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Bellapais Monastery Village
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Girne Via Mersin 10 | Bellapais Road Kyrenia, Bellapais, Cyprus   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Bellapais
North Wales
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Place to Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

My wife and I stayed for a long weekend visiting friends in the Cyprus North. Wonderful room with lovely views across to the sea. Nice and quiet. All staff were wonderful especially the staff for breakfast. The food was well cooked and very appetising. Will certainly return, hopefully when the weather is warmer so that we can anjoy all of the hotels facilities. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Polish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This was a new year holiday with large group of friends who had there own villas but as they had no space we stayed in the Ballapias Monastery Village - firstly it does not look as clean an immaculate as the brochures shows - requested a room with minimal need of stairs and a double bed - when we arrived the room 2002, had no double bed, room was awful tacky and dim but as i had gone to the toilet reception said they would not offer me a new room because i used the loo - how strange is that ! - could not get a decent wash as the pressure from the shower was non existent had trouble washing properly - not to mention that the pipe-work was loose, complained to reception, following day they moved the 2 single beds together and ignored the pluming issue.. just could net get comfortable in this hotel - food just had breakfast and it was bland nothing special + rude waiters who surround you asking what you would like without giving you a minute to make a decision then rudely walking away making a tatting noise as if they were having a sulk....


My Negatives

Poor Quality Room
Poor Shower Pressure
Poor A/C very noisy + grills dirty needs servicing / clean out + complicated to use
No Double bed (requested days before we arrived)
Bed not very comfortable kept having to move about to get comfortable - bedding torn in places
Too far from Kyrenia Town Centre
Steam room not working - indoor pool small did not look very appetizing
Small Lounge / Bar area
Poor sterling FX rate 2.50L hotel // in town got 2.89L


My Positives

Nice Views
We ate at there sister hotel in town "Oscars" - dinner was very good buffet with loads of choice - great salads....


Tips

Try George's Cafe in Town Centre nearby the main car park (lovely breakfasts + sometimes get live music, last day we had Indian Soul)
"Dark and Blue" car hire near the hotel were very reasonable, 96 pounds for a fiesta for the week + good service
The "Tree of Idleness" restaurant in ballapias was very good (opposite the abbey)
Cratos Hotel Casino amazing place

Room Tip: If you have trouble with stairs you can still go for a villa as some are on same level as our room...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Have just spent a week with Solos on a walking holiday at Bellapais. Staff are very good, food great and hotel quiet. Just what I needed. My second stay there and I'd go back again. The indoor pool was refreshing and the steam room was working but the sauna wasn't working.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Nice place to be, very quiet and splendid view from terrace or balcony onto Kyrenia and the castle with old harbour. Quality beds, changed every two days.

Cleaning every day and as clean as at home or better!!! Very nice and polite cleaning staff. Spendid breakfast, no buffet but served at your table and wide choice of several kinds of breakfast, as Cyprean, British, American or traditional with fresh fruit and yoghurt with honey, mmmmmm.... For colder days heated indoor pool and steam bath + sauna, all free of charge!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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warwickshire uk
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6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

stayed at bellapais monastery village B/B for 1 week 12th November 2012 travelling with Mercury Direct - pegasus flights to Ercan via Istanbul. Really enjoyed our stay and felt the hotel gave value for money. Staff helpful and pleasant. Decided to take the BB package simply to be able to enjoy the local food (Bella Moon - Bellapais really good food and will collect and return from hotel - also ate at Niazi's cordon boyu Kyrenia - great food) We rented a car from British car hire in Bellapais 100 yds down the hill. Weather was good - driving no problem as roads were quiet. Would recommend hotel. Whilst it is possible to walk into town the hotel offers a free shuttle service. No buffet food available as everything is a la carte - waiter service. A word of warning there are numerous steps and therefore would not be suitable for anyone with walking problems. Similarly the duplex rooms have upstairs bedroom and downstairs shower room/toilet (small but adequate) - this layout may not be suitable for everyone. Rooms themselves not huge but of an okay size - cleaning was immaculate and towels were changed each day.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

In most cases when holidaying abroad I like many people, try to make the best of things and concentrate on the positives. It was impossible here as there were so many bad and it really but a damper on the holiday spirit.
I suppose I fell for the 4 star rating which is no reflection of the quality of the accommodation or how bad this place is. The staff were very friendly and helpful but in the restaurant particularly useless. The restaurant is advertised as exquisite which has to be the most bizarre use of the term imaginable. Apart from the terrible evening meal which was actually inedible ( try the prawn cocktail - i dare you) the breakfasts were served up on filthy and cracked crockery and often not what was requested. When I pointed out a hair on my plate there was no apology. Do yourself a favour and do not eat here at night.

The so called villa was falling apart with hole in exterior walls, door locks which did not work, TV did not work. A fly that had been squashed against the netting before we arrived was still there 10 days later. There were holes in the towels, the curtain kept coming off the rails.

The place generally is shabby with cracked paving, rotting and loose handrails for external stairs,weeds in between paving around the pool which was also shabby. The waterproof seat covers absorb the rain

Room Tip: Not all rooms or villas have a sea view, so if you have to go ask for that
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The website claims that the Bellapais Monastery Village is ' a luxury hotel which is located in a quiet position in the foothills of the Five Finger mountain range. It stands close to Bellapais Abbey and commands panoramic views of Kyrenia town, the new harbour and surrounding countryside. Kyrenia itself is approximately 2 miles away but guests can take a gentle stroll to nearby Bellapais Village '. The hotel is located in a quiet position in the foothills of the Five Finger mountain range but the panoramic views of Kyrenia town, the new harbour and surrounding countryside are panoramic should be taken in a literal sense. Kyrenia town is situated 2 miles away, however, the ' gentle stroll ' demands a 45 minute walk with a 23 degree incline.

The website also claims ' Your wish is our desire and now here is it more evident that at meal times. Start with breakfast, where you have a comprehensive international menu to choose from. Sample a superb lunch time snack at the pool bar, washed down with a long, cool drink - but don't eat too much because there is dinner to look forward to! In the evening you can explore the delicious international a-la-carte menus where you will find the hardest task will be to choose from the many and varied dishes' The breakfast menu is comprehensive and encompasses the choice of a Turkish breakfast, a Cypriot breakfast, a full English breaskfast, fruit, yoghurt and a choice of omelettes. The lunch menu is wide ranging with a traditional Turkish option of three dishes complemented by dishes such as chips, Hamburgers, mushy peas, campbell's mushroom soup, tinned tuna salad. The à la carte evening menu boasts a variety of dishes: Cod with parsley sauce, prepared from a packet, chicken with tinned mushrooms, beefburger with cheese and chips, profiteroles with grated coconut and whipped carnation cream to mention a few. Claims that the diner's wish is the hotel's desire is debatable as complaints made about the poor quality of the food, often dry and inedible, were met with increasing hostility. It was refreshing to hear from the restaurant manager that a complaint had not been made in his 10 years of working at the hotel and that his 25 years in the catering industry had enabled him to pre-empt the culinary preferences of British travellers, confident that we would be unable to eat local, well prepared dishes. Whilst we were able to laugh in the face of such adversity, there are places offering a better culinary experience making no such claims as the Bellapais Monastery website, perhaps a sad indictment of the effect of mass tourism and the resulting perception of local industry.
The rooms are clean and serviced every day. The reception staff are helpful and willing to advise on the options of local activities.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bellapais Monastery Village

Address: Girne Via Mersin 10 | Bellapais Road Kyrenia, Bellapais, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Bellapais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Bellapais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bellapais Monastery Village 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kyrenia which has A'la Carte Restaurant & Bar.It stands close to Bellapais Abbey and commands panoramic views of Kyrenia town. ... more   less 
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