14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I cannot understand anyone who does not enjoy their stay here. We always stay here - we have been at least 8 or 9 times in 7 years.
We would not think of staying anywhere else. Excellent location. Many bars/restaurants/supermarkets etc within 10 minutes walk. Staff are excellent, friendly and very helpful.
This is NOT a 5 star hotel.,but hotel & rooms are clean and more than adequate.
Best advice is to go B & B...as there are many dining options within walking distance and all at reasonable prices. There is always an option to eat at the hotel, should you not wish to go out.
Don't expect an ''English Breakfast''....Breakfast is fairly basic with choice of cereal, eggs, beans, bread & Turkish options.
Full English breakfasts can be obtained in local cafes - should you be desperate for one. Good 'value for money' hotel. Will be returning very soon."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of November 2015
"Arrived mid evening after travelling all day via Istanbul so was really tired, we was then taken over the road to the self catering apartments away from the main complex [and facilities]
We were put into a two bedroom apartment which my wife and I thought strange as there was only the two of us and we'd booked a one bedroom bungalow! We complained to the reception after walking back across to the main complex and was told we'd be moved tomorrow. That night it started to dawn on us why we'd been given a two bedroom apartment, it was built on top of a machine room and the noise was awful and relentless all night [it was obviously turned down by every other guest]
The next morning after neither of us having had any sleep through the noise of the machine room all night we went across the road to the main complex again looking for a change of room as promised. We were then told nothing was available and could we spend another night in our room and they would find us another room tomorrow as they would have two rooms available and we could take our choice, We reluctantly agreed as we didn't have much choice and spent another night with the noise but we were now so tired we slept a little despite the noise.
Again the next morning across the road we went to be told one of the two rooms had gone and only one was left. We went to look at the room but it was so small and the shower was tiny and the whole apartment shabby so we decided we'd probably get used to the noise in our
apartment and we'd stay there.
A few more night's passed and we were just starting to get used to the relentless noise when we awoken to a new noise of the maintenance man hitting pipes in the machine room at 07:45
Well at least he might cure the problem and we'd get some sleep tonight we thought! Oh how wrong can you be that night the original noise was five times worse and sounded like a road drill going off every 20 seconds all day and night!!!
Again we went over the road to the main complex and told reception and asked when they got a minute to come and have a listen as the noise was now worse. NOBODY EVER CAME TO LISTEN TO THE NOISE AND NOTHING WAS EVER DONE!!!!
It was a complete waste of time complaining.
I would not stay at this hotel again and would not recommend it, as well as the noise, the furniture in the apartment was hard wicker garden furniture, the tap had problems with the pressure, the shower head sprayed water everywhere and the mirror in the bathroom had a defect running through it that made me look distinctly odd.
The maid service was barely adequate and we had to ask for toilet roll on two occasions, and as for the food it was appalling with everything swimming in grease so we decided to eat out.
- Travel date: Fri 31st of October 2014
Good quality, friendly atmosphere, reasonable price.
"Booked two weeks half board at alinkaya bungalows one week before we were due to travel and did not really know what to expect. No worries. The room we had slept three easily and was surprised by the amount of space.Fridge, tv,huge wardrobe and free air-con. Good shower and always hot water. Food was generally good and i found there was plenty of choice at breakfast.A good sized pool and attractive gardens.All the staff were unfailingly polite, relaxed, friendly and helpful.
The accommodation is sited about a mile from Kyrenia with its picuresque harbour and castle and good dolmus links to surrounding beaches and towns,( including Nicosia).We had a great time exploring North Cyprus and it was always a pleasure to return to Altikaya. I would recommend Alinkaya to explorers and pool-side dwellers alike and would have no hesitation in using again."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of August 2013
Could do better with a little coordination
"I booked on line through an specialist agent and it said a free room upgrade (???) I opted for a hotel room at extra cost as well, and half board for a week stay.
On arrival late at night the gardens and pool and guest areas were beautiful, our room with a balcony facing at back of hotel was average condition but clean with good air conditioning. The bathroom was poorly maintained and dated with no handbasin plug ,very loose bath grip rail & toilet seat, very rusty shower riser rail and leaky shower head and wall hairdryer concertina hose shredded in two places so unuseable.There was filled holes in tiles and black mould on grouting and this was a room upgrade ?
The breakfast buffet was acceptable with a basic selection but things ran out and slow to replace with a feeling of rationing. The evening meal was disapointing and bland with repeated and limited choice.We did not know soup was a starter until day 3 but you have to ask for it so we had a salad starter and when we tried the soup we did not bother again.The sweet was melon or square spongebased iced cake that looked good but no taste.There was a long wait for the served main course with self service salad and sweet.
The staff ( waiters especially) were very pleasant and hard working but nobody appeared to coordinate or manage them.I was told by others staying there that complaining got you nowhere.Thursday night was strange BBQ night (served one piece at a time at intervals on your plate) but had two excellent singers for the weeks only entertainment.
The pool side bar was very good value and the snack menu excellent quality (try the club sandwiches)
The lesson is check guest reviews before booking as the claimed hotel facilities can be misleading (I am still looking for the roof top restaurant) it might make them up their game so everyones a winner."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of June 2011
Nice and friendly - but don't believe everything you read!
"We have just returned from spending 6 days at the Altinkaya. We were in the hotel where the room was very nice and clean and had a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities which we found very useful after a day's sight seeing.
The staff were absolutely superb - friendly and polite at all times - and went out of their way to help.
Unfortunately we found the food to be sadly lacking in quality, quantity and choice. Breakfast consisted of the same every day - a choice of cornflakes, tired looking fruit/salad, tinned spam, rubbery eggs, mushrooms, cocktail frankfurters and toast. The evening meal was very basic. Salad or soup for starter and no choice for main course. One night we had meatballs (more like 3 small spicy meat patties) which were still raw in the middle. Another night it was 5 chicken cubes on a skewer. Every meal was served with chips and rice.
The best night food wise was the New Year Gala dinner. This was an excellent night with suberb entertainment and typical Turkish fare throughout the night. (We did have to pay a hefty supplement for this though!)
The other major disappointment was the lack of facilities as described both in brochures and on the hotel's website. We were expecting an indoor pool, fitness room and sauna and had packed our gym kits and swimming cossies. When we asked where the pool/sauna/gym were we greeted with "What Indoor pool? We haven't had that for years!" When we pointed out that the website describes how relaxing the pool and sauna are we were told that the website "is very out of date"!!
All in all we had a very relaxing break away from the cold damp weather of England. We hired a car to get around to other parts of TRNC and found some lovely fish restaraunts and cafes serving amazing food at reasonable prices so were able to make up for the evening meal by eating well at lunchtimes."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of January 2008
not posh but we love it
"The Altinkaya has been around a bit now and doesn't match the plush new hotels in terms of facilities and grandeur. But there is something about the place that turns Victor Meldrews into happy, friendly people and with the excellent staff, it is a place that people return to year after year. It is our 3rd visit.
Staying at the new main building is slightly more expensive than the bungalows but worth it: the bungalows are looking a bit tired these days. Rooms are fairly basic but very clean and well positioned. The pool is excellent - size wise and cleanliness. Meals are very good value - eg fresh bream for 14 lire (Â£6). The location of the hotel is also good being a mile or so from Kyrenia and Bellapais, although a good restaurant or bar within easy walking distance would be a boon.
The hotel scores highest through its staff. They are so genuinely friendly and helpful that they really make the holiday.
Booking direct and travelling from Larnaca (The hotel will arrange a taxi) is a lot cheaper than holiday operators, and is more direct."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of October 2007
Chill out at Altinkaya
"We stayed at the Altinkaya Residence which is on the other side of the road to the Hotel, So it was much quieter than the main hotel.The mini villa's are very pleasant, coffee and tea making facilities and a fridge were provided. The bedroom is on a gallery. nice and clean and the beds were comfy. Maid srevice was daily clean towels and a general tidy.
Pool area was very clean, there were enough sunbeds for when we were there but not sure about when they are at full capacity.
The staff were friendly and helpful although we didnt spend any time at the main hotel. If you like your breakfast though, forget it. There was hardly any selection, Just 1 cereal, unlucky if you dont like cornflakes. 1 type of cheese and yoghurt, eggs were not cooked on demand so after being sat in the hotplate they resembled rubber balls this also includes the omelettes. After a couple of days this become very boring. The serving area also was not very spacious so everyone was falling over themselves.
Quite a few local restaurants do 'full english' but be warned they are not that close. Evening meals set menu, boring , never ate there.
Lemar sumermarket is not that far away you are able to take food to the villas but not to the hotel, also they charge a lot for water so buy it locally should cost about 1-2 ytl.
They do have a courtesy bus into Girne but it is not very frequent.
there is no bus service on the road that runs outside Altinkaya, Pick them up from central bus station in Girne.you need to have a car to get about. or a good set of legs.
Overal we had a really nice holiday, ideal for a chill out and rest, I would recommend it and we will certainly go back there"
- Travel date: Mon 17th of September 2007
If you want to chill this is the place
"After arriving late at night after a endless journey via turkey, surely direct flights must come soon, we were greeted by a member of staff who welcomed us and took our luggage. we were in a hotel room which was more than adequate . We arrived down in the bar in need of a cold beer (Efes) we were given a few snacks which went down really well, When we woke in the morning we were greeted with a beautiful view of the pool the sun was shining, what more could you want in March.
The breakfast is in the bar area of the hotel, the food is not bad mind you after a couple of days it gets a bit boring but it is always hot and fresh. We were booked for half board but with so many restaurants nearby it was too tempting not to eat out, also not too expensive either.
The hotel itself is just lovely, if you want to sit on the leather sofas and watch tv or read you can, or sit around the pool area and people watch. The local area has changed since my last visit 2 years ago, there is now a nice pastry shop opposite, and down the road a new bar/club has opened up the area certainly is looking up,
The reason for our visit was to buy a property which we were lucky enough to do so, so when we are holidaying here we will still visit Altinkaya to have a beer and a chat overall it is a good clean welcoming place, you can do lots or just chill it really is all you need."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of May 2007
Looked good, but....
"I stayed in one of the single storey "bungalows". The rooms are very basic (not a problem), but it was fairly obvious that the floors had not been cleaned between the previous occupiers leaving and my arriving. Bedding was fine, but curtains were hanging off their rails, etc and taps were loose. Shower looked as though it needed throwing out and replacing. The cleaners did not seem to possess a vacuum cleaner, which was odd as the bedroom was carpeted.
On the plus side, water for showering etc was plentiful, bungalow was nicely situated, air con worked and bed comfortable. There were no restrictions concerning bringing in your own food/drinks and there were shops/restaurants nearby + the resturants in Bellapais transport customers to/from the restaurant.
The main hotel building was very pleasant and clean and staff friendly and helpful 24/7. Prices seemed very reasonable. Breakfast was good (on Tues, Wed), but seemed to deteriorate in terms of choice by Thurs.
I would definitely stay there again, but would choose either a hotel room or one of the new "apartments". This would be a shame, because if the bungalows were properly refurbished, they would be ideal - especially for a lone traveller who enjoys a little company without having to 'mix' all the time."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of November 2006
Quiet but nice
"My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights whilst buying property in Northern Cyprus.
As it was out of season it was very quiet.
The staff were friendly and the rooms very clean.
Breakfast was included and was adequate.
Would stay again without hesitation."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of October 2006
Friendly and cosy
"We stayed at the Altinkaya for two weeks in September 2006. We arrived at about 2030 but were warmly welcomed by reception.The staff cooked us up a fresh meal which was tasty and most appreciated considering the hour. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis in one of the two roomed bungalows.
This is not a 4 star hotel and misses out on the finer points but none the less it was clean and comfortable but fittings in bathroom were somewhat dated.
Rooms were cleaned on a daily basis with daily clean towels.
Swimming pool was a bit jaded but welcome but there was hogging of the sun beds( and there wasn't a German in sight)
Breakfast was generally good but choice of fruit was disappointing. Evening meals were variable from excellent to indifferent. We ate out most evenings.
Reception was excellent. Mansur was forever cheerful and happy and Sandra,hotel rep,couldn't do enough for her guests.
A large supermarket nearby- Le Mar- provided all our needs. As is common abroad,the hotel charged for water at an inflated price but we were able to buy plenty in Le Mar and store it in the efficient fridge in our room. Television and phone also provided.
Not a four star hotel but we enjoyed our stay,warts and all, and would go back again with no hestitation."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of September 2006
Altinkaya was warm and friendly
"Like "Disappointed" of London, I was a visitor to the Altinkaya in March this year, but the hotel he or she saw then was not the one I encountered on my visit.
Maybe the staff had changed (or the weather!) but my welcome there was a much warmer one.
Like our friend from London, I also arrived early in the morning in Kyrenia (2am-ish), but the young man at reception was only too happy to open the bar and dispense a few ice-cold Efes (beer) before I hit the hay.
Considering the Altinkaya is rated only two stars officialy, I was delighted with my room on the second floor (no lift, incidentally).
It was not at all cramped, had a good-sized balcony that looked on to the swimming pool, and had all the usual things (air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, bath, power shower, etc) you'd expect to find in hotels more highly "starred".
So a winner right away as far as accommodation went. Breakfast was taken across the road, and, again, it was up to the mark. Not five-star repast, true, but I did not imagine for a moment that it would be.
This was my third visit to North Cyprus since 2002, and, like everywhere else, you get what you pay for.
If I had looked for better than the Altinkaya, and booked in at the Dome Hotel near Kyrenia harbour, I know breakfast would have been altogether more lavish affair. I hadn't, so I considered the more modest Altinkaya offering perfectly acceptable.
Returning to the main hotel complex, which is a mixture of studios, hotel rooms, apartments and terraced villas, I made good use of the pretty sun terrace, without ever daring to dip more than a toe into the swimming pool's icy waters.
Yes, it was a disappointment that the indoor pool area was "under development", but not such an enormous letdown as to spoil my holiday.
I travelled with Jewels of the World (was perfectly happy with them), and had been upgraded to half board. However, I dined in only once or twice over the week, preferring instead to check out the many village restaurants about a 15-20 minute wak away.
Again, it was good, honest fare at the Altinkaya. Nothing to give Gordon Ramsay (famed British chef) anything to worry about, but decent enough considering I was virtually getting it for free.
The Altinkaya is perhaps three quarters of a mile way from the main "biz" in Kyrenia, with little around it other than a souvenir shop. However, a bonus was the fact that a well-stocked Lemar supermarket is just a 100 yards or so away.
Very handy for stocking up on essential items such as brandy and beer!
Now, here's where things get a tad difficult. Because the Altinkaya as a pay mini-bar set-up, you'll see notices pinned up in the hotel stating that the only beverages you are allowed to bring in are tea and coffee.
Well, tell that to the marines! I felt no shame at all in bringing in a bottle of local hooch to warm the cockles late at night.
Truth be told, that was after a few brandy sours at the busy Altinkaya bar downstairs, so I felt no embarrassment at all when I returned to the sanctity of my room to look out the "contreband".
The point I am making here is that if you play fair by the Altinkaya (as in spending money at the bar), you expect them to play fair by you.
I'd never make a night of it by smuggling in carrier bags of booze for a "singles" (make that single) party in my room, and I'd think you'd have to be a pretty sad person to do so.
So, although the "tea and coffe only" notices were pretty prominent, I never once saw anyone being stopped bringing in a Lemar carrier bag. Get my drift?
Jewels of the World reps organise all manner of day trips out of the Altinkaya, and pick of them must be the outing to the Karpaz Peninsular, stopping off at pretty Bogaz harbour for lunch or a refreshment.
Another to consider is an excursion to St Hilarion Castle, where you may combine history with a breathtaking climb to the summit, and, on clear day, marvel at the sight of Turkey - some 40 miles away.
I must agree with "Disappointed" of London that there is a fair amount of building work going on around the Altinkaya, and that swirling dust can be a bit of a pest at times.
But that did little to detract from the excellent time I enjoyed there. I found the hotel ticked most of my holiday boxes, and again emphasise the warmth of the welcome I received.
I'd go back tomorrow. Need I say more?"
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of May 2006