It’s been a few years since we were last over the Green Line in Kyrenia so a few weeks ago we decided we would go and have an overnight stay there with friends.
We’ve often said we would like to stay overnight as we always wondered what the evenings were like around the harbour. On all our previous visits we’d found the harbour to be particularly quiet in the daytime but hoped it would be livelier at night. All our trips to Kyrenia had been day trips, leaving the Republic of Cyprus in the morning, having a nosy around the place, a late lunch with an ice cold Efes beer and then a long drive back home to Limassol.
We knew we wanted to stay in a central location close to the harbour and town and had a list of 3 hotels that we already knew were within walking distance: The Dome Hotel, The Colony and The British Hotel. One was cheap and cheerful, one at around €100 per room per night and the other a bit over this price.
The last time we visited the Dome, we found it to be looking rather “tired” and in need of some TLC in the public areas so we decided against this one. However, I’m pleased to be able to report that there has been much improvement in these areas since our last visit – but, the public toilets are now very shabby and in quite a disgusting state in comparison to the main reception areas. So, if anyone from the Dome is reading this blogpost – you know what to do…. Get it sorted!
The Colony looked fantastic on the website photos and we knew of it’s exact location as we had passed it on several occasions but it was a tad too expensive when we realised we wouldn’t get much chance to use all of the facilities it had to offer on one overnight stay.
So, the British Hotel was the one we chose – and we were very pleased with it. We were allocated Rooms 203 and 204 on the second floor which gave us a view across the harbour. Not an altogether clear view as there was some slight obstruction but the owner had moved us up a floor at no extra cost which was fantastic!
The rooms had laminate flooring with modern dark wood furniture, crisp white duvets/continental quilts and dark purple counterpanes. A couple of purple coloured chairs complimented the room. A small fridge/mini-bar with reasonable prices (5TL for a beer – approx €2). The bathroom was perfectly adequate and clean as well as sporting a full length shower curtain. An added bonus was a small TV in the bedroom.
Our small balcony with 2 chairs looked out over the harbour and the sea to the left or over to the roof bar of a neighbouring hotel in front of us along the harbour front called the White Pearl.
We will definitely return to the British Hotel for another visit!
I reviewed the British Hotel on TripAdvisor.
We also found another little place around the corner called “Cyprus Dorms” with double rooms advertised from €25 per night which include a private bathroom (Low Season: November – April). The price increases to €30 in High Season until the end of October. Prices for shared dorms with a bathroom are €8 and €10 based on Low or High season.
We were invited to look inside but as we weren’t all together at the time we decided against it but it’s in a great location just a few steps from the harbour front upper level restaurants. Ideal for a budget break in Kyrenia.
Our expectations were fulfilled! The harbour is definitely busier in the evenings and it was nice to see people out and about. During the day we wandered around exploring and taking photograpsh with Helen & Dave who hadn’t visited the pretty harbour before. (See my photoshow or click this other link to view the individual images on my other post – “One Night in Kyrenia – Turkish occupied north Cyprus“). In the evening we went and had a drink on one of the boats located immediately by the side of the castle tower. The boat has been turned into a 2 storey bar which was quite effective.
After that, the hardest decision was where and what we were going to eat. We ended up at one of the upper restaurants where you can cut through to the Cyprus Dorms rooms. Three of us had Chicken a la Creme and one had a Chicken Casserole served in a similar way to the “tagine” dishes we’ve seen in Egypt and Tunisia.
A walk around the town afterwards and through the back streets led us to some English ladies with one of their group who was taking photos of old and dilapidated windows. It gave us all something to talk about for a few minutes while we made our way through the streets to the main shopping street. It seems the lady in question had won a competition sometime in the past with such photos….
This leads me to our hobby of Cyprus stamp collecting. We like to take photos of Cyprus post boxes when we’re out and about so below are some for you to look at.
This one is from the reign of King George VI who was the monarch at the time the post box was erected. It’s situated just around the corner from the harbour and before you reach the Dome Hotel.
This is a more modern Turkish Post box which is located on the main shopping street on the right hand side as you walk down from the main square. It’s near one of the Kyrenia dog feeding stations.
This very ugly, modern post box is outside the main Post Office just off the big roundabout as you are heading away from Kyrenia town centre in the direction of the hospital.
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