Hotel Pia Bella
63 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Absolutely Fantastic Holiday
"I booked the Pia Bella through President Holidays who were absolutely fantastic and so helpful when i asked 1000 questions before deciding on Northern Cyprus. I would definitely recommend them. I would suggest booking a room that overlooks the smaller pool as otherwise the balcony either overlooks the car park or the main road.
The room was spacious and had a kettle and coffee tea and sugar given to you each day in sachets.Milk, bottled water, soft drinks and chocolate were left in the fridge and you would pay for these as and when you used them. Also provided were shampoo and conditioner. The rooms were kept very clean and the maids very friendly. Bed linen was changed every other day and towels were changed daily.
There are 2 pools, one smaller one which has a deep end, you are allowed inflatables and one larger pool but this is not as deep and the water is sooooo hot it doesnt really refresh you! The baby pool is not particularly big but to be honest it wasnt packed even in August!
The Hotel operates a pay as you leave system and the bill was totally accurate and it was great not to have to bring money down by the pool each day for drinks, icecreams etc. They came round regularly with drinks while you were sun bathing but not at all intrusive. The breakfast was all you could want and included cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, eggs, sausages, bacon but only on a sunday! pancakes, cakes and fresh bread, rolls etc. We only had lunch and dinner once but this was faultless too.
There is a library at the Hotel where you can leave your books and read others that holiday makers have left.
The best place for lunch is definitely The Blue Rose, go out of the back of the Hotel, cross over the road bear left and you will see it. They are extremely friendly and food delicious.
Peanuts is another good Restaurant, turn left out of the Hotel, cross over the road and keep walking until you see the sign for Peanuts which is on the right. It is a very steep hill but worth the walk as the food is delicious and the views beautiful.
For one of our evening meals we went to The Ambiance Restaurant - the hotel will book it for you and order a taxi if you dont hire a car - twice the 1st time the food was delicious, we got there about 7ish but the 2nd time we arrived at 8pm and the service was appauling. Alot of people we met also said the same the later you go to most restaurants the service deteriorated.
We walked to Kyrenia and loved it but with temperatures of 40 degrees at night it was too hot really to walk too far. We went on a horse and carrriage that took you round the cobbled streets and that was good fun. There are a few market stalls but shops were closed after about 6pm. We got a bus a couple of times and this was quite a hair raising experience - try it and you will see what i mean!
I feel in a few years Kyrenia will become very built up so i would recommend going soon before this happens. Any questions anyone reading this should have please send a message and i will be more than happy to help."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of September 2008
A pleasant stay at the Pia Bella
"My husband and I spent a pleasant week at the Pia Bella. We stayed in a superior room in the new block, which had a single in addition to the double bed. The furnishings are of good quality, the fabrics are rich and give a feeling of opulence. The jacuzzi bath was fantastic, very decadent! My husband enjoyed the wide screen TV to catch up on events at the Olympics. On the down side the view was disappointing - we overlooked the main road, a sports field (I think sponsored by the Pia Bella) and a petrol station. The sports field was always busy in the afternoon/ evenings, so interesting to watch. If you want to catch the afternoon sun from your balcony you will have to ask for one of the rooms overlooking the car park at the back of the hotel. If you want a hotel with a view, I'm afraid the Pia Bella is not for you.
We did not spend a great deal of time at the hotel, so we can't really comment on the friendliness of the staff. It was our observation, and that of another couple that they were more friendly if you spent more time (and money) at the hotel. We were shocked at the prices, I guess sterling is doing really badly, but the equivalent of Â£2 for a soft drink is quite expensive. Despite notices around the hotel about not brining in food and drink, we noticed on our last day (waiting for the taxi to arrive), lots of people bringing drinks and even a takeway pizza arriving! I wished we had done that! The breakfast at the Pia Bella is excellent, with lots of choice and a different daily choices. We ate in once, on the regular Saturday cultural evening, and it was above average hotel fare but a bit limited - some of the advertised choices were not available. There is a regular programme of events at the hotel to keep you entertained if you want, including open air cinema for the children and some good live entertainment.
All in all we thought the area around Kyrenia very expensive. At the renowned Niazi's we waited half an hour for a table as we hadn't booked. My husband ordered garlic mushrooms for a starter, don't repeat his mistake. They cost the equivalent of Â£5.00 for ten tiny TINNED mushrooms. No, Niazi's was not what it was cracked up to be... The waiters were so rushed off their feet they didn't have the time to make the experience special. The bill came to just under the equivalent of Â£50 with wine for two courses. That was not uncommon, as wine is very, very expensive in the TRNC. However, in an out of town supermarket (near Bogaz)we paid the equivalent of just Â£3.00 for a bottle of good French wine. Rip off tourist time?? If you want quality with style go to Di Figaro at Karaoglanoglu, phone 0392 822 40 40. It isn't cheap, around the same as Niazi's, but the food is infinitely better, with bigger portions and the service faultless. The treasure trove of art inside and the beauty of the building make an experience in itself. The restaurant behind it is very good too, I'm told and is on the beach. For old fashioned charm we enjoyed Sevket's on the main road west of Lapta, a real family restaurant with a wonderful welcoming atmosphere. The hot plate dining place on the main road is also great fun, the service excellent, and the price was reasonable.
Do not miss a trip to Famagusta to see the old quarter. It blew us away. Go for lunch by the harbour wall opposite the statue of a lion. I can't remember the name of the place, but they serve the best baklava I've ever eaten. The shop sells a wide variety of baklava, Turkish delight and cakes. Your eyes will pop out on stalks if this is your thing. My husband had a very good cheese and spinach pie. Downstairs is a central fountain inside the restaurant. Sit upstairs for amazing views.
We enjoyed our holiday in the TRNC, but it was so expensive and such a pain to get to, I don't think we will be back for a while.
If you're booked in at the Pia Bella, I'm sure you'll enjoy it if you want a reasonably centrally located hotel. From our point of view we wished we stayed at the English hotel in the harbour, as we would have been able to enjoy a few more late night drinks at the harbour rather than worry about walking back along the main road or catching a taxi (Â£4 one way)."
- Travel date: Wed 10th of September 2008
"we have just come back from cyprus, kyrenia. stayed at the pia bella hotel. This is hotel is situated on a main road which gets really busy in the late evening. We were given a room which to get to took 5 or 6 flight of stairs , we have a child with walking difficulties and this would have been a major problem. The next morning spoke to the customer relations manager who immediately re located us to a room with access to lifts. The rooms were clean and everything in working order, the maid service also excellent. The hotels bed and breakfast was excellent , we are vegetarians and found it to be a really good start to our days, staff at the restaurant really helpful and happy, always willing to go that extra mile for you. The pool area great no complaints from us there. Check in and out really easy and uncomplecated.i would recommend this hotel to anyone , however if travelling with disabled or people with walking difficulties , then kyrenia is not yet adapted its roads. all sight seeing sights have loads of uneven stairs."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of August 2008
A place and hotel not to be missed.
"Just returned from 2 weeks at this hotel and can quite see why so many of it's clientel are returning customers, many having been several times sometimes in a year. Done lots of package holidays before but this was the first visit to Northern Cyprus and it cetainly won't be our last!! It is the first hotel we have stayed in where we certainly felt welcome and happy from the minute we arrived. The staff are the best we have found anywhere and work hard to ensure that everything is just how you want it to be. Something we have never had before was somebody employed by the hotel to ensure that you were happy with everything. Sarah was fantastic at her job and spoke to everyone at breakfast every single day. She was always easy to locate throughout the day. If you did have a problem she sorted it immediately. From the management downwards it was obvious they were very much a team. Even at 2am in the morning when were leaving for our flight home,a waiter from the bar area rushed over to take my case from me and carry it to reception. Breakfast was also provided at that early hour.A compimentary drink on arrival was very welcome and relaxing after our journey.We never saw our rep from the tour company until the last day, when we found her to ask the time of our flight, but we really had no need of her. We were half board, and were very happy with the breakfast and evening meals. The food was plentiful, a good number of choices, and of a high standard. We really didn't know how they did it for the price. We also hired a car from the hotel at a really good rate and everything went smoothly with that. The hotel itself has increased in size, but has been well thought out. The rooms are of a good quality and kept immaculately clean, as is the rest of the hotel. The rooms were more spacious than some hotels I have been in. The two swimming pools and surrounding areas with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas were also of a high standard. The second pool is set in lovely gardens which has been a citrus grove, and many of the trees are still there, giving additional shade. Some sunbeds are also on the lawns surrounding the pool, and again have shady trees. We visited several other hotels from our brochure when we out and about in the car,but felt that we had chosen the best for us in every respect. We knew that it was about a 15 minutes walk to the harbour, and found this to be a good way to stretch the legs after a lazy day. I was talking to the manager, who told me that each time you come back you will see more improvements, and they are keen to get customer feedback. Future developments are planned very carefully and carried out with the least disruption to their customers. There was work being carried out on the new block while we were there, but this did not hinder us in the least. Once we were in our room we were never disturbed by any noise from outside. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough and hope that if you do visit your trip will be as good as ours was. We will certainly be returning soon, and telling all my friends about it."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of August 2008
"Had two brilliant weeks at the Pia Bella in Kyrenia. Staff very friendly and helpful at all times. The hotel was of a high standard, with lovely modern and clean rooms, our being on top floor of the new block with fabulous views. The only down side was there was no lift in this block but the other two blocks had one. Two swimming pools with plenty of sunbeds and umbrella's, and lots of shaded area's round about to escape the sun.Being a 15 - 20minute walk into Kyrenia it was nicely situated, although on a busy road , you could'nt hear any traffic noise. We were Bed and Breakfast , and the breakfast was well worth getting up for, the best choice we have ever had on holiday. it was tempting to sample everything! We would certainly recommend the Pia Bella."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of July 2008
Good Experience at Pia Bella
"Our party of 2 couples returned from 2 weeks in Pia Bella on 20th July. We enjoyed the 2 weeks relaxing mainly around the pool area in the hotel with the occasional walk to the harbour area about 15/20 mins away where we exchanged currency as it was a better rate than the hotel. Some days it was very hot (40C) and we returned to the hotel by taxi which was around 6 YTL.
The hotel itself was very clean and we were on a B & B basis. The breakfast was plentiful and as we were on a B & B basis we were able to have the buffet dinner at a rate of 25YTL. Whilst there was not a huge choice everything was enjoyable. The prices of drinks in the hotel were reasonable.
The staff in the hotel were all very friendly and obliging.
The main road from the hotel to the harbour area was reasonably free from rubbish but some of the side streets had either builders rubbish or household rubbish piled up which was not a pleasant sight.
At lunchtime we usually had a snack at Molly's near the hotel which was good value. Other than the hotel for dinner we ate out at Blue Rose (at the rear of hotel), Peanuts, Carob, Efendi's House and Abbey Bell Tower in Bellapais. All were good value and Abbey Bell Tower picked us up from hotel and returned us by taxi.
We would return to Kyrenia and Pia Bella in the future but in a month where the weather is not so hot."
- Travel date: Fri 25th of July 2008
Pia Bella Hotel Kyrenia
"Just returned from 2 week holiday at Pia Bella (we were there the same time as reviewer Istanbulkiz!) and agree with her evaluation of this hotel.
It was a lovely hotel - spotlessly clean, attentive staff, nice rooms and the food was very good (despite negative comments from other reviewers, most people at the hotel when we were there liked the food). The pools were lovely, especially the big one, water like a tepid bath, good for relaxing or for a good swim. The drinks in the hotel were very resaonable too when comapared to other bars. The food was good, muchbetter thatn previous reviews had led me to believe it would be and also prices must have risen in Kyrenia as I thought it was good value.Nearby, we went to Molly's Place for lunch several days - it serves nice English Cafe food, and the best chips I have had in a long time (real potato chips - mmmmm!).The Blue Rose to the rear of the hotel is nice and Peanuts on the way into Kyrenia also is nice. In Kyrenia itself, we ate at Niazi's near the Dome Hotel - warning their full kebab meal is HUGE (26 YTL) - do not have much lunch or you will not manage it! Further afield we had a lovely meal at the Bellapais monastery at the Bell Tower restaurant.
The only problem with this hotel - and it seems common to many in Northern Cyprus - is its location - on a dusty street next to its own casino. It was a bit of a shock to get off the coach and see the neon lights of the Zodiac casino greeting us. Inside is another story, it is like an oasis of calm and relaxation, you are not aware of the presence of the casino but on the street it is very much "in your face". We soon realised that all the hotels have some kind of casino attached or next to them. Seems to be the way of things in TRNC. If this hotel were in (say) Tenerife near a beach it would be the perfect package.
We also would not go back to Cyorus (we tend not to revisit anywhere) but if you go to TRNC it is dearer than Turkey, people were saying it is 2 or 3 times the price of Turkey.
The hotel did a cheap car hire which we took up for 3 days but a word of warning - if you get a greeny-blue ford Focus reg no ZFD250 send it back - it broke down on 2 previous guests then was recycled to us! Whilst it did not break down the engine management system light kept coming on which was unnerving. The hotel were very helpful in dealing with the matter but we kept geting the car back! If you were at the hotel and remember us please get in touch as we left very early before we could swop e-mail addresses - it is [email protected] .
We went with Anatolian Sky who were very good so this is also a recommendation for them."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of July 2008
Perfect for a relaxing holiday!!!
"My husband and i have just returned from a two week break to the Pia Bella hotel and cannot fault it at all. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were cleaned daily and were spotless. The pools and garden were also beautifully maintained.
I understand that there are extensions underway at the moment, but we were undistrubed by anything which was going on.
We were on a bed and breakfast basis, but opted for half board for the last five days. The choice of food was good - particularly at breakfast.
The other guests staying at the hotel were also very friendly and we made some really good friends.
My husband (Turkish) and I were not that keen on North Cyprus itself, but loved staying at the Pia Bella. My in-laws joined us for the second week and also loved the hotel.
We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for somewhere relaxing."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of July 2008
"This hotel is not, in my opinion, a 4* hotel. Very clean and staff were excellent. We were supposed to be in a superior room but didn't have a good view. There was no lift in the block we were in and no hand rail on the first flight of stairs. We had a jacuzzi bath that didn't work and if you filled the bath above the jets it flooded the floor. I was also shocked when I asked for more tea bags to be told only 2 tea bags per room per day. The staff were super, especially Mustafa, the new barman, he was a real comic. We were on bed and breakfast which was quite satisfactory. Bacon on Sunday only. The gardens were lovely and well kept. The 2 pools were very clean and not too cold. Would visit again but in a different block. The indoor pool is not finished and an extension to one block is not finished, due to a lack of funds we were told."
- Travel date: Sun 29th of June 2008
Great Stay. A deservingly very poplar and central hotel
"We stayed for 11 nights from Wednesday 11 to Sunday 22 June 2008 in a twin room. We booked a package holiday were transfers were included from Ercan Airport so I am unable to comment on how to travel independently to the hotel. However the journey direct by minibus took approximately 40 minutes. When we arrived we were welcomed and offered a complementary drink.
We had booked a superior room and were allocated a room on the third floor in the new (middle) block. The room was very nice, comfortable and very clean. There were twin beds, plenty of wardrobe space, flat screen TV, the usual hotel furnishings and a balcony with table and chairs. The en-suit bathroom had a shower over the bath and a hairdryer. However if you have mobility difficulties you would need to make the hotel aware as our block although recently constructed did not have a lift (whereas other others do) and although it wasnât usually a problem for us the approximately 70 steps did on occasion get a bit tiring due to the heat. Please note during our stay part of our L shaped block while completed was still unoccupied and looked liked it required some finishing off, i.e. the railings were not on the balconies. This was not a problem for us and we were not aware of any building works taking place during our stay.
The hotel appears to have expanded over the years and currently consists of 3 blocks. At the front is the original block with reception, lounge area and a computer with free internet access. Beyond that are the two additional blocks, the middle one having the restaurant and bar on the ground floor ( while we were staying only the outside patio area was used for breakfast and lunch) and the third block having seating area and games (Table tennis, etc) on the ground floor. Despite the expansion the hotel has retained a large garden area. There are two swimming pools separated by a bar area. There are sun loungers. The gardens are beautifully maintained with lawns, palm trees (providing some shade) and flowers.
The hotel is located in Kyrenia itself on a main road opposite a sports field. It is an easy, 15 minute walk approximately along pavements to the harbour. The majority of the walk is flat but there is a slope down to the harbour itself. Within a couple of minutes of the hotel there is about 4 cafes/ restaurants and a few of shops such as a couple of corner type shops and a pharmacy. In the opposite direction (turning right coming out at the front of the hotel) there is a supermarket. Therefore there are nearby options if one does not want to walk into the centre of town.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast bases. The breakfast is served daily from 7.30am to 10am. The breakfast is self service and included a good variety of choice. There were cereals, yogurt, fruit, a selection of cheeses and cold meats, cooked breakfast (that changed daily), selection of bread and pastries and hot and cold drinks. We ate a snack at lunchtime at the hotel a couple of times and found that was good. However we did not have an evening meal there as we prefer to eat out on holiday.
The staff service is very good and very friendly. They were very helpful when my husband became ill as they gave advice regarding pharmacy and also offered to call a doctor. They have a customer services rep that goes round the tables at breakfast checking that everything is alright. The hotel itself appears a very popular choice with many people being return visitors year after year. The balance felt right with many of the regulars enjoying chatting with the staff however it was not intrusive as it was equally ok for us who prefer to be independent and found the staff there when we needed them.
The hotel provides entertainment on some evenings. While we were there Euro 2008 Football was on and they put up a large screen in part of the bar area for people who wanted to watch. They also had themed evenings such as an Elvis night, Cypriot night a couple of evenings each week. We did not attend but when we could hear the music from our room. So that maybe something to consider if itâs your thing or not.
We felt that the hotel was a great option as we wanted to stay in walking distance of the harbour but it also offered excellent facilities for when we wanted to have lazy days. The hotel is very nicely maintained and run to a good standard. We would be very happy to return again or to recommend it to friends and family. It was our first time in North Cyprus and we were unsure what to expect but we had a wonderful time and the hotelâs facilities contributed to this."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of June 2008
"This is a wonderful, caring and friendly hotel.
we went bed and breakfast this time. Plenty of breakfast for everyone from cooked to cereal. Lots of fruit. Lots of choices.
we had deluxe superior room. It was lovely, aired and very comfortable. Not forgetting clean.
love all the staff, all of them are wonderful. My favorite is Nayla.
The guest relations lady is always popping in to check and ask is everything fine.
the grounds are beautiful and color is everywhere. Trees and flowers.
will be back in the summer!
might even try the casino..."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of April 2016
VERY CLEAN, COMFORTABLE HOTEL, STAFF VERY FRIENDLY.
"This is the second time my husband and I have been to this hotel, it is still the same as it was 4 years ago, very clean and comfortable. The staff could not be better, they are so helpful and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. The hotel is situated in beautiful grounds making it a lovely relaxing holiday. If we ever go back to North Cyprus we would definitely stay at this hotel again....we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we cannot comment on evening meals as we only had B.B....breakfast had plenty to choose from and the few lunches we had while we were there were very good value for money and enjoyable.....LOVELY HOTEL!!"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of August 2015