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High Life Hotel
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Kyrenia
Certificate of Excellence
Crowborough, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“what a shame”
Reviewed 1 July 2012

I think i must have stayed in a different hotel from the last review.Ok the cats were looked after but they were everywhere If you left the door open they came in your room. Our room was cleaned but the towels were not changed or the sheets for a week.The french doors didnt lock. The telly was old and didnt work.Infact the whole room was old and tired.When we arrived we didnt get the room we had booked .The owner showed us the room and said if the fridge makes a noise turn it off .On a plus side the hotel was small and looked out over the sea the gardens were lovely.but in the week we stayed there i never saw the pool cleaned.There was no cook whilst we were there so the owner cooked the breakfast but one table at a time hense the long wait for breakfast. It was ok.

Room Tip: The rooms on the top floor have better views
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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HighLifeCyprus, General Manager at High Life Hotel, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Dear twittenside1,

Starting summer 2013, High Life is under new management and we are sorry you haven't had a positive experience last year. The cats have found a new home, our service is now happening without interruptions (clean towels, sheets etc. as often as needed and timely breakfast service) and we have made and are planning more upgrades to our infrastructure. While we are unable to guarantee specific rooms based on how busy a period is, we will make every effort to give our guests the rooms they prefer.

We hope you will give us another try some day again so that you can enjoy our unparalleled location and setting the way you expect. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.

Regards,
Huseyin
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New Barnet UK
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We have stayed at this hotel 4 times in the last 2 years, and have always found the service there to be helpful, friendly and informal.
If you are looking for a small hotel (20 rooms), clean, quiet, comfortable, child free zone, with stunning views of the mountains and sea, then consider this one.
The rooms are set back from the main hotel building, and are large and spacious with plenty of storage room, efficient air con., and with the most comfortable of wing backed armchairs. The balconies are secluded and have lovely views over the gardens.
The pool is large and very clean and ther are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas for all, and the surrounding gardens are a riot of colour.
The main building has a large dining and bar area, and also a good library of paper backs.
The best part though is the adjoinong terrace outside where meals are served overlooking the sea. There are also comfortable sofas and chairs for relaxing in with a cooling drink after a long hard day in the sun!
The breakfasts are delicious and freshly made, with a choice from Turkish, to Continental to your full English.
As we like to try different restaurants, we do not take half board, although when we have eaten in the hotel the food has been fresh and plentiful, the sea bass being a firm favourite.
The hotel is situated down a quiet lane, within easy reach of walks in the local hayfield and clifftop, and where you can watch the fishermen on the nearby promontory.
There are restaurants, a large supermarket, and local transport no more than 10 minutes walk away. The owner also has several cars for hire, an added bonus on this beautiful island.
The beach area is not sanded but there is a small sandy 'horseshoe' shaped bay just 5 minutes
away.
If you do not like cats or are allergic to them then this hotel may not suit you. We love cats and the ones at this hotel are friendly only if you want them to be. They will not bother you as they are much loved and well cared for. Not like many of the starving animals we have
seen in so many parts of the world and outside 'swankier' hotels.
Behar, the owner, and family are delightful, we are made to feel like old friends when we arrive, and our favourite room is remembered and reserved for us.
Maybe the service can be erratic and slow at times, so what?, relax, enjoy the the surroundings and sunshine.
If you want 'flunkied' luxury then this hotel might not be to your liking, but if you just want to chill out in comfort then I highly recommend it.
Northern Cyprus can be both scruffy and stunningly beautiful. The people are generally so friendly and helpful, and we keep coming because we love it.
We always wish we had stayed at the High Life for longer!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Saxmundham
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

Having just returned from a 2 week stay here can only say that we have found a little bit of heaven. If you are looking for a quiet, friendly, comfortable hotel than this is the place for you. If you are expecting discos, noise, entertainment then it is not! Rooms are spacious and clean with views over the mountains or swimming pool. Behr and his staff can not do enough for you - nothing is too much trouble - we certainly had no problem getting an early breakfast. Meals are taken on a lovely terrace above the sea - with fantastic views. There are a lot of cats but they are not your usual starving/underfed turkish cats. They are well looked after and do not bother you unless you approach them first. Location is good, away from the main road but as other reviewers have stated, bit of along walk into Kyrenia harbour/town. Would recommend hiring a car as not everything is accessable by dolmus.

Room Tip: Garden rooms nicer than pool rooms
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carol S
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Nottingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2012

Just returned from a one weeks stay in Kyrenia. We stayed at the Highlife Hotel which we knew when we booked wasn't a luxury or boutique hotel but it sounded very nice and value for money. It is a lovely small hotel with rooms overlooking the swimming pool and mountains to the back of rooms, spacious and comfortable (ours), and also rooms with a side sea view. Breakfast is served from a terrace overlooking the sea which is really nice.
The last reviewer is quite right - we arrived just after the chef had suddenly disappeared - so breakfast was in chaos - we were sitting there for over an hour before our order was taken. This improved greatly as the week progressed only because all the guests organised themselves and asked the waitress to serve the tables in order, which worked well. The breakfasts were cooked very nicely and were adequate - tea or coffee, fresh orange juice, Cypriot breakfast or egg breakfast - cooked how you preferred, or full English breakfast for a small extra cost, fresh bread or toast. (I don't think you can expect a huge buffet, etc for the price paid). It wasn't the fault of the waitress - she had also just began working there and had to clean the rooms which was impossible for her to do properly in the time she had, so things were not being undertaken as they should have been. So, doing everything was this poor girl and the owner - and there was an atmosphere within the family who weren't helping with anything. The day before we left a new chef came in but that didn't solve the problem because the owner left him to it so there were still only two staff looking after approximately 18/20 guests. Two couples who were staying another week asked to be moved to another hotel because they were so fed up with it. If we had been staying two weeks we wouldn't have moved because we liked the room, the location, and the other guests were lovely, so would have made the best of the situation. I do hope that the owner comes to his senses and puts on more staff for high season otherwise the situation will be much worse, which will be a shame for guests and especially all those guests who have been returning year after year.
The hotel does have a lot of cats - they are all rescue cats and neutered, and do not bother you if you don't want them to. They are never in a large group, just dotted around here and there, and don't come asking for food when you are eating because they are all very well fed and looked after. We love cats so enjoyed their company especially two of them - a large tabby with one eye called Bob, and a large back and white, who were both gorgeous.
We didn't eat at the hotel in the evenings because we were told that you only get offered one or two choices and with that choice comes two potatoes and one other veg and that's it. It seems they were offered one starter and one sweet - but not always.
There are two restaurants we tried which are close to the hotel - Courtyard - left at top of drive down the road a little way then cross to the right and it is down the drive - very delicious Pakistani food + European. Also, Taners Terrace Restaurant - right out of hotel drive and first turning right, follow the road and its on the left - Cypriot and European. We tried 3 Brothers Meni Restaurant in Kyrenia town, which was good, but our very favourite was Niazi's Restaurant almost opposite the Dome Hotel - excellent service and delicious food.
This has been and still could be a fantastic small hotel if the owner gets his act together. It is totally disorganised at the moment and the owner appeared uptight most of the time. Having said that, he was fine with us and let us keep our room until 6 p.m. when we left and didn't ask for payment. Luckily, we didn't leave early to require an early breakfast which he was refusing to do for guests.
We did enjoy our holiday very much and really only used the hotel as a base for sleeping and breakfast, so made the best of the going's on there.. Hopefully the situation will have improved for those guests following on from us.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2012

Brilliant hotel with lots to like, holiday only spoilt by the lack of staff (one girl to do everything) serving breakfast and cleaning out rooms, and the terrible attitude of the hotel owner who has no people sklls at all. When asked for breakfast at 7.30am for an early departure his reply was no breakfast is at 8.00 am and would not be moved. It was more like a scene from Faulty Towers most the time, we had a chef at the start of the week but he walked out. The food prepared b the owner the left a lot to be desird

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Essex
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2012

The setting of this hotel is amazing and I felt as though I was in paradise when I opened my door or stepped out onto the balcony. Unfortunately, the owner was not set up for the season when I arrived and I couldn't get in. I ended up staying at Pia Bella for one night. The next day, I returned and decided to stay. I had room 34 in block B, which is on the corner, upstairs and has an extra window for views. The family are having some problems at the moment and so the atmosphere is a little strained, with Beher taking on a John Cleese role. There was no service during the day, even though it was clean and peaceful. I enjoyed the stay for comedy value alone but in the end I asked to be moved to a different hotel because it dawned on me that I had paid a substantial amount for my Easter break and actually deserved some facilties (my towels were never changed, nor was my (damp) bed made or sheets changed in the 5 days I was there; no English breakfast available or meals on request). It's probably worth a visit in season, when he stretches to hire a cook and cleaner and I hope the family can settle their differences. As there were only 5 guests there (two sets of Germans and myself) I suppose it was a bit soul destroying for him to bother offering a full service. I wish the family the best of luck as it could be absolute paradise there.

Room Tip: Block B, Room 34
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2011

We arrived at the High Life on 24 September. Although it was dark when we arrived, if arriving during daylight hours do not be put off by the first impression of the 'front' of the hotel - the hotel is back to front. The hotel consists of two blocks A and B, (we stayed in block B at the 'front' of the hotel), as you head towards the sea from block B you pass the swimming pool, this was always clean, although owner Bepa had concerns that you used the poolside shower to maintain it cleanliness. There is a plentiful supply of sunbeds around the pool, it was mainly always in the sun, but umbrellas gave shade if required and it was never crowded when we were there, despite the hotel being full. You then pass block A and pass through gardens to the reception area. The reception backs onto the bar area and the restaurant, which is the highlight of High Life. The restaurant fronts the sea, albeit some 5 metres above it, but there is a spectacular view along the coast to the new harbour where ferries depart for Turkey's mainland. The restaurant is where breakfast is taken and serves as the restaurant in the evening if you take the half board option - personally we didn't (we never do wherever we stay - apart from Italy). We did eat at the hotel on one evening taking in the lamb Kleftiko. This was all very well, but when all the 'guests' arrived, there was no one to take orders for drinks, (we had to go to the bar and order our own), the meal consisted of a nicely cooked lamb shank, and rice, etc, BUT THAT WAS IT !, there was no offer of starter or dessert. Furthermore it was not particularly cheap, we ate poppadums, starter, main and drinks at a local restaurant The Courtyard for less than we had Bepa's kleftiko (and it must be good, we ate there twice in a week). If Bepa wants to make something of his 'gem' of a hotel, he needs to make a better fist of his restaurant, making it cheap enough to entice people to 'eat in' or improve / extend the menu. Other guests were also not very impressed with the volumes of food at the hotel.

Now by now you may think why have I voted this hotel very good when all I have, is derogatory remarks to make about it.

Well, it has A LOT going for it does the High Life. It is exceptionally quiet, seafront views (all you can hear is the sea lapping at the shore), nice pool area, the rooms are large, it is very clean (special mention to the cleaning girls) good sized balconies, free A/C, and if you like cats (as we do) there are 14 of the beauties. They are looked after by Bepa and the owners daughter Mel who lives in the hotel. They are not the usual type of cats you would get in Cyprus, they are cared for and well fed. Whilst there are so many cats they do not come to you unless you want, and as it is generally so hot, they just sleep in the gardens all day, so if you do not particularly like cats this should not put you off coming here. However, if you are privileged, Tommy the 'Felix' lookalike will do a 'go cat' free running exhibition and visit you on your first floor balcony - and if he doesn't like you, he will take his life in his paws and free run onto your neighbours balcony, sometimes visiting your room (given the chance), before returning back to earth via the outside A/C unit and balcony railings.

The beachfront of High Life could be improved upon greatly with a little investment, maybe a 'man made' beach introduced instead of the 'broken concrete platform' This meant we could not enter the sea, which is a shame because it looked very enticing. Bepa could also introduce a beach bar area on the various levels down to the sea, which would also entice people to stay and spend money at his hotel. Unfortunately, at the moment he is reluctant to spend the money - maybe when he retires, his family will change this.

High Life is approximately 300 metres from the main road, from where you can catch a dolmus into Kyrenia for 2 TL (70p), alternatively it would be a good 45 mins walk into town along a very busy road, in 35C - needless to say it didn't appeal. For a further 3TL we visited 'Escape' beach, it cost 15TL each to go onto the beach, but it was worth it, as 'Escape' has large sunbeds and cushions, with hammocks in the sea, it had a bar area with food at 'beach prices'.

Like many others who visit Kyrenia, we visited Bellapais Abbey during the day, it cost approx. 15TL by taxi, the Abbey is a beautiful setting and a further visit to the fabulous Kybele restaurant one evening was required. The food was excellent, bats accompanied us, and frogs croaked their symphony in the Abbey pond, with a piano and violin recital in the indoor area of the 13C abbey to add to the ambiance. The food was dearer than in town or even the harbour, but it was special, with large portions. 2 courses with wine cost approx. £50, but if taken in the UK, you would have expected to pay double that given the location.

The harbour is a good place to visit and eat in the evening, we recommend Chimera, at the end under the castle walls. We can only recommend one other restaurant in Kyrenia as we only ate there twice. This was Pizza town near the bus station. The Pizza town special pizza was very good, as was my wife's special local lamb dish.

We hope to return to the High Life next May, so it cannot be all that bad.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: High Life Hotel
Address: Akdeniz Sokak No 25 | Mersin 10, Kyrenia 9000, Cyprus
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Region: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Kyrenia
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kyrenia
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kyrenia
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kyrenia
#4 Family Hotel in Kyrenia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — High Life Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family owned hotel, just a few minutes from the center (old harbor) of Kyrenia in North Cyprus. Situated on the sea, away from noise, well suited for those seeking a quiet environment with friendly and quality service. With only 20 rooms and a restaurant with a spectacular setting, High Life is a place guests come back to year after year. ... more   less 
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