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Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Theas Afroditis Avenue | Kato Paphos, Paphos 8101, Cyprus (Formerly Athena Beach Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #17 of 97 Hotels in Paphos
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“super hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2008

went to the athena beach hotel on honeymoon best holiday ive ever had hotel lovely staff very helpful weather wonderful i cant believe the negative reviews some people are giving this hotel id defo go back xx

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2008

We stayed in the Athena Beach Hotel for two weeks in April May 2008 & our first impressions as we arrived were positive as our rooms had been allocated in advance & we received our keys at the airport. The reception area was very clean and befitting a 4 star hotel.

However, we had booked and paid an extra £252 for a superior room for the two weeks but were given a standard full seaview room. We were part of a dancing group of 50 couples and there were several people in the same situation. We've been promised a refund of the supplement that we had paid and although we were disappointed at the error we did not allow this to spoil our holiday. We still don't know if the error was the fault of the hotel or the travel agent.

The room itself was adequate for our needs although the bathroom could be doing with a bit of an upgrade. The bed was one of the most comfortable we have had when travelling abroad and we both had 14 nights of very restful sleep. The fridge was available free of charge and the safe will cost you 6 euros for the 2 weeks, which is one of the most reasonable costs we've experienced. Pool towels are provided within the room, but both these and the bathroom towels have seen better days and will need replacing sooner rather than later.

The hotel itself is let down by the quality of the food on offer. Other reviewers have commented on the deep fried bacon. I tried it once and didn't have a cooked breakfast again. Mind you, it doesn't help if you don't like eggs, as the majority of the choice on offer involved eggs in one form or another! The fruit juice is restricted to a choice of orange or grapefruit and both are made up from concentrate or powder mixed with water. The only fresh fruit offered was orange, grapefruit and occasionally melon along with tinned peaches and pineapple. After two weeks this got a bit monotonous. The range of cereals was okay and there was a huge selection of breads and fresh pancakes.

Evening meals were a real disappointment. The hotel had themed evenings each night, but if you didn't know in advance what the theme was you'd be hard pushed to guess as the fare on offer was pretty similar every night. The salad bar had a good selection on offer, but you got to know in advance what would be on offer as they used the leftovers from the night before to make up the starters the following night. We pretty much gave up on the hot buffet selection as they were always made from the cheapest cuts of meat or chicken (full of bones and fat). We discovered that the best option was to go for the meat that the chef carved in front of you. As far as veg is concerned... why o why do hotels serve up frozen vegetables? Most nights it was a choice of frozen sprouts and frozen carrots. We don't have these at home and would expect fresh vegetables when we're paying 4 star prices. We're also 99% certain that their mashed potatoes were smash mixed with cheese or garlic dependant on the evening. The positive side were the sweets. We don't normally go for these, but as we'd cut down on the main courses we were glad that the sweets were of a high standard. Unfortunately, we only found out on our second last day that we could have requested to eat in the Royal Athena Beach Hotel which is next door if we'd booked in advance. I believe this option is only available for 4 nights a week.

As we were on a dancing holiday for the first week we didn't seek out the in house entertainment within the hotel until the second week. Thank goodness for our dancing week as the entertainment we saw in the second week ranged from good to cringingly awful! At least there are plenty of alternatives within a short walking distance.

Overall we were happy with the hotel, but the quality of the food definitely let the hotel down. We are returning to Paphos in November and will be staying at the Avanti, which is also 4 star so we'll be interested to see how it compares to the Athena Beach.

  • Liked — Location and facilities
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2008

Welcoming staff in reception. Well equipped and very clean room with fridge and easy chairs. TV with Sky News. Dressing gown and slippers provided.Comfortable beds. Never any shortage of hot water in bathroom with bath and overbath shower.Large efficient buffet style restaurant with an (extra cost) a la carte waiter service option in a smaller restaurant adjoining. Very wide choice of good food at all meals. Mainly eastern European waiters and waitresses who generally gave good service but don't smile often and give the impression that they are just there because they can earn more than in their home countries,
(which is probably the only reason they are there).

Pleasant sea views with with well-kept grounds and gardens. Clean indoor and outdoor pools (latter not tested as still cool in February). Plenty of sun-loungers. Good gym with a reasonable range of modern equipment.

Hotel very good for bowlers and those who enjoy sequence dancing. Curiously, there was a large television in the card room where films were shown on some evenings and quizzes held on others. In such a large hotel with clients of a mainly 'mature age', it was disappointing and suprising to find no-one who could give us a decent game of bridge.

Probably 90% British clientele when we arrived, but by the time of our departure at the beginning of March, there must have been 30+% German.

20-25 minutes walk into Paphos but bus-stop outside hotel and there are nearby shops. I was not impessed by Paphos which seems to consist mainly of eating places, car-hire shops, estate agents, building sites and tourist tat which rather detract from the genuine places of interest.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2008

We were actually booked in to the Alexander the Great Hotel, where we have stayed several times. However, a week or two before our February 24 departure date, we were informed by Travel Republic, our booking agent, that the Alexander was closed and that for the first few days of our 3-week holiday, we would be accommodated at the Athena Beach Hotel. On arrival there, one day late, due to the fact that tragically, the co-pilot on our GB Airways flight from Manchester, died during the flight and we were diverted to Istanbul for the night, we went through an enormously long check-in, our documents being checked and double checked by the not unpleasant Reception staff. Eventually we were given a room key and told the direction to take. It was about as far away from Reception as it was possible to be - a garden room on the lower ground floor. We complained, simply because we had paid for a second or third floor room with full sea view. We asked to speak to a senior manager after being told that no other rooms were available. then, 10 minutes later, a phone message suggested that the manager had been contacted at home and we would be re-accommodated. We were given a prime room on Floor 3, in the central section of this large hotel. It had a huge balcony with table, chairs and two sunloungers, complete with sunbrolly.

The room itself was like any Travel Lodge room. Comfortable enough but uninspired. However, such items as tea and coffee making equipment, hair drier and a fridge whose notice encouraged us to put our own drinks in there were most welcome - or, we could have it stocked with hotel drinks if we wished. The bathroom, well cleaned every day, with a plentiful supply of fresh towels and cosmetics, was adequate, as was the never-ending supply of hot water (at a good pressure in the shower). Two showers - one fixed, the other flexible!

We never book full or half board, simply because we are not lovers of buffet food, except, perhaps at breakfast. We cannot comment, therefore, on the quality of evening dining, but previous experiences have suggested that it will be much of a sameness! Breakfast, however, was extensive, despite the strangeness of deep fried bacon. Eggs were available in almost any form, scrambled, with zuccini, hard boiled, soft boiled, fresh fried, in omelettes, plain or otherwise. Fresh made pancakes, mashed potato(!) sausages, beans and all the usual things - as well as preserved meats, cheeses, fresh fruit, tinned fruit, yoghurt and many different breads and preserves catered for all tastes. Of course, you do all the work yourself, from getting your own teapot or coffee to serving your own food. The staff, many of whom are from Eastern Europe and are totally uncommunicative, are there simply to clear away. Generally, apart from the Maitre D and her sidekicks, are unhelpful, even surly and look as though they have lost a shilling and found a penny. And that is a big let-down. In previous times, in other hotels, the Cypriot staff have been friendly and most helpful.

The hotel, as I said, is large and there are long distances to walk if you are housed at its extremities. Having said that, the grounds are very pleasant, the pools are spacious and clean and the sea view is very fine. The foyer and bar areas are also spacious and beautifully furnished and offer - at least during our stay - considerable tranquility during the day and although there is live music each night in the bar, the effect is not felt in the main lobby area, if you just want to sit and chat. Waiter service there is also adequate.

I must, though, take my hat off to the Reception staff. At all times, apart from our lengthy check-in, they were helpful, pleasant and courteous - and soon appeared to get to know you by name. Marta, especially, was kind to us and we appreciated her assistance.

In the end, and due to the fact that work was progressing at the Alexander the Great Hotel right up to its opening date of March 1st we elected to stay at the Athena for the duration of the three weeks and we are overall glad that we did.

  • Liked — Good sized room with large balcony
  • Disliked — Uninspiring decor in room
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

Have just returned having spent New Year at the Athena and quite frankly I couldn't fault this hotel. The hotel looks nothing from the front but once inside it was lovely.

The rooms were very clean and comfortable and it was so much nicer to have an empty fridge instead of a mini bar inviting you to put in whatever you wanted.

Additional touches include dressing gown and slippers, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, soap and shower gel dispensers, tissues and other toiletries.

We were half board and could not fault the food. Always plenty of choice. There was a small carvery section, a pasta station and if you wanted chips, which we didn't, they cooked them for you there and then. The pancake station was to die for. There was always fresh loaves of bread which you could slice yourself and some of the soups were excellent.

If you are only B &B and want to eat out there are several restaurants opposite the hotel or a few hundred yards down the road you have a steak bar, a chinese, an Indian, an Italian and an Irish bar to choose from. All reasonably priced for a holiday resort.

New Years Eve started with champagne cocktails with the management and then onto the dining room where we had an 8 course dinner complete with cabaret and dancing. A fantastic night. The hotel was very well decorated with xmas decorations and xmas music could be heard in all the communal areas all day.

If you wanted to take part in the hotel activities they were always well advertised. There were dance lessons, bowls, bingo for the older generation and even a race night.

The lounge bar was very comfortable and I have to say for hotel entertainment it was also good and very geared up for the English.

The staff were also very obliging and helpful. Seeing the same faces everyday helped to build up a good rapport.

The grounds were well kept and very attractive although few people used the beach and pools over the Xmas period.

You could walk to the harbour in about 20 minutes where they were lots more open air bars. You could either walk along the road or along the sea front. The bus also stopped outside the hotel if you wanted the easy option.

All in all a great week, great hotel and great weather and we will certainly be going back again. Just be prepared for the cramped conditions at Paphos airport on the way back but they are in the process of building a new terminal.

Stayed December 2007
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2007

Firstly, if you are due to stay in this hotel please ensure that you have a 'sea view' room booked - we stayed in a 'mountain view' room (although it would be better described as 'car park view') in these rooms you don't get sun on your balcony at all, so drying towels & swimwear is difficult/impossible.

OK, so, good points.....
The reception staff are great
The concierge is lovely
Pools are clean and spacious
Rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, iron, hair dryer, fridge, TV (although if you don't care for Sport or News this will be of no interest to you!), generally quite nice but not 4*.
Nearby restraunts are great (especially The Oleastro - amazing steaks) - but expensive.

Bad points are....
The staff (other than reception & concierge) are AWFUL, miserable, rude, ignorant (i kept thinking i was in Spain!)
Everything is too expensive in this hotel, drinks, food, minimarket, etc.
The balcony wasn't swept once & cups & glasses weren't changed for the whole two weeks.
UHT milk (replaced daily) was bad twice.
General cleanliness wasn't great.

In general i found Cyprus WAY too expensive - Overall prices i would say are similar to England (City Centres), but when you consider the difference in the cost of living you begin to realise that you are seriously having your [--] spanked!

Stayed October 2007
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2007

The Athena Beach.... where do I start.

I'll start by telling you about me so you can gauge my opinion for yourself. I'm a part time travel writer and have a neutral outlook on accommodation and travel circumstances. I'm also passionate about food as a hobby so i hope i can give good advice on this too!

On to the hotel....

LOCATION - Its located about a 5 minute walk to the 'Triangle' where theres a good selection of bars and restaurants. Some good, some bad, and some down right expensive! When the Euro comes in they will all HAVE to lower their prices otherwise European visitors will go places that wont be such a rip off. The harbour is only 15 minutes away (as stated by brochures) at a brisk pace. A nice pace would be more like 30 minutes, although it isn't an unpleasant walk.

ARRIVAL - When you arrive at the hotel, you might be put off by the exterior. Dint worry too much as all hotels along this stretch don't appear to have taken any pride in the front appearance of the hotel.

THE LOBBY - The lobby area is well lit, spacious and provides plenty of seating with the small reception desk just to your left as you enter. The hotel lobby is all marble. Check in was relatively quick with our bags being taken to our room by the friendly porter. Reception staff are polite but can appear miserable.

THE ROOMS - The room was small but has most things you will need. Iron, ironing board, and hairdryer in the main room. Rooms are carpeted as are the halls making them very quiet at night. Decor wise, they are nothing groundbreaking but still comfortable. You have TV which you get a selection of channels in all different languages but English ones are mainly news channels. Rooms have a fridge in which although welcome, is very noisy in a silent room. The bathroom was slightly odd as there was 2 shower units, both working, installed in the bath. The rooms were reminiscent of a travel inn or travel lodge in the UK so although comfortable, nothing special. This advertises as a 4* hotel so I would have expected better in the rooms.

THE POOL - The pool area is very nice. Its bright, clean and pretty spacious. In October there was no problem getting sun beds either by the pool or on the nearby beach. sun beds are actually quality beds with a sponge mat and sturdy metal supports. Parasols were provided on all pairs of beds although we had masses of problems finding ones that would open. the pin you need to keep them up was either missing or didn't reach the hole. The pool is pretty cool and i didn't find any of the pools to be heated despite it being advertised. Later October warrants a heated pool but it was never found. Gardens are well kept, with the grass a little long but thats a small observation. The beach bar was there serving ice creams, toasties and all manner of drinks.

THE BEACH - the beach was man made and entrance to the sea for swimming was via a floating jetty. This drops you into a nice rock free are of sea. DON'T USE THE CONCRETE JETTY - It drops you in the middle of the rocky areas which will result in cut feet! Sand was more like grit really but this is expected for man made beaches. It was kept clean and tidy and provided some stunning sunsets.

TERRACE BAR - There is a terrace running all the way around the 1st floor /reception floor (the pool and beach are at basement level) which offers a place to sit and enjoy a drink with waiter service from early evening. There is also an adjoining bar where the drinks are served. The waiting staff are extremely slow at taking your order and subsequently getting your drinks to you. One evening we waited 20 minutes for our order to be taken and drinks to arrive. They actually never did as we cancelled the order after this time and went elsewhere. We never used this facility again.

BREAKFAST - Breakfast is of a buffet nature and gets massively busy at around 9am. For some odd reason a third of the breakfast room was not set up making getting a table very difficult. The food was OK but nothing special. Some of the cooking techniques left something to be desired! Deep fried bacon? Hotplate omelets? What was a real problem was that hardly anything was labelled so you didn't know what it was. This proved very difficult for the Vegetarian in our party. that aside the breakfast choice was plentiful and offered fruit, continental breakfasts and an attempt at English breakfasts.

LUNCH - Lunch was available at pool level under the terrace bar. This offered a selection of hot and cold food to eat in or take out. This was a lot better than breakfast and was reasonably priced. salads, hot dinners, toasties, freshly squeezed juices and lots more. Staff here were very miserable though. and offered nothing more than a grunt as you approached them.

SERVICE - Service is one of the main things that makes a hotel and is also one of the factors in which it gets a star rating. Service was in no way that of a genuine 4* hotel. When we reported a broken kettle it took a whole day for this to be replaced and even then we had to chase it up. We was left without power for 6 hours and again had to chase this to be fixed. Away from the problems we found the service to be pretty awful too with the staff just doing the bare minimum to keep their jobs. At a 4* i expect to get top notch service and this fell some way short.

CONCLUSION - This is an average hotel and has a lovely pool area and lobby. My main grip about this hotel is the price you pay to stag here. £1600 per couple in October s a lot of money for a substandard hotel, out of season. If i was paying this in mainland Greece, or Spain I would most certainly expect better although I would return to this hotel but not at the price its currently selling at.

I honestly believe reviews can be of some help but can also be misleading. the average rating of 4 out of 5 stars on this hotel review status, in my opinion, is misleading. I've tried to give you an unbiased review with more info than the normal 'this hotel was fab!'. I hope you found it informative.

  • Liked — The pool area
  • Disliked — The service
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Theas Afroditis Avenue | Kato Paphos, Paphos 8101, Cyprus (Formerly Athena Beach Hotel)
Location: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Paphos
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Paphos
#12 Family Hotel in Paphos
#12 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#17 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 429
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel is a four star, beachfront hotel in Kato Paphos within easy walking distance from the picturesque harbour, the archaeological sites, the shops and the nightlife. A bus stop is just outside the hotel and taxis are always available. Parking in the hotel car park is free for guests. The resort is situated 15 km away from the Paphos International Airport and 140 km from Larnaca International Airport. Also within short driving distance are two super golf courses. All the rooms feature spacious balconies offering beautiful views of the Mediterranean or of the hotel’s tranquil gardens, as well as luxury bathrooms featuring bath tub, rain shower and flexible hose shower, Simmons® Luxury Beds and floor to ceiling windows. Room facilities include among others: air conditioning and heating, flat screen LCD satellite TV (26 inch in land view rooms and 32 inch in all other rooms) and radio, fridge, mini bar, hairdryer, scales, make-up/shaving mirror, ironing facilities, safety deposit box as well as tea and coffee making facilities. The leisure facilities of this hotel include 3 freshwater swimming and 2 paddling pools (one of each type heated), a waterslide, one heated indoor pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, floodlit tennis courts, a 24-rink indoor and outdoor Bowls Green facilities, mini golf and a children’s playground with Kids Club. In the hotel’s Elixir Spa, a total area of 800m2, there is a heated pool, 2 Couples Suites, 2 saunas, 2 steam baths, a fully equipped and spacious gym, a specially designated aerobics room and a hairdressing salon. You can also choose from a good choice of professional massages and facial and body therapies, aromatherapy and other treatments are also available to help relax and rejuvenate. Enjoy some fine dining at the hotel’s restaurants or even a romantic candlelit dinner! ... more   less 
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