Arrival/Check-In: When it comes to unique accommodations, Argos in Cappadocia may just claim the No. 1 spot. Located on the site of an ancient monastery in Old Uçhisar Village in Cappadocia, Turkey, the hotel is housed in the carefully restored remains of historic dwellings, underground tunnels and caves. I arrived at night, and the lobby was warm with a cozy, living room-like vibe and a blazing fire. Keep in mind: Argos in Cappadocia is built into the natural surroundings, which may make it difficult for those with disabilities to navigate. However, staff is on hand to help with luggage. I checked in quickly and was shown to my room.
Guest Quarters: A total of 51 suites and guestrooms are sprawled across six different mansions. My large deluxe guestroom featured monastic touches and had a museum-esque feel, with uncovered artifacts displayed behind Plexiglas and back-lit into the stone walls. I entered into the bedroom area, featuring a coffeemaker, heater and desk tucked into the stone archway by the window. Tables and reading lights flanked the bed. I was disappointed there was not an in-room television. I like to fall asleep to the noise, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. All the rooms have fireplaces and WiFi; however, my connection was spotty at times.
The highlight of the guestroom was the bathroom, a few steps down from the bedroom. It was massive, with a red and black antique rug and a large stone shower the highlights. With more than enough space to spread out and a heated towel rack, I quickly stepped into a hot shower under the rainfall showerhead, grateful to get ready for bed after a long day exploring.
Services/Amenities: It takes a bit of time to get the lay of the land at Argos in Cappadocia; far more time than I had during my one-night stay, so I am sure I missed some of the complex’s unique features. I only wish I had more time to explore.
I enjoyed the breakfast buffet and dinner at on-site SEKİ Restaurant. The breakfast spread was plentiful, with made-to-order dishes also available. The service was a little slow, but I was also in a bit of a rush. I suggest sampling from the buffet only if one is looking for a quicker breakfast experience. Dinner was wonderful, overlooking the lit property at night, truly a sight to see. The hotel also boasts an impressive and extensive underground wine cellar. Unique meeting and event space is available.
The Experience: As cliché as it sounds, there’s really no place quite like Argos in Cappadocia. While its uniqueness may not lend itself to offering all the amenities luxury travelers desire, the experience is unrivaled, and guests won’t be easily disappointed.
[item check=yes]Less than 10 minutes for check-in[/item]
[item]Separate tub and shower[/item]
[item check=yes]Large vanity[/item]
[item check=yes]High-quality towels[/item]
[item check=yes]Powerful, unattached hair dryer[/item]
[item check=yes]High-quality bed linens[/item]
[item]Large, flat-screen television[/item]
[item check=yes]Large desk with convenient outlets[/item]
[item]Large, complimentary laptop safe[/item]
[item check=yes]Complimentary in-room WiFi[/item]
[item check=yes]Complimentary bottled water[/item]
[item check=yes]Stocked minibar[/item]
[item check=yes]Ample lighting[/item]
[item check=yes]In-room coffeemaker[/item]
[item]Iron and ironing board[/item]
[item check=yes]On-site restaurant[/item]
[item check=yes]24-hour room service[/item]
[item]24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center[/item]
[item check=yes]Turn-down service[/item]
Argos in Cappadocia
Uçhisar 50240 Nes¸ehir
tel 90 384 219 31 30
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
This past May, the location of Dunfermline in Fife, Scotland, was granted status as a city of its own during Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Not too shabby for a town that’s actually been around for a while, boasting structures dating to the 11th century.
Marriott Bonvoy and American Express recently debuted changes to the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. The card, aimed at helping small business owners turn business expenses into travel rewards, now provides new and existing card members with a 7 percent Room Rate Discount on eligible bookings at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels; four times Marriott Bonvoy points at restaurants worldwide; and complimentary Gold Elite status. These changes are in addition to the card’s other existing benefits.
There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*
PHOTO: © BOGDAN LAZAR | DREAMSTIME.COM,
National Rum Day is right around the corner on Aug.16, meaning it’s time to start planning your celebration. Sandals Resorts, the all-inclusive Caribbean resort company, shares recipes from mixologists, allowing rum fans to celebrate as if they are staying on property.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
Until Aug. 21, catch the museum premier of Bonnie Lautenberg: Art Meets Hollywood at Boca Raton Museum of Art. After learning one of the large-scale red paintings created by artist Lucio Fontana was the result of his viewing of the 1964 film Red Desert (directed by Michelangelo Antonioni), Lautenberg set out to discover other instances where filmmakers and artists knowingly — or perhaps unknowingly — had an effect on one another’s work.