Pia Bella

Iskenderun Caddesi 14, Kyrenia, Cyprus

Aerial at Dusk

By Marc Dubin, your Kyrenia expert

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#4 of 7
expert-rated hotels in Kyrenia
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
3.7
3.7
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.2
4.2
Public areas:
4.1
4.1
Leisure facilities:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Shopping, Sightseeing

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Pia Bella

Large but not impersonal resort hotel overlooking lush grounds

From my stay here a decade ago, I vividly remember almost painfully nice staff and an equally painfully spartan room in the main building, and longingly gazing at the better-grade annexe. Since then the transformation has been astounding, with the hotel’s capacity (and star rating) doubling without losing its personality.

Location: 

Not the most alluring – well east of the centre by the commercial harbour roundabout – but once inside this attractively landscaped complex it doesn’t really matter.

Bedrooms: 

144 of these over three wings, in several categories. Superior rooms feature solid-wood furniture, marble sink counters and the biggest flat-screen TVs I’ve seen in a while, though wardrobe space is not generous and some balconies overlook car parks and utility buildings. The few suites with their double beds are huge, with hydromassage showers, though rather dark – tiny balcony windows look onto hardly anything. “Self catering” units have just two small hobs, a sink and small fridge, with cheaper, light-wood furniture, but views to the lawn and Kyrenia hills are a plus.

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Public areas: 

First impressions tend not to be great – the cramped lobby and reception area don’t match the rest of the place in size or tone. The rather ponderously kitsch indoor restaurant and adjacent bar lack atmosphere; the garden restaurant/bar by poolside, with a nod to local folklore in two wooden horsecarts parked on the adjacent lawn, is far preferable. WiFi signal throughout.

Eating and drinking: 

This gets mixed reviews. The set buffet dinner which I saw for half-boarders seemed reasonable at about 11 euro per person, though choice was limited. The buffet breakfast is more than adequate. There are plenty of places within 15-minute walking distance.

Leisure facilities: 

There are two pools separated by vast lawns: the front one with a swim-up bar and the larger, rear one for serious lap-swimming, by the remnants of a citrus orchard. There’s a huge football pitch across the way, but an advertised spa and fitness centre has yet to materialise.

Service: 

Much praised, by long-serving management and staff, but room misallocation in terms of what was prebooked seems a recurrent issue – be prepared to insist on a room change.

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Who stays there: 

Primarily British couples, in the 40-plus age bracket; considerable repeat clientele.

Price advice: 

Rack rates vary from about 48 to 70 euro depending on season and room grade.

Pros: 
Good value for money
Lovely gardens
Cons: 
Uninspiring views from some rooms
A lottery what grade room you get

More information on Pia Bella:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Iskenderun Caddesi 14, Kyrenia, Cyprus
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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