We stayed at the Athena Royal for 2 weeks in September 2010. We’d been a couple of times before, so we knew what to expect.
We fully agree with all the positives that people say about the place – the rooms are clean and well maintained, the breakfast is great, the staff are well-trained, attentive and friendly, there are plenty of sunbeds, and the place is quiet and peaceful. It’s a great place for a chill-out holiday – so why only 3 out of 5 ?
The reason is what happened to our party. We had booked to stay at the Athena Royal at the same time as another couple we had met there on a previous trip. The bookings were separate, but were for the same arrival and departure dates.
We were really pleased to see our friends in reception - and really shocked to discover that they weren't staying with us.
The hotel staff told them that, even though they had booked a room at the Athena Royal, they were being moved to one of the other hotels in the group. We were still staying at the Athena Royal, so we were going to be split from our friends.
That was bad enough. To add insult to injury, when we asked if we could go and visit them, we were told that, since their hotel was more exclusive than hours, we would not be allowed to use its facilities. So, not only were we split our friends - now we weren't good enough to go and visit them ! For sheer tactlessness, that takes some beating.
We did enjoy our time at the Athena Royal, but not as much as we should have. The fact that our friends had to trek down to our hotel if they wanted to meet us (since the Athena Royal graciously gave them visiting rights to see us) took some of the pleasure out of the break.
Oddly enough, when we flew out to Cyprus from the UK, we found ourselves sitting next to another couple who were coming to the Athena Royal for the first time. We told them what a great hotel it was, and how much they would enjoy it - and then we didn't see them again for 2 weeks. When we met them at the airport, they told us that they, too, had been moved.
Although I really like the hotel, this experience would certainly make me think twice about going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Constantinou Bros Athena Royal Beach Hotel is an adult-focused, four star, waterfront hotel in Kato Paphos. Places of archaeological interest, restaurants, bars and shops are located at a convenient short distance. A few metres away from the hotel entrance is a bus stop and taxis are always available. Parking in the hotel car park is free for guests. The resort is situated 15km away from the Paphos airport and 140 km from Larnaca airport. Two excellent golf courses are within a short driving distance. All the rooms offer large balconies with majestic views of the sea or of the hotel’s extensive gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athena Royal Beach Paphos
- Hotel Athena Royal Beach