Travel Blogs from Paphos
... had things that I was waiting to hear from the Lord regarding what I should do, how to do it, and when to do it and I wanted to use the quiet time on the mountain to reach call out to God and ask for him to help me know his answer.
Here are a few of my thoughts, passages that I meditated upon, and doxologies that I gave to the Lord:
“Oh Lord, your majesty is so great in all the earth, the mountains melt like wax before you (Ps 87:5), through all ...
Agia Kyiakis is a 12th-century A.D. Byzantine church. It is not overly impressive, but it does have a large basilica and bishop's palace surrounding it from the 4th century A.D. In the front courtyard of the church there stands a white, 1st-century pillar according to tradition, is the place where Paul was tied and scourged. Of course, there is no historical evidence for this claim but the pillar very well could have been around when Paul was ...
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. ...
... building discovered on Cyprus, measuring 120 x 80 meters (393.7 x 262.5 ft.).
WHEN DARKNESS DOESN'T HIDE...
On his first itinerant mission, as recorded in Acts 13:6-12, the Apostle Paul (along with his companions Barnabas and John Mark) journeyed to Cyprus and visited the city of Paphos. In the 1st-century A.D. when Paul and his fellow-preachers reached Paphos, it would have been a very affluent, bustling port city with many ...
... George's taverna... A legendary eatery which we have seen two shows about in on the food channel in NZ. We we were greeted by George's son ( with an accent to die for), and he set about telling us that they are no menus, all the food is organic, fresh, seasonal, and it is all about eating small amounts, chatting, and embracing the slow food movement. This was a very fitting way to top off a superb last day in Paphos. Here is some more info on The Tombs of the Kings: The Tombs of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aloe Hotel Paphos
Aloe Hotel Paphos returned 23/8/2005 up to date review
After reading previous reviews of the Aloe I went on holiday with my husband and two 17 year old daughters wondering if we were going to receive value for money. This is our 4th trip to Paphos but our first to this hotel. We paid for a sea view room which I agree with previous reviews was not worth the extra, we overlooked the roof of the building at the front of the hotel, and a very busy main road. Go for the rooms at the back of the hotel with a pool view and views of the mountain behind.
Previous reports had said that sunbeds were hard to come by unless getting up at 5.0am, but we were away at the height of the season and could get sunbeds until 10.0am. The hotel has very large lawns and although the sunbeds on the first row round the pool had gone by 7.0am the lawns had lots of sunbeds spaced out and some you could place under a palm tree when it got too hot ( which it did on several days). I would say however, that although the lawns and pools were nice some of the sunbeds were quite old and had seen better days.
The rooms were very comfortable with air conditioning, but although a 4 star the rooms are looking a little tired. Nothing that a new carpet and bedding etc would not solve. The hotel was very clean and sheets and towels were changed daily.
We booked our holiday on a bed and breakfast basis. The breakfast is buffet style but very varied from English breakfast, to fruit, cheeses, meats and a wide variety of breads and cereals. The breakfast room could be very busy but not until 9.30am onwards and it closed at 10.0am. Coffee and tea was served in pots by the waiters rather than having machines and usually arrived within a couple of mins of taking your table.
Although we did not sample the evening meals the menu looked very good although not very comprehensive in choice. Every other night is a theme night with several events taking place round the pool and the staff did a wonderful job of making the tables and surrounding area quite luxurious. Presentation on the theme nights looked great.
The pool party each Saturday is a bit of a let down unless you like the childrens club disco sounds, and we did not expect this at a mainly adult hotel.
Service from waiters, reception, cleaners etc was first class and what you would expect from a 4 star.
On the whole a very good holiday, and even our two 17 year olds loved the place and had a very enjoyable time.
Bit of a Curate's egg
I stayed with wife and two teenage children and the hotel is a bit of a mixed bag. The charge of £1.50 (cyp) per night for use of the mini bar fridge is outrageous especially as there are no ice machines. Similarly, challenge any overcharge from the mini bar immediately. When I challenged later that day the Reception claimed it was too late to do anything as the Mini Bar staff had all left??
On the plus side, rooms were excellent as were the pools and despite not reaching the pools until after 11 am sun loungers were always available. Not sure I would recommend a sea view room for the price but avoid side sea view rooms as you could be overlooking a karaoke bar which closes at 01:30.
We were on half board and food was good if not outstanding and there was a sufficient variety for the 2 weeks we were there. Staff generally were pleasant, especially the restaurant staff, although the bar staff sometimes found it difficult to hide their disdain at the effort of table service inisited on by the bar manager.
Hotel entertainment was generally good with the exception of the execrable "Cats Eyes" if they're on then go out that night, and the Gala Nights were fun without being over pushed by staff.
In summary we had a great holiday subject only to some niggles outlined above but would not deter us returning.
An Aloe Hotel Happy Visitor
I travelled with my partner to the Aloe Hotel in July for a week's break in the sun. Having read some of the reviews about the hotel we were unsure of what to expect, however, we were extremely pleased with the hotel, its staff and its location in relation to both the beach and Paphos harbour/centre. The hotel itself is only a slow pleasant 20 min stroll along the front to the harbour, and only 10 mins to shops/bars. There are plenty of restaurants offering good value meals for those who only want to stay Bed and Breakfast at the hotel (though we were advised by a couple at the hotel that the restaurants on the harbour offer the nicest food) although we had opted for half board.
We found the staff to be friendly and helpful, the room and bathroom were clean and we experienced no problems with the air con. Keeping the air con permanently on a low fan setting kept the room at a lovely cool temperature even when the temperature outside soared. We had paid extra for a sea view which we both felt was worthwhile as we could see all the way to the harbour. It was especially lovely in the evening/nightime when you could see the sunset and the harbour was all lit up. There is a road and a bit of 'rough ground' opposite the hotel before you get to the beach but we felt this did not detract from the overall view.
Some reviews have mentioned that the food served was repetetive. We stayed half board and felt that we had great value for money. The food was delicious and varied enough to provide lamb, pork, chicken, beef and fish dishes as well as a variety of salads and a mouthwatering selection of desserts!! We could find no complaint about the meals at all and the dishes being served were constantly 'topped up' so that the selection on offer was maintained throughout the evening. The use of the hotel as a venue for Cypriot Weddings has also been mentioned and people have indicated that guests at the hotel were 'crammed into the smaller restaurants'. Whilst it was true that there was a wedding being held at the hotel during the weekend we were not inconvenienced at all by having to have our evening meal in the 'breakfast' restaurant and I didn't experience anyone having trouble being seated.
All we wanted from our holiday was a relaxing break by the pool/sea in the sun and the Hotel Aloe did not disappoint us. However, although the Hotel pools were lovely (though you did need to get out around breakfast time to 'illegally' reserve your sunbeds if you wanted to be close to the pool itself) we both found the beach to be a bit disappointing as the sand was dirty (and too hot to walk on), the sea was full of horrible stringy seaweed and it was also pretty rough. Having done it for one day we opted to remain by the pool for the remainder of our break as the sunloungers were free and the water clean! Although we wanted to spend the week lounging in the sun, there is plenty on offer for those who prefer doing things on holiday, which I think is essential if you are spending more than a week in the area. A couple we met who were there for a fortnight hired a jeep (pretty reasonable hire at about £15 Cypriot pounds a day) and used it to visit the mountains and Nicosia. It is also possible to hire a speedboat (self-drive) and cruise along the coast, which, had we stayed longer, we would have done, as well as take a 2 day cruise to Egypt which would have been on our 'to-do' list.
All in all, the week spent in the Aloe Hotel, Paphos was wonderful and we have already decided that when we go back to Paphos (which I'm sure we will!) we would stay at the Aloe Hotel again.
Stopped for 1 week and was very happy.
Nice clean hotel, free gym, nice staff, pool great, and only 10 mins from lots of bars etc.
I would stop again if I returned to Cyprus
Nice hotel but some areas need attention - carpets in hallways and bedrooms need cleaning. No tea/coffee making facilities in rooms and kettles are not allowed! I took one and hid it away. Mini bar/fridge available but at a cost of Cyprus£1.50 per day. Someone comes round every afternoon to check on usage. If you time it right you could use the fridge after the visit but make sure you take out your stuff in the morning. Safe also chargeable. Seems to me that they're out to make money wherever possible and don't particularly make you feel welcome.
We had a seaview room and were glad we paid the extra, as many guests were complaining about their rooms. The air con worked fine and we always had hot water available.
In the restaurant the food was boring and repetative. Would recommend if you're staying half board, use the poolside snack bar for lunch as the food there isn't bad and then eat out in the evenings as there are loads of places in the vicinity.
Pools are good size with plenty of sunbeds. The beach opposite the hotel is not to my liking - loads of seaweed, 'dirty' sand, litter.
On the whole not bad but wouldn't return to that area.
Great stay at Aloe Hotel
Just returned from the Aloe Hotel and i must admit i was a bit aprehensive after reading a couple of reviews on here, but all doubts were removed on arrival at the Hotel.
We had a side seaview room overlooking a field to the sea and had no problem with noise etc. and we had a fine view of the mountains and the sea.
The pool was busy, but if like myself you like it a bit quiter there is plenty of space on the grassy ground at the back of the pool area of the hotel.
Not many kids at the pool and there was no animation staff trying to get you involved in games etc, which was a bonus.
Breakfast was a bit repetative but plenty of food was on offer.
There are plenty of bars and some great resturants around the hotel and the prices are a lot cheaper there than if you made the 15 min walk to the town center.
I would definetly recommend this hotel to anyone and will return there if we ever go back to Paphos
Nice but expensive
The Aloe (pronounced AL-OH-EEE by the locals) Hotel is a four star hotel, situated about twenty minutes walk from the harbour, with its fort.
We felt it was a border-line four star but, as we spent most of our time either by the pool or somewhere else, it didn't worry us. The rooms were comfortable. The air conditioning worked, once we'd discovered that it wouldn't cool to 16C on full speed (it iced up and blew out hot air). When we set it at 20C on one or two fans, things were fine (my wife thought it was a bit cool!).
We had an excellent view from our room. We had requested a pool view room as comments on the internet indicated that the sea view rooms weren't worth the extra cost. When we got there, we agreed. The sea view rooms overlooked a large expanse of open ground (car park?) and road works. Our room overlooked the pool and the ploughed fields beyond them. We could also see across to the Troodos Mountains.
The room had a mini-bar which we didn't use as the prices were high. We would have liked to keep our water in the fridge but the hotel charged C£1.5 per day for the privilege, so we didn't bother. We found the prices in the bars and restaurants quite a lot higher than neighbouring pubs and tavernas so didn't bother using the hotel's other facilities either.
The only meal we had in the hotel was our daily breakfast and I have to say it was good. In the Med. the difference between a three star hotel and a four star hotel seems to be the breakfast. In a three star you get a continental breakfast with ham, cheese and rolls or toast, whereas in a four star hotel, you get a full cooked breakfast, albeit one you have to serve yourself from a buffet. The main drawback is the coffee. Europeans don't seem to be able to do proper breakfast coffee. Where ever we've been in Europe, France, Turkey, Greek Islands, Majorca, Italy or Cyprus, the coffee always tastes the same, yuk!
The hotel has a reputation for hiring out the main restaurant for weddings, which we did see happen on two occasions. When that happens, the paying guests are crammed into the remaining restaurants. Our advice would be to go bed-and-breakfast and sample the numerous restaurants along the road to the harbour. You'll be spoilt for choice.
A bonus was that the local dive school operated out of the hotel pool so I was able to sample a couple of hours scuba diving, both in the pool and in the harbour.
Would never stay anywhere else
Been 7 years running. Excelent staff & the hotel is spotlessly clean. Food is good for the price but we now go B&B as we have made friends at a local tavern for evening meal - eating lunch on the go. The pool is always crowded but the beach is adequate and the road is never gridlocked so getting there is simple. Probably not the best place for people who want to spend money to lie by a pool for their whole holiday. Wealth of antiquities, golf (3 courses), beaches to visit in the area. Gentle stroll to taverns/bar/harbour in the evening and far enough away to avoid noise when you get back. Best rooms around 126/226/326 (side sea view) which we request direct from the hotel by email appx 1 month before departure (no surcharge!). As for noise at night - close the door and have the aircon on low!
We stayed at the Hotel Aloe in May 2004 with Manos holidays. Although the hotel is shown as a 4* in the brochure a rating of 3* would be much more accurate. Rooms were a little disappointing but clean. We paid extra for a sea view which was a waste of money the best views are the rooms overlooking the pools at the back of the pool. There is no mention in the brochure of a busy main road which separates the hotel from the beach. Rooms facing the road were noisy so were rooms on the side of the hotel which endured noise from bars until the early hours. Breakfast was very busy at times and tables were not set and trying to get a waiter to bring tea or coffee was difficult. Lots of local weddings at the weekends which left other guests crammed into one restaurant.
Gets a bit worse every year
Have been to Aloe 3 years running, every year it gets a bit worse. Bed and breakfast. Breakfasts are very good. Rooms ok. Lots of local weddings at weekends take priority over guests. Get a good room view or you could be seeing walls and pipes. Sun beds are a problem 04.00 am to get one, pool area crowded. Beach across busy road no good. Smells from sewer unit at pool. Entertainment is ****. 3 miles to harbour, up hill walk back. September mainly old retired guests. Was double booked one year, this is a problem in Cyprus- email hotel to check.