Thursday, 31 May 2007

Hotel Arsinoe - General

The Arsinoe Beach Hotel ( is a 3 star hotel about five or six miles from the centre of Limassol just past the tourist area on the coast road heading towrds Larnaca. The hotel is much larger than I expected from the photos I had seen on the web. It has 2 pools both served by bars, with the more modern pool having a cafeteria next to it during the daytime. This pool is at the back of the hotel and is surrounded by trees and bushes, with a grass area behind containing more sunbeds, some swings for the kids and a tennis court. The smaller pool, I guess the original one, is a plain rectangle bordered on three sides by the building but gets the sun still by late morning. It is closer to the front of the hotel, by the main bar which has some form of entertainment on each evening.
There is also a third indoor pool in the gym area. The gym is free to use for residents but any spa treatments obviously have a fee. Although I didn't use the gym I did have a very relaxing back and leg massage for just Cy£5.00 which I thought was good value. My wife did use the gym however, and commented that much of the cardio-vascular equipment was out of order, so she wasn't too impressed, and the Dead Sea Mineral bath she also paid Cy£5.00 for, was really just that - a bath with some minerals sprinkled in - no bubbles or water jets or anything so that didn't get rated as spankingly good pot noodle either.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and the other facilities include an on-site hairdresser, internet access, a dive shop (PADI certified - you can take a PADI course or do one day intro scuba couses here), an ironing room and various video games, table tennis and pool. Strangely, although there is an ironing room, there is no laundry room, so it's the normal 'smalls in the sink', if you didn't bring enough, or there is a laundrette about five mins walk away (just before the Hamlet Pub going left out of the hotel). They can change money at the reception, but you'll get a better rate in the little supermarket to the right of the hotel (hotel rate 0.80 Cy£ to UK£, next door were giving 0.84 with no commision).
Use of the safe will cost you Cy£5.00 per week to get a key from reception.

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