I have stayed at the Asty a few times and it continues to be excellent . It is a Cypriot family owned hotel and opened in the 1960s as the Hilarion Hotel with one story and 10 rooms. It has been regularly upgraded since then and is now a modern and very comfortable hotel. In the old tradition ,it has a lovely lounge and library for relaxing and reading , a dinning room with excellent breakfast buffet and a bar with comfortable seating. Also a gym in basement .There is free wifi in rooms that works well , satellite TV with foreign stations in English,German and Russian . There is Al Jazerra news in English and movie channels. Breakfast is excellent and included in room rate . Cereals,toast,cakes, jams, dried fruit ,yogurt, cold meats, salad and cheeses, fruit juice ,tea/coffee ,fresh fruit , & eggs,bacon,potatoes and tomatoes (freshly cooked) The Cypriot staff are all very friendly and helpful , many have worked at the hotel for many years. There are 2 excellent upmarket rooms called the Colour Room and the Zebra room , both decorated according to the name . I have been upgraded to the Zebra room which is really nice, large and comfortable.
There is a free shuttle bus into the centre of Nicosia . They can also collect you from airports in Paphos or Larnaca for a charge. Yesterday ,I booked through www.booking.com and paid only Euros45- , good value . Now and again,the hotel has a free Cyprus BBQ in the evening , BBQ chicken and pork with salad ,dips and bread, desserts and beer or wine or whisky. It is all free of charge for guests staying at the hotel ( including alcohol) and a great idea to generate repeat business. I was lucky to arrive on the free dinner evening and it was really a good meal, with 3 small beers. They also have free tea/coffee and juice with biscuits and cake all day and can arrange lunch or dinner on request (no menu ) .The hotel has a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor for 2011 and 2012 , both hanging in the reception area. It is not the Hilton level but I can highly recommend this hotel in Nicosia. I will always use it .
Ask for Zebra Room or Colours Room , pay a bit more ,but fantastic decor and value .
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