Just returned from a one weeks stay in Kyrenia. We stayed at the Highlife Hotel which we knew when we booked wasn't a luxury or boutique hotel but it sounded very nice and value for money. It is a lovely small hotel with rooms overlooking the swimming pool and mountains to the back of rooms, spacious and comfortable (ours), and also rooms with a side sea view. Breakfast is served from a terrace overlooking the sea which is really nice.
The last reviewer is quite right - we arrived just after the chef had suddenly disappeared - so breakfast was in chaos - we were sitting there for over an hour before our order was taken. This improved greatly as the week progressed only because all the guests organised themselves and asked the waitress to serve the tables in order, which worked well. The breakfasts were cooked very nicely and were adequate - tea or coffee, fresh orange juice, Cypriot breakfast or egg breakfast - cooked how you preferred, or full English breakfast for a small extra cost, fresh bread or toast. (I don't think you can expect a huge buffet, etc for the price paid). It wasn't the fault of the waitress - she had also just began working there and had to clean the rooms which was impossible for her to do properly in the time she had, so things were not being undertaken as they should have been. So, doing everything was this poor girl and the owner - and there was an atmosphere within the family who weren't helping with anything. The day before we left a new chef came in but that didn't solve the problem because the owner left him to it so there were still only two staff looking after approximately 18/20 guests. Two couples who were staying another week asked to be moved to another hotel because they were so fed up with it. If we had been staying two weeks we wouldn't have moved because we liked the room, the location, and the other guests were lovely, so would have made the best of the situation. I do hope that the owner comes to his senses and puts on more staff for high season otherwise the situation will be much worse, which will be a shame for guests and especially all those guests who have been returning year after year.
The hotel does have a lot of cats - they are all rescue cats and neutered, and do not bother you if you don't want them to. They are never in a large group, just dotted around here and there, and don't come asking for food when you are eating because they are all very well fed and looked after. We love cats so enjoyed their company especially two of them - a large tabby with one eye called Bob, and a large back and white, who were both gorgeous.
We didn't eat at the hotel in the evenings because we were told that you only get offered one or two choices and with that choice comes two potatoes and one other veg and that's it. It seems they were offered one starter and one sweet - but not always.
There are two restaurants we tried which are close to the hotel - Courtyard - left at top of drive down the road a little way then cross to the right and it is down the drive - very delicious Pakistani food + European. Also, Taners Terrace Restaurant - right out of hotel drive and first turning right, follow the road and its on the left - Cypriot and European. We tried 3 Brothers Meni Restaurant in Kyrenia town, which was good, but our very favourite was Niazi's Restaurant almost opposite the Dome Hotel - excellent service and delicious food.
This has been and still could be a fantastic small hotel if the owner gets his act together. It is totally disorganised at the moment and the owner appeared uptight most of the time. Having said that, he was fine with us and let us keep our room until 6 p.m. when we left and didn't ask for payment. Luckily, we didn't leave early to require an early breakfast which he was refusing to do for guests.
We did enjoy our holiday very much and really only used the hotel as a base for sleeping and breakfast, so made the best of the going's on there.. Hopefully the situation will have improved for those guests following on from us.