Atlantica Aeneas Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantica Aeneas Hotel Ayia Napa
Avoid aeneas hotel
Me and my wife spent our 2006 Eastern at Aeneas Hotel. A very big disappoinment. Our travel agent sold the trip as luxury more than 5* hotel with the largest swimming pool in world, europe, continent. I do not know if the owners know from what continent is the largest. Probably from Agya Napa.
Anyway, I stayed at 3 times better hotel than this rusty one.
It was not my first time when I am visiting Cyrpus, an exorbitant country used to rip you off. They are in the Eu and still using that Cyprus pound which is much more expensice thatn the british pound. For that sorry country I do not see how.
But anyway, if you can avoid the hotel.
Terriblle from the acommodation in the room, towels not clean, bathroom yellow.
the prices at the pool bar extremmly expensive. I went to a shop across the street bought everything that I wanted and ask only for ice from the bartender.
So, to wrap it up, if you can avoid the country, avoid the hotel and not last avoid the cypriots.
Calls itself a 5 Star but a really an overpriced 3 star!
Have visit Cyrpus six times and have stayed at better 3 star hotels at a third of the price. We visited Aeneas in August 2005 and were absolutely disgraced at the quality of hotel; the bath was yellow, the room was small and basic, generally the accomodation and hotel was overpriced, badly managed and not looked after. The only plus is the swimming pool. Overall I would never visit Aeneas again and would not recommend it to anyone.
Lovely Hotel - Fabulous Pool
I may be a little biassed as I have been to Cyprus many times and love the place, however I thought I would pass on my views. We stayed at the Aeneas (for the first time) mid June 2005 and chose it mainly because of the pool, but also for it's location as it is virtually 30 seconds from Nissi beach, about a 15 minute stroll to Water World (the fabulous aqua park there) and about a 15 min walk into Ayia Napa for bars and clubs. Whilst I agree with some of the comments on here, it seems like many people have either been unlucky or just have far too high expectations. As far as "Eastern Europeans wrapping up food to take to the pool" or "children running around" goes, well that is not the hotel's fault but more the residents behaving in that manner in my opinion and something which could occur anywhere!
The pool in this compex is fabulous and extremely spacious and probably what sells the place in all honesty. The hotel was full on our visit yet there was always pleny of room in the pool. However you always get the few people who insist on placing beach towels on loungers with no intention of using them. This really annoys me, so do what I do and remove the towels if they're not being utilised for a long period of time and plonk yourself down. You're on holiday as well as others, so be as rude as they are! Another quirky thing I liked was the little bar which was actually in the pool - great idea in the blistering Cypriot sun! The pool and vegetation around it makes a relaxing, secluded and spacious setting I found, which is important on holiday.
As far as the staff go, I have to say that the staff in the hotel bar and the breakfast area were the most pleasant and helpful I have come across! Most of them were Eastern European working the season, but they were efficient, polite, friendly and professional. The bar is a bit pricy, but the happy hour 7-8 helps if you want to get your night off to a swing! Overall the hotel was very clean and tidy and the staff friendly, though I do have my negative points.
Breakfast: I agree with the person who described it as a cattle market. It reminded me of an uncivilised school dining hall or fast food restaurant: very bustling and people up and down all the time and really crowded and dingy and somewhat disorganised. Some mornings I didn't feel like eating as I felt nauseous in there. The food was ok - again nothing special (I've had better in other 5*'s). Though personally I am not a big fan of buffet dining, particularly in resorts, as people tend to fart about too much for my liking for you to be able to relax and enjoy your breakfast as there's the constant shuffling of chairs and people knocking into you and you can rarely get near what you want to as they're forever up and down scared of missing out on anything.
Rooms: Our room was ok in size but quite dark, although you shouldn't spend all your time in your room on holiday, but a lighter room would have been more comfortable. They are certainly not worthy of a 5* standard (more a good 3*).
Pool bar: this was rather expensive I found (CYP £1.50 for a 750ml of still water!) - there is a supermarket accross the road so stock up from there as you'll get through a lot in that heat and its only about 75c for a 2L bottle.
Other than that I have no other qualms. There was entertainment most nights, a kids club for those with children, various other activities such as aqua aerobics etc should you wish to participate. It is well located and if you do tire of the pool the beach is only accross the road.
On a general note, the transfer time from Larnaca to the Aeneas was about 30-35 mins by car and we got a private transfer that cost us CYP £22, so you can expect to pay in this region. As for the water there, Cyprus does not have mains reserves like we do so occasionally there may be variances in the pressure of the water. This is nothing to do with the hotels plumbing but the infrastructure of Cyprus's water supplies. If anyone has any general questions on Cyprus I have attached my email address as I have experienced Ayia Napa, Protaras and also Limassol.
To sum it up I would have given this hotel a rating of 3 points had it not been for the pool. I have have not rated it the full 5 as I think it was let down in some areas for a 5*. However, I am staying there again next year for a wedding but this time we've booked a larger room, so it can't have been all that bad!
I came back from my vacation in Cyprus just yesterday. I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. Hotel facilites were very good, clean and luxuary. Especially swimming pool is the hugest and greatest in my experience. I also visited Adams Beach Hotel and peeked its pool and beach, however, Aeneas Hotel was much better than Adams Beach concerning the pool.
Room was very spacious and clean. I absolutely recommend this hotel to the family with young children. Only one bad point was that a lady in the reception was not kind and friendly. I was a little bit angry with her attitude.
5* Pool attached to a 3* Hotel !!
We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Aeneas Hotel.
We feel that we must comment on the hotel in the hope that other holiday makers do not go expecting a 5* Hotel as this is simply not the case. We feel that the star ratings have been awarded simply because of the pool area which is 5*. The hotel however is definitely not. Its more in line with a 3*.
Firstly, Some positives:
Good Pool area
Friendly pool area bar staff
Clean bedrooms (if a little tired looking)
Close to Nissi Beach
Now the down sides:
Breakfast mirrored a cattle market with everyman for themselves. The breakfast is buffet style . At first glance the choice looks good. However, on closer inspection it definitely isn't 5* quality and certinly doesn't look like its been prepared by a qualified chef!! Which other 5* hotel do you know that serves Delmonte tinned fruit and tries to pass it off as a fresh fruit salad?
The other annoying thing at breakfast was the way in which tables were cleared. This consisted on several "dustcarts" circulating the dining area. The staff would clear the dirty plates by scraping the food into the mobile carts and then place the crockery on the top of the cart. This was done in front of you whilst you were eating. The smell wasn't pleasant and neither was the site of many dirty dishes. Which other 5* hotel do you know that adopts this practice?
We had a superior room in the main buidling on the 3rd floor. The main building has 2 lifts. These lifts only worked "now and then" which is somewhat annoying for families with prams and expecially for people with disabilities (This hotel is marketed as suitable for disabled people).
Very unhelpful, arragant and ignorant staff at the reception. They made you feel that you were a distraction and an inconvenience. Again not 5* treatment!
Didnt have any running water in our rooms for 3 consecutive evenings. When complaining about this the receptionist merely shrugged their shoulders.
All in all, whilst we had a good holiday we were extremely disappointed with the lack of quality the hotel provided.
The hotel does not deserve its 5* rating so beware !!
Ok just ok
i stayed here for my honeymoon. fab hotel and very fancy but a bit too much the thing. to be honest anyone who is thinking about it for this occasion i would say go for the adams beach across the road it is gr8. direct acess to beach more down to earth attitude. They did upgrade us to a suite in the aneas for our honeymoon but at night time when in the lounge for a few drinks, no-one speaks to you and the staff have a sort of what u doing in our hotel attitude. The breakfast was amazing everything from fresh fruti to bacon, eggs etc and nothing was spared, lunch there aswell was fab but the atmosphere of the place lacked alot. Was a good experience for honeymoon but would not return
A good choice
I stayed at this hotel in April/May 2005 and thought it was a good choice for a first time visit to Cyprus out of peak season. The rooms are attractive and spacious and the outdoor swimming pool is beautiful, although the sunloungers are not that comfortable. Beach towels are provided each day. I thought the food was generally very good and you did not have to wait long for tea or coffee to be provided at breakfast - a big plus in my opinion. As a woman holidaying alone and dining alone, it was nice to have the option of having lunch, a picnic basket or room service instead of dinner on half-board basis if you wished. The hotel is just a short walk across the road from the crystal clear waters of Nissi Beach which is superb for swimming and would, I imagine, get very crowded in high season. All in all, excellent value for money.
Honeymooned at this Hotel but wish we had returned to the Adams Beach across the Road. This hotel, apart from the pool area and pool facilities is poor (not above average), therefore definitely NOT a 5 star!
The wine festival was on at the hotel whilst we were there and all the staff were interested in was the Cypriot dignitaries, who got 6 star treatment and we were treated like traSh, having to queue for cold (SUPPOSEDLY HOT) food for about 20 minutes! I ended up just with a plate of chips!
The Bar was okay apart from the same staff going on about 'THE CYPRIOTS ARE COMING, THE CYPRIOTS ARE COMING'!
I suggest, as this function is one night per year, that they concentrate on holiday makers who pay their wages!
Oh, and this holiday was made even better by Eastern Europeans wrapping food to take around the pool from the breakfast restaurant!
Go back? DEFINITELY NOT! ADAMS BEACH HERE WE COME AGAIN (4TH VISIT JUNE 2005!)
Not 5 star as I know it!
The hotel itself was very nice, and the swimming pool complex was beautiful. However, my advice to anyone visiting Cyprus is not to go before the end of April because everything was shut down, including a lot of the facilities at the hotel, i.e. the pool bars, b.b.q. etc. and they were actually painting and carrying out repairs ready for the main season. The people at the reception were not very helpful or friendly. We only ate in the restaurant on one occasion, and it was definitely not 5 star cuisine as we know it. Breakfast was pleasant with a reasonalble variety of food, although the fruit was very often tinned instead of fresh, again not what I would expect in a 5 star hotel. (Just a note - breakfast was spoilt by children who were allowed to run around causing a nuisance - lack of parental control) The bar staff in the main bar in the hotel were excellent and very friendly, and happy hour was a pleasure! The rooms were average, although clean, but nothing out of the ordinary and also they were a long way from the main building when if was pouring with rain, which it did for two days! We felt that the 5 stars were given for the swimming pool rather than the rest of the complex.
Nice but far from 5 star.
I stayed at the aeneas for my honeymoon and chose one of the eleven best rooms in the hotel. The only problem is only seven of the eleven rooms stated have a private jacuzzi and direct pool access as stated by the hotel, so be careful to mention this when booking your holiday. The thing which sells this hotel is the pool the hotel grounds and layout which are all very good, it just doesnt live up to expectations on the other things like room facilities ,dining arrangments and the tacky plastic sun loungers seen in every other hotel in the med. Dont get me wrong I did enjoy my stay at this hotel but feel I could have got a lot more value for my money by choosing a cheaper hotel and having more spending money, all round this hotel is nice but certainly not 5star.
The rennovations include:
Soft renovations of all rooms of the hotel.
New executive wing with 32 new suites.
SPA center available end of September.
New A La Carte Restaurant.
New furniture in the Lobby area.
New buffets and furniture in the restaurant.
New entertainment area.
New purpose build church for weddings.
All this together with the expertise of Atlantica Management will take the hotel one step further.
Andreas K. Hadjiandreou
Regional Manager of Atlantica Hotels for the East Coast.