10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very friendly and attentive staff - lovely pool, apartment and gardens
"I f you enjoy a good swim pool is immaculate and large. Staff very friendly especially Ijan and receptionist and manager. Apartment kitchen has full size fridge but no utensils so need to ask at reception. As long as you know this in advance you can make simple meals as there are supermarkets within walking distance. Car recommended and at Bellapais Abbey Restaurant will pick you up and drop you back for a lovely meal and evening out. If you ask at reception for free pass to local Camelot beach approx half mile walk worth checking out as very nice facilities and water ski-ing was excellent. If interested in recent history visit The Blue House and take your passport as it is on a military base, but dont be put off as they make you very welcome and it is a fascinating tour. Visit to Kyrenia is a must and boat trip and exploring castle is a good day out. Lovely harbour front restaurants with plenty of choice. Roman remains at Sollis worth a visit and if you enjoy getting away from it all drive out to pan handle, but 4 by 4 recommended for mountain routes!"
- Travel date: 14th November 2009
RELAXING HOLIDAY/EXCELLENT WEATHER
"enjoyed our stay at green village,staff pleasant,all couples joined in,and there was friendly atmosphere.rooms very comfortable clean and bright.NICE PILLOWS.pool, gardens and bar were very clean and well kept. outside hotel was on a very busy main road which made it hard at night to walk out as there was no paths and little road lighting.although there was a bus right outside if you wanted to go any further afield. Harbour in kyrenia was nice but that was it. You must go to bellapias as this is nicest place in north cyprus, which as a whole was a bit of a let down,too many army camps everywhere you turn,not many nice beaches near by and those are private so charging a fortune to go on them,one would not even let me have a dip in the sea from his beach unless i paid!which i din`t. when you find a nice beach sea was brilliant warm and clean. you really need a car for some of the time."
- Travel date: 24th October 2009
Don't go there for the food!
"We stayed half board at this hotel, what a mistake!!, breakfast was very limited, no hot cooked food, only cold hard boiled eggs. Fruit juice was watered down. Evening meals were very similar every night and everything served with chips and rice. Don't think they had heard of a 'sweet', feel like they were 'playing at it' didn't see a chef all the time we stayed there. No atmostphere at all, on average only 6 people were in the restaurant for the evening meal. Very very quite in the evening, in fact like a 'ghost' town. Hotel on a main road with no footpaths, only dirt tracks, no lighting on the road, and traffic travelling very quickly, didn't feel safe walking at night. Room was ok, kept clean by the house keepers and towels changed every day. Pool was very nice except near the edges where one could have slipped if not careful. Would NOT go back to this hotel."
- Travel date: 21st October 2009
Spotlessly clean but lacked any sort of atmosphere
"Usually stay at the Ship Inn (much closer to Kyrenia Harbour) but was persuaded to try this fairly new Green Holiday Village. Very clean rooms and manicured gardens and surrounds. Silent as the grave most of the time. Nice if you like that - we found ourselves whispering inside and outside. Nice pool but very close to accommodations. Now for the minusses. The location is not pretty, and the nearby beaches are not good. Cannot see the point of providing an electric kettle but no cups and saucers (just one glass in mine and that was in the bathroom!) Cannot see the point in providing a TV without a remote control. Asked at reception for one but was told I would have to wait until the next day. Cannot see why as there were plenty of empty rooms they could have taken one from. Never did get it by the way! Full size fridge, but bold printed notice stating that any food or drink found in it (or anywhere in the room) that had not been purchased on the premises would be confiscated by the housekeeper! Was charged for stuff I did not have from the 'mini bar' - they explained this by saying they'd had no one to check them properly for 3 days. Mini bar prices are a good bit higher than prices in the bar at reception! I've never been to a place where that was the case (especially as you don't have any glasses provided!) The tiles around the swimming pool were as slippery as wet glass. And although they put up lots of those yellow warning 'danger slippery etc.' triangles, I still slipped even when trying to be careful and the barman at the pool told me he had fallen on them 3 times himself. Rooms are almost impossible to lock when you are inside them. There is no light at all if the key is not in the wall slot and you need the key in the door to lock it. They said they were aware of this problem and hoped to fix it by installing some low permanent lights. Roaming dogs barking throughout the night. Selection for buffet breakfast very minimal and only eggs on offer were hard boiled. None of the fruit juices were 'real' and I noticed lots of guests brought their own carton into the dining room with them. I got the overall impression they were operating on a shoestring, trying to keep room rates down to attract visitors but then attempting to make up the shortfall on everything else. I wouldn't go back."
- Travel date: 17th October 2009
Hospitality at its best
"On checking in, I was given a two-bed apartment (booked one bedroom) so the first bonus. The hotel was very modern, furnished to a high standard, and the service was brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble. The staff (Turkish) work long hours, but do not allow this to mar their service. The swimming pool was clean, and no problem with sun-beds. The pool bar served drinks and food, either paid for at the time or charged to your room. I am definitely returning next year. I have been to TRNC three times now, and love the unspoilt feel, and the locals are all friendly! Learn to say 'please' and 'thank-you' in Turkish will get you everything with a smile!!"
- Travel date: 22nd September 2009
lovely hotel ,shame about location
"we have just come back from the village ,staff were lovely ,rooms clean and tidy ,and spacious.The kitchens were lovely but with no untensils to use it was a bit frustrating!!The pool was spotless we cannot fault the hotel ,just its location ,its 9km from kyrenia the main resort,so a car is required as the buses stop at eleven,but overall a nice holiday ,nice people nice hotel.(only one thing if you get picked by a short man in a mercedes vito minivan dont get in he is leathel ,150kmh along some off the roads and overtakes on corners!!)"
- Travel date: 7th September 2009
You must stay here
"We stayed at Green Holiday Village because the original hotel booked closed down at the last minute - and I am so pleased we did. The complex is lovely, the staff are outstanding especially Ijan, David and the Manager Dincer, who could not do enough for us. We travelled as a group of 30+ and everyone left completely satisfied with everything., many will return again. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean, for those wishing to self cater just ask at reception for kitchen equipment and it will be given to you, although the restaurants around the hotel are lovely and very reasonable. The pool is the best and the pool bar sells snacks at very good prices. I would say to anyone thinking of booking, do it you wont be disappointed,"
- Travel date: 17th July 2009
Service and facilities absolutely great
"The manager and staff at the Green Holiday Village are outstanding and couldn't do enough to make sure our stay was perfect. Buffet breakfast was lovely. The rooms are clean and very well serviced. The pool is beautiful and clean. Although there is a kitchen it doesn't seem to be the custom in Northern Cyprus to provide crockery etc, so take some if you want to self cater. We borrowed and managed salads, bread, cheese etc and there is a good sized fridge to hold lots of drinks. But there is a pool side bar which provides good meals and snacks at reasonable prices, and an on site restaurant. There are also supermarkets nearby. We would thoroughly recommend this resort to anyone visiting Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus."
- Travel date: 4th July 2009
This complex & staff are fantastic.
"Altough there was only a kettle,glasses & cups and saucers in the appartment if you ask at the time of booking (as people had) they do provide utenstils or when you require them you just have to ask but as there are plenty of places to eat and a good restrauant & snack bar on site they are unnecessary.The manager and staff are friendly and very helpful (thank you Aycan David & Lucan) and helped to make our stay very pleasant and relaxing."
- Travel date: 28th June 2009
Shame about Northern Cyprus
"Booked a week through Direct Traveller (27th September 2008), really wanted to go to the Almond (in Alcansak) as the reviews were so good but they were fully booked so we were offered the Green Holiday Village as an alternative. The Green holiday Village is very nice, lovely rooms with air-con in living room and bedroom. The only gripe we had was that we thought we were getting a self catering apartment as they advertise a fully equiped kitchen. Well a kettle and two cups does not comply to this. Why have a full kitchen complete with fridge and cooker and no untensils to use! When we asked we were told that they did not supply these, well to say we were annoyed is an understatement as we had planned to make up pack lunches and the odd meal. I did however manage to get a bottle opener, glasses and a small plate and knife and fork! Well what can I say about the area, Alsancak, well we renamed it but if I use the word this would get censored! Some nice restaurants in the area we found one called Seveners and this was really nice. THERE ARE NO I REPEAT NO NICE BEACHES IN THIS AREA!!! Nor after Kyrenia. The ones you have to pay for are very small and not that nice the ones that are free are covered in rubbish and that's loads!! I am so glad we hired a car (althought the one we had we prayed everytime we went out in it) because there is some nice scenery to find (ignore the rubbish-fantastic mountain passes) We did manage to find quite a nice beach on the Famagusta side (took some searching!), (good snorkelling) so if you really want to go and you like beaches then book this side (not the Palm beach hotel that looks horrible). There are loads of little villages to find and lots and lots of Army bases with soldiers holding guns! I feel I have been a bit mean because we did actually have a good time but only because we had a car and managed to find nice places. Would I go back no. PS Weather was fantastic!"
- Travel date: 8th October 2008