The apartment is more than just a place to stay, its the sort of place that will make your stay in Nicosia more memorable.
Its bright, with open spaces and a spacious, decked terrace offers up spectacular views of the Kyrenia mountain range.
The living room has three huge double glazed windows which can slide into the walls. This opens up the space even more by connecting the indoor with the outdoor.
The building itself was built in 1975. The flat underwent a full renovation to make the most of the larger spaces that these older apartments tend to offer.
Enjoy breakfast in the sunshine, an al-fresco barbeque or nights with a glass of wine watching the sun go down.
It has windows which face north, east, south and west making it easy to adjust the light or catch the breeze. The apartment tends to keep cool in the summer months and relatively warm in the winter.
You can get to the beginning of the the walled old city within a 20 minute walk, the center of the old city is a 30 minute walk or a 5 minute drive or cycle.
If you would like some food shopping done, that can be arranged, so when you walk in you can just start enjoying the apartment and Nicosia straight away.
Guests will have access to the whole apartment and all its facilities / modern conveniences. These include:
FULLY FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN
Washing machine (max load: 7kg)
All the utensils needed to cook
1 double room, double bed with Magniflex mattress
1 double room, double bed with mattress
1 single room, single bed with mattress
Shower (the hot water system was upgraded following Marine's feedback)
1 four seat couch / sofa
1 three seat couch / sofa
1 marble table with 4 chairs
50 inch Pioneer TV (full HD)
Xbox 360, a few games, one controller
PS3, a few games, two controllers
NOTE: both the black and white sofas that are displayed in the photos have been removed and upgraded with a leather couch / sofa.
2 AIR CONDITIONING SPLIT UNITS (HOT & COLD)
1 unit in the living room
1 unit in one of the double bedroom
1 Private parking space
Wi-Fi (6 mbps connection) - can be increased within one month's notice
28 TV channels
Free use of one mountain bike
Barbeque (uses charcoal)
Books & Magazines
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy interacting and spending time with my guests but I am equally happy to respect your privacy during their stay.
The neighborhood of Ayios Andreas in Nicosia, formally known as Tophane, is tranquil and contains some of the oldest, largest and most beautiful houses in the capital. The neighborhood is well serviced and most things can be found within a few minutes walk from the apartment.
Ayios Andreas is one of Nicosia's 24 historic neighborhoods that can be found within the walls. In 1923 it was extended to encompass an area outside the walls.
Ayios Andreas was a prestigious neighborhood, where Turkish, Greek and Armenian Cypriots used to coexist together with the Latins. In Turkish Tophane literally means "the cannon’s house" or "arsenal", and the house (called "Castelliotissa"), which the area derived its name from, can still be found in the neighborhood. In September 1945, the Ottoman name of the Tophane neighborhood was changed into Ayios Andreas.
Castelliotissa, which is near the Paphos Gate, was originally a part of the second Royal Palace of the French Lusignan royal dynasty of Cyprus. It was later used as a munitions storage by the Ottomans and that is when the area received the name of Tophane. It continued as a storage site during the period of British rule.
After 1960, there were no Turkish Cypriots living in the neighborhood and the last Turkish name, that of Tophane Mesdjidi Street, where mainly Turkish Cypriots resided, was changed into Granikou Street sometime after 1963.
There is bus stop within a 2 minute walk from the apartment that can take you to the city center / the old city in a few minutes.
Other Things to Note
If you would like an early check in or a late check out just ask and if it is possible we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
The best way of getting in touch with me is by clicking on the "Contact Me" button, located under my profile picture, and inquiring about availability before trying to Book It.
Its important to us that you feel right at home and have the freedom to do as you please during your stay. All we ask is that you respect the neighbors, take your trash downstairs to the main bin and take care of the apartment and its content : )
The apartment was really nice and spacious and we like liked staying there. Mario was a very accommodating host and we spent some time together dining locally the first evening, and while he arranged for the heating unit to be fixed - highly appreciated because this winter was freezing cold! The big terrace seems perfect for the summer.
We stayed in Mario and Alex's sun-filled apartment for a week and had a great stay. Mario is a friendly, responsive host who was kind enough to meet us for a later check-in. The view from the apartment is amazing; just watching the clouds flow over the mountains is a great afternoon activity. The main bed is almost impossibly comfortable and the neighborhood is quiet, so we slept very well. Both the host and apartment are highly recommended.
We managed well staying here without a car, but we're rather fond of walking. We walked to the center of town most days - it's about 20 minutes, give or take. There are also good food options - both restaurants and groceries - within 5-10 minutes walk from the apartment.
Mario & Alex's flat is very nice - certainly spacious, and it was nice and clean. The kitchen is well equipped and the TV huge! It's in a nice neighbourhood. Right next door to the British Ambassador's residence in fact. And the Australian one too! The balcony looks lovely, but as it was so cold during our visit we did not really use it. On arrival we were greeted by Androulla, who made sure that we knew where everything was, and that we could use the keys properly. It is a real home from home in Nicosia! Thanks, Mario and Alex!
First, the apartment is lovely…the views and the terrace are amazing. On a nice day, you can slide open the 3 glass door to have on big continuous space. The living room is very comfortable and include TV and great speaker system, in which you can plug in your music device. Second, the apartment was very clean and had all that we needed (including a great espresso maker) was available. Third (and most important), Mario was very helpful and responsive to any request or question that we had. The walk into the old city is about 15 min and the neighborhood is quiet and pleasant. We are planning to stay at the apartment again..when we visit Nicosia.
We had a great time in Nicosia and at Mario's apartment. The place is really amazing, very spacious, especially the living-room that opens up to a huge terrace, offering a nice view to the surrounding mountains. We stayed here for one month and can fully recommend this place for long or short-term holidays even during wintertime. The apartment is more than just a space for sleeping but a great place to spend your time reading, working, watching TV/playing videogames, cooking and hanging around... The neighbourhood is a suburban living-area, offering all the infrastructure you'll need ... pharmacies, bakery, restaurants, supermarkets... The distance to the city-center is about 20 minutes by foot and just a puddle jump by car or bike. It's a great basis to discover all parts of Cyprus within a day-trip... Mario was an easy-going and very helpful host. Once we had a problem with the shower and he showed up within half an hour to fix it. Never had any problems afterwards, everything was perfectly fine! The sweets we got from Mario at the end of our stay were a very nice gesture. Hope to come back one day;-)
Tak for brug af din dejlige lejlighed og din hjælpsomhed både ved ankomst og under vores ophold. Det var et dejligt kvarter og gode restauranter i gå afstand. Vi havde lejet en bil og der var gode parkeringsmuligheder.
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The apartment was fantastic - just as described, the terrace has a wonderful view towards the mountains. We were warmly greeted by Mario and his Mum who was there finishing off the apartment. The apartment was clean, well presented and very spacious. Great large screen TV and items for entertainment are also included for you. Wi-Fi was solid for our stay.
We would say the apartment is well situated for anyone with a car, the walk to downtown is very easy, but is more like 35 minutes as we actually tried it. We were very happy with the neighbourhood and everyone around is friendly and will always smile or say a hello.
Mario is a great host, he also helped us out with an issue we had with our hire car and nothing is too much trouble. He is also a great guy to go and have a drink with - We will definitely be back!
My brother Alex and I have been using AirBnB since 2011 and its been a great adventure and service for us. Its lead to meeting many interesting people and seeing some great places along the way.
As Alex lives in Germany and I am based in Nicosia, most, if not all of your interaction will be with me. What a pleasure : P
Im laid back and open, like new experiences, meeting new people and live life one day at a time.
I love Cyprus, its the perfect place to go looking for an adventure on a motorbike. With sun in the summer, snow in the winter, beaches, mountains, mouthwatering food, good friends and ice cold beer what else could I ask for?
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