The hotel is approximately 20 minutes drive from the airport if travelling direct. It is set back from the main road with a car park at the front. You have to enter reception and pass the bar and pool to access the rooms which makes them a little more secure. There is always someone either in reception or the bar area at night/early hours of the morning. The rooms are kept clean and you can see the maids at all times during the day, sweeping the hallways and pool area when they are not cleaning the rooms. air-Con is 6 euros a day which is the cheapest i have come across for a self-catering establishment.
The pool area is immaculate except for a few falling buds off the trees which made me jump more than once! The sun beds are cemented to the floor and are very comfortable, there are plenty to go around even when the hotel is fully booked but you may need to do some bed hopping throughout the day to catch the sun at certain times of the day. If you’re a sun worshipper the beds at the end of the pool are best for all day sun. The beds have shades which can be pulled over and secured at the poles at the end. The pool bar prices were reasonable and the staff are amazing. Taz who runs the hotel is a star working all day long and so friendly and helpful – he will do anything to make your holiday special or fix anything he can. We had a slight problem with our booking due to the cheap holiday operator we used and Taz sorted this out within minutes of our arrival. We also had a bust light which was fixed within minutes of us reporting it. Nick from Bulgaria works the bar during the day, he is lovely although you may get a little lost in translation but he is happy to help and very polite. Then you have Brian and Marios in the evenings, who are just the funniest and friendliest people ever. Brian will put on entertainment (karaoke, bingo, tournaments etc) if people want it, but there is no pressure to get involved unless you want to. Likewise there is no pressure to stay within the grounds of the hotel as we have found with other places we have stayed. Sam no longer works at the hotel but can be found at Flair’s on Bar Street and is a really lovely girl. Brian is slightly OCD and is forever wiping down the bar, emptying ashtrays and turning labels so everything is always clean and neat and tidy. Look out for Edwardos who is the loveliest and craziest man ever!
The hotel is on the tomb of the king’s road with restaurants and bars nearby such as Fat Mama’s, Tea for Two and Tramps. Fat Mama’s food is nice but the service is brilliant, friendly waiters and food brought to you within ten minutes and they lay on entertainment which of course isn’t for everyone but is brilliant for kids. Tea for Two is very English and again the service is excellent, food is very good too – I highly recommend a ham and coleslaw roll and the bangers and mash! I also had a lovely Mousaka at Tramps. I also highly recommend Martelli’s the Italian restaurant just past Fat Mama’s. I had the lamb chops with rice, fresh veg and potato wedges and it was amazing.
A bus services runs on the main road outside the hotel it is 1 euro to get to Coral Bay where the beach is lovely (5 euro’s for 2 beds – 7.50 if you want an umbrella), they have toilets and showers and you can buy drinks and food – usual prices you would expect at a beach bar. There are also some bars and restaurants close by.
The bus goes in the opposite direction to the Harbour which is just behind bar street. There are lots of souvenir shops, cafes and some restaurants at the harbour. Bar street is the usual pr’s pulling you in but they were all friendly – we liked Flair’s which offered 2 -4-1 and free shots all the staff are very nice and quick to provide a service. There is always someone wiping the tables, mopping the floor and emptying ash trays. The Rainbow girls come round with flyers for free entry to the club so keep an eye out for these.
All in all I had a thoroughly brilliant time at the Tazmaria and would highly recommend it to everyone and I will definitely be going back!
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