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“Eastern mediterranean charm” 3 of 5 stars
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Bare Hill Holiday Village
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   Karaoglanoglu Avenue.Near Escape beach | West of Kyrenia, Alsancak - Karavas 737, Cyprus   |  
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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9 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Eastern mediterranean charm”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I should preface this by saying for many years the North part of Cyprus was pretty much cut off from the south, there was no government money, lilttle tourism and visitors just had to take what they could get. So it helps to understand that N.Cyprus is around 20-30 years behind its swisher neighbours in the southern part of the island. There is heat, there is dust, sometimes the drains don't work as you would expect in northern Europe and there are big scary insects around.

I would recommend Bare Hill Holiday Village if you're looking for a low-budget option and you're not the sort of person who goes around checking for dust with a white glove. For around £200 a week you get a room, hot water, cooking facilities, nice gardens, lovely pool and a great location. While I think the owner could really up his game in the cleaning stakes, it's probably par for the course in this part of Cyprus where the philosopy is you get what you get and you don't get upset.

I enjoyed my stay here-they have villa type rooms that can sleep a family of 4 or 5 quite comfortably and studio type rooms for smaller groups. You get a balcony and cooking facilities or you can chose to eat at the restaurant which serves up decent home cooking. It's great for kids who can wander around fairly safely or play in the pool which has a kids section. There was a really nice mix of people there when we went - young-old-families-Turks-Brits all got on and all friendly.

There's no charge for air con which all the rooms have and there's hot water-it's solar so it has its limitations and although I can't quibble with some of the posts here the owners worked hard to keep the place in good order and did listen when we asked for various things. They can help sort out car hire and taxis to and from the airport-all of which can be minor headaches in some parts of the world.

The location is good-the setting against the besparmak mountain range is superb-supermarkets and shops are close by as are a couple of good beaches with changing/showering facilities and kayaks etc for hire You do have to pay to use the beaches but this is general now in N.Cyprus and there are free beaches further afield if you don't mind travelling a bit further. The minibus into town stops right outside the entrance and will whisky you into Kyrenia in minutes which is a bonus.

Despite some of the critics, the place does get busy so it can't all be bad and if you want to come during the busy time, then it's probably worth booking in advance.

Room Tip: All rooms fairly quiet as pool closes in the evening-try to get a room which looks out on the bespar...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

This is a low budget hotel, simple but suitable. Family run business, good clean place with a swimming pool and good park. Has a small bar and resturant, but you have to give advance notice if you plan to eat, as meals are prepared to order.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Yamba, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2010

My husband and I booked a room for 4 nights to see a little of Northern Cyprus while waiting for our flights out of Ercan airport so we were not looking for the vacation-of-a- lifetime type place. We'd already been in Paphos 3 months (see review) and were just looking for a cheap place to stay our last few days. We arrived on Ramadan and so everything was heavily booked for that weekend and it was hard finding a place but Bare Hill offered a great rate.

The Good News:
The resort is in one of the lusher areas of Cyprus and just 6km or so from Kyrenia on the main coast road. We did not have a car but it was easy to get around by frequent and inexpensive dolmus service which took us into Kyrenia and up the coast. The resort is situated under the beautiful Pentadactyl mountain range and from the back porch of our room you could see the ruins of St Hilarion castle impressively situated on the top of the rocky mountains. It was lovely to see it lit up at night.

You can access paid beaches just up the main road but the beaches are nothing special in Cyprus so you are better off with a great pool and gardens you can use for free in our opinion.

There are a couple of great supermarkets just a short walk up the road and numerous restaurants. We did not get breakfast with our room as we had a kitchenette. Our room was a spacious ground floor studio right next to the restaurant and reception. We had a nice balcony overlooking the pool and gardens and could even see the sea. It was lovely sitting out there. The room had a small kitchenette and large bedroom with king bed.

The Bad News:
The room was a downer in terms of cleanliness. Outside the room there were little garbage cans along the path for guests to put their garbage but most guests dumped their garbage and litter beside the bin outside our entry door and for the first two days we had to look at it out our kitchen window. I saw staff walk by the garbage constantly and no one bothered to pick it up so it was an eyesore.

The bathroom was filthy. Clumps of hair and dried urine stuck to the base of the toilet bowl, fresh mould grew all over the shower stall, hair and pink slime and brown slime were in every corner of the shower stall and bathroom and there was a huge ball of hair in the drain which I had to clean out to get the water to drain. I rubbed a bit of the mould in the shower stall with my finger and it came off easily. So the room had not been properly cleaned in a long time. The grouting was black with mould and the bathroom stunk. I felt dirtier after a shower than before.

There was hair and hair pins and muck in drawers. The king bed was a grubby double mattress but only the top mattress was covered so you had to look at the dirty base which was not conducive to a restful nights sleep.

We took our laptop over to the lobby building and set up on a coffee table. The top of the table was filthy with dust and dirt and rings from drinks. The bottom shelf of the table was also layered with thick dust and very dirty. The owner sent a boy over to wipe it down when he saw us grimacing. Pictures in the lobby and restaurant were askew and from what I could see of the disaster in the kitchen we wouldn't risk eating there.

We went out to the pool our first day but the pool had a greenish tinge to it and I saw brown slime on the tiling in areas so we did not risk going in.

In the end we decided to move into Kyrenia our final night as there is no night reception and we had to catch the 4am bus to the airport and were afraid the taxi would not turn up out there at that time. There was no phone in the room (working) as advertised so we would be really stuck if the taxi did not arrive to take us to Kyrenia.

I must say the owner and his son were very attentive and kind and helpful both before and during our stay and I informed them of the lack of cleanliness before we left. They did take immediate action to rectify the situation after I sent them an email highlighting our concerns over the cleanliness. We went into town to find another hotel for our final night and on our return the garbage and litter outside the room had been completely cleaned up and so had our room. The shower stall had been thoroughly scrubbed of all the filth as had the floors and every corner. The clump of hair was still sticking to the outer toilet bowl but the smell was greatly improved. We were left fresh sheets and towels and the owners apologized and promised to fix up any problems. I also saw the owner examining the pool and it did look cleaner the next day.

We thanked the owners for taking immediate action and informed them we would be leaving a day early. We were not offered a refund on our final night. Frankly we could not wait to leave. I don't mind basic but I do expect cleanliness. This would be a nice little basic resort in a lovely setting if the cleanliness issues are addressed.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

This has to be the worst place ive ever stayed in. Ripped curtains in rooms, dirty toilet seats. powerless shower. desperately in need of a re furb. It seems cheap at first but when you take into consideration you get no breakfast included in the price. You also have to pay for the local beach. Had no hot water in our room. Also if you want a decent nights sleep here you better take sleeping tablets or get drunk. Dogs bark constantly all night. my flights cost me alot to come to cyprus i just wish id spent more on something better. This has been a trip to hell for me. Photos will be added shortly.

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

We stayed at Bare Hill, while looking for an apartment or house to rent. OK it's basic but it suited us fine. We had a bungalow. Kitchen Diner. Bedroom up stairs. It is good value.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

We visited North Cyprus during June 2010 and stayed in Bare Hill Village. The hotel is a family business. The owner Mr Cemal Caluda and son Ali are generally incharge of the day to day running. The place is clean and well looked after. It has the self catering facility and nice swimming pool, and wireless internet in the lobby area. It is very economical and good value. There are independent villas also within the grounds for those with family or friends. Meals can be provided but you have to advice them in advance. However, there are supermarkets and eating out places within a short distance in either direction from the hotel. Overall, a nice place and I will definitely go there again if in the same area.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Larnaka, Cyprus
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

we hoped to stay longer as this hotel was one of the cheapest available in the kyrenia area. Its halfway between lapta and Kyrenia on a small hill by the main road. The property is very run down and has a very bad vibe. we turned up when it was dark and the lights at reception etc werent even on! then the owner heard us arrive and he switched the lights on! it felt very run down and old and was like a youth hostel. I wouldnt stay here again - pay slightly more for a place you can enjoy a little...

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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AliCaluda, Manager at Bare Hill Holiday Village, responded to this review, April 24, 2010
First of all thanks for your review.As I can see from your note you stated that you had looked for a cheap hotel to stay in Cyprus and you were able to find 'Bare Hill' as the cheapest one in Kyrenia area. When you arrived in our holiday village it was March. And March is a low season month. So the number of the guests who were staying at the hotel at that time was not enough for us to put on the all lights in every point of the hotel.
Besides you said that we switch on the lights when we saw you. And that was a natural result of our kindness.
The lights were always on only at the small paths to the rooms. I think this is not a very big problem for you to memorize that only one night as a nightmare.

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your holiday with us.

Thanks again...

Best Regards;
Ali Caluda
Manager
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Additional Information about Bare Hill Holiday Village

Address: Karaoglanoglu Avenue.Near Escape beach | West of Kyrenia, Alsancak - Karavas 737, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Alsancak - Karavas
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Alsancak - Karavas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bare Hill Holiday Village 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relaxing, quiet holiday complex surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. ... more   less 
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