This hotel has a lot of good sides, but it really depends on what kind of holiday you are looking for. We wanted to go to Cyprus, mainly because of the beaches and to relax. Maybe have some nice food and some nice evenings out. We chose pre-season, as we did not go there to party all night long.
First the good points: Napa Plaza is a very modern, clean and quite stylish hotel. It has a great hotel bar, the rooms are nice and clean. Staff are very friendly and helpful; there is a nice big pool and light entertainment in the evenings.
Things to consider:
Napa Plaza is located about 2 minutes walk from the square, where all the nightclubs, bars and party is happening. If you want to have a good night sleep, with your window open, you have to take at least a superior or better a suite room. We were not aware of that and booked a standard room, as it was included in our booking. When we arrived at night, we opened the window and felt like being in the middle of a night club. We asked for a room change and upgraded to a superior pool view room (60 euros per week). The noise was a little bit less, but we had to keep the windows closed, as you could hear loud techno music until around 3 o'clock at night. This means, if you go there to party and stay up all night long: Great hotel; if you don't: Book a suite or ask for a room where you can't hear the noise!
Rooms: Nice, clean, modern, but hardly any water pressure in the bathroom. TV reception was bad, but we were not too bothered about that. The fridge was very noisy and did not really cool, therefore we plugged it off.
Food: We had half board and I would not recommend it. In other reviews people are on about the great quality of food. I have to strongly disagree with that. Breakfast was average: Bread, Ham, Full English Breakfast available, eggs were very milky and most of the fruits were out of tins. Nothing too special, but also not too bad.
We were really disappointed with the dinner buffet: Most of the food was cold, the different "theme" evenings were basically every night the same food and I felt it was a shame that there was hardly any Greek food on offer. All of us went mainly for side dishes, as the meat was nasty.
We were overall quite disappointed with the food in Ayia Napa. It was extremely hard to find authentic cuisine, which I like if I go on a holiday. You could find a full English breakfast anywhere, also fish and chips and other English, German or international food, which seems a shame, if you are in Greece.
We eventually found a great restaurant there, which I will review separately. (CAPE CAVO you have to go there!!!)
Resort: Ayia Napa has some beautiful beaches. The sea was great, clean and clear. The beach that was about 5 minutes walk from the hotel was really nice and not too busy in May (sunbed and umbrella are 2 euros each); We also went to the famous Nissi beach, which was okay, but again more for people between 18 and 25 who want to party, drink and dance all day and night. The rest of Ayia Napa are basically about 4 streets, lots of pubs, restaurants, bars. Not really great for shopping, some clothes shops, mostly fake brands, but quite poor quality and the typical postcard/ useless things shops. Everything quite pricey.
I also want to mention the boat trip we did with Captain Marco: The trip was not too expensive (20 euros plus 5 euros for lunch, which was optional) The flyer sounded very good; about 7 different sights to see etc. In fact we were for about 6-7 hours on a boat seeing nothing else than rocks and some other hotel resorts, plus 3 caves, which you obviously did not really see, due to being on a boat. The highlight of the trip was the "Ghost Town": The boat stopped miles away and you could see some empty hotels etc. far far away, this was made even better by captain Marco who screamed abuse and some political propaganda about the Turks and the American and British government into a microphone....I would say that was the highlight of the trip. He stopped twice for swimming, which made the trip even longer and chucked a loaf of bread into the water to feed some tiny fish. Would not do that again :-) !
Overall I have to say I am not sure, if I would go back to Ayia Napa. The beaches were lovely, the weather perfect, but except of partying and drinking there is very little to do and the prices are quite high. (Bottle of water over 1 euro, can of coke 1 euro, cocktails can be cheap, but just with local alcohol and they are very sugary, WIFI in hotel was very expensive, but Burger King next door had free WIFI)
If you are a group of young people, who want to party had: Go for it. If you are a family with kids: maybe pre- or after season, if you are in your 30ties and want to relax and experience culture, good food etc: there are probably better places to go to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Napa Plaza is a trendsetting integrated lifestyle holiday center designed to provide sensational experiential holidays. What distinguish us is the central prominent location and the “adult appealed” concept, underlined by a stylish, chic and unique, communicative, relaxed and enjoyable environment. The Napa Plaza gives a positive Lifestyle feeling in a relaxing casual atmosphere full of harmony, life's joy (joie de vivre), tolerance, generosity, mutual compassion and individuality. This Lifestyle community helps everyone to find his/her individual way for a sensational experiential stay. In addition to the prominent location, Napa Plaza is distinguished through architecture, cutting edge design and a vast choice of places and services creating a chic and unique character for comfort, service, activities and experiences of the top class. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Napa Plaza Ayia
- Hotel Napa Plaza
- Napa Plaza Hotel Cyprus