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Our new life in Cyprus began in early March 2004. Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas spending a glorious 12 years in Limassol. Feel free to read my posts and view my many #photosofCyprus. However in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We're now living on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea in the north west of England. More places for us to discover as this part of the UK is not so familiar to us either.

The Hotel of Kings, Prodromos, Cyprus. What happened?

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We’ve heard about it and seen photos but on Friday 3 May 2013 we finally made our way to the derelict Berengaria Hotel to take a look for ourselves.

What a sorry picture it all painted…. Here’s how it used to look:

Berengaria Hotel from the outside

Berengaria Hotel from the outside

An original postcard

An original postcard

We crossed through Troodos Square and took the road which winds down and behind the road which leads to the Cyprus Ski Club and the “golf balls” on top of Mount Olympus. So in effect, we were heading down the winding road towards Prodromos village.

Prodromos Village

Prodromos Village

Our vision of the Berengaria Hotel or Veregarria/Βερεγγαρια as we’ve also seen it written shows it perched high and imposing on the mountainside so we were confused for a while as we could see absolutely no sign of it – until, we hit the mini-roundabout by a small restaurant and there it was slightly elevated in front of us. Nowhere near as dramatic as we expected but still unmistakeably the Berengaria Hotel we recognised from photographs.

This is the reality:

Graffiti at the Berengaria Hotel

Graffiti at the Berengaria Hotel

Inside the Berengaria Hotel

Inside the Berengaria Hotel

Upstairs at the Berengaria Hotel

Front of the Berengaria Hotel

Grand staircase at the Berengaria Hotel

Grand staircase at the Berengaria Hotel

Poolside at the Berengaria Hotel

Window to the world at the Berengaria Hotel

So, just what is the story behind the hotel and its’ past? I wish we knew! There are all kinds of tales that have come out of the woodwork from it belonging to a wealthy man whose son hung himself in front of guests at the hotel to the wealthy owner dying and leaving it to continue to be run by his 3 sons. Of course we all knew how that would turn out…. the 3 sons all disagreed and cursed by their father, all had a mysterious death. Either way, there are claims the building is haunted by either the dead son or the old man in grief of his beloved home being destroyed.

It was apparently so grand it was referred to as “The Hotel of Kings”. If only they knew…..

More photos of the Berengaria Hotel can be found on my Flickr account:

Berengaria Hotel photos on Flickr

Berengaria Hotel photos on Flickr

Below is a short “then and now” photo video I found on YouTube (uploaded in 2011).

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Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cypruspictures/albums/ and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “The Hotel of Kings, Prodromos, Cyprus. What happened?

  1. The true story was that the hotel closed in the late 70s early 80s for hygiene reasons. Apparently there are plans to refurbish the hotel but no one is actually willing to fund the project. In its glory days famous presidents and actors and celebrities stayed in that hotel.

  2. So did I, stay there, with my family, when I was a tiny child, a long time ago…. I have never been back to Cyprus since the 1950s, afraid to be disappointed by the changes. It was paradise on earth, visually and sensually speaking, so troubled by hostility towards the British occupier. I don’t know what made me google Berengaria today, perhaps because a friend is going to Cyprus soon. I was shocked when I saw what happened to the hotel. Another place we stayed at, on top of the mountains, has altogether been erased from the face of the earth.
    I am surprised nobody wants to invest in this hotel, when so many hotels are built everywhere. It is true that most people want beach holidays, but there is room for occasional inland hotels too, provided they have something special to offer. I have seen this all over the place. The moneyed people of the Middle East, eager in the summer to escape the heat, will enjoy the wonderful mountain air. This was already the case when I was a child. They used to come a lot from Lebanon in those days.

    • Hello Thirza and thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings on my blog post.
      I’m sure your life would really have felt quite idyllic given the time period you were here. I came across a book about 3 years or so ago written by Richard Chamberlain called Cyprus Scenes and Way of Life in 1954 and the photos are amazing. I also read another book fairly recently (a novel but based on the childhood memory of a girl who was evacuated during the Turkish invasion) which gave some insight into life some 20 years after your time here.
      Given your memories and the changes I’ve experienced myself only since 1985 when I first visited Limassol for a period of 3 weeks, I think you are correct in having no thoughts to return. There are many changes and sadly, they are not all for the better. Much pleasanter to live with the memories on this occasion, I feel…
      There was talk a couple of summers’ ago that someone was going to invest and rebuild the Berengaria Hotel but when we visited last there was little evidence of it. It could work as a bijoux hotel I reckon but not as the large imposing hotel it once was. Certainly, the mountain village are still popular (mainly with the locals) in the extremely hot summer months of July and August although possibly not the same around Troodos Square. Lots of camping out takes place around Kakopetria and some of the higher villages. Prodromos or what we saw of it, still seems to be quite small and we didn’t see any major development there, which is quite nice.
      There’s been far too much over development during the lead up to and after Cyprus’ accession as a member of the EU in 2004 and unfortunately, there are too many ugly concrete boxes adorning what was once a majestic landscape.
      Thanks again for putting pen to paper, so to speak 🙂
      Kind regards
      Shell

      • Mr shell,
        is sad but true that cyprus from a wonderful paradise ending up as “lego land”
        The biggest enemy that create this beautiful island changing rapidly into a developmend resort…. Is MONEY unfortunately that they exchanging the gold that they have for papers which One day they will realize that all will be lost and this is caused of,no apreciation and love to the beauty and many other more that this island have

        Thank you very much
        Elena

    • Hello Thirza! Am so glad to read that you had happy times in Cyprus!
      Rumors say that the hotel is haunted by ghosts people who have died there. There are testimonials about strange signs from photos inside the hotel, about cars, cameras etc, that go out without any specific reason… Several developers have shown interest to renovate the hotel but (every) after some time, any effort just stops without any explanation.

      Regards,
      Christina.

  3. I stayed there in the mid-seventies as a kid, it was beautiful, the food was good, the swimming pool was frigid but clean, the only surprise was on the first time I got in bed, my feet touched something big and furry! I pulled back the blankets to inspect it; it was like a muff to put your feet in to keep them warm. Once I sorted that out, and put my feet in it, I slept like a baby.

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