Travelling as a party of five, we have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Alion beach hotel.
The Hotel is in a good location with a great beach and just a short walk into town and harbour area.
Our stay was on half board basis, as part of the Thomson A La carte range of hotels we had high expectation of the dinning at the Alion.
We have stayed at many Thompson A La carte and Platinum hotels over the years and if I'm totally honest some evenings we we're disappointed with buffet selection on offer, occasionally the dishes were not replenished quickly enough and remained empty until other dishes were used up.
The food was simple but tasty, although not what we normally associate with a fine dining experience.
There is a flambé chef but we were not sure if included in our dinning package, when we enquired about this, we were given vouchers with 10% off, so we assumed the flambé dinning was extra.
The public areas such as reception, bars, terraces, swimming pool, gym and all the various dining areas are excellent, lots of places to relax with drinks etc. The hotel only has 100 rooms and was full during our stay but never felt over crowded. It has a very relaxed and very friendly atmosphere with attentive and professional staff.
Our party had a total of three, first floor bedrooms, one with sea view and two at the front overlooking the hotel entrance. The rooms were all identical, a reasonable size, fairly basic in design and decoration but always clean and comfortable. The bathrooms are on the small side but have all the usual necessities.
This hotel is advertised as a 5 star hotel and has a lot of attributes to justify this rating but for those visitors who crave absolute 5 star luxury they may be slightly disappointed in the bathroom and bedroom currently on offer. Although for our party (particularly the room with the sea view) the rooms were perfect balance of practicality and comfort, even the rooms at the front had reasonable view over the newly refurbished front gardens.
During our stay it was our 30th wedding anniversary, instead of my wife and I travelling long haul to Caribbean, Mauritius or similar we decided to treat the whole family to 2 weeks in Cyprus at the Alion beach.
The anniversary date was highlighted to Thomson at time of booking, who I believe emailed the details to the hotel but for whatever reason the anniversary was totally missed by the hotel.
Our anniversary came and went, not even a hand shake, expression of good wish or congratulations card from the hotel.
This oversight was very disappointing but we got over it, until a week or so later I mentioned to reception that we had booked 2 late checkout rooms, which we were informed by reception were no longer available as new guests were arriving earlier than expected!!!
Well, at this point I had to switch from happy holiday mode, to go complain to the manager mode.
Needless to say, we got our late checkout rooms that we had paid for and an apology for the anniversary over sight.
During the last week of our holiday we dined out at some of the local restaurants. Considering Ayia Napa reputation as the party capital of Cyprus withs bars and clubs etc, we found a wealth of quality restaurants the very best we found is called 'Sage' located near town centre. The food here was exceptional and the prices were reasonable for the quality of the food on offer.
For traditional Cypriot food and quality fish dishes we found a lovely restaurant right on the harbour called Vassos.
All things considered we had fantastic holiday, even though things did not go 100% as we would have liked.
We would definitely return to the Alion but maybe on a bed and breakfast basis.
The Alion is an excellent hotel with a good reputation that is well deserved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alion Beach Hotel, with no more than a total of 100 rooms, is noted for its five-star, modern luxury bordering the sea and a natural park. Here class merges with coziness, and hospitality is enhanced with a commitment to personal service.With a unique location, overlooking one of the nicest white sandy beaches of Cyprus and with stunning views of the Ayia Napa harbour, Alion enjoys privileges of a quite and secure position ... more less
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