We have just returned from a very enjoyable stay at the New Famagusta Hotel / apartments in Ayia Napa. We only booked this place due to the irresistible package deal we found on the Internet. Normally we would stay in a slightly higher rated hotel; however these credit crunch times meant we had to save money from the outset. We were a little dubious and slightly put off by some of the reviews on this site. Nonetheless we booked it and felt that if it was as horrendous as people had stated, we could book in another hotel.
Upon arrival we were impressed with the clean and spacious reception area. The receptionist was extremely warm and friendly and put us at ease straight away. They even had a ‘bell boy’ usher us to our room, he then checked every appliance, switch and shower in the room and left, most surprised with a little tip for his trouble.
The rooms had obviously undergone a recent refit and were clean, spacious and airy. We had a ground floor one in block D with a balcony overlooking a central courtyard. Although it overlooked an adjacent block, it was still quite private. The room had a decent wall hung hair dryer adjacent to the mirror and the bathroom was spotless, newly refitted and the shower output more than adequate. There was an air conditioning unit in the room which could be switched on for a fee of €6 per day, with hindsight we maybe could have done with it on a couple of warm nights. Beds were clean and of a good standard. The kitchenette was limited but had a small fridge, electric hob and sink. It was however ample for breakfast and I think we all tend to eat out in any case. Take some decent cereal dishes! – There seems to be a shortage of deep ones in the whole Ayia Napa.... we bought some wooden souvenir type ones for our Special K on a morning!
There was a newly and very well equipped gym on site, soon to include an indoor relaxation pool, sauna and Jacuzzi area. This appears to be in the final stages of completion and is of a high standard. The outdoor pool is of new construction, ample size and plenty of sun loungers to be had. We used the onsite bar/restaurant most nights, taking advantage of their well priced happy hours (2pm til 4pm and 6pm til 9pm) where cocktails and pints of Keo lager are €2 each. The meals are also reasonably priced and consist of snacks such as Pizza, baked potato, sandwiches, etc. It was possible to have a breakfast facility at the restaurant for €7 per person daily. At the weekend the bar has a DJ and disco type entertainment. The Monday night we were there we enjoyed a singer and keyboard player who were excellent – not sure if this is a regular occurrence.
Overall I could not fault the New Famagusta and feel that it does deserve a 3 star rating. I would be dubious about going in the summer season (June – August) as I believe that the reasonable package prices and close proximity to the nightlife could transform this hotel into a rowdy haven for party goers. I would most certainly return either end of the season. We only experienced a small amount of noise on two nights – only people talking on balconies and were surprised how quiet it was. There is also a regular site based security patrol throughout the night.
The New Famagusta is only 10 minutes walk to the square and about the same to the beach and harbour front. Nissi beach is around a 40 minute walk away but the local Limanaki beach is a well kept secret. The bar on the beach called Marcellos bar is an inexpensive rustic bar near to the Grecian Bay Hotel. Bars and restaurants nearby are of a very high standard – several we would recommend which are within a few minutes’ walk are Abacus, Petinos, Adesso Bakery, Sage, Quanto Italian, Vassos and Erofili. Unfortunately the pound v euro has made Cyprus seem expensive and an average 2 course meal for two with wine and coffees would be £40. There are however, plenty of small cheap take-away outlets and the usual Pizza Hut, KFC, etc. at reasonable prices. The local waterpark is a staggering €30 per adult / €16 per child but is a great day out if you haven’t been previously.
We booked via the Thomas Cook website using Sunset holidays, went from Humberside airport and arranged our own taxi once we landed. Taxi to Ayia Napa - €50 each way (Ouch!) Any questions, feel free to contact via tripadvisor. We have been to Cyprus 7 times and are quite knowledgeable with regard to Ayia Napa.
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