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... bed which proved comfortable enough, it was spacious but it was standard. These standard rooms have nothing in common with the suites as I have seen photos on their web site. Perhaps I will be luckier on my next visit!
Internet in the room was mostly fast with times when it was slow as well. I never used the air conditioning or the heating unit as there was no need to, so I cannot comment on either.
The balcony was O.K. but it overlooked a narrow road ...
Inside the City Walls of Nicosia
The Traditional Neighbourhood of Nicosia is a popular pedestrian touristy area with narrow winding streets combining residential houses with craft shops and tavernas.
A favourite stroll for tourists for shopping –mostly Cypriot souvenirs and ...
Left Kyrenia at 8:33 and had a quick 34-minute drive on an expressway south to the capital of Nicosia. We crossed the border into the Republic of Cyprus at 9:07. It was a smooth crossing with no line and we weren’t even asked to show our passports! Just waived right through.
We drove into old city Nicosia and had trouble finding our hotel, circling around several times before finally realizing the hotel ...
... days before our departure. Wolfi and I were still thinking about packing our bags when Erik, my sometimes absent-minded brother-in-law, realized, only minutes before they were to leave for the airport, that he didn't know where he had last put his passport. He ended up missing the flight as he frantically searched the house. So my sister made the 11 hour trip to London with a baby all by herself. ...
... times there but not with a camera and not in the way I am now visiting different places. When I came to the outskirts of the village I was with my little friend Thodoris, and I did not want to risk walking all the way to the village which for me is actually nothing, but for the little boy it might have been a problem to return on foot.
One thing is for sure, and this is the fact that I am surely coming back because there is so much more to see and do ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Pia Bella Kyrenia
Good out door facilities, friendly - rooms a bit basic
I had heard quite a lot about this hotel from reading the reviews on it. This of course was before I chose it.
It was hard to know what to expect. But I liked the place, but it was more basic than I expected. There was no central air-conditioning in the place when I arrived and everywhere was extremely hot.
The staff and check in were very friendly. That was good. I arrived at about 7.45 pm. I was taken to the bar for a complimentary drink which I thought was very courteous. That was very nice and my suitcase was taken up to my room. I was on the 3rd floor in a part with no lift and I was quite shocked at just how hot everywhere was. My room was clean and functional. There were two 3 foot wide single beds in it and no carpet. The air-conditioning was not on and the room was stifling. I turned the air-con on and then went back to the bar.
There was a nice friendly atmosphere in the place which was excellent. I had another few drinks and then went to bed.
Breakfast was served outside as was absolutely everything. I was impressed with this, but on some days it was so hot that it would have been nice to have had a choice of indoors in air-conditioned comfort. This choice I am sorry to say was not possible. Breakfast was a self serve buffet and was a little limited in choice. There were only 4 choices of cereal and no cornflakes. The cooked breakfast was on a rotation basis and on one day it was fried eggs, another day bacon, another day sausage etc. I was a little disappointed that these were not available at the same time.
There was a nice choice of fresh juice and plenty of it. Coffee and tea were served at the tables. You had to call the waiter/waitress for this. Sometimes you had to wait a long time.
I did not have evening meals as I was only on bed and breakfast. I had an occasional snack lunch in the bar and this was good and served quickly. There are two things that impressed me about this hotel.
1. The outdoor facilities are excellent. 2 wonderful swimming pools and also a large area, all surfaced in a nice marble. The bar area is very nice as well.
2. Prices, this hotel had the cheapest mini bar prices I have ever come across. Only 3 items on it cost the equivalent of more than £1. In the main bar a pint of Turkish lager Efes, which is the equivalent of Carlsberg cost the equivalent of £1.29. Don't forget this is in a hotel. This is great value for money and there is a lot to be said for things like this. I bought a round of 5 drinks at one point and this round of drinks cost the equivalent of less than £5. I was sitting outside under the palm trees on nice benches on a marble surfaced huge patio outdoor area. There is a lot to be said for that.
My conclusion is that this is a good hotel, but its a little basic, but service is quite good and its a friendly place. Its great value for money.
I have never stayed at a more welcoming & friendly Hotel ever, anywhere.
The staff keep the place so clean & all problems are dealt with, the shower head didnt fit , fixed within 24hrs.
Every day you are asked if all is OK, & all comments are noted & checked the following day.
I went with my wife Son (3yr old) & mum 60odd.
Lovley food, clean tidy, rooms, comfy beds, most of the people we met there had been at least once before.
Highly reccomend the Place. & would go again.
Kyrenia 15 mins walk ( a bit hazaardous on the roads) but you feel safe & comfortable.
A must visit is Peanuts restaurant, fantastic food..
The Hotel is a 25 Minute walk from the harbour of Kyrenia or Girne as the Turks have renamed it. Not much around the hotel except a large Supermarket within 5 minutes. The original building is on the main road & a newer block in the grounds that is probably why it has 2 Swimming Pools. We paid extra for Superior rooms & they were very nice, large with tea making & Mini Bar in the original building 3rd floor no lift, balcony faced the road a bit noisy. Food served outdoors good quality buffet. Old clientel no children 99% British so you could not blame the Germans for all the sunbed booking.
we have just returned from the Pia Bella Hotel -Kyrenia (GIRNE) and it was a pleasure to stay there,
rooms good size, clean, everything worked (and it was 3 pin 240v ) Choice of food very good (with a slight exception of breakfast)The dining room was very open and airey.
staff very helpful. The two pools are the cleanest and most emmaculate I have seen, we saw the staff cleaning the tiles with toothbrushes, the water is tested for chemical content 3 times a day, and there were ample beds and the large garden ,well tended gardens allowed people to sit under trees in peace and quiet ,the whole amibiance was restful.
There was a very minor charge for clean poolside towels, drinks were brought from the bar for you with no pressure to tip.Hiring the car (they drive on the left)from the hotel was very competative and easy- brand new ford focus aircon £17 a daydeliverd and collected from the hotel. You could walk into Kyrenia in 10mins along a slightly busy road and a dubious pavement but interesting looking at the houses and goverment buildings -dont photograph ! but the taxis were really cheap, how do they fit down those narrow streets ?. Kyrenia harbour is picturesque and it is slightly more expensive to eat there ,unfortunately every 5 yards you get accosted by the usual 'come to my resturant ', 'best food in here ' brigade and that tends to spoil a nice walk round the harbour, The SET fish resturant is very nice and is in the centre of the harbour, food good ,house wine good, there are numerous roof resturants but the one with the best view is up a set of stairs next to Kyrenia (GIRNE)castle at the very end of the harbour. Good priced meal is full kebab mezzie ,you get numerious dishes then bits of different meat keep coming out until you are full most of the resturants do these the best being at a resturant opposite The Dome hotel in Kyrenia where you also get a help yourself desert trolley!
Into diving then use Amphora scuba dive ,PADI/BSAC offices in the centre of Kyrenia harbour (the also do paracending from nearby mountains)They dive locally and on the Zenobia.they send a taxi to collect on the dive day(£20 a dive with full kit , kit was in good repair and the briefings good , diving from ribs )
somewhere special to eat -Bellapais Gardens nestled just beneath the Bellapais Abbey, it is a small resturant (about 40 covers ) immaculate ,you can eat on the balcolny and overlook Kyrenia and the coastline ,atomosphere tranquil, food excellent, attention to detail by the maitre'de superb, wine good, 3 of us had drinks, 3 bottles of wine, 3 courses of an extensive menu, more drinks, coffee and liquers for £60 inc a tip -you have to book but when you do ask them to send a taxi for you ,they will and its free of charge there and back to your hotel. There are several other resturants around the Abbey but none as exclusive as the Bellapais Gardens. Bellapais also have a small hotel with a pool in the secluded area below the Abbey and that also looked excellent, we will book in there next time ! given the chance
Good beach is Laras Beach on the road to Famagusta, follow the signs to the Acapulco resort, you will pass through an Army camp on either side of the road keep driving you will see a sign on your left as you go up a hill, turn here it looks like you are driving over a field into a quarry but carry on and you come to a small bay, nice shallow sandy beach ideal for children ,some rocks to clamber over or lie on, there is a charge of about £1.50, you get a bed, brolly, access to changing booths, tiolets, beach shower, also a nice taverna, lollies, drinks, food, alcohol etc all very cheap.
Salamis ruins is worth a visit if you are into history as is Famagusta but be warned if it is hot the old city is all stone with little cover unless you go into the churches
(the other down side of Famagusta was they stole my wing mirrors and tried to steal my hub caps from the hired ford focus but theres no accounting for tatste! )
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2nd visit and still loved it
We spent two weks here from 27th may -10th june. It has ben 2 years since we last went to this hotel. When we arrived in the early hours fo the morning, we were met by Sied who was rememebered from our previous vist and it was so nice. Then we saw Ali and it was nice to be rememebered by all the staff. They have made changes to the hotel, a new restaurant and lounge bar. It is very nice. The food was very nice. The breakfast could be a b it more choiced, e.g. sausage bacon tomatoes. The two poolareas are lovely and the gardens are really lovely too. The staff are very friendly and cannot do enough for you. The superior room we had was clean and the maid did a good job of keeping it tidy and clean for us everyday. We really cannot find any fault with this hotel. The pool bar at night is a good place to mmet other guests and have a drink and natter with them. We met some really nice people. There is plenty of areas for you to sunbathe and we never had to much trouble at all getting a couple of sun beds by either of the pools. We never saved any beds as was not needed. Remember to take mosquito repellent as i got bitten quite badly. All in all we enjoyed our holiday and feel that if you choose to go here you will not be dissappointed at all. We can understand why so many people go back year after year and also stay more than once a year. Have a great time, we did.
Great place to stay
Have just returned from Kyrenia and our first stay at the Pia Bella. We were much impressed by the Hotel,its friendly and courteous staff,the standard of catering and the bar prices.Thoroughly recommended. One minor "moan", while tea and coffee making facilities are advertised,the provision of tea bags and coffee are limited to the first night,(Brand new customers only!!!)So a trip to the nearest supermarket is necessary if you want your early morning cuppa. However,have no qualms about booking to stay there
Best Hotel in the area
We have stayed at the Pia Bella Twice and never been disapointed with the service or the standard of the rooms. The staff are wonderful, the hotel spotless clean and nothing is a problem to them. I have stayed in both types of rooms (standard and superior)and the only real difference was the balcony. The hotel has increased slightly in size, which I'm not sure is a good thing. However I would not hesitate to return to N. Cyprus and I wouldn't even consider any other hotel but the Pia Bella. Zereh, Ali, Mustafa and all the rest are brilliant. Kyrenia is getting busier with all the new building work going on but there are still lots of other places to see and the beaches are brilliant, you just have to seek them out. A trip to Niazzi's restuarant is a must.
Excellent Hotel for 3 stars
An excellent hotel, friendly staff, try and book a superior room which have more space and views over the mountains range. Food was buffet style, english breakfast and mixed buffet evening meal. The only monor point is that you have to pay for all drinks in the evening including coffee.
Be prepared for dust outside the hotel as Kyrenia is one big building site for thousands of holiday homes.
Friendly, comfortable hotel
We enjoyed our stay at the Pia Bella Hotel in Kyrenia (or Girne as it is known). The staff are very friendly and the rooms are comfortable, quite modern and very clean. We opted for the superior rooms so can't speak for the others. The hotel has been extended over the years to incorporate a second pool and a new building (this is where the superior rooms are).
Meals are served in the garden (we were there in August) and the staff are very attentive. It is mostly self service with a mix of European and Turkish style food - there is plenty of it and wines, etc are reasonable.
Most of the other guests were English or Turkish. Clearly people return again and again to this place, sometimes two or three times a year. So if you don't like Brits around you it is not for you. Kyrenia is a pleasant harbour with castle and museums. However, the surrounding area has become quite tatty and is in danger of losing its ethnic appeal with lots of new building going on - lots of estates of villas clearly aimed at the Brits. I wouldn't return in August it was too hot for me but would consider returning off season. We enjoyed a trip to the Bellepais monastery and a drive up the coast to see some more remote coves.
The most striking thing about North Cyprus is the friendly people - who go out of their way to help you.