Just spent 11 very enjoyable nights at The Colony, and can't understand why this hotel is not ranked No 1 in Kyrenia. I emailed the hotel the day before we left the UK on the off chance that they could allocate us rooms with a balcony. I received a reply same day from Cihan saying they were all in use but if any became available they would try and allocate them to us. We were delighted to find that we had two rooms on the second floor front facing with huge balconies (no extra charge). It did look like most of the rooms on the second floor had balconies, 12 at the front several on the side facing the 'skeleton' new build and some inward facing. Despite previous comments re the front rooms being on a busy road and facing a garage we didn't find this distracting and there were still good views of the mountains,
The room was large, carpeted, with a comfortable king size or more double bed. desk, very comfortable armchair with footstool, 5 lamps, mini bar (expensive - 8TL for a small can of tonic), and individual controlled aircon. The bathroom was also a good size, the over bath shower was powerful, although the bath a little narrow, and the free toiletries were fine and bath robes and slippers were provided.There was also a hair dryer in the bathroom and the main mirror seemed to be heated to keep it clear from the shower steam.
How (a minority) of people can say breakfast is limited is amazing. There is a huge choice from just perfect fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, variety of yoghurts, even a full honeycomb. You can have eggs any way you want, scrambled and boiled (3 or 5 mins) on the buffet or freshly made by the kitchen staff. A variety of cold meats, hot dishes and salads, breads including two toasters, choice of juices and bottled water that was constantly topped up. There is also a separate 'pork'table which changed from bacon and sausage, hash browns and other items. I guess there was too much choice to make some people think they were limited!
The staff all seemed friendly and wanting to help. The two 'captains' at breakfast (Senol) and evening were delightful. Most of them spoke good English or were able to understand what was being asked of them - remember it is us who are guests of their country and really we should be trying to speak Turkish!
We had lunch at the hotel 2/3 times (rooftop terrace) and it was excellent, reasonably priced and beautifully presented. We had cocktails every night in Happy Hour (actually 3 hours 4pm-7pm) when all drinks are half price at the Misty Bar on the roof (cocktails were 8.5TL at the reduced price equivalent to just under £3 each) - glass of nuts provided with each round.
The pool terrace made a pleasant place to sunbathe, the pool is more or less 1.5m deep all across, the sunbeds vaery comfortable, padded and pretowelled with the pool boy putting additional fresh towels out for each individual use and further towels are available in a rack to towel down after a dip.
My wife used the spa for a massage and was so impressed she went three times during our stay, the masseur (Carmen) knew exactly where to work to ease her pain.Didn't use the gym (but probably should have done due to the amount of weight we put on during our stay). Our only regret was not eating at the rooftop restaurant during our stay, our friends preferred the harbour. We did however visit The House restaurant opposite owned by the same people as the hotel and had an excellent meal there.
One final point there were a couple of weddings during our stay which meant the rooftop bar and restaurant were closed for the evening (generally after 7pm) but we weren't disturbed by any noise. There is also a weekly film night on the roof and whilst this could be heard on the balcony it ciouldn't in the room with the aircon on, and in any event was over by 11pm ish.
Overall I would like to thank all the staff at The Colony for an enjoyable stay - if we return to Kyrenia we would definitely stay there again and would strongly recommend it to others looking for a quality hotel in the centre of Kyrenia.
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