Travel Blogs from Paphos
... weren't quite met, we didn't care, as we still enjoyed a quintessential Cypriot experience at the Alkion Taverna. All in all, our first meze adventure was great, but probably the best part was the excellent and personable service, which we have become accustomed to on this trip. We were taken care very nicely in the typically hospitable Cypriot way - and it's that hospitality that has been the highlight of our time in Cyprus, so ...
... Rotten Ronnie! Not only can we credit you for all the good work you've done in contributing to higher rates of diabetes and obesity around the World, but I'm genuinely grateful to you for making my body more resilient to the side effects of accidental pesticide poisoning! Forget what Jamie Oliver says about you - you're not as evil as he would like everyone to believe! You're positively a saint, the Pope should get that process going ...
... delayed arrival and bad communication today. Though she was also somewhat frazzled by the situation, she took the time to give us a tour of the house, describing the history of it, how the guest house is named in honour of her grandma, and even explaining how to use all of the appliances.
The hospitality didn't end there, however, as we hopped into her car while she gave us a brief driving tour of the surrounding area, pointing out ...
... as usual an guess what? I had a zero. First one since hitting the Mediterranean Coast. It was so nice. Everywhere we go we get some kind of nuts with our drinks. We opted out of the chips for lunch. We located the catacombs which we decided to visit next day as Vince was tired and jetting confused with the traffic and roads. He was doing well though but it had got to him by this stage. Back to the harbour area now to buy nice some sunnies as the ...
Just a real tourist day, visiting the mosaics in the Houses of Dionysos, Theseus, Aion and Orpheus in Pafos,
then the Royal tombs of Kato Pafos.
On the way back to Nicosia a short stop in the hill town of Lefkara, know for its lace.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Aloe Hotel Paphos
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.
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??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.