Stayed here in May 2011, Booked on a HB basis with olympic holidays, basic/average value apartments, reception staff especially memnia and kevin very helpful and polite.
We are a family of 4 but for some reason we got allocated one of the disabled wheelchair accessible rooms on the ground Floor - bathroom was grotty and grubby with dirty grout and tiling, and more of a wetroom than bathroom, so after having four people showering the bathroom usually ended up under 2 inches of water! which meant until it drained away you couldnt use the toilet or hand basin unless you wore wellies!! the water very often leaked onto the tiled flooring in the corridor which we had to get extra towels to stop it being like a skating rink!
The Apartments were Basic (definately not 4* standard), Maid service every other day and just a quick wipe round with a cloth! i dont think the bathroom was ever cleaned during our entire 8 night stay and the standard of cleaning was debatable to say the least!
We booked Half Board as we know in advance the cost of eating out as a family in cyprus, The meals are taken at the Yianna Marie resturant which is on site, lovely resturant but you DEFINATELY do not get the same standard of service for your evening meals if you have pre-paid for them.
The first 4 nights we had a very limited set menu which after the 3 night was rotatated and the kids could chose form the childrens meals in the menu. Waiters took ages to seat us, take drink orders and even serve food - however we watched customers walk in from the street long after we sat and their service was very prompt and efficient. the remaining nights of our stay the resturant brought in a hot and cold self service buffet for those that had prebooked the Half Board, this was much better in terms of service. The food is of a reasonable standard, certainly no more and no less. As i have said, if you visit the resturant as "walk in" guest im sure your experience would be much more positive than ours was.
The Pools are lovely (bit on the chilly side) and the areas around a well furnished, of course the usually "bagging" the sun loungers goes on with people reseving them with towels and not showing up, but to be honest we never had an issue finding a couple of spare sunbeds.
On a Previous review, someone mentioned about the noise, its really not that bad! the Tsokkos beach is next door and you can use the pool (which is warmer and has the sun all day) the noise generally finished no later than midnight and only very occasionaly could you here the entertainment from the Odessa ( about 500 meters opposite) nothing that shutting your bedroom window doesnt solve!
The on site mini market is cheaper than the one up the road and stocks a good range of grocerys and toiletries, beer wine etc, and the pub opposite always has a good variety of entertainment as does the sister hotel the rising star.
All in all, i would say its Basic, good value for money but please go with an open mind and dont expect luxuries or extras and you wont be disapointed.
Make sure if you need car hire book it with the hotel and that way there is no need for credit card security deposits etc - Personally i would get a car in this area as there is so much to see which is NOT on a bus route Ie sea caves, cape greco etc DO DO try the 2 hour boat cruise which sets off from the jetty opposite the hotel and if you want to go accross to the occupied side you will need to hire a car without the red plates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fully renovated the SunConnect Protaras Beach - Golden Star supplies high services to its customers, so you can spend a relaxing holiday with your family here. It is situated in the heart of Protaras, directly at the beautiful Flamingo beach - just like the sister hotel SunConnect Protaras Beach - Rising Star. It offers 100 comfortable and family friendly rooms. We are happy to welcome you and your family in our SunConnect Resort. SunConnect Resorts are great for modern families and offer a variety of activities for the entire family. All facilities can be used by guests of both parts of the hotel. The comfortable family-friendly apartments with one or two bedrooms accommodate up to 4 guests. They have air conditioning in the bedroom, TV, kitchenette with cooking rings, microwave or mini oven, fridge, kettle and toaster, a bathroom with bath/shower and WC and a furnished balcony. Our reception is open 24h a day and offers currency exchange. There are three lifts and free wifi in the entire hotel. Parking is available. Towels for the beach can be rented against a charge. Enjoy breakfast between 7:30 and 10:00 in our Yianna Marie Restaurant. Here you can also order international and cypriotic a la Carte dishes between 11:00 and 22:30. Lunch and dinner are served in our SunnySkies restaurant in the Rising Star Hotel. The ConnectBar is opened between 10:00 and 19:00. Here you can enjoy cool drinks, get in touch with other guests and recharge your mobile devices. You can choose between half board (breakfast and dinner) and holiday inclusive which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner (except Mondays and Fridays) and selected drinks. IN front of the hotel there's a small supermarket for basic necessities. Restaurants and cafes are situated nearby. Football, table tennis or beach volleyball will keep you active during your stay with us. Your ConnectScout is your personal holiday guide and will organize sports activities for the entire family like water polo, family games or KidsYoga. You can rent tennis rackets (against charge) for a game at our tennis court or use the fitness center (against a charge). Our Venus Massage Center offers lots of different relaxing treatments, so you can lean back and revitalize. You can treat yourself with a Thai Massage or a back massage (against a fee) or relax in the sauna or steam bath (against a fee) or use the indoor swimming pool. Children under 7 will be happy with fun activities in our kids club with fun activities like different pool games or creative time. With games, books, movies and lots of new friends your kids will have a memorable holiday. For kids from 8 years on there are also a lot of water activities like water polo, a pool race or swimming competitions. Further activities include football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, billiard an air hockey. The ConnectTeenLounge invites teenagers to hang out, get to know new people or play video games. Our mini disco which takes place 7 days a week is a highlight for our youngest guests. There are life shows with music every day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Golden Star Protaras
- Golden Star Hotel Protaras
- Golden Star Hotel Cyprus