Cemal Koksal was born and grew up locally in Ortahisar. He is known as an expert for cave house and hotel construction and his company has restored many of the beautiful traditional cave house complexes turning them into luxury hotels. Elaa Cave Hotel was one of his projects and after managing other hotels for years he is delighted to now be operating Elaa Cave Hotel as his own boutique hotel. Cemal also owns Cemal Ranch which provides excellent local horse riding tours and is a well known spot for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Cemal Ranch
Ruth Lockwood is a New Zealander who has lived and worked in Cappadocia tourism for 27 yrs. She is best known for her highly recommended gallery Tribal Collections - Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. Considered highly knowledgeable not only on local textiles but also on many aspects of Turkish culture, Ruth can fill you in on all of the region's must-do sights, shops, and dining options, as well as the off-the-beaten-track places and sights that most tourists miss. She happily divides her time between her gallery and Elaa Cave Hotel. Tribal Collections - Nomadic Rugs and Textiles .
Cemal Koksal and Ruth Lockwood were the ultimate hosts providing an intimate experience of Cappadocia. Being able to spend time with Ruth, who is the ultimate ex-pat in Turkey, is very special. To have access to her vast knowledge of Cappadocia and all things Turkish can really enliven your trip. Also they were a lot of fun and made all their guests feel comfortable at their hotel and with each other. Staying here can make you feel like you are having an authentic Cappadocia experience.
Elaa Cave Hotel is located in Ortahisar in the centre of Cappadocia - only 3 kms from Goreme Open Air Museum, 6 kms from Uchisar Castle, 2 kms from Red Valley and 4 kms from Urgup. In contrast to staying in other towns of Cappadocia, you will find Ortahisar is considered a more local and authentic village where you can experience village life as it once was!