19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
SPEAK AS YOU FIND
"We have just returned from holiday in this hotel. Upon arrival late at night, we agree the bedrooms were a dissapointment, definately not 5 star. However, the next morning when we viewed the surroundings all was not bad. In fact we all had a fantastic holiday, the food was excellent and plentiful. The staff and Managemeent were very friendly and we would not hesitate to recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: 24th September 2011
Rooms very tired, service poor, sometime...
"Rooms very tired, service poor, sometimes no cutlery or glasses available at meal times. Definitely not 5 star status, very disappointing wouldnât visit again. Ordered drinks from bar and on several occasions waited up to 45 mins for them to appear. There were also coach parties staying at the hotel which meant the staff in the dining room struggled to cope with the numbers at dinner. Overall not an enjoyable experience and very disappointing considering had previously stayed at the hotel and found it very enjoyable. "
- Travel date: 16th January 2008
I booked accommodation to stay for 1 nig...
"I booked accommodation to stay for 1 night only while my friend was over in Limassol on holidays. I've lived in Limassol district for 4 years since moving here from the UK. I booked a single room with Expedia at the last minute and got a great deal as I received a free Evening Meal so got Half Board for Bed & Breakfast price. I paid Â£52 to stay on 23 December 2006. The room was very nice, with a mini-bar, the usual giveaway toiletries, shower slippers and nice thick, white dressing gown. The heating in the room was very good - as I always feel the cold during the winter months after our very hot summer temperatures. Breakfast had lots of choice, including my favourite - Pancakes! The evening meal was very good and was buffet service. The outdoor pool area and terraces are lovely and the services and amenities of this hotel are great. Totally in keeping with the hotel rating. If there was one complaint - I would say it's now about time they did start to do some minor refurbishments to the carpeting in the corridors and to some of the rooms. I've been visiting my friend over her last 4 visits and think it's time the management started to spend a little money inside now - rather than just on the outside. I would certainly stay here again. "
- Travel date: 9th September 2007
Old clientele this time of the year
"Visited Cyprus many times, but this is the first time we have been in the winter months. The hotel was quite nice, but as a young family (with teenager) was surprised to see the place full of older people, no one else young at all. On our first venture into the restaurant we thought we had mistakenly gone into a nursing home! Clearly, Jan Feb and March is the time when the older holiday makers make use of the cheap deals and stay for at least a month, wish I had known this when I had booked and I wouldn't have bothered. I'm not convinced that this hotel deserves its 5* rating. All amenities quite standard, the rooms were ok but a bit tired. The grounds around the pool area were lovely, and we were told this area had recently been done up, so I think its time they started re-furbishing their rooms too - bathroom about a 2* rating. The food on half-board was fairly basic, none too exciting. The buffet was not very extensive, and it seemed that once something had gone that was it and you didn't stand much chance of them replenishing it (especially with the sweets and cheeses) We did venture into the new Japaneese Restaurant, where an allowance of 6CYP was given per person against the cost of your bill. As the buffet meal was advertised at 13CYP I think it would have been more in order to give you that as your allowance rather than just 6CYP each. However the meal in there was really lovely. It was a shame the place was empty (so lacking in atmostphere) but it was midweek, and none of the older guests seemed to go in there. Entertainment was abysmal, each evening was just an organist playing pre-war music. All in all we were very bored on this holiday, and felt like fish out of water. It was also made worse by the fact that Limassol itself was more or less closed, so there was little to do outiside of the hotel too. My advice is dont go in the winter months if you are of the younger generation (ie below 60). I will certainly chose my time more carefully next time."
- Travel date: 1st March 2007
"My wife and I have just returned from the Louis Apollonia in Limassol. One week in early Feb 07 was just Â£480 half board with Expedia for the two of us (Flights not included). We had a double sea view on 5th floor. Lovely room, great view, best hotel food we've ever had. The restaurant staff are mainly from Eastern Europe, and are the best we've ever encountered. All this plus glorious weather, when it was snowing in UK, made for an excellent Winter break. One small complaint was the Internet room. Just 2 old PCs, and you had to feed 50 cents pieces into a meter, which ate them up so fast, that you would be fortunate to have enough time to even read your emails, let alone reply. There is a very well equipped Internet Cafe just across the road, if you can stand the owner's constant smoking, and the noisy kids playing games. If you go, ask for half an hour for 75 cents, otherwise they'll tell you the minimum is 1 hr for 1.50 Cyp."
- Travel date: 25th February 2007
Saved by my kid
"I stayed here a couple of years ago. My experience was average and for a few pounds more I could have stayed at Four Seasons which is the best hotel in Limassol by far. I tried to make a reservation for this month but they told me it was an adults only hotel. I was saved since I got a better price at Mediterranean."
- Travel date: 14th February 2007
Louis Apollonia perfect
"Limassol Cyprus Louis Apollonia, "Perfect" Date March 14th 2006 Reviewer: A TripAdviser Member, Rutland UK A little late my review, but as there doesnt seem to be many reviews for this Hotel I thought I should add one. We had a very enjoyable holiday at the Apollonia last March, we had a lovely room right on the top floor a little dated but very clean and if we had any complaints they were soon dealt with, all the staff were very nice and polite. Re-furbishment work was still in progress outside and in the new Japanese restaurant, which we should have been told about before the holiday but we were not, so the holiday company gave us vouchers for our next holiday! we will be going again! next March and look forward to seeing the finished work. The food was excellent, wonderful buffet for 3 nights and waiter service for 4 nights and the breakfasts were good too. On a Sunday you can take a short walk along the road towards the Amathus direction to a small out door theatre a listen to the most wonderful Greek musicians and watch Greek dancing."
- Travel date: 13th November 2006
My husband and I stayed for 2 weeks earl...
"My husband and I stayed for 2 weeks early October 06 having holidayed in Cyprus on numerous occasions in the past. The Apollonia Beach was a hotel we wanted to try, having stayed near by some years ago, and thinking the Apollonia was a "posh" hotel at that time. There were numerous little niggly things which made us realise that standards had certainly slipped. The overall holiday was extremely enjoyable, largely due to lovely weather (apart from a few spectacular thunder storms, and one day with torrential rain for a couple of hours!), some really nice fellow guests, and excellent food. The complaints we had were: 1. Meal times - sometimes buffet, sometimes a la carte, but you did not know which. Usually no one to show you to a table, some staff extremely friendly and efficient, but some quite the opposite. Having to search the dining room for salt/pepper, sugar at breakfast, never one to a table. Some guests even had to stand and wait for a free table at dinner, and a ridiculous system of queuing to sign for dinner wine etc. after the meal. Rooms extremely clean, linen changed daily, but never enough milk/tea bags. When ringing to ask (pleasantly) for more, waiting for over an hour for it to be delivered. Prices of drinks - absolutely ridiculous. Even a pot of tea or coffee by the pool for 2 people, over Â£C5.00, and it consisted of 2 tea bags, or 2 sachets of coffee, and a pot of hot water! Alcoholic drinks - sky high prices, happy hour being between 9.30 and 10.30, so a wait after dinner for cheap drinks! Luckily we are not big drinkers, or our bill would have been un-believable. 2. Outside garden area - Beautiful setting, right on the beach, but beware, a very deep pool. Sun loungers, comfortable, but mattresses left out all the time, so consequently moldy and dirty. No waiter service by the pool. The pool bar staff would bring drinks to you, but we had to go to the bar to order. Also no mention of extremely noisy building work on going, right next door. 3. Sparse entertainment! One night there was a short demonstration of Cyprus dancing in the dining room, another night a short demonstration of Cyprus dancing in the bar area. Some nights a guy singing and playing a key board. Altogether very low key, which probably suits most of the guests, whose average age incidentally would be around the 60 mark! 4. Maid service - on the whole good, but maids did have a tendency to let themselves in without knocking, and the "Night Service", every evening when we were getting ready for dinner, seemed a joke. 2 chocolates and a form for room service, handed to you (if you got to the door in time before they came in), no turning down of the bed, or fresh towels. Overall, the hotel could do with an overhaul, some decorating/painting and a shake up of management to see that their 5* rating is sadly lacking, compared to other hotels in the area. We will not be returning to the Apollonia, unlike many of the elderly guests who have been returning for over 20 years (and demand special treatment!) The main dual carriageway right outside the front of the hotel is a race track day and night for powerful cars and motor bikes, roaring up and down. We were constantly amazed that no accidents occurred whilst we were there! Finally, sorry to Steve and Lita, we must have missed you by 5 minutes, to say goodbye. "
- Travel date: 17th October 2006
Very relaxing, very pleased
"We chose the Apollonia because it was rated quite well here, was adult-only, and seemed to be near useful ameneties if things were not great at the hotel. We wanted a quiet, relaxing week in the sun. The hotel was quiet. The pool area was never so busy we couldn't get loungers. There was adequate shade for those hot times, and the pool was clean and a good size for swimming. Just below the pool area is a small (maybe 5m wide strip) dark sand beach with walled in (and so calm) water. Very pleasing. There is a nice open-air bar by the pool, looking out over the sea. There were usually 2 or 3 girls tending the bar and service was not too slow, as some have observed here. Beer was about 2 cyprus pounds for a pint. Elsewhere the same beer could be had for half that. We were half board, so breakfast plus either lunch *or* dinner. Dinner was inside, semi-formal (no short trousers) and mostly buffet, although sometimes set menu. Buffet food was very good and plenty of variety. Lunch served outside and similar to evening buffet, but less choice. Can also go a-la-carte, but we didn't. You won't starve if you stay here. No problems getting a table at any of the times we dined. The hotel has a small but well equipped gym and large indoor pool. Outside the hotel, is the main road going east out of Limassol. This meant that it's a bit less manic, but still very well stocked with bars and restaurants. Many bars sold local beer (Keo, Leon) for a cyprus pound (approx Â£1). Also, many bars had big screens showing English Premiership and Champions League football games. For us, this was just splendid :-) Downsides? Well, this was supposed to be adult-only (over 16s only) and about mid week, a some Russian tourists arrived with two young boys in the group. They were fairly well behaved, but I was still a tad annoyed as adult-only was a reason for booking. Some photos of my trip at http://www.flickr.com/photos/goron/sets/72157594314132159/"
- Travel date: 4th October 2006
Staff friendly and helpful, room clean a...
"Staff friendly and helpful, room clean and functional, someone should show Greek hotels North American showers. Need a code book to make the air conditioning function, but after programmed worked very well, excellent stay, food good, speciality restaurants have excellent food and menus, but underbooked, so check availability. Beach and pool very good, Pina coladas local variation but not bad. Grounds very well maintained and beautiful. Close to shopping and bus to town #'s 1 or 6 to end of line @ Euro 1.10 each way. For laid back trip where you can unwind, great place. "
- Travel date: 2nd October 2006
I booked with Thomson and was surprised ...
"I booked with Thomson and was surprised to end up in Limassol as I was told I'd booked an allocation on arrival in Paphos deal! Anyway, I was not too impressed with Limassol itself. It is a busy place, much more developed than Paphos. However, the hotel is set back somewhat from the road, and although we could hear the traffic and some music etc., it did not keep us awake. We were half board at the hotel, and I would recommend it. It probably isn't 5* to British 5* standards, but it was still very good accommodation. The room was large and clean. Beach towels were provided each day as well as bath towels. The food was very good. I was there for one week and one evening they would have a buffet followed by an alternative night where there is a set menu. The buffet evenings are themed, e.g. Cypriot night, Italian night and is of good quality and choice. You can help yourself to what you want and the chef is always on hand if you wish to ask any questions which I thought was particularly good, especially for fussy eaters or those with special dietary preferences. Breakfast is served outside and there is a choice of hot food such as bacon, eggs, beans etc. as well as toast, various breads, fruit and yoghurt. The hotel also has a Greek and Japanese a la carte restaurant and we could have paid a bit extra to try the food at one of these. However, the food was very good at the usual restaurant so we stuck with it. Pool was very nice and sun beds always available. My only complaint if I were to be nitpicky is that I found the bar area and the outside breakfast area quite smoky. I do not know what the Cypriot laws are in relation to smoking so this is probably normal wherever you go, but the only thing I found unpleasant is the smell of peoples' cigarette and cigar smoke, particularly when eating at breakfast. Overall I would not return to Cyprus again as I feel I have seen enough in a week. The hotel and food was very good, although I think I would have got bored with it if I were there for more than 2 weeks. However, overall a good hotel, particularly good for couples and best of all. no children allowed!"
- Travel date: 30th August 2006
Good - but not outstanding
"We stayed at the Appolonia Beach Hotel for 7 nights. The choice of hotel and location was based on the fact that I love Cyprus, and I enjoyed staying in Limassol 2 years ago (at the four seasons hotel). We wanted a good class of hotel and wanted to be within walking distance of the main part of the resort. The Hotel centainly meets the criteria of being within walking distance of the main resort, as it probably has the best position in Limassol - very close to the many bars and restaurants of the resort. The Hotel also commands a wonderful position on the beach. The sea view rooms are quite breath taking and are well worth paying the upgrade price for. There are taxi's available from the hotel doorstep and a bus stop in located almost next to the hotel. Perfect for getting out and about. Taxi's can be expensive and prices do seem to vary depending in who the driver is. As always, its best to agree a price before jumping in. The Rooms are fairly standard for this type of hotel and were clean and large enough for the 2 of us. The Public areas are very nice. The Pool is lovely and overlooks the sea, There is a Bar and lunch time Restaurant here. The Restaurant has an outstanding location - right above the beach. It was a truely relaxing way to eat lunch, listening to the waves breaking on the beach and drinking a cool beer. The Lobby Bar was nice and clean, but it is a bit too small for the size of the hotel. seats are hard to get and you will often need to sit on the chairs outside. The service at the bar was poor during our stay. The hotel being 5 star uses a waiter service. Trying to get the attention of a waiter is truly a work of art. You could wait 30mins before anyone notices you. Many people simply gave up and went to the bar, which was serviced by 1 overworked - barman. The drinks are also expensive, but this is to be expected in this type of hotel. There was occasional music performed by "live" artists. This was quite dreary and depressing so we opted to spend most nights out in the more livelier bars in town. Meals are served in 3 different restaurants. Breakfast is taken in a nice restaurant with the option to sit outside. The Breakfast food was very good - no complaints. Lunch is served at the Beach/Pool Restaurant and has the option of buffet or up-grade to A la carte. The choice is very good. Dinner is taken in the main Restaurant and this is supprisingly small. You will often have to share tables with other diners - you'l either love that or hate it (Personally, I hated it). The choice was not good enough for a 5 star hotel and I was very disapointed. The Hotel also has an A La Carte Restaurant located outside in the gardens and this was very good. You need to reserve a table a couple of days in advance but it is well worth it. The food is very good and the night time setting is very impressive. Its a shame this was not the main hotel Restaurant. The Staff were a mixed bunch. Some of the staff are very friendly and will always get to know and help you, whilst others seem to hide away at every oppertunity and are not very professional. Perhaps we were spoilt by staying at the vastly superior four seasons hotel last time, but in my opinion this was an average hotel with many more (lower graded) hotels offering you better service and better value for money. So there you have it, the hotel is fairy good, but not outstanding."
- Travel date: 4th June 2006
The Royal Apollonia is also called
- Louis Apollonia Beach Hotel
- louis apollonia beach limassol
- hotel louis apollonia beach