Paphian Park Tourist Village
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paphian Park Tourist Village Paphos
Lovely part of the world
Went to Cyprus for a wedding and as we did not know the area stayed in the Paphian Park Tourist village. A little out of the way so needed taxis to the town, harbour or coral bay £5 each way but there was 7 of us so this was not bad. Could have walked for 10 - 15 minutes to the bus stop for 80p but weather was too hot. Thoroughly enjoyed the hotel. very clean and friendly. Very short walk to the beach(not sandy). Food was fine though towards the end of the week became a little monotonous as all inclusives do.
First time I have been all inclusive and felt the effects of the drinks!!!!
Would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone.
Have a good time.
We enjoyed our holiday
We stayed at the Pathion Park in April ,having read previous comments we were very concerned.STOP! hey your on holiday.Ok its not perfect but its morethan accecptable, the room was very good clean .TIP towel replacement is poor catch your room cleaner slip her a few pounds it works wonders.The food, no problem plenty of choice three meals aday.Drinks on all inc.yes I AGREE their pretty bad mainly the shorts.buy abottle for your room.The entertainment although the team tried very hard its total rubbish.You dont have to live in the hotel 24/7 hire a car Cyprus is a wonderful place.Would we go back to the same hotel again? Yes.september I hope.
Great place, great seaviews
After reading the reviews was very apprehensive of staying at this hotel, but thought we would try it out on a half board basis only for a week in mid October.
Arrived at 4 in the morning to be greeted by a abrupt fellow giving us directions twice as we could just understand him.Went downstairs passed the pool to find a nice quaint apartment that was very clean.
By morning we were woke by the crashing of waves and pulled back the curtains for an awsome sea view.
Got up late so missed breakfast but wandered across the road to a nice taverna where we ate brunch. Staff here were very hospitable and had excellent food.
The evening came and we felt we should celebrate being away so we didn't bother with the buffet dinner which was included in our board basis but went into the a la carte restaurant in the hotel which is a few steps away from the latter. The food was excellent, not to expensive at £21cyp for a 4 course meal and 3 rounds of drinks.
The buffet breakfast was plentiful and varied slightly, I actually thought it was better than the spanish buffet breakfasts I'd had on numeras occasions, well cooked and tasteful.Each day they would also do something extra like pancakes, omelettes or even french toast.
The buffet dinner was even better with a very varied selection every night, the chef would come out to check that everything was ok and when I asked him gave me the ingredients that he put in a starter.There was a theme each night so you knew that there was a different meal to be had.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. the rooms were clean the whole hotel complex in fact. the downfall was only that certain reception staff could be abruptat times but we just put it down to lack of sleep as they did seem to do alot of shifts.
A generally good hotel not the best i've stayed in but very good value for money with the many facilities of pools, gym, sauna and the like,but definately a good baseso as to visit the many parts of the island, historic ir tourist areas of cyprus.
My wife and I arrived at the "hotel" at about 5 in the morning to be greeted by a Group 4 security guy who was standing in as a receptionist, his knowledge of English is limited to say the least, to arrange air conditiong in the room took over an hour!! On finally getting to the room after having to carry our cases around the pool and down a few alleys we found that it was dusty, stale smelling and generally grubby (we learnt later that "maid service" was limited and on 2 days a week non-existant). For what was sold to us as a 4* hotel it was a great dissapointment. Breakfasts were a very poor quality, they seem to think that quantity is more important (we stuck to toast). Dinner was equally horrendous and, for the most part, inedible. Thank God we were on only a half board basis and could get edible food outside of the hotel.Needless to say we ate out most of the time, at our own expence! We raised this matter with our Rep and were simply handed a complaint form to complete, as he was leaving about 3 days after our holiday his committment level was not the highest! This has got to be the worst holiday experience of ouir lives.
Just got back from the Pafian Park after 10 days of trials and tribulations with the hotel. We enjoyed Cyprus itself and managed to have a good holiday. The hotel, however, was quite simply awful. Our first room was damp and musty and the reception staff extremely rude. We did manage to change rooms (after 4 days) although the new room had pools of water, dodgy electrics and was randomly cleaned. The staff at reception were awful and never once acted on our complaints. The food was also very bland and seemingly recycled, the fruit was not cleaned and the drinks all watered down.
What exactly the 4a status of the hotel refers to I could not explain. If you choose to go here expect to pay extra for everything and anything, expect at best an uncleaned faulty room and very rude staff!
Got back last week from pafion park and what a disapointment. we were half board but after trying the evening meal 4 times we decided to eat out. When you book for half board you dont expect to eat out but after complaining to the restaurant manager, our only other option was to make the most of our holiday and skip the evening meal. The rooms were dirty and hardly spotted any maids for the two week and after they had been in the rooms, i still did not work out what had been done.
The pool looked lovely but close up was a different story. Once only had i seen the pool cleaned. On a night when the water had settled, you could see the dirt settling. The pool side was not cleaned at all through the two weeks. It was that bad we could not let the kids walk round in bare feet. We arrieved at the hotel on the thursday morning at 2am and after checking in with someone who drew a map of where to find the room and watched us struggle with the cases, off we went. 20 mins later we found the room in the overgrown trees and bushes and desperate in need of a drink. Its okay i told the kids, its a 4a accomadation, they will have water and tea/coffee in the room. What a shock when we got in the room, a stale smell hit us. I was upset but my husband said dont worry it will look better in the morning. Off we went back to reseption to see if we could have some water, but the guy said every where shut and that he could not get any water.
After the first night, things did not improve at the hotel with the dirt and food that was cold and tastless, we decided to get away from the place and make the most of our holiday. The rep listened to endless complaints from hotel guests and did his best to make things seem better, but like most holidays at hte time you have to put up with things and complain to your travel agent when you are home.
The biggest problem i had with this hotel was after a fight at the disco on the friday after we arrieved, someone got glassed near the pool side. His blood was still there on the day we left. How can they not clean blood up knowing that people would be walking round bare foot.
We still managed to make the most of our holiday with a trip tp Egypt for 3 days and then spent the rest of the days at corral bay.
Just got back from hols on 10th August. There were three of us including an 11 year old boy. We have been on all inclusive holidays before but never to Cyprus.
LOCATION: It's true that it is a bit cut off from Paphos one way and Coral Bay the other. However, it is only a 10-15 minute walk uphill in blazing temperatures to the bus stop where for 70 cents you can catch an air conned bus to either place and all places in between.
CHECK IN: Very quick and efficient. We had pre-booked a sea view apartment which technically we got, if you balanced on your right leg and hung off the balcony. Also the room was a bit smelly, as in drains. Went back to reception and they immediately offered us a choice of two other rooms and we ended up in a very spacious apartment with both sea and pool views. The receptionists were pleasant and cheerful throughout our stay helping us out with a variety of things [DVLA Fax, laundry, maid service, currency exchange] and also had a good sense of humour. Special mention for Ursula and Anna.
APARTMENT: The apartments are set out in blocks, each one numbered and each one containing eight separate apartments. They are laid out in a 'village' style with paved 'mini-streets' leading around the complex. Our room was clean and fresh and extra pillows and bedding were provided immediately on request.
The apartments consist of a lounge [sofa bed, wardrobe, coffee table, TV, dressing table, 4 seater breakfast bar, programmable air con unit], kitchenette [2 hob cooker, toaster, kettle, fridge], bathroom/WC/shower, main bedroom [twin beds, bedside table, telephone, large double wardrobe, dressing table, suitcase storage, safe deposit box, hair dryer, programmable air con unit], balcony [table & 4 chairs and drying rail]
The apartment had plenty of power points and was well laid out giving a spacious, airy effect.
HOUSEKEEPING: We found that the maids were a bit sullen and didn't routinely change the towels although the bins were emptied and the beds made sometimes. A call to reception soon sorts out the towels apart from weekends when the laundry develops a 'fault'.
HOTEL FACILITIES: Outdoor Pool; This is a good sized, free form, floodlit pool of a constant depth of 1.5metres which makes it good for a swim and safe for children. The pool is cleaned every night and the poolside furniture [loungers, tables, chairs, sun brollies] all replaced and tidied up. Full use is made of the pool by all ages but never seemed to be too cramped.
Indoor Pool; Smaller but had a whirlpool/Jacuzzi at one end. Again spotlessly clean.
Gymnasium; Didn't use it. Come on, we were on holiday!!!!. It is modestly equipped with standard gym equipment and some free weights.
Solarium; Apparently there is one but we didn't find it 'cos we didn't look!!!!! It was 32 degrees every day.
KIDS CLUB: Although advertised as suitable for 4-12 year olds it's really for 4-8 year olds. This was open every single day and the kids were well looked after by a member of the hard working Animation Team. The kids took a particular liking to Mila, a Danish girl, who quickly became the Pied Piper. By the way, some guests were informed that the hotel was for 16+ only but that other operators may offer child places. The hotel is DEFINITELY for families, particularly children and there were lots of them there.
RESTAURANT/BARS/FOOD: Hotel advertises as having two bars. This is the Bacchus Pool Bar and Bacchus Cocktail Lounge. It''''s the same bar only half is outside and half is inside but it's very pleasant all the same.
Only plastic 'glasses' are issued outside which is understandable around the pool area but you get real ones inside and sometimes outside at night if you smile nicely at the staff and they can see you're not drunk. The local drinks available are quite wide ranging but as is typical with 'all inclusive' you'd have to drink gallons of the stuff to get a 'glow on'. Top Tip. Order your spirits and mixer separately that way you can make it to your preferred strength [you also get more of the spirit that way]. Measures are arbitrary depending on who serves you.
The Dionyses Restaurant is also split half in half outdoors and again is very pleasant. Dress rules again appear to be arbitrary depending on the mood of the Maitre 'D'. Example my shorts were deemed too short on one occasion and I was asked to change whilst the micro skirted ladies are made very welcome. Perhaps it was my short fat hairy legs????
The food is hit and miss as always. But trust us it tastes better than it looks and is sometimes amusing. The choice for children is limited to burgers [there are buns, they're just not next to the burgers] chicken nuggets, fish fingers and chips. Breakfast is okay apart from the times they put out sprouts and broccoli [I kid you not] and there is often a carvery and the lamb, turkey, beef, pork and ham is quite good if not cordon bleu.
The toaster takes forever and they can't resist adding things to the mash. There is fresh fruit, ice cream and cake available at all meal times. All in all not bad although we did eat out a couple of times a week just for a change of menu and scenery. Top Tip; If you are with kids be careful when they're are helping themselves as people tend to put the metal serving spoons back under the heat lamps and they become very hot. We did suggest plastic utensils and our Rep pointed it out to them but they still had metal ones in use.
ENTERTAINMENT: During the day this consists of water polo, beach volleyball, shuffleboard, darts and aqua aerobics. During the night it varies between quizzes, audience participation games, karaoke, disco's, traditional Cypriot Dancing display, comedy show. There is bingo every night but it's not like Blackpool. It can be quite entertaining amongst all the different nationalities. The Animation Team is small at only three members, Krystelle and Baptiste [French] and Mila [Danish] so they are limited in what they can offer. However, they are hard working, cheerful, friendly and tireless and they can each speak several languages.
STAFF: We have already mentioned the Reception and Animation Staff. The Bar and Restaurant Staff are also excellent. Very friendly and welcoming and helpful. They are also quite young and from a wide range of countries and some of them do not have good English [although in all cases their English is better than our Greek, Croation, Bulgarian, Rumanian etc]. The maids are a bit glum and not very outgoing and the lady in the Mini Market is fine with a bit of coaxing, a few big smiles and a 'good morning'.
ATMOSPHERE: The atmosphere was great. There was a great mix of guests including French, German, Greek, Cypriot, Italian, Israeli and of course Brits. Everybody was polite and mixed well thanks to the activities when the Animation Team ensure that there is no 'us and them'. All the kids seemed to mix well as kids do and this led to conversations amongst the parents which in turn led to a very freindly atmosphere.
CAR HIRE: We hired a car for two days using AVIS. We would not recommend this company to anyone. They did not deliver the vehicle until 1000hrs but wanted it returned at 0700hrs on the 2nd day. That's not two days on our calendar. Their rep then informed us that the car had been delivered with a full tank of petrol which we would have to pay for 'up front', a sum of £35CYP (£42 GBP). When asked how we would be refunded if we did not use all the petrol she stated that AVIS did not give refunds and that it was up to us to use all the petrol. Obviously we were not happy with this and we were about to decline when she informed us this was the policy of all car hire companies in Cyprus. We subsequently discovered that this is NOT TRUE. Other companies provide a full tank and you return it with a full tank thereby paying only for the amount you use. AVIS ended up with about 30 quids worth of free petrol. The rep also needed our credit card details. I returned to our room to get my card. When I got back the rep had gone and she had signed the Vehicle Damage Inspection Sheet even though we hadn't inspected it jointly. On inspecting the vehicle it was damaged all down the nearside and the nearside wing mirror had been smashed. This prompted several phone calls, heated discussions and the delivery of a replacement vehicle - a rather worn out Astra. They did however, after we suggested it, extend the hire period to account for the fact that we had to wait until midday to finally get our car completely messing up our plans.
TRIPS/EXCURSIONS: If you like messing about in water Fassouri Water Mania just outside Limassol is a must. Well designed and laid out with a great variety of rides, flumes, chutes, a wave pool, lazy river and a huge inter-active structure it's a great fun day out for all ages from toddlers upwards. The park has plenty of food and drink outlets, secure lockers and changing areas, dozens of Life Guards who are stationed permanently wherever there is so much as a puddle and it is impeccably clean. Paphos also has a water park but we were told by guests that had visited both that the Paphos one was smaller with less to do for smaller children.
The Tiger Boat Tour is another good one. Two grades - The Coastal Tour and The Wave Bouncer. The Coastal Tour involves a medium to fast trip up the coast with a guide pointing out places of interest, local history/mythology etc followed by an extremely fast 20 minute dash back to Paphos Harbour. The Wave Bouncer is simply the 20 minute dash. The boat is a military/Special Forces standard semi rigid inflatable capable of 100 knots and the return trip bouncing off and skimming the waves is exhilarating. Not suitable for the very young or the very old as you need to be able to place both feet on the deck and adopt a 'jockey' position for twenty minutes - a real thigh burner. The skipper and crew are lovely and a full safety brief is given before departure.
The Jolly Roger. A 'pirate ship' where the crew include jugglers, acrobats, magicians and face painters. Great fun for the kids and everyone gets a chance to 'walk the plank' into the sea when she anchors up in a cove.
Coral Bay Beach - This is highly recommended by the reps but to be honest you need to be a beach lover/watersports enthusiast to enjoy it. A thin stetch of not very tidy [fag ends, plastic bottles etc] sand a couple of miles from the hotel. Jetski's, banana boats, ringos, 'flying fish' [a good one], Hobie Cats, pedalo's [with slides] all available here. However, if you want a quieter beach visit we heard that Polis or Pissouri is a better bet although we didn't visit these.
Paphos Market - Full of the usual markety things and knick knacks. Dissapointingly the Cypriots do not appreciate 'haggling'. Everything appears to be 'exclusive' and a fixed price even though you can find many of these 'exclusive' items on several stalls. On the good side there is no pressure to buy or stop at the stalls. Okay if you want a mooch during the heat of the day as it is under cover and there are some nice bar/restaurants in the vicinity for a spot of lunch.
EATING OUT/BARS: Shop around. Can be a bit pricey but no more so than at home. Fat Mama's is a good night out with good food and very entertaining staff. For the 'party' crowd 'Bar Street' in Paphos is crammed with Karaoke Bars, Sports Bars, Australian Bars and you've guessed it 'authentic' Irish Bars with non-stop loud music and MTV or Sport on big screens
Paphos Airport - This is a tip. If you are wearing your whites to show off your tan on the way home don't sit on the seats. Also, if you have a long wait between check out time and your flight and think you may grab a bite to eat at the airport - forget it. Take your own sarnies
SUMMARY: We had a great holiday in a very pleasant, modern hotel where we were looked after by excellent staff for whom nothing was too much trouble and would have no hesitation recommending it to families with young children up to 14/15 years old [may be a bit boring for older 'Kevin & Perry teens].
We hope this review has been of some help to some of you. We thought it important to highlight the good as well as the not so good. We had a great time and the little niggles we have experienced have already passed into holiday folklore that will be embellished over the years. Everybody needs a good holiday story and if everywhere was like 'home' it wouldn't be worth going away.
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Take care and have a good holiday.
Great value, excellent accomodation.
I stayed at the Pafian Park for a week in July with my partner. We were given a beautiful sea view one bedroomed apartment with kitchen, fridge etc. even though we were there on an all inclusive basis.
I was slightly aprehensive about staying there as had seen some uncomplimentary reviews on other website but fortunately for us we were pretty happy with everything.
The food wasn't amazing but considering that there were about 5-6 nationalities and guests of all ages they did OK at catering for all tastes and the food was varied and plentiful.
Yes, they won't let you have glasses in the pool area, drinks are served in plastic containers but with kids running around this is understandable.
The pool itself is lovely, there were plenty of sunbeds and although the evening entertainment was not to our taste (karaoke and bingo) the entertainment team were lovely and a lot of people stayed at the hotel for the evenings.
The hotel, and our room were kept immaculately clean and I found the staff to be helpful and friendly.
The hotel is a little off the beaten track but it's only a 5 minute walk to the bus stop with a regular service to Coral bay and Pafos harbour which runs until late at night.
Worst Hotel ever stayed in
Just got back after a week staying at the Paphian Park Village, Cyprus. First time in Cyprus and really loved the place. Would visit Cyprus again.
As for the hotel that was a different story, advertised as a four star could not see it. They catered for all inclusive and self catering we treated ourselves and went for all inclusive - wished we had gone self catering now. the food was awful!
Our room was unclean and did not see a maid for days and was still using the same dirty towels for 4 days, we then aproached reception to inform them that our room was dirty and we had run out of toilet rolls to be informed that they had been cleaning the wrong room.
The outside pool was great - but just watch out for the plastic cups and unfriendly staff!! Will not be visiting this hotel again!
We hired a car to get out and about which is a must staying at this hotel and Coral Bay Beach was the best!!