This was our first visit to the Grecian Sands & we enjoyed our stay. We would go back & would also recommend to family & friends.
Our first impression was generally good although reception area & bar seem a little lacking in a warm inviting atmosphere. Check in was efficient, though, & a big bonus was that we were allocated our room early and were able to have breakfast, even though we arrived at 6.30am! We really appreciated that, thank you!
Whilst waiting for our room key, we sat on some sunbeds & saw the lovely sunrise. This was only slightly marred by the unedifiying & comical sight of early risers bagging their preferred spot with the towel on lounger "trick" I think we must have scuppered some guests plans!!
Our room was sea facing on the 4th floor so the view was really lovely, plus we had full sun in afternoon/evening (This might be too much in high season). The actual fixtures & fittings were a little disappointing for a 4* hotel, with slightly scuffed furnishings & paintwork, but the lovely massive comfy bed made up for this.We did laugh at the oddly placed hook on the back of the bathroom door, though!! Impossible to reach being 5'2".
Cleaners are really friendly & hard-working, which was nice to see.
Breakfast was the usual set-up with plenty of choice of hot and cold food & waiters on hand to bring coffee & tea to your table. The breakfast area seemed a little "utilitarian" in decor ,at first but we got used to it!
The hotel's Cyprus barbecue evening & folklore show was nice with plenty of the usual fare, but not a big choice of meat! The show was entertaining & got the guests joining in the dancing etc! If you go to one of these evenings in Oct, wrap up warm as it can gets chilly at that time of year!
Other entertainment at the hotel was pretty dire, (sorry!) with a lady piano player, in the bar area, heroically playing (to my mind) quite boring tunes, to just a smattering of guests. I think something more lively is needed with perhaps a "Happy Hour" or free 1st cocktail offer to draw in the crowds! (The hotel across the road had a "Salsa dance troupe" entertaining guests, for example.)
The verandah/chillout area, of the bar is lovely & tastefully furnished & seems more inviting than the main bar. The bar staff were very good & were helpful in recommending different drinks to us.
As has been said before, the big selling point of this hotel is it's location.The pool area & surroundings are beautifull & kept really clean A few steps down to the beach & you're on the soft white sand & then in the clear blue sea. You can walk along the beach to the small harbour & then into the main town, or, of course you can go out of the hotel's main entrance & walk along the road, passing many restaurants, enroute to the town that way. This only takes about 10/15 mins. There are bus routes along this road taking you to both Aiya Napa centre, in the one direction or Protaras in the other.
With just a few improvements, this hotel would be top-notch, but ,saying that, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a good beach-side hotel, within walking distance to the delights of Aiya Napa!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-story Holiday Hotel situated on the Mediterranean coast, 45 km from Larnaca Int'l Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grecian Sands Ayia Napa
- Hotel Grecian Sands