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The owners of this Turkish hotel, Yunak Evleri, can’t claim all the credit for its design. That goes to a much more ancient people. Carved into the the mountainside in the Cappadocian village of Urgup centuries ago, this surreal retreat has 30 rooms that date back to the 5th and 6th century.

It has been updated with whitewashed earthen walls, hardwood floors and kilim carpets, while preserving its ancient features. The hotel manages to achieve a timelessness that is warm and welcoming while remaining respectful of its past.

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