My husband and I stayed here for a week recently on a half board basis. Hotel staff are working very hard and you want to give the resort a rating of 4, but I still think it’s only 3,5, just due to some niggly things, like a bit of maintenance here and there and it looks a bit tired in some corners.
Location of reception was confusing as you would imagine you walk straight on towards the desk when curiously, the front desk was around the corner. Service at reception was never anything less than friendly and efficient.
Large hotel, very friendly and helpful staff. We were lucky to get a room overlooking the pool area but around 10.30 they announce via the loudspeakers what the animation/entertainment team have on each day, which put a stop to lazy lie ins.
Enjoyed the food, though I have to agree breakfast started to get a bit samey. Mind you, there is only so much you can do with breakfast and there was plenty of variety I have to say. Enjoyed the salads the most and the meat at dinnertime was lovely. If you like to try local cuisine, then go and snaffle the food offered on “Cyrpus night” which I think was on Tuesday.
We travelled with Thomson on a package tour and they offer lots to kids, which I thought was great. Not relevant to us, mind, but if you have kids, you got the feeling there would be well looked after.
In the evening, there was entertainment in the downstairs ballroom but I cannot comment as we didn’t go. We went over there for a wedding and were too busy exploring Limassol and the surrounding area. The bars were fine though, but beer cheaper elsewhere.
Sadly, we are not into Karaoke and were put off going to the Nags Head across the road, which is closest to the hotel and would have been ideal. They start singing from 2200, which can be a pain when you want a quiet drink and a natter but it’s horses for courses. Those of you enjoying a sing song will love it I expect. If you also prefer a quieter place, try the Shakespeare Pub. Turn right at the main road/strip and walk on the right hand side towards the town and you can’t miss it, service there was cheerful and attentive.
Back to the hotel: The room was comfortable with nice thick curtains, tiny balcony, bath/shower and a very big, comfy bed. I also liked the flat screen TV. The hotel offers packages, where you can have bits added to your room such as tea and coffee making facilities, fruit and wine but we didn’t take them up on their offer, except for usage of the safety deposit box, which was EUR 12 for the duration. It wasn’t one of those modern ones with digital display and a code but just a plain old, slightly bent key. However, it did the job and our valuables were safe. Our door was slightly unhinged and we had trouble closing it, and then there were issues with the air con.
Little did we know that at the time there was a major explosion on the island which was close to the power station and triggered a powercut. We only found out about the huge scale of the incident when we were on our way back to the airport as the cab driver, whose house was badly damaged, told us about it. The hotel merely apologised that they could not run the air con at full pelt “due to the incident” but didn’t’ go into any detail. I assume they were trying not to spoil our holiday, so really the hotel can’t be blamed for the room temperature being uncomfortable for the last 3 days.
When the air con was working, it only did two things: When you turned it on, it rattled like a heavy smoker so you couldn’t sleep so you turned it off. Once it was off, you couldn’t sleep as the room was too hot. It was a minor irritation that didn’t lead to a sound sleep but can imagine it getting on other people’s wick.
We hired a car for the first time to get to a wedding in Nicosia. Europcar are just yards down the road from the hotel and came recommended by Thomson and had a special offer to boot. Given that we were car hire virgins, we went with them and were happy. We found driving over there surprisingly easy. The Cypriots drive on the left like in the UK, places are well signposted and traffic not as manic as in the UK. You are definitely ‘scared’ into going with Europcar though, and am sure we paid over the odds. There are loads of car hire places along the front, though couldn’t say how reputable they are, depends how brave you’re feeling. Guess you pay for peace of mind.
Limassol itself is a nice resort. It is our second visit and I still like it because there is a certain charm to it. I am not sure what people mean about the location not being nice but the hotel is great. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE AREA. When you get out of the hotel, there are hundreds of bars and restaurant, with the beach across the road (do get the no 30 bus though to drop you off at Amathus beach as it’s much nicer. Yellow brollies are the ones belonging to the public part of the beach; sunbed + brolly EUR 6 for two, plus great service. All other sunbeds seemed to belong to the hotels and we were politely asked to leave after some chap in white chinos and uniform asked if we were staying at the Amathus Beach hotel.
The town itself is undergoing a major tarting up. The marina is being done up as is the old town, so our timing wasn’t great but dictated by the wedding date. I am sure it’ll look stunning when finished and probably a bit too polished for me by then. If you have been to Pafos, then you may be disappointed as it’s less British and polished, but I like Limassol. I was delighted when I found a restaurant again that we discovered when we went to 11 years ago. It’s called Cuckoo’s Nest and is at the end of the pedestrianised bit. I have reviewed this separately. If you like very reasonable, home cooked food and an authentic Taverna, go there.
I haven’t found anything that should be avoided and think Limassol is getting bad press for no reason. It’s what you make it and from my experience, people were friendly and there was no hassle/a bad atmosphere anywhere.
Last top tip, watch the traffic at pedestrian crossings and junctions; if the road is clear, the natives tend to ignore the lights, might catch you out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlantica Oasis Hotel re-opened its doors in 2007 with a partial face lift. Located in the centre of Limassol just a few steps away from the beach, the hotel is the perfect place to live your dream holidays. An excellent range of facilities offer families and couples endless hours of fun. Only minutes from the wild nightlife of Limassol, surrounded by bars, restaurants and clubs. ... more less
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