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Historical Traveler Reviews A Nice Motel Watson Lake
Good hotel but
We could'nt fault the hotel,it was spotlessly clean the staff ever so friendly and helpful. The only drawbacks were the location of it we had to get a taxi every day and night into the main part, either that or half an hours walk or more. the food was hit and miss, some nights it was excellant other nights i would'nt have given it to a dog it was that foul. i would certainly go there again on a self catering basis if it was'nt so much out of the way.
2 Star rating
This hotel is a joke - If you have a room at the front of the hotel the chances are you will not get a good nights sleep if at all. the rooms overlook a very very busy main road. go for the rooms at the back of the hotel if you can
The food was poor. The main meals choice was very limited to choice of two
main courses half a potato bit of rice and one veg. The deserts was a choice of four - JELLY, blamanche, apple, or a small peice of cake.
Our party of four had to eat out on several occasions . The final straw was
having green mouldy bread for breakfast, dirty cutlery and glasses.
This is Hotel is not any good for people with any form of walking problems, as it is uphill oneway and downhill the other. With the sea in the far distance.
Take plenty of money you will need it.
We will never ever go back to the Agapinor, the hotel let down the holiday.
We still had a good holiday Cyprus is a wonderful place with the locals very friendly.
We would like to respond to their comments as follows:
We are in fact a Cyprus Tourism Organisation Classified 3 Star Hotel and pride ourselves on our fine blend of Hospitality, Service and Comfort.
When the Guests arrived they were unhappy as they thought they had booked a Sea View Room when in fact they had only paid for and booked a Town View Room. As a goodwill gesture from the Hotel, upon arrival, the guests in question were given a complimentary upgrade to a Sea/ Pool View room.
At no time did they spend a night in one of our Town View Rooms, which are just as comfortable as they are the same and in fact are very well sound proofed from any noise from the street below, due to having 2 sets of double glazed doors and heavy duty lined curtains and even then unless the doors are left open the noise would only be in the daytime as all the shops are closed in the evening. Also we are situated on a side road and not a main road.
Though the Hotel is situated at the bottom of a hill there is a bus stop directly outside the Hotel, which takes you up to the local market with its shops and cafes or 200m away around the corner from the Hotel is the bust stop which takes you down to Kato Paphos and the Harbour or along to Coral Bay.
Regarding the meals, we have Special Theme Nights, Tuesday Evening BBQ Buffet night, Friday Evening Traditional Cyprus night and Sunday Evening Carvery night on the other evenings Guests have a choice from the menu for their main course of 2 hot dishes or 1 cold dish along with a self - service buffet for their starter of soup and a wide selection of salads & hors d'oeuves and Desserts.
Our guests in fact praise us for our meals and high standards of quality and service. A lot of our Guests visit us each year as they have become friends of the Hotel and due to this we have now formed a club called the Friends of the Agapinor Hotel, of which we now have a large number of members.
we stayed here for a week from the 27th may and i must say it was above average for a three star hotel. we arrived in the early hours and there was a cold platter of food waiting for us[ you dont get that in many places],everyone who works there is very friendly, the only down side was that it was a good half hours walk to the harbour and the bars. I is also very quiet at night. It's very near the old town so you should visit at least once as the market was great. I would stay in this hotel again. Ellie.
Town or beach
Stayed here at the beginning of the summer season and assessed it as sound overall. Saw very litle sign of independent travellers as almost everyone was English and tied to a one or two week package with one of the tourist specialist such as Thomas Cook. Lots of people were being caught out during check out having to pay up to £6Y supplement per room per night for having a sea view room when they thought it was part of their overall deal. Forget the hotel's flier description of harbour or mountain views. Very misleading. We had a town view and it was right on the main street overlooking the locals' washing lines! Overall a value hotel if you want to be based away from the main tourist area, but unless you book a taxi(min £4CY each way) forget the walk along the promenade after dinner etc. It is too far away. Rooms are generally fine but dusting is not on maid's schedule and they leve the balcony doors open as a matter of course, even when your's on first street level. Cypriots verry honest! If we visit Pahos again, we would settle for Kato Paphos---much more on offer and more convenient.
Great if you are looking for a base to explore
I stayed there for a week in March 2005 with some friends. The hotel itself is situated right in the heart of all the designer shops, so if shopping is your thing then this is the right place for you. However, the nearest supermarket is a good 10 min walk away and there are no bars etc after 7pm. There are a few cafes etc where the food and service was very good close by. The hotel itself offers wonderful views of the sea, therefore you may find it worthwhile to pay the supplement for a sea view room. The food however is really nothing to write home about. It is great is you just want something to fill up on and food is not a major part of your holiday, but I don't suggest relying upon a nice evening meal in the hotel. If you swap for the lunch option this we found was alot better. The menu for the lunch didn't alter though, therefore by the end of the week we had totally had enough of the options available. Over and above for us the hotel filled a purpose, it enabled us to venture in and out of the town easlily and enjoy the pool and the loungers in the daytime. You have to remember this is a 3 star hotel therefore the standard of food you will receive will certainly fall within these brackets.
Single male traveller
This was my first adventure of travelling on my own,so i chose a small hotel,just in case.On arrival outside the hotel my first impression was " where is it".However looks are decieving and on entry it opens up into a spotlessly clean reception area.All the staff are extremely helpful and cheerful,the food is well presented and prepared,most importantly very,very delicious.For a single traveller the rooms are basic and overlook the main street with all the top named shops(females a dream come true).The hotel is situated in the old part of pafos and to be honest is a fair treck down to the more active part of town,for the person that just wants to chill out(me) then this is the place.Went last new year 03/04,again for easter and am going for new year04/05.Trust me, if i do not like somewhere i would not go back.Due to the size of the hotel you get to know all the patrons,all nationalities and you really have a good time.Recommended it to some friends,they thoroughly enjoyed the stay. I cannot wait to go back,love the place.
We read a previous review on this Hotel but not on this web site. It gave an impression that rooms overlooked residential flats and made you feel like you were in a goldfish bowl so the curtain had to be drawn all the time. This may be true if you are facing the main road side of the Hotel but we paid extra for a sea view overlooking the pool and Pafos, which was fine (good sunsets!). Some noisy kids about in the flats opposite on their return from school but not generally a problem. We paid for B&B but you can take the offer of half board for your stay at a reduced rate but this applies for the entire stay not on a night by night basis. The room and decor generally fine, however our air conditioning wasn't working too well which made sleeping in heat a little uncomfortable. The beds also we found a little hard and they had plastic under sheets, which didn't help. Staff excellent, very pleasant/helpful and the rooms were kept clean and tidy every day but the towels we felt should have been changed every other day not three days. Bar service excellent but breakfast a little disappointing, as we're not keen on frankfurter sausages, fatty bacon and bullet baked beans as English breakfast, scrambled egg/eggs good though. Orange juice tasted more like squash but the Grapefruit version was better in our opinion. Breads fresh every day for toast, ham, cheese etc but jam a little like jelly! Coffee/tea/fruit/cake etc all good. Pool excellent, cleaned daily and the sun beds plentiful. Private car park available at the rear for residents cars/bikes and gym facilities available if required (not used so no comment). The hotel is about 3km from the excellent nightlife in Kato Pafos, which requires a bus, taxi/hire car or walk to get to for the fit minded. Make sure you agree a price for a taxi first, average £4 Cyprus pounds.The hotel is very close to the local market for relatively cheap shopping and the bus stop from the harbour at Kato Pafos is right outside the hotel. The bus stop for the harbour is a two minute walk round the corner. We enjoyed our stay at the Agapinor and would go back at some point in the future. All in all a good well run hotel.
The Hotel itself was very pleasant although disapointed to find night life good
The Agapinor was a pleasant enough hotel but disapointed to find the nightlife a fair distance away. I would've preferred less shops in area and more bars as had to get Taxi's to harbour as buses stopped running 7.00pm. But the food in hotel was excellent
The Agapinor, Pafos
The Agapinor is an excellent hotel and the staff are a credit to themselves. This was the first time we have travelled independently, and all e-mailed queries sent to the hotel were dealt with quickly and efficiently.
The hotel is located in the upper part of the town, and there are very few bars open on a night in this area. You have to travel down to Kato Pafos to reach the tourist area (about 3km). There is a bus service down, which finishes about 7pm, but there are plenty of taxis about for the trip back (they are relatively inexpensive, but arrange a price before you get in!). A huge plus in terms of the location is the proximity to shoe shops, although my partner may disagree!
We stayed on a half board basis at a very reasonable rate.
Our room was good and cleaned faultlessly each day, and the air conditioning was a blessing. Unfortunately, as previous guests had burnt bed linen and carpets, notices inform that any irons found would be removed and kept in reception until checking out. However, I kept mine in wardrobe and nothing was mentioned.
The evening meals were excellent, with both Cypriot and other 'English' dishes offered, although the restaurant lacked atmosphere. However, only the Head waiter takes meal and drink orders and so on occasions one can be left waiting despite the restaurant being half empty. Shorts, of any description are not allowed in the restaurant, and you will be asked to leave and change, if you attempt it. Breakfast was average, the fruit provided was delicious but the orange juice was a poor relation to squash. Bread and an industrial toaster was left for guests to make their own toast, fantastic as you can avoid have the luke-warm toast often supplied in Hotels, but can be a bit of a scramble if everyone arrives at the same time.
The poolside was kept clean and sun beds were always available (excellent for the middle of August). The hotel bar was also good for those not wanting to go down into Kato Pafos.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be returning to the Agapinor in future.
TripAdvisor Reviews A Nice Motel Watson Lake
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