MUSEUM HOTEL CAPPADOCIA (link) (instagram)

The end of my trip in Cappadocia finished strong at the Museum Hotel, like my own version of night at the museum in a beautiful hotel built from historical ruins. The reasoning for the name of the hotel? It’s actually a museum, complete with the owner’s private collection of antiques and treasures and a gallery space for different exhibits. The rooms, suites, reception, restaurant and surroundings are all decorated with rare pieces that are all registered to Nevsehir Museum. Cappadocia was part of Ancient Greece, so to see all the art collected from the Ottoman, Roman and Hettite Empires was an amazing cultural experience.

There’s no shortage of activities to help you unwind and relax on site. The hotel is complete with a communal space, pool, bar, lounge and a restaurant called Lil’a. If you don’t feel like going out to the city, it serves authentic Turkish cuisine along with homemade lasagna, burgers and steak. We had breakfast on site buffet style with endless options. A helpful staff member was there to greet us and serve tea or juice or any other breakfast need you might have. We had delicious traditional Turkish ‘quesadillas’ that were made to order with the doll rolled out in front of you and toppings to choose from.

I spent some time exploring the property and they have a beautiful peacock garden and turtle garden. It’s a good place to ponder, and I loved looking at their special breed of pigeons with furry shoe-like feet (very Céline!). I had the privilege of staying in the Sultan Suite, one of their best, that was a cave like dwelling that was spacious and beautiful. There was a cozy den outfitted with beautiful carpets and cushions (definitely inspiration for a room in my future home) with amazing views. Attention to detail was apparent in this suite – from the hand stitched pillow cases to the huge wine cellar in the suite’s ‘basement’, it had everything.

After learning that you could see panoramic views of the hot air balloons in mid-air at sunrise and with shisha available at the pool and bar during lunch and dinner time, it was getting really hard for me to leave. It’s a great spot for young couples, friends and families for a place to spend time with each other and relax. The hotel helped me arrange a private sunset ride through the rose valley. Cappadocia is after all derived from the Persian word ‘Katpaktukya’, which means land of beautiful horses, and it was an unforgettable experience. Riding a horse into the sunset surrounded by the stunning landscape was a dream come true and photos don’t do it justice. We stopped at the valley’s only cafe to have a beer and tee before heading off to see remnants of churches, monasteries and caves.

Although it’s recommended to hang out in Cappadocia for a few days (you can do a day tour and spend your second day in a hot air balloon and horseback riding afterwards), I stayed for six and had an unforgettable time. It was truly a place for me to relax and recharge while spending time outdoors to clear my mind. The peacefulness of the town, the nature and the food are the highlights of my time there. Besides the memories, I came back with moments of true reflection and gratitude. There are still plenty more caves that need to be explored and in the winter time, skiing season is a popular way to make use of the hotel’s fireplaces. I hear a music festival also takes place in May in the valleys, so I’m already planning my next trip back.

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