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Windmills Hotel Apartments
Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

We booked a cheap and cheerful week to get some end of season sun and as far as I'm concerned we picked a good un! We self catered by choice and this apartment allowed us to do that. We had hired a car which enabled us to travel to a supermarket to stock up and we generally coped for breakfasts although I can highly recommend the full English at Kokos bar across the road both for value and service. The s/c facilities were basic to say the least but i am aware that if there was something we had needed if we'd have asked I'm sure they could have provided. we had intended to eat out any way most evenings and were spoilt for choice in the locality. we had lovely meals all week and can particularly recommend the Happy Grill and Ifalos again for value and service.
The apartment was cleaned all but 2 of the days we were there and we had fresh towels at least twice during the course of the week. The other areas on the complex also seemed clean and the pool area was adequate I would like to have seen an in room safe but boxes are available in reception. We didn't feel the need to pay for air conditioning as it wasn't required but again if we had been there in warmer weather I guess we may have needed it. We didn't spend a lot of time there in fairness as we travelled a fair bit. I think if all you want to do is lounge round the pool then choose a more upmarket resort. I would have no qualms about recommending this resort to anyone who wants a good cheap base however having also stayed a one of the Tsokkos hotels down the road 2 years ago I would say if you want all inclusive with activities and entertainment then perhaps you need to pay a little more to get this option particularly if you have kids to be entertained.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

to the people slating this hotel, you need your heads looking at!!! it is a budget hotel!!
i have holidayed in pernera for nearly 10 years now and 7 have been at windmills!!!
we have tried "Anastasia 5star" all inclusive, pernera beach 4 star all inc in the past, we decided on self catering to give us some freedom, and windmills gives us that!!!
great pool...great family atmosphere!! the hotel family kids come to the pool after school and they are friendly!!!
the rooms are cleaned daily.
OK you have to pay for air conditioning, but hey, this is a family business, selling rooms cheap, they have to make some money somewhere???
the father and sons who run the hotel are really friendly, they work the staff well and mingle with the customers!!..(i call the father "the big cahooner" cos he works his sons well)
the daughters and in laws run the on site shop and restaurant well.
the on site bar has entertainment every night, usually 2 acts!!
we have been now for the past 4 years and cant fault the rooms, the service, the management or the entertainment.
if you are looking for a 5 star holiday, book 5 star...this is 3 star and worth every penny!!!!
just booking up now for 2014!!!!

Room Tip: ask for room near pool
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ianchurms
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

Stayed here last year , and would defo stay again,in a great location,pool area is clean,loads of sun beds.Apts are dated but very clean and spacious,staff at windmills are very helpful.you get what you pay for. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lyn B
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

just spent 10 nights here.come on people lets get real if you want a great room everything in it pay out the big bucks.this is a value holiday.we stayed in paphos this time last year and paid £250 MORE for only 7 nights and the place was no better.lets remember Cyprus is broke.how many people go self catering and cook 3 times a day in there room.you have a place to rest your head and have a shower.our bedding was changed twice and the towels 3 times.if you want you can be entertained in the bar most nights and watch a up todate movie.there is a bus stop outside the hotel.taxi rank and a atm.there are plenty of good places to eat close by or you can take the coastal path to proturas,bars on the way, a few bars/café, and have a even bigger choice.sky sports never miss a match.dont be put off.wake up and smell the coffee.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the bar/reception area.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

I'm not quite sure what people are expecting, but for 3* self catering, it has everything you need! Might not be slotless, but it's not filthy. Might not be 5*, but that's not what you are paying for! It's somewhere to lay your head in a comfy (firm) bed. I've slept in beds where I've woken up to be covered in mattress spring indentations on my body! Not here! 2 of us stayed in a 1 bed apartment and it was a great size! Huge balcony. Our only gripes were that we didn't have enough pillows and our kettle had a 2 point plug! Both these things were remedied the next day. Kitchen equipment limited, but seems each apartment is equiped differently and if you request something, they get it for you. Showers tended to be luke warm in the mornings, but when its 30+ degrees outside, who cares?! Shower was hot on an evening. The bedding and towels were changed regularly. We had to request more loo roll a couple of times, no big deal. We only ate a cooked breakfast at the Windmills which was fine and cannot comment on other food. I think compared to the look of some of the other apartments we saw, we were lucky. We had no 'direct' neighbours so no noise. It's in a great location if you want a bit of quiet. We had a cockroach on our balcony, one night! Soon got rid of that - NO BIG DEAL!! Not sure what people expect really - its exactly what I expected for self catering. You don't go on holiday to live in the apartment all day long! Big shout out to Tony the poolside barman - Daz and I hope to see you again soon!!!

Room Tip: Upstairs apartment room 232 away from the main street
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Informed on arrival that there was an "electrical problems" with our rooms (2) and that we had been allocated rooms for the night at neighbour hotel Jacaranda and we could discuss compensation for inconvenience later and our rooms would be ready next day.( obviously overbooked or didnt realise that our party of 4 had booked 2 seperate rooms not one.) The compensation offered first was a free breakfast or use of safe deposit box.,wow.!!
Eventually get allocated rooms at 12.45pm next day after alot of excuses.half a day of holiday wasted.
OMG what a shock when you see these rooms!! Take a step back to a 1970`s. seriously in need of modernisation.The musty vinegar smell lingereing throughout our 4 night stay.
In comparison to the rooms we had at the Jacaranda these apartments are dumps.
If i had booked a week i would have upsticks and moved on.Anyone who is satisfied with this standard of accomodation is very easily pleased.
Glad i only used these rooms as a stop over.
Whats even more amazing is that we had been "upgraded" to these rooms because of the inconvenience!! Dread to think what the other rooms where like.
We also got offered a free breakfast if we signed a disclaimer to say we wouldnt complain to our travel company.Decided not sign and never took offer of free breakfast.
Reception staff are very nice but they are only covering up for the poor standard of accomodation.
The charge of 9 euros a day for air-con is highway robbery plus a 20 euro deposit for a TV remote!! You would be 83 euro down before you even get in the room!!
Dont be fooled by the photos on search engines ..... accomodation anywhere has got to be better than this.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Just returned! However if I decided to write about all the faults I would still be writing this tomorrow. So in short, we stayed here 13 years ago when we were first married and decided to return as we had such lovely memories. Didn't look like the bedding, towels or curtains had been changed since then. Awful holiday, if you have booked here I strongly recommend you change your holiday and stay somewhere else in Protaras. We waited all year to stay in this dirty, shabby apartment. So disappointed....

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Pernera Ave 75, Protaras, Paralimni 5310, Cyprus
Region: Cyprus > Famagusta District > Paralimni > Protaras
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 51 Speciality Lodging in Protaras
Price Range: £29 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Windmills Hotel Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 88
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