Room a little old-fashioned, but clean, serviceable and quite adequate. Public areas bleak in winter when we were there, and far too cold to sit in for any length of time. There appeared to be a heating system, but it was never turned on, and the lounge/reception area smelt badly of old cigarette smoke – horrible for non-smokers. The air con/heating in the room worked well. The first week we thought perhaps we had landed up in Leeds by mistake – all the other guests seemed to be Yorkshire folk. The second week we were infiltrated by a Turkish football team who were very noisy. Afternoon naps were a bit of a problem due to chatting cleaners in the corridor. Buffet breakfast was disappointing, particularly after reading the praises of other guests. Perhaps they cut back in winter. We were only offered bacon on the first day; after that just horrid little sausages. The so-called “scrambled eggs” were tasteless, the toaster almost useless. Evening buffet salads were excellent, although the main courses were pretty ordinary and limited to only three choices. As has been said elsewhere the staff try hard to make sure everything is satisfactory, Zahra checks every table every day at breakfast. The opinion of locals in town is that the Pia Bella used to be a great hotel, now is it just OK, and I’d go along with that. It seems to have a reputation amongst repeat guests and we certainly saw evidence of people who were well known and had obviously stayed before. Personally I would choose another hotel if visiting Kyrenia again. The Pia Bella is a 20-minute stroll from the town centre (about 4.00 sterling taxi fare) through poorly lit and not very salubrious areas with bad pavements – all right in daytime but not so good at night when it would be easy to trip and/or walk into something. Wireless internet is available in public areas, and did in fact work in our room, although it was down a couple of times not just in the hotel but in the area as a whole.
Peanuts restaurant is fine, with very good Turkish meatballs and good friendly service – you turn right off the main road when heading into town, watch for the signs. It’s a bit of a downhill flog but worth it, although we took a taxi back as then it’s very uphill! Niazi’s Restaurant was disappointing given its reputation. We had booked, but no table was reserved for us and in fact we were asked on arrival if we wanted ‘smoking’ or ‘no smoking’, and then were left sitting in the waiting area without anyone offering us a drink from the bar which would have been a nice touch. We were given menus, but as we weren't ready to order immediately we were seated, the waiter disappeared and we had to wave eventually to attract attention. The service was of the fast and furious kind. Plates were just dropped down, or in my husband's case handed to him over the table. Food was ok but nothing special. No napkins were available (at 7.30pm) because “we are too busy”; some paper serviettes were supplied only when asked for.
Well worth a visit is the Altinkaya Fish Restaurant on the road to Lapta. It’s about 5 miles out, just after a concrete monstrosity on the right hand side (obelisk-type thing canted at 45 degrees, can’t miss it) and just before the 5-mile bar and restaurant which has a very large sign. We went by car but a taxi shouldn’t be too expensive. Food and service were both good. It was very quiet when we were there for lunch but no slipping of standards here!
Owned by the same partnership as Niazi’s, the Lagoon Fish restaurant over the road from Niazi’s is a totally different experience. Reserved table ready for us on arrival, friendly service, nothing too much trouble. Fish meze was excellent but they also had a full a la carte menu as well. Satisfaction check done by the owner. Really nice atmosphere all round, and overlooks the water. We had the fish meze on our first visit, but went back and ate off the a la carte – again the food was excellent. The fish soup was particularly memorable, as was the grilled octopus starter.
Morelli’s restaurant and bar is just off the main drag (13 Efelor Sok) near the top, on the right when walking downhill. Again, well worth a visit for friendly attentive service and beautifully cooked food.A carefully chosen menu of mostly European cooking.
If you go to Famagusta, the Blue Lagoon at Palm Beach can be recommended.
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