Forest Park

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Address: 4820 Platres, Limassol, Cyprus

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.7

Grand, if somewhat faded, historic hotel in an alpine setting.

The Forest Park, built between the world wars in Internationalist/Art Deco style, is one of the most fabled lodgings in Cyprus. Daphne du Maurier wrote part of her novel Rebecca here in 1938, while soon-to-be-deposed King Farouk of Egypt stayed in 1948. That said, it is distinctly three-star at present.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
3.8
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
3.7
90%
Bedrooms
3.5
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

At the far west end of Platres, on the way to Phini village.

Bedrooms

137 rooms in total (including 17 suites) distributed over two wings – the latter added in 1994. Those in the newer wing are bright and clean, if bland with their veneer furniture and grey-green pileless carpets. Bathrooms are spacious and a bit more modern. There are family quads, but get by preference interconnecting doubles. The 80 frankly dated rooms in the original, “ocean-liner” wing vary in size, but have large bathrooms and small balconies.

Public areas

Real period pieces, some of these, beginning with the lobby. The cafeteria, with an adjoining bar, is used for breakfast service despite alarming pink-and-red decor; the main, round-fronted restaurant, recently overhauled with calmer blue and cream livery, stripped floors and wrought-iron chandeliers, hosts other meals. The outdoor fountain-terrace, set with teak furniture, is the summer pole of attraction.

Eating and drinking

Food, mostly buffet format, tends to be sustaining and international rather than Cypriot.

 

Leisure facilities

The outdoor pool and tennis court are the main items. A small, oddly square indoor pool in a pleasant conservatory adjoins a perfunctory gym; there is no hamam, sauna or spa as you might expect for the star rating.

Service

This is, candidly, emerging from something of a bad patch in the early Oughties; new management has been in place since 2010. An updating of room decor is also promised.

Who stays there

Not only Austrian, German, British and Irish, but also guests from Lebanon and the Gulf States, plus Cypriot weekenders and wedding parties.

Price advice

Aim for sharp discounts off inflated rack rates. Peak times are snow season (if it happens) and mid-summer.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Views from new-wing balconies
  • The mountain setting
  • Fee for WiFi in common areas
  • Original-wing rooms
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