Look dont get me wrong, but there are certain aspects of this hotel that are definately not 4 star, and some of the rave reviews on here have me scratching my head. One thing i did love about the hotel was the flower petals scattered everywhere from the flowering trees on its ground. they were in and out the hotel and very nice to see.
We were inundated with ants. ants everywhere, in the drawers, in my make up bag, all over the floor, the sides. id had enough of them. we were given bug spray which didnt help much. one day i left an apple core in the bin and there was an invasion. spent half hour trying to kill them and clean the dead ones up. everyday there were ants.
On first look, the room looks beautiful, but when you look closer you see that there are alot of issues with the furnishing and decoration. For instance, our room had alot of paint splashes on the wooden furniture, the floors and fittings and for a 4 star hotel this is not on. I was upgraded to a family room (043) which was on the ground floor and had sliding doors which opened up onto the pool area. Very nice, but part of me cant help thinking the standard room we originally had booked might have been of a a better standard, as i have heard that some rooms are more updated than others. A major, major setback of the room is that all the electrical sockets were still the 2 and3 plug old cypriot type they used to have in the old days (60-70's) and you cannot use the plugs unless you get an adaptor from reception, and then they will only give you one. one plug isnt enough if you want to charge your phone and camera battery use your hair straighteners ect,and none were sold in the shops. not all rooms had the 3 plug but some did and again for a 4 star hotel this was unreasonable. The bellboy told me this is a very old hotel what do i expect. (!!!) the furniture-although stylish, was dated, and scratched. the TV had only two english channels -discovery and BBC world news. somtimes there would be american films shown on the only arabic channel. all other channels were Russian/Eastern European and not very good reception. It was also an old style tv and we had a taped up remote-again bad for a 4 star. ive had better Tv's in 2 stars.
The family room was very big-a sofa/TV area and a huge bed-very comfortable with a nice faux leather headboard and crisp white sheets. there were two light up cubes on each side which doubled up as bedside tables which was a nice modern touch but again, there was an old faded rotary dial phone dated 1981 underneath-surely for a 4 star hotel a modern phone could have been installed? every time i called room service or reception it took me double the time!
The wardrobe was very irritating and consisted of sliding doors which kept getting stuck so you couldnt open it until they finally broke. The hotel thought it wise to stick an exposed nail in the door to stop them from hitting each other. Totally rubbish wardrobe furniture and i know i keep saying this but definately not 4 star furniture. No way. The lighting in the room was very dim and the light on our private terrace did not work so we sat in the dark when we wanted a drink or room service before we went out. Our tall lampshade although very nice kept falling over.
the cheap white plastic terrace furniture (2 chairs one small table) were broken, and the chairs had deep splits in them as if theyd been thrown, however the flowers around our terrace were beautiful and the green area outside well maintained. we had an incident where the people staying in the room next to us-not sure what country there were from were being extemley noisy, screaming and banging. the walls are paper thin and you can hear next door. we asked them to quiten down on a couple of occasions via reception which they didnt do, i felt bad but it was 3am and the girl they was with was screaming alot, the hotel apologised and left us a bottle of red wine the next day in our room which was touching.
Bath towels were clean but a little hard and could have been fresher. Maid was very good at cleaning but on two occasions did not clean the room. On one occasion we left out a room service breakfast card and nobody came the next day with breakfast.
It left alot to be desired is all im saying. Im trying to be positive about the hotel, but a massive crack in the bathtub, aged 1970's shower with rust running along the bath and shower fittings annoyed me. The sink was nice-made out of marble, but the bath and shower-not good, There was always ample hot water however. the bathroom is the type you get when you go on a lads/girls holiday in cheap c class/ bedsit type accomodation. Shocking for a 4 star. See pictures. Our room door handle was also quite loose and rattled,
The reception area was nice and provided free wifi, in the vicinity of the reception area. it was well maintained. The two restaurants i didnt visit-however they looked smart and well maintained and the menus looked good. Men need to wear trousers if you want to book dinner here, but the buffet restaurant any attire is ok. There is a small hotel shop which had good deals on the souveniers and same price as the shops so dont bypass it, it also sold snacks such as chocolate crisps and also newspapers which i bought sometimes to sit by the pool with. There is also a separate games room with a small pool table, some board games and a couple of books but was pretty sparse actually. There are separate toilets on the lower ground floor, and two lifts, which were very scratched up both in and out. Its little things like this that takes away from 4 star status-they were very tatty. I had a look at some of the landings on the upper floors and was surprised at how tatty they looked.My room being situated on ground floor and by the spa had white tiles and the corridor was ok. there were double doors leading from outside my room up to the carpark via carpeted very musty smelling stairs and staff accomodation was also there on either side of the stairs. they have to take that carpet out-it reeks. maybe it wasnt for our use those-but no signs saying so.
I didnt end up using the indoor pool=however it always looked clean and well maintained as it was situated in the spa area. the spa area was well maintained and with lots of info on treatments-but at ridiculously expensive prices. 50-60 Euros for a massage? i think not. so i gave it a miss, didnt want to spend a big chunk of my holiday money on a 1 hour massage.
The outdoor pool wasnt the biggest pool-but it was very nice, clean and a good temperature. it was shallower around the sides and deep in the middle-it formed a kind of L shape. The pool was never too busy and often only had 3-5 people in it so plenty of space, the 'jacuzzi' area was just a tiny area (2 ppl max) of the pool at the back with a couple of fast jet streams and it confused me that it only came on some of the day and not all day. There was also a very small childrens pool but this was dirty and unused. The tiling around the pool needs updating and was clean but looked tired, with a couple of tiles missing. The grass area around the pool was patchy in places, but well maintained with beautiful trees and flowers. The grass area near the restaurant facing the pool/ bbq area was lush and well maintained. The sunbeds however were old, dated and scruffy, with well used mattresses , some of the beds were dirty and they were not cleaned. there were two small private beach areas with beds overlooking the beach so not ideal if you were planning to go in and out the water youd have to go down a long set of stairs so people generally used them for sunbathing only. go here at night and look at the sea with the moon out it was beautiful
the beach below was nice-but the sea on that particular beach is very choppy and there are far better beaches with turquoise waters to go to. The beach was clean however and had huge waves to jump over in the evenings-i don't reccomend this beach for young kids to go in and out unsupervised due to choppy waters. Visit Landa or makronissos beach (theyre like swimming pools!) or if you really want quiet and serenity, ayia thekla beach. no one on it-plentiful sunbeds and beautiful. Nissi beach is dirty and for party heads. give it a miss. the water is lovely though.
Breakfast was plentiful with a fantastic selection of dishes. Mini frankfurters, bacon, mushrooms, scrambled, fried and boiled eggs and omelettes, fried halloumi, beans, grilled tomatoes, hash browns, other hot food, cereals, thick and creamy strawberry and each yoghurts, platters of fruits (peaches and plums were never ripe however) grapes, continental breakfast selection including croissants, greek pastry's (olive and feta fingers) raisins, dried fruits, natural yoghurts, different selection of bread to make toast, jam,honey and preserves, sliced cakes, juices ect.
Room Service food was fantastic, best food i had out in cyprus. Beautiful squid rings with a gorgeous salad and chips were very nice and just 9 euros. well presented and quick.
i didnt have buffet dinner as was on a b&b basis. i had the pool buffet (lunch) and it was very nice with salads, afelia (cypriot tradditional meat dish) chicken , rice, ect and cold meats. Dessert was limited to a few cakes, The pool bar drinks were expensive but 4 euro for freshly squeezed juice not too bad. just dont ask pool attendant to get u a drink as they make their rounds by the pool as it sets u back around 6 euros for a glass of coke, get it yourself. Mini bar prices were also expensive as are all hotels, so we took most of their stuff out and put in our own drinks to keep cool.
there is ample parking spaces, and i strongly suggest you rent a scooter/quad/car as its quite a walk to the main bit (around 10-15mins depending on how fast you walk) which will become tiresome daily. there are restaurants and souvenier shops/ supermarkets along the road where the hotel is on but the main part is further down. Try Chris's rentals, has a good deal on quads and scooters. tell him nancy from kolossi sent you. he will do u a deal, trust me. make sure you wear your helmet or the police will fine you more than 100 euros. make sure its fastened properly. dont drink and drive there are regular stop checks where you will be breathalised randomly. they will arrest you for this no questions asked. Take a drive down to cape greko 5-10mins drive its breathtaking.
overall the hotel is average/good and i would go back if it was half the price but the furnishing, fittings and general tattiness has let it down, and i say this hotel is no more than an average 3 star with bathrooms that totally let it down. the amount you pay to stay here is not value for money for a the standard of accommodation we got in our room. things such as rusting bathroom decor, ageing furniture, no useablenelectrical sockets, 70's furniture, paint splashes, ants, missing tiles, and general tattiness let it down. i wouldnt get married here.
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- Also Known As:
- Grecian Sands Ayia Napa
- Hotel Grecian Sands