We arrived at the hotel around 10pm (All Inclusive for 7 days) - we were welcomed with a glass of champagne and a lovely platter of fresh meats, fruits and breads in our room.
As it was only the two of us on holiday this time - we decided against paying the additional costs for reserved seats on the Thomson flight, and we also decided against paying extra for the seaview room. Luckily enough - we were sat together on both the outbound and return flights - without having to ask - and we were allocated a huge beautiful room on the 4th floor overlooking the quiet adult pool and beach. It was beautiful and it really did make the holiday extra special to wake up to a gorgeous view of the sea each morning.
The hotel is immaculately clean - and unlike other destinations (Egypt in particular) the staff don't expect to be tipped and nor do they find silly excuses to knock on your door to try and get a tip! They do a brilliant job - I really couldn't fault the housekeeping at all.
The adult pool was wonderfully quiet and relaxing and although I felt a little sad for the excited kids that wanted to dive into the large pool - I was pleased to see the staff make sure that it was kept to 18 years and over. I'm wondering if it may have been better to have the swim up bar in the adult pool rather than the kids pool - although there is a great bar situated just behind it.
Bar staff were good; Tosos was brilliant and made that extra effort of remembering the drink you like after a long hot day in the sunshine - always had a smile on his face - and was happy to chat and socialise with guests sitting at the bar. Drinks are great, particularly the cocktails.
I'd read reviews saying that the hotel was in run down area - I found the area to be fine, with some nice shops and restaurants not far from the hotel. The only downside is the spray painted grafitti which seems to be all over Limassol - why vandalise such as beautiful place?
The only downside for us was the food - we found it very repetative and it tends to cater more towards Eastern European and Russian tastes. The breakfasts were ok - but we found ourselves walking out to coffee shops for a nice bite to eat most mornings. Lunches were ok, salads were lovely and fresh and the roast meats were nice. Desserts got better as the week went on and the managers BBQ that we were invited to was very nice - it's a shame they can't do more BBQ's. We did mention the food situ to the rep, just in passing, and the restaurant manager was very keen to try and cater to our tatses, which was a nice touch - but it did go a little too far after the 4th chat he had with us over 2 days.
We ventured out to a lovely restaurant just around the corner from the hotel called 'The Garden' it's absolutely beautiful - gorgeous decor, great staff and first class food. It really did make a nice change from the usual meat, pasta/rice dishes at the hotel - and it was well worth the additional £50 we spent - highly recommended!
The Thomson rep; Andrea was brilliant. She was friendly and approachable. She wasn't in your face trying to sell you things all the time and she had a really good knowledge of the area. I'd usually stay clear of the rep's on holiday - in fear of being badgered into scuba diving or mountain treks day in day out - but Andrea wasn't like that at all and it was lovely to have a friendly giggle and chat with her when we saw her.
Absolutely loved this holiday and would recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Miramare Beach Hotel is beatifully located right on the beach, overlooking the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea and in the centre of the tourist area of Yermasoyeia, Limassol. Just 3km away from the old town of Limassol and the castle. The perfect venue to combine business with pleasure. It is a contemporary hotel that wispers class. Beatifully decorated with warm intimate atmosphere. Excellent service and exquisite cuisine. ... more less
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- Atlantica Miramare Beach Limassol