October 2018 – Prodromos, Cyprus

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalampous

The Berengaria Hotel in Cyprus has been the subject of mystery throughout the years. Located in the village of Prodromos hidden between the Pine Forests, the hotel, a majestic building can be seen.

The Berengaria Hotel opened its doors in 1931 and closed down in 1984. It now stands desolate, derelict and its stone structure is beginning to crumble. During its time, it was the hidden jewel of the mountains as it was a luxurious hotel hosting visitors such as Pharouk, the King of Egypt and Ezer Vaisman president of Israel as well as top businessmen of the time. It was a mountain resort with a casino, night club and had state of the art furniture and decor.

What makes Berengaria so appealing until now is its peculiar history. The hotel itself closed down due to bad business and huge profit loss but underlying stories uncover secrets within the family. It was said that the original owner Mr. Kokkalos after having built a hotel by himself with an international presence and reputation went to waste. This was due to the fact that after his death, having passed it on to his three sons which were filled with greed, vanity and jealousy of each other caused the hotel to fail.

There are numerous stories that circle the Berengaria Hotel. It was said that the three brothers all died from mysterious and suspicious circumstances that provoked interest to the story of the hotel. As a result, the hotel is deemed as a haunted place as people reported seeing shadows flying behind the broken glass left over from the large windows and heard screams and cries. Furthemore, stories of a manager who killed himself and now wanders the halls looking for new victims emerged. Additonally it was said that two female ghosts haunt the hotel; a merchant’s wife that was found dead in the swimming pool seeking to avenge her death and a fair maiden with black raven hair, dressed in white linen and visible only during the dusk hours leaning against one of the windows. All these stories have now made the hotel a place sought after adventurers and adrenaline junkies.

A relative of the owner who now owns the hotel, puts signs of no entry and blocks the hotel off to visitors. This is due to the fact that the building itself is unstable and dangerous to walk into, especially at night, but visitors still seek the thrill of this location and enter despite all his efforts.

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