Some parts of this complex are beautifully done - particularly the library, which was restored (apparently) at huge expense. Our room (no. 10, Superior class) was reasonably decorated and decked out with some charming traditional Cypriot laces and pottery. The little en suite bathroom had a great walk-in shower, but had mildew in the corners that gave the whole room a damp, mouldy smell. The bed was so short that my feet hug over the end (I'm 1m88cm tall; 6'1") and had a poor quality mattress. The real nightmare came when we attempted to eat in the restaurant. We'd been warned by friends that the food wasn't very good, and that turned out to be an understatement: stale bread, rancid tahini, a salad with a dressing that was sweeter than candy, poorly cooked spaghetti with tomato, feta and basil, and watermelon that was warm, floury and tasteless. There was a terrace with a stunning view over the valley, ruined by an enormous building site complete with crane and workmen with pneumatic drills and tile cutting machines, building a new spa and pool complex, apparently. Neither would you want to escape to the front side, where there were more workmen with more pneumatic drills, just down the hill from more workmen with yet more dramatic drills... In fact, when we saw the village from across the river, we realised that there were building crews dotted throughout the village, all hammering, drilling and doing their best to destroy the calm we were so looking forward to. When this resort is finished, and if they get some decent staff, it may be worth visiting. For now, I'd stay elsewhere and come on a day trip to experience the stunning scenery and world-class monastery and museum.
Before arriving, my partner was looking forward to the facial and pedicure she had booked in the little spa. On arrival, we were told that these would not be available until next week, because the woman in the spa this week didn't know how to do them. Given that this was one of the main attractions for my partner, we felt that rather conned. To make up for it, though, they offered us two free treatments, both of which were excellent.
The man who has invested so much in buying up the local properties, restoring them and building new facilities - and who is now the town's mayor - must be praised for his vision; but he should finish the job and train his staff properly before unleashing it on the general public, especially the kind likely to be attracted by the upmarket offer.
After our visit, the establishment sent an email asking us to post a review on Tripadvisor if we enjoyed our stay, or, if we didn't, to email them directly with the reasons; so, I emailed our complaints to the management and told them we would await their reply before posting. In response, they accused us of using this is a way of squeezing compensation out of them, which is absolutely not the case.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casale Panayiotis lies at the heart of Kalopanayiotis village, situated in the beautiful Marathasa Valley, just 50 minutes drive from Nicosia or Limassol. Overlooking a rippling brook in evergreen shade it affords stunning views of the historic St. John Lambadistis Monastery with rugged mountain peaks as a backdrop.The accommodation is sited in eight independent traditional houses: Marathon, Troullinon, Eliakon, Byzantino, Laouri , Kastri, Ayia Marina and Panteon which boast twenty- eight individually, designed rooms and suites. The complex also includes a restaurant, coffee shop, snack bar, wine bar, spa, conference facility and cultural center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casale Panayiotis Hotel Kalopanagiotis