As previous people have said, the owner Arif is a tremendous host. He is genuinely a really nice guy and always keen to help – even if you wake him from his siesta! He’ll organize your car hire, airport pickup, taxis, restaurant bookings etc. Nothing is too much trouble. The rest of his family and staff are fantastic too – and his mother who sits outside swatting flies and talking to holidaymakers and locals is very entertaining. Within a day or so you really feel part of the family, which enables you to really relax and feel at home – and we spent 10 nights here so got very comfortable.
As others have said, breakfast is very good and the pool is also great. You’ll often have the pool and sun lounge area to yourself as there are only 10 ‘bungalows’.
A 5-10 minute away is the village of Ozankoy that has some a couple of good restaurants and bars. Bellapais has much more to offer and is a 10 minute drive away - some restaurants will even pick you up and drop you off at Five Fingers. While you’re spoilt for choice in Kyrenia/Girne.
We fell in love with this place - so why only the four stars? Well the accommodation itself isn’t that great. It is pretty basic and looking a little rough around the edges. Five Fingers is a low cost option , so I guess you get what you pay for. The beds – and they only has single beds that you can push together – are uncomfortable, there’s no TV or settee to crash on.. In fact, when we first arrived we were really underwhelmed with the place. Then of course we got to know Arif and his family and our whole perception of Five Fingers changed.
If you’re the type of people that need five or four star luxuries then this place is not for you. But if you value a friendly atmosphere and feeling at home in a relaxed environment then you’ll love it here. And anyway, you can always use the very nice spa down the road at the posh – but soul-less Cratos hotel.
Note: If you want to read about the Cyprus troubles from a Turkish perspective - instead of the usual Greek or Western viewpoints - then ask Arif if you can borrow a book in his library called "The Genocide Files" by Harry Scott Gibbons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run business located four km away from the city center, shuttle from and to the city center every 15 minutes for less than one euro per person.Large swimming pool, bar & tv lounge area. Lovely terrace with sea & mountain views. Our restaurant very close by serves local dishes at very good rates. The air-conditioned bedrooms have wooden floors, safe box, flat-screen TV with international channels and a bathroom with hairdryer, the living room with a mini bar & a kettle. Enjoy the Turkish Cypriot hospitality in a comfortable, relax, quiet atmosphere at very good rates. Looking forward to having you at our place. ... more less
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