Week #9 of my 52 countries in 52 weeks adventure took me to a sun-soaked island in the Mediterranean Sea, beautiful Cyprus! I split my time between Paphos, Limassol and Nicosia, the latter being the only city in the world that’s still divided with a physical barrier.
During my short and sweet visit to vibrant Nicosia, I stayed at the super sophisticated five star Landmark Nicosia. Here’s a full review of my time at the hotel!
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What’s the Landmark Nicosia like?
The Landmark Nicosia is a business-friendly hotel but with all the bells and whistles of a resort. The staff were friendly and beyond helpful, always greeting me when I walked past and offering up tips for things to do, see and eat nearby.
The hotel is big, with loads of carparks as well as conference rooms and event spaces, with a large lawn next to the pool complete with sunchairs.
How was the room?
My room was HUGE, so much space for one person! I had a luxurious one bedroom suite with a bedroom, full bathroom (shower and bath) and a living space, plus a balcony overlooking the lawn and pool.
The bedroom had a king-size bed, a desk, a wardrobe and a TV plus all the mod cons you’d expect in a hotel room, and the living area had couches for seating plus a dining table with four chairs.
I had a corner room which was sun-soaked for much of the day, and with a little breeze coming in off the balcony it was a lovely place to do some laptop work.
How about the facilities?
The Landmark has pretty much every facility you could think of! Let’s start with my favourite spot: the pool. The outdoor pool is a decent size and has room for people to do laps for exercise as well as hang out in the pool to escape the heat. There’s a separate kids’ pool next to it too, and there’s seating both in the sun and in the shade.
There’s a well-being centre with a gym, sauna, beauty spa and even group fitness classes multiple times a day, and another indoor pool predominantly used for exercise. There’s a tennis court too if that’s your game of choice.
There are a number of shops in the main entrance of the hotel, including tourism offices and car rental to help you plan your Cyprus adventure, or even a barber’s shop if any of your travel buddies need a touch up mid-trip.
Where is the Landmark Nicosia?
The Landmark Nicosia is 12km away from Ercan Airport, and 2km from the old town of Nicosia. You can reach the old town in about 30 minutes by foot or get a short taxi or bus.
Does the Landmark Nicosia serve food and drink?
There are a few different eateries at the Landmark. Fontana is the main restaurant, where they serve the included buffet breakfast. Fontana is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as various food festivals and events throughout the year. When I was there they were running a Sunday Roast buffet lunch, and I missed it by about half an hour. Devastating!
There’s also the Pergola, their poolside bar and casual restaurant. For a hot drink or a sweet treat you can head to the Lobby Lounge right by the main entrance, and the Paddock Bar is open Tuesday to Saturday evenings for classy drinks.
The final verdict
I’ll be honest, I’m not normally a fan of business hotels because I prefer staying somewhere with local character, but the Landmark Nicosia gave me the best of both worlds!
The hotel offered absolute 5* sophistication, impressive facilities, excellent food as well as a huge pool and lawn for catching some sun in this middle-of-the-island city. The staff were brilliant, the location was convenient, and my room was so comfortable it made it hard to leave.
The Landmark is actually about to be renovated too so it can only get better! If you can afford a little splurge (well worth the money, and your money goes further here than most European cities) then it’s a really good option for a fancy upgrade on your trip.
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All the basic details from my big 52 in 52 trip:
How do you find your flights? Skyscanner! I use the Everywhere tool to find the cheapest place to fly to each Tuesday
Do you fly every week? Not every week no, once I have the destination I check trains and buses to see if there’s any other transport options aside from flying. If so, I usually book these using the Trainline app.
How do you book your accommodation? I book all my hotels, hostels and apartments on either booking.com or Hostelworld.
Do you have travel insurance? YES, I always travel with travel insurance and you should too. I’m insured for an annual policy with Worldcare NZ.
Do you offset your carbon credits? I sure do! I always offset when I book if the airline gives me the option (Ryanair does), and I also offset all my flights using Co2nsensus.com.
What luggage do you travel with? I travel with a 75cm Samsonite Cosmolite suitcase, a matching Samsonite Cosmolite 55cm cabin luggage hardcase, and a cheap laptop backpack.
What camera do you use? You can see the full list of what’s in my camera bag right here.
What laptop do you use? I have a super portable HP Spectre x360 13.3″ laptop, which is an absolute dream to travel with.
For more FAQs about my 52 in 52 trip, see this post.
Huge thanks to the Landmark Nicosia for hosting me for two nights. As always, all opinions are my own and are based on my experience.