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Kontoyiannis House
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   103 Makarios Avenue | Kalavassos Village, Larnaka 7733, Cyprus   |  
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Ranked #28 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Larnaka
Kendal, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice But.......”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We booked this place for our silver wedding anniversary to chill out and relax. Nice house, lovely courtyard but management very lax about maintenance - we ran out of gas in the middle of cooking, which affected all the apartments and the whole hot water supply. Contacting the owners in this situation was difficult as the list of contact numbers had been overwritten so it was blurred and unreadable. One of the onwers never answered our calls, he tended to ignore messages and let the voicemail fill up; the other sometimes had to be called two or three times to get a response.

The fixtures and fittings were falling apart - my husband opened the shower curtain and the pole fell down on his head. We found it was just wedged between the walls - not even a telescopic pole. He got really fed up with trying to rehang a soaking wet curtain every time he had a shower. (I used the bath) The only thing stopping the bathroom light from falling off the wall was that one end was resting on the cabinet top. The toilet cistern was not fixed to the wall so we had to be careful when flushing as it wobbled and we were afraid it would fall and flood the floor.

Our bedroom curtain was partly hanging off the rings, it was much too small and only covered about two thirds of the window, so the guests sitting on their balcony across the courtyard could see directly onto our beds. Their balcony light shone into our room through the curtain gap so we had to keep the wardrobe door open to cover the gap, to get some privacy and sleep at night. The hinges on the wardrobe door were falling off as well. We found the dressing table was unstable as it had only three legs - the broken fourth leg was in the bedside cabinet.

It seemed if things got broken they were just dumped in odd places. We found a defunct TV concealed behind a curtain in our living room. The bracket for this TV was still sticking out of the bedroom wall. We found a defunct coffee maker shoved in the living room cupboard. Other junk was scattered around the courtyard. A piece of battening with long nails protruding was dumped on an air con box along with a collection of aluminium poles. The barbeque was heaped with plant prunings and surrounded by empty flowerpots, a childs chair dumped in the outside sink and a potentially useful outside toilet was another 'storage' area. The bin in the courtyard was full of more plant debris and building rubbish, but even though the owner inspected it, he never emptied it.

The courtyard has two shaded areas with stone arches but one of them is piled high with junk - mostly a collection of broken chairs - so no chance of using it to sit out of the sun. I found a drying rack in the junk pile that had only one rail broken so I cleaned it up and brought it back into use for us and the family upstairs.

We had two outside lights that never worked, so our neighbours helped us move our outside dining table into a lighted area for evening meals. These are just the problems we encountered in our short stay in our apartment. Maybe the others are in better condition. However the whole place needs tidying up, the junk removed, the contact numbers replaced, and all the minor repairs sorted.

Room Tip: The biggest and best apartment is upstairs and has a four poster bed.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012 via mobile

We have stayed in Kontoyiannis House 3 times - 2008, 2009, 2009. Why? We love the village of Kalavasos where friendly Cypriate families live; the village square where the elderly gentlemen gather during the day to drink coffee and play games; the private, sunny and pot plant-filled courtyard of the house; great fresh produce in the area, the central location of the village midway between Larnaca and Limasol, and the fact that overall, you are getting basic self catering accommodation at a good rate. I stress basic, so that your expectations are managed. And the owners are quirky. There are no instructions on arrival - John will meet you at the house and tell you what he remembers, but even he will admit he does not know how to work the TV/satellite. (Tip: the washing machine is outside by the BBQ.) Your welcome pack will always include a bottle of wine (much appreciated), a loaf of local bread, bag of grapes from the family property and sachets of instant coffee and sugar, so remember to ask John for directions to the grocery shop in the adjacent village. In summer, make sure you book with aircon, which costs extra. As for the rest, just relax

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

Nice place to stay to get away from it all but easy 5 min drive to the beach. Very peaceful. Villas immaculate with a brilliant patio to sit out on and enjoy food and drink

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2007

My husband and I stayed at Kontoyiannis House for several days. The apartment was situated on the ground floor. It was pretty standard for a self-catering style apartment. The appeal was in the nice patio and village location. We did not get to spend much time enjoying the patio because it was too cold for most of our visit. I would love to see it in the springtime.

It was a little disconcerting to hear the cars driving by on the narrow village street just outside. You learned to peek around the corner before stepping outside the door. Once we became accustomed to the noise, we found it pretty funny.

We had internet access and satellite TV - although most of the channels were not in English. This is not a luxury establishment, but a very nice, basic accommodation for those who want to be away from the crowds and the hubbub of the city. It is close enough to drive to both Larnaca and Limassol and makes a good base of operations for exploring the country.

  • Liked — away from crowds
  • Disliked — Communication with staff difficult as none were on site.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 103 Makarios Avenue | Kalavassos Village, Larnaka 7733, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Larnaka District > Larnaka
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Ranked #28 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Larnaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kontoyiannis House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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