The second largest city on the island of Cyprus – also known as Lemesos – is known for its centuries-old castle which sits at the heart of a characterful historic centre full of laneways, quaint residences and modern boutiques. We’ve found the city’s best hotels, from luxurious spa escapes for couples, to beachside resorts for families and convenient hotels for business travellers.
This hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Limassol, having been run by the same family since 1963. In 2010 it underwent a dramatic renovation and was transformed into a sleek contemporary hotel designed by architect Sotiris Psaras to epitomise laid back luxury with a touch of modern whimsy. The glass facade floods the relaxed lobby lounge bar with natural light, and there’s a sun-kissed pool terrace with another casual bar and restaurant. For something fancier, book a table at the Polo Bar Restaurant, which specialises in grill and Italian dishes. The stylish rooms cater mainly to couples, and the executive suite boasts a jacuzzi.
If it’s serious indulgence you’re after, check into this five-star hotel which boasts 180-degree views of the ocean from every room. Choose from a romantic bedroom or a seafront cabana with a private pool, or splash out on the rooftop duplex suite: they have floor-to-ceiling windows, a private rooftop garden with a pool and a cosy lounge. When it comes to dining, there’s plenty to choose from, including Matsuhisa Limassol by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and Ristorante Locatelli, which follows in the footsteps of London’s Michelin-starred restaurant headed by chef Giorgio Locatelli. The spa is just as impressive – think signature treatments such as the signature Amara Aroma Journey that begins with a delicate honey, and crushed rose petals body scrub and concludes with a facial.
This family-run hotel is ideal for guests who are looking for a hotel offering full- and half-board that’s close to Limassol’s many attractions. It’s just a 10-minute walk to the Limassol Marina, the renowned Medieval castle in the Old City, the buzzing nightlife of Saripolou Square and the main shopping streets. Hotel guests also have access to the upscale Limassol Marina Beach, with its golden sands, palm trees and shallow waters that are ideal for children. The cosy rooms can sleep up to three guests. A pool area adjoins the Nefeli Restaurant, the main dining venue that serves an extensive international buffet.
Looking for an affordable hotel that still boasts luxurious amenities? The four-star Ajax Hotel in the centre of Limassol is within walking distance of the seafront promenade and has indoor and outdoor pools, a children’s playground, tennis court, fitness centre and a Japanese-inspired spa that offers guests access to a thermal suite with a Finnish sauna, steam bath and hot tub. The 170 rooms and suites are elegantly decorated and can sleep up to three people. Looking for a bite to eat? The Ekavi Restaurant overlooking the pool and gardens offers refined Mediterranean cuisine, or grab a light snack at the pool bar. After dinner, head to the Ulysses Bar for a nightcap – there’s even live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Located in the leafy beachside suburb of Germasogeia, this resort-style hotel offers guests an authentic experience away from busy city life. There are 138 rooms catering to everyone from solo travellers and business travellers to couples, groups of friends and families. Each room is decorated in a soothing, Mediterranean colour palette and has either full or partial sea views. Cycling enthusiasts will feel right at home – the hotel has partnered with a local bike store for rentals and offers guests secure storage and a complimentary map of local cycling routes. When you get back to the hotel, rest any sore muscles in the on-site sauna.
This five-star hotel has everything you need for a relaxing holiday on-site. There are 204 rooms, including 13 suites, an enormous outdoor pool and three restaurants – the Dionysos buffet restaurant, Akakiko Japanese fusion restaurant, and Meze by Elliniko, which specialises in local cuisine. The spa is a highlight. It’s decked out in natural timber and stone and boasts a Dead Sea climatological room, a well-equipped gym, indoor pool and seven treatment rooms. Try the detox package that includes a seaweed bath, slimming seaweed wrap, massage and facial.
Looking for a beach hotel close to the city centre? You won’t find anything closer than the four-star Crowne Plaza Limassol – which is also the only international brand hotel in the city. There are a variety of rooms and suites ideal for both leisure and business travellers, and each benefits from the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage programme, with luxury bedding, aromatherapy and dedicated Quiet Zones. Looking to enjoy the outdoors? There’s a private beach, outdoor pool with sun terrace and even outdoor sea-view jogging routes. Inside, you’ll find a heated pool, 24-hour gym, sauna and steam rooms, and a spa offering treatments including Swedish, aromatherapy or thermal stone massages.
Travelling to Limassol for work? This three-star hotel has 159 rooms, including superior suites with terraces and balconies, and facilities perfectly suited to business travellers – think two conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, two restaurants and a health club. Guests with young children are also well looked after, with a children’s swimming room and playground. Want to get out and explore the city? The hotel is just 100m (328ft) from the beach and within easy walking distance to the zoo, Limassol Municipal Gallery, the city’s archaeological museum and the old town.
Step inside a slice of Limassol’s history at this boutique hotel in an 18th-century building in the old town that was formerly the city’s town hall. The two-story hotel, built around a central courtyard with an olive tree at its centre, is a celebration of architectural finesse. The 22 rooms are accessed via an imposing marble staircase, and each has a unique design with elegant furnishings paired with solid cypress floors, local stone and bronze details. The on-site restaurant is known for its pancakes, which are a popular brunch item. Fun fact: owner Natali Martini named the hotel after her great-grandfather, a successful entrepreneur who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955 for his social contributions to Cyprus.
This resort-style hotel has been designed with family holidays in mind. There are a variety of room types from deluxe bedrooms to spacious family rooms that can sleep two adults and two children, as well as child-friendly facilities including a children’s swimming pool, babysitting and the Angel Kids Club. There’s also a Blue Flag beach directly in front of the hotel, and the friendly concierge team is on hand to help plan a fun family itinerary, including visits to the castle, the archaeological museum, the zoo and the Watermania Fasouri Water Park.