My wife and I, sick of the wet and miserable summer decided at the last moment to book a seven night package somewhere there was a chance of some sun, heat and sea bathing. Our Thomas Cook's rep advised Cyprus and this hotel in Protaras (on east coast of Cyprus not far from Fig Tree Bay). By sheer coincidence we had stayed at this hotel for a longer holiday about six years ago and had enjoyed it. Our holidays usually entail long distance flights, car hire, finding hotels and driving up to 1500 miles in three/four weeks so this was a lot more restful. Our flights were excellent - both departed and arrived early with good service on both. The hotel was as we remembered it - magnificent entrance in the neo-classical style and an enormous reception area in a five storey atrium. We had asked for and received a sea facing room on the 1st floor - slightly more expensive but worth it as we were on the balcony bathed in the morning sun at 0630hrs every morning. (We had been on a side sea view room on our last visit and suffered from a nearby disco every night to the wee small hours). The reception was snowed under by the arrival of over 40 guests but soon got us our pass keys and directions to our room. This was large, spotlesly clean, nicely furnished with a complete bathroom that included a full length bath with shower over. The bed would have held four (if we had been that way inclined) and was uber comfortable. At this stage, I have to say the staff in this hotel are excellent and always ready to assist. Now for the food. This is buffet style and the breakfast was excellent in range and quantity - one small complaint is that I always take Tabasco sauce with scrambled eggs but the dining room staff had never heard of it. We were on half-board and had a snack at a near-by coffee house at lunch time but in the evening in the main dining room from an extensive buffet. The range and quality of the food was fine and both of us always found something tasty and to our liking but we only took two courses avoiding soup and sweet for weight reasons. We had seen comments in Trip Adviser about the poor quality of the food and the fact that a four-and-half star hotel should provide better quality and range. Firstly, the stars have nothing to do with the quality of the food and secondly, we dine out at home in a local 4* hotel that charges £40-£45 for first class lunch and dinner buffets so taking the cost of the holiday into consideration I think the Constantinos offers good value for money. One minor complaint - at dinner time someone at dining room reception checks room number and they accompanies you to a table. If the person taking you to your seat is a waiter he will take the drinks order; if it is one of the waitresses there is a problem catching the eye of a wine waiter - sometimes almost ten minutes. On the waitresses, a plea to the hotel management to please provide longer skirts. Short skirts in the evening may be acceptable but definitely not at 0700hrs.
A quiet holiday? We were in Protaras from 31 October to 7 November and about three-quarters of the shops, bars, hotel etc had closed at the end of their summer season. This suited us fine but younger couples and families would find it difficult to keep amused in the evenings. However, our weather was perfect 28-30C degrees every day but it got dark about 1600hrs. The sea was warmer than the swimming pool and there is an exellent boardwalk that goes for miles in both directions from the beach side of the hotel. No problems with sunbed grabbers and the pool was never crowded. Finally, we both enjoyed a really good value break in the sun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is the beach hotel of dreams! Constantinos The Great Beach Hotel is directly located on Protaras golden sandy beach and impressively overlooks the endless shades of blue stretching towards the horizon. An exclusive all seasons 5 star hotel with stylish accommodation, elegant atrium lobby and excellent service complement the wide range of activities and facilities. From you balcony you may enjoy the first sunrise in Europe and the panoramic view of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the heart of Protaras with a big selection of bars, shops and restaurants just a foodstep away. The quality accommodation, friendly staff, and relaxed ambiance make this hotel an all-round appeal for a perfect luxurious beach hotel. Guests return year after year to the popular Constantinos The Great. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Constantinos The Great
- Constantinos Great Cyprus