The hotel is well situated. It used to be the case that the hotel was on the outskirts of the \'tourist\' area. However, the immediate area around the hotel has now developed to the point where it is nice and relaxed, while still being surrounded with enough small bars, restaurants, and shops that there is no need to walk the half mile or so into the main restaurant \'strip\' leading to Paphos harbour.
The hotel is exceptionally clean and well appointed - particularly the lobby and reception area.
Rooms are comfortable and well fitted-out. Air conditioning works very well. Balconies are very private [completely enclosed style] so there is no disturbance from adjoining rooms. French windows are single-glazed, so there could be some road noise if facing that way [we had a side room so it was very quiet. We ...
had two rooms with an adjoining door - we noted that the adjoining doors have a packing piece of sound deadening foam that is removed [by the porter]when the adjoining door is unlocked between rooms - this is a really good feature as, even with an adjoining door, there is virtually no \'neighbour noise\'. Rooms walls are constructed of solid concrete, so there is virtually no noise transmission. Some postings have commented on external cooling/airconditioning \'fan\' noise. I think other commenters are mistaken, as I believe the \'fan\' noise is caused by the in-room fridge - we heard a [slight] rumbling noise and switched our fridge off and the room was silent.Read More
Rooms and corridors are carpeted, so there is no \'clip clop\' of women\'s heels when you are trying to get to sleep. Similarly, no furniture re-arrangement noise trauma at gone-midnight.
As you will guess from all the above, I like quiet hotels, and the Athena Beach is nice and quiet.
The room cleaning staff are exceptionally efficient.
Food is of a very good standard, especially the cyprus/BBQ nights [we paid to join these, as they looked so good]. The speciality nights, with candlelit tables around the pool are enchanting. The restaurant staff do seem a bit miserable. Breakfast can be a bit hectic.
The bar service is excellent. Half price cocktails every night from 7-8 are very good value. The bar waiters/waitresses are very efficient and friendly.
Entertainment is restrained, but effective. The animation team seem to put themselves around a lot.
Reception staff are very polite and helpful.
The pool area is very clean and tidy. Some of the plastic drain holes did need cleaning while I was there, But I noted they were cleaning these in the last few days of our holiday.
The gardens and beach area are very lush and well maintained - meticulously maintained almost.
There is a very large number of high-quality sunbeds around the pools, gardens, and beach. I used to get up everyday at 05:30 to read by the pool [I was always the first there]. I have not been at a hotel where there were so many sunbeds remained available at 9, 10, even 11 a.m.
No lilos allowed in the pool. This is strictly enforced by pool staff.
Hotel guests seem, on the whole, a mix of nationalities, with British being in the majority. Guests seem well behaved, with all the children I saw behaving well. There seemed a good spread of children\'s ages, with more 11-16 year olds than I have seen elsewhere, as opposed to infant children.
A new [small] complex of upmarket bars and restaurants has opened opposite the hotel, and this, coupled with the other large-is 4* hotels in the area is making the whole area around the hotel begin to look rather \'upmarket\' compared with the older, more hectic areas of Pahos in and around the harbour.
All-in-all a very refined hotel. A nice relaxing place to be, but with enough going on for all ages so that it doesnt get boring.
Tour Operator: Olympic