Hotel History

The history of this Hotel starts in 1916, when a young boy at the age of 8 years old was forced to desert his birth town of  Paphos and his 8 member family, and move to Nicosia for a better future. It took him 3 days to reach Nicosia using only his barefoot! One of his jobs was waiter at Cleopatra Hotel, the first Hotel in Nicosia. After 15 years of hard work in different jobs he opened his first restaurant. By saving every single penny from his earnings, he managed to buy Cleopatra Hotel.

The name of this entrepreneurial young man was Charalambos Ioannides known as “Loucoullos”, a nick name given to him for the tasty and rich food he offered to his guests. Cleopatra Hotel was initially situated on Ledras Street and after Loucoullos took over he bought the existing property, where he built a new and modern 2 storey Hotel. He was mocked about the new location that seemed at the time that it was far from the centre. He proved everybody wrong, as the centre of the city now embraces the Hotel.

With time, his son-in-law, Kypros Iacovides, gives up teaching physics and becomes Hotelier. He proved a talented businessman and added a new block of rooms, the MACEDONIA ballroom, the swimming pool and a block of flats adjacent to the Hotel.

The granddaughters create the STONES HEALTH CENTRE AND GYM, the traditional Greek Meze restaurant “LOUCOULLOS” and the BAROQUE LOUNGE BAR. The latest advancement is the fully renovated rooms, suites and lobby.

The Hotel is currently managed by the third generation, thus keeping the Hotel’s legacy of warm Hospitality, tasty food and personal service.

Cleopatra and her connection to Cyprus.

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