Grecian Sands Hotel, Ayia Napa
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Not even close to being what it claims to befrom pegasvs
is big, although not very clean, breakfast is below average for Cyprus standards but the worst were the fact you can't find a parking
space if you have a car and if you are using the swimming pool you have to reserve a pool bed days before as there aren't enough to cover all the guests!!! The rooms were ok and the personnel were very
friendly I must admit.
Never a 4* hotelfrom citytravellerplus
Hotel is in an excellent location being only a leisurely 15 minute walk from the main square. A taxi to/ from the main square costs 5 Cypriot pounds (roughly 6 british pounds).
Reception and entrance to the hotel are OK, nothing special, and not as grande as other 4* properties I have stayed at.
We didn’t have dinner at the restaurant but did have some snacks at the pool side bar which was OK. Expect to pay 2 british pounds for a bottle of water or a soft drink at the pool side bar.
The pool was probably the highlight of the hotel, extremely clean, clear and well maintained.
On a daily basis several weddings were held, but some days there were so many that it almost felt like Las Vegas!
The rooms were extremely basic and only had 1 socket that you could use to plug appliances into – so if you want to listen to your CD player whilst straightening your hair then you’re out of luck! I contacted reception about this and they said that was what all the rooms were like. The newer rooms seem to have been hurriedly refurbished and fitted out with cheap fixtures. The carpets in the landings are extremely dated, very dusty and in desperate need of replacement.
Oh and if you like a long lie in the morning then the impatient cleaner will spoil that for you – every morning at 11am she would knock on the door saying that she needed to clean our room because our room was the final one on this floor and she was then moving floors!
Overall I just felt that there was something missing from this hotel and certainly wouldn’t rate it as a 4* property. Ayia Napa is a fantastic place – this was our 2nd visit. When we return we will stay at the Napa Mermaid (straight across the road from the Grecian Sands, newly refurbished and looking very impressive)…..or the Adams beach which is at the opposite side of Ayia Napa near the water park.
Potentially greatfrom howl
Walk a little further along the road and you get to the relatively classy Sage restaurant (very good food), and neighbouring Liquid bar. Another minute or two along the road, and you get to the centre of town, and its attendant clubs, bars and vomit-covered streets.
Back to the hotel... The communal areas of the hotel are well-kept and attractive. The pool is large, though loungers can be hard to come by (there are plenty more on the false beach which sits just beyond the pool area). There's a shaded cafe/bar by the pool, which is handy for lunch, and a large breakfast room. There's a ping-pong table outside, and just off the hotel lobby, there's a pool table and internet workstation.
We were there in mid-June, and found that the hotel bar closed at about 1am, which isn't ideal. They don't kick you out, but the lights eventually get switched off, and you can't get any more drinks. The bar has a nice balcony, with plenty of seating, giving you a view of the pool, the sea, and the hotel next door. Nice place for a couple of drinks in the evening, before heading out for some food. Didn't try the hotel's restaurant in the evenings, so can't comment. Breakfast was unspectacular, but perfectly acceptable. The usual buffet selection of breads, cereals, meats, eggs, etc.
The main problem with our stay was the standard of our room. We had paid extra for a "side sea view" - as there were no standard rooms left - but were very disappointed. The view wasn't too bad, but the room was in dire need of refurbishment or, at least, thorough cleaning. A number of friends and family had been allocated rooms in a new part of the hotel, and had very well furnished and maintained rooms. Other family members had a sea view room, which had a lino/laminate floor, and reasonably attractive furnishing. Our room, however, had badly stained carpet, with large amounts of debris from previous guests. The handle to the bathroom door was covered in a layer of grime, and the tiles around the bath were moldy. The marble bathroom floor had blotches all over it, which made it look like it hadn't been mopped for months. The air-conditioning unit was extremely noisy, but necessary. On the plus side, I suppose it just about masked the noise from the 1970s fridge. On arrival, our sheets had a blood stain and grubby marks where someone's feet had been. The sheets didn't seem to have been changed since the previous occupants. The other sheets we had during the week were better, but they never changed the pillow cases, instead opting to switch the pillows around every morning.
We did ask to move rooms, but were told the hotel was full. After complaining to the Thomas Cook rep, we were told that other guests had made similar complaints, and that it would be taken up with the management. We later received a bottle of Cypriot red wine and a bowl of fruit, which was a nice gesture, but the floor remained unvacuumed. In the end, we ended up buying some Flash from a local shop and doing a bit of our own cleaning in the bathroom. Not what you'd expect at this price, frankly.
So, it's generally a nice hotel, as long as you win the bedroom lottery. Some people might also want to note that this seems to be a hotel for weddings. There were 2 or 3 weddings a day during our stay, and most hotel guests were there in large groups, based around wedding parties. The wedding we attended was very well organised, and couldn't really be faulted. They've clearly got it down to a fine art. If they can refurbish the rest of their bedrooms, it'll be an excellent all-round hotel. Until then, it's a bit of a gamble.
Great location and views.from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel's location is excellent, above a great stretch of beach with shallow waters which were fairly warm given the time of year. We really liked the man-made 'beach' area which overlooked the bay. Firstly it was free...no paying for sunbeds... and there were plenty of beds/umbrellas available. True, if one wanted a 'front row' then a strategically placed towel on the way to breakfast wasn't frowned on. Secondly, the breeze was wonderful as the temp climbed into the 30s on some days. Best of all though, the sharp slope down to the path meant that families stayed by the pool, leaving this a child free zone!
The room was ok if a little dated, but the hotel has begun refurbishing. Our room was on the corner so had a great sea view with welcome shade in the afternoon. The bathroom was clean and well stocked. The shower was what we came to describe as 'the three bears porridge'. It was either too hot, to cold and sometimes just right!
The air-con was surprisingly quiet and if you feel the bed is too hard, housekeeping will gladly find a softer mattress.
We were on B&B (with so many lovely restaurants nearby half-board was never an option for us).
The breakfast was adequate...the usual bacon/beans/tomatoes/sausage/egg/make-your-own-toast combinations, plus some fairly tastless cereals...but I would have liked a greater choice of fruit or even a prepared fresh fruit salad. A occasional dodgy banana, watermelon slices dumped next to plates of sliced oranges and grapefruit and a couple of bowls of tinned prunes and peaches weren't very tempting. There was a full compliment of meats, cheeses and salad for the continentally minded.
Ayia Napa itself was just perfect for us. There are so many good restaurants it's hard to choose. One or two took a bit too long to serve us but a gentle nudge tended to result in free drinks or extra bread/tapenade if the food wasn't ready.
We think May/June is the best time to visit. It isn't 'high season' and there were all age groups there having fun. The Square was busy..it was vibrant and maybe a bit loud, but we're over 40 and thought it was great!
The temperature is ideal; hot in the day but pleasant and definitely not humid at night. Being used to reeking of eau-de-mozzie during April in the Caribbean and the Med in August, it was great not to have to worry about the pesky munchers!
We loved the walk into town in the evening and are already thinking about booking Grecian Sands for this time next year.
Got Married May 2007!from meeky1
Our beautiful wedding!from Napa07
Carl the wedding planner was great. We then went on to Markos restaurante on the Harbour where we cut the cake and had a delicious mezze. To finish our wedding day off we had a Catamaran cruise for 2 hours whilst the sun was setting (Just us and our family). That was booked through Interyachting. That was brill and went so fast! Wish we was still in Ayia Napa now! The weather here in Mansfield is garbage! :-(
Rooms are tiredfrom Ginge57
We booked direct with the hotel and as well as a room booked a cab from the airport but when we arrived it was not there and on checking with the hotel we picked up a cab from the airport - not disastrous just annoying.
When we arrived we found the room to be tired - mouldy grout in the bathroom, broken shower head, blackout curtain falling off the curtain rail - the latter two we reported to reception to give the hotel a chance to remedy the situation - but nothing was done, again, not disastrous just disappointing.
The location of the hotel is lovely - good view of the sea and a lovely beach though you do have to pay CY£1.25 per day for each sunbed and the umbrella. The hotel has sunloungers on a ledge-like man-made beach as well as around the pool but most of these were reserved before 9am each day by a towel placed on them.
Both the hotel and the beach bar/restaurant are quite expensive when compared to the prices in town. It's easy to get into town either via the road or the beach. We had dinner at Clarabels - good, Sapporo - good but Castelli's wasn't - poor service and whilst offered a drink the time just kept getting longer and longer until we got a table/food.
Overall, the location was very good and we had a lovely holiday whilst on the beach but the hotel just undermined the experience.
still going strongfrom ColumbusCox
Excellent Hotel in Ayia Napafrom rrice
Outdoor pool has a jacuzzi at one end of it. Need to book sun bed early on sandy sundeck and at pool as beds were taken when i got down at 10am.
Hotel has a Sandy beach (sundeck) at front, the main beach is down 20 steps. On the beach you can walk to Ayia Napa Harbour.
Ayia Napa is 20 mins walk away or CY£4 in the taxi.
Beside the hotel is a lovely beach restaurant 'Maistrali' which serves good food.
Definately go for a sea view room.
Well recommended is the Managers Cocktail & BBQ on the Fri night CY£10.
The centre of Ayia Napa is filled with lively bars and restaurants. Restaurants i recommend are Sage, Clarabels, Fiji and Castelli all on the street down to the harbour.
We visited Protaras a few nights, which is one long strip of bars, shops and restaurants. Recommended restaurants here are Diva and The Corner.
All in all a good hotel and good location, and i will definately return.
Our perfect weddingfrom Sarah30
Top Local Tips for Ayia Napa
Not just for the young !!! Many older folk fear that Ayia Napa is a resort for youngsters. Nothing could be further from the truth since the night activities for the young commence late into the evening most older folk will have enjoyed an evening meal and drink and pass the young set just going out whilst the older set is returning to their respective hotels.
Eating out Great restaurants we visited in Ayia Napa were the 'Limelight' 'Figi' and 'Sapporo'
Weddings It is a very wedding orientated hotel all guests nearly have some connection to a wedding taking place either being bride or groom or wedding party or wedding guest.
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- Address: 44, Kryo Nero Ave. a pa P.O.Box 30216 - Ayia Napa - 2645341 - Cyprus
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