Gallery: Yunak Evleri Is a 5-Star Hotel Built Into Ancient Caves

Each room also has its own outdoor patio overlooking the ancient landscape.

Many caves were carved out of the soft limestone cliffs in the region of Cappadocia, whose history dates back to the 6th century.  The hotel was completed in 2000 with extensive cleanup and grounds improvement. The remarkable cave retrofit brought in power for lights, Wi-Fi and modern gadgets a well as plumbing for the individual baths.

The rooms have each been impressively finished with antiques of the 1900′s Ottoman Empire, adding a nostalgic elegance to the rocky interior facade. The rooms are rich with hand carved details right in the rock: medallions, nooks, arches, windows and doors. Each room has a white marble adorned spa with either a steam shower or a Jacuzzi. Each room also has its own outdoor patio overlooking the ancient landscape. The rooms are dead silent, and of course they maintain comfortable and cool temperatures even on the hottest of days. Individuals can also explore a number of other cave homes and even cave churches which dot the region.


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  1. william_stark June 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    This site is beautiful. My wife and I are talking about making the trip soon. There is a hotel in San Marcos on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: Hotel Aaculaax. It is a beautiful property designed and fashioned from found objects in a natural setting. Check it out!

  2. barkstriker March 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    prime example of what Baran is saying is my old school – Stowe.

    probably the most beautiful place I’ve been. Kept in great shape by the extortionate school fees they charge!

  3. Steamboy January 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Unfortunately most preservation efforts require money which may be in short supply. Not everything can be kept pristine without any use. The trick is to decide which sites are so important that they have to be preserved and which sites can be put to some use to pay for their preservation. It’s a judgment call and often a subject of controversy.

  4. baran December 26, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Dear SmegHeads, one of the best ways of protecting the hictorical structures is using them. The problem is, quality of usage. You should think about the philosophy of architectural conservation. On the other hand, Yunak Evleri looks nice.

  5. SmegHeads December 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    This is a disgrace. You should not have ruined an ancient place with a stupid hotel. A hotel? Really? Whats the smegging world coming to.

  6. December 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Let’s go here.

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