Karpaz Arch Houses

Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso, Kyrenia, Cyprus

New annexe

By Marc Dubin, your Kyrenia expert

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#5 of 7
expert-rated hotels in Kyrenia
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.1
4.1
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of Karpaz Arch Houses

The most popular restoration inn in northern Cyprus, on the gorgeous Karpaz peninsula

The most successful old-house restoration scheme in the north is arrayed around a pedestrianized former village street and garden areas. It’s expanded across the road since I stayed in 2008, into several units with more careful workmanship, and added a dedicated restaurant.

Location: 

Within Dipkarpaz village, some 500m from the central mosque and church, just off the Ayfilon road.

Bedrooms: 

There are now 17 units, many featuring the soaring arches characteristic of Cypriot vernacular architecture, the older ones with basic self-catering fittings. Some interconnect for family use. Ones to single out are the “penthouse” in the original complex, above an arcade in the street, and the top-floor rooms in the newer annexe, with exquisite wood flooring and bathroom partition (but no cooking facilities).

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Public areas: 

Limited to the scheme’s office-lobby, and the new restaurant with its two overhead arches.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast was adequate enough when I took it in 2008 at tables in the lobby – now served in the dedicated restaurant. It’s still early days to comment on evening meals, an option only available since a bust-up with the formerly affiliated Manolyam Restaurant next door.

Leisure facilities: 

Mountain-bike hire.

Service: 

Good enough at my stay, with clean, well-maintained units, though the jury is still out on the new restaurant.

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Who stays there: 

Multinational clientele, including Germans, and expats resident in the south; special interest (biking, botanical) groups.

Price advice: 

Count on 50 euros or so B&B all year.

Pros: 
Appropriate use of formerly derelict buildings
Mountain bikes available on-site
Cons: 
Unimaginative appointments in oldest units

More information on Karpaz Arch Houses:

Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso, Kyrenia, Cyprus
Amenities:
Pets Allowed, Restaurant

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