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.
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.
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.
None at the moment, though something might emerge after the refit.
Efficient and cheery, if not effusive.
Who stays there
Both business travellers and those touring the cultural highlights of the capital.
Fairly constant rack rates of 109 euros for standards, 134 euros for executive rooms are over the top – you'll do better online.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Central location
- Restaurant with great potential
- Some standard rooms need a rethink