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Historical Traveler Reviews Alexander The Great Beach Hotel Paphos
My husband and I with our 13 year old son have just returned from a two week holiday at this wonderful hotel and I felt that I should let others know how great it is.
The hotel is in a fantastic location, the staff are very friendlyand helpful and the hotel is very clean.
The allocated sunbeds are just brilliant. Try and get ones that face the sea. You get a lovely needed breeze from the sea to cool you in the hot sun of the day.
Loads of things for the kids to do if they are not lovers of the pool and if they are they'll be very happy!!
We were on bed and breakfast basis which is all you need. The choice at breakfast was fantastic. There are loads of resturants all within walking distance. Our three favourites were, Les Amies, Za-Za's and Micheals all just across the road from the hotel. There is even a great little bakery opposite - the donughts, iced cappaccino and baguettes are out of this world!
Without doubt I will definatley go back to this hotel.
A great hotel
We have just returned from staying at the Alex. We being two 40 somethings. It is a great place to stay, lovely location just 5 - 10 minutes walk away from Paphos harbour. The hotel is set just above the beach and the staff are really friendly. We went B&B and were pleased with this as there are very good resturants nearby, my favourite was called the arun. I must mention the sun bed system, you are allocated your own sunbeds on arrival for the lenght of your stay. This is the best system I have ever seen.
Our third visit - not the last
The fact that so many guests return time after time (they hold a "returners" party each week) says it all. It's a great hotel with excellent facilities. Most of their senior staff have been there for a long time as well which is a good sign - greeting old friends.
The sunbed allocation system is a great plus although we chose for a Cabana (bungalow near the pool) with its own terrace. Quite a bit extra but well worth it.
Don't go half board as there's so many good places to eat although we always have a couple of meals in the hotel. We preferred the set meal in the restaurant to the buffets.
Outside, your first port of call after checking in should be the Atrium directly across the street. Lovely garden, good beer and great toasted sandwiches during the day and good meals at night.
Our favourite restaurant has got to be Les Amis. Food is excellent and their set menu is great value for money (try the Kleftico). The staff are a scream especially little Jimmy the manager.
Elsewhere we enjoyed Edelweiss in the road leading to the clubs. The harbour is lovely and this year no timeshare touts.
We have just returned home after 2 weeks staying at the Alexander the Great Hotel.
The hotel lived up to expectations with the staff, rooms and public area well up to 4 star.
The hotel has in force a dress code which was ignored by most if not all of the guests, whilst tailored shorts should be allowed( they exclude all shorts ) some guest were wearing sports shorts and vests in the evening which was degrading the hotel to a 1/2 star B & B.
As for Paphos itself we found it to be over commercialised. There are far too many Bars/Restaurants always touting for business effectively on every corner. Apart from Pavarottis ( which opposite the Hotel but very expensive £ 40 per head) and Pagoda ( Chinese) by far the best Restaurants were to be found by the Paphos Amathus Hotel which is left out of the Hotel. There you will find Cavallini ( Italian ) Oleando ( Mediterranean ) and Gabor ( French ) along with Plaka ( Greek )
Can recommend all 4 but you need to book.
The area is basically entirely English (too much so in my opinion )and Paphos a little like Blackpool with guaranteed sun. The local people are very pleasant helpful and polite but if it was not for the Brits spending lots of money I am not certain that they would be so patient with many of the visitors behaviour
Overall a good place for Tattoo and beer belly spotting !!
Needless to say we will not return to Paphos but the Hotel was GREAT
Quality hotel in a fantastic location
Absolute joy.... didn't want to come home and my husband is not happy about going self catering to Greece next year (snob).
Location of the hotel was spot on, a 5-10 minute stroll down to paphos and the harbour with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from along the way. There is also a pretty beach walk at the back of the hotel which is a short cut into the town but not suitable at night as it is rather dark.
We stayed on a B&B basis and the breakfasts were to die for with so much choice you could eat something different everyday for a fortnight, you would not get bored. We had some smashing meals out and would recommend the following, Les Amis (turn right out the hotel and it is about 3mins walk), Viva Cyprus which is opposite Almyra Hotel and Capricciosa on Bar street (which is best avoided later in the evening unless you are into clubbing). The only thing which let bar street down were the drunks and the constant hounding of 'free shots in this bar'! you felt like you were running the gauntlet!!
Back to the hotel, we felt really spoilt as it was just so 'posh' with fine detailing in all areas. Everything was lovely and clean and a really nice touch that the kids liked was the chocolate left on the pillow each night (it was a fight to get your own). Rooms were spotless and towels were changed regularly, even beach towels if you left them on the balcony (not allowed to air them here as it spoils the view of the hotel - but we found that they left you new ones each time)!
Staff were lovely and friendly and very helpful and pleasant - bar drinks were rather expensive - but Happy Hour was great (5-6pm at the pool and 6-7pm in the lounge) However it was only cheap alcoholic drinks but the kids didn't mind drinking half a lager shandy..... as it was cheaper than juice/pop!!
Well I can't praise it enough and we will at some point return as it is 'spot-on' but we have so many other places to slum it first!!
We have just arrived home from pafos and wished we could have stayed longer, 10 days was not enough! The hotel was Fantastic, the staff were very friendly and the guest relations officer was excellent help to me when I realised I left my medication at home by accident, within two days I had enough to get me through!
The food was lovely, it would be hard not to find anything you liked, there was themed nights which included Flambe Night, Itallian Night, Greek Night, a carvery and a bbq which all had puddings to die for! The hotel was very clean and comfortable, lovely soft beds and air conditioning in rooms, maid services and room service day and evening.
When arriving at the pool for the first time you are allocated sun beds and parasol, your room number is attatched and is yours for the rest of your holiday which was great. Temperatures were in the 80s all week, so we were greatfull of the two lovely pools to cool off in. There is also an excellent gym and spa, hairdressers and beutitian there.
We stayed on B&B basis but did eat in the hotel quite a few times, but also do try the local restaraunts, Romantica was just up the road, 5 mins walk or across the road is a chineese restaraunt The Pagoda which were both as nice as each other.
If you do decide to go try the champagne sun set cruze it was lovely
We enjoyed our holiday so much we have already booked for next year, we cant wait to go again!
Nothing but Excellent!
My family, which consisted of my Son David aged 10, my Husband and my Mum and Dad, decided to treat ourselves to celebrate my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary and my Husbands birthday. From start to finish it was perfect. The resort of Paphos is our favourite and have tried many 4 star hotels there over the years (we married there 13 years ago), but this by far beat our expectations and worth that "extra penny!!". The only problem we now have, as we look through the brochures for Easter 2006, is no other hotel will do!! All the staff were very friendly and most helpful. Cleanliness...furnishings..decor...BIG Bed...first class. The sun bed allocation system was brilliant...my Husband really felt on holiday because he was not woken by the alarm clock at 6am to go and put the towels on the beds...as would be usual with all other hotels! Fantastic, hope they never change this, did not realise how nice it felt to not be in that usual "rushed" feeling every morning!!!! Perfect location...just perfect. Breakfast was a joy to wake up to and see the friendly smiles of the waiters/tresses forever topping up your coffee cup with fresh coffee. The hotel management took great care of my Mum and Dads celebration and provided complimentary champagne and chocolates in their room, and without any notice, my Husband received a larger than large birthday cake...enough to offer the whole hotel! (Thank you Alexander the Great).
My Son would like to add that the indoor pool was a great asset for an Easter break. Got to go, could go on forever...need to try and do a deal for a lovely hotel named Alexander the Great Hotel in Paphos for next Easter!!!!!
We decided on this hotel from the reviews of other visitors and we weren't disappointed!I had booked a room with a side sea view and we arrived to a room overlooking the harbour.We also had a lovely welcome of a bottle of champers,fresh flowers,chocolates on our pillow...
We had booked bed and breakfast and this didn't disappoint with a large choice of hot and cold breakfast items.
We also ate in the restaurant one evening which proved to be excellent value at 12 cypriot pounds.
Most of the staff were helpful and friendly.
The sunbed allocation there is a great idea,you just ask the attendant for some and show him where you would like to relax.We chose the beds overlooking the little beach and the sea which was stunning.
Hygiene not a priority!
We stayed for a week at the beginning of January 2005. The hotel is beautifully laid out with a lovely large indoor pool, gym and spa, just what you want in January. It is close to central Paphos too.
The problem was that the place was filthy - the changing rooms were really dirty - mould on the walls in the shower, a hair ball on the shower hose and more - not what I expect in a 4* hotel. I complained (twice) but the mould and hair ball stayed there all week. The room was not cleaned particularly well either, particularly the bathroom. This did not give us much confidence about the hygiene of the pool and spa - my husband developed an ear infection after a couple of days.
The restaurant food was excellent when there was a buffet, but mediocre otherwise. Guests on half board were shunted off into the canteen breakfast restaurant (bright and noisy) at the weekend when they had corporate functions in the main restaurant. Annoying, but OK as there are plenty of restaurants nearby.
Had a great time
My husband, daughters (16 &19) and I stayed in the Alexander for 2 weeks in October 03.
Cypriot people very hospitable and staff were very friendly. Check in was hassle free.
Fantastic breakfast, everything you could wish for.
We went half board, however, the girls were not too keen on the evening food. There is such a wide variety of restaraunts within walking distance that next time we would go B&B and have a choice.
Having your sunbeds allocated to you on arrival was great for us, removed the hastle of worrying whether you would get one or not!
Worth paying extra and having a sea view, the view is fabulous.
Girls found resort a bit quiet. They preferred Limassol. My husband and I loved it.
Lots of the guest had been before and were frequent returners.
Loved the fact they turn your sheets down and left chocolates on your pillow each night, nice touch.
The habour is lovely at night.
Fantastic Army Brass Band on Sunday afternoons.