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“Stay B&B .... Not half board -- basic hotel in great location” 3 of 5 stars
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Chrystalla Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6 Dimitri Lagiou, Protaras, Paralimni 5296, Cyprus   |  
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Ranked #21 of 66 Hotels in Protaras
Lincoln
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Stay B&B .... Not half board -- basic hotel in great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

On arrival (6am on thurs 8th july) we found that we had been given a double room - even though we have asked for a twin. When George, the manager arrived about 3 hours later, we were given a new room straight away. The rooms arent a bad size and the bathroon has a bath with a shower over it. Balconys are small but can seat 2 people. The Tv has only world news in english but, occasionally, you can catch an odd english film.
The rooms are cleaned daily, clean (but a tad tatty) towels are changed every other day. We stripped our bedding after 3 days and put it in the bath - the beds were then changed.
We had a rear room - most of the building work behind the hotel has now finished - the occassional drill or saw can be heard but no heavy machinery.
The pool area is tired and could use some new sunbeds ..... but it is lovely and quiet. Take a bid beach towel - the padding on the sunbeds gets very hot to the touch. Also - take flip flops to the pool - the floor around the pool is scorching in the midday sun.The pool bar is very expensive but the supermarket opposite the hotel is very reasonable and the people are lovely.
The food at the hotel is ok ........ if your not picky and you dont mind the same things day after day. Good idea to go B&B. The breakfast offers a full english or continental buffet. It is all well cooked and you can have as much tea, coffee and freshly squeezed (you squeeze it yourself) orange as you like. The evening meal leaves a bit to be desired but it is very cheap (we paid £24 per night - half board).
The hotel is a stones throw from Fig Tree Bay beach - gorgeous !! Gets very busy and there is a small charge to use the sunbeds and brollies. The hotel is ideally situated for nightlife and shops (very expensive clothes shops selling mostly fake goods)but quiet at night. We found (2x 30 sumthing females) that the town was very family orientated and, after 11pm, went very quiet.
Most bars do food and you can eat at least 2 course for about a tenner each. The Square Bar does 2euros a drink all night - cocktails included. Great atmosphere in Las Pas Bar. Bells bar seems to be the only place that plays loud music at night and people seem to assemle there for a boogie. Romeos does a Greek night with fab meze. Even chinese restaurants and Mcdonalds - you will not get stuck for places to eat.
A trip to Ayia Napa (approx 10 miles - 15 euros in a taxi) was a proper eye opener - no wonder young brits get a bad press abroad .......... it was bedlam !!! Avoid after midnite if you are over 21 haha.
The staff (apart from one girl with a constant long face) are very friendly and eager to help you.
Personally i liked this hotel - yes its tired and dated and needs a few quid spending on it but overall a pleasant stay. The air con is free and it is 2.1/2 euros a night to hire a fridge. Quick tip - take your key off the fob and leave th fob in the slot to ensure the air con stays on when your out. There arent alot on brits in the hotel - theres a proper mix on nationalities - so you might not make many friends.
Cyprus is just lovely and Protaras is the best bit. Feels soooooooo safe and the place is very clean.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bristol
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

Having read previous reviews I was very apprehensive at staying at this hotel,although some comments are correct ie towells need replacing the place generally need a good lick of paint,and also there were no ligh ts on the stairs.Staff were friendly and the rooms were cleaned every day.We had a sea view room which was nice but the balcony is on the small side. We booked this holiday through Olympic holidays we never saw a rep from the time we arrived to our departure.Would we stay at this hotel again?no we would not.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hull
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6 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2009

Came home 3 days ago,and we both wish we had stayed longer.The Chrystalla was about 50metres from Fig Tree Bay,and about 100 metres from the nightlife.What a find.The hotel fresh water pool was very welcoming on hot days(every day was mid 30's).We were worried about noise from the bars etc.We needn't have! The long main street had plenty of bars/restaurants staying open into the early morning,but the hotel was far enough away for it not to encroach.Protaras has night life,but not "full in your face".Being in our 50's we really enjoyed the whole experience.Would we go back--YES. Would we go back to the Chrystalla,we are busy saving already.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2009

We were very glad to have picked this hotel for a late holiday last october. We had a lovely week, and sunshine almost every day. The hotel is as said ' you get what you pay for' and not very luxurious but friendly, comfortable & briliiantly placed facing the sea & Fig Tree Bay. Don't be put off by negative reviews. I would be happy to visit again & stay there!

  • Liked — Situated right by the beach & also the pubs/bars/restaurants weren't far away
  • Disliked — the matress was a bit hard!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2008

Stayed at Chrystalla 4-14 Oct '08 and had booked through a Cypriot website direct which was linked to Cyprus Airways. We had gone out to Cyprus for a wedding in Ayia Napa and as Protaras was our preferred resort decided to stay there as only 10 mins in a taxi to Ayia Napa. We went to Protaras last October and we knew the exact location of the Chrystalla which is why we picked it to to stay in this year.

George the owner is a very friendly guy and to be fair so were most of the staff, a majority of them being from somewhere like Bulgaria or that region of europe. The hotel is clean but is in dire need of repair and bringing up to date.

The rooms are quite small with a bathroom with a bath, although the water was never hot enough to contemplate a bath and the shower usually only trickled out. As in other reviews of this hotel, the towels have definitely seen better days and did seem to be a mish-mash of colours. To be fair though the sheets and towels were changed every 2 days. The air-conditioning only seemed to work for a couple of minutes and then go off and was going on and off all night so the room never cooled down. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and the breakfast was very poor with a selection of cereals, bread which you toasted yourself and there was bacon, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and those bacon slice things that were out years ago.

The pool area was quite spacious but most of the sunbeds around the pool were very old. The pool bar was very poorly stocked and most of the drinks had to be got from the main bar at the front of the hotel, it was ok if you wanted beer or a milkshake. The drinks in the bar did seem to vary in price from day to day and the girl behind the bar didn't understand some of the drinks we were asking for and we had to point to them.

On the whole we had an enjoyable stay but had it not been for the location of this hotel, almost on the beach we would not have chosen it and I would only visit it again if it had a complete facelift.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Needed updating
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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manchester
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2008

My Husband and i stayed at the Chrystalla for 1 week

The Hotel is located in a great place over looking fig tree bay which is small but lovely.
The rooms were cleaned every day but the towels were not in good condition "so bring your own"

The pool is a decent size and very relaxing as it was so quite apart from the weekend when Georges family came with there children "they were quite noisey"

George the owner was very friendly and so was all his staff.

The food on the other hand was not good the buffet is situated in the resturant but there was not a lot of lighting so you could not see what the food was also it was not labled. only decent meal we had was a salad,
we were on half board we only ate there twice that was enough for us we ate out the rest of the holiday.

overall we did have a good time in Cyprus weather was fanstastic .
Would i go to this hotel again no.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — food and towels
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barnsley
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

we stayed at the chrystalla for 2 weeks B&B , paid £1250 for the 3 of us through cosmos online, would'nt like to think we paid any more tho , do get the sea view , superb looking out over fig tree bay, spotlessly clean rooms , maid cleaned every day , good air conditioning in room, but had to pay for the fridge , only a tenner a week, the hotel is situated on the quiet end of the strip , we have a 5 month old so wanted it pretty quiet for him , bless his little cotton socks ! DO NOT GO TO THE CHINA HOUSE RESTAURANT round the corner , that place needs shutting down , very bad stodge .... do go to the steak restaurants just round the corner , not cheap but top notch fillet steak , overall a clean , quiet , friendly hotel . Lee & Linda & Joshy from Barnsley

  • Liked — cleaniness
  • Disliked — nothing much
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 Dimitri Lagiou, Protaras, Paralimni 5296, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Famagusta District > Paralimni > Protaras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Protaras
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Protaras
#23 Romantic Hotel in Protaras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chrystalla Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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