Veronica’s parents were visiting from the U.S., so we made a last-minute reservation at the Greican Park Hotel for a one-night stay to enjoy the area and the well-known hotel.
The Greican Park hotel is located in the popular Ayia Napa district of Cyprus, which is essentially the Ibiza of Cyprus. Luckily, the hotel is secluded far enough away from the noise and crowds to not have to deal with it whatsoever. Additionally, while the hotel doesn’t have a private beach, it is situated almost on top of Konnos Beach and it’s incredibly easy to walk there.
Arrival & Check-in
The Grecian Park Hotel is easy to find and parking is plentiful, partially due to its distant proximity to the “attractions” of downtown Ayia Napa (it’s too far to walk). We went in May and while it was rather difficult to find room availability online (we ended up going through a somewhat sketchy third party booking site called Skoosh), we hardly noticed any other guests at the property.
The lobby was large with a nice seating area and lots of natural light (of which there is never a shortage of in Cyprus).
Check-in was a breeze, and we were quickly given the keys to our rooms on the second floor.
Breakfast was included with out stay, so you know we hit up the buffet in the morning. It was a bit crowded when we went, but not overwhelmingly so.
There were several “stations” with cold cuts, cereal, omellete/eggs, breads, etc. It was well organized for large crowds and kept everyone moving and from stepping all over each other.
There were both indoor and outdoor seating options, and we chose to sit outside since the weather was great.
Overall I was very impressed with the quality and selection at the buffet. Everything was well-stocked and of decent quality.
Well, there isn’t a lounge at this hotel so we spent our afternoon and morning on the beach just a short walk down the stairs behind the pool.
Pool & Spa
The pool area is great! There is a large game room and indoor pool with hot tub as well as a huge outdoor pool with plenty of lounge space.
There isn’t really a spa to speak of at the hotel, which was a bit of a disappointment. They had one small and unoccupied office off to the side of the pool area where you could apparently book massages, but we never saw anyone there.
They have a great gym, which I write about in a separate review.
We booked our rooms last-minute on Skoosh.com for $142 with the Bed & Breakfast rate. Given its proximity to the beach and the great pool and gym amenities, I’d say we got a great deal on this hotel. Although May isn’t necessarily “high season” for these resorts, they were just about booked to capacity so one can only imagine that the rates were inflated. Since this hotel is not a member of any chain brand, there were no discounts to be had and we paid the cash rate. Worth it!
We had a great time at the Grecian Park. Its location is perfect as it’s right on the beach but far away from the madness in downtown Ayia Napa. Although there were lots of people at the hotel, we barely noticed them and had plenty of space to ourselves. At $140/nt, we found it to be a good value and would definitely recommend staying here if you want a good atmosphere without the teenage vibe.
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Brandon Chase is a writer, endurance athlete, and guide based in Maine. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and spent nearly a decade overseas serving at embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan.
Along with a 98-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the West Highland Way, fastpacked in the Himalayas, and trekked around New Zealand and South Africa. He also regularly competes in ultramarathons at the 50k, 50-mile, and 100-mile distances.