Limassol hotels

By Marc Dubin, your Limassol expert

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expert-rated hotels in Limassol
Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

The best self-contained resort on Cyprus, matching its five-star rating.

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Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

One of the top five agrotourism projects in Cyprus

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Bear in mind that Limassol, though it does have winter sun, is not a prime beach destination – so you should seek out a hotel with at least one pool. The local accommodation scene is dominated by big four- and five-star properties, most of these between 7 and 15km east of the town centre. Some (but not all) have small beaches, artificially supplemented if needed, with private water-sports facilities. The best of these by some way is the Four Seasons. About 30km west of town, Pissouri Bay has better natural sand and two prime, sister properties: Columbia Beachotel and Columbia Beach Resort.

I’ve also included a handful of inns or larger hotels on the Troödos foothill slopes north of town; two of these, Lofou Agrovino and Semiramis, are commendable restoration projects.

Things to consider when booking:

● Most Limassol hotels stay open all year round. 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 – or troops from Afghanistan on rowdy R&R breaks. Off-peak rates (roughly November to March) may be up to 50% lower than high season prices. Many Limassol hotels accommodate large conference groups during winter.
● The south Troödos slopes just above Limassol make an interesting winter break; indeed it’s classed as one of the two high seasons in the mountains amongst Cypriots, who come to gaze at the novelty of snow. The other peak time is late summer, when the rest of the island bakes.
● Cypriot hotels are almost universally overrated by the standards of the wider world – a five-star hotel in Cyprus would generally rate only four stars elseewhere, a four-star establishment just three (or maybe three-and-a-half). I make happy exceptions to this pattern clear in my recommendations.
● 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 pools across the island are almost always unheated, which makes them effectively unusable from November to April. The sea is often warmer.
● 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 remain competitive or been converted to apartments for sale to overseas second-home buyers.

Beyond the 10 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, mature travellers) and also facilities – everything from small backwoods inns to self-contained beachside resorts.

Aside from that, I have certain other criteria. My picks need to be open all year (or very nearly so), and to have somebody at the front desk or at least within hailing distance constantly. 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. Parking is critical in Limassol, both in town and along the “strip” – all my picks have off-street parking. 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.
 

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.