My wife and I have been to Cyprus many times, on this visit we needed to be near to Erimi for a funeral. The closest hotel of any note seemed to be the 4 star Episkopiana Hotel. Our decision to book into this establishment resulted in the worst experience I've ever encountered while in hotel accommodation abroad. I should have realised our mistake immediately when we saw what met us at reception. There was an aged gentleman dressed in a leather biker jacket (later to me named 'Hostel' man by my wife from the horror movie). To say that English was his second language would only be a guess! He checked us in and told us that we would have to pay fully in advance, we later found out why. His customer service was questionable to say the least. When issuing our big metal key he pointed behind me and said "first floor"! The elevator was certainly an experience I don't wish to repeat. The doors resembled a guillotine and you were lucky to make it to the right floor with all your limbs intact. We passed a tray of food and drink which was left outside a room and was still there the next day. The large metal key had to be inserted into a metal box to operate the very meager lighting in the room we were allocated. The patio doors wouldn't open, the whole room and corridor smelt like somebody had died in them. The twin beds were draped with a very old fashioned covers which didn't look like they'd been cleaned in quite a while. The pillows stank of cigarette smoke and the overall decor was very institutional. The worst part though was the bathroom, the fittings were very old and the bath and shower were extremely mouldy and covered with scale. The towells were very hard from constant laundering, we very quickly decided that we weren't prepared to stay in a dump like this but unfortunately we had arrived too late at night to go elsewhere. We took our lives in our hands and travelled back down the elevator to inform 'hostel man' of our decision. He agreed and told us that we would be able to get a refund when the manager arrived the next morning. We spent the night here, against our better judgement. But when we woke the next day covered in mosquito bites from an infestation in the room I wish we'd slept in the car!! The rest of the hotel is staffed by elderley ladies & gentlemen, we ordered breakfast from one of them even though there was no menu and we received a pitiful plate of bacon and eggs. The tea bags were supplied with a pot of cold water. Wi-fi.......no chance. The pro's are that you will have plenty of room in the car park and no queue at reception. I don't know how The Episkopiana Hotel managed to achieve and maintain a 4 Star rating, I wouldn't give it one star! We eventually got a refund and left for decent accommodation, The Aquarius Beach Hotel in Limassol.
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- Episkopiana Hotel Limassol