Oscar Resort Hotel
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Oscars Hotel doesn't live up to the brochure!
We stayed as a family with two teenage children 2nd - 16th August. I had paid for the upgraded Pink Court rooms, which were dirty, carpet was very 1970's shagpile and dirty. Complained and the rep and hotel staff very kindly helped us find another room the following day, a standard room but much better. Make sure to ask for a view of the pool not the harbour which is miserable! The food surpassed itself as being awful, I can see why they give you a free 1 night meal each week in hotel, nobody would pay for it surely! My Stepson eats anything in sight first time I have seen him not eat! We had some cheap nice meals down town, the harbour is expensive, eat where the locals eat, we ate out most nights on tasty kebabs and alcohol for £30 for four of us. I am just glad we had older children as there's not much to do in North Cyprus, off road vehicles are a good idea, best beaches where the locals use are off dirt tracks, in the week you can usually have a beach to yourself! Bellapais is well worth a visit, walk up by the side of the little supermarket/bitter lemons restaurant and discover Irenie Gardens, a little oasis for quiet beer and halloumi on toast with fresh tomatoes!
Beware of the Sewage!!
Interesting to note from a previous review that the "smell of sewage" lasted for three days. They were lucky! We suffered the 'aroma' for the whole of our 14-day stay and at least once a daywitnessed no less than 5 hotel employees, one with a fishing net, scooping human excrement out of the main pool! We were told that children were responsible -- I don't think so. As this pool is the closest to the only pool toilet, I am convinced that there is a problem with their sewage drainage. Interesting, too, that an inordinate number of adults and children were suffering from ear infections -- all users of the main pool, during our visit there.
The staff however at reception, the bars and the restaurant were all excellent although I do agree with the reviewer who noted that the rooms were not cleaned to standard. It would appear that the maid on our floor (first) had only two speeds: extremely slow and stop! A shaky bannister, reported as loose the previous season had still not been fixed!
Beware all of you who, like me, chose this resort because of the "fitness room"! The equipment is so old and rusted as to be practically unuseable and trying to get the air-conditioning fixed was a total waste of time. The temperature in their 'gym' (and I use the word loosely) was sometimes well over 30 degrees Celsius which made working out nigh on impossible. The indoor pool at that level looks great until, upon closer inspection, one could write one's name in the grime around the edges at the water line.
The food was OK, a little bland but plenty of choice. But do be warned that the resort is situated in the middle of what looks like a building site! This therefore means that unless you have a seaview room, you are more than likely to overlook the less than salubrious surroundings. Oh and incidentally, there is a casino in the basement which is jolly good fun.
All in all, although we had a good holiday none of us would contemplate returning to this particular resort. Again, I agree with the previous reviewer that the hotel is very tired looking and desperately in need of a major refurbishment.
I would only give this hotel a 4 out of 10 which is no way near good enough.
Not so cheap but cheerful staff
My family ( nine in total 6 adults 3 children ) stayed at the Oscars from the 6th aug to the 20th aug we arrived at 10 in the evening check in was very swift and the luggage taken to the four rooms.All restraunts were closed but the very helpful staff told us where we could get something to eat close by. The pools were very good plenty of sun beds, the only complaint was that the waves and slides were not put on enough. The rooms were very basic and the bathroom was tiny the door would hit the toilet. The room were also not cleaned very well and the sheets which were supposed to be changed every 2 days were not. The beach area was very untidy not fit for small children to go on or to get on because it had very uneven steps to it. The food on offer was not bad breakfast continetal and good menus for both lunch and dinner. One morning at the pool there was a bad smell of sewage which lasted about 3 days and when asked about it no real reason was given for this. Overall the staff were very good but the hotel is very tired and in need of a face lift the only really good thing were the three pools and water slides.
Family Summer Holiday
My family and I ( Two children aged 11 and 18 years ) stayed at Oscars for the last wek in July and first week in August 2005 in two, quote, "....better appointed Fantasia rooms", for which we paid extra, as an upgrade. On arrival, very late at night, we were allocated two of the worst rooms I have ever had the misfortune to stay in, even the bathroom door would not open more than half way as it hit the toilet. The following morning, following discussion, we were moved to two better rooms. Other people, we understand, had similar experiences, for example, of having booked a self catering appartment and being put into a hotel room for their first night. The hotel works an annoying credit card system where you have to pay money onto their card and then use this to pay for everything in the hotel - woe betide you if you run out of credit at the bar! As previous reports have said, the area immediately around Oscars is one huge un-finished building site, although the building work did not disturb us, as most of the heavy construction appears to be finished. It is unfortunate there are no bars or restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Oscars, as a little competition might be useful, and it needs a taxi ride to experience other venues. However, taxis are freely avilable and inexpensive. plus, some of the restaurants will send a taxi to collect and return you free of charge. The swimming pools were excellent with the wave pool and water slides all working plus ample sun beds and umbrellas with free beach towels. The beach leaves something to be desired and overlooks the 'industrial harbour'. Lunch snacks/meals were available in two restarants and dinner in the self service and open air a la carte restaurant. There is no doubt the staff all try very hard and have a great attitude. Finally, watch the price of the ice creams and the canned soft drinks in the hotel as some can be expensive.
Don`t rush to the gym...
just to also mention that the gym doesn`t open until 4PM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Bellapais Monastary Village is also owned by Oscars so beware that one too (see our review )
Main problems with this hotel complex, was that when we went, in March, considerable building and refurbishment work was taking place, resulting in continual noise from 6 am. The hotel is also situated in the centre of a building site and all around it are buildings in various stages of construction, some of them owned by the hotel about which they have done nothing. There are no lights in the fairly non-existent roads, so very difficult to get out and about at night without a car. None of the three outdoor pools was available for use and the building work surrounding the main one made it impossible anyway. The "man made beach" was very dirty, scruffy with a strong smell of kerosene - probably from oil from the adjacent working harbour (not the very picturesque Kyrenia harbour).
I would visit the area again but would definitely not stay at this place. The hotel staff were very pleasant
Really enjoyed it...
My girlfriend and I stayed in one of the mini villas here between sept 29 and oct 15 2004. Overall we enjoyed our stay here. I have to say that I found no evdience of the problems pointed out in the review dated Aug 10. Out villa was lovely, cleaners came everyday, aircon was a life saver and worked perfectly, no pests in the villa at all. The grounds of the hotel and villas are very well kept and the pools were also very clean, we used them everyday. You have to realise that most of Northern Cyprus is a building site at the moment, not just around this hotel, but all hotels! There is construction going on all over the island. we are even having a holiday home built there. You definitely need a car or someone to drive you around both of which we had. Taxis are also a good option as they are so cheap. My advice to anyone who is going to N Cyprus is know where you're going before you go there. Look around for reviews and try to find good pictures of inside the hotels. Most of the top hotels are worth staying in as there is very little difference between places like Oscars, Jasmine court and The Dome etc. Just be aware that these places want your money and they are very epensive to stay in. Hotel food is expensive as are tours and trips. The most expensive thing are the drinks! forget about drinking in the hotel and dont change your money there either. Look around and go elsewhere for these things. The hotel resturants are just geared to take your money and the quality of the food suffers as a result, but you can generally trust the fresh fish. (Sea bream was very nice!) There are however some wonderful resturants around if you look for them. Karpaz, Famagusta, Kantara are all good places to visit for food and sights. You can also still enjoy all of the history, culture and people these things are free. If you want a self catering holiday you can get by on next to nothing by doing shopping and selectively eating out, just dont rely on the hotel for anything other than somewhere to sleep.
Hope this helps.
Oscar's - seen better days
Oscar's has frankly seen better days. It's unfortunate that blocks of unfinished, rough-looking flats have been buillt all around the front approach, creating a poor first impression. Unfortunately, it doesn't get a lot better on enetering reception. Much is made of the waterpark, but only one slide was working (very infrequently ) during our stay - even though the hotel was completely full. At best a middling 2-3 star hotel.
Gone downhill - overall guest responce July 04
I went to this resort with my partner and 6 year old son for 2 weeks end july to 1st week Aug. I can honestly say that this resort does not qualify for the 4 star rating it has. The mini villa was uncomfortable and easily attracted ants from the tiniest morsal of food/crumbs left in room. The air-con & electric supply switched itself off every 2 hours and the cleaners had to be reminded to come each day. The main lobby had no air-con and the majority of staff didnt seem to understand/speak English. The grounds are neglected and the pools are unkept and tiles coming off the bottom. Many children suffered from ear infections as the pool was unclean. There is still building work going on and looks like it wont be complete for a long time. I would not return to this resort. Many of the guests during our stay were unhappy with the services at this resprt and the rooms dont really look much like the brochure pics.
Very happy with Oscar's
Just returned from 2 weeks at the Oscar Resort. Couldn't find any reviews before I left so want to pass on some info. Hotel website is www.--------------------------. Looks just like the photos, except that there's a new block being built - but we had no probs with noise. This will have all-inclusive accommodation & should be ready in November. The rest of the hotel will be refurbished in early 2005 - hope the prices won't go up! We stayed in a Pink Court studio flat - lovely view from balcony over the gardens to the sea. Large room, decent bathroom with shower. Kitchen had basic equipment - fridge, 2 electric rings, kettle, cutlery & crockery (no tin-opener!). Friendly cleaning ladies came every day. Staff very friendly. Grounds full of flowers, palm trees & banana plants. Lovely swimming pools. Kyrenia a 15 min walk away along roads, so worth taking a cab for £1.60. I would certainly go again.Hope this is of use to others.
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Sun 9th Aug - Bit of admin this morning as we checked flight times for our return home on 21 Aug....its early! However it means we are back in the UK at a nice time for a pick up. Turkish Airlines from Ercan to Istanbul, then onward leg to Gatwick landing around 11:30am. Then booked a pick up from our place to Ercan airport, cost was £18 which is very reasonable. Enjoyed a light breakfast of yoghurt, raspberries and honey plus a few cups of tea. Admin done we sat ...
... took about 30mins, monies paid and we were done and heading home. Insurance out here is a little different, if you just want 3rd party you pay the fee in turkish lire, if you want fully comp you pay the 3rd party fee in turkish lire and then the comp fee in GB pounds based on your declared vehicle value. Decided on fully comp and this company also does fully comp cover for south Cyprus......normally you can only buy 3rd party cover at the border. Also its the ...
... then onto the central plain....it was hot......before heading to the Beyarmudu crossing. From the border it was a short drive into Dhekelia and down to the CESSAC beach for an early supper....takeaway this time of souvlaki and chips, all eaten whilst parked up on a beach overlooking Larnaca bay. From there I could watch the planes turning over the bay and coming into land. Suitably replenished decided that it would be sensible to get a little closer to the airport and so ...
... their news from blighty. No sooner had we finished then it was time to skype with number 1 daughter.....so caught upmwith all Kayleighs news. Supper continued to cook so a glass of wine was in order! Supper done we cleared up and promptly went to bed, hopefully for a better sleep!
Looking back on the last 3 days we have really done not a lot, but up until this morning it really has been far to hot to attempt very much, so we were glad today saw the temperature drop down just a ...
... lunch and then money exchange before heading thro the Kyrenia pass towards St Hilarion Castle and along the mountain tracks. Views today were fantastic after the last few days of low cloud. Found ourselves out at the abandoned tank again.....we found this a few weeks ago.....and after a few other stops along the way we decided to call in at the Kavos restaurant for tea and coffee. A nice 30 minute rest and taking in the view before we carried on towards Camlibel to ...