Going Turkey! – Part 3 : An unusual hotel

_DSF6533We arrived late-night and tired in the town of Avanos, Cappadocia. The hotel that we were booked in looked nothing like a hotel, it looked more like a very strange and spooky B&B.

But if you’re tired and sleepy, then you flop down and sleep – spooky surroundings or not! The next morning we were up at 4am for our balloon flight, and it was only at the end of the day when we returned to the hotel that we really had time to take a closer look at our lodgings. It was then that we discovered that we are staying at a place which appeared to be  much more museum than hotel!

Now we’ve stayed at various hotels in our lifetime, but none like this, not even close. We were surrounded by antiques of all kinds, from ancient tools to broken telephones, from old pottery to empty wine bottles.

It was amazing.

It did not take long to realise that we can easily spend a full week here doing  nothing else but photo shoots! The problem was that we did not have a week, in fact being on tour meant we had very little time and energy to properly photograph even a fraction of what there is to photograph – but we tried!

 

Starting with our bedroom – notice the unusual entrance. From Reception you pass through a courtyard to get to our room. It had no room number, only a name that we could not quite decipher.

The little private entrance to our room - a room with no number!

The little private entrance to our room – a room with no number!

View from the door. Notice the shape of the roof. The bathroom is hidden from view, but is at the left in the back. See the door at the right in the back? That leads to our own lounge area.

View from the door. Notice the shape of the roof. The bathroom is hidden from view, but is at the left in the back. See the door at the right in the back? That leads to our own lounge area.

Our lounge area adjacent to the bedroom. It felt like being in a cave and is below the outside ground level.

Our lounge area adjacent to the bedroom. It felt like being in a cave and is below the outside ground level.

 

Gathering  more information about the hotel and all the interesting objects proved difficult due to our limited time there, and the fact that the owner and staff are not fluent in english. I eventually exchanged a few words with a gentleman who told me that the owner is in fact an artist and collector that did all the decorating himself. The hotel was made up by combining eight former private residences, giving a total of about 30 bedrooms – each one different.

Jaunine had a peek view of one other bedroom.

Another hotel room that Jaunine spotted and grabbed a shot of.

Another hotel room that Jaunine spotted and grabbed a shot of.

 

And then there were some other spaces of which we could not really fathom the purpose.

They were very interesting to see none the less, and some of which would make for an ideal wine cellar!

This space was half hidden and we only discovered it while roaming around the hotel.

This space was half hidden and we only discovered it while roaming around the hotel.

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The space shown above was not the only one, we discovered more!

Not quite your normal, run of the mill hotel, is it ?

Not quite your normal, run of the mill hotel, is it ?

 

There are all sorts of interesting objects all over the place, unfortunately we did not have the time to do justice to everything that there is to see.

In fact, I think that we did not get close to seeing everything that there is to see.

Feel like listening to the radio, or make a phone call?

Feel like listening to the radio, or make a phone call?

Need a tool, or a key?

Need a tool, or a key?

 

It is not just interesting on the inside, the outside is an equal feast for the eyes.

Daylight view of the courtyard where breakfast is served in the morning. Jaunine took this shot from a rooftop lounge area.

Daylight view of the courtyard where breakfast is served in the morning. Jaunine took this shot from a rooftop lounge area.

Sky view from between two buildings.

Sky view from between two buildings.

Some artwork more reminiscent of a church.

Some artwork more reminiscent of a church.

Interesting ally that leads to other areas of the hotel.

Interesting ally that leads to other areas of the hotel.

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A couch that looks more like an old Roman chariot, or a cart of some sorts left behind by the Flintstones :-) It is surprisingly comfortable.

A couch that looks more like an old Roman chariot, or a cart of some sorts left behind by the Flintstones 🙂
It is surprisingly comfortable.

Another small courtyard.

Another small courtyard.

 

After sunset when the lights come on it becomes even more interesting.

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Blue Hour view over the main courtyard.

Blue Hour view over the main courtyard.

 

Yes, we would certainly like to return here one day and hopefully then have the time to do some proper photo shoots!

But until we do, let’s go check some ancient ruins next.

Stay tuned!

 

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  1 comment for “Going Turkey! – Part 3 : An unusual hotel

  1. Lilla
    June 9, 2016 at 11:31

    Absolutely beautiful….can’t wait to see it in September.

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