patio overlooking the Turkish Mesa, all accommodation is individually designed and sympathetic to its ancient roots. Killim rugs and traditional handicrafts add colour to the bare stone walls, their natural lines creating a cosy and romantic escape. Antique furniture, brass beds and traditional lighting add further charm without detracting from the intriguing whitewashed cave walls while marble bathrooms add an element of luxury.
With sweeping views of the caves and featuring local Cappadocian dishes such as grape leaves, kebabs and ravioli, the Caverna Restaurant is a taste of Cappadocia in scenic surrounds. Outside terraces offer al fresco dining with a view while a cosy fireplace corner is ideal for cooler evenings. If the tranquil surrounds and mesmerising views don’t prove sufficiently relaxing, the caves also house an atmospheric spa, with holistic treatments taking inspiration from Balinese and Thai traditions.
Yunak Evleri is ideally located for exploring the extraordinary geological oddities of Cappadocia, whether flying over the ‘fairy chimneys’ in a hot air balloon or trekking, cycling or horseback riding through the valleys, villages and vineyards. With cavernous churches and underground cities dotted throughout this iconic landscape, Yunak Evleri is a chance to experience a slice of this history in person.
The rooms of Yunak Evleri truly set it apart from most other hotels. Housed in ancient caves, they are a reflection of the beguiling houses carved from the rocks and pinnacles of the surrounding landscape. With 46 rooms comprised of 28 Classic, 3 Deluxe and 15 Suites, the rooms are laden with character, from the quirks of the cave walls that showcase their ancient roots to the traditional crafts of the region’s artisans that adorn the walls and floors. Wifi, minibars, televisions, tea and coffee making facilities and iPod docks bring the rooms firmly into the modern age without detracting from their historic charm.
While enjoying the breathtaking views over Cappadocia, you could laze back on a lounger by the pool or curl up with a book in one of the terraces and gardens that nestle into this mountainside retreat. Mealtimes allow further time for soaking in the surroundings, with outdoor and indoor dining options offering views over the caves and hills, whatever the weather. The Caverna Restaurant serves delicious Turkish dishes, local delicacies and hearty meals such as grilled chicken, steaks, pizza and tandoori meats. With an extensive range of massage treatments, using Swedish, Thai and Balinese techniques, the spa is a relaxing space to retreat to after a day of trekking, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Cappadocia’s famed geological wonders, ‘fairy chimneys’ and rock-carved churches await, just a short distance from the hotel and waiting to be explored on foot, horseback or bike. Get a glimpse into traditional culture with a whirling dervish ceremony or visit small villages and local homes to meet the people who live at the heart of this dramatic landscape.
Ashling Mulkeirins (Staff)
This beautiful, traditional hotel is an ideal option for families due to its great location, magical atmosphere and tucked away rooms. The quiet and relaxed setting is away from main roads and truly feels like you are taking a step back in time, experiencing the way locals used to live in caves thousands of years ago. Each room here is unique so do let us know your preferences so we can ensure you have the right space to suit you. I loved the swimming pool here, that was neatly tucked away featuring a lovely water feature, the perfect place to cool off when temperatures rise. My favourite part of this hotel was sitting on the terrace and soaking in the atmosphere of where I was.
Explore Cappadocia's surreal valleys
Spend the day exploring the remarkable sights of Cappadocia's sprawling valleys and intricate rock formations. These rock stacks are known as fairy chimneys and take many different forms with a spectrum of colours.
Fairy Chimneys & Surreal Valleys
Spend the day exploring the remarkable sights of Cappadocia. Highlights include Pasabagi, known as 'Valley of the Monks', Valley of Zelve, also called 'Imagination Valley', Devrent, known as Pigeon Valley, and Uchisar Castle.
Goreme Open Air Museum
Explore the Goreme Open Air Museum, a must see on any visit to Cappadocia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Goreme is known for its ancient cave churches and impressive frescoes.
Göreme Open-Air Museum
Explore Göreme Open-Air Museum , a must see on any visit to Cappadocia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Göreme is known for its ancient cave churches and impressive frescoes.
Horse riding through Cappadocia's valleys
Cappadocia, known as the "Land of Beautiful Horses" is the ideal place to explore on horseback.
Hot Air Balloon Safari over Cappadocia
Rise early to take in the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon, offering unforgettable views over this remarkable area.
Ihlara Valley Hike
Ideal for the active, this full-day hiking excursion through the semi-ruined churches, chapels, monasteries and hermits' caves of Ihlara Valley.
Keslik Monastery and Derinkuyu Underground City
Explore the serene 7th-Century Keslik Monastery followed by an discovering the fascinating labyrinthine underground city of Derinkuyu.
Rose Valley & Underground City
Today, visit the Rose and Red Valley followed by an exploration of the labyrinthine underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu.
Visit the ceramic museum
Turkey is well known for its ceramics and this fascinating museum showcases a range of beautiful items from antique pieces dating back to the iron age to modern pieces from Turkey's top designers.
Wine tasting in Cappadocia
Winemaking has been a tradition is Cappadocia for centuries, dating back to as far as 2,000 BC using traditional methods to produce a variety of wines. Visit these local wineries with your guide, exploring the flavours and sampling the wines.
Location & directions
Yunak Evleri is situated in Ürgüp, Cappadocia.
How to get there
Kayseri airport is just over an hour by car, otherwise Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport is slightly closer, around 40 minutes by road.
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