Larnaca hotels

By Marc Dubin, your Larnaca expert

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Larnaca is probably the least busy resort on Cyprus and as such presents a rather modest accommodation profile. The beaches to either side of town have a limited number of coastal hotel complexes, specifically at Oroklini and around Cape Kiti.

For me, the real charm of Larnaca district lies in the foothills to the northwest, where there are a growing number of high-quality hotels – such as The Library and Lefkara – or self-catering houses that have been meticulously restored from old buildings under the aegis (in the south of the island) of the Cyprus Agrotourism Company. Most of these are excellent value, but can require long advance booking as they may not be permanently attended, or are very popular – you usually can’t just drive up.

Things to consider when booking:
● Prices are apt to be more reasonable during shoulder season (May–June & Sept–Oct). The weather then, to my mind, is ideal compared to summer – not too hot but with a swimmable sea. You are also more likely to find a vacancy, though desirable hotels can suddenly get packed out at any time by anything from wedding parties to foreign sports teams on a winter training trip to NATO troops from Afganistan on R&R breaks.
● In recent years, hotel staff are increasingly from other new EU member-states, in particular central Europe, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. It is entirely possible to spend your entire stay without conversing with a Cypriot. Inevitably a few of the foreign staff are grumpy, but most are excellent.
● Outdoor poolsare almost always unheated, which makes them effectively unusable from November to April. The sea is often warmer. Multistarred hotels usually maintain a heated indoor pool for winter.
● Breakfast is almost always included in the room price (except in self-catering facilities), and is generally worth taking;  in multi-starred hotels, it’s a lavish hot-and-cold buffet with extra items like omelettes and pancakes cooked to order.
 

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I’ve used my two decades of visiting Cyprus for guidebook research, and my extensive network of contacts there, to keep abreast of hotel trends. One of these is plainly evident – problematic establishments have either gone bust, upgraded themselves to stay competitive or been converted to apartments for sale to overseas second-home buyers.

Beyond the 5 establishments listed here are several others I’m keeping on eye on with the intent to include in the future, if necessary by replacing the current listings. For the moment, I’ve included a broad range of places in terms of price, intended clientele (young couples, families with kids, city-break travellers) and also facilities – everything from small foothill inns to essentially self-contained beachside resorts.

Aside from that, I have certain other criteria. My picks need to be open all (or at least mostof the) year, and to have somebody at the front desk or at least within hailing distance constantly. Many seaside hotels have taken to closing between November and some time in April, a regrettable development that only occasionally an opportunity for upgrading premises. I’ve excluded all-inclusive-only resorts, because the food is often dire and their existence has killed off numerous independent tavernas in the immediate area. And I’ve given preference, where known, to ethical/green restoration projects with a commitment to sustainability – a pressing issue on an island where all fuel must be imported and droughts are a regular occurrence.
 

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