The Valana apartments were a bit of a mixed bag. We were in an annexe away from the main hotel, seemingly in a block unpopulated by any other guests. This did not bother me too much, but the building site across the road did.
Not really the Valanas fault that though. The apartments were very spacious, apart from the tiny bathroom. I couldn't fault the apartment in terms of facilities and cleanliness. The bed was uncomfortable, more pillows required.
The staff at the Valana were friendly and helpful. We went through Olympus, and they seemed well organised. We went on excursions to the Cyprus night, which was excellent, and Paphos, which was pretty good as well.
There is a pool at the Valana, with an attached bar. This was quite nice, but was marred by the loud music pumping out from some local radio station, and the locals who descended on the pool in the afternoon. I come on holiday to relax and not feel like I am being pushed out of a pool I have paid for by a bunch of non-paying guests.
Night time entertainment at the Valana is fleeting, and not quite right. The tiny bar is good enough, but the guests are an odd mix of old locals with young thai women, ex-pat locals and random guests. There is no sense of a "community" as you get in some hotels.
Regarding Limassol itself, it is a busy town, on a main road. It is not a picturesque Cypriot town. There are some nice bars and restaurants, but it is very reminiscent of a tacky Spanish resort. There is no beach.
It is also very expensive - Cypriot pound prices are equivalent to UK Pound prices out here, but the exchange rates it is more expensive than the UK.
I would recommend Cyprus, as the locals are very friendly and it is hot - But not the Valana or Limassol. Go to the East of the island or somewhere more tranquil instead.
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- Also Known As:
- Valana Hotel Limassol
- Rodeway Inn Limassol