The Ship Inn
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just got back form a lovely holiday booked in The Ship Inn Hotel in Kyrenia, North Cyprus. Me and my boyfriend were looking for somewhere to go and relax a bit as we both have very stressing jobs. We also wanted to see a bit of sunshine as we do not have much in The UK. But we didnât want to go somewhere expensive because of all the xmas expenses was yet to come. Then we saw an advert on a paper (Direct Traveller) which we thought was brilliant. We couldnât believe 4 star hotels can get that cheap (Â£289) and comes up with free half board! What a result! When we arrived to the hotel our room was ready (even we went a lot earlier than the check in time). We stayed at the main building but there are bungalows as well. Our mountain view was breath taking! We enjoyed having our breakfasts at our balcony as weather was nice and warm. It did rain a bit but didnât bother us because it wasnât for long. Unfortunately we didnât have a lovely tan but we enjoyed sitting by the pool, drinking our cocktails. Food was very good (I am a Mexican food lover anyway). Being on half board was good cos it gave us chance to explore the rest of Kyrenia and we realized Kyrenia is not too cheap! But still spending lira is better than spending Euro! You get a lot more for your money.
We hired a car (was not that good but has done itâs job) to see around but I think itâs a walkable distance from hotel to the city centre. Especially around the harbor there are nice restaurants, cafes.
Our room was always clean and tidy; hotel staff was always polite and friendly. We had a problem with the air con on the second day and as soon as we called the reception technical service was at the door to fix it. After our supper everything was done and they even left a note saying sorry for the inconvenience which was really nice of them I think.
We recommend The Ship Inn hotel to the couples who want to escape from the stress and the weather in UK. We also recommend Direct Traveller who really understood what we want from our holiday, their knowledge was brilliant and they even told us what do to, where to go etc ( it was our first time in North Cyprus). We definitely will travel with Direct Traveller again and go back to North Cyprus in the summer to top up our tan :)"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of December 2008
"We have just got back from the SHIP , and we found it a very nice hotel, with very good food in the hotel ( mainly cheaper than outside resteraunts) and the staff were very very good.
We found a very friendly atmosphere around the hotel and the lovely pool We have been several times to various hotels in N/ Cyprus , but this one beats the lot, super market 10 minutes walk from hotel.
I highly recommend this hotel to any future visitors."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of June 2007
"Chose this on the basis of other reviews and they were absolutely right - lovely place, cheerful, friendly (but not over-friendly) staff, everything very clean, nice food, good tennis court, nice pools, all very unfussy, not that far from the town (15 minutes walk) which itself is a gem. We had a great time here and would go back."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of March 2007
"Excellent hotel - the service was exceptional. Always very attentive. The waiters were very professional and cheerful - always a smile.
We would definitely stay at this hotel again.
- Travel date: Sun 7th of January 2007
The Place To Stay
"Arrived at the ship inn with an open mind, booked a late deal with cyprus paradise and from previous experience of late deals it doesnt always work out. I shouldn't of worried, we were shown to our spotless rooms by very helpful staff and relaxed straight away. All the staff were great especially the barmen who were up for a laugh and always served with a smile. Our two sons aged 15 and 9 soon found friends and played around the crystal clear pool for hours. Breakfast was ok fresh fruit in plenty, cheese, cold meat, limited cooked food but available to order if required. A lot of the people had been at the ship before always a good sign and after doing a quick tour of some of the other hotels nearby this is the place to go."
- Travel date: Sun 17th of September 2006
Alright... lovely pool
"Room: was a good size and clean. Although the bathroom was of a good size, the shower leaked whenever we used it and caused the tiles to become treacherously slippery.
Pool: was absolutely divine. The water was so lovely to jump in and cool off in. The shallow end was really warm and by the end of the afternoon it felt like swimming in the bath!
Poolside bar/cafe: had a varied menu and drinks were reasonably priced. 1.5L bottle of water for about 3.5 lira. Beers for about 5 lira. There is no cash used within the hotel except at reception. You are issued a "credit card" which you use to add items to your bill settling up when you check out.
Breakfast: not bad, but not especially great either. Got a bit boring after a week.
Dinner: only ate there twice as one of us wasn't feeling well enough to go into town. Menu is extensive, with a French twist. We had two main meals, a bottle of water and two beers for about 15 pounds.
Location of hotel: is about a 10-15 minute taxi ride into town. There were always 2 cabs outside the hotel for use by guests and the journey cost about 10 lira which was about 3.50 pounds.
Other guests: this hotel, and perhaps Northern Cyprus in general, is geared towards the "more mature" traveller. Generally other holiday makers were in their mid-40s. I'm 28 and my partner 34 and we felt young. Also, most of the other people in the hotel didn't appear to leave the confines of the hotel throughout the whole week we were there. There were a bunch of saddos who woke at the crack of dawn simply to claim their sun loungers with a towel so you'll have to lower your standards and claim your lounger along with the rest.
Beach: people recommended us to go to "Escape" Beach, about 10-15 min cab ride from the hotel. I can't emphasise how unpleasant an experience this was. Perhaps we were comparing to lovely beaches we've been to on Greek Islands, but it was crammed with so many sun loungers that you couldn't run straight down into the sea, or indeed move your sun lounger as the sun moved. Maybe it was because we went on a Sunday, but it became absolutely crammed with people by about 1pm. Entrance fee to the beach was 10 lira each, and the Stalinist waiters patrolling the beach forbade us from drinking our own bottles of water that we'd brought with us, insisting that we buy their water at three times the price. Just don't bother with this beach.
Kyrenia town; about 10-15 mins by cab from the hotel. The harbour is pretty and has loads of restaurants to choose from. The best was probably "Set Fish Restaurant" which is set slightly above the harbour.
We finished the holiday by catching a cab to Ercan airport, foregoing the package company's bus. The cab was by far the best option as we had an extra hour in bed and still ended up arriving at the airport before the coach did! Cab was about 50 lira and took roughly 40 minutes (although it was 5am)."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of July 2006
A Really lovely, friendly place
"The only reason I haven't given this a 5-point rating is because the rooms let it down slightly. We were in the main building above the dining room and our room was very basic, although spotlessly clean. Our friends were in a block over by the pool and their room was much smarter, so ask for one of those. Otherwise, the hotel is faultless. The staff are all extremely friendly and obliging and the pool area is beautiful. The bar and restaurant are reminiscent of an English pub and the menu is good and extensive. Breakfast is a buffet with the usual hot and cold choices, with eggs cooked to order. At night it is an a -la-carte menu. Not too far to get to town. Bar snacks by the pool and ice creams available all day, served by smiling staff. They do have an indoor pool but we didn't use it. Highly recommended!"
- Travel date: Thu 11th of May 2006
"I was fortunate to book a last minute stay at the hotel that offered, for me, a smaller more 'homely' environment. The room, facilities and the service were impeccable."
- Travel date: Fri 10th of March 2006
Good 3 star Hotel
"The Ship Inn at Kyrenia, North Cyprus. The hotel is an excellent 3 star hotel. The staff we spoke to, spoke good English. The rooms were a good size and clean. Although a mix up with our booking, two doubles rooms were booked by telephone and email they corrected the rooms straight away. The man who appeared to be the manager, but never introduced himself, seemed a little surprised that we would like to see the rooms prior to booking in. After a little chuntering, in Turkish, he instructed a porter to show us the rooms. The rooms had ample storage. The rooms had a kettle and cups but no coffee, tea or milk. The rooms had a mini bar with drinks which seemed reasonable prices. Example 500ml mineral water at 2 lire (old 2,000,000) â At their exchange rate (2.2 lire to one pound sterling) equated to 91p. The room also had a small TV receiving satellite programs â Ours was of very poor picture quality. The bathroom was small but adequate with a basin, WC and bath with shower over. Plenty of towels and lashings of hot water. The gardens were very nicely kept. The pool was large for the size of the hotel with plenty of sun loungers. A bar area was near to the pool with plenty of shaded seating. The bar was cashless, with payment via a room credit card allocated on arrival, which was very handy. The breakfast included with our tariff was a good continental style breakfast with tea and indifferent âFruit juicesâ available self service in the dining room. The room rate (July 2005) was Â£35 sterling for a couple in a double room including breakfast. It did seem strange that prices were a mixture of Sterling and Turkish lire. The Sterling part converted to lire at different rates at to whether you paid cash or credit card. I would recommend this hotel, although a car is needed as it is well outside Kyrenia town centre."
- Travel date: Tue 12th of July 2005
What a Fantastic Hotel
"I visited the Ship Inn just outside Kyrenia in September last year. It took just 10 minutes to get through the border from the Greek Side to the Turkish Side. The roads were good and the hotel was really welcoming. The pool is stunning. We stayed in a little villa which slept 4. Fairly basic accommodation but clean and as the food in the restaurant was exceptional did not need the self catering facilities. The staff could not have been more helpful particularly the taxi driver who ferried us about. I would really recommend it and cannot wait to return in August."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of May 2005