Palm Beach Hotel is only 5 min from the old city. It's next to Maras (the ghost town that's been closed down after 1974), and it has a pleasant sandy beach.
The distance to Ercan airport is 50km.
Unique Quality: Pool, turkish bath, great view of the sea and the ghost town.
The Palm Beach overlooks the Mediterranean and is situated close to the 'Green Zone' (no man's land between the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus and the (Greek Cypriot) Republic). While clean enough, I would say that it is in desperate need of some tender loving care. The room we stayed in was rather tired and the bathroom was more so (the water from the sink tap only came out at a trickle, for example; tiles, needed regrouting; etc). Again, everything was clean enough, but at £62 per night (approx $120) I was not very impressed. The breakfast was OK, but the orange juice was only some sort of diluted solution/powder and cooked options were pretty limited (ie, only scrambled eggs).
The dining room staff were helpful enough, but the receptionists did not exactly fall over themselves. We were met by a fairly miserable man who checked us in and that was it. It was only after we left we discovered there was a gym and a Turkish Bath - no information from reception or in the room was provided to this effect.
It's not a bad place, I just cannot see how it warrants five stars (even taking into account the often optimistic Turkish star system - you generally need to take off one star to get a decent comparison to NW European standards.) At BEST, I would suggest three stars and, thus, the price tag is very hard to justify.
Unique Quality: There is a swimming pool. Apparently, there is a gym (never saw it) and a Turkish Bath (never found this, either.)
Directions: One reviewere suggested that the Palm Beach is 5 mins walk from the old, walled town. Perhaps this is the case if you go by car. The walk, I reckon, is more like 15 minutes along busy roads.
The Palm Beach Hotel, situated by its own attractive sandy beach, is a superb hotel in every way with excellent service throughout. The quality and amount of food for both breakfast and dinner was amazing, and always beautifully laid out. The waiters constantly kept our water glasses refilled: no purchasing of bottles of water.
Our good-sized room, which looked out over the city of Famagusta beyond the hotel's garden, was very clean and comfortable.
The beach has plenty of sunbeds, and behind the beach and next to the hotel is an attractive outdoor swimming pool with a wide variety of different types of seating and sunbeds around it.
The old part of the city is about twenty minutes walk away. However, at times this was an extremely hot walk, and it would have been good if the hotel was to provide an occasional minibus service there and back for guests.
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