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 or been converted to apartments for sale to overseas second-home buyers.
Aside from the 5 establishments listed under Nicosia 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 range of places in terms of price, intended clientele (young couples, families with kids, mature travellers) and also facilities.
Aside from that, I have certain other criteria. My Troödos picks in particular need to be open all (or at least most of the) year, and to have somebody at the front desk or at least within hailing distance constantly. 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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