14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Top Class Hotel in Limassol
"Such a fabulous stay, our suite was excellent the staff were incredible! We all loved the restaurant too. Very handy for shopping, 7 Seas music venue is a cab ride away. We have already booked for next year."
- Travel date: 19th May 2011
It would be a fussy person indeed who fo...
"It would be a fussy person indeed who found fault with the wonderful Londa hotel boutique hotel in the heart of Limassol, Cyprus. But hey - it would be boring if I just told you the good things - so here is my honest opinion of the holiday taken just after Easter. Weather - mid 70-'s, some rain, cloud during the day Best advice - go for a week, take lots of books to read and just relax. Critique - This relatively small 5* hotel is set back a little from a busy six lane highway and is on the beach. The entrance is tall and impressive with a huge piece of drift wood featuring in the foyer. The open plan cocktail bar-come-reception is very chic and comfortable, a magnet for limmasol's rich and beautiful come nightime and weekends. Cocktails both here and around the pool are magnificent but not cheap. If you are wise you make one last the evening! Thereâs no need to rush in the mornings as breakfasts are served till 10.30. We took our breakfasts in a chic and airy dining room at ground level. Chill-out music plays gently. It is buffet style, ample, but with no variation through the week. We ate here in the evenings too on a couple of occasions - the food was quite good, a la carte, London prices. A few steps down from this is the pool area. The clean and smallish pool is just a rectangle - no free form styling here, but the sun loungers are comfortable and there's no dreadful disco music piped through the area as is the case with some hotels. If you like a beach there is one directly beneath the pool area and it has watersports facilities too. But don't expect golden sand - Limassol beaches generally are nothing to write home about. Our bedroom was very modern, light and clean. Disappointing was a) the side sea view (frankly the view was of some scruffy building and the sea not easy to spot), the TV choice (only free UK channel was sky news), and the monastery-hard bed! Be aware that the locals love motorbikes, especially ones with faulty exhausts. And they love to roar them up and down the highways outside in the small hours. The spa belonging to the hotel offers a wide variety of services and is nicely appointed. Expect London prices for facials, hot stone therapy, massage etc. however, the use of the Jacuzzi, steam bath, and sauna is free but only for a few hours a day. We found this was a good way to wind down though, after a hectic day of sunbathing around the pool. If you are thinking of venturing outside the hotel - frankly it's hardly worth the bother. Limassol is a bit of a dump unless you like Irish and British pubs with football playing endlessly on big screens, cheap gift shops, chips-wiv-evrifink cafes (with photos of the food outside just in case you don't know what a burger looks like), and a resident blokie outside trying to drum up trade by virtually dragging you through the door. However, always busy is the Hagen daz franchise. It just a few steps away towards town and is a worthwhile watering hole. A good place to people watch too. If you have serious money to spend there are now lots of furriers (I guess catering for the Russian market which is ever growing here) and jewellers. There are a couple of nightclubs and gentlemenâs clubs within walking distance of the hotel. Donât get there before 1 or 2 in the morning though as you will find them empty. People generally eat and party very late here. For more traditional meze (Greek form of tapas) or better shopping, jump in a cab (costs about a fiver) and ask to go to the old town. Here you will find some traditional restaurants. One night we ate at the five star hotels next door - nice enough food in a huge restaurant with zero atmospheres. In fact, it reminded me of an old people's home! Olympic holidays run a tight ship. I have used them before on several holidays and have no complaints. The staff in the hotel were very polite and helpful. This hotel is very, very clean. The local people we have met have all been very pleasant. Crime here is very rare it seems - sadly every time I have been to Spain I have been robbed, but I have never experienced this in Cyprus. Thatâs it! If you choose the Londa hotel in Limassol I am sure you will not encounter any problems that can't be easily cover come."
- Travel date: 17th April 2007
"We found everything just perfect & just as we expected from reviews & hotel web site. If anything we were pleasantly surprised. Having been warned about the tacky hotel neighbouhood we were surprised to find it absolutely OK. Yes it is a town location, but so is the whole of Limassol, yes there are shops & bars mainly serving a nearby UK milatary base, but the area is clean & safe & there are some cool bars & restaurants in the area too. But yes take a sea view room. Restaurant in the hotel is superb, serving lots of fresh fish, vegetables & salad. We ate well, but put little weight on. The staff are friendly, relaxed, but service is excellent. We had asked for a supply of Pomegranate juice to be in stock for our arrival (health reasons). The hotel supplier had let them down, but the food & beverage manager sent staff out in a car to search the ethnic shops & didn't charge us for the juice. Great gym & spa which we used very evening. While we were there the hotel owner celebrated his 90th birthday with a private party, but the hotel guests were able to enjoy the amazing firwork display & the wonderful opera music sung by an opera singer flown in from Vienna. Superb. For the style of hotel we found it very good value for money after Dubai & Mauritius hotels for the same comfort & service but on a human scale."
- Travel date: 23rd October 2006
You can't fault the L'onda
"We wanted an "away from it all" break in the sunshine to simply do nothing in luxury and that's exactly what we got at the L'onda Beach. From the road it doesn't look too spectacular (in fact it's just a short walk to KFC and other fast food outlets) but once inside you're transported to a luxury haven away from the hustle and bustle of Limassol. Everything about the hotel was fantastic, from the service, the room - we paid a little extra to get a deluxe sea view room and it was worth every penny - the breakfasts and most of all the pool! Thick matresses on the floor around the pool not only look luxurious, but are also so comfortable whether you're sleeping on your front, back or reading a book. Should you need an umbrella to shield yourself from the heat, you only have to look up and someone will be over to put it up for you. If you need an afternooon cocktail, a sandwich for lunch - anything really - it's all there. OK, so it's not cheap - you can walk 100 yards from the hotel and have a drink for about a third of the price, but the ambience makes the high prices worth it. Going in May meant we had the pool pretty much to ourselves and Limassol itself was not too busy - I can imagine the height of summer would be a different story, but just out of season (if you've no kids it's great!!) it's a wonderful place to recharge the batteries."
- Travel date: 5th October 2006
Design vs Comfort
"Out of all hotels in Limassol I chose Londa for my short trip in early July. I really liked hotel's site and decided to try it. I went for "design". Actually I did like the property generally. The problem was the lack of basic. One Sunday they had power breakdown which was ok as it was during the day, thanks God they fixed the problem by twilights. Around the pool I've heard there was almost every weekend something's 'happening'. The next day was a real nightmare. In the morning after 'daily routine' in bathroom I found out there was no water, not at all !!! I wasn't being able even flush the toilet or wash my hands!...I had to leave hotel for the whole day.To make it short that was my worse hotel's experience in my 10 years worldwide travelling. Lack of essential things like water and electricity is absolutely unappropriate for all hotels especially for those which position themselves as deluxe or tend to be. So it's up to you what to choose Design or Comfort but definitely smaller hotels cannot guarantee the comfort. If you have a choice then better go for world chain's hotels as you'll find the basic comfort there at least. The talk with hotel's management and then with owners didn't make me feel better as they refused to compensate my ruined vacation offering me just free night in a future as if I'd ever decide to come back."
- Travel date: 29th September 2006
Supercool design, attention to detail, awful location
"I would return to this hotel in an instant if it could be picked up and moved to another location! We stayed for a week in August and were really impressed by the beautiful decor and stylish vibe that oozed from every pore of this place. The design is very chic and minimalist without being too stark and soul-less. It's an extremely relaxing environment. The sea-front suite was perfect. It was the best thought-out room I have ever stayed in and the attention to detail was first-rate. The bed was gloriously comfortable and the swivel tv which you could watch either from the bed or the sitting room was a really neat idea. The 2 bathrooms were both fine, although not quite as lux as the bedrooms. Slight room for improvement - fresh flowers and fruit on arrival were not replenished + decent tv channels were an addtional charge. The pool area was lovely, although I wish the hotel management would actually follow through on their policy of not allowing guests to cheekily bagsy the loungers at 7am and then turn up for half an hour late afternoon (or not at all)! The food was fine. Breakfast was excellent, lunch by the pool was a little limited and some choices were disappointing (smoked salmon bagel was really rough). Evening meals at the restaurant were good and the restaurant has a lovely ambience. There was an interesting mix of nationalities amongst the guests which made for good people-watching, particularly the glitzy Russian young 'models' with their uncles. The real downside of this place is the location. Frankly, Limassol is a bit of a dump aside from the old port area. The hotel is on a really tacky stretch and we only ventured outside once - didn't want to ruin that zen vibe with chickin' lickin' neon signs."
- Travel date: 9th September 2006
Lovely boutique hotel with a modern mini...
"Lovely boutique hotel with a modern minimalist design. I loved staying at this hotel. The service received was the best ever. The deluxe room with sea view was very beautiful and well kept by maid service at least twice a day. Although the hotelâs location was in the middle of a busy tourist road, it was like being in a little haven inside the hotel with every angle having something tasteful or wonderful views to look at. The bar area and restaurant also seemed to be a favourite with locals wishing to enjoy the chic surroundings and service in the bar and restaurant. We did have only one pleasant meal in the restaurant in the evening, preferring to explore different places to eat, our favourite was a taxi ride to Limasol castle with their many eateries around the old village. I will definitely return soon! "
- Travel date: 27th August 2006
We booked through Olympic holidays and p...
"We booked through Olympic holidays and paid GBP 650 per person for a weeks stay including flights in July 2006. Everything about this hotel is first class! Our room, 409, was a well proportioned "deluxe" room with a side sea view (although being towards the back of the hotel the view was more side than sea). The room itself though is pure style; modern in design with a large queen size bed, Molton Brown toiletries, robes, slippers, fluffy towels, soft linen, satellite TV and a great big cuddly soft toy on the bed in the shape of a pear to finish the room off - surreal but funky (see photo's). The bathroom is also well designed with dark wood, and a powerful shower which literally blasts the water out. The pool area is far the best bit. If lounging around taking it easy is your thing (and it is mine) then this place is for you. A combination of sun loungers with luxurious mattresses or even thicker and funkier mattresses placed directly on the floor (surprisingly comfy) allow you to chill out all all-day. Large umbrellas erected by attentive staff ensure that nobody gets burnt in the mid-day sun. Even better is there is enough sun loungers for everyone so no early morning rush to bag your spot. Simply take your time, enjoy breakfast and you will be still spoilt for choice at gone 10. Downsides: Admittedly hard to find. Minor, but the beach outside is very narrow and can get busy with guests from other hotels. A shame as the L'onda has a beautiful veranda overlooking the Med which can be quite noisy. Upsides: Fantastic hotel, good location, amazing elegant room, very attentive staff, check out the galleries, make up your own mind and book up."
- Travel date: 27th August 2006
One of the best and most relaxing hotels I have stayed in
"We stayed in the Londa beach in Jul 2006 and had a fantastic experience. This hotel has got to be seen and I have loaded over 20 photographs onto my website -- so feel free to look around. Our room (409), was a âdeluxeâ room with a side sea view. The room was well proportioned and well furnished with a large comfy bed with a huge soft toy in the shape of a pear (you will see what I mean) Although the pool area is not huge, there is ample space for the number of guests staying in the hotel â particularly as some guests are on business and do not use this area during the day. For me sitting out next to the infinity edged pool overlooking the Med was simply bliss and so peaceful. Downsides; for me only oneâ¦ The resort directly outside is not great and a bit grotty on a busy dual carriageway, although the harbour is a short (5 minute) drive away with a fine selection of quite restaurants and bars."
- Travel date: 19th August 2006
Top-design, welcoming atmosphere
"Stayed at the Londa Hotel in Limassol mid June during a business trip and was pleasantly surprised. Nice boutique hotel, and better value for money than most luxury chain-hotels offer. The design of the rooms / hotel exceeded my expectations. I booked directly via the hotel website and got a fair deal. Although from the outside, the hotel looks very average, the interior is top-class (even in a standard room where I stayed). There is also a nice pool and a small beach. The staff is friendly and makes you feel at home. The only downside was the internet connectivity where the wifi connection gave quite a lot of problems, so I was obliged to use cables. The hotel is very good situated in the outgoing area of Limassol, though no noice at night when you're in your room."
- Travel date: 7th August 2006
"My partner and I stayed at the Londa Hotel w/c 17th July 06 and had an amazing experience. The hotel is absolutely beautiful; the italian designer did a fab job on the Â£5million refurb last year. Our room was immaculate and gorgeous; the food was delicious; and the staff friendly and helpful. In fact they couldn't do enough for us. The area isn't quite so lovely as you leave the hotel but all you need to do is jump in a taxi 5 mins to the old port where you'll find the most amazing al fresco restaurants and traditional tavernas; a shopping area including top designers and high street names and of course the port. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. It isn't cheap to eat and drink at the hotel every day but the food is great and worth it and the breakfast buffet caters for everyone - you'll never go hungry with the extra size portions!"
- Travel date: 7th August 2006
Out of this World!
"I stayed at the Hotel Londa for 8 nights with my g/f, in July 2006. Put simply, it was the most fantastic hotel. We had a suite with a side-sea view. It was a massive area, with excellent air-conditioning. Two bathrooms, a balcony, a huge bedroom - what more could you ask for? The swimmimg pool is wonderful - as is the bar, serving good food. What really makes this hotel is the wonderful service - the people are so friendly and just can't do enough to help you. Breakfast looking out at the Med is so relaxing. In response to a previous post, the hotel is the 9km strip that is Limassol - however, it is set back from the road and so there is absolutely no noise (even with the windows open) and the cab fare to other parts of town will rarely cost more than Â£5. If you want a top hotel in Limassol then stay here - it's one of the great hotels of the world."
- Travel date: 18th July 2006
Top traveller tips for Londa Hotel
"Beaches, shopping, Columbia Plaza in Limassol "
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