We stayed at Tsokkos Gardens in May 2010. We booked an all inclusive package for a lazy week away. We did not expect food to be fabulous for the price we booked at but it was appalling and we ate out every night as a result. We had a good holiday in the end but were disappointed. It advertises itself as a four star but is nowhere near. It is a decent 3 star at best. The communal areas of the hotel are quite showy but the rooms are very tired and desperately in need of renovation. We booked a double bedroom but when we arrived they said they had no double rooms available and refused to move us. This was clearly rubbish as it was the start of the season and the hotel was running at about one fifth of capacity. It transpired they were saving these rooms for the Cypriot bank holiday which happend towards the end of our stay.
Good points: staff of various nationalities able to serve a variety of guests. Friendly staff who tried very hard. Beds comfortable. Good location for bars and restaurants in a quiet spot around 15 mins walk from the main busy drag. Hotel is actually in a place called Pernera which is a nice spot. Quiet pool away from the main pool and noisy activities. Plenty of sunbeds. Good spot for families with kids (which we do not have). Good value all inclusive if you count alcoholic drinks (locally produced) and water.
Bad points: this is a Thomas Cook hotel and they lay on "entertainment". It was terrible and entertaining in the way watching the X Factor auditions is entertaining. They tried hard but one could sing, one could dance, one could get the crowd going but none of them could do all at the same time. A couple of professsional acts came in on a couple of nights and this was better. Constantly bomarded with loud music all day round the pool, bingo, aqua aerobics, killer pool and the like. Snag was the "entertainment" was right by the bar and you have no choice but to endure it if you want to drink there. Pools were not heated and pretty cold at the beginning of the beginning of the season.
Beach: about 2 mins walk from the hotel is the beach. It is lovely but very rocky and not possible to sunbathe. There is a small sandy beach nearby but the good beaches are further up the coast. Particularly recommend Fig Tree Bay near the main town. If you want a hotel right on the beach - this is not for you.
Diving - we did some great dives on the Zenobia wreck which were outstanding. Taba Dive school were excellent and i would highly recommend them. You need experience to dive the wreck but they also do a lot of introductory and beginners dives.
Boardwalk - this is newly built and makes for a lovely walk along the coastline. You can get to beaches here and to the main part of Protaras.
Eating out - some FANTASTIC restaurants around the hotel (and also lots of places doing burgers and chips if that is your thing). Best places were:
IFAROS - amazing Cypriot taverna which did the most amazing meat meze (like tapas) - stonking value at 16 euros a head and lovely staff. We were full to bursting and could barely walk home we were so full - it was impossible to stop eating the endless fab food they brought!! (located opposite the Blue Spice pottery place).
MOJITO - Brit owned place doing mostly English food but fantastic quality with most of it being homemade - extremely tasty.
MOLTI (in Protaras itself) - very stylish bar and restaurant
Towards the end of the holiday the Cypriot bank holiday arrived and the hotel was full to bursting. It was unrecognisable. They doubled the staff, put them in uniforms and the food quality improved 100%. It was obvious that the hotel would not palm off the locals with the dreadful food that they were happy to farm out to the Brits.
Serving staff were lovely but have been very let down by management who are obviously spending no money on this hotel and are not interested in providing quality. I could not in good conscience recommend this hotel unless you got an absolute bargain. I would visit Pernera (just outside Protaras) and Cyprus again but not at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tsokkos Gardens Hotel is wonderfully set in a peaceful location just a short stroll from the lively area of Pernera with its many attractions. The golden sandy beach of Marlita Bay is just a short walk away. The focal point of the hotel is the large lagoon shaped swimming pool along with the well cared gardens. From your room balcony enjoy the idyllic view of the picturesque "Ayios Elias" church, a popular area landmark, along with a glass of wine. Located within a few meters is the new coastal pedestrian footpath, which leads to Protaras center, a great oportunity for an afternoon walk. Next to the hotel the famous Anastasia Aquamania Waterpark offers exciting rides and splashing fun for all ages. A star choice for families and couples who seek a relaxing holiday an a warm hospitable atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tsokkos Gardens Protaras
- Hotel Tsokkos Gardens