Palm Beach Hotel and Bungalows

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Address: Dekeleia Road B3, 7040 Oroklini, Larnaca, Cyprus

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.1

Beachfront hotel aimed at a broad clientele, convenient to Larnaca

Originally built in 1980, the Palm Beach is one of the most established resort hotels in the area. It’s notionally four-star  – more for the common facilities than most of the rooms – with 268 units in total.

Location
3.9
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Just behind Oroklini beach in well-kept gardens, 7km northeast of Larnaca on the B3 road.

Bedrooms

Medium-sized standard rooms feature rather garishly hued, 1980s soft furnishings (including swag curtains); the bathrooms are more updated, with proper wall-mounted showerheads, bidets and marble-mounted sinks. Be sure to go for “sea” rather than “mountain” (for which read “parking lot”) view rooms. The limited number of “Royal Suites” have more contemporary decor, and can fit 2 adults and 2 small children, though there’s just one – albeit large – bathroom. Without views but of a higher standard are 40 garden duplex bungalows which with their wooden floors, partitions and textured fabric wallpaper have a more Polynesian or Asian air. Bathrooms here are superior too, with rain showers, oval butler sinks and tan marble trim. Balconies or terraces overlook this complex’s own serpentine pool. Only these, and the suites, were substantially redone in 2007–08.

Public areas

There are separate restaurants for breakfast service, lunch at poolside, the main dinner one with travertine floor and the adjacent piano bar, where wall mosaics of nude dancing nymphs lend the necessary Hellenic kitsch touch.

Eating and drinking

A copious buffet breakfast gets the thumbs up from most guests; supper, usually regionally themed buffets, is a more varied affair (if you’re not on half-board you might prefer to sample nearby tavernas). There is often live musical accompaniment. Prices for a la carte at poolside are what you’d expect for a hotel of this rating, but portions are substantial.

Leisure facilities

The narrow beach here is not among the best in Cyprus, but the hotel strives gamely to make the most of its setting, with (yes) plenty of palm trees in the lawn leading to the gently shelving sea (good for kids, and lets the water warm up early in the year). In season, beachfront watersports are offered. For the sea-averse, there’s a medium-sized main pool, adjacent kiddie pool and heated indoor pool, plus the garden-bungalows pool. The “Leisure Club” comprises a gym/sauna/hamam/jacuzzi.

Service

Excellent, friendly and prompt to remedy problems.

Who stays there

A veritable UN of nationalities, including Cypriot conference/wedding parties, families and pilots (many airlines have an agreement with the hotel).

Price advice

Rack rates are always at three figures and above, even in winter, but web booking always yields substantial discounts.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Well-kept gardens
  • Beachfront location
  • Somewhat dated standard rooms
  • Excessive charges for Wi-Fi use and hamam/sauna access
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