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Very English, Elvis is live in one of the local bars incase anyone wants to know where he went. Cats are valued more than guests in some hotels. Air Conditioning not activated even tho' temps in the 30s and numerous guests asking for it. Smell of drains if you open patio doors at back of hotel and noise from the bars and mosquitos at the front. Health spa and gym well equipped but smell of damp is very strong needs a humidifier possibly. Entertainment staff are really friendly and improved the holiday no end. Well trained and very pleasant barstaff. Didn't expect to go to Cyprus for Karaoke and felt for the prices charged entertainment could have been a lot better. Food was very mediocre and the wine atrocious, so rough it was barely drinkable and not cheap either. Good local bus service. Only thing reasonable in price was phoncalls made from your room - cheaper than using a mobile. Didn't see a thompson rep for first ten days as he failed to turn up for welcome meeting even tho guests waited for an hour. Made sure we enjoyed the holiday by mixing with guests and taking part in sports on offer. Would I go back? Simple answer is no there are much nicer places I've visited and much more I'm sure that I can visit.
Just back from first 2 weeks in May, here. Weather mixed - 5 hot clear days, 1 thunderstorm, rest mixed. Cyprus VERY expensive - watch out for pound prices - they are Cyprus pounds, not sterling - convert at 1.11 Euros to pound sterling and you'll be shocked. We upgraded after 2 days - to enjoy our usual holiday standard would have been around 85 pounds per day extra for the 2 of us - as it was, it cost 45 pounds per day extra, on top of the original half-board cost, for drinks, lunch, tea and coffee, and the odd icecream. Actual local sterling comparisons - pot of tea 3.75, coffee 3.25, beer 4 pounds a pint, large orange juice 3.50, cheeseburger and chips 7.00, toasted sandwich and chips 4.40, cocktail 4.50, lunch 8.50, meze for 2 in Coral Bay 20-30 pounds + drinks.
Rooms were a bit disappointing - enjoyed bigger and better in an older hotel in Tunisia 4 years ago. Lovely guests - never met so many nice couples on holiday before. Hotel is a bit of a climb from 2 average beaches, but has nice grounds, although these are infested with cats which excreted in the volley-ball/French boules sandcourt. Most of staff are very friendly - excellent bar, animation, cleaning and reception staff. Obnoxious head waiter called Yannis who found it funny to draw an unflattering cartoon of my wife and show it to junior staff, and we have complained accordingly. Food selection improved the second week after the Germans started arriving - good but unvaried breakfast selection, poor all-inclusive lunch comprising the previous night's untouched leftovers from dinner, reasonable and varied dinner selection, poor house wine ( and they say you can tell a restaurant by its house wine ). Despite a rather boring and repetitive entertainments programme, the animation team were terrific at involving and making guests feel special.
Overall, not good value for money at all - Southern Cyprus or the hotel - and we wished we could have come home after the first week. Northern Cyprus, a Med cruise, or America would be much better value. However, we met lots of lovely people ( most of whom wouldn't come back again either, simply because Southern Cyprus has priced itself out of the average Brit's budget, after higher mortgage, council tax, energy and petrol prices have taken their toll ) This hotel will have to improve its offerings and cut prices to maintain appeal for UK holidaymakers. We've booked near Torreveija in Spain for later this year - very similar area, much better value.
Sea view comes at a price ( Noise from bar area and local disco)
Airconditioning "Not switched on until 1st May" Hotel Mangement even tho this fringes their advertisement.
Normal hotel staff are very friendly but the constant noise and having to choose to either shut the balcony door to keep the noise out but then you roast in the room as no aircon as above OR open the balcony door, lie in your bed being bitten covering your head with a pillow to try and sleep. Hmmmmmmm
Food is ok if you get in early. Weekends the hotel is over run by locals who can be very noisy in their little groups.
This could be a great hotel but for us sadly is not. All the other reviews rate this hotel well but the sleepless nights have ruined our much needed holiday.
We went to Phapos in early November. The weather was lovely- 26 C. The location of the hotel is really good. Perhaps the best located- as we have gather some info from other tourists. The bus stop taking you to the city centre or harbour is just around the corner and plenty (we mean PLENTY) of reastuarants around the hotel. To go to the beach it's very easy- just 5-7 minutes down the hill. We did not have meals in the restaurants as we were on half-board and that option was the best for us- we do not drink and the breakfast was so fullfiling that we did not have lunches at all. The buffet was amazing, lots of variety and tasteful. Staff was great- the waiters are very helpful and polite. We advise to go for the meals nearer to the starting hour rather than finishing time (because of the queues and less fresh food- although still ok). We took 2 excursions- Kikkos monastery and the Cyprus night. Kikkos was nice- they take you through the mountain area, you can have some local breakfast in the village (just a taste of it:) and on the way back the lunch is in one of the local restaurants. The Cyprus night is quite late but plenty of people go fo it. It was good as well. The place we were taken to was quite far so be prepared for some coach drive. The excursions gather people from different hotels so we had an opportunity to compare our hotels, locations and experiences. If you decide to tip the tour guide and the driver make sure you put the tip to the common basket next to the driver;)
We definitely recommend this hotel and Phapos. Great place, great experience, lovely people who try to make yout time there as much enjoyable as possible.
We stayed at this hotel from 19th September 2007 for a week. It's a really lovely hotel - the best hotel we have ever stayed in. After having mostly self-catering holidays in the past, it was a real treat, especially as it has a health spa, where I experienced my first facial and back massage. Now I want to have them every day! The food was excellent, and my husband and I couldn't resist having three courses every evening! Had to go on a diet when I came home! Didn't rate the evening entertainment though. It was a bit naff, and unfortunately although we had a sea view, our room was located over the bar area where it was noisy until 12 midnight. In fact, if you want a sea view, you have to put up with the noisy bar area! Anyway, we had a good holiday. Coral Bay beach was a disappointment for us as the beaches in our area are far better. We only visited the beach once, and used the hotel pool every day. We hired a car for 4 days so that we could visit the Troodos mountains and Limassol. Wouldn't rate the beach at Limassol either - although that's only our point of view because of the far more superior beaches here in Dorset. Caught the bus to Paphos and took a trip on a glass bottom boat. This was a bit of a rip-off as we only saw the wreckage of a ship and a few fish. Recommend the bars and restaurants in Paphos - had a brilliant time in the bars, and we're in our 50's!!
Would recommend the hotel and would go there again.
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