This is an excellent hotel if you are looking for a relaxing break. Ideal for older couples or families with younger kids.
We arrived late in the evening after the restaurant was closed. The hotel had prepared a 'cold plate' for us which was much appreciated.
The hotel is only 20 minutes or so from the airport. If you are booking with a tour operator and there are 4 of you consider booking a taxi rather than booking the tour company's bus which doesn't differentiate in cost whether you are 20 minutes or 2 hours from the airport.
The hotel is c7 miles south-east of Larnaca. A local bus picks up outside the hotel every 30 minutes at takes you into the centre. Cost is 1.5 euros each way.
The service in the hotel was very good. The staff do try and help/entertain.
We (family with two teenagers) were on an all inclusive package. We have previously stayed at AI resort hotels with multiple restaurants in a number of countries. It would be unfair to compare the package on offer here with these other very large hotels. However the food was very good in the hotel - even fussy teenagers found something they liked every meal time.
The meals were all served in the main restaurant which does have some limited outdoor seating. I was a little disappointed there was not more opportunity to eat outdoors but perhaps this was due to the time of year - food was not being served at the beach bar - although the weather was great. The meals are all buffet style with plenty of choice.
The quality of the drinks, particularly juice and mixers was poor - this is a common complaint at AI hotels. However the bar staff were excellent.
Loads of free pool side sun beds at this time of the year. No need to be 'booking' with tools. The outdoor pool was freezing or colder. Very difficult to enter the water without giving out a loud gasp that drew everyone's attention. The 'beach' is pebbles rather than sand and very small. The sea is very shallow for a great distance from the shore which is great for kids. There is water sports based near the hotel which was due to close up for winter soon. The hotel is on the beach.
There is no load music at the pool - it's a very relaxing atmosphere.
There are a few supermarkets and bars across the road from the hotel.
The evening entertainment is poor - thankfully the Champs League was on TV in the bar. Highlight was the Elvis impersonator who gave it his all and was good fun. A magician seemed to go down well with the kids. There were some local dancers and two awful music acts. One act was so bad they really broke down language barriers between the different nationalities in the bar.
The hotel staff arrange afternoon activities quizzes etc which were a good excuse to head to the bar in the late afternoon and enjoyed. These cater for the English speakers although there were many nationalities in the hotel.
There is no entertainment on a Sunday.
My primary negative comment regarding the hotel was the room. We booked through Thomas Cook a room for four adults. The room was too small for 2 adults and 2 young teenagers let alone 4 adults. The room is cleaned 5 days per week - we did find the bathroom smelly.
There is a safe in the room which comes at an additional cost.
There is a gym in the hotel - it's not well equipped but then again it's not heavily used (Similarly the kids club).
If you do book through Thomas Cook - note there is no rep at the hotel and their info book contained only the most basic and generic info you could imagine. The hotel staff were very good at providing info and answering queries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Louis Princess Beach is located on a long sandy beach in the heart of Larnaca's tourist area where bars, restaurants and discos are found in abundance. Enjoy uninterrupted Mediterranean views from your balcony or from the terrace. Let us pamper you and your family in the best possible way as to enjoy the most of your Cyprus holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Louis Princess Beach Larnaca
- Hotel Louis Princess Beach