Just 200 metres from the beach and at the end of one of the main shopping streets in Larnaca on the surface the Atrium Zenon Hotel Apartments prices look like a good deal that is too good to be true!! The catch is Air-conditioning/heating is charged locally. Some booking websites i.e. Hotels4U do not mention this, others quote Euro 6.75 per night however the Manager insists “this is a Expedia mistake not their own and the air-con/heating charge for a One Bedroom Apartment is Euro 9.00 per night while a Studio is Euro 4.50 per night”. Add this to the cost of your original booking and you may think twice.
The hotel itself is in a very central and convenient location, no need for a car unless you want to venture outside of Larnaca. Our One Bedroom Apartment was on the first floor overlooking the street and a very convenient street Corner Shop/Kiosk which sells just about everything you may possibly need for your stay from food, drinks to books and magazines. Yes, the kiosk does keep long opening hours and yes the street below is busy BUT the noise from both is no louder than you would expect from any centrally located city centre hotel and it is only noticeable when you are on the balcony or your balcony door is open. I agree the apartments overlooking the car park are probably quieter, they also have less sun, but then you don’t get the chance to watch the Cypriot world go by from your own small balcony.
The apartments themselves are more 3* than 4* basic functional furnishings which are cleaned daily (the washing-up is down to the guest though). Plenty of hot water, the towels, a small hand towel and a very slightly larger bath towel are both very small, you are only allocated one each for each guest. The hotel does not provide pool towels. The kitchenette has basic utensils, pots, pans and plates etc. a kettle, 2 hotplates, no oven or microwave. The under the counter fridge is spacious BUT as each apartment has Electronic Magnetic/Keys the electricity for the apartment cuts out when you leave, as does the fridge and the air-con for which you are paying. So unless you either stay in the apartment all the time or cheat the magnetic key system there is no chance of having a copious supply of ice or an icy cool room.
The pool on the 4th floor, which probably accounts for the hotels 4* rating, has plenty of sun loungers both in the sun and shade, very few children were staying during our stay so it was quiet. The pool bar staff were friendly however we found the food menu to be pricy for the quality and size of portions in comparison to other outlets close by. We did not take the breakfast option so can not comment on its choice or value; we found the very handy, friendly Corner Shop/Kiosk across the street from the apartments had a more than ample choice of yogurts, juice, fresh bread cooked and un-cooked meats etc for breakfast each day. Additionally along the sea front, less than 200 metres away there are a large range of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants etc of varying styles most of which have FREE WiFi.
The reception area is smallish with little character, it has a small seating area and desk. The ladies at reception are friendly and courteous but it is clear they are working strictly to orders from the General Manager Mr Michaelides who runs the hotel with an ‘iron fist’!! Both the hotel and the ambiance would benefit if Mr Michaelides spent more time correcting and up-dating the hotels entries on all booking sites for its smoking policy and additional supplements/charges rather than ‘bean counting’ charges from unsuspecting guests and avoiding larger commissions for booking agent fees. Unfortunately for us, like others before us, we were also caught out by a rather large Additional Room Supplement of Euro 63.00 for Air-con for the week.
Overall the Atrium Zenon Hotel Apartments location is central to the beach and town, these budget styled apartments are suitable for a base, however do account for and/or check and confirm the Air-con/heating price and any other supplements for WiFi etc before you book!! Should the total price for the stay be right for the style and quality of these apartments/hotel in comparison to other beach side properties in the immediate area we would stay here again.
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