I stayed in the Salmary apartments with 2 of my friends for a week on the 14th of July 2013, all I can say is what a lovely family who run this hotel.
The rooms are basic yes, but it is absolutely fine for how long you are actually in them. In my apartment there were no insects, (FYI you will only get insects if you leave the doors open which in fairness is YOUR FAULT NOT THE HOTELS) my sheets were clean and changed regularly, the shower worked, there were basic cooking utensils, the air con worked fine however, it is in the bedroom so the front room is quite hot. Everything worked well all and all for me and my friends!
The Salmary pool isn't 5 star I give you that but we found it really funny and laughed about it to be honest, Papa normally comes about and sprays you with the hose which is absolutely hysterical. There is a pool bar which plays music and sells very cheap drinks (and they're not shy with the alcohol too) the bar within the hotel is also very cheap and the banter is excellent, one night we spent hours there just working our way through their huge drinks and shots menu. (all staff were lovely)
'Mama and Papa' are two of the nicest people I have ever met. The only reason Mama is a problem to you is if you are disrespecting the hotel and the other people staying there then she is an absolute nightmare for you. The first time I met both mama and papa they were absolutely lovely, they gave us free entry into Starsky's (one of the biggest night clubs in Ayia Napa which is typically 15 euros entry) this saved us so much money as we went there near every night, they also gave us discount and fast past tickets to the water park and quick safe taxis whenever we asked.
They ALSO said to us if anyone bothers you tell us and we will take care of you. So anyone who says they are horrible people are talking absolute rubbish, basically just don't piss them off just be polite. They are a very proud family and if you disrespect them or their hotel they take it as a huge offense which is fair enough!
At the end of the holiday they do inspect your rooms and if there is any damage they will charge you. Its a pain because you can be charged for the littlest of things I do agree with this but, just try not to break anything and if you find anything that is already broken or stained (especially bedding) politely tell them.
Please trust me when I say some of the other reviews are so dramatic, in regards to 'the water runs brown before clear at the tap' that isn't the hotels fault, I have been to five star hotels that do the same, the water isn't as clean as it is in England or wherever you are from. This is why you are advised to not drink the water abroad.
I had the best holiday of my life and the Salmary was a huge part to play in this, I felt safe and relaxed when staying there and Ayia Napa is one of the best places EVER! If you are looking for a 5 star hotel then you'll be disappointed, it is a really basic hotel and pretty much good for sleeping, drinking and getting ready, but if you are sad enough to spend all your time in the hotel room then a party holiday is probably not for you.
I will hopefully be returning in 2014!!
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