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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- 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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