Larnaca, on the south coast of Cyprus, is known for buzzy beachfront bars, long sandy beaches such as Finikoudes and Mackenzie, the impressive Zenobia wreck diving site and a history that can be traced back more than 3,000 years to its foundation just after the Trojan war. Here’s our guide to the port city’s best places to stay.
Finikoudes Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in southern Cyprus, famed for its towering palm trees, calm waters and Blue Flag status. Just 50 metres from its shore, on the vibrant Zenonos Kitieos street, you’ll find this modern, family-friendly hotel. There are double rooms for couples, twin rooms for friends travelling together and family rooms that can sleep up to four, all with air conditioning and futuristic lighting features. There’s a rooftop pool with city views and a bar that serves drinks and simple snacks throughout the day, and it’s just a ten-minute drive to the airport.
Located in the heart of Larnaca, just 20 metres from Finikoudes Beach, this family-run hotel offers both rooms and apartments. The hotel rooms cater to solo travellers and couples who want to relax and be looked after, while the apartments are ideal for families or groups of friends looking for self-catering options. There’s also an expansive three-bedroom apartment, which boasts a fully equipped kitchen, sea view balcony and generous living room. A Greek-style buffet breakfast, including pastries, fresh fruit and cooked options, is included for hotel guests and those staying in apartments have the option to upgrade.
This conveniently located hotel is in the centre of Larnaca, just 50 metres from the palm tree-lined promenade of Finikoudes Beach, and it’s perfectly suited to couples in search of a simple and affordable hotel. There are three room types to choose from — Standard, Superior and Grand Superior — and each has a comfortable bed and a balcony or patio. It’s also set up to cater to business travellers, with a business centre and meeting room facilities. Guests are treated to complimentary wine and fresh fruit on arrival.
If you’re looking for a relaxing city escape in the heart of Larnaca, check out Saint Elena Boutique Hotel. Hidden away in a quiet side street, it boasts a range of amenities that allow guests to truly unwind. There’s a cosy lounge with antique sofas, a library and a fireplace for colder winter months, a well-stocked bar for celebrating a special occasion, an outdoor pool with sun loungers, and an indoor pool and sauna. The rooms are ornately decorated with patterned wallpapers, elegant vintage furniture and designer lighting. Most rooms also have a furnished balcony overlooking the city’s streets.
If you’re planning a holiday to Larnaca on a budget and you want to be right in the centre of the action, book a room at the Hai Hotel. It’s located on Finikoudes Beach within easy walking distance of all the shops and restaurants of Larnaca city and is just five minutes from the airport. There are 11 simple yet comfortable rooms accommodating up to four guests, and all rooms feature air conditioning and heating. Looking for equally affordable cuisine? Check out Maqam Al Sultan. It’s just around the corner from Hai Hotel and serves up tasty meze dishes, seasoned meat and freshly cooked bread.
If you’re looking for a romantic escape, this tranquil resort-style hotel perched on the water’s edge in Larnaca Bay is just a 10-minute drive from the centre yet feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The modern architecture and interiors are a celebration of coastal chic — think neutral linens, plenty of timber and breezy sheer curtains — and there’s even a private beach. Guests have access to an outdoor pool surrounded by an impressive timber deck and a well-equipped fitness centre. There are also two bars and the Marique Restaurant, which has a live cooking station and hosts different themed buffet nights.
This trendy hotel has everything you need for a relaxing city break. The bold architectural building is located by the busy Ermou Square and houses 16 chic suites decorated with velvet headboards, gilded mirrors and chandeliers, including some with balconies. The Earth Spa & Wellness Centre offers a range of indulgent treatments, such as the Chocolate Truffle Signature Body Treatment. There are also treatments designed specifically for pregnancy, including the Mummy Muscle Release massage. Had a night out on the town? Book a table at Mingle Cafe for a recovery brunch — the aptly named Hangover Burger will sort you right out. Or go for a healthy, fruit-packed acai bowl if you’re feeling more virtuous.
Located opposite the famous ninth-century Church of St Lazarus and just a short walk from the beach, this bright boutique hotel offers affordable accommodation and charm in equal measure. There are 13 comfortable rooms decorated in traditional island style — think stone details and vibrant blue and white furnishings — and several rooms boast tea and coffee-making facilities and small refrigerators. If you’ve had your fill of beach days, relax on the sun terrace with a glass of local wine and a good book.
Planning to dive the famous Zenobia shipwreck? This adults-only boutique hotel is ideally located near Mackenzie Beach, which is just in front of the dive site. There are 51 artfully decorated rooms, as well as a Junior Executive Suite and a Grand Executive Suite. The Enigma Restaurant offers a fine dining experience, with dishes such as seafood ceviche or crab and lobster tortellone, while the Gambino Bar crafts exquisite cocktails — get into the holiday mood with a strawberry margarita. There’s also a 25-metre outdoor pool and a gym that offers a variety of aerobics classes.
This affordable family-run hotel has just 18 rooms and suites, from single rooms to double deluxe sea view rooms — and all are decorated in the island’s traditional white-washed style with a splash of colour and sleek lighting details. It’s just minutes to the beach, but if you don’t fancy getting sandy there’s also a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym that offers a variety of fitness classes. The Island Restaurant epitomises relaxed Mediterranean vibes with a beachside location and a menu of local dishes, such as fresh fish and salads.