Spyrou Kyprianou 55, 4820 Platres, Limassol, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Couples, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Sporty types, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Semiramis Hotel
The Semiramis used to be just one of the many boarded-up, abandoned follies left over from Pano Platres’ glory days as Cyprus’ number-one hill station. After years of passing by it, in 2008 I discovered it had (re?)opened as a hotel 2 years before, completely refurbished with some well-spent EU money.
On the uppermost, quietest through-road of Pano Platres, on the downhill side with pines overhead.
Just 10 of these, with a gratifying preponderance of double beds, wood (not veneer) floors, solid-wood furniture, original fanlights over the windows, and a soothing grey/blue/lavender palette for the walls. Some have small balconies, while no. 3 has a fireplace; bathrooms have been fully modernised with grey-green tiles and proper stall showers.
These are extensive, down a spiral stairway on the ground floor, where a capacious breakfast salon leads to a cozy fireplace lounge, and then a broad flagstoned terrace outside. The floor tiles are period-original, the beamed ceilings restored with the EU grant.
Breakfasts, either in the pleasant lounge or out on the pine-shaded terrace according to weather, is above average, non-buffet, with bacon, eggs and halloumi cooked to order. You can take half board or a la carte fare (allow a mere 17 euros for 3 courses) at the co-owned Village Restaurant just down the hill, with notable stuffed vine leaves, Cypriot ravioli, kléftigo and their own bulk wine. Its only drawback is unpredictable opening in off-season, as the kitchen is very much tied to hotel bookings.
Personal and cordial, from owner Agis and his Russian-Latvian wife Ala.
A kaleidoscope of nationalities, including upmarket special-interest tours..
Scant discount, year-round, off posted rates of 85 euro B&B. From New Year’s to early March the hotel works weekends only.
More information on Semiramis Hotel:
- Spyrou Kyprianou 55, 4820 Platres, Limassol, Cyprus
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