We stayed a week at this hotel. There is absolutely no way anyone could reasonably call this hotel a five star hotel. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the hotel is the standard of a good three star hotel. Our room was very noisy though especially at night, we could hear them emptying the bottles and there was a on/off loud generator type noise consistently.
If you have stayed in a true five star hotel before and you are expecting the same then you will be truly disappointed. It was very quiet when we went so we managed to get a reasonable rate - if you are paying five star prices then you should try to move to another hotel. To be honest though none of the hotels in the area are real five stars. The furnishings in the room were very basic, the bathroom was certainly not luxurious. The TV dated from the 1970s and had very poor reception. The outdoor pool was not heated and the indoor pool area was a disgrace. It was dirty and the steam and sauna areas were out of use. I found a used cotton bud lying on the floor, so it was obvious this was not cleaned regularly.
The best thing about the hotel is the location, the beach is beautiful and the water lovely.
The food at breakfast consisted of reformed meats, eggs that were sitting around so long they had gone green and a poor selection of cooked food and pastries. The hotel could have made a lot more effort. They were not even able to provide freshly squeezed juices. Everything came out of a dispensing machine. The last hotel we stayed at as the Princessa Yaiza in Lanzarote which was a different league in terms of the quality of the food especially the breakfasts.
I would avoid lunch at the hotel also. I ordered a lasagne one lunch time as it was one of the few pasta dishes that were not cooked from frozen as stated on the menu. After a considerable length of time the dish arrived and to my horror it was still frozen in the middle! Even the waitress was embarrassed.
The staff were friendly enough but it does not make up for the overall standard. They did seem to be clueless about the location and were not able to recommend any places to eat or things to do.
I would recommend limelight restaurant and another one which does not seem to have a sign but has a placard saying "eat greek food" outside. They were reasonably priced and quite authentic.
If you have booked and you can change, I would recommend that you change your booking, if you can't change, just try to spend as much time on the beach you can and try not to think about how much you are being ripped off.
Cyprus seems like a lovely place, I would like to return to another part but will not be returning to Ayia Napa again though. There's not really much to see or do in the area and it's the kind of place where adults seem to think it's acceptable to smoke in the faces of their young children.
We did visit Famagusta one day which was worth the effort. It was an interesting enough little place but you are charged 25 Euros at the border to cross in the guise of car insurance. There was a great grill restaurant opposite the old church which was worth going to Famagusta alone.
Overall the weather and the beach made it a nice holiday but it was no where near the five star experience we had thought we had booked. There needs to be some serious improvement in the facilities, furnishings and food to even get the hotel up to a four star.
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- Attractive 5-story Hotel located on the beach just south of Ayia Napa Harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grecian Bay
- Grecian Bay Ayia Napa