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Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol
Ranked #1 of 57 Hotels in Limassol
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Taunton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2009

Having just returned from the Amathus I was surprised to see the strength of recent negative comments.
Having been visiting this Hotel for the last 25 years I have seen and experienced many of it's trials and tribulations. As has been mentioned by others the Hotel has been closed since November whilst it underwent a major refurbishment programme, only re-opening in May. The improvements will be viewed in accordance with your own tastes but for me it was too minimalist and as such gave rise, on occasions, to high and intrusive noise levels. When music was played in the Bar area the acoustics were very poor indeed.

On the issue of the music it was noticeable how this had been subject to cut backs and many guests were unhappy at this change. Themed buffets, Cyprus night apart, were now devoid of any musical atmosphere.

We booked one of the newly refurbished rooms which are located only on the first floor. Overall I was very pleased at the standard and it represents a big improvement over the older accomodation where the bathrooms are particularly dated. I believe that plans exist to refurbish the other floors at some point, indeed it was the intention that the 1st and 2nd floors where to be improved last Winter until timescales and the recession intervened.

Greece and Cyprus have Europes highest smoking rates so it is perhaps no surprise to see a higher degree of tolerance to this habit than you may experience elsewhere. The idea of a non-smoking room is something that the Hotel pays only lip service to. That said, as a non smoker myself, I have never experienced bad tobacco odours as rooms do seem to get a thorough clean between new guests. Cleanliness throughout the Hotel is very good. Restaurants do, however, provide non- smoking sections.

When the Hotel reopened it was good to see that all the older and more experienced staff had been retained. Where staff are concerned I find that you will get back a reflection of how you treat them. I personally have no criticisms of the Hotel personnel and found them to be very professional, courteous and helpful throughout my stay.

Beach area, with the gardens, remain one of the Hotels most attractive features. The space creates a very relaxing feel and remains a unique selling feature. A visit to the nearby 5 star Four Seasons, will demonstrate the point quite well when you you see their tightly packed and regimented sun beds. The adult only pool is another unique attraction.

The Hotel accomodates young and old alike but, as I fall into the latter category, I did find the lack of parental control over one or two feral children something of an annoyance. Cannot blame that problem on the Hotel but what I can criticise them on is not enforcing their own rules where very young quests are concerned. I refer to toddlers in the bar and restaurants late at night. despite a posted age restriction.

The main area of disappointment for my party was the significant drop in the quality of food. Breakfast was as ever good, but the evening buffets or restaurant food was very poor. If it had not been for the fact that, I and, most quests were on free half board during the June stay, then I would be justfiably complaining about the high prices being charged. 36 Euros per person for a below average buffet or Table D' hote meal.
Cyprus seems to be working to an unusual economic model which suggests that if tourist numbers are down by 25% ( a fact) let us compensate by jacking our prices up. Indeed some of the tavernas opposite the Hotel have, so some quests allege, put their prices up by as much as 50%.

Charges for use of the internet in the room is very high. However, as most quests discovered, there is a free wi fi service on the beach/ gardens with one or two hot spots in the Hotel, invariably near the elevators. I think the Hotel would do well to follow the lead of others and provide a free universal internet service.

In conclusion, is the Hotel 5 star?, yes it is but needs to complete the programme of improvements they have started. Is it a Leading Hotel?, well based on others I have stayed at I would say it is although competition is now increasing within the locality for that title. Is the Hotel expensive?, yes but judging by the large number of repeat quests it is still regarded as value for money - just! Will I go back next year?, definitely as at least this Hotel does have a programme of continuous improvement even if I am not too enthused on the 2009 efforts.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2009

Have been going to the hotel on and off for 30 years, but sadly feel it’s had it’s day.

I went for a week with my wife and three children aged 14, 10 and 8

TheGood points are

1. Very pleasant staff
2. Great swimming pools

Bad points

1.We had two interconnecting no smoking rooms, both smelt of smoke. The smell seemed to be coming in through the ventilation, it was horrible
2. So many rules ie
a. Asked to leave Gym twice for incorrect footwear – I wasn’t running, just using fixed weight machines. I was the only person in the Gym at the time with the instructor!
b. Took two of my Children for a drink where the piano was playing, I was asked to leave as no kids allowed. No one else was in the area at the time and kids were sat very quietly.
3. Not allowed to bring your own water or any food at all around the pool or grounds, unless you have purchased it from the hotel. Hotel prices have increased not just because of the exchange rate.
4. Bathrooms in very poor condition. I would suggest 3 Star plus.
5. No real evening entertainment.
6. There were a lot guests from one particular country who are not friendly at all.
7. Staff terrified of the Management.
8. Children not welcome, in fact you could say customers not welcome!

I did get to talk with the Manager of the Hotel about my concerns, but I don't think things will change.

I agree with the report below this is by no means a "Leading Hotel of the World" or 5 Star. It's a real shame.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2009

We have been frequent guests of this hotel for over 12 years. For several years nowmuch hype was built up around the proposed renovation of the hotel and finally when it got the go ahead we were excited by what we had been told to expect. Sadly it has turned out to be a big disappointment. Only one floor has been renovated, that being the first the remainder of the rooms are old, tired and dirty. The public areas and the new restaurants just fail to excite and the hotel has lost much of it's elegance. Most disappointing of all however is the disappearance of so many of the great staff that we got to know from the management down. The friendly faces who made the effort to come and see you and talk to you have gone and there seems to be a general uneasy atmosphere amongst the staff. Sadly we will not be returning as we feel that there are better hotels in Limassol with less arrogant staff and management to go to.

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Property: Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol
Address: Amathus Ave | Agios Tychonas, Limassol 3606, Cyprus
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Region: Cyprus > Limassol District > Limassol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Limassol
#1 Luxury Hotel in Limassol
#1 Spa Hotel in Limassol
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Limassol
#1 Business Hotel in Limassol
#2 Romantic Hotel in Limassol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol 5*
Number of rooms: 239
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol, a member of "The Leading Hotels of the World", you will enjoy deluxe accommodation, top-class range of fitness, sport and leisure facilities, fabulous restaurants with superlative cuisine, sumptuous and perfectly appointed surroundings including 4000 sq.m. of immaculate sunbathing lawn gardens and, on top of everything, efficient and uncompromising personal service. ... more   less 
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