This Halloween, we decided to visit a spooky abandoned hotel in the Troodos Mountains. The Berengaria Hotel has a colourful history, and is a bit of a tourist attraction these days. So lets take a wander...
We first visited Prodromos a few years ago, with a view to exploring this beauty. However, at the time it was blowing a typical Autumn gale, and I got soaked having walked a few metres from the car. So we returned yesterday to have another look at this famous ruin.
Anyone For Tennis
We say famous with good reason. The Berengia Hotel (named after the wife of King Richard the Lionheart) is a bit of a tourist attraction. As we arrived, we saw other mask-clad visitors wandering the grounds. We stopped for our picnic, and gave them time to leave. Urban exploring doesn't really sit well with crowds. It ruins the air of mystery.
Once we had finished and tidied up our rubbish, we found the hole in the fence that explorers have been using for years to enter the premises. There are signs all around the place saying Danger and Keep Out. So do bear in mind that if you enter a place like this, you are doing so at your own risk.
Anyway, our particular hole in the fence led us to the old tennis courts.
Steps To Heaven
So what is the history of this place, and why is it abandoned?
Back In The Day
The Hotel was built in 1930, by Mr Kokkalos, a resident of Prodromos Village. He funded its construction using his savings and contributions from his friends. It opened in 1931, which is a timescale a lot of modern construction projects would do well to emulate.
Mr Kokkalos had noted that mountain holidays were gaining popularity among tourists, and he was not wrong. For over half a century the hotel was a haven for Royals and the Nobility. King Pharouk of Egypt, Winston Churchill and a president of Israel were notable guests. The hotel's casino, night club and luxury furniture all helped to attract both local and international visitors.
Incidentally, we found the above picture on property website. If you have a spare €2,300,000 you can buy the joint. A lick of paint and off you go...
Ok, so you will probably need a bit of Polyfilla too.