Karpaz Arch Houses

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Address: Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso, Kyrenia, Cyprus

Star rating:

4.3

The most popular restoration inn in northern Cyprus, on the gorgeous Karpaz peninsula

The most successful old-house restoration scheme in the north is arrayed around a pedestrianized former village street and garden areas. It’s expanded across the road since I stayed in 2008, into several units with more careful workmanship, and added a dedicated restaurant.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.1
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

Within Dipkarpaz village, some 500m from the central mosque and church, just off the Ayfilon road.

Bedrooms

There are now 17 units, many featuring the soaring arches characteristic of Cypriot vernacular architecture, the older ones with basic self-catering fittings. Some interconnect for family use. Ones to single out are the “penthouse” in the original complex, above an arcade in the street, and the top-floor rooms in the newer annexe, with exquisite wood flooring and bathroom partition (but no cooking facilities).

Public areas

Limited to the scheme’s office-lobby, and the new restaurant with its two overhead arches.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast was adequate enough when I took it in 2008 at tables in the lobby – now served in the dedicated restaurant. It’s still early days to comment on evening meals, an option only available since a bust-up with the formerly affiliated Manolyam Restaurant next door.

Leisure facilities

Mountain-bike hire.

Service

Good enough at my stay, with clean, well-maintained units, though the jury is still out on the new restaurant.

Who stays there

Multinational clientele, including Germans, and expats resident in the south; special interest (biking, botanical) groups.

Price advice

Count on 50 euros or so B&B all year.

Amenities

  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Design and architecture
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Appropriate use of formerly derelict buildings
  • Mountain bikes available on-site
  • Unimaginative appointments in oldest units
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