Semiramis Hotel

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Address: Spyrou Kyprianou 55, 4820 Platres, LIMASSOL, Cyprus

Star rating:

4.5

A carefully restored 1920s mansion is now the Troödos’ most distinctive hotel

The Semiramis used to be just one of the many boarded-up, abandoned follies left over from Pano Platres’ glory days as Cyprus’ number-one hill station. After years of passing by it, in 2008 I discovered it had (re?)opened as a hotel 2 years before, completely refurbished with some well-spent EU money.

 

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

On the uppermost, quietest through-road of Pano Platres, on the downhill side with pines overhead.

 

Bedrooms

Just 10 of these, with a gratifying preponderance of double beds, wood (not veneer) floors, solid-wood furniture, original fanlights over the windows, and a soothing grey/blue/lavender palette for the walls. Some have small balconies, while no. 3 has a fireplace; bathrooms have been fully modernised with grey-green tiles and proper stall showers.

 

Public areas

These are extensive, down a spiral stairway on the ground floor, where a capacious breakfast salon leads to a cozy fireplace lounge, and then a broad flagstoned terrace outside. The floor tiles are period-original, the beamed ceilings restored with the EU grant.

 

Eating and drinking

Breakfasts, either in the pleasant lounge or out on the pine-shaded terrace according to weather, is above average, non-buffet, with bacon, eggs and halloumi cooked to order. You can take half board or a la carte fare (allow a mere 17 euros for 3 courses) at the co-owned Village Restaurant just down the hill, with notable stuffed vine leaves, Cypriot ravioli, kléftigo and their own bulk wine. Its only drawback is unpredictable opening in off-season, as the kitchen is very much tied to hotel bookings.

 

Leisure facilities

None

 

Service

Personal and cordial, from owner Agis and his Russian-Latvian wife Ala.

 

Who stays there

A kaleidoscope of nationalities, including upmarket special-interest tours..

 

Price advice

Scant discount, year-round, off posted rates of 85 euro B&B. From New Year’s to early March the hotel works weekends only.
 

Amenities

  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Honeymooners
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Historic, well-converted building
  • Competent, inexpensive affiliated restaurant
  • Lounge may close early according to whim of night receptionist
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