Travel Blogs from Paphos
Late morning. We set off on our next part of our journey. Paris to Paphos. Our flight with Cyprus Air was great... Smooth as and had a fantastic view of the many scattered Greek Islands as we headed towards Cyprus into Larnaca International airport. Kriton and Laura were there to pick us up and drive us to Paphos. There is an awesome highway straight through Larnaca and ...
... and feta coated in a rich, fruity and mouth coating olive oil, washed down with a lively, easy drinking fruity rosť situated in a residential lane way. It was like having a home cooked meal prepared by and with love by Nona!! We attended to purchasing what I call bits of **** that family expect and I loath purchasing! But anyway once in receipt of this said "****" I asked a lovely older lady, possibly a Nona similar to that who made my lunch, for directions to what ended up being ...
... steps I find myself climbing. You see, for a few Jordanian Diner payed to the Bedouin handler you can climb aboard the strong little sure footed donkey, sit yourself on the dirty dusty stinking blanket that covers the back of said donkey and balance there without stirrup or reins, as it then receives a strike on the rump by the handler and it begins it's climb up the stairs at a bone jarring pace not missing a beat. This is great for those astride ...
... over lots of hills and mountains to get there, and the views were gorgeous. When we arrived we walked up into the hills to find the baths which were also very beautiful - there was a large pool with a waterfall and lots of long hanging vines; it was straight out of a Disney film! We also walked a bit further up the hill to get the views of the coast and the sea. We saw lots of massive lizards basking in the sun, some were as big as those you can buy as pets! At the bottom of ...
Greek Cypriot National Day (1st April)
It is a Double holiday here in Cyprus today and I am glad I am not out travelling.
The country celebrates the anniversary of the beginning of the Greek-Cypriot struggle for independence against the British, and this day is marked generally by parades in the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Almyra Hotel Paphos
Fantastic hotel for families!
We stayed at the Almyra Hotel during Easter and enjoyed every minute of it. Relaxed from the minute we entered the beautiful lobby until check out. We were in a Superior Sea View Room and it was very nice and with a superb view over the sea and Paphos harbour. I can see from other reviews of this hotel that the bad reviews are given by people staying in Garden View Rooms. I must admit that those rooms have a far less interesting view and some of the rooms problably even experience traffic noise from the road outside the hotel. My advice to you is therefore to stay in a room on the sea side of the hotel. The staff try hard and are very nice people. The hotel restaurants have very nice food and the price is not a lot higher than downtown Paphos restaurants. Paphos town has a beautiful harbour founded by Alexander the Great and UNESCO proteced mosaic houses that are must-does for historically interested tourists. However, Paphos is also a lot of ordinary "tourist traps" regarding restaurants and shops in general. Also, I don't understand why the Almyra is rated only as a 3 star hotel. To me, it seemed more like a 4 or a 5 star hotel. Next to the Almyra is the sister hotel (both hotels are owned by the Thannos Hotel Group) called the Annabelle, which is rated a 5 star hotel. I spent some time over there and to me this hotel seems far more "tired" and kind of "run down" compared to the newly renovated Almyra Hotel. To couples: Be aware that there is a lot of families with children on this hotel. You may not find this hotel quiet and romantic during high season. To parents: This hotel is geared for families, and we are talking a very children friendly hotel, where the parents don't go on any compromise with quality. Enjoy your trip to Cyprus!
The staff are excellent at this hotel when we got to the hotel we were treated like royalty given hot towels and drink and doors opened for us all the time. The receptionist even took us to our room personally.
The room -
The bed was huge and the whole room was decorated black wood and white everything else. It was really nice. we had fresh fruit and water waiting for us in the room. Bathroom was clean, but mini bar was expensive, but you would expect that from a 5 star hotel. We had a garden view room which was ok, didnt have a balcony and i did see one of the sea view rooms and wished i had upgraded.
The restaurants -
we was bed and breakfast basis so we didnt eat dinner in the hotel as paphos is so cheap to eat out we were glad we done this. I can recommend a lovely restaurant directly opposite the hotel called adelaida
where we paid about £7 for a 3 course meal witha bottle of wine between us. Breakfast at the hotel was nice and they had a variety of all types of food and drinks.
The facilities -
The pool area is quite shaded but the sun is hot so this was nice. The bar in the lobby was lovely and prices not too bad. We went tp the gym a couple of times it is airconditioned with basic equipment.
the hotel is on the beach which in paphos isnt that great but we had a walk along it anyway. It is only 5 minutes walk to bar street with bars and clubs. The harbour where there is more restaurants and where you do boat excursions is only 10 minutes walk.
we had a great time and would recommend this hotel to couples and not really families as it is quite quiet hotel. Enjoy!
Stylish but flawed...
After pouring through various brochues, looking for a stylish and more upmarket European summer sun destination, we plumped for the Almyra, mainly due to the photos of its calming interior and the landscaped gardens and pool area.
A cofusion over our family name led to a 20 min wait at check-in with no apology. We were glad to finally get to our room which at first glance appeared to be just as the brochures had depicted it... until we opened the curtains and found that our terrace was in fact a yellow patch of grass outside a sliding door with nothing to fence it off from our neighbours so-called terrace. The 'terrace' area was on such a gradient it was not possible to sit or lie out in this area, not that there was any furniture provided to do so anyway. As the hotel was fully booked for the week we were unable to move rooms. This was not the only surprise... behind the solitary bathrobe that was hanging in the bathroom was a large hole in one side of the bathroom door. It looked like a previous guest had tried to kick their way out of the bathroom... we found out why the first time we took a shower and the door became jammed due it swelling in the damp atmosphere!
However our main frustration was with the way in which our complaints were handled and how we continually had to ask the same question of several different members of a staff until we saw any action. We couldn't help thinking that this could be a really special hotel if only they trained their staff better, were more honest with their room descriptions and checked the rooms were in working order before checking guests into them.
A cool, modern hotel in a good location
Almyra is right in the centre of Paphos and overlooks the sea. The hotel is modern and minimalist down to the shallow, slate pool. Great sunloungers and drinks can be served whilst you sunbathe! The restaurant food comes at a price. Breakfast is buffet style and keeps you full all day. The waiting staff and hotel staff aren't very friendly, don't expect pleasantries. Its neighbour hotel, the Annabelle, does service with a smile and you'll find a more traditional deep blue swimming pool and landscaped pool bar. You can easily use the facilities as they are sister hotels. You won't get to see the roof terrace at the Almyra as featured in all the promo material unless you go on the hunt for it or you're lucky enough to stay in one of them! We found a waiter who let us watch the sunset on one of the terraces whilst we drank our fab brandy sours. Hotel rooms are lovely, clean and spacious; highly recommended. Our only gripe was the Almyra seemed all style over substance, the lobby is a graveyard. It can be a bit too cool for school at times! If you want a traditional Cypriot restaurant go to St Georges Tavern, their greeting is "tell us when you want the food to stop." Meze organic food accompanied with organic wine, you get what you're given, it keeps coming, it's all delicious down to the choc pud and all at brilliant value! A must do. All the cabbies know how to get there. New York Times did a review recently on the Almyra (I'm in the photo on the terrace!!) and St George (18.09.05), go have a look before experiencing a great, relaxing holiday in Paphos...
Should be given fives stars!
Booked end of Sept 2005, best location in town, felt so weclome and safe around town and in hotel - great food, half board is good choice, lots of people watching (glam models, golfers, celbs and TV crews in hotel) other guest were so nice .
One of the few hotels that let singles have best sea view rooms at good rates!
Tap water was fine to drink so that saved £££
Took the wife here last May (2004) for a week in the sun. It was everything we expected. Rooms were spacious and minimalist - right on the wifes street. Bar area and terrace area was fantastic - the best brandy sour in town! The food at the poolside restaurant was top notch and the view across the bay as you ate was the business. Unfortunatley, all this came at a price but it was worth every penny.
Not what it is cracked up to be!!!
The 'style' that is pushed very hard in all the advertising for this hotel is very, very much overstated. The restyling of this hotel is very much a superficial makeover... a la lawrence L-B & changing rooms quality. Close up there has been no attention paid to detail and the finishes are of a very low quality. Tiling in bathrooms, paint flaking off of doors.
No kettle was allowed in the room despite asking 4 times. I resorted to buying one for £3 from a small shop nearby.
No extractor fan in the bathroom of either room... yes I asked to change rooms once due to ants, generator noise, lack of bathroom extractor fan.
Garden [ re: garden rooms ], is in reallity a roughly kept grassy no mans land between the hotel and the main road on the street side of the hotel. If you choose a 'garden room' expect traffic/generator noise and no pleasant view.
No beach, only a 3 metre wide dusty/rubbly strip. Swimming in the sea and wet bikes etc are available but from the pontoon serving the man made breakwaters. This is adequate but the rubbly sea bed means access to the sea from the rubbly beach is not really practical.
Staff friendly and they try hard.
Spacious sunbathing area and always sunbed availability [ tho was October ].
The sister hotel next door, The Annabelle, is completely different, up market and simply offers a higher level of service and quality. Food/restaurants are better yet cost's less. 3 luvly restaurants and very accomodating staff. I highly recommend making use of the facilities if you like me were suckered by the slick Almyra brochure.
Gorgeous and relaxing
My wife and I spent two weeks in the Almyra in September. The hotel met expectations in every department. On arrival we were met by 4 seperate friendly members of staff - one to park the car and take the cases, another to check us in (and offer damp face towels), the barman with a strange crystallised fruit, and glass of water, and the guest services manager. The entrance to the hotel is beautiful, particularly at night with shimmering water reflecting on the ceiling. The decor throughout is contemporary with suede and leather furnishings in brown and beige. Our sea facing room was immaculate with a reasonable sized balcony and huge bed. The highlight is the pool area (pool tiled in black slate) with modern day beds and sunloungers and white sheeting drawn across in the heat of the day. The eating area around the bar is stunning - a drink at sunset is a must. Unlike previous holidays we relaxed the minute we arrived. Didn't want to leave. Will cetainly be returning.
Modern, stylish and relaxing!
Just come back from a week at the Almyra, had a brilliant time and weather was fantastic! (Being extremely lucky, our kids had a week back home with nanny and grandad!!) So we thought this hotel was excellent for couples. Will probably not return with the children as we felt this hotel was too quiet and if our 3 boys were to enjoy the pool i would be telling them to sshhh all the time, and think they would find it boring especially being without a pool table.
The place was very stylish and modern and the staff couldnt do enough for you and always had service with a friendly smile. We reported to reception that we had some ants in our room, but was dealt with straight away. The food was great, location is superb and rooms were very nice even if the bathroom was a bit small, but still served its purpose. The view from our room was excellent (facing the sea) with a small balcony - apparantly Garden View rooms were noisy and face the tennis courts/road. The Kyma Suites looked appealing if you wanted to upgrade for something special! The only area we thought they needed to improve was to have a bit of entertainment in the evening, but being close to bars and restaurants maybe it wasn't an issue. Maybe that's the idea of having a large impressive lobby area where you can enjoy a quiet drink on comfortable leather sofas.
Overall a really nice hotel that would appeal to couples of all ages and in our opinion somewhere where you can completely unwind and relax!
Good but with room to improve
Went to Almyra at end of July 2004 with the family -12 yo and baby. Plus points were the design - very stylish furnishings,large-ish minimalist rooms, stunning lobby area with great views of the beach and sunsets,beautiful dark slate pool (with a large awning to protect from the sun) ,reasonably good food, vicinity to downtown Paphos and efficient,friendly staff (in the main)...
Downsides - tiny bathrooms with miniscule baths, poor facilities for kids..the creche was very basic and windowless,with Oxfam quality toys. They position themselves as a design hotel for families,but they haven't really thought what that means.For instance, they seemed genuinely suprised and suspicious that we wanted them to empty the minbar for storing milk for the baby.
Overall a good quality hotel,but with some teething problems.