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Semiramis Hotel
55 Spyrou Kyprianou St. | Pano, Platres 4820, Cyprus   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Platres
2 reviews
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“why can't we have more hotels like this?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

I was born in Cyprus and have lived all my life in this island.. What I have always been looking for was a quiet, relaxing place to spend my weekends and especially a place to go when the temperature in the cities rises up to 37-40 degrees. I had stayed in many hotels in Platres and was disappointed by the greedy owners and generally the high prices. what i experienced in Semiramis was beyond my expectations. Mr Iacovos, his son and his wife made our stay an unforgettable experience. Their kindness, warmth and especially the low prices (which could have been higher considering the rates of the other hotels in the village) make this hotel the best one in Platres. I visit this hotel with my husband and my daughter 3 times a year at least and we really feel like being home. There is no jaccuzi, no swimming pool, no gym and not a buffet breakfast. If you ask for all these just don't go. There are clean rooms, a magnificent view from all the rooms, a tasty breakfast, and excellent food in the owner's village tavern( included in the half board price ), but most importantly there is hospitality since the owner does not behave like a bussiness man, but like a friend. Iacovides family keep on the good job!!!

Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

We have just returned from a short stay in Platres at the Semiramis Hotel (pronounced Sehmeerami), because of the pleasantness of our stay, I thought to write a long overdue review which hopefully will encourage others make a valid choice. OK, this place is not the Hilton and could conceivably be termed as being little more than a moderate stride up from the concept of a B&B, yet for us it was once again a most pleasing, worthwhile and restful experience. The hotel retains its lovely 1920's charm, having been completely revamped and reopened about four years ago, after being left idle for nearly 30 years. We used to stay at another nearby hotel (which is now closed) and watched with interest the remodelling process. Perhaps they could have designed the two floors of letting rooms to have one less room on each floor, because the rooms are quite small yet are definitely in keeping with the whole concept of a 'Bygone Bijou' hotel. So yes despite virtually all the floorboards having been replaced, they do creek and the rooms are not enormous nor are the majority of the bath or shower rooms; also there is no lift, yet with only 10 letting rooms why worry! To some people the beds may well seem a bit hard, but there are ways of dealing with this, and my wife sates that the more firm mattress did help in dealing with a lower back pain! We believe that any visitor can be certain of a friendly and most courteous welcome, and be confident of very clean conditions, within a joyously tranquil and special location. The owners are not greedy and we find their charge most reasonable. However beware the August influx of visitors during the month long Cypriot summer holidays, unless of course your preference is for shindigs and shouting! This 'hotel' offers a pleasant waitress service breakfast. There is a very adequate central heating system for the winter months. There is no air-conditioning system, yet there are none in almost all of the Platres hotels and houses, because of the cool mountain breezes these are considered by most as being unnecessary. On one visit we noticed that there was no bath plug and when making an enquiry about this were told that due to the serious water shortage throughout the Island, the authorities had told the owners to remove them. All in all, surely the Semiramis should meet the need of the vast majority of visitors to Platres, we look forward to planning a return visit..

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for our 5th anniversary, and really enjoyed Platres. The hotel is set in amongst the trees, and we slept with our windows open for both of our two nights, listening to birds singing and the wind in the forest. I was a little hesitant to book here after reading the previous critique of the hotel, but was pleasantly surprised. Upon arrival, a kindly old man helped check us in and spent quite awhile explaining how to access some of the nearby hiking trails. I think he may have been the owner. As for the quality of the rooms - the bed was quite hard and my wife didn't sleep too well on the mattress. However, the room was quite clean, and had a lovely view of the surrounding woods (I spent both mornings reading by the open window, enjoying the sounds and smells of the woods). Breakfast was good, with coffee/tea, ham/bacon, cheeses, fresh fruit, toast & jam, (and eggs one day). My only real complaint was with the supper offered at the "Village Tavern," as a part of the half-board rate. Apparently the same man owns both, and he offers a very lackluster set menu at the Village Tavern for supper. My suggestion would be to request B&B only (NOT Half Board) when booking. I'm not sure what other reviewers expected from this hotel, but for the price I felt like I was treated fairly. Platres was a delight, and I would love to go back for another hiking vacation!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

After viewing the website for this hotel and reading the other reviews we had quite high hopes for this hotel. We were, sadly, mistaken. On arrival the lady on reception was very nice and showed us to our room. That's when things turned sour. We had our 12 year old son with us and requested 1 room with an extra bed for him. The room was tiny. They had placed his bed under the window between the wardrobe and the dressing table therefore blocking access to both. We had to balance our suitcase on a chair to be able to open it and get anything out. When we asked if we could be moved to another room they said that there were non available and that this was one of the largest! That wasn't the worst of it. The room had a really nasty mouldy smell to it which never left even after having all the windows wide open all night. The bathroom was nice with a lovely corner bath, which we looked forward to be able to use but sadly there was no plug, thus only allowing you to have a shower. Why have that lovely big tub in the first place? There were no tea or coffe making facilities, which you would expect from a hotel in the mountains, not even 1 bottle of water or at least some glasses. My husband had to tune in the television himself as they only had 1 channel tuned in. The hotel's main areas were very nicely furnished and decorated but they clearly made no effort in the rooms, leaving just bare walls. After visiting Platres for our evening meal we returned to our hotel at 9 o'clock having decided we would have a drink at the hotel. When we got there the hotel was in total darkness apart from one little lamp that was lit at a table where a gentleman was sitting who asked us if we were staying there and bid us goodnight. So that was that for the night. The next morning we were woken up at 6.30 by the clattering of plates and glasses below our window (which we had to leave open all night because of the smell) which was where they were setting up for breakfast. So we got up for breakfast. Having sat down we realised there was no buffet, which was not a big problem, until they started to bring out the food. There was one plate of fried lounza, bacon and ham, toast and jam and butter. The problem was that my husband being allergic to pork couldn't eat any of this. He therefore went to the kitchen to find a member of staff to ask if they at least had some cereal and was told that they had run out. This in what was supposed to be the high season with a hotel full of people. Some people received juice others were not even offered it. So having finished our "breakfast" we went back to the room and decided to check out instead of staying for the 2 nights we had originally booked. My husband therefore went to reception to ask for the bill and tell them that we were leaving. The lady on reception did not even ask why? This only strengthened our belief that they were used to people being disatisfied with the hotel, or just plainly did not care. It is such a shame as the overall look of the hotel and location is nice. If they had someone who cared a little more and did a little decorating , maybe getting in some more staff the hotel would be wonderful.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

Spend two days in Semiramis Hotel after searching the net and reading the comments from other people that spend time in this hotel. Platres have been and always will be my favorite place in Cyprus. The nature the trees the birds the people the houses the climate. everything!! i hve spend time in other places in Platres before and i decided this time i needed something different more quiet more NATURAL more local more in the forest. Semiramis "looked" and "sounded" like the place i was looking for. so i booked me a room and went there on a Saturday morning to spend a long relaxing weekend.
The place is IN THE TREES and in an amazingly quiet area on the mountain. its walking distance from the village center and busy centre in case you want to see movement of people and cars but its like you are in the wilderness. The hotel is renovated and really confortable and quiet and you can spend your time either in the garden or the indoor sitting rooms without anyone botheringyou except some very rare times and only to ask you if you need anything to drink. Mr Iacovos as well as Alla were very helpfull and very kind. the food in the village tavern owned by the same family was very tasty and included in the half board rate i paid. i will definetly visit again and planning to make it a habit.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2009

What a warm welcome we received! Nothing was too much trouble. Jacovus has so much local knowledge,. He could direct us to interesting places, teach us about nightingales and was always friendly without ever being pushy. Alla and Viki made certain we wanted for nothing and kept our room spotless.

This is not a big plush hotel with luxurious features. It is a family run, caring, friendly place and a joy to stay in.

If you go to Platres, be sure to visit the village restaurant, owned and run by the same family. It is authentic and good value and has the same friendly caring attitude.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

I visited Platres in Nov 08 when it was very very quiet. I checked out four hotels and spoke to some locals. The Semiramis got all the votes. Very interesting design. Very friendly. Bathroom seemed bigger than the bedroom. Very personalised and good breakfast. Only downsides was no food in the evening (the town seemed closed down at 7:30 pm) and we found the bed uncomfortably hard. Otherwise very good.

  • Liked — Design. Atmosphere. Friendly service
  • Disliked — Hard bed. Lack of evening food
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 55 Spyrou Kyprianou St. | Pano, Platres 4820, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Limassol District > Platres
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Platres
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Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Semiramis Hotel, Cyprus. The hotel is owned and managed by Agis Iacovides and family. We are situated in the village of Platres in the Troodos mountains and within easy reach of the islands two main airports (Larnaca & Paphos).The original hotel was built in the early 1900’s and whilst it retains all it’s classic 1920’s style, it now features – following its very recent refurbishment - a refined interior design that blends with traditional hospitality to provide an ambiance that is guaranteed to delight the senses. ... more   less 
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