Centrum Hotel

Pasikratous 15, Platia Eleftherias, 1011 Nicosia, Cyprus

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By Marc Dubin, your Nicosia expert

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#5 of 5
expert-rated hotels in Nicosia
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Location:
3.8
3.8
Bedrooms:
3.9
3.9
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
3.8
3.8
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Seasoned travellers, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Centrum Hotel

Work-in-progress hotel at the edge of Nicosia's historic centre

The Centrum was the first savoury hotel to emerge, during 2006, in a part of Nicosia's old town formerly at the edge of the classical red-light district. Although there's still the odd cabaret around the corner, the management has succeeded in banishing the rooms-by-the-hour trade and has set its cap firmly for the business and cultural-tourism market. I'm witholding judgment (and photographs) on certain particulars because massive renovations – set to finish later in 2011 – were underway at my most recent visit.

Location: 

On a pedestrianised lane of Nicosia's somewhat touristy Laïki Yitonia (Popular Neighbourhood), which does keep traffic noise down to a minimum. There's low-cost parking nearby.

Bedrooms: 

The 32 rooms come in standard and executive grades (with 1 suite), and can be idiosyncratic – Room 306, for example, has an enormous terrace and a strange vestibule of no discernible purpose, at the expense of the main area. Furnishings in the standard units are basic for a rated three-star, as are bathrooms, which mostly have proper stall showers (though there are a few tubs). Executive rooms are worth the extra outlay. Air-con/heating is being changed over from individual split systems to a centrally controlled one this year. There's free, strong-signal WiFi throughout, and a computer corner.

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Public areas: 

The ground-floor lobby-bar is spacious and cheery, though subject to change as the entire ground plan is being re-arranged as I write, with the current breakfast room being abandoned in favour of a passageway directly to the affiliated Vyzantino Palati  restaurant, installed in an historic, arcaded building next door on Solonos Street.

Eating and drinking: 

The Vyzantino Palati formerly had a chequered reputation, but should improve under new management. Opening is expected by June 2011.

Leisure facilities: 

None at the moment, though something might emerge after the refit.

Service: 

Efficient and cheery, if not effusive.

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Who stays there: 

Both business travellers and those touring the cultural highlights of the capital.

Price advice: 

Fairly constant rack rates of 109 euros for standards, 134 euros for executive rooms are over the top  – you'll do better online.

Pros: 
Central location
Restaurant with great potential
Cons: 
Some standard rooms need a rethink

More information on Centrum Hotel:

Price from:
£12
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Pasikratous 15, Platia Eleftherias, 1011 Nicosia, Cyprus
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service

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