Atlantica Golden Beach Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantica Golden Beach Hotel Paphos
Excellent all round
We have just come back from two great weeks at the Atlantica Golden Beach in Paphos. We can recommend this to anyone wanting to chill out and relax without the kids. All the staff were really friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Our room was always spotlessly cleaned and the linen and towels changed regularly. The hotel supplied pool towels which is a great bonus when having to watch your luggage weight. The food was exceptional and there was always plenty of choice even for the most fussy of people. The Gala Dinner was lovely and very nice to see all the staff getting acknowledgement for all their hard work. The favourite name of staff seemed to be George which went well with our party as one of us was called George. George the head waiter tended our every need and always appeared with my 1/2 bottle of sweet white wine every time we dined. George the restaurant Manager always greeted everyone on arrival and by the time we left we all knew how to say Good Evening and Welcome.There were always plenty of sunloungers even if people did put towels on them very early! The bus No.10 or 11 ran regularly from the bus stop right outside the hotel. It's a must just for the experience of playing the bus drivers game of" lets see how many tourists I can cram on my bus to day". We used this on many occassions.It only costs 70cents and it goes to the Harbour, Market, Town Centre, and in the other direction to Coral Bay which is well worth a visit for the sandy beach. Make sure you get there early though as it gets very crowded. Another tip is take a packed lunch from the Hotel. People had said that they didn't like the fact that the Hotel is so far outside Paphos but it does say it is in the brochure and there are a few shops nearby for odds and ends and we also found a local Taverna round the corner where we had a great night of Traditional food and dancing. Go left out of the hotel up to the traffic lights, left again about 1/2 mile walk to the end and on the right you will find it. Tsiokkos. All in all we had a great holiday and are planning on returning next year.
Lovely holiday - but....
This was my first visit to Paphos. Nice harbour and market etc. Just a shame that Atlantica Golden Beach Hotel is such a long way from everywhere. It would have been nice to have a stroll out at night but there was nowhere to stroll to. Everywhere is a busride away and this became a bit tedious. The food was the usual Thompson Gold high standard. However, I was disappointed to find that there were children staying in this hotel. I love kids, but not when I have chosen a hotel where you do not expect to find them. The rooms are dated and the towels in the bathrooms were tatty. The garden area where the sunbeds are was muddy and this was a bit of a pain when your feet, bag and sandals were messy every day. Where is the golden beach? That was also disappointing. The staff were very good and the management were helpful. I enjoyed my holiday as I always do, but this hotel does not go on my list of favourites.
We stayed at the Atlantica Golden Beach hotel on our honeymoon at the end of August beginning of September 2005. It was superb, that is the only word for it.
The hotel arranged a taxi transfer from the airport and it took about 30 minutes with a very friendly and chatty taxi driver who was waiting for us in arrivals and helped my wife with her baggage.
On arrival at the hotel we where met on the front steps by both a porter and a receptionist. The porter took out luggage straight from the boot of the taxi and the receptionist welcomed us and showed us up to a welcome reception room where they had laid on coffee, juice, cakes and pastries as well as much appreciated comfy chairs. There they explained everything we needed to know about the hotel, how the all inclusive worked and answered any questions we might have on a one to one basis; they also gave us a large envelope of hotel and local information including bus timetables. They then showed us, again on a one to one basis to our room.
We had a superior room with a full sea view which was well worth the money, uninterrupted views of the sea crashing over rocks from our balcony. As previously mentioned other rooms may look our away from the sea and onto a busy road. The room it self was of a decent size, massive Queen size double bed, cushioned wicker furniture, cushioned balcony furniture also, mini bar which was actually not unreasonable priced (or fridge for supplement), controllable air con (all though always on full in August) safe (chargeable), large double and lit wardrobe, beach and bathroom towels, robes, slippers, wine, fruit, flowers (all though did not last very long), as we where on honeymoon there had even sprinkled rose petals all over the room which was a nice touch. The room is also sound proofed for a settled night. You also have access to room service and a laundry service. Our room was also cleaned at least once a day, if we had a siesta it was made up again while we where at dinner. The bathroom was a reasonable size with a bath tub and very powerful always hot shower, many superior aromatherapy toiletries in the bathroom as well. The room was also equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a TV with cable including BBC World and CNN and another foreign but English speaking channel, there was also Pay Movies, there was a good quality CD/Radio HiFi in our room as well.
The facilities in the hotel where also outstanding. The main lobby area is very impressive with its towering columns interesting art and very comfortable sofas. There is a reasonable gift shop in this lobby which sells the usual gifts, tea towels so on and also toilettes including sun cream, chocolate, sweets and crisps, inflatable sun beds, newspapers and magazines. There is also a broadband internet connected computer (50c for 15 minutes). There are two lifts as well. Just off the main lobby is a balcony area which looks over the pool and grass areas and into the open ocean. Connected to the lobby area is a bar which is very comfortable with deep sofas and the decoration of the room is very warm and sophisticated, great place to relax with a beer and a selection of snacks they offer here. It is, like the rest of the hotel, air conditioned so it's a nice place to cool down. There is also a large screen TV here with Sky Sports usually showing.
The gym facility is also very good in a medium sized room which is very light and airy with some modern gym equipment. In this facility there is also a sauna (all though we didn't use), a massage service which is outstanding. The Jacuzzi inside (there is also one outside) has to be booked which makes it very nice for couples as nobody else can use it for the half an hour you have it for, they also use bath salts.
The two swimming pools are both outstanding. The inside pool is kept very clean and is good for doing lengths in, it is also light and airy thanks to the two large windows and patio doors. The outside pool is nice and is very large for the small size of the hotel, with its beach design (it slopes from a zero depth constantly to eventually be about 6 foot deep) it includes two waterfalls from the attached Jacuzzi the other from the stream that runs in front of the dining area. It is unheated and so a bit cold in a morning even in August but it heats up to be pleasant in the afternoon. There is also a pool bar here which not serves drinks but also ice creams. The All Inclusive cocktails are excellent and be careful they are extremely alcoholic. You can order from the bar or from the many the waiting staff that comes to you. There are lots of sun beds around the pool and reserving is not allowed until 9am (the management take away towels before then), although from what I saw this wasn't a problem anyway. There are also sun beds on the three grassed areas which boast impressive palm trees as well and views of the open ocean. Say "hello" to the timid and sometimes large lizards.
The beach area is also very good, a reasonable size and very clean, the sea bed is a little stony with large rocks surrounding the bay which makes from excellent snorkelling, you can expect to see many colourful fish in the bay which is mostly used by hotel guests. There are also water-sports here including jet skis, parasailing, and canoes, the later of which is included in the all inclusive package.
The Beach Tavern is also another merit to this hotel, very friendly and chatty staff (be on the look out for the dry sense of humour!). Grapes growing above you in the outside seating area.
The food is the best part of this hotel; all three meals and the snacks in between are 5 star quality all the way. The breakfasts which are taken in the main buffet restaurant present you with a massive choice to large to list here in full but include pancakes with many different syrups, many different fruit juices, omelettes cooked to your liking, full English breakfast with eggs how you want them, a massive selection of fresh fruit, cold meats, and cheeses and the delicatessen counter that is available for dinner as well. The lunch is taken in the Beach Tavern and includes a BBQ of fresh meats and fish, you can try different salads every day ranging from typical Cypriot through to very English. There are cooked meats, steak and anything and everything you could ask for really cooked perfectly. Dinner (or tea if you are from the North East like me) is the best of the lot, again all of the above plus more, whole salmon, a Calvery with a different meat cooked every night, many Cypriot specialities on offer also. Seeing is believing. Even the snacks offered again by the beach tavern are very good, I ordered a cheese burger one day and got a slightly toasted bread bun with a home made thick beef pate which was spiced with herbs and a melted cheese slice, McDonalds it wasn't!
The A La Carte restaurant offers you a four course candle lit meal which will surprise even the experienced diner. The food quality, taste and presentation are impeccable
Getting around is no problem, directly outside the hotel (be careful of the busy road however) there is a bus stop where you can get the bus number 10 to the Paphos market or the 15 to the harbour area (the 10 also stops in the harbour area but only runs during the day). They cost around 75c, are air conditioned and run around every 15 to 20 minutes during the day (although once we did have to wait over an hour)
I would thoroughly recommend the Atlantica Golden Beach. While we where there was a few hiccups, they delivered somebody else's wine and anniversary gifts to our room at one point, we ordered a champagne breakfast in our room (as part of the honeymoon package) told them my wife was vegetarian which they said was no problem, and yes a full meat breakfast turned up, they where extremely apologetic about this and also the laundry decided to destroy a pair of my trousers however they gave me the full cost of those without any hassle and again where genuinely apologetic. These minor problems did little to interrupt our honeymoon and we would not hesitate to visit this hotel again
While we where there, the Atlantica Golden Beach became the highest scoring Thomson Gold hotel in the world. Well worth a visit!
We also thought the Atlantica Golden Beach was great!
We agree with the previous reviewer and find it difficult to understand the complaints of the reviewer prior to that!
The Hotel was spotlessly clean, the staff attentive, pleasant and helpful. We had no problems finding a sunbed, even if one wasn't available by the pool there always was the grassed area or the area above the beach. The beach is small, but there were only ever 2 jet ski's there when we were there (August) and they were very seldom in use, so no problem.
We found the food to be excellent, with plenty of choice and variety each day, not just Greek, but British French and German dishes. The local cheese was superb! The cocktail reception and gala dinner were really enjoyable and it was lovely to be introduced to the staff. We also upgraded and found that to be good value, as the local drinks are excellent.
It is a long way into Paphos, but the bus runs every 10 mins or so and costs 70cents each way. The only 'niggle' we found was that there wasn't anywhere to take a stroll except alongside the busy roads. However, the entertainment was mainly good and the Thompson reps are excellent.
Really nice that the Hotel Manager took the trouble to say farewell and see us onto the coach. Well done Atlantica Golden Beach - you deserve your Thompson 'Gold' award.
Loved the Atlantica Golden Beach!!!!
I have just returned from a weeks break at the Atlantica and it was top class! It was a late deal so my husband and I were a bit wary......but we need not have worried. The hotel itself was immaculate and the staff were so professional and friendly. Although we did not get a room with a pool view, it was spacious and well maintained. The pool area was lovely and there were always plenty of beds and parasols. The menu in the buffet restaurant was changed daily and there was always something to suit us. On the Tuesday night the hotel put on a Gala Dinner with cocktails and canapes on the lawn which was lovely. We were introduced to all of the hotel staff, including the manager which was a nice touch. One thing I would point out is that the food and drinks are not cheap. We had booked half board with the travel agent but upgraded to all inclusive on the second day (14.75 Cyprus pounds per person per day) and it was well worth it.
All in all, a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation (especially as Atlantica Golden Beach is an adults only hotel!!!!)
We stayed at this hotel, which is an un-walkable distance from Paphos itself, because it was the Thompson Gold, no kids hotel, and we intended to spend a relaxing time with late rising and long sunny afternoons the order of the week
It was clean enough but looked as though it was past its prime. The pool wasn't large, with every sunbed towelled over by 8am, but at least half unoccupied until after lunch. The alternative garden area had an interesting mud patch theme with sparse grass tufts. Not that this was a real alternative due to the proliferation of thatched parasols and swaying palm trees that blocked most of the sunlight.
The hotel decor looked eighties at best, but the chipped varnish, ring marked marble surfaces and yellowed plastic fittings spoilt it completely. One afternoon we came home to find that the painters had re-done our balcony, rendering it unusable.
The food was good for the first few nights, but having everything boiled in oil or sauce does become a bit wearying. Not really local cuisine, more inventive-leftover cuisine.
My main gripe with this hotel was that it didn't bear comparison with Athena Beach, or Cypria Maris, both in Paphos and visited by us to see friends staying there. This was in spite of the fact that it had cost more to stay in ours.
Oh, and the Golden Beach the name suggests had a line of jet skis parked up on it all week. And wasn't golden.
(Staff were very friendly and attentive though)
Just got back, had lovely time, weather very hot.
Hotel is lovely and the staff cannot do enough for you, the pool area and lounge areas are beautiful and the hotel is very clean and tidy.
The food is fantastic, such a choice , we went all inclusive which i would recommend. If you go out for a day they will make up picnic basket for you.
This hotel is rated as 4* but could easily be 5*, i think the only reason its not is the bedrooms are slightly worn looking although very clean, this was our only disappointment.
The hotel is perfect for a quiet reaxing holiday and for just lounging around not for kids or for young people looking to go clubbing.Very quiet.
Nothing around hotel and you need to get bus just outside hotel to go to paphos harbour or market, and the bus drivers play a game of how many people can you squeeze onto bus ! its an experience.
Never had better or more attentive service
Just back from a short break at the Atlantica Golden Beach, travelled with Thomson Gold. Brilliant break, fantastic staff and management. Location ideal, on a main road just a 10 minute 70 cents 'bus ride from Paphos but without the hussle and bussle.
Food, rooms could not have been better and the staff do everything they can to make your stay as enjoyable as they can - nothing is too much trouble.
We had the joy of being there during the Orthodox Easter and the hotel made us very welcome with a BBQ and free drinks.
My wife and I intend to go again either in September or Spring next year, so it must be good.
Nice hotel................shame about the weather
fantastic gold hotel
entertainment a little poor .............not the professional acts as quite expected..........
weather...........rained every day ..wel its february 3rd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the hotel is beautiffull and in the summer would be fantastic.......
the food is fantastic.........the gym is a bit well worn and could do with some new stuff........
rooms very clean and fresh towels daily
a good 3 and a ....1/2 hr walk into paphos.................WE DID IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! brings u right out by the harbour
or the bus is right across the road. 70 cents
cheap car hire for 4 days 90 pound from ''him'' across the road........
2 bars across the road and not much else........
the TASIA MARIS in nissi beach -ayia napa is much better placed and its a tomson gold.
Good hotel but a couple of disappointments.......
We did really like lots of aspects of this hotel - good food, weather fantastic, clean, nice surroundings, lovely small beach and most of all no children !
Disappointments were the fact they turned the air conditioning off on 1st November. We were told by the hotel that all hotels in Cyprus do this - loads of us complained and said it was far too hot in the rooms. No joy. Complained to the rep she said there was nothing they could do because it was government policy and it's written in their brochure about the air conditioning. I still haven't managed to find the bit that says - all air conditioning turned off on 1 November in Cyprus - perhaps someone could tell me where this bit is.
Entertainment extremely good some nights, complete rubbish the rest of the time. New band that started on 1st November - New Affair were brilliant. The magic night done by one of the reps was embarassingly awful ! Other rep shows were good.
We usually go Thomson Gold because of entertainment - the acts brought in weren't as frequent or as good as in past Thomson Gold hotels.
Pool, including indoor pool wasn't heated - absolutely freezing. Looked lovely but couldn't bear to get in it !
Lovely terrace to watch the sun go down after a hard day lying on the beach with a cocktail in your hand !
Don't be put off this hotel - it is a good hotel - they just need to get their act together with the air conditioning !
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