Travel Blogs from Paphos
Mt. Olympus stands towering over the island of Cyprus reaching 1,952 meters (6,404 ft.). Since Cyprus is at sea level the height of the mountain is the relative increase in elevation. I decided to climb up to the peak of Mt. Olympus today to spend some time alone, to enjoy the beauty of nature, and to just relax and hear from the Lord. The bus ride to the mountain took 2.5 hours being all uphill and in a rickety old Mercedes-Benz van that looked like it was from 1970. I think I ...
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 ...
... base at Episkopi and the roads dried up suddenly returning us to brilliant sunshine. I had seen a postcard picture of the rocks at Petra Tou Romiou and it looked well worth a visit. It was spectacular and we stayed watching the waves breaking for some time.
The trip back into Paphos ended in rain again. We walked down to the harbour for a few drinks before dinner. The meal on offer was disappointing so we went out to TGI Fridays and had a great time ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Mayfair Hotel Paphos
I went for a week with my partner on the 28th of June to the 5th of July. It was brilliant. The food was amazing (we went half board) and there was lodes to choose from. The beach was 20 mins walk away as were the shops and the staff were so friendly. Everything was really clean and the food at the pool bars was good value and very nice.
The pools were big (2 pools) and always clean. There are lots of sunbeds and there free.
Would definatley go again, we were ages 19 and 24. The resort had a mixture of ages but
no loud screaming kids.................................Sad to be home x
Visited May 2005, september 2005, March 2006, May 2006 and due to return........
As you can see from the title my husband and I just keep returning to this wonderful hotel. Yes it may be a little "dated" as one reviewer mentioned. However, if this is all that makes your holiday you have not lived! A few reasons to visit thishotel:
1Try being enternained by top class entertainers who are available to you all day and night every day
2 The friendliest staff and management
3 The chance to make lasting friendships with people from all over the world
4 The warmest greetings and friendships can be made with the Cypriot people, who are always sincere people.
5 Food here is very good, as you can eat in the restaurant and the snack bar.
6 Families enjoy the atmosphere here as there is so much to do, from volley ball water polo to more relaxing things like french boules killer darts and pool not to mention the kids club
7 Plus you have all the unbelievable ancient architecture and scenery on your doorstep, and even ski ing if you go at the right time of year!
So if you would like an entertaining holiday full of surprises, i would suggest that you go to this hotel.
by the way we will be returning in September ........ again, and my husband and I cant wait as we will be meeting friends there that we met in May....... thats how much we all enjoyed it......... Go on try it - you definately won't regret it!
The best holiday we've had in a long time!
After having just returned from the Mayfair Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus I must say that we had the most enjoyable stay. This is our second time at the Mayfair & this time the improvements that have been made are fantastic. Firstly the brand new car park gave the place a whole new look & the renovation of the rooms has made a big difference. The staff are excellent, so helpful & friendly & really made an effort to make you feel at home. The food was absolutely delicious and the entertaiment was very good also. We have already booked to go again this November & are looking forward to a wonderful stay once again.
Highs and lows
The mayfair hotel has a pleasing atmophere, the staff are friendly although there should be more in the bar area, getting a drink can take some time. The menu is varied, but leave the beef alone as you can chew on it for 10 minutes without making any progress. The rooms are clean and modern, and the grounds are secluded and pretty. I would stay here again, but probably on a B&B basis.
Joy of paphos
I strongly dissagree with all the bad reviews. yes there are youths that hang about outside but contrary to what people say these youths are actually refugees from other countries and are not the cypriot locals! The cypriot people are the most wonderful, friendly, accomodating people you could ever wish to meet on a holiday abroad. so much so we have visited paphos and the mayfair hotel for the past 4 years, visiting twice a year. we love it that much we have even looked into buying property over here.The food at the hotel was very nice and the food in the tavernas are excellent also, we have never had a bad meal yet. we are due to fly out to the mayfair in 7 wks time and are counting the days until we go. so for all the people who hated it, GET A LIFE AND STOP MOANING!
My husband and 1year old son and myself stayed at The Mayfair. When we arrived in the early hours of the morning we where met with total darkness. On making our way to our room we passed through the Bar area which had empty glasses and bottles which had not been cleared away. The room was awful we requested a travel cot which was not in our room when it finally arrived the next day it was filthy and torn I would not put a dog in it. Our bathroom was over run with ants. The furniture was very very dated the rooms were old and tired with plastic furniture and a TV which was no younger than 1970. Our view was run down residential flats and rubbish. The staff however were very helpful and moved us to another room, which was nicer, however the cot we received was no better, so I had to put my 1yr old son on a matress on the floor between the twin beds. That night when I entered the kitchen I was met with numerous roaches. We stayed up that night and requested to be moved to another Hotel. This request was met, However we had to pay extra for this. This was the worst holiday of my life and I would strongly recommend you give the Mayfair a MISS!!. There are major building works and there are no real roads pretty tricky with buggy. On a more positive note Phaphos is a lovely place, the Harbour is buzzing at night and the people are friendly
A warning to holiday makers
we stayed at the mayfair hotel for two long weeks even thogh the hotel is very clean and presentable it is such a bad area in paphos. On the corner of the road just outside the hotel was a gang of young males revving their engines admiring their sports cars, they raced up and down the street at all times of night. They stood and stared as you walked past making you feel very intimidated. There is building in progress all around the hotel and the area is clearly very run down maybe in 5-10 years down the line it might be a nice area to visit. We were on my honeymoon with our 4 year old son on an all inclusive option which was very disappointing please find out all the rules about all inclusive before you book. The food is very poor, most buffet lunches were the previous evenings leftovers just mixed with a sauce to change the taste.The entertainment was very poor bingo and quiz every night which was boring after a week
Things can only get better
I stayed at this hotel in september 2005 with my wife and 13 yr old son.
We arrived at 3am in the morning and were directed to our room in the dark as no lights seemed to work and had to use stairs as lift not working either. My wife asked for a ground floor apartment we got the 3rd floor overlooking residential flats, it seemed we were doomed !
However the next morning we moved to a ground floor apartment 5141 overlooking the pool, had no need to use the lift and had no problem with lighting from then on either.
We found the staff very friendly and helpful and enjoyed our stay from then on in.
The rooms were kept clean and the only drag was the odd cockroach that paid us a visit before being flung down the nearest dark alley by my good self.
Quite a few cats hung around the place but we enjoyed this as it seemed home from home to us.
I found the entertainment average my wife enjoyed it, leave that one to the jury.
Sky tv was there for the sports fans and there was ample seating by the pool bar and lounge.
You are a 10-15 minute walk from the harbour with dodgy pavements to cross also, (not for the infirm)
But overall we all enjoyed it Cyprus is a lovely place.
Mayfair, something short of "fair".
The Mayfair is a run-down hotel in a run-down neighbourhood. The location, moreover, seems further away from the harbour than the 1km. claimed. The return journey, if made on foot, is up a long hill over, in places, rough ground. The elderly may be further discouraged from this "Young at Heart" hotel by the fact that no porterage was volunteered and the lift is small, rickety, and prone to failure. Failing services are a feature and we experienced a breakdown in water supply to our room as well as failures to equipment in the dingy, hostel reminiscent, dining room. The food matched the surroundings. Explorers will find that "in house" organised trips are frequently twice as expensive as those offered elsewhere. Stay-at- homes will find a secluded spot in the very pleasant gardens but this redeeming feature will not bring the Mayfair up to 3 star standard.
Acceptable, but could do better. Mayfair Apartments
We went to the Mayfair on 29th September 2004 for 2 weeks on self catering. I had a wonderful time in Paphos, and the public areas of the hotel (ie. Lobby, Restaurant, Bar area and the 3 swimming pools) are "A" grade as per brochures. However I was a bit disappointed with the 2 bedroom apartment allocated to my party. Bad points first: The kitchen was sparse, however we ate out most of the time. Only one electric socket. We had a very big living room area and on the far side of the wall was a tiny 14" portable television which was of no use as reception was not very good. Air conditioning was only available for the 2 bedrooms which wasn't stated in the brochures. What furniture was there was not on a "A" grade level and was indeed quite old. The in room safe was just a key affair and wobbled as it was secured to the bottom of the wardrobe by only 2 screws. Not safe at all! But was only £10. The compound needs an entire new outer fence constructed for privacy and security. Our back view had gaps in the fencing which was there and we actually went this way to shop at the E&S food hypermarket located 100 yards in view from our terrace. We were always conscious of locking the patio doors on this side when we were not in the living area. Now the good points: The pools and staff were fantastic and were always willing to help. We ony had dinner twice and breakfast once in the restaurant but were impressed with the quality and variety available. Had a few snacks in the pool-bar area and was acceptable. Evening entertainment was bog standard, but as expected so no complaints. The work rate and standard of the house maids deserve praise though. They cleaned the rooms spotless and spent time doing so. Also there was a plentiful supply of towels replenished constantly. We did see other apartments though and these seemed more up to date and plusher. Maybe it is just 2 Bedroomed apartments or just an unlucky room 5145 that needs upgrading. I must admit though these faults did not put me off the Mayfair or my holiday. I do know though that an "A" class complex has to have 24 hours a day air conditioning and that the Mayfair gets it's grading from having this. A "B" class grading would be more apt. There are also quite a few stray cats on site as well if you don't like them, take note. My 2 kids, aged 10 and 14 do like cats and adopted 2 of them for 2 weeks! Being on the ground floor this was easy. Just one more thing. If you do go to the Mayfair do go to the "Black Eagle Grill House Restaurant" a 150 yards away. We had the best meals of our holiday there and Yiannis will look after you and through in some free brandy or wine after your meal. The do breakfasts as well. If you have already booked, don't worry. If you are thinking of booking, go ahead. It's not the Paphos Amathus Beach Hotel but it's a lot cheaper. Happy Holidays. PS. You must go on the all day cruise on a Tuesday on the San Antonio2 with your singing guitar playing host and captain Victor.