Forest Park

4820 Platres, Limassol, Cyprus

Aerial view

By Marc Dubin, your Limassol expert

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#10 of 10
expert-rated hotels in Limassol
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Location:
4.4
4.4
Bedrooms:
3.5
3.5
Eating/drinking:
3.9
3.9
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
3.8
3.8
Service:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Sightseeing

Expert review of Forest Park

Grand, if somewhat faded, historic hotel in an alpine setting.

The Forest Park, built between the world wars in Internationalist/Art Deco style, is one of the most fabled lodgings in Cyprus. Daphne du Maurier wrote part of her novel Rebecca here in 1938, while soon-to-be-deposed King Farouk of Egypt stayed in 1948. That said, it is distinctly three-star at present.

Location: 

At the far west end of Platres, on the way to Phini village.

Bedrooms: 

137 rooms in total (including 17 suites) distributed over two wings – the latter added in 1994. Those in the newer wing are bright and clean, if bland with their veneer furniture and grey-green pileless carpets. Bathrooms are spacious and a bit more modern. There are family quads, but get by preference interconnecting doubles. The 80 frankly dated rooms in the original, “ocean-liner” wing vary in size, but have large bathrooms and small balconies.

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Public areas: 

Real period pieces, some of these, beginning with the lobby. The cafeteria, with an adjoining bar, is used for breakfast service despite alarming pink-and-red decor; the main, round-fronted restaurant, recently overhauled with calmer blue and cream livery, stripped floors and wrought-iron chandeliers, hosts other meals. The outdoor fountain-terrace, set with teak furniture, is the summer pole of attraction.

Eating and drinking: 

Food, mostly buffet format, tends to be sustaining and international rather than Cypriot.

Leisure facilities: 

The outdoor pool and tennis court are the main items. A small, oddly square indoor pool in a pleasant conservatory adjoins a perfunctory gym; there is no hamam, sauna or spa as you might expect for the star rating.

Service: 

This is, candidly, emerging from something of a bad patch in the early Oughties; new management has been in place since 2010. An updating of room decor is also promised.

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Who stays there: 

Not only Austrian, German, British and Irish, but also guests from Lebanon and the Gulf States, plus Cypriot weekenders and wedding parties.

Price advice: 

Aim for sharp discounts off inflated rack rates. Peak times are snow season (if it happens) and mid-summer.

Pros: 
The mountain setting
Views from new-wing balconies
Cons: 
Original-wing rooms
Fee for WiFi in common areas

More information on Forest Park :

Type:
Hotel
Address:
4820 Platres, Limassol, Cyprus
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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