Cynthiana Beach Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cynthiana Beach Hotel Paphos
Have just returned from a 1 week stay on half board basis. Hotel staff were very helpful and courteous. Breakfast and evening meals both of very good quality and varied selection every day. The hotel would suit couples particularly. A hire car is a "must have"if you wish to have easy access to the nightlife in Paphos as the bus service stops at around 11pm each day. That said, there are a few bars situated within easy walking distance of the hotel. The room itself was quite adequate and very clean. Everything (tv,air conditioning etc etc) was in working order. All in all we had a great holiday and would certainly return again.
I wanted a relaxing holiday this year after saving up for this ridiculously expensive holiday! It cost me nearly £3000 for myself, my partner and my 2 children! I thought that paying this much money, we were in for a treat... but I was so wrong! When we arrived at the hotel we were horrified to find that the hotel was hidden behind masses of banana trees (a banana plantation!) This caused all sorts a creatures in the hotel! We had lizards, spiders, and even BATS! I stayed in a room with my partner and youngest child and my oldest child stayed in a room with her auntie who also joined us on the holiday. One night, they came in from going for a meal and a few drinks with us and found an infestation of giant ants. When my sister reported this problem to reception, they told her to wait until the morning. She insisted that they sorted out the problem and the eventually came up to the room (after 2 hours!) Then, after all that they sprayed something down which had a terrible smell so all 5 of us ended up cramming up in my room that night! It is quite a boring place and there is no nightlife atall! there are a few bars and restaurants but that is it! I would recommend this place to older people but no one else! I was told that the beaches were gorgeous but don't listen! They are horrible! The only thing that this place has going for it is the weather - and that is nothing to do with Hotel Cynthiana Beach! All I can say, is if you've booked - loose the deposit! It's not worth it!!!!!
I find it hard to believe people can post good reviews about this hotel. When we arrived , the pool bar was in the process of being refurbished, there were electrical cables hanging from the ceiling and walls, there were wheelbarrows and builder`s cement everywhere. As for the hotel , it was more like a 2 star hotel - miles from anywhere- bus to Paphos stopped at 7 pm so you had to take an expensive taxi into town . The whole hotel contravened any health and safety standards. We were put into an annexe of the hotel - with a view of a concrete mixer in the car park. The Thomson rep was absolutely useless . Suffice it to say that it was so bad that we paid a small fortune to move to another hotel. Don`t go if you can help it - and certainly don`t go with Thomsons
Cynthiana beach hotel was superb.Excellent Room.Good facilities.Beautifully clean. Exceptional staff.Obliging ,friendly and courteous.
Has its own bay and sheltered beach, and gardens with chairs/sunbathers.Also hotel pools, gym etc. Beautiful views of coast.Superb selection of food for all meals.Evening entertainment. Drinks at very reasonable prices. 5 minutes walk to the bus stop. ( winter time this could be restricting) .Car hire very reasonable from the hotel desk - just over a hundred pounds for the week, with fuel and insurance for basic car. Other restaurants/pub within walking distance,also shops. About 10 minutes drive to Coral Bay, and 20 minutes to paphos sea front - at a leisurely speed.
One of the best in the area
We've just come back from a week in Paphos having stayed at the Cynthiana Beach hotel and we loved it there. The hotel itself is large but very clean and modern and is in an enviable location on a small beach with beautiful sunsets. One or two of the staff could learn how to smile (notably the restaurant cashier) but most are efficent and helpful.
Due to the location of this hotel I would say that car hire is almost essential as it's quite a walk to the main area where all the restaurants are on the Tomb of the Kings road and Paphos town centre, but to be fair we want to return to Pahos and there's no way we would go back without a car as there's just so much to explore on the western half of the island.
We stayed halfboard and found the restaurant buffet to be generally good if slightly repetitive, but since Cyprus isn't as cheap as some of the other Greek islands (expect UK restaurant prices) staying halfboard here enables you to spend more money on tours/getting around and seeing things which is what western cyprus is really all about. There's a good selection of foods in the evening meal (18.00-21.30) with something for everyone although you do have to pay extra for drinks which was disappointing. The breakfasts are above average also with a good selection.
We wouldn't hesitate in staying here again. We were one of the last dropped off by the coach so we got to see some of the other hotels and you could do so much worse than the Cynthiana as so many of the others looked straight out of the 70's and didn't have good locations.
We'd advise picking the car up at the airport though as our coach transfer seemed to take longer than the flight out there! It's not a scary drive at all, if you get lost just pull into a shop and give them the address, they'll be happy to help.
Cheerful young staff
I have just returned [12/3/05] from a week at this hotel. I researched my purchase on trip advisor and found the reviews helpful.
I booked via an agent and paid approx £220 for 1 weeks B&B in a double room with sea view.
The room was clean and the bathroom was fully functional but tired. The shower was good and there was plenty of hot water at any time of the day.
Breakfast was sufficient and with enough variety to accomodate most tastes. At £15 per head B&B it was something of a bargain. The staff were helpful and friendly.
We ate in the restaurant for 3 nights mainly because we were too tired to venture out. The meal was 3 courses and buffet style. The wine list was varied and reasonable with the most expensive bottle of red being £10 approx. The quality of the food was good and the quantity unlimited [almost].
There was "entertainment" in the bar every night with live music by local professionals on 4 nights including Cyprus's last Eurovision entrant. As a previous correspondent said you could take it or leave it. Drinks prices were reasonable.
I am glad that we had a hire car because the hike to the bustop and trip to Kato Paphos would become a bore.
The 2 independant restaurants next door provided both a friendly and reasonably priced alternative to the hotel food especially the nearer of the two.
For the price paid I thought we had a good deal as did others on full packages. It was the off season still with few children in evidence which may have softened our impressions somewhat.
Having spent 12 days in November 2004 at the Cynthiana Hotel, - our first trip to Cyprus. We cannot fault the excellent service we received. From the chambermaids to Management - nothing was too much trouble for them.
Food wonderful, accommodation brilliant , staff extremely friendly and scenery - well what can one say.
Certainly will be going back again.
Cynthiana - superb location
Have just spent 1 week half board at this hotel. As the brochure describes it is remote from the main town of Pafos approx 10 mins on local bus which goes from approx 300 yards from the hotel. Cost 70 cents for any length of journey en route. Hotel is kept clean, has recent signs of decoration to the exterior and work still ongoing in preparation for the main season. Bedrooms were of good size with heating/air conditioning, small table and armchair, balcony and balcony furniture. Most rooms have exceptional sea views and sea/mountain views. Towels changed daily and room maintained daily. Food was good and plenty of it. Staff were polite and helpful. Daily evening entertainment programme of amateur acts - you take it or leave it.
All in all a pleasant weeks holiday in a scenic location, in a good hotel. Would consider going again.
Cynthiana - Great View, Awful Management
Terrific views, but that's about all this ageing, slightly grubby-looking hotel has going for it. Location is peaceful, but very isolated. (A location like this needs a very comfy / luxurious hotel to compensate for the lack of local amenities. The Cynthiana certainly doesn't fit the bill)
Food is average at best, felt as if they were catering on an overly tight budget - reminiscent of 1960s school dinners.
Local eatery competition is limited though....around 3 (very similar) restaurants within reasonable walking distance. Be prepared to travel into Paphos if you want any quality, variety, or decent entertainment come to that. Roughly £10 each way by taxi, or under £1 by bus, up to 11pm.
Generally out-dated & tired decor, including hotel & room interiors. Definitely struggling to achieve 3 stars.
For disabled guests, there are several silly & inconvenient mobility issues, eg, a series of wheelchair ramps connecting different corridors, ultimately leading to a flight of stairs just before you reach your destination!?!? (Lots of embarassment for my disabled father-in-law at being lifted & carried )
When raised with the hotel, management attitudes were a throwback to the 1970s - I felt afterwards as if I had been involved in unarmed combat with the duty manager. It seemed as if guests are "the enemy".
I can't imagine why any hotel wouldn't want to provide minimal assistance to an elderly disabled couple. Especially one like this which seems to strongly appeal to the over-50s.
The Cynthiana's attitude was especially backward in that regard though.
They saw nothing wrong in lifting/carrying, (..."It's only a few steps, sir!")
Never again. Particularly at the (surprisingly) over-inflated prices charged by Thompsons. It's really not like them to get their pricing this wrong.
Beware Hidden Charges
We have just returned from a 7 day half board holiday at this hotel over the New Year week, in my books the hotel does not warrant the three stars that Thomson give it in the brochure, and i quite agree with your rating of two stars with room for improvement, yes the hotel entrance is quite nice but once you enter the lift to go upstairs the standard starts to fall dramatically, the bedroom furniture is functional but a bit outdated and not much in the way of storage for smaller items of clothing, the bathroom had broken tiles on the floor and the shower curtain was stained and marked , but there was plenty hot water on tap. TV provided was very old with no remote control so you had to manually change channels , the room Heating / AC did not work (although i did not try it till the last night when the weather turned a bit colder) the beds however were firm and comfortable
The rooms were kept neat and tidy and the towels changed daily, although you were not allowed to take them out of the room to the pool etc, in our room the sliding balcony door did not lock, so if you are on the first floor beware of opportunist theft and dont leave anything valuable lying about ,
Beware of the hidden charges, £3 per person if you want to use the Sauna, i was not informed of this till after i had used it as there were no signs either at the reception or on the sauna to indicate this and the brochure did not define these individual charges either. this may now be remedied after my complaint to the rep and the hotel management. (after paying nearly £1300 for 7 days you would not expect to pay a further £3 each for a Sauna)
The courtesy bus from the hotel into town was £1 single journey and does not go directly to the market but some way downhill from it. the alternative is the local bus some 500 yards uphill from the hotel at 70 cents single, you will also need to get the local bus home as the courtesy bus only goes one way.
The hotel is somewhat out in the sticks and transport will be required if you need to get to town or further afield , either by hired car, taxis or buses, remember this will be an added expense to your break,
The hotel food was fine and the staff friendly and very efficient .
The entertainment and food at the New Year Gala dinner was very good.
All in all its an okay basic hotel but has some problems but definitely not a three star.
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