83 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Big Johns fortnight away on a cheapie
"Wanted a cheap holiday in May - usually stay in the Vrissiana, Protarus in August / September[double the cost of this Hotel]. My wife and I were surprised at the value for money at this Hotel/apartments. Food was very good, plenty of it and they did their best to mix it during our stay. The staff were all courteous and polite and nothing was too much trouble. Swimming pools were clean and spotted the pool maintenance team cleaning the pool and taking water samples daily. The entertainment lad James worked very hard to give the diverse customers as best as possible.We are in our 60s and up until 09.30 in the evening it was mainly for children [loads of them if you want a quite holiday] and then a disco or bought in act. Fantastic range of snacks available throughout the day if all inclusive [best option] Best rep I've had in an Hotel - Joe was superb. we had an emergency situation where one of our group possibly needed to return home early. He really put himself out for us to accommodate that request. Thankfully we didn't need it but he was there for us. The Hotel is a bit dated but clean and rooms made up daily. There is a superb bar [station bar] just 59 meters away that has big screen televisions and entertainment nightly. good prices with a happy hour from 17.30 to 21.00hrs ? approx 30 min walk into Protaras but good bus service there and back for 1.50 euro each way. You've also got Fools and Horses and a couple of other bars + restaurants 100 meters away. Superb supermarket opposite Hotel with all you needs stocked. hope this was useful - I would certainly go back again as it is good value for money basic and honest. good luck with your hunting. John from Croydon England."
- Travel date: 20th May 2016
great fun holiday
"The hotel is a bit dated, but the food was excellent, the chef was a polite man, who on request he made us mosaka. Which was amazing. The waiters were very polite and generous with the drinks. (Marion & Maros) the waitresses in dining hall were also polite. The entertainment man( jack Daniel north ) was the best person there, he tried his hardest to do his job but it was hard to entertain the Russians as they are hard to please, and rude to the staff, spitting and walking around like they rule the place. But they don't. It is more for the English. It was very clean inside and out. I will be going again."
- Travel date: 5th July 2015
Great fun & friendly
"We had a week here at beginning of September. We basically go on holiday to relax, enjoy the weather and company of each other and people we meet. Yeah the rooms are a bit basic but has everything u need, cause all you do is sleep there. All staff were very friendly and helpful. Also Kelly & Danny on entainment were fantastic!!! Would recommend and we will be returning next year"
- Travel date: 13th September 2011
We are going back
"Great place to stay,clean tidy and staff are all fantastic.met new friends and drank to much wot more do you want. Were going back nxt year"
- Travel date: 14th June 2011
Best Holiday yet!!
"Well what can i say....after reading some of these reviews i was slightly worried...i had NO need! This Apt Hotel is fantastic....ok ..yes a little tired maybe..but the holiday is what you make it. We Stayed the first 2 weeks of this season..so it was quite quiet, which was excellent and meant the staff and entertainment team could spend a little more time with everybody and even make good friends with them...for a team that have only just got together ..you would think they have known each other for years. FOOD Was fantastic...with a "english" taste to it too, i think due to the fact the rest/bar manager is english he gets alot of say in how they cook things. ( goooo Matty!) something different everyday, but the old faithfuls too. ROOM Was a basic apartment, but we had the best view in the hotel, looking out onto the med...stunning, even the lightning looked stunning out to sea!! You have all your holiday essentials...kettle, toaster, pans plates cups etc.... The towels were huge (big enough for sunbeds)and changed everyday...and plenty to go round for all 4 of us. The children had the bedroom so we slept out on the sofa bed..Not the most comfyist of beds, especialy for my 6ft4in hubby, but we got used to it. Cleanliness wasnt to my standard...but very basic lick and promise. I mentioned this to our rep and he had them re-clean it. Storage isnt great for a family of four..and no way enough hangers..so take your own. A wooden cot was provided for my 1 yr old...which was alot nicer then a travel cot ive been provided with in the past! with dining table and plenty of room...overall a great room, spaciaous balcony too. STAFF BRILLIANT....the reception staff were very friendly especially Stacey. Cleaners always smiley Bar staff were fantastic, even got to sample some newly invented cocktails ;) (cheers Matty!) Big shout out to Emma and Lloyd too...they did a brilliant job. ENTERTAINMENT BRILLIANT yet again...This years team work so well together you would think they had known each other for years!!! Kelly and Danny were just brilliant...Hubby even won the 1st Mr Papantonia 2011 for the season!!! lol,and we got to be such good friends it made for tearful goodbyes when we left. The kids Reps were wonderful too....Dorey and Sam entertained our 7 yr old son everyday in some way....great work girls xx LOCATION set near a shingle beach...with stunning views out to sea, and the "church on the hill"..if you walk through the neighbouring marlita beach hotel, it comes out on the "boardwalk"...which you can walk down to protarus and fig tree bay( sandy beach), passing cafe, restruants and even massage tents..the beach has a new lifeguard tower and they were just putting the finishing touches to the public loos there too..all looked very nice. Plenty of choice for SC visitors, we went AI though,so dont know about prices etc. DOWNSIDE This season a hotel behind the hotel itself started building works which should have been done in the wintertime, but wasnt...they didnt inform the hotel about it at all and lots of us made our feelings known to the Firstchoice Rep..who was on his phone every day trying to sort it. The noise was slightly annoying, but didnt spoil the days sunbathing at all!! The kids club is located in a building behind the hotel being rennovated, so you have to actually walk past falling debris, which was pointed out to our Rep too. Think a new location is needed for the kids club. However my 7 yr old Son loved it and went most days. the pools are NOT heated, so in the first 2 weeks of May they were freezing...and my 1 yr old just wouldnt go in..far too cold for her. Sofa beds are not very comfy at all.... shower was a tad useless...no pressure. OVERVIEW A very friendly, welcoming hotel, with staff who make you feel like family... Would we go back???? TOMORROW IF WE COULD...2 weeks was no where near long enough! Hayley,Simon, Sam and Abi Hedges - 1st-16th May 2011"
- Travel date: 17th May 2011
"We have just returned from a week holiday at the Papantonia- family 2 adults and 2 children (7 and 5). whilst i do have to with some of the other reviews, yes, the hotel is tired and a little dated BUT it is a 3 star Cypriot hotel, AND you get what you pay for. The rooms were clean and as there is 4 of us 2 of us end up on the sofa bed, which i found comfortable, for a change!! The food was ok, not the best, but certainly not inedible. The best way to describe it was repetative. We stayed on a Half board basis, which was fine for breakfast and the occasional evening meal.I wouldn't stay here on an AI basis. We didn't stay around the pool during the day, so can't really comment on daytime entertainment. The Staff we found to be friendly and helpful. The Reps were friendly and helpful.When my Son needed some medical attention every memeber of staff, from Reception/Bar staff/Restaurant staff and the First choice reps all helped, so THANKS for that guys!!. We found the location very good, a lovely 20 mins (at child speed) stroll to Protaras along "The Boardwalk" ... on the way there you can count the lizards and on the way back watch the kingfishers. If you need a taxi agree a price first. we did for 7 euros, or get the service bus from the top of the hill for 2 euros for unlimited rides during the day. If you intend to lie round the pool all day and want 5* luxury then maybe this place is not for you, but as a base to see Pernera/Protaras its absolutely fine. Would i stay here again?? yes i probably would"
- Travel date: 28th October 2010
Will not return to this hotel
"This hotel is in need of total refurbishment. hallways are dirty, pools are dirty. Sunbeds are dirty and falling to bits. Rooms.... are cleaned every other day and are nice and large but very outdated. On a possitive the view we had of the sea and the Church on the hill was lovely. We spent alot of our time next door at the Marlita hotel which was a lot nicer, clean pools, grassed area right infront of the beach and plenty of clean modern sunbeds. Entertainment....what entertainment, there wasn't any to speak off, so again we spent all our time in other hotels or in the surrounding area. Most staff were very friendly but one girl on reception was very ignorant and rude. Trev the first choice rep did her best if you had a problem but I think it is very ignorant to do a welcome meeting and not take your sunglasses off, also when i spoke to her on a one to one basis she still didn't remove her sunglasses, very rude. Food - very very very limited variety, breakfast and puddings were the same every single day. Main meal, a little more to choose from but certainly not any where near the amount I see at other hotels...however on a positive the food is LOVELY...Two chefs stand over you all the time you are getting your food this is very off putting and uncomfortable. Weather... for October I thought the weather was good.... about 28 during the day however it did cool off by about 4ish and in an evening you will probably need a cardigan as felt quite chilly. 15 minute walk to protaras with plenty of things going on, also outside the papantonia there is plenty of bars restuarants ect ect. I would not return to this hotel as it is one of the worse in tha area, Marlita beach and the Pernera beach were lovely and for a few pounds more it is worth it to go to one of these instead. Cyprus supermarkets are very very expensive so it is worth going at the least half board. Dont pay 6 euro for 60 minutes to papntonia for the internet...the computers do not have certain programs on and you cant do what you want on them....ie...you cant go on chat on facebook....go to the pernera beach hotel it is 2 euro for 30 minutes and you can do everything on them. I will return to cyprus but definately not to the papantonia."
- Travel date: 16th October 2010
thr thomas family
"we have just returned from holiday 14 nights at papantonia we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, staff were friendly and helpful, emma and caz were lovely, apartments were clean and comfortable food nice but repetative. the star of our hols was definately edward supported by hannah my grandchilren were kept busy and had lots of fun, I adopted ed as my holiday son. My daughter enjoyed the ompany of the reps who were also very approachable and willing to help at any time. We will most certainly return and hope to see ed again. "
- Travel date: 12th October 2010
Fantastic Holiday - Guria Family Bristol
"Just returned home after our second time to Cyprus, staying at Hotel papantonia. The hotel is clean and the staff friendly, although the food looked lovely we went self catering venturing out to nearby bars/restuarants to eat where you are made so welcome wherever you go, offering excellant food and great evening entertainment. Our 10 year old joined wavelength where the first choice reps (Aman and Rachel) kept the kids entertained, which she loved and made friends. The star of the holiday was Ed who made everyone so welcome and had us all entertained during the day and night with activities, he is a top bloke and will go far whatever his next placement will be > we shall miss chocolatte and shake it but will always remember Ed. We did waterworld Europes biggest water park and ventured on the Black pearl which the whole family enjoyed >a great trip and a real Johnny Depp look a like (swiss swooo)!! A fantastic holiday,we shall visit Cyprus again in the future as it is a beautiful."
- Travel date: 16th August 2010
First class holiday
"Just returned from 2 weeks at the Papantonia, Cyprus. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome. The staff are fantastic very helpful and friendly. There are two large pools and two baby pools, the pool areas are kept very clean and maintained regulary. We upgraded to all inclusive when we arrived, this is a must as the food is fantastic and there's plenty to choose from its also very expensive with the euro rate at the moment so i would recommend all inclusive! The rooms are clean and spacious only faults they're a bit dated needs refurb and they need more wardrobes and cupboard space. The entertainment staff are absolutely brilliant, they give 100% every day and night. I would definately go back to this hotel and i will be recommending to my friends and family. "
- Travel date: 15th July 2010
well worth it kids loved it
"we have just returned from our holiday at the papantonia and i was a little sceptical after reading some of the reviews. I HAD NO NEED TO WORRY my wife, my self and our 3 girls 6,3 and 20 month old went for 11 nights we arrived to a lovely welcome and to find a spacious room basic but clean and tidy, we only had a one bed appartment but it was fine 3 girls in the bedroom with air con and us on an excellent pull out sofa bed in the large living area, a good kitchen area. a little short on storage space but there was 5 in a 1 bed appartment. we took the offer to upgrade to all inclusive for 8 of our days to allow us the other days to go to water park, beach and into ayia napa for a day, this worked out just fine and saved money. The food was good plenty of choice and we always found something for us all to eat either through the resturant or snack menu and everything we did eat was excellent. drinks and ice creams a plenty were consumed.The whole theme of the entertainment is oreintated towards children my three kids had the time of there life in the kids club and the shows at night, pool side games during the day were all good fun and with 4 pools 2 for very small children and 2 large pools with a shallow end with walk in steps were very good but could do with cleaning more often. at the end of the day this is only a 3 star hotel but well worth it for us kids loved it we would like to thank MATT, IAN AND JAMES on the bar and ED, CHLOE AND ALL THE KIDS CLUB REPS FOR MAKING OUR HOLIDAY SO ENJOYABLE BY ENTERTAINING OUR KIDS every day CHEERS JEZ, JAYNE, MILLIE, MADISON AND MACKENZIE"
- Travel date: 29th June 2010
Loved this Hotel
"Just returned from 10 days all inclusive stay at the Papantonia Hotel in Cyprus and I have to say it is a fantastic hotel. The rooms are a good size and although very basic are clean and the sheets and towels are changed every other day. The staff were friendly and polite and the entertainment in the evening was very enjoyable. The food was the highlight for me as there was a wide variety at lunch and dinner. The breakfast was the same each morning, but there were enough different things to have something new each day. The swimming pools were large and clean and there were enough sun loungers for everybody, plus they had more stacked up in storage for busier times in the year. There is a very nice beach about a three minute walk away and two very large stores that sell everything from food to kids toys and gifts. I really cannot fault this hotel at all and will be returning very soon."
- Travel date: 5th June 2010
Top traveller tips for Papantonia Hotel Apartments
"be polite to the staff, and they will be good to you"
"Quiet area but 5 mins either way plenty of shops and pubs, beach 2 mins walk."
"Ask the reps they know everything"
"walk along the boardwalk along the beach to protarus strip...stunning views"
"Do not go to this hotel"
"caters especially for families"
"Close to other places to visit"
"excellent place for kids"
"It is a really great hotel."
"Mojitos contempory bar/restaurant with nice atmosphere. Witherspoons bar with home cooked cheap food"
"red bus trip very good value"
"good place for family holiday"
"good cheap meal at the station bar or only fools and horses about 7 euro"
"The georgia on Protaras Strip or the pub the Station bar"
"Its a really friendly place"
"i would recommend this to familys only but i would go back"
Papantonia Hotel Apartments is also called
- papantonia hotel protaras