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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Despegar.com, TripOnline SA, Odigeo and Tingo so you can book your Golden Bay Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Larnaca Golden Tulip
- Golden Tulip Larnaca