Centrum Hotel

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Address: Pasikratous 15, Platia Eleftherias, 1011 Nicosia, Cyprus

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.8

Work-in-progress hotel at the edge of Nicosia's historic centre

The Centrum was the first savoury hotel to emerge, during 2006, in a part of Nicosia's old town formerly at the edge of the classical red-light district. Although there's still the odd cabaret around the corner, the management has succeeded in banishing the rooms-by-the-hour trade and has set its cap firmly for the business and cultural-tourism market. I'm witholding judgment (and photographs) on certain particulars because massive renovations – set to finish later in 2011 – were underway at my most recent visit.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

On a pedestrianised lane of Nicosia's somewhat touristy Laïki Yitonia (Popular Neighbourhood), which does keep traffic noise down to a minimum. There's low-cost parking nearby.

Bedrooms

The 32 rooms come in standard and executive grades (with 1 suite), and can be idiosyncratic – Room 306, for example, has an enormous terrace and a strange vestibule of no discernible purpose, at the expense of the main area. Furnishings in the standard units are basic for a rated three-star, as are bathrooms, which mostly have proper stall showers (though there are a few tubs). Executive rooms are worth the extra outlay. Air-con/heating is being changed over from individual split systems to a centrally controlled one this year. There's free, strong-signal WiFi throughout, and a computer corner.

Public areas

The ground-floor lobby-bar is spacious and cheery, though subject to change as the entire ground plan is being re-arranged as I write, with the current breakfast room being abandoned in favour of a passageway directly to the affiliated Vyzantino Palati  restaurant, installed in an historic, arcaded building next door on Solonos Street.

Eating and drinking

The Vyzantino Palati formerly had a chequered reputation, but should improve under new management. Opening is expected by June 2011.

Leisure facilities

None at the moment, though something might emerge after the refit.

Service

Efficient and cheery, if not effusive.

Who stays there

Both business travellers and those touring the cultural highlights of the capital.

Price advice

Fairly constant rack rates of 109 euros for standards, 134 euros for executive rooms are over the top  – you'll do better online.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Central location
  • Restaurant with great potential
  • Some standard rooms need a rethink
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