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Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Beach Hotel & Resort Paphos
Not the same hotel
stayed at hotel before standards have dropped .Staff not locals service poor.Beach erroded away.Food not as good,especiallyon free half board weeks! husband got food poisoningThis hotel is tired needs refurbishnent and is no longer 5* standard more like 3* especially the bedrooms.Executive suites had a cockroach problem yoo.
Leptos Coral Beach is Excellent
We had read some pretty awful reviews about the Coral Beach hotel and were considering changing our arrangements prior to departure. The hotel we stayed in was owned by the Leptos Deevelopment Group and was excellent. There is, however, another Coral Beach Hotel run by Ascos and this appears to be the one with problems.
From our arrival and greeting by guest relations the hotel provided excellent, attentive service. Food quality was the some of the best we have had in the Med.
Pools were spotless, as were the rooms. Decor was perhaps slightly faded but certainly four star standard.
Setting is delightful, if somewhat isolated. The 'resort' of Coral Bay is basically a small strip of shops and banking facilities were the only attraction.
Overall a very peaceful, relaxing place for a break in the sun. Would certainly recommend.
Dont say i didn't warn you
were to start? trailing ants in the blackened grout bathroom or delayed arrival at 2 am thanks to flooded heathrow and hotel didnt bother to send requested taxi to meet us. arrive at hotel to find absence of cot for junior - eventually dumped in our room for us to assemble/ make it up linen. there was no program for infants as we and other parents were promised (pool poll) which meant our 2 weeks of relaxation died on day one. this is not the kind of hotel you entrust to find good childminders. kids club a joke. never saw anyone test pool water and this with pool packed at hottest time of year, and guests were rammed into main, shallow one as athletes have taken over a good 50% of the facilities at the hotel - the remainder you will share with the unfortunate wedding parties who will experience one of the most mediocre ceremonies money can buy. we spent £4500 on this holiday for iron-stomach me to wind up hurling all night with food poisoning after the hottest day of the year (3rd night) and it was so severe it took 3-4 days to recover. nice. the childrens high chairs were wood and had never actually been properly washed and i was resented for pushing... wiping a filthy highchair with a cold wet cloth is the norm here. sons tum bad the whole time - nearly ended holiday in hospital. after 2 weeks still had to chase them for a breakfast banana for babe. last 3 days we rented a car and went north to v lovely latchi - the clear water and good food allowed our stomachs to settle and we actually enjoyed ourseleves for the first time. the hotel is all of 11 years old but anticipate it looking 40+ and you wont mind so much. the real coral bay beach is a hot, unpleasant roadside 10 minute walk away from hotel - the hotel beach is crap and made worse by the wierd 'nightclub' that pounds out the tunes til late and the boats/ marina. the hotel is pushing it to call itself 3 -star - 4 star is undeservedly generous. incidently, much is made of international athletes staying here but dont kid yourselves, anyone who has medalled stays in pathos at the real hotels. when the dignitaries come you, the security risk, will be asked to remain in your room and hope to have room service by the end of the week (well, they have to feed princess anne first). i spent most of the time - much of it in room with babe - wondering how england with its dire medal situ could ever afford to have athletes eat this badly and consume such high-risk food. in parting, son tripped on crazy paving with good 1+ inch gaps between stones (depth and width) ending up with skin removed from nose and chipped tooth as a permanent reminder. the hub is an architect so we have loads of how not to build photographic examples as well as others of holey bedlinen, dead grass and decaying trees - which were everywhere. foul time. the english visitors were loving it - everyone else was counting the hours. it took us months to get over our 'holiday' and we couldn't muster the energy to sue.
Deaf octogenarians welcomed !
We have just returned from our second visit to this hotel, our first visit being nearly 5 years ago. The hotel is much as we remembered it. This hotel seems to cater mainly for the over 55s. About 75% of the guests were in this age group, approx 20% 35-55 and the remaining 5% under 35. The hotel does not accept children, which probably deters the younger age groups with families, but consequently activities/entertainment are biased towards bingo, quizes etc.
We were on an all inclusive package and, although not brilliant, the food is plentiful and generally OK. Our room was OK but the decor is starting to look tired and will soon look shabby without refurbishment.
The problem with this hotel lies in the 'optional' evening entertainment provided by the in-house entertainments team. While visually a motley crew, vocally they are quite talented and very enthusiastic. Unfortunately, the entertainment is nothing but compulsory due to the volume of their performances, which last until the early hours in one form or another. We were originally allocated a room directly above the stage and the next day had to be relocated as we could not sleep for the noise. Our new room was at the other side of the hotel, but we could still hear the performance - and believe me on karaoke night this was not funny! Throughout our stay I saw a steady stream of people at reception complaining about this and asking to be moved. In short, there is nowhere you can go to escape the noise. It is a great pity as it is basically a good hotel, so come on Ascos - get it sorted! We will not be returning unless you do.
Hotel did not live up the to our expectations
We are a young family and have just returned from the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort (1 - 8 May 05). This is supposedly a 5* hotel but it is really an average 4* hotel at 5* prices. We were really disappointed with the hotel and its location in Paphos. There were only 3 restaurants in the area plus a supermarket. The hotel is expensive to eat in and it is much better going bed & breakfast and eating out of the hotel in Coral Bay, a good 15 minute hike up a hill or a bus ride into Paphos which takes about 20 minutes.
This hotel is not targeted at young families as the kids club is a token gesture by the hotel which is badly organised and has limited entertainment for the children. The playground area is a plastic slide.
For a 5* hotel the daytime entertainment by the pool is poor i.e. water polo at 4 o'clock every day and the evening entertainment every night was a pianist.
The hotel lacks atmosphere and style that you would anticipate from a hotel of this category. I would only recommend this hotel if you want a really quiet hotel on the outskirts of Paphos. If you want something a bit more lively do more research than I did and don't believe everything you read in the holiday brochures!
Gone To The Dogs
We stayed New Year 2005
We had stopped three years before that and found the hotel lovely.
We were really looking forward to going back.
What an anticlimax.
It was the pitts. Without boring you do death.
The room had ants crawling all over, we were so tired the night we got there (early hours) we fell into bed but the next morning I noticed the bedside table was crawling with ants! My husband followed the trail and when you looked close up at the carpet there were hundreds.. it was a sea of ants.
Anyway after loads of hassle we got moved.
The staff do not seem to care anymore and were indifferent, this time we noticed there was not too many locals, they seemed to german, eastern europe etc.
The food has gone way down, in fact I did not think we were in the same hotel.
We did feedback to the rep (Thompsons) she was indifferent. She also told us they were refirbing soon. Like that made me feel better!
I have to say the grounds and little habour are lovely but the rest was awful. The rooms look very tired the service is not what it was.
We are well travelled and for my money stay at the Ellsium very nice indeed.
I have not wrote a review about this as its Five Star and pricey you expect it to be excellent.. but so is the Coral Beach and look what we got.
If you really fancy peaceful untouched and what Southern Cyprus was 20 years ago.. Go to Kyrenia and stay at the Colony.. perfect.
I do not usually take the time for something like this and often think bad reviews must be written by moaning minnies, I was so fed up after the holiday, I felt I must write this feedback, they dont deserve your money and I felt the need for closure!
the hotel is fabulous, and it should have been a 5 star. The rooms are really luxorious and the air conditioning was really good, except one day it didn't work and we did have to ask a few times to get it fixed. There are cats that wonder round where the food is but they don't jump up onto the tables.
You have to like foods like venision to eat in the hotel and not really a childrens choice of food. Breakfasts were lovely and had a variety of everything.
To go into 2 of the restaurants, children must be 12 which was unfortunate for us as one of the party was 10.
The swimming pool is lovely and big. Sunbeds are good and there are quite a few of them.
Bar food is excellent but expensive and we paid 40euros for 5 of us to have a drink and a toasted sandwich in the coffee bar which was very lovely.
Entertainment was excellent but limited. To go into the bar and listen to a band, you had to be 15 which was very annoying.
There wasn't a childrens club, but there were things like pottery and painting classes for them to do.
The staff could be friendly but the evening meal waiters were rude often.
Into paphos town, some of the managers of restaurants were very pushy but in one back road there was a lovely one which i think was called the moorings. There was a glass bottom boat which was really worth having a go on and if you catch the bus which was opposite the hotel, it could take you right to the waterpark which is really worth spending a day there although quite pricey.
In the coral bay town, there are a few little shops and restaurants but be careful going into the english fish and chippy because my father had bad fish which made him ill for several days.
the beach is shingle but in holiday brochures they describe it as golden sands. Also, the waves are very high and rough.
I loved it there and i would definately go there again.
We Liked It.
My family and I stayed at the Coral Beach in the sweltering summer of 2003, and were impressed with its facilities, food and surroundings (although the small town nearby is nothing to write home about.) It's also a bit anonymous and feels more like a convention or business hotel than a resort, but it delivers service efficiently enough. There are a few restaurants you can choose to eat in, including a nice seafood one down at the harbourside which makes you feel you're outwith the hotel itself, and the food overall was pretty good. There are plenty of sunbeds surrounding the pool and a shady area at the bar to escape the heat at lunch. The rooms are fine too - again, a kind of Hilton or Marriott standard - and ours had a nice balcony overlooking the harbour. We'd no complaints really.
Stars are in their eyes only
The Coral Beach was listed 5 star, but would just about make it as a 4 star in a truly International hotel rating.
The property was opened in 1993 and looks dated and a bit tired, requiring a major capital spend to bring it within distance of a modern 5 star. Interestingly, the hotel has recently added a deluxe wing, Coral Blue which claims to have a butler boutique feel. I think that the extension is an attempt to recapture a lost market and get better rates than the hotel is currentl achieving. The same company Leptos Estates has built a 40 bedroom boutique lodge adjacent to the hotel which it believes is 5 star plus, and on visiting the Thalasso Hotel it was definitely 5 star. I believe plans are afoot to address the Coral Beach refurbishment requirement bt no time frame was given.
The Coral Beach hotel is well run and the staff friendly. There is a definite management presence at all meal times. Breakfast is better than most comparable resorts and is efficiently serviced with lots of choice for Europeans and British. The A La Carte restaurants offer good choice from italian, French and Local influences. The hotel states it has six restaurants, but not all are open every night in November. We dined off property on three nights and concluded that the Coral Beach has a very good standard of food and service. The Pool and Beach areas are well maintaned and it is by far the best location in the area. A water sports and Diving School are conveniently close by.
The main disappointment was the inefficient bedroom Air Conditioning which was very poor and in fact contributed to many poor nights sleep. The rooms themselves are well insulated against noise, but the AC was very noisy and inefficient. Room temperatues rarely got below 23 celcius, which is quite warm. The beds also, should be up-graded on refurbishment. Why do resorts not offer real doubles instead of out fashioned 3 foot singles which are pushed together to look like a double arrangement. I would dread to think what bedroom comfort levels are like in the hot summer days!
If the Coral Beach was to refurbish and put more care into the basic bedroom comforts, it would be an outstanding 4 star plus property. The location, facilities and the general ambience are spot on.
Not what was expected
My husband and I have just returned from the Ascos Coral Beach Hotel. We first visited this hotel 6 years ago and thought it was fantastic and it was always our dream to return. What a let down!!. The hotel was definately not worthy of a 4* rating. It was shabby and our bathroom would have benefitted from a complete overhaul. The carpets were grubby and we had unwelcome visitors in the forms of ants (which when told the management did give us a spray) . The food was never hot but about tepid but, the most horrendous thing was the lack of entertainment. One girl who can only be described as LOUD was classed as the entertainer and her idea of entertainment consisted of quizzes and Bingo. The staff were not friendly and can only be described as surly. All in all we will definately not be returning for a third time to this hotel.