Room 510 Classic 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. One of our quaint rooms that was tough to work with. Surrounded on all sides by thin ground this room was difficult to alter. This room was the center floor for a three story house. This floor was the kitchen for this household. Room 502, below, was the stable and 511 above the sleeping quarters. The stair well joined all three rooms. The desk and closet area is a bit tight yet as functional as we could make it. The bathroom was enlarged to accommodate the jacuzzi.
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.