This hotel is a hard one to review...all amenities were present, but still there was a lot missing. The rooms had airconditioning from around 3 pm to 9 am, no point in turning the thermostat, one temperature only. In other words sufficient, but still not working properly. Sliding glass doors out to a small balcony. Doors wouldn't lock. I can't imagine anyone climbing the outside 5 storeys up to rob us blind, but still; locks not working. Flat screen tv with a few Greek/ Cypriot channels, one German, a couple of Russian and one Swedish channel. Smallest flatscreen I've ever seen. We didn't come to Cyprus to watch tv, but I like to watch a bit of tv before bedtime. So tv was present, but not impressing...or even worth watching at all. Adequate sized rooms, but furniture outdated 35 years ago. Bathroom had a wc, tub with shower, a sink and mirror. All there, but outdated and not very nice. Rooms were clean, no bugs or any other surprises. Beds were ugly and outdated but comfort was ok. Nice view over the Med and Ayia Napa, an absolute plus. A bit of a walk from the hotel to the centre of Ayia Napa, but as we dine at Blueberries Restaurant every night when we are in Cyprus, maybe the long walk was a necessity to keep us half fit. I noticed a reviewer mentioning the walk as unsafe. I've been to Ayia Napa quite a few times, and never felt threatened. Act safe, be safe. Although the hotel is situated on a height and the beach looks distant, it's just a few minutes walk away. This is the largest beach in the Napa area, but there are lots of beautiful beaches from Simos Beach Hotel and westward. (Still a 45 minute walk from the Marina Hotel. So the Marina Hotel is situated a bit too far east for my taste. Talking about east, we were the only Western European residents at the hotel. The other guests were Russian. Breakfast was ok, but needed that little extra touch called taste. Shouldn't take much effort to make the breakfast a nice experience, but the lack of spices and probably lack of interest in cooking made it rather poor. The hotel gardens could have been beautiful, and probably has been....35 years ago. The pool was just a square with water in it, nothing fancy. Tried to cool off after the long walk back from Blueberries one night, but was tossed out by a rather pissy nightwatch. Sick and tired of tourists? Get a new job! Which brings me to the staff....as everything else in this hotel, they were there but still not working properly. They did their job, that's all. No smile, no joy. Along with the Russian speaking guests and the by far outdated furnishing, the staffs "no smile" policy made me feel like I was in a hotel behind the iron curtain in the 70's. I've rated this hotel one star, but this is just my opinion. When on holiday I use a lot of money, so the least I expect is a staff able to pull out a smile now and then. I don't expect top of the line when choosing a three star hotel. I've been to MUCH worse hotels than this one, but strangely enough a good staff can make it a good stay no matter how bad the hotel is.
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