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Paphos harbour is lovely, even if you do have to dodge the touts with their scratch cards!! Lots of places to eat or just sit with a frappe watching the world go by. If it's a lovely cup of tea you crave, head for Tea for Two. You will find friendly staff and huge portions. Excellent value for money. Hotel Roman has unusual decor and is kept very clean. We had fresh, clean towels every day and the room had always been cleaned by the time we got back from breakfast. The breakfast was adequate and replenished often, and the staff were all friendly. The only down side is that the Hotel is situated on one of the busiest crossroads in Paphos, and if you are a light sleeper this may bother you. Having said that it is well situated for travelling to other parts for sightseeing, shopping and the beach at Coral Bay. Any bus, any trip, costs just 1 euro. If you enjoy a stroll, make sure you find the path along the coast down to the harbour, it is a lovely walk and is made even better if you time it right to sit on one of the many benches along the way and watch the sunset. Absolutely beautiful!! Be prepared to NOT have a Thomson rep around if you stay at the Hotel Roman. We were handed a welcome pack on the transfer coach only to find that all we had was a telephone number in England to phone if we needed assistance or advice. Reception staff were extremely helpful when asked for directions and advice on how to get to different places. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it but also add a warning about the traffic noise.
Excellent venue, with superb dining out at the harbour boardwalk restaurants.
I have visited this hotel twice already, am visiting again in August this year - 2008 - and I have found it a very pleasant base.
The staff have always been very helpful - and yes, some of the staff are not natives of the island, but that can be said of lots of hotels around Europe. It is certainly the case in the U.K.
The breakfast is a la carte and is plentiful - cereals/bread (local)/jams/fruit/eggs/bacon/beans/juice/tea/coffee etc etc. The evening meal is three course and you can eat as much as you like - you help yourself. They do cater for vegetarians. The dinner area is set outside (during summer) and is by the swimming pool. It is lovely, with candles on the table and subdued lighting. There are themed nights.
Rooms are spacious enough with a balcony that overlooks the gardens/pool in some cases. Yes - there are the murals in the rooms too. But if you have checked this hotel in the brochure then you will know what to expect - so no surpprises there really.
The hotel is very centrally located. There are buses that take you to most points - the market which is open every day exept Sunday - it is open very early in the morning and closes about 2pm. There is the marina which you can walk to and has some nice shops and a fort that you can go in - this was taken over by the British(!) and then given back(!). They have operas there sometimes. The heritage centre is there and is very interesting.
There is a very nice beach very near the hotel - about 10 minutes walk. It is a municipal beach and has lots of space with sun loungers that you can hire and there is an area for food and drinks and port a loos. You are not packed in like sardines and it is a natural beach and is far nicer in terms of it's naturalness and space than Coral Bay, which I found a bit contrived.
There is also a very well equipped supermarket just on the corner of where the hotel is.
I am sure that I have not included half of what there is to do - but I enjoyed my holidays there and am looking forward to visiting again.
I booked this hotel based upon the earlier good reviews and was quite hopeful that it would live up to my expectations - but it didn't!!!
The outside looked interesting with it's romanesque murals and sculptures and I was quite positive. After dragging my case from reception along a long corridor, up a flight of stairs and another corridor I was quite disappointed (and out of breath) when I entered the room which was gaudy, dated and shabby. There was a crack in the wash hand basin, stains in the bath, the air conditioning rattled and then broke down leaving a large puddle on the floor and the patio doors broke. The murals although setting a theme do overwhelm you after a few days (causing a few nightmares) because they are everywhere, even on the toilet door! The theme of mirrors nearly led to a few accidents too!!
The in room entertainment is poor with a seventies style 'integrated radio' system in the headboard!!! It was broken. The TV has one English channel only so don't bother with the hiring of a remote. If you intend to take travellers cheques then cash them on the main street 2mins away from the hotel which had a better exchan. The hotel do charge commission !! (There are three banks with cash points on the main street so no real need for travellers cheques anyway.)
On a positive the pool was really pleasant. It was clean and quiet with a bar serving drinks and food during the day.
The main street in Paphos has a number of bars and restaurants. If you go to Big Mamas Restaurant along near Tombs of the Kings their portions are huge so think twice about ordering more than one course. The Phuket Thai and Chinese is really good and the green corner bar deserves a mention too.
From the Roman Hotel entrance turn left to the main road. Turn right and walk down to the harbour/ marina and visit the department of antiquities ' excavation and mosaics' admission was two pounds each. Otherwise from the hotel entrance turn right to the main road and left. This brings you to bars, restaurants and supermarkets right on the doorstep to the hotel.
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