Drift over the spectacular landscape of Anatolia, discover fairy chimneys, surreal valleys and vineyards as you glide into the sunrise on your hot air balloon ride. After your journey through the sky, retreat to the homey atmosphere in one of the cave rooms at the Argos. The former monastery was turned into an award-winning boutique hotel with a rich history and nowadays surprises its guests with exquisite service and breathtaking panoramic views of the valley.

Location

Why is the Argos one of the best places to stay for your trip to Cappadocia?

Nestled on the eastern slope of Uchisar and situated on a high plateau in one of the oldest villages in Cappadocia, the multi-level Argos is in the perfect location for breathtaking views of the Pigeon Valley, which is famous for its many pigeon coves carved in the scenic rock formations, attracting visitors from all over the world. The hotel is just a few minutes walk away from the center of Uchisar, where guests can find a variety of traditional restaurants and shops.

Key Facts

  • right above the hotel Uchisar’s rock castle is located and waiting to be explored
  • overlooks the natural fortresses of Başhisar and Ortahisa
  • daily flights from Istanbul to the Nevşehir Cappadocia Airport

What is special?

  • the hotel’s restoration project started 16 years ago and hasn’t stopped since as there are constantly new rooms and tunnels being discovered
  • fall in love with the village and the local culture, as you step outside the hotel’s door and wander around on cobblestone streets
  • with every season the unique landscape changes and provides visitors with a new magical color palette and a unique perspective from the hotel’s windows

What do the guests say?

  • “pure fairyland!” – guests couldn’t believe their eyes when taking in the spectacular view for the first time, especially in the morning with the hot air balloons floating majestically in the valley below
  • travelers loved being in walking distance to major sights and local village life
  • escaping the busy modern world and slowing down in the traditional tiny Turkish village was highly appreciated by many guests

Accommodation

How is my private space? Will I be able to overlook the village of Cappadocia?

Ancient traditions such as exquisite stone carvings and antique furniture mixed up with modern influences leave the hotel’s guests in awe upon entering their room. This can only be topped by the breathtaking views of the valley. Each suite has a luxurious bathroom and offers an open fireplace. The unique chimney gives the room cozy warmth and makes it the perfect romantic hideout during the winter season.

Key Facts

  • 51 rooms, suites, and splendid suites raging between 50 to 120 m2 in size
  • elegant stone rooms offer a monastic experience in a Cappadocian cave atmosphere
  • each room features inviting nooks and walls from age-old stone for an authentic feel

What is special?

  • enter your room through an underground tunnel to experience the unique ancient tunnel system first-hand
  • dip into your private plunge pool straight from your bed in one of the splendid suites
  • feel like a true local in your room with authentic décor elements, as each room respects the monastery heritage and blends into its surroundings perfectly

What do the guests say?

  • couples loved the romantic atmosphere and spent an unforgettable time at the Argos
  • warming up around the cozy fireplace was exactly what travelers needed after a long day of exploration
  • the one-of-a-kind private pool on the lower level of the suite left vacationers speechless and made them feel like being in a freshwater lagoon hidden in a cave

Pools & Spa

Where can I rest after a long day of Turkish adventures?

Get ready for the ultimate spa experience as a new exclusive spa and pool area is currently being built inside the caves. Until the constructions are finalized, guests can retreat to the local Hammam of the village and enjoy an authentic Turkish Bath.

Culinary

How is the cuisine in Turkey? Can I try local specialities in the hotel?

Begin your gastronomic journey with a salad of fresh herbs, then continue with the finest beef fillet and a side of local delicacies before finishing off with a traditional oven pumpkin dessert topped with walnut and molasses tahini mousse. After your dinner move to the Seki Lounge and sip on your cocktail by the crackling fire or get some fresh air on the terrace as you enjoy your drink with a breathtaking view.

Key Facts

  • the on-site restaurant offers a contemporary range of dishes with fresh local ingredients
  • signature cocktails and tasty delights are served at the lounge bar
  • the hotel’s wine cellar is home to the best wines of the Anatolian region

What is special?

  • dine under the stars and feast on delicious local dishes specifically prepared for you
  • wine tastings are offered in the hotel’s one-of-a-kind wine cellar and give you the opportunity to learn about Anatolian winemaking traditions
  • add a bottle of exquisite Kalecik Karası or Syrah wine, made of grapes from the hotel owned vineyards, to your dinner

What do the guests say?

  • guest loved the kitchen’s connection to local farming and enjoyed visiting a hillside farm closeby where the organic produce for the hotel’s menu is being grown
  • the extensive breakfast buffet with homemade Turkish treats and real honeycombs impressed all vacationers
  • travelers appreciated the variety of snack options such as dried plums and walnuts placed in the hotel’s corridors for them to grab as they walk by
  • the Turkish omelet at breakfast is a must try and recommended by everyone staying at the Argos

Activities

How can I spend my day around Cappadocia? Where can I go? What is awaiting me?

Get ready to be navigated through the underground tunnel system and cellars of the ancient monastery by local guides, recounting almost forgotten legends and histories. Visit the lovely vineyards and discover the finest wines and grapes with all of your senses. After exploring the town and gardens by foot, it is time to change to the bird’s view to take in all of the area’s beauty. On a hot air balloon ride through the Pigeon Valley, you will be able to watch the sunrise and immense beauty of the Cappadocian landscape from 300 meters above the ground – a once in a lifetime experience.

Key Facts

  • the hotel offers activities like guided hikes and quad tours
  • horseback rides through the countryside can be arranged
  • many sights, like the stone castle, are within a few steps reach

What is special?

  • enjoy world-class jazz or classical concerts in a breathtaking underground location with 10 meter-high domes and remarkable acoustics
  • experience how the traditional dancers whirl around the floor merging Turkish dances and religious ceremonies into a unique performance
  • visit Urgup’s famous International Wine and Grape Festival, which is held every year in October and try the world’s best wines

What do the guests say?

  • vacationers recommend renting a bike in front of the hotel to explore the area
  • booking a hot air balloon flight is a must-do and left travelers speechless
  • guests enjoyed the hotel’s heritage tour, showing the remaining monastery structures and wine cellars beneath the ground