Just returned from 2 weeks at this hotel. Late May, early June Holiday. Family of four.
As we all know, travelling, especially with kids isn’t easy and even when you get to the hotel, you may be with a large group who also get off the coach wanting to check in as well. We arrived about 11pm so we were all pretty tired.
However, something happened that I’ve never encountered before in a hotel. We were given a fantastic welcome by Stavros who said there was no rush and feel free to go to the bar, leaving our bags there.
Therefore, after travelling for many hours, we had a chance to chill out in the bar area and could go and check in at our leisure an hour or so later. This was very much appreciated.
After an hour or so we went to ‘check in’ and get our room.
There was about 10 other people doing the same thing but there were 3 staff on hand and all went pretty quickly. Stavros is certainly a character and very welcoming.
Another good start was that we all got free wifi for a week (normally 41 Euros for a week) and a free meal at the restaurant which there is normally a charge for. Could be the usual thing but it was a nice touch.
Our room was a family room of course and first impressions were that it was very clean and quite modern. Tea / Coffee making facilities, free to use safe, fridge and a very large main bed and the balcony was a good size and more importantly, safe for our 3 year old to be on. Aircon very powerful. Large screen TV mounted on the wall gave a reasonable variety of channels in various languages. No kids channel though which was disappointing. When you are getting ready to go out for dinner, it would have been handy for the kids to be entertained by the TV.
Next morning, we had the chance to see our view and to be honest, it wasn’t the best. All rooms odd numbered 151 onwards are at the back. The view as such is only a supermarket and another complex which is an empty shell. Not the most inspiring view.
However, the good bit is that from about 1pm to about 7pm the balcony is a sun trap and lovely for chilling out on with pre dinner beer / glass of wine. Family rooms have a larger ‘roof’ as well.
Bit of advice, be careful of the wind! The wind can howl through the corridor if you have the patio doors slightly open and the main door can be very difficult to open! This may have not been the case for every room but it’s noticeable.
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Breakfast is served up until 10am. There is a good variety of food. Cereal / Fruit and Fry ups are all there and regularly replaced. Good selection of juices and tea / coffee. Staff are very attentive and when we arrived for breakfast they always made sure we had a high chair for our youngest.
It’s a pretty good breakfast selection. No complaints from me or my group. Can get a bit samey but arguably, you probably have the same thing at home as well.
This is served at the restaurant. Again this would range from good to excellent. You can sit in the open air part and have a nice view of the bay. Wine / Beer and soft drinks are freely available.
Served in the same place as lunch. Again, a good variety of food. Sometimes you will find a dish that is a bit unusual – Chicken Sweetcorn and Fruit pie (!) springs to mind but again, no complaints from me.
I didn’t find the deserts that appetising but that’s just me, plenty of people were tucking in.
I’ve seen a few people have made comments about some food being recycled from breakfast. I’ve got no problem with this at all to be honest.
There is a sign near where you give your room number (for dinner) which details the menu. There is also a note about dress code. This is not enforced at all which is a good thing.
Pool / Sun bed / Bar
Kid’s pool and the main pool are clean and well maintained. I’ve seen some pictures of a bridge across the pool but this is no longer there. Like most pool areas, it can be very slippery. Perhaps some sort of water fountain may have made it a bit more exciting for the kids.
Sun beds by the pool get snapped up very quick (normally all gone by 10am). There is a good amount spread around the hotel though. You can get towels provided. They will change them every 3 days which is just the right amount of time (you only use them on the sun beds) but don’t lose them; there’s a 20 euro charge for lost ones.
A reasonable variety of drinks. Beer wise, Leon and a local brew on tap but you have to have a plastic cup if you take it out of the bar area. As for other drinks, it’s debatable how ‘strong’ they are however. Then again, a free bar with then serving doubles could result in a very messy evening.
There is a snack bar as well next to the bar. Personally, I found this pretty good. All included of course. Kept the kids happy. Sort of school dinner type fare (the nice school dinners that you remember, not the bad ones!)
Kitty and her gang are there every day to keep the guests entertained. There is a kid’s disco which keeps the little ones happy. They really need to vary the music though. You won’t be able to get some of the tunes out of your head for days after you come back.
They do get some singers in most days. I would say they are mostly “came fifth on the X Factor” type quality but they keep the bar area entertained.
I won’t give any real negative feedback on the entertainment. It’s there to serve a purpose and it meets that.
As someone who has been to the Fig Tree Bay / Protaras area twice before, this is definitely a quieter part. However, there is a well stocked supermarket virtually opposite the hotel and there is the usual ‘pubs’ and restaurants up the road (about a 5-6 minute walk). There is a cash point about a 10 minute walk away.
Protaras is walkable but it’s about a 25 – 30 minute walk away via the recently built walkway.
The restaurant has a nice view of the beach area. The beach area is quiet (ish) and there is the usual Pedal boats and Paragliding and speedboat / Jet Ski hire.
It’s a very nice hotel, staff are superb for the most part. Food is pretty good. I can’t give it 5 stars as there are a few niggles but if I could, I would give it a 4.5 but 4 stars will have to do. Some of the party I went with are going back next year which is an indication of how good we felt with was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This charming hotel is located in "Pernera", a small area on the outskirts of Protaras, which has developed into a resort of its own. The hotel is right on the sandy beach of this quiet resort with restaurants, bars and many shops nearby. The Pernera beach hotel has a rich variety of sport and leisure facilities including:supermarket/souvenir shop, conference room, hairdressing salon, squash court, whirlpool bath, sauna, gym, massage room, two floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court, mini football ground, darts, games room, sun terraces, lounge bar, children playground, indoor swimming pool, a large outdoor swimming pool, children's swimming pool, a scuba diving center, water sports and a great variety of in-house entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pernera Beach
- Pernera Beach Protaras