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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Antigoni Hotel Protaras