We've just returned from two weeks at the ship inn, Kyrenia, north cyprus.
After visting the south regularly We wanted to see what the north of Cyprus had to offer as we're considering retiring to Cyprus in the next few years.
This hotel didn't disappoint despite the name and pictures on the net ( we half expected a pub type location)
The hotel has a number of hotel type rooms along with a few self catering villas as previously stated in other reviews.
We stayed in a hotel room which was nice and clean albeit furnished a little old fashioned - I would recommend staying in a mountain view hotel room, as the sun manages to be on your side of the hotel for the majority of the day, making sitting on the balcony more pleasant, after a hot day by the pool.
The hotel has good facilities, the pool is kept very well maintained with plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas and towels available from the bar ( no charge) there is food and drinks available throughout the day - the hotel also uses a card system so that you don't need to use or carry any money around, this can be settled at the end of each day or as we did, at the end of the holiday.
Whilst the hotel is somewhat out of the way, there are a couple of decent restaurants close by with a supermarket 10 minutes walk away. The fish restaurant up the road is good and the Chinese house nearby also has good food in a nice setting - visit the Cacao' for a different eating experience, on the way into Kyrenia - a very modern place with great service.
Getting into Kyrenia or Girne as the locals call it - is easy by jumping on a dolmas (local bus) only 2turkish lira. Stand at the side of the road and flag one down, they come along every 2 minutes.
If you're going to Take a visit into Nicosia / lefkosa catch the Kobos minibus from Kyrenia town centre - nice and easy and only 5 Turkish lira each way, it's fast, cheap and efficient.
Car hire is easy and cheap, although the minimum hire time is 3 days - in fairness you really wouldn't need much more as you can easily visit the local sites in this time - visit St Hilarion castle & Bellapais monastery for fantastic views, if you want a decent beach go to the Escape beach, about 2 miles up the road - it has brilliant facilities, although its not cheap in comparison to other places - 15 turkish lira each for entry.
This hotel gave us exactly what we were looking for - reasonbly priced, relaxing, clean, and excellent facilities in a hot sunny environment - we would have no qualms in re visiting ' The Ship' although after taking everything into consideration we both preferred the south of Cyprus - as someone said to me 'the north is just like the south, but 15 years behind'
If i had one gripe it was the 90 minute transfer from Larnaca airport - with a late flight, transferring in the dark, Nigel mansell at the wheel , and my back to the driver - it wasn't very pleasant
But overall A truly enjoyable holiday ........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A distinctive holiday complex in a tranquil setting. Splendid views of the Kyrenia Hills, directly below St.Hilarion Castle. owned and run by Anglo/Cypriot family ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ship Hotel Kyrenia
- Ship Hotel Kyrenia
- The Ship Inn Cyprus/Kyrenia