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“Bellapais Monastery Village, Kyrenia”

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Bellapais Monastery Village
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Bellapais
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“Bellapais Monastery Village, Kyrenia”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

we had a week half board. The hotel was lovely but very hilly with lots of steps. The bedroom was a bit tired looking and the settee needed a good scrub but it was cleaned everyday and replenished with fresh soft towels. The bed and pillows were comfy. It was cold on occasions. One of the best things about this hotel is the food and restaurant. We could choose three courses from an alacarte menu, and everything we had was delicious and well presented. The breakfasts were plentiful and could easily fill you up for the day. The staff in the restaurant were all charming apart from one who lowered the tone a bit, this was commented on by other guests too. He was selective who he spoke to, a bit sarcastic and tried to laugh afterwards to appear charming, He let it down really. But generally, we would definitely go again, excellent value for money- book through mercury direct who were cheaper than the brochures and we couldnt fault them.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed at Bellapais Monastery Village for a week, early February and rated the whole holiday very highly. The hotel is great. We had a room rather than chalet accommodation and, though it was a bit small, had everything we needed with a balcony at the front overlooking the football pitch but beyond that to Kyrenia harbour. I thought the steps, sloping walkways and different levels all added to the hotel's charm. Just shows, from other reviews, that one person's inconvenience is another's charming. All the staff were very helpful, breakfast was great, plenty of choice including full English; we had a couple of evening meals in the restaurant which were OK, nothing stunning but not bad. The indoor pool is disappointingly small, especially as I am a strong swimmer and it was too cold for the outdoor one. But the setting with the mountains as backdrop would make it a fantastic place to swim and chill out. Car hire was especially cheap: we walked down the hill to British Car Hire and got three days for £33, spending £35 on fuel. Don't know if it's any more expensive through the hotel but we were still able to leave the keys at reception for the vehicle to be picked up so didn't have to do the walk back up the hill after dropping it off. Don't miss Katara castle, or a visit to Kyrenia castle and the scenery along the peninsula is stunning. Bellpais village is not to be missed of course, either. We enjoyed some really easy, pleasant walks in fine, not too hot weather. Lovely. Definitely prefer North Cyprus to South and hope to be back again one day.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We return to BMV at end of the month. I decided to have a look at recent reports and I wonder if some of these people actually stay at the same hotel as they're reporting on! For instance reviewer travelingalotlately 23/01/13.

"old indian waiter who only will deal with you if you tip well".

Muhammed must be at least 10 years my junior and I, at 55 years of age, do not class myself as old. Also, no cash exchanges hands. All drinks, meals etc are charged to your room and settled at the end of your stay. There are however boxes in reception, the bar and the restaurant for anyone wishing to leave a tip on departure.

Reviewer DivineDarling 23/01/13.

"I didn't even have breakfast, there was no fresh fruit or decent cereals"

We stay at BMV twice a year, Mch and Oct. Every morning we have cornflakes and fresh fruit along with eggs or a cooked breakfast, juice and coffee. You can choose anything you want from the breakfast menu and this includes fresh fruit!

Various other reviewers are complaining about the number of steps. They must have read reviews prior to going, as they are obviously familiar with Tripadvisor, otherwise they wouldn't be posting a review. All my previous reports mention this fact as do those from many others.

As I stated at the beginning of this report, we return at the end of the month for another 3 weeks. It will be interesting to see if anything has changed, SO DRAMATICALLY, since we left at the end of Oct and I will do another report on my return home. Usually at this time of the year, they are re-decorating rooms (they do them a block at a time so there is minimal disruption for guests), painting the outside of the villas, the walls, public areas and generally getting things ready whilst the hotel is quieter in preparation for the busy season.

Lee and Carol

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Went there in Mar 2012, found it very cold dingy and unappealing Not suitable for the elderly or if you have had a hip replacement forget it. Although it is a nice colonial building it is a far cry from being comfortable and elegant in the least. Breakfast is great however and dinner is not bad.
This place needs a makeover along with the old Indian waiter who only will deal with you if you tip well. This is out of the way and hard to get to. Although they do offer a shuttle service, if you miss it then your stuck!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I moved to this hotel from the lovely Bella View next door purely for the 3 shuttles on offer each day. The hotel itself leaves a lot to be desired but most of the staff are simply the best. First night I decided to try its 'fantastic chef's' offerings and found the restaurant down 2 very steep flights of stone steps, not to be attempted if you have any joint problems. The pool is also at the bottom of these steps but I did find a 'long' short cut to avoid any danger. I tried the restaurant 4 times in all (couldn't believe how bad it was the first time) and only discovered the chef was in Germany on holiday during my entire stay. I made friends with a couple of single women who were staying on half board and wanted me to eat with them. The head waiter actually fought with me over the quality of his food and only backed down when I told him I had a 5* restaurant in Bodrum and had often been chef. If anyone in my place had served up such appalling food they would have been fired instantly. I didn't even have breakfast, there was no fresh fruit or decent cereals.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

My wife and I stayed for a long weekend visiting friends in the Cyprus North. Wonderful room with lovely views across to the sea. Nice and quiet. All staff were wonderful especially the staff for breakfast. The food was well cooked and very appetising. Will certainly return, hopefully when the weather is warmer so that we can anjoy all of the hotels facilities. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

This was a new year holiday with large group of friends who had there own villas but as they had no space we stayed in the Ballapias Monastery Village - firstly it does not look as clean an immaculate as the brochures shows - requested a room with minimal need of stairs and a double bed - when we arrived the room 2002, had no double bed, room was awful tacky and dim but as i had gone to the toilet reception said they would not offer me a new room because i used the loo - how strange is that ! - could not get a decent wash as the pressure from the shower was non existent had trouble washing properly - not to mention that the pipe-work was loose, complained to reception, following day they moved the 2 single beds together and ignored the pluming issue.. just could net get comfortable in this hotel - food just had breakfast and it was bland nothing special + rude waiters who surround you asking what you would like without giving you a minute to make a decision then rudely walking away making a tatting noise as if they were having a sulk....


My Negatives

Poor Quality Room
Poor Shower Pressure
Poor A/C very noisy + grills dirty needs servicing / clean out + complicated to use
No Double bed (requested days before we arrived)
Bed not very comfortable kept having to move about to get comfortable - bedding torn in places
Too far from Kyrenia Town Centre
Steam room not working - indoor pool small did not look very appetizing
Small Lounge / Bar area
Poor sterling FX rate 2.50L hotel // in town got 2.89L


My Positives

Nice Views
We ate at there sister hotel in town "Oscars" - dinner was very good buffet with loads of choice - great salads....


Tips

Try George's Cafe in Town Centre nearby the main car park (lovely breakfasts + sometimes get live music, last day we had Indian Soul)
"Dark and Blue" car hire near the hotel were very reasonable, 96 pounds for a fiesta for the week + good service
The "Tree of Idleness" restaurant in ballapias was very good (opposite the abbey)
Cratos Hotel Casino amazing place

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Bellapais Monastery Village

Property: Bellapais Monastery Village
Address: Girne Via Mersin 10 | Bellapais Road Kyrenia, Bellapais 9944, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Kyrenia District > Bellapais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Bellapais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bellapais Monastery Village 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Excellent sea and forest view near the Bellapais monastery Bellapais Monastery Village is a luxury hotel which is located in a quiet position in the foothills of the Five Finger mountain range. It stands close to Bellapais Abbey and commands panoramic views of Kyrenia town, the new harbour and surrounding countryside. Kyrenia itself is approximately 3 km. away. ... more   less 
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