This traditional house Kiniras Hotel in the heart of Paphos is a 15th century Venetian building, which was first converted into a hotel in 1924 and completely renovated in 1995.
It is perhaps the most traditional of Paphos hotels, it still maintains its original character and uniqueness and is of course a listed building.
The Kiniras hotel has become know over the last few years as a landmark, meeting place and a favoured venue for eating out in Paphos. The architecture of the building gives an irreplaceable expression of the wealth and variety of its cultural background and this is complimented by the artwork that adorns the walls from its owner, George Gregoriou.
The hotel is popular with guests from all across Europe and is in high demand from French, Dutch and German tourists in particular. It attracts many independent travellers who research their holiday on the internet and make informed decisions rather than be led by the large tour operators. Many visitors crave the unique family run lodging not found at the bigger hotels in Cyprus and quite often the hotel has guests from larger hotels who have come for a couple of nights for just that level of hospitality and spirit of place.
The rooms are very clean and comfortable, with new linen, and fully equipped with bath or shower, radio, colour TV, minibar, safety box, air-conditioning/heating and a view of the garden or the narrow traditional streets of Paphos. All rooms can pick up the hotels free Wi-Fi service and the staff are allways on hand to deal with any requests with a smile. Onverlooking the rooftops and church domes of old Paphos you can appreciate how rare its old world charm really is. (Most hotels in Cyprus overlook a car park or a disco!) Sleep well, eat and drink well and be enchanted by this idyllic hideaway right in the heart of old Paphos.
All the rooms are different and most of them are decorated with frescoes painted by the owner. Being in the Kiniras you can feel you are part of a history not found in many soulless modern establishments. The hotel restaurant is definitely to be tried as this establishment is almost a restaurant with a hotel rather than the other way about.
The Kinras Tavern is fairly unique in an increasingly homogenized restaurant world. Having had a menu that catered for all and done it well it has chosen to go 'back to its roots' and present a menu that is steeped in tradition and uncompromising in its authenticity.
The menu features some sixty dishes, all created from the cook books of the past. The restaurant offers such delicacies as sun dried lamb, kalamari, machalebi (a pudding based on rose water syrup) or more familiar but equally authentic dishes such as T-bone steak or mousaka. The difference is almost always in the preparation. For instance you'll find that the succulent taste of the pork steaks is down to the fact that they are marinated for two to three days in red wine. The same goes for swordfish which is allowed to take in the flavours of dill and bay leaf through the vehicle of virgin olive oil. Adventurous dinners may want to try the Zalatina (pig’s trotters and other cuts in aspic) or opt for a simple village salad.
Service is of course exemplary and whether its George himself or Laxman or Barbara, you will be made to feel very comfortable - the only danger is getting too comfortable as the outdoors courtyard is a wonderful place to lose an afternoon! ~ and of course sample our own label wine
The restaurant is fully certified and keeps up (and exceeds) the standards of HACCP and ISO 2200. The kitchens have many fridges to separate the marinating meat from the cheeses and sweets
Experience the ambience and relaxing qualities of the enclosed courtyard which is open to the public, for a morning coffee or taste some exquisite Cypriot traditional cuisine at lunch or throughout the day.
The Kiniras has achieved the coveted CTO (Cyprus Tourism Organisation) Vakhis award. This is awarded sparingly to establishments that serve traditional Cypriot cuisine in an environment that is authentic, and where the levels of service as well as the ambience and decor compliment the food ~ in short the full dining experience. Currently, Kiniras is the only hotel in Paphos to have received the award.
So whether you are an independent traveller looking for some 'Real Cyprus' ,a tourist from another Cyprus hotel looking for a taste of something different, whether its food or ambience, or indeed one of our many loyal customers who reside on the island and come back again and again to taste the Kiniras experience, we welcome you to our website. Like our philosophy towards hospitality and food, this site is a constantly changing entity and there will allways be something new and different on here to entertain you. Why not bookmark us and come back again, or better still drop in and visit us when your next in Paphos ~ your home from home that is Kiniras Hotel Tavern.
The hotel is found in Makarios Avenue only a couple of minutes away from the old town market and a short bus ride away from Paphos harbour with its Venetian fort and the UNESCO sites of aincient Paphos.
Paphos has its own International airport. The airport receives flights from most cities in Europe as well as some Middle Eastern and North African destinastions.
Area Information/Places of Interest:
Paphos (or Pafos) is one of the most beautiful and ancient towns of Cyprus. Wherever one treads in Paphos he comes across its glorious history which dates back thousands of years, when the cult of goddess Aphrodite who emerged from its seas, flourished in this beautiful part of the world attracting many visitors from the island and abroad.
Today Paphos is a small harbour town, but in Hellenistic and Roman times it was the capital of Cyprus. Still under the spell of her Beauty-Goddess, the area retaining her magic, has remained impact by time. Paphos seduces its visitor with its majestic landscape, lovely coastline, historical treasures and delightful villages where tradition is still a way of life.
The legacy from its remarkable history adds up to nothing less than an open museum, so much so that UNESCO simply added the whole town its world Cultural Heritage List. Among the treasures unearthed, are the remarkable mosaics in the Houses of Dionyssos, Theseus and Aion, beautifully preserved after 16 centuries under the soil. Then there are the mysterious vaults and caves, the Tombs of the Kings, the ancient Odeon Theatre and other places of interest including the various Museums.