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“OK - But no where near a five star hotel”
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Grecian Bay Hotel
Ranked #17 of 102 Hotels in Ayia Napa
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Belfast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“OK - But no where near a five star hotel”
Reviewed May 8, 2009

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.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Nottingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2009

We got upgraded from the Grecian Sands two days before we flew. Classy rooms and impeccable service from polite and friendly staff.
Very clean and a beautiful hotel with an attractive pool area and a lovely bar with sofas outside on first floor level with views over the Med.
It was a short 5-10 minute walk into Ayia Napa where only a selection of restaurants were open (but enough to dine out in a different one each night with some to spare). Friday and Saturday had some bars and clubs open.
We could walk 5-10 minutes along the beach to the working fishing harbour where there were Cypriot restaurants and you could get coffee and ice creams whilst sitting right on the harbour and watch the fishermen working. Friendly and efficient staff in the restaurants but my husband informs me the waitresses are prettier in Paphos, for those who this is important to.
Fab beach outside the hotel (the beach is on the hotel) with gently shelving sand and turquoise water (and warm enough to swim in). Hotel has unheated outdoor pool which was a bit chilly but usable but my kids made good use of the indoor pool and whirlpool. The hotel was far from full when we went there which mean we had our pick of sunbeds around pool and beach. Also always able to sit and take tea on gorgeous ivory sofas facing the west as the sun went down. For those on a budget avoid hotel restaurant - nice but very expensive.
Would definitely stay there again and at that time of year too. Incredibly relaxing. My love affair with Cyprus goes on.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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POZNAN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2009

So as a 30 years old person I have been to this hotel 5 times (my parents about 15 times). The hotel overall may not be the best but the beach and the sea is like in Cuba-Varadero or Dominican Republic (Punta Cana). Maybe even better. So if you are looking for that this is great place. Food is ok (great breakfast, ok dinner). Seaview rooms are great (3rd floor). Quite hotele with beautifill private beach and graet citi ( 10 min walk). Party till 4 am.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 17, 2009

Nothing bad to say about this hotel. First came across it while staying at sister hotel (Grecian Park) as we could use the facilities and prefered its beach location. Came first time with wifes mother after her husband died and enjoyed it so much returned just the two of us.
The pool is superb and having its own "private" beach with sunbeds is a bonus.
Good food and service in all the restaurants, cafe and bars in the grounds.
Could have spent entire 14 days in the Hotel but recommend hiring a car (right hand drive in Cyprus) for some of the time to explore this paradise.

  • Liked — Pool, Beach, Views, Food
  • Disliked — Russian, their young girlfrinds and Minders
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2008

wow,,, we found location fantastic, the pool area was breath taking, views from our room was over pool area and lovely, we couldnt find fault in this hotel, and we will return,, 100% relaxing,

  • Liked — pool area ,, fantastic
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank vodka2coke
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oxfordshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2008

we returned to the grecian bay after 4 years. it was just as good as we remembered. chose our sunbeds by the lovely pool and chilled for 11 days. had a room with side sea view on request. easy walk to square in town. good bar at top of drive to hotel when we couldnt be bothered, not much choice,but excellent food and cheap. would recommend going on a trip across the border to famagusta. the only time we left the hotel as we went up the mountains etc. on our last two trips. it was hot for june and there was a water shortage.

  • Liked — pool and beach location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank yellow virgo
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 7, 2008

my 16yr old son and i have just returned from a weeks stay at the Grecian Sands Hotel. First the good stuff:
1/ fantastic weather!

2/ The beach and pool area was ok, fine for what we wanted, a lazy week in the sun. Nothing special but ok

Now the not so good:

1/ Disinterested and rude customer service from the reception, and, most especially, the two unbelievably unpleasant two girls at the beach hut, [where you have the doubtful pleasure of booking your sunbeds and collecting your towells] i complained to the manager three days into the holiday as it had become intolerable. I would say that thereafter there was a miraculous change in attitude, but the damage had been done.

2/ No way is this hotel worty of 5 stars. The carpets in the corriders were grubby and the rooms although clean, are basic.
The bathroom was in dire need of attention. The small shaving mirrror was rusty and the shower curtain horrible. [we had a different room for late chk out on our last day, much nicer bathroom and shower] This hotel is a 4 star at best, The staff all need training in basic customer service, they are a disgrace and i spoke to other guests in agreement, the beach hut girls clear winners for unhelpful, surly and rude behavior.

3/Breakfast: good variety, but poor quality

We shall not be returning!!!!

P.S. The leg of lamb at the Limelight restuarant was the best food we found. Well worth going but you will need to reserve a day in advance if you want the lamb.
However, the Limanarki at the harbour is to be avoided at all costs! Its has with out doubt the worst food and service we have ever experianced anywhere in the world!!!! We were served inedible, unappetizing food, complete with human hair and threatend with the police for not wishing to pay 50 euros for the privilege.
The waiter, who was rude and unhelpful upon our arrival ( not unusual sadly ) excelled himself following our complaint regarding the food and his manner, by becoming VERY aggressive and threating towards a 16 year old boy. I was intimidated and embarrassed into paying for the untouched food, which is shocking!!!

This was my first visit to Cyprus for 17ys, it will be by last...There are other countries with beautiful weather

  • Liked — beach and pool area / view from room
  • Disliked — food /customer service
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Grecian Bay Hotel
Address: Kryou Nerou Street, Ayia Napa 5340, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Famagusta District > Ayia Napa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Ayia Napa
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Ayia Napa
#11 Luxury Hotel in Ayia Napa
#26 Romantic Hotel in Ayia Napa
#28 Family Hotel in Ayia Napa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grecian Bay Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 271
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