We flew from Luton to Larnaca and did a mini-bus transfer to Northern Cyprus. Holiday arranged via Cyprus Paradise who were excellent with their organization. The transfer went like clockwork, less than 90 minutes.
On arrival at this family run hotel we were invited to partake of a drink and of course a Brandy Sour had to be the choice. Our room was very nice, TV etc. Very good sized fridge which was a bit noise but we got used to it. Aircon was a boon too and again you got used to it squeaking a bit. We were fortunate to get a balcony and it was made good use of, particularly for the early morning tea. Beds were comfortable, hot water for shower etc was great. Cleanliness was as evryone else says - spot on.
We were only on B&B and the breakfasts were just fine, we even had a surprise Bacon and Egg with beans provided one day. Other than that there was plenty of choice from cereals to fruit. Lovely oranges.
Ziggy on reception was a real gem, there was nothing she found too much trouble to help you with from car hire to arranging accommodation for a night away at Oasis up at the panhandle. (Highly recommended for total peace and quiet for one night).
We made several friends with many lovely guests and hope to see some of them again next year as we hope to return.
We did a lot of touring around with our hire car but in the evenings we walked into town to "do the tavernas". We found lots but stayed away from the harbour scene as they are silly prices. There are plenty of others, don't be afraid to go looking up the backstreets too. Our favourite was Yellow Palace some 15 mins down the road towards town. They treated us very well indeed. We found several nice beaches - everyone has their particular favourite.
The two weeks seemed to shoot by. The hotel pool is very nice and a great centre for guests to get together as is the bar area around 7 pm where everyone has a drink on their way out to eat.
Be sure to visit the British Memorial which is located in the old British Cemetery on the Lefka(?) Road, next to the BMW garage. The names and regiments/service of the 371 British servicemen killed during the Greek Cypriot EOKA terrorist campaign from 1955-1959 are beautifully inscribed in granite. Very moving and a fitting tribute.
To summarise; we had a lovely time, we will definately return and when we do it will be to Sammy's. The staff were excellent, particularly the 3 waiters, sorry I forget their names now but lovely people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If hotels were awarded stars for satisfied customers, then Sammys would get a hundred! From the moment you check in, you will notice the thoughtful touches. In fact, guests will be hard pushed to do anything apart from sit back, relax and enjoy their holiday. Each recently refurbished guest room here is nicely decorated, beautifully furnished and well equipped. Available for a small supplement, there are also a few larger suites with the benefit of a living room as well as a private bedroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sammys Hotel Kyrenia