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Antigoni Hotel
Ranked #51 of 64 Hotels in Protaras
Reviewed 27 July 2012

Just returned from a 2 week All Inclusive. Party of 4, two adults, two teenagers (15 and 13) booked through Thomas Cook. What a fantastic time we all had. Like many other posters I would concur that the Hotel was a very good 3 star.

Rooms were basic, but did include a fridge and air conditioning (which you don't need to pay for). Rooms were also cleaned every day. Safety deposit box was 2 Euro per day and a 10 Euro deposit which was returned when you checked out.

The pool area was fantastic, clean with a spacious pool with permanent goals and net for water polo and volleyball. Plenty of sunbeds to go around as well. There was a pool/swim up bar which was really good.

As far as food goes, you won't go hungry in this Hotel. The food layout in the restaurant was ok but the chairs tended to be a little close together. No dress code by the way, shorts were permitted.

Breakfast 7am to 10am. Ranging from full hot breakfast, cereals, cold meats/cheeses, fruit etc. Very good.
Snacks - 10.30 to 12.00. Ranging from salads/sandwiches, toasties, burgers, jacket potatoes, pizza etc. This was great if you missed the breakfast earlier.
Lunch - 12.30 to 14.00. Buffet style
Snacks - 15.00 to 17.00, laid out buffet style, varied every day
Dinner - 19.00 to 21.30 Buffet style, we found this to be average and tended to get a little repetitive. The dinner menu is posted in the afternoon so if we didn't fancy it we just decided to eat out. They did advertise a limited selection of cold snacks between 10pm and midnight but we never seen any.

For AI, local spirits, beers, wines, soft drinks were all available at the hotel bar from 10am to midnight. The bar did stay open to 1am but if you wanted a drink after midnight then it was charged to your room as it's a cashless Hotel. There was a very comprehensive cocktail selection and the bar tenders were excellent, very polite and courteous, nothing was an effort. In fact all the staff were the same. All very friendly indeed. Thomas Cook rep Faye was very pleasant. We met some nice families and couples whilst we were there.

The evening entertainment however was disappointing to say the least. Not much going on there, some dancers/magician but apart from that it was poor. Usual stuff, Bingo, quizzes, Karaoke. Think this something that they should address, especially if there are families there.

The location of the Hotel couldn't have been better. If you go out the back entrance your literally 100m from the strip where their is an abundance of bars and restaurants. The beach front is about a 5 min walk away as well so your right in the thick of it but far enough back that you don't hear the hustle and bustle. Most bars did a buy one get one free and just about all had free wifi. This is something that the Hotel didn't have which was a shame.
All the usual water sports were available.

On checking out we had some charges that weren't ours which the receptionist easily rectified it's worth double checking anyway.

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7  Thank Scaramanga186577
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Stayed Here July 2012 for the 2nd time
Good value food was good and location
Staff were very friendly,the pool clean plenty of sunbeds on offer,there's water polo and water aerobics drinks were free until midnight,
The hotel is only 5min walk to the beach
Would recommend this hotel to anyone

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8  Thank merthyrtydfil21
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

I went with 5 other girls as part of a group holiday with 3 of us to a room. Getting to our room we found only two beds, the balcony door did not lock and could easily be opened from the outside. If we wanted to have the TV on we would have to ask for the remote from reception and to have access to the fridge we would have to pay a deposit. Never known something so ridiculous. There was also only two plug sockets to use after we unplugged the TV else there would only be one which is difficult with 3 girls. The entertainment was shockingly awful! Everyday, insisting on people playing water polo or volleyball, making people who were relaxing in the pool to move. The games got pretty rough and when one guy almost knocked into a little girl who was swimming near by we said to the entertainer to be careful for her to respond 'not my problem darling', so any accidents which occur from the sports she is setting up is not her problem? I would also not recommend all inclusive. The food was disgusting with very little variety and they put hot food on top of old food, when we kept complaining the manager offered us to be able to order off the hotel menu when we wanted. Even this food was not up to standard. I ordered an omelet which wasn't even fully cooked, the egg was still raw, my friend ordered a chicken sandwich and the chicken was all brown and red. Presentation is obviously something they don't care about. When we first went for food we ordered drinks, and after we had finished eating we still had no drinks, we asked where they where for the same guy to come over again to take the drinks order. I told him we had already ordered, he then told us the drinks machine was broken and walked away. Everyone else seemed to get their drinks fine. still waiting we asked again, they then sent over a bottle of water with 4 glasses (not even 6). We hadnt even ordered water.
Come the 5th day we went to get our passports from reception, 3 of our group got theirs without a problem, when we asked for ours they weren't where they were supposed to be, we asked where they were and the guy behind reception responded 'tomorrow', wanting up to check tomorrow. Surely if something as important as a customers passport goes missing it should be their priority to find it, if anything they should worry about the security of them, they were only behind a desk, visible to everyone. There were times when reception was left unattended, anyone could take them. They were eventually found in the wrong place but it is still not the point.
When we came back late one night at about 3am, the other half of our party realised they had no water. We were told that if we bring our water bottles down then we could get them filled. When they took their bottle to reception asking for it to be filled they were told the tap was broken. they asked if they could buy a bottle of water but were told no because they were for the morning. They asked was they're anywhere else they could get water for them to be told to go to mcdonalds and ask there. with no other choice they went, they were told no so went to another restaurant who did it for them. on the way back they were followed by 3 men and ended up having to run back to their room. As you can tell I am furious with this hotel and would not even recommend it to my enemy!! Our bed sheets didnt even get changed until the day before we were due to leave! I know because i accidentally spilt something on the bed the first day and we were there for a week. We each paid around £650pp and recieved around £200 worth of service. Some people read the reviews and think 'theres always a bad review' which is what we thought when we read the bad ones. I wish we had paid more attention. Never ever again!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Jenny M
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Stayed for a week half board basis with my husband, We both enjoyed the food, but paying for drinks i found quite pricey, rooms cleaned daily, did not like our balcony as it was overlooking the main road and could be a bit noisy at times, very well located hotel, down a few steps brought you onto the strip. I would return but on an all inclusive basis.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank charz s
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

Ok, if you are looking at 5 star in Cyprus, you will pay twice as much as we did for a week in the Antigoni. You get what you pay for (in general), and this is a perfectly pleasant 3 star hotel.

There were people of all ages, and a very convivial atmosphere. The hotel was cleaned daily, I watched the maids polishing the glass doors and mopping the floors at 7am one morning, when I was waiting in the lobby for a taxi to take me to my daughters wedding. They work very hard and are very discreet and not noisy in the corridors on a morning! Our room was made up daily, even though we left it at lunchtime some days.
The food was delicious, with lots of choice at both lunch and evening meal. Always a fish dish, two or more meat dishes and pasta (hot ) lots of salads, jacket potatos , chips etc.
Its hot and tasty. There is no 'show' cooking, gala dinner or expensive dishes but again its 3 star not 4 or 5 , where you have paid a higher price for such things. I think they should be proud of their service but the manager almost seemed shocked when I told him how nice the lamb kleftico had been. A lot of people are ungrateful and hard to please and can not seem to show thanks when a good job has been done. Well done to the kitchen in Antigoni!
The pool area was very spacious, plenty of beds, pool bar , lovely and warm, like a bath! There was aerobics and waterpolo if you wish to join in.
Drinks were free up until midnight, guests appeared quite sensible not over ordering or wasting. Local wine was drinkable and lots of people liked the traffic light cocktails. Service at bar was efficient, bar staff polite but did not build up any rapport with guests.
The room was servicable we were at back, unremarkable view, small balcony , very peaceful.
A disapointing side to it was the evening entertainment which was obviously being 'scrimped'upon. It was strange as the hotel had a captive audience, wishing to make the most of their all inclusive drinks package.... LOts and lots of people sat facing a stage(which itself, as the centre point, needs an upgrade) on which very little happened!
This made for a lack of atmoshere really, which was a shame. The animators were bubbly and really tried to get thingsgoing but you could see it was all a bit amateur, making entertainment from the guests and not for them. They need to purchase in an hour of paid entertainment every night...a nice singer...a group...some dancers...a magician? Its not difficult and would make a load of difference. 10 years ago it was a Thomsons gold hotel, I think little has been done in the way of investment since, maybe a little shake up is needed?
Outside of the hotel....you are in an ideal spot 5 mins from lovely (packed) Protaras beach. It generally seemed to be a resort aimed at younger people, lots of beautiful young adults wandering about in tans and not much else!! The sea was as it is in the brochure, blue, clear and gorgeous. I went on a sunset catamaran cruise on evening of wedding it was amazing, swimming in the sea with the sunsetting behind you, unforgetable.
LOts of lively bars in Protaras, i liked Zodiac karaoke bar, reasonable prices and good fun.
Finally, if you can, book a trip to Famagusta, very interesting and well worth a visit.
A value for money hotel when compared to all the others in Protaras.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank helen h
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Very good hotel and value for money.Nice location but it's not very clean and this is really but thing. Please note that it has a very good breakfast!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Chariton
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

Just arrived back today (16 July) from Antigoni. We enjoyed the holiday and feel we had god value for money. Food was excellent - lots of choice and very good quality - so the man who said he could only eat cheese and biscuits needs to take his own chef with him in the future! The pool was lovely with a swim-up bar and wasn't too crowded - we always found sun-beds available and there was a nice atmosphere. Bar service was pretty good - there are also pool tables/darts and a super tennis court and even a basketball court.

Room was perfectly good and promptly cleaned each day with good air-con. Staff were polite and friendly enough - I believe many are Bulgarian not Russian as suggested. Their English is pretty good and the managers/reception staff were amiable.

People staying there were mainly English but others too - Russians but there was a friendly low-key atmsophere - it's not a ravers hotel but suited us (we are late 40's). Fine for families with kids too I'd say. We found it very quiet in the rooms unlike other places we've stayed.

Hotel was in pretty good order, probably could be updated in parts but generally good. Good location with lots nearby - drinks are pretty cheap - 2 euros for local beer is standard and bars do good deals on cocktails etc. Protaras is a nice resort and about a 20 minute taxi drive to Aiya Napa (which costs about 20 euros) - we didn't use buses but I understand they are cheap.

Only gripe was the entertainment - the two young people who were involved in this tried their best and there was water polo, killer darts and in the evening events like Bingo so no criticism of them at all - some of the reviews were unfair in that respect - but for us we would like to see the hotel pay for regular nightly live music - there wasn't a lot to offer in that respect to say the least.

So to summarise - excellent value for money! But July heat is a killer!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank shaun h
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Address: Protaras Avenue, 359 Kavo Greco, Protaras, Paralimni 5296, Cyprus
Region: Cyprus > Famagusta District > Paralimni > Protaras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #51 of 64 Hotels in Protaras
Price Range: £63 - £193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Antigoni Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 172
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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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