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Golden Bay Beach Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Dhekelia Road | PO Box 40741, Larnaka 6306, Cyprus (Formerly Golden Tulip)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 41 hotels in Larnaka
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“Quiet and very little atmpsphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

My wife and i stayed for two nights prior to flying home and found the hotel very quiet. There seemed to be few guests. The restaurants and bars were empty. We waited in one bar for staff to appear and eventually left for a bar over the road,, The location is not great with abandoned buildings close by. The room was large and very clean and the bed very comfortable. All things considered we would not stay here again

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

There are many positives to this hotel, the friendly staff*, the nice pool area, the style of the rooms, all of which are certainly 4star, but maybe not 5 star...

(*When I say friendly staff, I am referring to the waiting staff in the restaurant, the reception staff were not really friendly at all)

However, what they don't tell you on their website is where the disappointment lies.
We had booked full board in a "mini suite" as a treat and for a totally relaxing holiday. A suite, to me anyhow, constitutes more than just a larger room, there should be a separate part. What we got was a large room, with a sofabed, desk and small table with a couple of chairs.

But the most disappointing aspect was the food... Although there are four restaurants, due to low season, only one was open at any time, which meant that there was no choice for us. Another real disappointment was that each night was a themed buffet and we were not allowed to choose off the ala carte menu (because we were full board). The food that we could see being served from the ala carte, looked far superior to what was available on the buffet. Also despite being full board, no drinks were included. Not even water. Alcoholic drinks were perfectly understandable, but not even water - which it was stated by the hotel that the tap water was unsafe, so we had to purchase bottled water.
There is no explanation on the hotel website of what is included in full or half board.
A final disappointment was the setting, the hotel grounds themselves were very nice, everything well maintained and it was enjoyable to be there when it was not crowded. However, the beach is little more than a mud strip, the view for half of the hotel rooms (including ours) was of an identical 6+ storey hotel not more than 20 metres away. There were 3 identical buildings together which seem to be all owned by the same group, but with I guess different standards. Our terrace which was meant to be a bonus of choosing a mini suite, was overlooked by at least 100 balconies from the hotel next door.

The beds are very hard (uncomfortably so), the wifi is not free, the room cleaning was ok but not much attention to detail.

All in all we had a nice holiday, we wanted a quiet time in the sun, just relaxing, but I couldnt imagine returning or recommending it.

Room Tip: Rooms not overlooking the neighbouring hotel would be much nicer
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

i had my wedding at 20 / 10 at golden bay hotel. Everything was perfect ,the food, the atmosphere, the staff ,good organized ,i really enjoy my wedding and the cooperation with the staff. The f&b manager of the hotel was very helpful and professional .He made me feel comfortable for our special day. I recommend it 100% .

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We ran a 2-day conference at the Golden Bay at the beginning of October during the Cyprus presidency of the EU, involving 100 people from 28 different countries, all arriving at different times, speaking different languages, etc. The hotel staff managed admirably, every last-minute request was met with a smile, nothing was too much trouble. Our team didn't have much time to make the most of the lovely pool and beach, but the service during the conference - water, coffee breaks, lunches - was faultless. For our last evening group dinner they threw in live music and dancers free of charge, and it turned into quite a party. The waiting staff were pleasant and efficient, the reception staff were attentive and responsive, and the front office manager was never far away if we needed him. The interior decor and rooms were a bit spartan and could benefit from some artworks and flowers but generally one of the best hotels I have worked with for international conferences.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Golden Bay B, Guest Relations Manager at Golden Bay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 11, 2013
Dear Mrs. Barbara,

Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely comments, all our guests’ feedback are appreciated and valued by everyone here at the Golden Bay Beach Hotel. It was a pleasure hosting a conference like yours and we are delighted to hear you found our services satisfactory. It is with contentment we hear that you enjoyed the special Cyprus Night Gala the Management arranged for your, offering everyone a chance to taste Cyprus hospitality;
Please do keep in touch by following us on our Facebook page, searching “goldenbaycyprus” and keep up to date with our daily activities.
We hope to welcome you back again, on a lighter and more relaxing schedule.

Kind regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

Golden Bay truly is a 5 star luxury resort hotel. Staff are dedicated to providing a personalised service which makes you feel special. The pool and outside areas are beautifully designed and feature a wonderful poolside and swim up bar. Food is of a very high standard and there are numerous places to eat. The traditional Ouzeri is set in a picturesque courtyard. At Golden Bay the room type and choice is fantastic with most having sea view Decor and attention to detail is just perfect. Golden Bay is truly a place in paradise - I cannot recommend it enough True Cypriot hospitality at its best

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was our second visit in 6 months and having friut & wine in our room on arrival was most welcome. During our 6 day visit there were several conferences in the hotel but you didn't realise that they were going on. This hotel is extremley well managed and gets the balance right between business and leisure customers.
Our room was cleaned to a high standard daily and we were pleased that our request to keep to the same room that we had in April was adhered to. Seeing the sun rise each morning was breath taking.
The breakfast each morning gave a good selection and there was plenty of choice. Room Service we used a couple of times & enjoyed without having to wait too long.
This hotel is of a high standard & we will be returning

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

There were so many positives about this hotel. The rooms, with a side sea view, had spacious balconies with comfortable chairs on them. The room furnishings were excellent. Bathrobes and slippers were provided and the beach towels were of excellent quality and were changed on demand. Bar prices were reasonable. The downsides were really outside the control of the hotel. The immediate area was uninteresting with a smattering of tavernas, and in common with much of Cyprus, the sand is an unappealing dirty brown colour. The sea was warm and a bathing area was protected by groynes.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Golden Bay Beach Hotel

Address: Dhekelia Road | PO Box 40741, Larnaka 6306, Cyprus (Formerly Golden Tulip)
Location: Cyprus > Larnaka District > Larnaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Larnaka
#3 Luxury Hotel in Larnaka
#4 Family Hotel in Larnaka
#4 Business Hotel in Larnaka
#7 Romantic Hotel in Larnaka
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Larnaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Golden Bay Beach Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Extensively renovated and refurbished every year since 1996, this beach hotel has 193 elegantly furnished rooms. The hotel is fully air-conditioned and has a lobby with 24-hour reception, currency exchange facility, cloakroom and lift access. Additionally it has bar and dining facilities, a gift and souvenir shop, hairdressing salon, 24-hour room service, baby-sitting service, doctor-on-call (fees apply), taxi service on the premises and a car hire service. Assistance is also provided to guests in organising excursions. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are also available (all subject to fees). There are also parking and conference facilities, as well as a business centre. Internet and WLAN access are also provided (subject to fees). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Larnaca Golden Tulip
Golden Tulip Larnaca

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