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Antigoni Hotel
Ranked #60 of 66 Hotels in Protaras
UK
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 11 June 2012

I remember this hotel 6 or 7 years ago being one of the better places in Protaras. But how the mighty has fallen. While there are remnants in the public areas of the Antigoni’s former glory, for the most part it looks tired and in need of a major refurbishment. The rooms are simple and dated, but they are at least clean.

I found the food quite poor: the meat was invariably of low quality and badly cooked. The Lamb Kleftico on the buffet one night was badly cooked mutton and I would be truly amazed if it was genuinely cooked in the kleftico style. I really struggled to put together a main meal from the buffet options each evening and lunchtime. Breakfast was much better than the rest of the meals and had a good selection of cooked food, cold meats and cheese and an attempt at pastries.

The all-inclusive option comes with local drinks but be warned: the only beer available is Leon (not Keo nor Carlsberg despite them both being local) and the local spirits are barely alcoholic and not good. All the soft drinks were overly sweet.

With two exceptions the bar and restaurant staff were hopeless. The Antigoni is part of a small chain and I think it must be were all the chain’s waiting and bar staff come for training. Nearly everyone was new, not just to the hotel but to the hospitality industry. The bar manager and two barmen seemed to begrudge you every drink, and no one had told them about Service With A Smile.

Having said that, we didn’t let the problems at the hotel ruin our holiday and we had a nice week away in Cyprus. The pool area is great, with plenty of sunbeds and a large free-form pool. The daily entertainment (aqua-aerobics, water polo and darts) wasn’t my thing but the lady running it worked hard and lots of people seemed to be enjoying it.

The Antigoni is just a few steps from the main strip in Protaras so when you’ve got fed up of the bad drinks at the bar you can nip down for something better easily enough. And the beach is only a couple of minutes’ walk away.

If there are four or more people travelling I’d recommend booking a taxi transfer from Larnaca Airport. This is 60 euros each way (about £98) so about the same as a tour operator’s coach transfer but a lot quicker and more conveneient. We were allowed to check out 2 hours late free of charge, which was a plus point!

Room Tip: Only two lifts, so try and get a room on a low floor and take the stairs.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2012

when we arrived in cyprus we were not supose to stay in this hotel but got put here as the hotel we were ment to stay at was not open. the staff was very friendly george and alex behind the bar were great to us as we were there for 2 weaks and we were made to feel very welcome. the entertainer was great and as a young person she did a realy good job of gettin every one invovled. unfortuneately whilst we were at this hotel there was several thefts and the manager did not take it seriously, and i quote "the thefts are people playin a practical joke on the hotel" was the managers answer to the thefts . if you are goin to this hotel i advise yu do get a safety deposit box, i also advise you do not go all enclusive im not a fussy eater i eat anything but the food they serve there is worse then the food on the plane on the way over there i was realy disapointed by this as i spent a great amount of my money on mc donalds as the food was not very good i think i could do a btter job at cooking there. i also advise not to visit the waterpark as it was very unimpressive . next time i go to cyprus it will be to this hotel but not all inclusive

Room Tip: i would advise you al to get one of te massages from nona overthere they were realy good and worth t...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

Just got back from 10 days at the Antigoni and thought id write a review to warn others not to book! dont get me wrong, this is not the worst hotel in the world but there are many better hotels in the Protaras area. When we (me aged 19 and my friend 23) arrived it was 2 in the morning so we couldnt really get a feel for the hotel until the morning, the first thing we did notice was how small the rooms were. This didnt really bother us as we dont spend much time in our room when on holiday.

We were all inclusive so at breakfast time we went to the restaurant to see what was available... oh dear. There was sausages, bacon (well, fat mainly) potatoes etc which were all swimming in grease so we decided we would skip breakfast and look forward to lunch. Oh dear again! Lunch was equally vile and the only food we found edible was fries! Unfortunately our evening meal wasnt much better. One evening we opted for garlic chicken and it was a portion of chicken covered in a neon green sauce! it didnt get any better. So unfortunately we had to dine out for breakfast every day, skip lunch and have fries and mayonaise daily.... this got very repetitive!
Staff at this hotel were among the worst ive ever met, there were a few lovely ones but the rest could turn the milk sour!

I cant comment on evening entertainment as we went out to Rockafellas every evening (best bar on the strip by far) but daytime entertainment was as dull as the food! the animation girl never introduced herself, and got moody when we didnt want to take part. I always take part in activities on holiday but i didnt wish to join in with her with that attitude.
The only thing faultless with this hotel is the pool and the location. The pool is the biggest in the area and always kept clean, it was absolutely freezing but it was May so we expected this.

The location of this hotel is perfect for families, its a 5 minute walk to bars and clubs so you cant hear any noise of a night time, but its close enough to walk to the clubs in high heels! theres a short cut next to the tennis court that takes you onto the strip, a much quicker way than walking out the front of the hotel.

So, overall this hotel does have a couple positives but they are greatly outweighed by the negatives so i would not stay here again. We did have a lovely holiday but that was because we used the hotel for the sunbeds and rooms only.
From walking down the strip every night i would greatly reccommend Rockafellas and sfinx bar, they had the best entertainment on the strip. Definately dont miss the Elvis and Robbie Williams tribute acts in Rockafellas, absolutely amazing!!

oh and listen out for Band Aid By the pool, they played the same mixed tape daily and this was just one of the many strange song choices!!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view or you could end up with a view of Mcdonalds, a fish and chip shop or the car par...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Stayed here July 2011. Nice enough, good location big pool food was pretty much ok. Nothing for kids I went with my step son and there was no entertainment for them and wasn't brilliant for adults either, one lad on his own tryign to do everything, however is fire show was good.

They did do a great trip to the north turkish occupied side of cyprus to the ruins and the 'ghost town' well worth a visit.

Bus stop across the street from the back of hotel takes you all the way through ayia napa to the water park, all day ticket was under 3 euros.

Rooms were basic but clean but very small balcony. Fine for couples just wanting to chill out or explore.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Finedon, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2012

Went as a couple had a fantastic time. for a three star hotel it was faultless. Food was really good, also the pool was great with plenty of sun loungers to go around. The only disappointment was that the pool bar was not open, but that was only because it was early in the season.

Bar staff were excellent especially George and Alex. The entertainment was just ok, but Amanda who did the entertainment solo, is really bubbly and did her best to keep everyone entertained, which she was very good at.

Location great five mins from the beach. Go out the back of hotel and you are on the main strip, with a large selection of bars and restaurants.

We would recommend the Red Bus Tour.

Vicky and Steve

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Swindon, Wiltshire
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Just returned from 2 weeks at thoe hotel Antigoni in Protaras. Visited this hotel in 2002 when it was a Thomson Gold.
Food was very good- plenty of choice at both breakfast, lunch and dinner- as were the drinks.
Pool- fantastic- the biggest in the area and always plenty of loungers and parasols to go around.
Rooms- were basic but clean and tidy- maid service every day which was very good.The only thing was that tye beds were very hard and as i have a long term back problem i had to sleep on top of 4 extra pillos due to this.
Staff- were lovely but the bar manager could be a little standoffish at times- echo previous review regarding the manager, not very smart appearance which is essential when you are customer facing even more so in a managerial role.
Entertainment- not much going on during the day when we arrived but did improve towards the end. Evening entertainment was practically non-existant.
Overall will return as thought for the price paid was good value for money- main areas to address are the entertainment and bed comfort for me.

Room Tip: Go for a room with pool and sea view- well worth it
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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birmingham
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2012

I have just come back from a week in the Antigoni Hotel in Protaras and thought I'd write a review as it was fantastic. The best thing about this hotel was the food and drink included! You had three buffet meals included per day with a great selection of good quality food! The food seemed more exciting than other hotels I'd been too including nachos, pizzas, sunday roasts, peri peri chicken etc. As well as the three buffet meals a day there was a 'snack' menu available, This included huge sub sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads and hot meals. I would happily have paid 15 euros for each of these snacks in a beach side café due to the great portion size and quality. The drinks menu included was also very vast including beer, soft drinks, and around 30 cocktails to choose from (all great quality and strong.)

Aside from the food the pool area is great, it is a much bigger pool than the surrounding hotels I looked at. The staff were amazing, all friendly and helpful.

The location was only a five minute walk to the lovely sandy beach with all the water sports on offer and the hotel is right on the strip of shops and restaurants in Protaras.

One thing I would say is that the hotel is a little dated, and could so with a bit of modernisation but no doublt if this happened the price of this hotel would definitely go up, so I am happy as it is and would definitely go back!

Thankyou Antigoni hotel for a wonderful holiday!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Antigoni Hotel
Address: Paralimni Road, Protaras, Paralimni 05315, Cyprus
Region: Cyprus > Famagusta District > Paralimni > Protaras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 66 Hotels in Protaras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Antigoni Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Antigoni is a great base for exploring Protaras, located on the main road with a short stroll to the main strip of the resort and close by to the crystal clear waters of Flamingo Beach. Rooms are comfortable, some with pool views. Daily activities at pool side with varied evening entertainment. ... more   less 
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