Hotel Forest Park Hotel 4 star
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Spyrou Kyprianou 62 4820PlatresCYP Platres, Cyprus
Amy Adejokun Section editor

If you do not think of Cyprus merely as shorthand for sunny seaside holidays, the hotels of the Troodos (a volcanic mountain region covering the centre of the island) should be right up your alley. The Forest Park is incredibly exotic, its floors trodden in the past by the feet of noble characters such as Indira Gandhi, Dame Daphne du Maurier and Farouk I of Egypt, all of whom have given their names to different parts of the hotel. In spite of its undisputed charm, it is a little old fashioned and definitely suffers from a lack of upkeep.

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    Location 4.51 /10

    The closest built up area to Forest Park is the village of Platres, which is a quarter-hour walk away. The beaches of Limassol are just 37 mi away, Larnaca airport is 84 mi away, and Paphos airport is 75 mi away.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The Forest Park has 140 rooms, which is surprising given the large size of the building. The corridors are extremely long, so don't be surprised if you seem to be walking forever if your room is at the end of one of the wings. The decor in the rooms is not very original and, to tell the truth, they are a little depressing. The comfort level is pretty basic, but the amenities consist of satellite television, a radio, direct international phone line, individual air conditioning, a mini bar, a small balcony with a table and chairs, and a hair dryer. The mattress is a bit on the hard side. The bathroom is very basic, containing a bathtub and toilet, and although there are no hospitality products, there is a free shower gel dispenser. The safe can be used by guests at an extra cost.

    Overview 6.45 /10

    The design of the Forest Park is surprising, to say the least. Indeed, it is hard to say if you are in Cyprus, the Tyrol or one of Dublin's typical Edwardian districts. The hotel was built in 1936, making it one of the oldest on the island, and was the result of a partnership between an Israeli architect and the Swiss owner, who made clear his penchant for red brick walls. The building extends along a rocky promontory and overlooks the tall pine trees. The lobby is quite small, and immediately gives off an old fashioned or even totally nostalgic feel of the place: it has a large poster from 1936 announcing the hotel's opening, worn wooden furniture, and ibex figurines dotted about. Even early in the day, the hall is dark.
    Outside, a relaxing time is assured, as the surroundings are extremely peaceful, protected by the natural hedge of majestic pines. Breakfast on the terrace can be a very pleasant affair. However, you need to be a real daredevil to reach the swimming pool and its high diving board, as the stairs leading to it are quite steep. This part of the hotel displays a rather lax approach to upkeep (the paint on the walls is cracked, piles of leaves are waiting to be swept up, etc.). The Forest Park also has a little indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym provided with machines dating back to the dark ages that could hardly be less tempting.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Breakfast is a highly modest buffet that can be taken in the large main room or, on fine days, on the terrace. The Indira Gandhi room has a fireplace and is reserved exclusively for dinner, which is served à la carte. Unfortunately, the mushroom consommé is not homemade, and the dessert trolley is very limited (a bit of fruit and a cream desert). Of the three bars, the strangely decorated Cocktail Bar is the best. Guests can sample the 'Farouk' cocktail' which, legend has it, was invented by the king of Egypt himself at this bar.

    To know

    The region lends itself extremely well to hiking trips through the forests of umbrella pines. Feel free to ask at reception for advice about which paths to take, you will be given all the maps you need. What's more, the hotel is not very easy to get to or to find, but once again, the local Cypriots will be happy to point you on your way.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The exotic, somewhat timeless setting
    • The tranquillity
    • Lunchboxes are prepared for hikers

    disadvantages

    • The rooms have a very basic level of comfort
    • The breakfast buffet does not contain enough variety
    • The outdated decor

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10