By Bejay Browne
A NEW HOSTEL has opened in Limassol offering alternative accommodation for guests on a budget.
The project is set in a 1960s building in Ayias Fylaxeos street – the Jamouda area – in the heart of Limassol. It has been carefully renovated to keep the character of the house, whilst providing comfortable and spacious accommodation.
Owned and operated by Elias Eliades and Antonis Antoniou, the new venture fills a gap in the local market and will cater for families, groups of friends, back packers, students and individual travellers.
The owners came up with the idea of creating the house after visiting numerous hostels in other countries. Lima Sol house can accommodate seven to eight people in two bedrooms.
“Both Antonis and I have travelled extensively around Europe and have stayed in many similar places. Although there is a crisis, that doesn’t dampen people’s wish to travel, but more people are looking for cheaper places to stay as many hotels are expensive,” Eliades told the Sunday Mail
The hostel owner will operate the premises along with Antoniou, they both speak Greek and English and have a staff member also speaks German and French.
“We only opened a couple of weeks ago and during the carnival were fully booked. We are already taking bookings from Sweden for August,” he said:
Only two rooms are operational at present, with seven or eight beds in total but two further rooms will be ready shortly, which will bring the total tally up to 12 beds. All of the facilities are shared.
“We offer comfortable accommodation and the building has a balcony all of the way around. There is a large living area with a TV, a kitchen and bathroom and free parking for our customers.”
Situated just a five minute walk from the old town in a superb location close to the main commercial and cultural areas of Limassol and about ten minutes from the seafront, Eliades says that most areas are accessible on foot.
During the day, Limassol is a haven for shoppers, whilst at night time the old town comes alive with those visiting the towns numerous clubs, bars and restaurants.
The Lima Sol house is also close to the central bus station, just a couple of minutes walk away.
“We chose the location very carefully, it’s important to be in the right place and it’s easy to get around whilst using us a base.”
The new venture also offers guests free Wi-Fi, a TV in the shared living area, a free locker for luggage, complimentary coffee and tea, linen and towels and 24 hour access, there is also an information desk.
It costs 15 euros per bed for a one night stay at the house, 40 euros a bed for a three night stay and 95 euros a bed for a seven night stay.
Eliades said that at present, bookings may be made via their Facebook page or by email or telephone. A dedicated website will be up and running in a few weeks.
For information and reservations: Elias Eliades 99562205, Antonis Antoniou 96269556 [email protected] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lima-Sol-house/223448137847355