We stayed at the Athena Royal hotel for 4 nights during our 8 days holiday in Cyprus. The hotel is amazingly arranged with bars, restaurants, 2 outdoor pools and one indoor pool, spa, mini market and a wide garden where sun beds are available for the guests.
Upon our arrival, we noted there is no doorman to welcome you in or take care of your luggage. A service that we found in almost every hotel we stayed in around the world (with the exception of Milan and Rome in Italy).
The reception personnel were of the utmost friendliness and extremely helpful. Our check in and check out went through without any kind of trouble.
We were assigned to room 3342, a partial sea view room, very nice and comfortable and with a little balcony available.
In the room we found some balloons, a card wishing happy birthday to my partner (it was her birthday that day) some wine and complementary fruit, a kind touch from the management that we appreciated.
We had a tv, an espresso machine with complimentary capsules and some tea bags. The toilet was alright with enough toiletries (shampoo, body lotion, soap, liquid hand soap) but without hair conditioner, shaving kit, tooth-brush and tooth-paste, hence you might want to bring them with you.
The room was cleaned daily and some consumables replenished with the exception of coffee capsules and water. Just note that the service starts very early in the morning (before 8 am) and you might be waken up if you plan to sleep some more.
Wi-Fi coverage in our room was fair or absent inside and decent on the balcony. However, room 3342 and the adjacent ones, are located very close to what seemed to be the kitchen and a continuous noise of cutleries and dishes being moved and thrown can spoil your tranquil moment in the evening.
The hotel targets adults only, hence there are no kids around, making the place very quiet and relaxing. However, the majority of the guests (let’s say 90% of them) are very mature couples and with it I mean pensioners above 60.
For a young couple, then, it might be awkward and sometimes boring to be in such an atmosphere.
The hotel provides an efficient tourist support, with different representatives coming regularly to propose and book events in town or outside either by boat or bus. We took advantage of the service to book a cruise with Paphos Sea Cruises while we explored the city by ourselves.
There are many restaurants available and bars to calm down the thirst during the day. They all serve decent food and good cocktails and the prices are very reasonable.
One very positive point of this hotel is that they do not try to cheat you charging a ridiculous amount for drinks and food at the pool/beach/shop.
Other than the pool side, the hotel offers a nice garden where the majority of the sun beds are located. The beach, instead, is very poor and consists in few meters of sand with wild vegetation and rocks. Not really the best if you look for a sandy beach and easy access to the water.
Regular events are organized like live music, special night events and cinema nights. We participated to some of them but we realized that we were not the targeted audience and hence felt a bit bored. The other guests were, on the other hand, pleased by the proposed activities and enjoyed them very much.
Breakfast wasn’t as good as we expected even though the variety of food available was great. There are eggs, bacon, sausages, cheeses, yoghurt, pastries and pancakes, fruits, coffee, milk and juices.
We just found that bread, pastries and other products weren’t always freshly made but displayed until consumed. We had bad experience with the croissants, cereals and bread that tasted old and were tough.
We had also an omelette prepared by the chef and did not like it because it was prepared superficially with ingredients not completely cooked and mixed properly. My omelette was without salt, my partner’s one was salty and both were very oily. While waiting for the omelette we noticed that fried eggs, pork bacon, pancakes and French toast were cooked in the same place. Not really the right way to do it.
The breakfast is served in a very lovely location, by the pool or indoor as the guest prefers.
We enjoyed lunch at the Olive Tree restaurant few times and found it all right. We had a chicken gyros, hallomi sandwich and a salad and found them ok.
The service quality is just ok. There are a lot of young staff with seasonal jobs working in this hotel. Some of them, like the lovely front desk operator who worked in Abu Dhabi before, were super efficient and friendly. Others were apparently less trained but still suitable for the role.
We understood from some guests that a significant percentage of them (above 30%) spend their annual summer holiday in this hotel, someone since 10 years or more!!! For this reason, at the moment of checking out, we were granted a loyalty membership card that will allow us to get discounts from our next stay (if any) in the same hotel or hotel chain in Paphos.
In conclusion, we enjoyed the stay at the hotel, however, probably not as much as the elderly guests do.