Just returned from 7 days at this hotel, staying on an all-inclusive basis. Lots of positive things and a few not so good.
We decided that we wanted to stay close to the strip and it was just as well that we did. We were amazed that there was virtually no entertainment laid on in the evenings, unless you count a pianist (who was very pleasant, but not appreciated by my 12 year old son) and a duo who sang along to again a piano and also an accordian I believe. This meant that most evenings to find something to do, we had to go outside of the hotel and pay for our drinks all evening, which defeats the object a bit. However, we found some great shows and acts to watch along the strip and had some really good nights.
The hotel is in a great position on a really lovely, long beach and I have to say that the hotel pools (both the main one and the kids one) were exceptionally beautiful, and kept so perfectly clean. Getting sunbeds around the pool didn't seem too hard as long as you were out there by 10 ish and there were plenty of umbrellas too, which was essential as we were there during the heatwave. Entertainment during the day was good, although again, not a huge amount for the kids unless they are very young and then they could do T-Shirt painting etc. But again, for a 12 year old, not that much.
Definitely the main gripe that we had with this hotel is that amazingly, they let anybody come into the gate by the pool and they can either walk directly through to the beach or they can use the hotel pool and sunbeds if they pay (although we never once saw anybody approached and asked to pay). We saw locals blatantly come in with their picnics and towels and use the facilities, some for the whole day. The teenagers were the most annoying that came in mid afternoon and monopolised the pool for a few hours. I think the hotel should be more private and only open to residents. You would have to be there to appreciate how it gets on everyone's nerves.
The food was good, but we weren't comfortable with the fact that some of the selections weren't covered ie the dips and some salad bits, also on a couple of evenings there were prawns available, and those weren't covered either so we gave them a wide berth. Overall, there was a good selection of food, but not a great kids selection. Always chips, pizza and sometimes fish fingers, but that was about it.
Our room was OK, the view was nice, side sea view and overlooking the pool. We had a fold up bed for my son, which I thought was bad seeing as how we had paid full price for him. The shower curtain had seen better days, but overall the room was OK. It was cleaned to a good standard each day. The air con in the room functioned really well.
All the staff we found to be very helpful and friendly and work incredibly long hours. The hotel was very clean overall and very impressive looking both in and outside.
Overall, we did enjoy it here. There are always good and bad points wherever you go. I would recommend the hotel, but we failed to understand why it has such a high rating compared to other hotels in the area. Maybe it is because you get a free pair of slippers in your room on arrival!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is the beach hotel of dreams! Constantinos The Great Beach Hotel is directly located on Protaras golden sandy beach and impressively overlooks the endless shades of blue stretching towards the horizon. An exclusive all seasons 5 star hotel with stylish accommodation, elegant atrium lobby and excellent service complement the wide range of activities and facilities. From you balcony you may enjoy the first sunrise in Europe and the panoramic view of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the heart of Protaras with a big selection of bars, shops and restaurants just a foodstep away. The quality accommodation, friendly staff, and relaxed ambiance make this hotel an all-round appeal for a perfect luxurious beach hotel. Guests return year after year to the popular Constantinos The Great. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Constantinos The Great
- Constantinos Great Cyprus