Enjoyed an all inclusive week here; relocated due to fire in a nearby hotel. For a large, group establishment the Palm Beach was very dependable in every department. Based on our package price it probably represented excellent value for money as well.
Reception staff were attentive, sociable and responsive, especially if one tried a few pleasantries in Greek. Requests for local information and packed lunches e.g. were handled efficiently
My room balcony faced away from the sea, overlooking the lush gardens and suburbs to distant mountains - pleasant enough. Yes, fittings were a little dated in bedroom and bathroom but everything worked and was well maintained and cleaned. Storage space was generous.
The breakfast/lunch room is bright and spacious; waiters were happy to arrange outdoor dining in a small enclosed patio at very short notice. Both meals offered ample choice of hot dishes though there was little variation at breakfast time. Plenty of varied breads, rolls and pastries for breakfast with salads and fresh fruit at lunch time were available. Dishes were routinely replenished and service was well organised with a head waiter in attendance at all times.
The dinner buffet was offered in a larger restaurant at basement level, generally less pleasant than the upper room. Again staff were attentive and well trained, especially young ladies from Bulgaria and Romania, one lively 'treasure' even had a masters degree in Cultural Tourism! Many thanks to you both in particular. All my fellow travellers appreciated the range and quality of meats, vegetables and salads with only the chewy spare ribs one night coming in for criticism. Each evening's main course cuisine had a special theme to avoid repetition with 5 or 6 choices available. Although desserts, fruits and cheeses were somewhat repetetive, everyone was complimentary. Every evening there was live vocals/keyboard music (not too intrusive) with Greek dancing on one occasion; diners were invited to join some of the more familiar routines - great fun!
The main hotel building is only about 50 yards from the very gently shelving grey sand beach so there is relatively little space for lawns, pool and seaside bar. I'm not a pool lounger but the boardwalk alongside the beach was a great asset for morning and evening strolls. Where this narrow 'promenade' ends one can walk along the shor for a mile or two in both directions, though the landward views are rather dull, consisting of many forlorn, scrubby plots - seeking developers perhaps?
Service buses into Larnaka were cheap, regular, dependent and convenient. Studying timetables supplied by receptionist allowed two of us us to catch an onward connection to Lefkosia/Nicosia allowing for a 5-6 hour stay there. On this trip and hours spent in Larnaka I found the Cypriot people to be very approachable, chatty, generous, well travelled and truly engaged in current affairs. The colonial legacy also means that many have exemplary English.
On the whole the Palm Beach could not be faulted and those guests staying on for a further week were sorry to be transferred to the original venue - where fire damage had been repaired.
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