Arriving at the Malpas Hotel in Kyrenia was a blessed relief after a long week on business in Nicosia. The hotel was further out from the town centre than I had expected and the taxi ride cost me 20 YTL (including the tip). The foyer was spacious and pleasant.
The reception staff were welcoming and generally helpful throughout my stay, although their English is limited - I wouldn't want to ask for anything complicated. My room comprised twin beds and a full bathroom (although I had to ask for a bath plug before I could fill a bath with bubbles and climb in - but this seems to be common practice in Northern Cyprus - they like to save water).
Entering the restaurant was slightly disappointing only because there was no one in charge and I had to ask to be shown to a table. There was plenty of space and I enjoyed dining al fresco on the terrace outside. Apart from the odd welcome, the restaurant was largely very good - a good selection of food from the buffet and you could have as much as you wanted as often as you wanted. Staff were very pleasant. I know it's a five-star hotel, but I still found the cost of drinks shocking - 8 YTL for a 330 cl beer and 55 YTL for a bottle of mediocre Cyprus wine - a real shame.
The pool is down several steps across two flights, so not for the infirm or disabled. When you get there, there are two large circular pools with plenty of space for a swim. At 5' 11" I was never out of my depth. Plenty of sunbeds and staff to put the brolleys up when you need them to. There is a cafe bar for food and drink - not particulary cheap, but I was on their full board tariff - 165 YTL per day for room and three meals, which honestly takes some beating for the overall quality of service.
They have a private beach with a shuttle service - don't know what it's like as I couldn't be bothered to go (preferred just to laze around the pool). They also run a shuttle service to Kyrenia, but this isn't very frequent and the last run at 4.00 pm wasn't really ideal for me, but saved another taxi.
In five star terms, it's pretty average but in value for money terms I thought it was outstanding. I'll be going again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Malpas Hotel & Casino is an exclusive 5* Luxury Resort nestled in a quiet corner of Cyprus overlooking the Five-Finger Mountain range and the beautifully tranquil Mediterranean Sea. Complementing a stunning location, The Malpas Hotel & Casino is the perfect destination for romantic getaways - family leisure breaks - or ideal for functions and conferences. Malpas Hotel & Casino offers state-of-the-art facilities and incorporates luxurious modern amenities in its all-encompassing accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malpas Hotel And Casino
- Malpas Hotel Catalkoy
- Malpas Hotel Kyrenia
- Malpas Hotel & Casino Cyprus/Catalkoy