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“Charming family hotel with a very personal touch” 5 of 5 stars
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Lapida Hotel
Sh. Ibrahim Nidai Cad Lapta Girne,, Lapta, Cyprus   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Lapta
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Charming family hotel with a very personal touch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Nothing was too much trouble for Fethi, the owner, and his mother, Mary, in making us feel welcome and ensuring a memorable stay.
Our room was quiet and comfortable with lovely views. We travelled with Discovery Collection and stayed on a half board basis. The food was delicious with good variety during the week. We had cookery lessons given by Mary and informative guided trips led by Fethi himself. The cookery was fun and based on basic local products, many from the hotel's lovely garden.
We would recommend hiring a car at least for a few days. This was cheap and driving (on the left) was very easy. Watch out for the numerous speed cameras!
We are still enjoying the pot of delicious jam made from home-grown bananas and given to us by Mary upon our departure.

Room Tip: See view rooms at end of building have views in two directions
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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 of 5 stars
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Andrésy, France
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89 reviews 89 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

I am sorry to write a "bad" report on a property, but feel I have been deceived by my trusting of so many positive, glowing reports. My expectations were high after having read so many good reviews on this site. Yes, the manager and his mother are welcoming and the gardens are beautiful. For me, this is where the positive side stopped. My heart sank when entering the room to see curtains hanging off the rail, shoddy building workmanship, threadbare sheets, and worst of all, what must have been the season's dirt swept under the bed - old bottle tops included! This hotel is not expensive, but then a 5 star hotel was found for only 15 Euros per night more (and clean). I consider that the Lapida equates with a 2 star hotel in France as far as price and facilities are concerned, except that all the 2 star hotels i have found in France have been clean. Was this end of season fatigue? bad luck? or something else? I suspect the enthusiastic manager is perhaps too nice to his staff and that some of them have abused this situation. It is really a pity and I hope that he will put things back in order so that others do not have to share my disappointment in the future.

Room Tip: South facing rooms are like ovens
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

In essence it is difficult to fault this "hotel" on the basic principal that it is cheap and should actually only really be considered as a guest house.

The son and mother team who run Lapida obviously take great pride in their hospitality and this is clearly evident from the minute you meet them and are warmly greeted and made to feel very welcome.

The gardens at the rear of the property are lovely, well maintained, with herbs and fruit trees surrounding the pool, which is in full sun and again well maintained. Inside the house and rooms could only be described as eclectic, part home part antique emporium. There are a few updates needed here and there and some basic additions which would improve both the overall appearance and experience, HOWEVER this is a cheap option if you are using your base purely for sleeping and you would struggle to find a warmer welcome, certainly not in the large casino hotels in the centre of town for 5 times the price.

Room Tip: Rooms are situated both sides of a long corridor, sea and garden view perhaps only possible from end...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London UK
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The hotel, as the other reviews say, is firmly family run. We went last week in Oct when it was quiet but the weather still fine in the day and cool enough to have the log fire going in the evenings. The pool and garden are fantastic as is the view up to the mountains. The rooms are a bit basic but comfortable and clean. The food is very good. We had half board and ate very well. If you don't eat meat or fish you'd need to check out about options before you go. We went on the Discovery Collection culture and cooking tour with guided trips by Fethi the owner and cooking lessons from Mary his mother (who does the hotel cooking). It was a good programme. The area is quiet the nearest town Kyrenia is small and the place is best for those who want to relax and explore.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

They tell youy that Cyprus is paradise when they welcome you at the airport, and if that is so, then the Lapida Hotelin Lapta, near Kyrenia, is a guest house in Paradise! Family run, family values and with a warmth of welcome rarely found these days, a holiday here is just wonderful.
The food is genuine local Turkish Cypriot, cooked by 'Mum' Mary [her soups are to die for] with much of the ingredients she uses, coming from the hotel garden. The whole ambience is one of relaxed warmth.
For this our second visit, we had a double aspect bedroom overlooking the garden and out to the sea and yet with superb close upviews of the mountain range - changing light and shade as the sun traversed the sky. It was a comfortable room with all that you needed to make a stay here pleasant.
The garden itself is a sheer delight with Lemon trees,Guavas, Pomegranates, Bananas unfurling their great buds to reveal yet another 'hand' of delicate yellow flowers,ready to turn into fruit.
If you just want to relax, then this is the place tocome to. If you want history,then Fethi - as an accredited Tour Guide is your man, and if you want a Turkish massage then Olga will oblige you.
We have been before and we will go again. Thank you to The discovery Collection for introducing us.

Room Tip: If yoiu can, askfor one of the two end rooms with a double aspect, but,there are only two!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peyia, Cyprus
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6 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

My wife and I have only just found the Lapida Hotel after visiting Northern Cyprus many times over the years and are delighted that we did. This gem of a hotel is one you are reluctant to share as you want to keep it a secret to yourself.It is a true family concern as Fethis runs it; his mother Mesy does the catering (lovely Cypriot food at very reasonable prices) and Ismail is a cheerful and willing helper.
There are only about 15 rooms so the pool and lovely gardens never get overcrowded and in fact, eating breakfast in the gardens is one of the highlights of the day. The food is all sourced locally or from their own gardens and is tasty, fresh and very Cypriot.
The rooms are clean, well fitted out (flat screen TV, fridge, kettle,hair dryer etc). The shower pressure was very good (not always so in Northern Cyprus) although some may have difficulty with the smallish shower base my wife and I (mid 60's) had none.
To summarise, if you want a relaxing holiday and be treated to excellent Cypriot hospitality and all for a very reasonable price, it would be difficult to surpass the Lapida Hotel. We were reluctant to leave but we know we will be back soon

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auch, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

WE, Stayed 11 nights for a very reasonble amount & found the service (Ishmail mainly) was fine. Mary was loverly & Fethi was all thing to all men, they are all working hard to keep going & give a good service in difficult times. There were, of course a few niggles, but we had a great time, the pool & gardens were extremly nice, food was good, & in general the room were as you would want. This is a cheap family run hotel in a quiet location (other than the neighbourhood dogs). You get what you pay for & this is great value, not 5 star but relaxed & frendly, just what we needed & we had a great time. Have payed a lot more for a lot less!!! Give it a try!!

Room Tip: Get a room on the right hand side away from the dogs!!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sh. Ibrahim Nidai Cad Lapta Girne,, Lapta, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Lapta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Lapta
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