Timiou Stavrou 42, 7700 Pano Lefkara, Larnaca, Cyprus
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Best for Food - Expert review of Lefkara Hotel
When I first got acquainted with this hotel in the mid-1990s, it was a modest, British-owned inn with a lot to be modest about. The transformation under new ownership since 2010 has been startling, emphasizing the place’s past as a pilgrims’ hostel, as witness the small chapel of Agios Mamas incorporated into the fabric of the courtyarded building.
Just above Timiou Stavrou (Holy Cross) church (where the closest parking is), in historically wealthy Pano Lefkara, which has recently gained UNESCO recognition as an architectural monument. Equidistant between Limassol. Larnaca and Nicosia, the village has become a popular weekend retreat, and its sumptuous old stone-built houses are lately a hive of renovation activity.
Just 9 rooms with unique plans in keeping with the idiosyncratic building, mostly twin but with a few double beds; three have narrow balconies. One attic room has a skylight only, while the other has distant sea views. They’re simple but tasteful, with mock-antique furniture (including iron bed-frames) and flat-screen TVs; bathrooms have bronzed taps and proper shower stalls. Except for the upper storey, most rooms are carpetted; there’s Wi-Fi throughout.
For me, in a class beyond the rooms – the spacious dining room with its tawny marble floor and fireplace is compelemented by an arcaded, flagstoned terrace overlooking the street, with a discreet jazz soundtrack and contemporary wall art. The central courtyard, site of the restaurant’s herb garden, is another focal point.
It’s worth showing up just to eat here, as the restaurant as quickly garnered a reputation for excellent nouvelle cuisine. The menu encompasses soups, salads, pasta dishes, seafood and duck/chicken mains, as well as homemade dessert. Allow €25 per person, much more if you dip into the Cypriot/French winelist. Closed Tuesday, though breakfast is still provided.
None on the premises, but the surrounding village (as its inhabitants lose no opportunity to inform you) is ideal for a spot of retail therapy – specifically lace and silverwork. Silver jewellery, traditionally men’s work, is a better buy and of more reliable provenance than the “lace” , which is often of Chinese or Irish origin.
Largely Russian staff at my recent visit, efficient, multilingual and friendly.
Russians, Germans, and English on fly-drives, plus Cypriot weekenders.
Probably amenable to bargaining at mid-week. For solo travellers, there is one single room.
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