Room 508 Luxury Suite
Bed: 1 double
Max: 2 People
The stairway leading to this level was eroded thus reconstructed. The first platform, ceiling of room 503, was totally collapsed. The second tier was passable but required support. The entry way for this room was originally owned by room 507, it was their stable. The stone bricks on the left wall filled in feed trough. Sorry to tell you but the bathroom belonged to the neighbours on the other side. Yes it too was a stable, here you can see the bricked in area that was a door to 509. All the carving in the rooms were done by our masons.
The walls were cleaned by using a hammer resembling a geologists pick. The rough surfaces help the oxidization process which allows the stone to harden. A smooth surface would tend to collect moisture and cause flaking. This is the way the walls were done hundreds of years ago. You will also notice holes bored into ceilings of all bathrooms and some other rooms. These enhance air circulation which is necessary in preservation of the cave surfaces. Without ventilation moisture would collect and the walls and ceilings would deteriorate. The bed, desk, closet doors and windows frames were made on site. Stones were also sized on site.
Construction started in October 2009. Standing at the bottom of the stairs the area to left of the restaurant, the restaurant and reception buildings as well as all the rooms accessible via the stairs and extending all the way to the right were completed and ready for opening in February 2011. The areas above the main patio level and to left of the restaurant were faced during the same interval. At one time there were 70 workers on site.