Pia Bella

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Address: Iskenderun Caddesi 14, Kyrenia, Cyprus

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.4

Large but not impersonal resort hotel overlooking lush grounds

From my stay here a decade ago, I vividly remember almost painfully nice staff and an equally painfully spartan room in the main building, and longingly gazing at the better-grade annexe. Since then the transformation has been astounding, with the hotel’s capacity (and star rating) doubling without losing its personality.

Location
3.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4.2
90%
Leisure facilities
4.3
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

Location

Not the most alluring – well east of the centre by the commercial harbour roundabout – but once inside this attractively landscaped complex it doesn’t really matter.

Bedrooms

144 of these over three wings, in several categories. Superior rooms feature solid-wood furniture, marble sink counters and the biggest flat-screen TVs I’ve seen in a while, though wardrobe space is not generous and some balconies overlook car parks and utility buildings. The few suites with their double beds are huge, with hydromassage showers, though rather dark – tiny balcony windows look onto hardly anything. “Self catering” units have just two small hobs, a sink and small fridge, with cheaper, light-wood furniture, but views to the lawn and Kyrenia hills are a plus.

Public areas

First impressions tend not to be great – the cramped lobby and reception area don’t match the rest of the place in size or tone. The rather ponderously kitsch indoor restaurant and adjacent bar lack atmosphere; the garden restaurant/bar by poolside, with a nod to local folklore in two wooden horsecarts parked on the adjacent lawn, is far preferable. WiFi signal throughout.

Eating and drinking

This gets mixed reviews. The set buffet dinner which I saw for half-boarders seemed reasonable at about 11 euro per person, though choice was limited. The buffet breakfast is more than adequate. There are plenty of places within 15-minute walking distance.

Leisure facilities

There are two pools separated by vast lawns: the front one with a swim-up bar and the larger, rear one for serious lap-swimming, by the remnants of a citrus orchard. There’s a huge football pitch across the way, but an advertised spa and fitness centre has yet to materialise.

Service

Much praised, by long-serving management and staff, but room misallocation in terms of what was prebooked seems a recurrent issue – be prepared to insist on a room change.

Who stays there

Primarily British couples, in the 40-plus age bracket; considerable repeat clientele.

Price advice

Rack rates vary from about 48 to 70 euro depending on season and room grade.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Good value for money
  • Lovely gardens
  • Uninspiring views from some rooms
  • A lottery what grade room you get
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