Ok my review of the Sandy Beach may not mean much to those looking for a holiday. I stayed only one night at the hotel as my airline had cancelled the flight and put all passengers up at the Sandy Beach Hotel for one or two nights.
Check in was very swift and they were well prepared for our arrival. An old fashioned key was handed over and quick rattly elevator ride later and down a corridor which reminded me of "The Shining" and I was in my room. Very unspectacular: newly tilled floors and a lick of paint on the old furniture turned this small room into a minimalist sort of box which was acceptable for a night. I'm not sure I would want to stay longer though.
Strangely the room had only one electrical outlet and that was in use for the TV. So the choice was watching TV or charging the laptop/phone. Very odd.
Internet was extremely expensive and worked via metered system meaning you have to log in and out all the time.
The bathroom did not get a makeover and was in a dreadful state.
The balcony had two plastic chairs and a tiny table. The view was of the courtyard bar and collected debris on the roof. Not nice. And what was worse was the "entertainment" in the evening: an aging crooner performing cheesy classics from the last 50 years at an incredible volume. Be prepared for no sleep or even TV before midnight. Nightmare.
I had one or two drinks at the courtyard bar and the service was disinterested at best.
I chose to have dinner in the main restaurant which is a self-service affair. It felt like a college canteen, both in relation to the atmosphere (none) and food (bland). Of particular note was the bizarre sexist attitude of the older male staff to young female guests. I could have done without the leering looks on show.
Last point, this is at best a 3 star property and not a 4 star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-story Beachfront Hotel located 12 km from airport. With pools, restaurants, bars, conference facilities, gym and spa, its the perfect place for a holiday or business trip. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandy Beach Larnaca
- Hotel Sandy Beach