The capital of Cyprus lies along the Pedieos River and is a city divided. The south, also known as Lefkosia, is part of the Republic of Cyprus, while the north is the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Explore both sides of this unique city by crossing the Green Line UN buffer zone – you’ll discover ancient ruins, Venetian walls and plenty of museums. This is our pick of the best hotels in Nicosia, from luxury adults-only boutique hotels for couples, to convenient business hotels for work trips.
Located in the heart of the old city, this hotel is conveniently situated for business and leisure travellers alike. It’s an easy walk to Nicosia’s main shopping and cultural district, and the Filoxenia Conference Centre and main foreign embassies are all within 2.5km (1.5mi). Guests also have access to Centrum’s work spaces and meeting rooms. Choose from modern standard and family rooms, or the atmospheric traditional rooms, which are located in a renovated wing of the hotel that dates back to 1912. Looking for a local restaurant? The on-site Byzantine tavern serves traditional Cypriot meze, such as grilled halloumi, hummus, loukanika (Cypriot sausages) and dolmades.
Business travellers to Nicosia – as well as leisure travellers seeking a quiet location – will love this boutique adults-only hotel found just three kilometres (1.9mi) from the centre. The modern rooms are decorated in a mix of natural timber and pretty pastels, and boast large desks for guests needing to work during their stay. The all-day rooftop bar has views over the city and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet breakfast is a highlight, with local pastries such as halloumopita (halloumi pie) and tiropita (cheese pie), as well as eggs and fresh fruit.
This independent business hotel is located in the heart of Nicosia’s business district, and has 62 rooms, including eight luxurious suites and family rooms ideal for those combining business and leisure travel. Need to book a restaurant for a convenient business lunch? The hotel’s Demetra Restaurant is an elegant space with an international menu – think prime beef cuts, baby chicken and smoked salmon. After dinner, head to Dionysos Bar for a cocktail or glass of wine. You might even be treated to live music from a local band.
The owner of this boutique hotel is architect Birgül Beyatlı, who has restored this 13th-century building in the centre of Nicosia to its former glory to create a designer guest house with plenty of personality – think checkerboard marble floors, colourful window shutters and original stone walls contrasted with pristine white walls. There are seven individually designed twin and double rooms, including a disabled access room, which are ideal for couples looking for a romantic one-of-a-kind experience in Nicosia. Some rooms also feature a sofa bed, allowing them to sleep up to four guests.
Nicosia is the administrative and financial centre of Cyprus, and demand for business hotels is high. The Almond Business Suites – located within easy reach of the city’s embassies, consulates and government offices – offers some of the city’s most spacious suites, with 32 luxurious 60sqm (650sqft) apartments spread over eight floors. Each apartment features a separate bedroom and sitting room, air conditioning and wifi. The hotel also offers 24-hour secretarial, translating, postal and courier services, as well as a conference room that can be used for lunches. Need to unwind after a long day? Head to the well-equipped gym, or enjoy a drink on the terrace.
This charming family-run guesthouse is located in an old mansion on the historical Girne Avenue in North Nicosia and used to belong to the current owner’s great grandmother. This historic street, which leads to the Kyrenia Gate, is part of the main shopping and dining district in the city, and the hotel is within easy walking distance to popular Turkish restaurants such as the İskemleci and Bibliotheque. There are seven quaint rooms, including two family rooms, and the streetside Konak Cafe that is great for coffee and people-watching. The hotel restaurant serves local, homemade fare throughout the day.
Looking for a relaxing spa escape or a romantic couples getaway in Nicosia? Head to this serene wellness retreat on the quiet outskirts of the city. The rooms are a celebration of boho chic style – think rope artfully transformed into hanging curtains and pendant lights, ornate wallpaper and natural timber – with a choice of either river or mountain view suites. The Cocoon Spa, however, is the real highlight. Indulge in treatments such as the aromatherapy facial or the Stepping Stone to Tranquility massage. There’s also a restaurant serving a holistic, healthy menu with dishes such as the Healthytarian buckwheat and oyster mushroom salad, and the Palette of Green Joy vegetable plate.
Why not extend your holiday and see more of Cyprus? These are the best boutique hotels in the country, bookable on Culture Trip.
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