Constantinou Bros Athena Royal Beach Hotel
16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"My husband and I have have been to Paphos four times and each time stayed in one of these brilliant Constantinou Hotels. We stayed at the Athena Royal last August 2009 and are going back there next year 2011. Its absolutely faultless. If your looking for peace and quite (no kids) then its for you. Don't worry about there being not much in the way of evening entertainment you can go next door to the Athena Beach (we stayed there 9 years ago - brilliant)and they always have something on and went there some nights for the entertainment last year. The breakfast at the Athena Royal is to die for, even champagne if you fancy an early tipple. Roll on next July - can't wait.
Go on book it.
The Clarks - Beverley"
- Travel date: Thu 14th of October 2010
Absolutely fabulous hotel!!! The staff...
"Absolutely fabulous hotel!!! The staff were marvellous from the cleaners to the hotel manager who had a hands on approach and was seen everywhere. We had a sea view room and it was lovely. The food was excellent and the head chef was always in attendance. Breakfasts were to die for and was always freshly cooked. Evening meals......we were spoilt for choice. If you want unashamed luxury in peaceful surroundings without children this is for you. The beach wasn't great but then there are few good natural beaches in paphos. We never went to the beach as we sat/laid in the beautiful gardens. We will def go there again but not in July when it is too hot."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of August 2008
we went to paphos in june, we went to so...
"we went to paphos in june, we went to sort our wedding out for next year, the athena hotel was a bit dated and in need of a good re ferb, the grounds were lovely, plenty of space. i wouldnt go back to this hotel mainly as there was no entertaiment at all, by the pool or bar or anything. its ok for the older people. we are now getting married in coral bay, and if anyone has any advice for me that would be great.
- Travel date: Thu 24th of July 2008
My husband & I stayed here 7-21 July & w...
"My husband & I stayed here 7-21 July & we'll be back! We feel it's definitely a good 4*.
We wanted a child-free hol, as our 2 are old enough to look after themselves, & now just come with us at Xmas time. No doubt, in a few years (hopefully quite a few!) we'll be doing the "grandparent thing!" Meanwhile, it's OUR time!
This hotel was recommended as somewhere to go & chill & that's exactly what we did. The age range was from 20's upwards; we're in our 40's. There was no noise / music from the pool or beach bar (bliss!); just a little music when the aqua aerobics was taking place or when the pool music from a few hotels down floated over.
The rest of the noise was just the sounds of the ocean or from people doing watersports (available from the Riu Cypria Maris & a hotel in the other direction).
The grounds / lawns extend down to the little rocky beach. There is a small area of sand, then a tiny stretch to paddle, or one can enter the sea via the jetty. The space between the loungers is ample & we never struggled to find a free one. A delightful young lady (Boglaka) will come & take your drink orders. There are 2 outdoor pools & 1 indoor (no life guard).
There is a nice beach in Coral Bay, about 15mins away. Local buses run every 15mins; some go round to Coral Bay. It's about 80c into Paphos itself & the bus stop is just a few metres outside the hotel, on the left.
We were offered a free upgrade to a sea view, which was very tranquil. The room was a little on the small side, as compared to our hotel in Rhodes last yr, or the one in Sharm, but then we reasoned that we weren't going to be in it much & there was plenty of space for clothes & cases, plus the balcony, so what did it matter?
There are coffee / tea making facilities in the room, an iron & board, hairdryer & 2 large shower gel & soap dispensers.
You'll get 2 beach towels each; just leave them in the bath when they need changing & fresh ones will magically appear on your bed during the day.
We were only B+B & actually never made it down to breakfast, so can't comment on them but the dining rooms looked very nice.
There is a hairdressers on site, gym, a spa (prices range from 25CYP to 45.) There is internet access, table tennis, & 3 pool tables, plus bowls & a tiny putting green; never saw anyone on either of the latter 2.
The shop sells quite a range of goods; have to say the shop staff let the side down a little as they were not over-friendly / smiley. However, the rest of the staff were great.
Receptionists were extremely helpful & helped me faff about with an old mobile handset one eve, swapping sims about to see if mine would take a Cypriot one (it did, so bought a sim from a nearby shop) They even called one of the front desk managers to help! Nothing was too much trouble.
We often ate at the "Olive Tree" cafe, nr the pool at lunch; if it's not on the menu, just ask & they will try to oblige. Strawberries, cream & ice cream is at 3pm, signalled by a ringing bell (you have to pay).
Once in the grounds, we had such a feeling of space, as compared to many hotels. Hubby did walk around part of the Athena Beach next door, but preferred ours. We also looked around quite a lot of the Riu Cypria Maris, inside & out, but ours was much better, we felt. (We have stayed in Riu hotels before).
Looking at the other hotels as we walked along the prom, by the sea, we wouldn't have swapped our deal with any other.
We didn't stay in the hotel in the eves, so can't comment on the entertainment. There were a couple of eve shows by the pool, so we watched from our balcony. They ended in good time so didn't keep us awake. Looking at the eve prog entertainment was things like live music (2 different duos alternated) an Elvis tribute artist (!) bingo, darts, intro to the wines of Cyprus, dominos, folk lore show, dancing show, quiz night, & there was a films room (cinema night).
There is also a small "library", just on some shelves in the reps' area.
The day time animation prog includes things like stretching yoga, facial demo, massage demo, mini golf, boules, backgammon, shuffle board, gym aerobics; we were too busy relaxing or on a trip to join in.
There are plenty of restaurants & bars to suit all tastes, within a short walking distance from the hotel. We favoured the Italian, "Cavallini's", where the waiters are very easy on the eye! The food is beautifully presented & service great. We also liked the Chinese next door to them. "Da Vinci's" Italian is also quite nice, but "Cavallini's" had the edge for us. Someone recommended the "Rib Shack" but we never got around to trying that; it's near "Cavallini's".
There are also the fish & chip pub type places nearby; we noted where they were & avoided them, but each to their own.
We went into Paphos one eve & walked round the harbour. Worth doing but we weren't tempted to eat a full meal in that vicinity; too crowded, noisy & folk were looking harassed, as well as complaining about slow service. We did stretch to a waffle & cappuccino whilst watching the world go by at the cafe next to the wax museum, nr the castle end (sorry, canât remember the name!) service was good & it wasn't crowded.
We walked around the shops; very touristy, but ok for the odd visit & didn't venture down any side streets or where lots of bars are said to be. We just enjoyed the views of the harbour, sunset & people watching.
We went with Thomson & booked several excursions thru the rep. Will write separate posts on them but they included Nicosia & the Turkish occupied north, Troodos mountains, undersea walking, Cypriot eve, monasteries, medieval castles, amphitheatres & the wine villages of the island. There are so many excursions available, we were spoilt for choice.
One can also fly or cruise to Egypt, cruise to the Holyland & local ops offer trips to Beirut or Lebanon!
There have been comments on the forum recently about how Paphos is losing its charm. We have nothing with which to compare it, as it was our 1st visit, but imagine that folk are referring to the more "touristy" aspects. As said, we noted them, and then avoided them; it is possible to do so.
When we return, we'd like to hire a car & visit more of the "real" Cyprus, as we caught glimpses of this on some of our trips & we will definitely be returning to "our sanctuary" of the Athena Royal Beach."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of January 2008
Excellent Honeymoon. I and my husband sp...
"Excellent Honeymoon. I and my husband spent 2 weeks at The Athena Royal (From the 30th sept 07). Beware the weather was very hot, nearly 40 degrees!
The hotel itself is only 20 minutes on the coach away. The check in was quick and a porter takes your luggage to the room. The room was fantastic, we paid more to have a sea view and I would recommend the extra.
Very private - no one could see in to your room, good lay out at the hotel. The room I would say like a travel inn, but with a balcony. In the room is a fridge, safe, iron and board, trouser press, bathroom - with bath and x2 showers. The cleaners are fantastic and the room was always spotless.
The breakfast was definitely worth getting up for and is served up to 10am. You can even sit right by the pool area. The variety is amazing and is very much home from home. Iâm late 20's and I would only recommend the hotel to over 50's, very quiet in the day and Elvis themed night entertainment. But saying this it was ideal for our honeymoon as you can relax and let the world go by.
The health spa and massages are expensive, but nice treat.
Pathos itself is really nice, and the trips are so cheap we did not hire a car.
One trip I would recommend is the Wave Dancer fireworks night, excellent night.
Loads of nice restaurants nearby to choose from and the bus service is excellent to get you in to the town - if you donât fancy the 20 minute walk.
Book now, you will not be disappointed!"
- Travel date: Mon 5th of November 2007
We have just returned from the Athena Ro...
"We have just returned from the Athena Royal having spent two fabulous weeks there, we did not want to come home. The hotel is faultless, it is immaculate, the food is wonderful, (be prepared to put on the pounds!) and best of all it is so relaxing. A place to totally chill as it is adults only, so you can lie by the pool without lilos hitting you and kids screaming round the place, total peace!
The staff are all so helpful and friendly and will go out of their way to assist in any way. The rooms are lovely, well equipped with a fridge, hairdryer, iron, tea coffee making facilities, bathrobes and slippers and a safe which are all free of charge. Pool towels are also provided.
The pool area is lovely with plenty of sun beds anytime of the day so you donât need to get up at the crack of dawn to put towels out! They have a health spa in the hotel which at a reasonable cost do lovely massages, facials etc. The entertainment most evenings is a singer which is ok, but on a Wednesday they have an Elvis night and this is not to be missed, it is brilliant.
We definitely will be returning, we have stayed in a few hotels in Paphos and this is the by far the best. If anyone complains then they must be the type who are never satisfied with anything! If you have booked you will certainly not be disappointed
- Travel date: Tue 11th of September 2007
Truly relaxing, friendly hotel with a no...
"Truly relaxing, friendly hotel with a no under 16s policy. Perfect for peace and quiet.
Emailed the hotel before we left the UK re possibility of upgrading to a sea view on arrival, this was well worth the extra money.
Walking distance to restaurants and a bus stop outside
No need for the dawn raid for the sunbeds as there were plenty to go around, no matter what time of the day."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of July 2007
"My husband and I stayed at this hotel from the 11th of June last for one week and enjoyed every minute of it. We stayed on a half board basis which was excellent, great variety of food and excellent quality. People we met who were also staying at this hotel but on a bed and breakfast basis also opted to pay for dinner because of the superb quality, you just couldn't eat out at the same price.
If you did wish to eat out there were plenty of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel. The local bus which stops quite near the hotel will also take you down into Paphos harbour within 10 minutes.
Plenty of sunbeds so no need to rush down in the morning to put on your towels!
Staff very friendly. This is a very good 4 star hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007
A genuine 4 star
"This fairly new hotel is a genuine 4 star, The bedroom and bath room
were well finished but smallish and could have been fitted with more storage / cupboard space. However that does not detract from the overall ambience of good service levels from friendly and efficient staff.
We only had breakfast in the hotel and there was a lack of fresh fruit but otherwise the range and quality was good. There are many bars and restaurants nearby, some of which are of surprisingly good quality.
The hotel manager often walked through the hotel and would stop to ask how things were going, he was supported by a bubbly guest sevices
manager for whom nothing was too much trouble.
We found a mixed age of guests from 20's to seventies but at no time did it feel like "God's waiting room", without exception we all enjoyed the absence of under 16's.
There was more than enough sun loungers and it was never necessary to get your towel down early, even by mid morning there was wide availability across the very spacious lawn and all the pool areas.
Conclusion... if you seek the peace of not having screaming children in the pool or the entertainment area and you appreciate a 4 star that does not pretend to be a 5 star you should enjoy this hotel. We would return without hesitation."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of May 2007
"We have just returned after a two week stay and just wanted to say that this has got to be the best hotel along this stretch of coast. It's only two years old, so everything is still sparkling like new. As there are no children it was very peaceful compared to others - just what we wanted. However, if you're looking for good entertainment, there isn't any, apart from a duo who perform in the bar most evenings. I gather from talking to others that none of the hotels have much to other, as most people tend to go to the bars by the harbour in the evenings.
I would recommend that of you have booked a side sea view you will probably be disappointed , as we were. The angle of the building is so acute on one side that you are very close to the next hotel and the air conditioning unit is quite noisy. We asked to be up-graded to a sea view room (Â£CYP 2.50 each) and had a gorgious room which was also bigger than one other they offered us. They wanted us to be happy, which we were once we waited for four days for this other room.
The food is superb - squeeze your own oranges if you like for breakfast and there is a huge selection for evening meal, if you choose to eat there.
We weren't disappointed with the hotel and I don't think you will be."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of May 2007
OK for the more mature of us
"Hubby and I have just returned from 4 nights at this destination.
We booked this through Thomson and probably much of our rating reflects the poor service we received (or did not receive) from Thomson whilst at this resort.
The hotel is ok as far as decor and cleanliness is concerned. Its interior is more modern than reflects the actual majority age group of guests.
Being in our early 30's we were by far the youngest here by a clear 30 yr difference and as such the hotel is catered to reflect their needs. It was peaceful during April, even Paphos town was quiet.
Our rooms were ok, functional, clean, quiet. Partial sea view did in fact give us some sea view unlike other hotels who purport the same.
The annoying background music played throughout the hotel was cheesy, ranging from the The Birdie Song to the Clover Ad!!! And the evening entertainment was not much better - again driven to an older market.
The food was poor. Being supplied from really only 1 real restaurant which was buffet style. We were told they had a fine dining restaurant but this was actually closed and we were talked into utilising the buffet restauarant instead. The only night we saw it functioning it was actually providing a birthday party and the only difference we could see was that they were actually being served (as opposed to self service) the same food from the buffet restaurant. Good value for money but if you like half decent food don't bother. I can't say the food in Pahos town was much better either.
The pool was a little cold to attempt during this month but the bathing area surrounding the pool seemed ok. You can walk into town fairly easily from here.
There is also a very small shop on site with a spa and games room. We wanted to try out the spa but couldn't really see any brand endorsements that we recognised or even any security of knwoeldge that trained masseures were used etc so decided to also give this a miss.
On a plus, the staff at this hotel were very helpful, the restaurant manager went out of his way to meet and greet most nights as did the bar staff. But I personally, would not be staying here again."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of April 2007
Good....but not 4* deluxe
"I use trip advisor reviews for all the hotels I stay in and this is the first one I have felt the reviews didn't quite meet our experience so I felt obliged to write!
We stayed at this hotel whilst in Paphos for a friends wedding. The hotel is advertised in several brochures as 4* deluxe and whilst we didn't have any major specific complaints about the hotel I certainly felt it lacked anything special to distinguish it as luxury 4 star hotel. The rooms weren't large and pretty standard but were fine, clean and had all the basics needed - but did feel they were a little old fashioned and had no wow factor.
Agree with the other reviews that it was nice to have no kids about whilst at the pool (v the Athena Beach next door which was quite the opposite - oh and would not recommend lunch there), also plenty of loungers available.
Breakfast was fine (though things like tinned fruit and not fresh let it down). Its a 20 minute walk towards the main bar / restaurant areas near the habour, although there are others a 5 - 10 minute walk from the hotel.
The wedding we were there for was held in the Elysium Hotel which most certainly did have the wow factor and would definitely be worth any difference in price......"
- Travel date: Thu 12th of April 2007