The Marjay Inn
Spilia Village, 2810 Kakopetria, Nicosia, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Foodies, Sporty types, Art, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife
Best for Food - Expert review of The Marjay Inn
The Marjay Inn was starting in 1993 by Jeremy (a UN employee) and his wife Eleni, converting her family property. Jeremy is away for work much of the time, while Eleni, daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Christian hold down the fort.
In the centre of Spilia village, 4km off the main highway, just north of the Troödos watershed, a notably scenic area with abundant hiking and mountain-biking opportunities.
These were overhauled in 2009, emerging with blonde-pine ceilings and furniture, pileless carpets, small flat-screen TVs and plenty of storage. From the five top-floor ones, there are sweeping balcony views of the bird-filled valley below. Many rooms will fit a couple and a small child. Number 3 is the most romantic (and charged accordingly), with a double canopy bed and two windows. Bathrooms remain simple, with shower curtains.
Just a top-floor lounge, an indoor breakfast area and a terrace-garden out back.
Breakfast is at the hotel, but other meals are provided at the family’s Sama Restaurant literally three steps away, in a well-restored, two-storey stone house with strategically placed fireplaces and a front summer terrace. I’ve had my eye on this place for years but never managed to eat here until recently. That’s because they work to order – no bookings (on 99571112), probably no cooking – and are only likely to be open on spec Friday night to Sunday noon, when Nicosians up here on a whim grab any unreserved tables. It was worth the wait, as their set meze menu is probably the best in the Troödos: palpably fresh, varied starters, then a relay of mains including pastítsio (macaroni pie) and the best stuffed vegetables I’ve had in a while. Leave room for homemade dessert and traditional coffee made on a bed of hot sand (charged, like the good house wine, extra). Budget 22 euros for meat meze, 15 for vegetarian (requires advance notice) and a bit more for wine, so up to 30 euros per person all in.
None on the premises but there are dense networks of hiking trails literally a stone’s throw away – see for instance my featured walking loop under Things to Do – and dirt forestry roads for mountain-biking.
Judging from the restaurant, excellent.
A multinational clientele who don’t crave the bright lights, interested in outdoor sports and the nearby painted churches.
No variation across the year from 58 euros standard/70 euros superior doubles, and this tiny place is unlikely to ever appear on booking websites.
More information on The Marjay Inn:
- Spilia Village, 2810 Kakopetria, Nicosia, Cyprus