Following on from our first week in the Silver Sands Beach Hotel, Protaras, the management offered us an upgrade to the Odessa, which was 4 star and an All Inclusive package.
At first we were reluctant, as Silver Sandsis a great hotel.
However, we had a quick look around, asked to see the room and decided - why not!
The transfer from Silver Sands to Odessa was straight forward and within an hour we were in our new room.
Reception area is great, wide space with plenty of seats and air conditioned with the Royal Marine Bar in the corner. Reception Team very friendly.
Room - very modern and spacious, with a great view over the sea and pool area.
Ensuite modern and spacious Very well maintained throughout the week.
Pool / Beach - great pool area and sun loungers everywhere - the only negataive versus Silver Salnds Beach hotel is that with Silver Sands, you can literally fall out of bed and you are on the beach. With Odessa Beach, the hotel is not located on the beach, you have to walk for a few minutes to get there. Also there is building work being undertaken at the beach end of the grounds - this is screened off. Finally, due to the shape and position of hotel the pool area gets shaded quite early which is very refreshing after a day in the hot sun - however, some people just walked around the garden to the next hotel, which is part of the same group and used their pool in the evening.
Food - we were all inclusive and you couldn't complain.
Fantastic choice of hot & cold for breakfast, tea coffee etc
Omlettes and waffles.
From 10 to 12 each morning was a buffet snack bar - for those who missed breakfast or just wanted a wee snack.
From 12 to 2.30 was lunch, with a great choice of soups, protein, vegetables and salads with vegetarian options.
From 3 to 5 was the buffet snack bar again - with pizza, pittas, chips, chicken wings etc
Icecream FOC all day
From 6.45 to 9.30 was dinner - they request no shorts or vest tops - although some just ignored this. You were escorted to your seat, big white leather chairs in the restuarant - the only meal served in this room. Choice was excellent for both adults and kids, and service was superb.
Pool Bar - apart from running out of some all in drinks on a couple of occassions, the bar was great and Josef was a great guy in the bar.
Entertainment - very varied and great activities throughout the day into the night.
We were having bingo and a quiz one night and some of the residents complained about the noise from the bar - this just made the noise louder!
Towels are free - however we had issues getting towels at start and had to buy 2 to get us going - once I raised this it was sorted.
At night, we could just sit on balcony late on and listen to the buzz of Protara nite life or close the door, turn up air con and watch tele!
Overall - great hotel if you are looking for a lively spot to stay, with great All Inclusive Package.
Personally I preferred the ambiance of the Silver Sands Beach Hotel, which was quieter but had the night life minutes away if required. However Odessa was a super hotel too, and many thanks to them.
Only one point of concern to raise - I don't know if I am the only one who is tired of putting up with these 4-6 family sized groups who holiday together and have a territorial claim over pool, bar, beds etc. It is great to see every holiday together and having fun, but what about some consideration for the rest of us. One morning I watched a lady come down at 6am and claim approx 15 beds with towels. One alcove in the pool became a pool bar with one group of 12 guys and girls there drinking from breakfast to supper. One group of guys decided to play football and volleyball in the pool as if they were in Wembley - and soon commanded over 1/3 of the pool for themselves - ( I just ignored it and kept swimming and let them know what I thought when the ball hit me and my wife several times). If management could address this, that would change the whole atmosphere arounf this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Odessa Beach Hotel enjoys a prime location right in the heart of Protaras and a breath away from one of the best golden sandy beaches of Cyprus, Protaras Bay. The hotel features comfortable guestrooms with contemporary and chic style, an excellent range of facilities and services, spacious public areas with a great choice of restaurants, cafes and bars, and a traditional hospitable atmosphere. From your room balcony you may enjoy the view of the Mediterranean sea with a glass of wine while relaxing. A star choice for families and couples seeking comfort, fun and an enjoyable memorable holiday experience. ... more less
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