After reading terrible reports about this hotel after we'd booked the holiday i was dreading going to this hotel. went in September 04 and been to Ayia Napa 3x before so the thought of going to such a horrible hotel put me off. arrived quite late but first impressions were very good, receptionist was friendly, our room was modern and clean and the bathroom had a proper bath and good shower. Had difficulties working the safe so we called reception and they sent someone straight up to help us. The only thing i didnt like was the balcony, it was very small and it didnt seem very safe. we also overlooked the next hotel which was only about 20meters away and we could hear and see everyone.
We stayed on a half board basis but we chose to upgrade to all inclusive when we got there, you could pay at reception.
The pool area was lovely, and it was kept very clean, Elena who worked behid the bar was a nutter, she was very friendly and made everyone feel really welcome. It was just a couple of steps away from the beach but when you get free drinks all day you dont venture too far. The other hotel staff were all friendly and would do anything to help. Even the night porter, George was friendly no matter what time you came in he was always nice, even when we left a trail of popcorn for him to clean up after going to a popcorn party(great fun if you want to go).
The food was ok. There was a different theme night every night but the food was mainly the same, the snacks though were very good and these were available after breakfast, dinner and tea. So if you took kids and they didnt like the normal food then they could get chips, burgers, etc. The barbeque night was good.
Although we didnt stay originally all inclusive because we did not want to be tied to the hotel and we went to the square everynight, if we had gone all inclusive we would have been disappointed with the entertainment because there wasnt any. There was 1 entertainment girl who was very nice, who did aqua aerobics & water polo in the day, then at night while we were there we had 1 greek dancer, 1 kareoke night and 2 games of bingo over 14 nights. The rest of the time you were on your own. The bar shut at 12pm for free drinks then closed at 1am, if you were still up the lights would be turned off. Luckily Ayia Napa doesnt shut and we met some great friends at the hotel.
The hotel was in a great location, on the beach, near the harbour and just a few minutes walk from the noisy bit.
Went to Egypt on a 2 night cruise while we were there and I was a bit worried about leaving everything in the room, but there were no problems at all. While we were there no-one had anything stolen and as far as I know no-one made any complaints.
Am definately going back to Ayia Napa and would go back to the Nelia, overall we had a great stay there.
P.S. if you go the George Cross behind the bar is ours!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nelia Beach Hotel is situated in one of the best locations in the resort of Ayia Napa, next to the Mediterranean crystal sandy beach and just an eye blink away from the town centre. The hotel has 123 well appointed, tastefully designed and furnished rooms with a bathrooms and spacious balconies, flat screen TV, private telephone, hairdryer, safe deposit box and a fridge. You can enjoy a variety of a la carte meals and local delicacies in our dining room or outdoors on the terrace. Nelia Beach Hotel incorporates an extensive range of leisure facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, table tennis and a pool table. There is also a regular entertainment program including theme nights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nelia Beach Ayia Napa