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Forest Park Hotel Platres - a great place

Postby Jerry » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:01 pm

We are going to a wedding next Saturday in Limassol but decided the coast was too hot in July so we booked a few days in Forest Park Platres. What a lovely place, a bit "tired" in places but much better than the brash modern hotels on the coast. Most of the guests are Cypriots of my generation and older. Really friendly staff - none of the Cyprus shrugs I have encountered in other places.

Went "spying" on mount Olympos and was surprised to see a GC installation next to the British one and then realised the logic of placing it so close I suppose. There was a terrific rain storm before we arrived yesterday, everything is covered in pine needles. It rained quite hard an hour ago but the clouds are quite welcome in moderation.

Not too many tourists in Troodos and quite a few places closed in Platres but I'm not sure when the busy season is - August I suppose. May go to Limassol tomorrow if the forecast isn't too hot.
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Re: Forest Park Hotel Platres - a great place

Postby miltiades » Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:22 pm

Indeed a lovely hotel, stayed there a few times with my late wife, always enjoyed our stay, dated somehow but has its own unique persona.

Some years back I remember an incident, I was at the bar when a waiter rushed up to me shouting doctor doctor come quick !!!

Somewhat puzzled I replied " I'm not a Dr, they had mistaken my entry of Mr as Dr !!!

An elderly lady had collapsed after arriving back at the hotel from a long walk, well doctor or not I rushed out , the lady had apparently fainted, a quick glass of water over her face....miraculously brought her ...back, thank you Doctor she said!!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Forest Park Hotel Platres - a great place

Postby Kikapu » Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:18 pm

miltiades wrote:Indeed a lovely hotel, stayed there a few times with my late wife, always enjoyed our stay, dated somehow but has its own unique persona.

Some years back I remember an incident, I was at the bar when a waiter rushed up to me shouting doctor doctor come quick !!!

Somewhat puzzled I replied " I'm not a Dr, they had mistaken my entry of Mr as Dr !!!

An elderly lady had collapsed after arriving back at the hotel from a long walk, well doctor or not I rushed out , the lady had apparently fainted, a quick glass of water over her face....miraculously brought her ...back, thank you Doctor she said!!! :lol: :lol:


Weren't you pretending to be a gynaecologist at one point? :wink:
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Re: Forest Park Hotel Platres - a great place

Postby Jerry » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:03 pm

Very funny Milti, there's loads of oldies here, hope it doesn't happen whilst we are here. I keep seeing athletic young men in blue around, apparently they are the Arthonosis Famagusta football team up here for training, my wife keeps looking but I tell her she's too old. Sitting on the terrace with brandy sour, it was invented in this hotel for King Farouk of Egypt in the 1930s, cheers.
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Postby miltiades » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:23 am

Jerry wrote:Very funny Milti, there's loads of oldies here, hope it doesn't happen whilst we are here. I keep seeing athletic young men in blue around, apparently they are the Arthonosis Famagusta football team up here for training, my wife keeps looking but I tell her she's too old. Sitting on the terrace with brandy sour, it was invented in this hotel for King Farouk of Egypt in the 1930s, cheers.

Have a great time Jerry and here is ....Drs advice. Drink, be merry and stay away from ....old ladies :lol:
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Re: Forest Park Hotel Platres - a great place

Postby miltiades » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:28 am

Kikapu wrote:
miltiades wrote:Indeed a lovely hotel, stayed there a few times with my late wife, always enjoyed our stay, dated somehow but has its own unique persona.

Some years back I remember an incident, I was at the bar when a waiter rushed up to me shouting doctor doctor come quick !!!

Somewhat puzzled I replied " I'm not a Dr, they had mistaken my entry of Mr as Dr !!!

An elderly lady had collapsed after arriving back at the hotel from a long walk, well doctor or not I rushed out , the lady had apparently fainted, a quick glass of water over her face....miraculously brought her ...back, thank you Doctor she said!!! :lol: :lol:


Weren't you pretending to be a gynaecologist at one point? :wink:

I have always been a gynaespecialist Kikapu :lol:
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Re: Forest Park Hotel Platres - a great place

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:06 pm

Jerry wrote:We are going to a wedding next Saturday in Limassol but decided the coast was too hot in July so we booked a few days in Forest Park Platres. What a lovely place, a bit "tired" in places but much better than the brash modern hotels on the coast. Most of the guests are Cypriots of my generation and older. Really friendly staff - none of the Cyprus shrugs I have encountered in other places.

Went "spying" on mount Olympos and was surprised to see a GC installation next to the British one and then realised the logic of placing it so close I suppose. There was a terrific rain storm before we arrived yesterday, everything is covered in pine needles. It rained quite hard an hour ago but the clouds are quite welcome in moderation.

Not too many tourists in Troodos and quite a few places closed in Platres but I'm not sure when the busy season is - August I suppose. May go to Limassol tomorrow if the forecast isn't too hot.


Sounds like an ideal base for covering some treks. :)

Have a good time, Jerry and spouse.
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Re: Forest Park Hotel Platres - a great place

Postby Jerry » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:51 am

GreekIslandGirl wrote:
Jerry wrote:We are going to a wedding next Saturday in Limassol but decided the coast was too hot in July so we booked a few days in Forest Park Platres. What a lovely place, a bit "tired" in places but much better than the brash modern hotels on the coast. Most of the guests are Cypriots of my generation and older. Really friendly staff - none of the Cyprus shrugs I have encountered in other places.

Went "spying" on mount Olympos and was surprised to see a GC installation next to the British one and then realised the logic of placing it so close I suppose. There was a terrific rain storm before we arrived yesterday, everything is covered in pine needles. It rained quite hard an hour ago but the clouds are quite welcome in moderation.

Not too many tourists in Troodos and quite a few places closed in Platres but I'm not sure when the busy season is - August I suppose. May go to Limassol tomorrow if the forecast isn't too hot.


Sounds like an ideal base for covering some treks. :)

Have a good time, Jerry and spouse.


Thanks, yes it is a good place for walking, they have groups staying that walk the mountain paths but i forgot to pack my hiking boots. Met some really interesting people, an elderly Italian couple who were born in Egypt, he is Italian through and through but joined the British army in WW2, speaks five languages. The chap on the next table at dinner last night imports musical instruments to Cyprus, pianos from China, brass from Taiwan and clarinets from France I think he said.

After Dinner the owner invited us to try some of his 200 year old Commandaria (?). He told us about all the politicians Heads of State that had visited over the years, Denktash sat over there, he said, pointing to a seat in the bar. Apparently he came to a Platres festival before 1963. He told us how in 1956 a British officer turned up one day and told him that the hotel was to be requisitioned for the army and the had to pack and leave. 42 Commando took the place over for the Suez invasion and stayed for two years, they made a mess of the place he said.

Went to Limassol yesterday, I parked, opened the car door and was blasted with hot air, I can't believe how much cooler it is up in the mountains (only 28c) than the coast, it must be even hotter in Nicosia - I have never been to Cyprus in mid summer before.
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