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The Paphos Gardens was set in an excellent location back from the road in very pleasant gardens with trees and shrubs. Our large double air-conditioned room with bathroom certainly had the balcony and seaview promised. It was reasonably quiet once the night entertainment finished, so no complaints there. Entertainment varied from bingo, quizzes, karaoke etc. to singers, dance acts, impressionists and a hypnotist, so not the worst served in a hotel holiday by any means in just one week. People did think that drinks were expensive (except in happy hour) but then the evening entertainment was free, so you can't have it all. The sea and sandy beach with umbrellas and sunbeds for hire was literally just a ten-minute-walk away, so worth going there for sandcastles, but crossing the extremely busy and wide main road near the Alexander the Great Hotel meant almost taking your life into your hands. I'm glad I wasn't attempting it with children or pushchairs. The first time we explored, it was difficult to see exactly where the path to the beach was because it resembled a building site, but we persevered to find it. You can't judge a hotel by the outdated curtains and worn bedspread in our room. The reception rooms, corridors and our bedroom were clean; the maids friendly and smiling; sheets and towels were changed regularly. Some of the reception staff were better than others; hats off to the gentleman who excelled in speaking brilliant English and was always extremely efficient - he even joked about his name telling us to call him 'Domestos.' However, some of them could learn to smile more, as he did even when busy, and not just tell you to come back later (meaning when somebody more competent was there). Hotel restaurant food was varied and very good. It was reasonably priced compared to some of the surrounding eating-houses. However, don't think you can come down late to breakfast because finishing at 9.30 means nothing new is put out much after 9. We bought the flexi-meal option, whereby 3 evening meals or more came to about 14 euros each - not bad for all you could help yourself to over three courses. In comparison, a basic touristy meal for two at nearby Les Amis with wine cost 48, while a swish and pricey Chinese meal at Chloe's with one drink each came to 60 plus tip. We've been to family-friendly Paphos before, but next time would book a Paphos Gardens apartment for the joy of fridge and kettle plus the occasional lie in.
Fantastic holiday. Loved the location and apartment. Reception staff a bit moody but was very happy with my rep Andrea she was amazing helped with everything. We had a problem with ants in our room and it was sorted the same day. She gave us some excellent information on the resort and Cyprus as a whole. Really do not understand the other guest who said she was useless she couldn't do enough for us. She made our holiday. Well done and thank you
We booked to stay at Paphos Garden Hotel and Apartments for 2 weeks in aug08. Flight was fine and transfer from paphos airport to the resort was about 30 minutes if that! We wasn't to impressed when we pulled up on the coach to where we were staying it literally looked in the middle of knowhere and part derelict buildings! We got to our rooms and it was so different to what the outside looked like. We only booked a studio so we were pleasantly surprised at the fact we had a king size bed,cot for the baby,dining table,sofa bed,2 comfy arm chairs and a microwave oven with all essentials and AIR CON! We would not have survived without it!! The heat was 50c in the 1st week and 40c in the evening! We had maid service 6 days a week and they cleaned well and efficent. I lost my apartment key 2nd day and reception were quick in helping me. There was a welcome meeting with a rep called Andrea. she was useless. No descriptive detail was given as to what was around the resort or town. Excursions have gone right down the pan, unless you like boats or have 300euros per person spare to go to egypt for the day then there is none to particapate in. But there is a water park on the island for the kids which wasnt too bad. So with no exursions booked for 2 weeks what was we going to do?? Most days we were by the pool. The main pool had activites such as aerobics and a daily kids club so you could keep a watch over them whilst relaxing only downside was that music was repeated over and over-kids loved it but we had to block it out. the 2nd pool was in a quieter location overlooked by apartments. This was probably more ideal for smaller kids and babies as it was more shallow. Again, like every where these days, towels were out at the crack of dawn but it didnt matter because there were adequate amount of loungers.Our resort offered entertainment every night except saturdays which is quite rare. Chunky the Monkey was on for the kids every night and there were cabaret shows after. The town was about 20 mins away and the resturants were quite expensive. Mcdonalds,kfc and pizza hut are there for any one on a budget or fussy eaters and a chinese resturant called Chloes was superb as was a small tavern called tea or two. The harbour was beautiful and locals were ok. The shops on the resort are ripp-offs!! We found a supermarket up the side of mcdonalds that were more then 1/2 price that these little shops were for essentials like bread and drink. Overall,Cyprus-costly but beautiful
My boyfriend and I spent a week at the Paphos Gardens. It was our second visit to Paphos, we stayed at the King Jason in 2007. Unfortunately, we did end up comparing the two and I have to say the King Jason was much nicer, for not a lot more money. However, Paphos Gardens is much closer to the new town with the restaurants and bars - about 10 minute walk and you are on bar street (although we did keep walking through this as it was a bit too lairy)! There is a nice chinese called Pagoda just up the road from Paphos Gardens and down the side street that is opposite Alexander the Great, which was really nice and we visited twice while we were there! Paphos gardens is made up of lots of little blocks of apartment buildings - we stayed in Margarita. The main thing I would say is that we were on the ground floor and there were loads of cats on our terrace. We actually didn't mind this (I got quite attached!), but I can imagine a lot of people would. Rooms were quite basic, but clean, and the kitchen had a small cooker, toaster, kettle and fridge. The rooms also had a TV and air con, which is a must if you visit in the summer months. The bathroom was tiny! The only problems we had while there were very vague and confused looking reception staff (mostly pleasant but all seemed to be new or something!) and also difficulty in getting a sunbed around the pools. My boyfriend went out for a swim a couple of mornings at about 08:30, and they were nearly all full of towels even at that time! I think people would put their towels out and then go for their breakfast! Really annoying, and before you ask they all seemed to be English!
Buses run every ten minutes or so to the old town (really nice with lots of shops and a market) and to Coral Bay. It only costs about 2 euros no matter where you get off the bus. The Thomson rep knew the bus number and will give you all the info you need. Overall, quite a nice hotel, but I probably wouldn't stay there again if we go back to Paphos.
Paphos Gardens was terrible. Childrens pool was dirty with tiles missing/cracked. Apartment garden was just mud with cigarette butts scattered everywhere. Aircon leaked and reception didnt care. Food service was very slow usually taking one hour minimum to get a bar snack and if more than one person ordered you were lucky if you received anything. Paphos is a beautiful place and the local restaurants were fantastic. I would go again, just wouldnt stay at the Paphos Gardens.
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