September 22, 2005
It’s a 3-storey apartment block, and we were on the top floor overlooking a very pleasant pool area. A small but adequate balcony gave us sun most of the day and a perfect spot to see some superb sunsets.
The apartment wasn’t top-of-the-range, but it was spacious and moderately well maintained. A lounge-dining area had a table for four, a couple of comfortable chairs, and a bed settee. The kitchenette was basic, having a small fridge, a four-ring cooker, a toaster, and a kettle. There was sufficient crockery and cutlery for four people, and we found it more than adequate for breakfasting and a midday snack. If you were looking to cook your main meal here, I think you would have been found wanting, but that was never part of our plan. A real bonus was that it had a teapot - what more could a tea-loving English holidaymaker want!
The large bedroom had two comfortable twin beds, and when I asked for extra pillows, they were delivered to our room within hours. Tiled floors throughout created a cool feel to the place, but use of the air-conditioning (an essential in the heat of summer) will put another £4 a day onto your bill. There was a safe in the bedroom, but, again, this was an extra £1 a day.
A shower over the bath proved a "drizzle of water," but we weren’t in a hurry, and so were prepared to wait for the water to finally emerge from the nozzle. Towels and bed linen were replaced twice a week, and the apartment was cleaned every other day, with the bins emptied every day, not a bad maid service when compared to most self-catering apartments.
On-site there was a small shop catering to those essential every day items, but it was a bit overpriced and a 5-minute walk to the nearest supermarket would give you significant savings. A poolside bar/café provided basic meals and overpriced drinks, and every Saturday you could be treated to a Karaoke Night. In all honesty, that didn’t go down well, and they would be better abandoning any thought of entertainment.
The pool area could have done with a bit of TLC, but there were plenty of loungers with comfortable mattresses (it looked as if they were recognising the need to replace some cushions and chairs).
Hilltop Gardens provides reasonably priced accommodation within easy reach of the town, but far enough away to give some peace and quiet. It was adequate, but nowhere near top-of-the-range.
From journal Sun worshipping on Cyprus