Lefkara Hotel

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Address: Timiou Stavrou 42, 7700 Pano Lefkara, Larnaca, Cyprus

Star rating:

4.3

Historic hill-village inn occupying a former pilgrims’ hostel

When I first got acquainted with this hotel in the mid-1990s, it was a modest, British-owned inn with a lot to be modest about. The transformation under new ownership since 2010 has been startling, emphasizing the place’s past as a pilgrims’ hostel, as witness the small chapel of Agios Mamas incorporated into the fabric of the courtyarded building.

Location
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Just above Timiou Stavrou (Holy Cross) church (where the closest parking is), in historically wealthy Pano Lefkara, which has recently gained UNESCO recognition as an architectural monument. Equidistant between Limassol. Larnaca and Nicosia, the village has become a popular weekend retreat, and its sumptuous old stone-built houses are lately a hive of renovation activity.

Bedrooms

Just 9 rooms with unique plans in keeping with the idiosyncratic building, mostly twin but with a few double beds; three have narrow balconies. One attic room has a skylight only, while the other has distant sea views. They’re simple but tasteful, with mock-antique furniture (including iron bed-frames) and flat-screen TVs; bathrooms have bronzed taps and proper shower stalls. Except for the upper storey, most rooms are carpetted; there’s Wi-Fi throughout.

Public areas

For me, in a class beyond the rooms – the spacious dining room with its tawny marble floor and fireplace is compelemented by an arcaded, flagstoned terrace overlooking the street, with a discreet jazz soundtrack and contemporary wall art. The central courtyard, site of the restaurant’s herb garden, is another focal point.

Eating and drinking

It’s worth showing up just to eat here, as the restaurant as quickly garnered a reputation for excellent nouvelle cuisine. The menu encompasses soups, salads, pasta dishes, seafood and duck/chicken mains, as well as homemade dessert. Allow €25 per person, much more if you dip into the Cypriot/French winelist. Closed Tuesday, though breakfast is still provided.

Leisure facilities

None on the premises, but the surrounding village (as its inhabitants lose no opportunity to inform you) is ideal for a spot of retail therapy – specifically lace and silverwork. Silver jewellery, traditionally men’s work, is a better buy and of more reliable provenance than the “lace” , which is often of Chinese or Irish origin.

Service

Largely Russian staff at my recent visit, efficient, multilingual and friendly.

Who stays there

Russians, Germans, and English on fly-drives, plus Cypriot weekenders.

Price advice

Probably amenable to bargaining at mid-week. For solo travellers, there is one single room.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Shopping
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Commendable on-site restaurant
  • Historic building
  • Driving to the hotel along terrifyingly narrow lanes
  • Being hustled to buy lace every time you step outside
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