We booked this hotel as a family with four young people (we foster) via the internet as a value break. The original review on this hotel was excellent so I was thrilled. However there had been many subsequent bad reviews and as our holiday loomed ever closer I got really worried. I even contacted a trip advisor member who had been to the hotel to check if it really was as "bad as they all make out".
It wasn't! The other member put my mind at rest and we arrived, armed with a fair bit of local knowledge about building work and the walk into town, so we weren't too shocked. I also wrote to the hotel management before we went, and received excellent information from them. Very helpful.
I'll take it a chunk at a time so you don't all get bored!
The road is being replaced, but during the high season work had ceased. It is a minor inconvenience, and requires you to watch your step as you walk for about two minutes. It's really not a big deal. Also most if not ALL of Cyprus appears to be a building site of part and half finished houses/malls/hotels etc, so it's not like this is out of place in any way. There is building work going on next door, but apart from our last day on 3rd September, there had been no work going on there at all and it didn't interfere with our enjoyment at all. I didn't really notice the building site, because I was too busy sunning myself, swimming or watching what the kids were up to.
Accommodation & Staff
We've stayed in a variety of hotels, from five star to two star and all over the greek islands, and I would say that this is well above average for a "Greek" self catering apartment. The bathroom has a proper bath with shower over, and nice tiles, and looks really quite decent. I've had a shower head over the loo before in an alleged 3 star in Skiathos!!! We were impressed. The sink is in a vanity unit and the maid comes in and cleans each day, so it's always nice and clean and plenty of loo roll. The kitchenette in the lounge area is not terribly well equipped if you really want to self cater. There's no colander (for draining rice or pasta) so if you're not that adept at using the pan with lid for draining, your pasta ends up in the sink (yep it happened to me!!). I took my own knifes and a big cook pot (as I knew cooking for six would be a problem), however the cooking pots were adequate. Cups and glasses were a bit limited and we swapped between our rooms to ensure we had enough but it was ok. If we had asked the reception they would have sorted it out immediately. They were very helpful, but we didn't want to bother them as we had made do anyway.
The beds were basic but ok, the sofa bed was apparently more comfortable than the put-you-up zed-bed efforts they put the lads on. There is free air con in the bedroom but if you want aircon in the lounge it's 4 Euro's a day extra.
The staff in the hotel are really friendly and helpful, especially Elias and Dobie at the pool bar! The reception staff are also friendly and helpful. We were very impressed. Most, if not all staff, spoke really good English, apart from the cleaning staff who didn't speak much at all. Some of the staff were slovakian - the girls were lovely, always cheerful and smiling and very helpful. Their English was much better than my greek or slovakian and we got on well, the lad (Denis) doesn't speak much English at all, but he tries bless him!
The Prices in Cyprus
Ok, I don't wish to sound penny pinching or anything, but we budget to take all our kids away each year and we were thrilled to have got a good deal on the hotel and flights in Cyprus. What we hadn't realised was that since the Euro's arrival, the cost of everything seems to have quadrupled! If you are planning to go to Cyprus and stay ANYWHERE self catering you should be aware of the prices.
The local supermarkets were charging E3.60 for a small jar of pasta sauce (we needed three). E8.50 for a tin of meatballs (we would have needed three of these as well, one would serve two people approx - this was the worst value we found in the local supermarket. Local Produce and non imported goods were much cheaper). Ice creams in the hotel ranged from an affordable E1.10 for one scoop of Vanilla, Strawb, Banana or choc in a cone, but if you wanted a Magnum or Cornetto etc, you'd be looking at over 3 Euro's for an Ice Cream. I spose it's coz they have to import these things.
We were a party of six. We're not big drinkers, in fact we bought ourselves some cans of beer rather than drink at bars, and socialised with friends round the pool in the evenings. However, we were averaging 150 Euro's a day on food alone. That's not eating steaks, just salads, bolognese, pizza, chips etc. If you're going to Cyprus, please budget for the huge price hike or you'll get a shock like we did!
The Lunch menu was of quite a high standard. There were variances, you could notice that there were different chefs. The chicken salad was gorgeous, as was the chicken sandwich, an enormous baguette, stuffed with an entire chicken breast, and copious salad served with chips. They will try to accommodate you in whatever you want. We only had one evening meal in the Hotel, which was ok, but not as good value as the lunch menu. We didn't partake of the hotel buffet, which costs 15 Euros a head for an adult (over 12) so we felt we could get better value elsewhere. I must mention Anatolia's at the far end of Protaras (past McDonalds). Their food was outstanding value and of a very high standard and enormous portions!
The evening entertainment during our stay (high season) was really surprisingly good. There were dance acts, a silly juggler - not their best moment but the kids liked him, a Parrot Show, a Motown Show, a Beatles Tribute band, a Music and Musicals Show and on the whole the standard was really quite good. Certainly much better than I was expecting in a little self catering apartment 3km out of Protaras.
In Protaras itself there's a wonderful selection of entertainment and restaurants. Notable BEST restaurant in Town for value, for choice and for quality of food and service is Anatolia (opposite the Big Red Indian). The Sfinx does an incredbile Drag/Acrobatic/dancing Show (free entry but expensive drinks pay for the show - they do specials all evening as well, so you might get lucky!. Don't miss it, it's really Ace! Best karaoke bar is Zodiac (buy one get one free on drinks!!) and also the DJ girl is lovely! Unlike the guy at the Bells over the road who is rude and arrogant. The Love Boat is great also!
If you are thinking of going to Protaras, I would certainly not hesitate to recommend the Paramount Aparthotel. You do need to take on board what's been said. This is NOT a hotel for young people wanting to go out in town and have a good time. Not unless you want to get a taxi in to town every night. We did walk it and ended up with huge blisters on all our feet! We got a limo-taxi in the end for 10 Euro's each way.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm more than happy to share any experience or local knowledge with anyone who's going. Have fun!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.