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The Arkin Colony Hotel
Ranked #9 of 30 Hotels in Kyrenia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 October 2012

This hotel is absolutely immaculate. Our room 103 was on the first floor overlooking the main road into Kyrenia. With the windows open the noise was typical of a city centre hotel but with them closed there was almost complete silence. The air con.kept the room at a comfortable level. The room is a double standard and has two tv's.The seating is comfortable with min bar and table.
The bathroom was immaculate and well equipped. Not a sign of mould round the bath/shower seals or any where else. We booked BB only and the breakfast choice was extensive and just perfect. If you don't see what you want,which is unlikely, just ask and it will be provided. The roof top bar and pool with waiter service was also just perfect. Finally the staff. All were Turkish and gave a faultless friendly service. We loved the hassle free service and relaxed atmosphere. The reception staff could not have been better.This hotel is highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Just spent 11 very enjoyable nights at The Colony, and can't understand why this hotel is not ranked No 1 in Kyrenia. I emailed the hotel the day before we left the UK on the off chance that they could allocate us rooms with a balcony. I received a reply same day from Cihan saying they were all in use but if any became available they would try and allocate them to us. We were delighted to find that we had two rooms on the second floor front facing with huge balconies (no extra charge). It did look like most of the rooms on the second floor had balconies, 12 at the front several on the side facing the 'skeleton' new build and some inward facing. Despite previous comments re the front rooms being on a busy road and facing a garage we didn't find this distracting and there were still good views of the mountains,

The room was large, carpeted, with a comfortable king size or more double bed. desk, very comfortable armchair with footstool, 5 lamps, mini bar (expensive - 8TL for a small can of tonic), and individual controlled aircon. The bathroom was also a good size, the over bath shower was powerful, although the bath a little narrow, and the free toiletries were fine and bath robes and slippers were provided.There was also a hair dryer in the bathroom and the main mirror seemed to be heated to keep it clear from the shower steam.

How (a minority) of people can say breakfast is limited is amazing. There is a huge choice from just perfect fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, variety of yoghurts, even a full honeycomb. You can have eggs any way you want, scrambled and boiled (3 or 5 mins) on the buffet or freshly made by the kitchen staff. A variety of cold meats, hot dishes and salads, breads including two toasters, choice of juices and bottled water that was constantly topped up. There is also a separate 'pork'table which changed from bacon and sausage, hash browns and other items. I guess there was too much choice to make some people think they were limited!

The staff all seemed friendly and wanting to help. The two 'captains' at breakfast (Senol) and evening were delightful. Most of them spoke good English or were able to understand what was being asked of them - remember it is us who are guests of their country and really we should be trying to speak Turkish!

We had lunch at the hotel 2/3 times (rooftop terrace) and it was excellent, reasonably priced and beautifully presented. We had cocktails every night in Happy Hour (actually 3 hours 4pm-7pm) when all drinks are half price at the Misty Bar on the roof (cocktails were 8.5TL at the reduced price equivalent to just under £3 each) - glass of nuts provided with each round.

The pool terrace made a pleasant place to sunbathe, the pool is more or less 1.5m deep all across, the sunbeds vaery comfortable, padded and pretowelled with the pool boy putting additional fresh towels out for each individual use and further towels are available in a rack to towel down after a dip.

My wife used the spa for a massage and was so impressed she went three times during our stay, the masseur (Carmen) knew exactly where to work to ease her pain.Didn't use the gym (but probably should have done due to the amount of weight we put on during our stay). Our only regret was not eating at the rooftop restaurant during our stay, our friends preferred the harbour. We did however visit The House restaurant opposite owned by the same people as the hotel and had an excellent meal there.

One final point there were a couple of weddings during our stay which meant the rooftop bar and restaurant were closed for the evening (generally after 7pm) but we weren't disturbed by any noise. There is also a weekly film night on the roof and whilst this could be heard on the balcony it ciouldn't in the room with the aircon on, and in any event was over by 11pm ish.

Overall I would like to thank all the staff at The Colony for an enjoyable stay - if we return to Kyrenia we would definitely stay there again and would strongly recommend it to others looking for a quality hotel in the centre of Kyrenia.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

Having stayed at the Colony in August 2012 (our 6th visit to this hotel) we believe that the Colony is the best hotel in Kyrenia.
The staff are exceptional - nothing is a problem.
The town centre location is ideal for shopping and visiting the old harbour bars and restaurants.
The roof top bar,restaurant and swimming pool are a great place to relax during the day,and on an evening the views are second to none.
Meals are either buffet style or a la carte, with a wide choice of dishes.
Looking forward to visiting in 2013 and beyond.

Room Tip: All rooms are of a high quality
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Colony h, Director of Sales at The Arkin Colony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your interest in our hotel.
It is a pleasure to read your comments. We also appreciate your time that you spent writing down your comments on Trip Advisor. All the opinions and comments here are valuable for us.
Reading these warm comments from a repeat guest like you not only makes us proud but also increases our passion to what we do.
We are looking forward to welcome you at The Colony Hotel in 2013.
Sincerely yours

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

The hotel lived up to expectations in most areas. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms certainly good enough.
A great rooftop bar, restaurant and pool area was a great place to chill.
Mini bar was not refilled each day and no coffee and tea making in the rooms is really not acceptable in this level of accommodation.
The breakfast provided was ok but limited. Interestingly I was really unhappy with both the quality of the coffee and the need to find someone to refill the cups at the table. This was the only slow service we found.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Colony h, Director of Sales at The Arkin Colony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your interest in our hotel.
It is a pleasure to read your comments. We also appreciate your time that you spent writing down your comments on Trip Advisor. All the opinions and comments here are valuable for us.
Kindly be informed that we are working on tea&coffee making facilities in guest rooms and hopefully this will be clear in the following months.
Our F&B staff, both waiters and captains walk around the tables during breakfast(which is being prepared by our Award-Winning Chefs) to check if the coffee and tea glasses need to be refilled or if our guests have anything to request. This is a standard service in our hotel.
Thank you one more time for choosing The Colony Hotel and please note that it will be an honour te welcome you here in the future.
Sincerely yours

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Reviewed 27 September 2012

We stayed at the Colony Hotel for our first visit to North Cyprus, because it had been recommended by friends. We were given a spacious room with a balcony, lovely furnishings that we could not fault it. The location is in the centre of town which is is excellent for being in walking distance to the harbour and restaurants, although a little noisy at times. The roof top swimming pool was so relaxing and comfortable with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. All the staff were efficient and friendly and went out of their way to make our stay wonderful experience. We would definitely recommend this hotel and would hope to make a return visit when we go back to Kyrenia.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Colony h, Director of Sales at The Arkin Colony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your interest in our hotel.
It is a pleasure to read your comments. We also appreciate your time that you spent writing down your comments on Trip Advisor. All the opinions and comments here are valuable for us.
We are very pleased to hear that your friend recomended us to you and you will also reccomend The Colony Hotel to your friends for future visits. This situation increases our motivation every day and focuses us to increase our service quality.
We are looking forward to welcome you in our hotel in the future.
Sincerely yours

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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Just returned from our first trip to Kyrenia and stayed at the wonderful Colony Hotel .The hotel was excellent as were the staff. The Colony is well located in the centre of Kyrenia making everything within easy walking distance. We are definately looking forward to returning next year.

Patricia and Michael S

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Colony h, Director of Sales at The Arkin Colony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your interest in our hotel.
It is a pleasure to read your comments. We also appreciate your time that you spent writing down your comments on Trip Advisor. All the opinions and comments here are valuable for us.
We appreciate your warm comment about our staff.
It will be a pleasure to welcome you in our hotel in the future.
Sincerely yours

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Reviewed 25 September 2012

The location was very good just a short walk into town,the hotel was very clean and classy with large rooms.The restaurant outside on the roof was really special and worth going half board with a lovely ambiance and fantastic views of the mountains and the castle which was lit up in the evenings.The service was very good with the captain in charge he covered all details with care and interest a credit to the hotel, the food was always good with a chef on hand for help and to advise on choice.There was a buffet and a la Carte we could not fault the buffet as there was always a good choice and selection.
The roof top Swimming pool was lovely we would definately recommend this hotel

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Colony h, Director of Sales at The Arkin Colony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your interest in our hotel.
It is a pleasure to read your comments. We also appreciate your time that you spent writing down your comments on Trip Advisor. All the opinions and comments here are valuable for us.
We are looking forward to welcome you in our hotel in the future.
Sincerely yours

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Address: Ecevit Caddesi Girne - TRNC | Mersin 10, Kyrenia, Cyprus (Formerly The Colony Hotel - A Park Heritage Hotel)
Region: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Kyrenia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Kyrenia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kyrenia
#6 Casino Hotel in Kyrenia
#6 Spa Hotel in Kyrenia
#7 Luxury Hotel in Kyrenia
Price Range: £79 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Arkin Colony Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of downtown Kyrenia, The Arkin Colony Hotel lies between the mountains of North Cyprus and the timeless blue Mediterranean Sea. Architecturally blending the colonial style of the island's past with the glory of the Ottoman era, The hotel is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amidst the bustle of this busy town and harbour. With a total of 90 rooms and suites, The Arkin Colony is justly proud of its reputation for stylish elegance and comfort in its surroundings, and attention to detail in its customer care. To stay here is to experience something special in the world of hospitality, and you know you deserve it! ... more   less 
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