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loved the vrissiana
myself and partner stayed at the vrissiana while attending a friends wedding in Ayia Napa. This was our second visit to Protaras and much better. The rooms were really nice, food good and great location. The only down side was we payed exra for a sea view and got a side sea view.
Great Stay at the Vrissiana
Just returned from the Vrissiana Beach Hotel (05 Sept - 12 Sept). We had originally booked the Constantinos the Great Beach Hotel (next door) on HB basis but on our arrival here we were told by the manager we were being upgraded to the Vrissiana on AI. We were told there was booking problems, but others were in the same boat and we all assumed it was to get guests into the recenlty refurbished Vrissiana.
On our arrival the Vrissiana staff were freiendly and helpful and the reception/lobby areas looked worthy of a 5* hotel, the views from the 'C-View' bar are great.
Our room was ideal, it was brand new and still smelled brand new (no shower curtain though). The finish was contempory and the added bonus of a LCD TV was a plus.
The Hotels outside areas are equally as good. The pool is clean and a good size, there are plenty of sunloungers both by the pool and overlooking the beach and the bar is excellent. We had food at the poolside bar most days as we were AI and the menu was good for what we wanted (salads, toasties, burgers...).
The food at night was ok, but we were never 'blown away' it always seemed a bit repetitive. We chose to eat out a couple of nights as there is some good restaurants in Protaras itself.
Breakfast was ok; fruit, yogourts, cereals and cooked breakfasts. What else do you need?
All in all we had a good stay at the Vrissian Beach and I think we would definately go back, but maybe as HB.
We stayed in the Vrissiana in August 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday so much that we decided to return this year. How disappointed we were the hotel had been taken over and refurbished.
The hotel looked very nice in the reception area but thats where the good opinion of all guests stopped. This hotel was advertised as having lots of facilities and activities but when we arrived it had absolutely nothing for children or any kind of entertainment,there wasn't as much as a pool table. That was bad enough but the hotel wasn't completely finished they were still completing tiling etc and the bathrooms had a shower over the bath but no shower curtains or door which meant every time you had a shower not only was the bathroom floor flooded but it went under the door into the bedroom resulting in the floors being extremely slippery and waiting for an accident to happen.
The towels were to be changed every day but guests including ourselves discovered we were being given dirty towels that had a peculiar sweet smell indicating they had been put in a dryer with some sort of freshener, I had to return towels which had dirt still on them. Around the pool area the ashtrays were never emptied and the bar at the pool area were charging 1 cypriot pound more for food than the adjoining hotel who was owned by the same company.
We phoned our rep to ask to be moved to a hotel that had the facilities and entertainment advertised in their brochure but was told they couldn't do that and we could use the facilities of the adjoining hotel, as I pointed out we had paid for this at the Vrissiana. The other hotel was full and it had no free sunbeds around the pool area where my son would be and therefore we had to sit in the Vrissiana and keep getting up to go to check he was ok regularly and at night it meant we had to go over to the other hotel so that he could make friends but then we were at the disadvantage of not knowing anyone there.
On the Saturday after our arrival cypriot youths went into the next hotel grounds and starting to throw missiles at the British kids and generally taunting them and we had to get the Manager out to put them off the premises, this could have turned out very nasty and highlighted the reason we were not happy about our son being in another hotel grounds to ourselves.
With everything our holiday was ruined and we were glad to be home the only thing good about it this year was we saw no rain. We will definitely not be going back to this hotel.
A Great Holiday!!!!
I stayed in this hotel with 5 other adults and 2 children and not once did we have to grumble. When we arrived at the vrissiana we had a mix up with one of the rooms but reception delt with it straight away. The rooms were very clean and had everything we needed. Maids changed the sheets every day. The restaurant was smart and there was a different theame of food on every night which was lovely. The waiters and waitresess couldn't have done enough for us. We were all inclusive and boy did we make the most of it and the bar staff was only too happy to serve us more drinks. Very friendly staff. Pleanty of sun loungers and the hotel was right on the beach which was fab if you fancied a dip in the sea. Protaras was a lovely friendly place with lots and lots to do for adults and kids. Would diffinately return to Protaras and would stay in this hotel again.
Lovely Hotel - while it is open
The hotel was lovely and airy - spacious rooms and brilliant views.
Some work needs to be completed before this hotel can get an excellent rating. The shelf in our wardrobe kept falling down and the wardrobe could have done with a couple more shelves.
But the bed was large and comfortable - a king sized bed is a welcome sight when you're over 6ft 3" tall as my husband is. The 'camp' bed for my daughter was a comfortable futon style, loads of padding!
The food was well prepared and properly cooked although there wasn't a tremendous variety. I could always find something my daughter would eat but I know others with very young and fussy children often struggled.
The staff were friendly and eating at the pool bar at lunch time was wonderful. Perhaps some lighter snacks may be included on the menu next year as my mum found all that food rather too much. But we loved it!
The down side to all this was that the owner decided to close the hotel early with little warning to staff and guests - in fact we had been there exactly a week before the decision was made to close it.
The reception staff did their best but there was little choice of where to move us to - it was to be either the Odessa or the Constantinos. Both of which are awful hotels. The Odessa is very large and noisy and the Constantinos is appalling, noisy but smaller.
Had the Vrissiana stayed open we would have enjoyed staying there to the end. We like a quiet hotel and this would have been very quiet with a total of 7 rooms booked - but uneconomic. While as a business owner I can understand the economic situation I do feel there was no respect for the customer. I would be reluctant to stay in any Tsokkos hotel late season again.
If you are going to stay at the Vrissiana late season be prepared to be moved, same goes for the Silver Sands shut a week earlier!
But overall a lovely hotel.
we stayed 2 weeks at the vrissiana, my husband me and three kids( 16,18,19), and we were very disappointed.
the air conditioning was practically non-existent, which made the hotel almost unbearable. nightime the noise from the bars kept us awake anyway, apart from the hot rooms. admittedly it was august.
the rooms and hotel decor were very tired, with frayed furniture and unkempt surroundings. the food was re-hashed every day and the staff seemed pretty demoralised. a couple of staff complained how the new owners were looking to re-negotiate some wages.
not good for our service !
on our last day we were refused lunch as check-out was 12 noon and lunch was from one o,clock. we complained that we only had 13 lunches but paid for 14, despite the rep. interceding on our behalf the management refused. a bit petty we thought.
protaris beech seemed one giant ash tray. i have never seen so many cigarette stubs in the sand.
our kids thought protaris itself didnt have enough for them, as it seemed too big for a quiet resort and too little for a lively resort.
we couldnt recommend this hotel and would not want to go back to protaris again.
Fabulous Refurbished Contemporary Hotel
We were originally booked into the "5" star Constantinos The Great Hotel but having read the reviews regarding the hotel we were concerned that it may not be rated in our opinion as a "5 star" These thoughts were confirmed when we arrived, although the Constantinos looks very grand externally, internally its decor is very tired and because it is one of the only hotels in Protaras open alll year round, the bedrooms and bathrooms are tired looking and are in desperate need of re-decoration / cleaning.
We spotted the Vrissiana hotel straight away as it looked modern, clean and contemporary in comparison to the Constantinos. We asked to switch hotels which was granted and even though it is only graded at a 4 star plus it is worthy of 5. The only thing that has prevented it from achieving a 5 is because it does not offer additional facilities that are typical of a 5 star graded hotel.
Ignore the old pictures of the hotel on the internet as it has had a million pound refurbishment and looks amazing. If you like clean, modern, minimal contemporary style then it is up your street! The service from staff is excellent and its location is fab right on the beach front in the middle of the Protaras main street.
The only thing that let the hotel down sightly was the food. It is presented lovely and tasted good but there wasn't a great variety and if your a fussy eater then you may struggle although if your all inclusive as we were the lunchtime beach menu was great offering all the typical english favourites!
Overall one of the best hotels in Protaras definatley worth a return visit.
Having stayed at this hotel for many years, I pleased to of heard last year it was to be refurbished (it needed it) so we returned this year, what a transformation. For all the people who had supplied nagative reviews prevoiously, I dont think they would say the same now !
Previous guest would not recognise the interior , it is spacious and roomy, the rooms are very clean, new bathrooms and fittings, (only negative point is there was no shower curtain), although we spoke to other people and they had ?.
I would recomend booking direct and arrange your own flights, we saved aprox £130 even after we paid for taxi transfers (CPP£32 each way).
If you pre join the Tsokkos loyalty progrom before booking you will get a further discount and subsequent direct booking with any Tsokkos wil also be discounted.
The hotel is classed as 4 star, but in my opinion its worthy of 5 stars.
If you like a hotel right on the beach , this is the one,
We had B & B which we find best as we can eat out every night at any of the local resturants (typically CYP£25 for two meals and drink), the breakfast is very good offering all types of hot and cold meals.
No need to get up early for sun beds, there is pleanty to go round, if you like a perticular area i.e by the bar or on the grassed area you should stake your claim with your towel but this really is not ness.
I will go back again without any hesitation
Mixed feelings at the momnet
Just returned from this newly refurbished hotel and had mixed feelings.
Basically the hotel was not completely finished and it was not certain as to whether this hotel was going to stay open for the winter as planned now or the Constantinos Hotel beside it would stay open instead.
This was apparent with the lack of certain things available and painting still going on around you, and also the lack of staff and an understanding as to what they should be doing and non understanding of the basic English language..
The room was fine very modern and bright and decorated to a good standard with a flat screen television and kept spotlessly clean. One word of warning do not pay a tour operator a supplement for a sea view as they all have it apart from a few land view rooms that have very large balconies and still have limited sea view.
We stopped on a half board basis and the breakfast was varied and ok. Evening meal was not so good with no on show cooking area set up as yet but food brought out into heated containers where the staff liked to keep the lids open so you could see the food but it this caused it to go cold and was usually at best only warm when you sat down to eat it. A good thing they did do was you could substitute your evening meal for a cooked lunch from a menu which was good and then eat out in the many local restaurants evenings.
The grounds of the hotel now join up to the next door Constantinos Hotel with a choice of pools and seating areas and we never had a problem finding a sun bed whatever time of the day we went down.
We have stopped in the Constantinos Hotel and the Odessa Hotel before and they are at present both better than this hotel but I think that when it opens fully and gets into the flow of things and the staff improve and get better this hotel will be equally as good.
great hotel shame about the food
Having been tp Protaras now three times this hotel was by far the best we have been to.The renovations have been superb.Location for the beach,shops pubs and clubs are spot on .Staff in the main were very good and willing to help with day to day situations.We booked a two week hoiday at this hotel and really enjoyed our holiday. Only complaint would be the food ,at night the meals were to say the least very bland not much choice and seem to be little thought going into the menu.Breakfasts however were good with a wide selection of food on offer. Evening meals were repeated with the same food being served on the second week as to what we had on the first.We ate out for our evening meal for the whole second week This brings me on to the resturants on the main strip,there are some great steak houses and a great sellection of various resturants to suit all tastes. We did a few trips but as usual we found that these were a lot lot cheaper done on the high street rather than with the reps.Daytime entertainment was good but the evening shows were not so good.
On the whole I would recommend this hotel but maybe just on a bed and breakfast basis
Car hire is cheap and we saw a lot of the island which we would have not seen if we did not hire a car