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.