Myself and 10 other guests stayed at the Odessa from the 15th May - 29th to attend my wedding with another 15 of the wedding party spotted around Protaras.
The Odessa its self was in a perfect location for our party, right next to the beach and the main one way strip close to maccy D's - Always a bonus for a late night snack after rolling out of Bells bar at 2am! The rooms were kept as clean as possible and the restaurant staff kept on top of all cups, plates etc keeping the place tidy. As the 2nd week became a little busier a number of the pool staff (John) came around to the loungers and removed all your used drinks and would ask if you would like these replacing, we all thought this was a lovely service and saved our lazy bums going to the pool bar.
All drinks in the Odessa were nice and they had a large selection, the only thing letting the bar down was the FLAT LARGER!! after a day or so drinking this a number of us could not put our lips to another glass so found ourselves going out of the hotel for a proper pint with a bit of life to it :)
The entertainment staff in the hotel were all brill and super chatty :) getting a number of our party to join in the shows and games from time to time - Well done guys!! It was so sweet watching all the kids dance on the stage on the evening.
All our party was more then happy with the food! a large selection of salad and meats with veg and rice on a evening and a roast joint. Dinner very much the same but could find a few items cols from time to time. Brekie was ok.... and I only say ok due to me having to complain about the sausages that were not cooked and were still pink and mush in the middle. I informed the Thomas cook rep who was also dinning at the same time who she acted upon this with seconds and got them removed from the buffet.
The rooms were spacace and were modern with a small balcony, bath, shower, TV and a small table and chairs. These were kept clean on a daily basis with fresh towels.
Now the building work..... The main building work down towards the beach does not effect anything major apart from a few small issues. We found on a number of occasions that as the lorries and vans were travelling up and down the access road very close to our hotel where we had to sun breathe that a cloud of dust from the dry mud, gravel track would come over in to the hotel over the sun bathers and pool. My friends room was over looked the access roads and cranes and I will tell you now no matter what anyone says this is not a pretty site!!! Myself and now husband were suppose to be getting married in this hotel over looking this mess... but my amazing wedding co Ang Bence arranged for us to be married next door at the 5* hotel CTG with or reception at the Vissarana next door to that :) AMAZING!!
The access road leading to the beach was also a big challenge for the family in our party with a child's buggy! The child had to be carried and the buggy struggled getting down the track and was too un safe for her to walk with the ground so bad and large mounds of gravel and stones placed about. Also the hotel play music from 10am until about 5ish to hopefully dry and drowned out the noise of the builders and vehicles travelling up and down the road. Call me boring at 27 but from time to time I found myself saying that I wished they would just turn the music down a touch so I could read my book.
Overall we had an amazing time and a wonderful wedding at this resort but after viewing our parties other hotels (silver sands 3* & Vissarana 4*) we would not return to this hotel in a rush. In our eyes the Odessa really needs to step things up as a 4* compared to some of its sister hotels as the standards are far from the same.
Would a truly return to this hotel - Yes if the price was right, but not before checking out other places and prices due to standards.
- 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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