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... than the purest honey (119:103) and your unfailing love is better than life (Ps 63:3). O God, how marvelous is your name in all the earth. If we would not praise you, all of creation would sing out. All the flowers of the field and all the trees of the forest would sing for joy and announce the glory of the King (Ps 96:12). How can I keep from singing, how can I keep from smiling, how can I keep from shouting your name in the valleys and on the peaks. Tears swell and ...
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These graves are not thought to belong to royalty but to wealthy, prominent families and persons. The tombs date back to the 3rd-century B.C. The most impressive tombs are peristyle with Doric columns encircling an open court or lining the entrance way to the tomb. Each tomb was carved out from native rock and typically contained several graves (burial places). Most, if not nearly all, of these graves would have been present when Paul was visiting the city. ...
Paphos has been a major port city on the island of Cyprus since before Alexander the Great. Alexander's successors, the Ptolemies (Hellenistic rulers of Egypt), designated Paphos to be the capital city of Cyprus and it continued to thrive and grow as a vital trade route with Alexandria in Egypt. Paphos has a long history but part of its unique heritage is the legend of Aphrodite. According to Greek mythology, somewhere along the shores of Paphos was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Avlida Hotel Paphos
Value for Money
Stayed all inclusive at the Alvida, ratings given out of 10.
Location 7, about 1 mile to the harbour, Ok (if like me) if you like a stroll, alternately a bus stop is located directly outside the hotel, 60 cents to anywhere on the route, if the stroll is the prefferred option, many bars on the way.
Food 7, no qualms, not extravagent, but then again, nothing to complain about.
Room 6, not quite sure if it met the 4* as stated.
Staff 8, very friendly.
Lively 6, more suited for the older clientelle.
Pool(s) 8 Very clean no issues.
Overall i enjoyed my stay at the Alvida, and would definately stay again.
A lovely hotel!
We have just got back from the Avlida Hotel (22/02/05) and we had a lovely time. The hotel was clean and tidy. The staff had very good manners, also the rooms were cleaned good every morning, the food was ok and we had a wide variety to choose from. As we went in the quiet season all the facilities wasn't open, we didn't go in the outdoor pool as i wasn't hot enough, but we went in the outdoor that was warm. We did have to pay for tea and coffee facilities, but was ok. The rooms was big and we had a sea view, which ws nice.
We would definately go back again!!!!!
Clean, friendly, good food and nice location
We found Avlida hotel on a website, lastminute and it was the cheapest deal for a four star hotel. The photos looked ok so we thought we should try it, didnt look at this site before going and I think I did well, incredible value for money.
The location is excellent, there is a bus running outside the hotel going literally everywhere for around about 60p, runs every every few minutes. It is less than 5 minute walk from the beach, although it was too cold for a swim in january. The market was in close walking distance , although it wasnt all that busy when we went.
The food was great. It was varied and themed every night we were there, never noticed a repitition and it tasted just fine.
much better than quite a few restaurants I have been to in pafos,. The service was quick in the restaurant and at the bar, and the waiters were polite and helpful
All the staff were helpful to us. We had no difficulties communicating with anyone there and they were all very friendly. Our rooms were really great, clean and fully functioning bath, toilet Television and airconditioning. They also seem to be a bit bigger than some of the photographs suggest but there you go.
Another reviewer complained about the fiver for the TV remote control. I asked for a remote and was given one for a five pound deposit, not a payment.I was refunded when I handed it back.
The swimming pool area, although it was impossible to use at this time of year and not in operation, seemed very nice, defininatly one to look out for if one should decide to go during the summer months.
also, harbour area and bar street were close by, around about 15-20 minutes on foot. there are also a number of more peaceful and quiet pubs and restaurants around the hotel which are worth taking a look.
overall, it was a good deal. Definately
Great value for money
I dont know about all the rest of the reviewers, but my holiday at the Avlida was absolutely excellent
The room was spacious, photos do not do them justice at all. The service was excellent at all times. The staff was more than friendly and prompty replied to our requests. Entertainment in the Avlida had a weekly pattern highlights of which were the karaoke, greek dancing stuff, and the casino night. The service we received was much higher than that of other 3 and most 4 star hotels I have stayed in previous years on the island. I made use of the swimming pool every day, restaurant (which had a wide variaty of food) gym and tennis court. The hotels location is also great as it is close to a beach (across the road) and right outside theres a public bus stop that goes to coral bay every 10 minutes. It is also quite close to the main tourist street, only 10 minutes on foot, and theres a nice selection of restaurants next to the hotel. The price I paid for my trip gave excellent value for money, as when compated to others in the same price category, the avlida was overwhelmingly better. I dont know if it is just people that complain that comment on this hotel, but I had a great time here.
I would definately stay here again.
Never a 4 Star
What can I say, but artistic license is alive and kicking and reading some other reviews three stars would be pushing it.
Good points - Very nice pool and reception area.
Average points - Room very basic and small. Breakfast OK
Bad points - Had to pay extra for the TV and tea making facilities in the room at about £5 per night. Rooms over looked private apartments and gave no privacy. No running water in the room for most of one day. Hotel entertainment was a complete joke, with a Cypriot singer 3 nights a week, who didn't know the words to the songs!
Shame on Olympic holidays for advertising this hotel as a 4 star in the same company as hotels like the Athena beach.
On the way home we had a 14 hour flight delay and to Olympics credit they sent us to the Python hotel near the airport for the duration of the delay. This hotel is listed as a 3 star, but boy there was stacks of entertainment day and night and the buffet meals were beautiful. Head and shoulders above the Avlida.
You'll be hungry
I decided to book this holiday for two reasons, the first being that the web site advertised they catered for vegetarians and secondly the rep. from Kwik Travel had herself been there earlier on in the year and commented on how great the food had been, well i go away every year and i've never had such disgusting food even my partner who isn't 'fussy' couldn't eat the meat if thats indeed what it was as it seemed to be on every night, anyway there was a menu board outside the restaurant with the meals for the week only they didnt follow it and it seemed to be only for show when i asked the chef in one of our conversations why this was he told me" there was no more room for any more" this was probably true as there was only room for four main dishes.
As for the vegetarian food they advertised, night one there was nothing suitable for myself aside from salad, potatoes, or tinned green beans, so i waited for the next night and there was even less as most of the salad had fish in it, i asked the chef why there was nothing for the vegetarians, in his favour he asked me what i would like and promptly made me a pizza , that was great until the next night nothing again! well to cut a long story short i didnt come down to a dish i could eat until day six and even then the chef couldn't tell me what was in the pasta sauce( we suspect this was because it was from a jar)
The puddings were mixed some nights they were great ,lovely cream cakes and others the pudding was unedible one night every one commented how soapy the pudding was it was very strange. the only fruit available in this 4* hotel was melon and grapes.
The entertainment was a joke, as we were among the few brits at the hotel it was apparent it catered mainly for the spanish and cypriots as everything offered we couldnt understand, bingo and the singer being about it ,oh don't forget the karoke.
The room was fine aside from the shower which was faulty, it faced into the wall so only your arms got wet (great) and the temperture changed so one minute it would turn freezing and the next you would get burnt which is not to good for the sunburn,
i notified reception and asked for a remote for the tv and was charged 5 pounds, i left it two days and complained when the shower still hadn't been fixed lucky for me my partner is an electrician but we didnt book a 4* hotel to come and fix the shower ourselves, my opinion of the Avlida Hotel is that it is a 3* certainly not a 4 and the web site tells lies which is unacceptable as it is a basis on which people book there holiday there.
Absolute Rip-Off & Goodbye to Golden Sun (gone bust)
I concurr with all the previous comments.
4star, no way. The tin bath was painted allowing the stains to show through. Abysmal service 100% of the time. Barmen fighting behind the bar, a manager who never gave a ****.
Food so bad we were sick and ate out for the next thirteen days.
I'm glad to see Golden Sun have gone bust this week, with a bit of luck they can take garbage like this with them. Goodbye and good riddence to both.
More like 1 star
Arrived to a dirty toilet that didnt flush, paint flaking on the bathroom ceiling, mould round bath, air conditioning was noisey it sounded like a train passing through the room. View from balcony was of a lap dancing bar. There was no privacy on your balcony as over looked by other apartments. The food in the restaurant was catered for germans there was very little english food on the menu. Maid service was fine. Drinks in the restaurant and the bar were very expensive and tasteless. No food or drink to be consumed in hotel if not bought there. Restuarant and bar staff had no manners. We paid half board but ate out most nights as the food was bland and tasteless and was not up to the standards that you'd expect from a four star hotel.
Disappointed Avlida visitor
Paphos is clearly one of the best parts of Cyprus and hotels are plentiful so our stay was disappointing. Where do we start? Our list of complaints was shared by other guests so presumably our experience is pretty common for the Avlida. Our friends (who live 5 mins from the hotel say it is reasonable by local standards but there is so much competition we would probably go elsewhere next time). We had two rooms with connecting doors (which was useful) so the inconsistent room service was interesting but disappointing. Most faults could and should have been avoided by better trained staff. For example:
In the bathroom: (1) A sign suggesting nothing should be flushed down the toilet (not even toilet paper?!) The bin didn't have a lid but lo and behold after our complaint staff provided new bins with lids and confirmed toilet paper could be flushed anyway. (2) Flooded twice never found the source but on a third occassion water came through the roof ventilator. Maintenance man arrived promptly and obviously knew the problem which he solved by putting some towels in the roof space! (3) towel changes inconsistent and pot luck.
In the bedroom: (1) No hotel guide to services, (2) No do not disturb sign (never appeared despite complaint), (3) No double bed (just two singles pushed together). (4) Some of the lights didn't work. (5) Maid service inconsistent and even missed some days. (6) NO SATELLITE TV - which is advertised on their website and in the leaflet we were given at reception.
Overall: (1) Noise and smell from the bins being emptied every week day. Smell worse on Sunday - no bin collection! (2) Entertainment diabolically repetitive and very poor quality (3)
Good points: (1) Food - plentiful with wide range and reasonable quality. (2) The manager resolved most of our complaints promptly but couldn't provide the satellite TV (3) Location- OK walking distance to lots of bars, restaurants and shops but 'Cabaret' club next door may not impress guests with children. (4) Pool - attractive and clean (5) Staff - generally friendly but english not always adequate.
Not a 4 star hotel
We have just returned from the Avlida which in our minds defintly not a 4 star throughout.
Our room was basic with no fridge you pay extra for that. air con very very noisy keeping us awake for entire fortnight too hot not to have it on.
though pleasant in the day as temp's soared. television limited as you have to purchase the control from the reception desk! Our view once you looked past the burnt out cars of the petrol station next door beautiful sea and sunsets.
The lifts were very unreliable and very very tiny took ages to call it so by the time it arrived as there was no air con in the corridor's u were a pool of sweat.Food not bad lots of selection but pretty tastless had mouldy bread one day but the manager soon put that right. He blamed the heat!
We were not impressed with the owner dressing down a Croation member of staff for not having the right shoes on (she was lovely) he was very vocal and very embarrasing for us and her. They treated the Greek staff very differently they seem to get away with everything but the Croatian staff were lovely and very friendly.
There is a bus stop directly outside hotel which is handy to escape the entertainment Nemis on organ most nights who couldnt sing!! it takes you to the lovely harbour well worth a visit and to Coral bay were we spent most days the best beach in the area and the bus only 50cents to anywhere on the trip from harbour.
The pool was very nice clean and welcoming although our friends little girl nearly stepped on broken glass, quickly put right by maintenance man.
The Kareoke chap good fun but because drinks so expensive we didnt stay there that long and neither did anyone else so not much crown support.
We did have agood time despite all this we laughed about it in the cocktail bars later.