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... Paphos... And saw where Aphrodite's rock is situated... We will go back and look at that properly later. We drove straight to Kriton's Dad's apartment for a light meal of fresh cut fruit, bread, olives, haloumi, and the most amazing feta cheese I've ever tasted! What a way to be introduced to Cypriot cuisine .... Delicious! Feta and sliced watermelon is a marriage made ...
... of dusty rocks and holes in the ground-The tombs of the kings which never had a king lay in rest in any of the tombs. This kind lady pointed and gestured in a direction toward the water but then stated, "I have a car" in a lovely gesture that she was happy to drive us to the location! The guide book suggested that locals may do this! Of course I'm not adverse to some niceties of travel, but to receive a kind offer from a total stranger made me humbled to be in such a beautiful ...
This not so rough traveller has just completed a day in a terrain that was most certainly rougher than I would normally like...you see I'm not so much of a fan of an off the beaten track adventure. I like to know I have a solid footing underneath me, concrete, stone, wood, cobble stone as the footwear I prefer is not what you might call comfortable...I don't do an exercise shoe unless I'm exercising...a day out in an pretty town or a UNESCO site is ...
... Our rep came to meet us at lunchtime and we had a long chat with her before doing a big shop in the supermarket and having a long swim in the pool. It was just so nice to see the sun and relax in the heat! James had bought an underwater camera before the holiday so we tried it out for the first time and fell in love with taking underwater selfies!
On Tuesday we were a bit more adventurous and drove to the Baths of Aphrodite on the North side of the island. We had ...
... in reality and this is wonderful because there are sun-loungers and cabanas hanging out next to the coast as well. The majority of them are spread equally all around the beautiful premises many of which stand on blue grass and around the pool and guests can enjoy privacy as there is plenty of space between them. Hammocks however should have been more because 4 are not enough! The whole premises are like an oasis of luxury where you forget what takes place outside.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paphiessa Hotel Paphos
Everything about the hotel was fine however they have a parrot which is kept in an inadequate size cage and is subjected night after night to a crowd of smoke the cage is left needing a clean and when i offered to help was told it wasnt my business...something needs done thier..
Great holiday - again !
We stayed at the Paphiessa in October of this year, this being our third visit. It was almost like coming home ! The welcome from the staff was terrific and service was very good as always.
We requested a change of room from the road side of the hotel to the pool side and the receptionist couldn't have been more helpful, arranging it the next morning.
Mohammed and Lee were their usual charming and efficient selves and made the time spent in the hotel real joy. There is a little more noise now that the new road at the back of the hotel has been built but we didn't find it particularly intrusive.
Me, my friend kay and her dad and stepmam went on holiday to paphos for a week in aug05 and stayed at the paphiessa hotel.
I would definitely recommend stayin at this hotel, it has everything u need and the staff are really nice, especially lee!!!
Also if you're going to paphos anytime soon, make sure you hit bar street. f you're young like me and kay, you should wlk down to space and get chattin 2 danny, he flirts like mad.
Remember to say kay and claire said hi 2 lee!!!
Great little hotel
My daughter and I wanted to get away for a week on a fairly low budget. We haven't been to Cyprus before so we chose Pathos. First impressions of the hotel were not good. The coach driver wouldn't even drive down the road although on walking through the door it appeared very clean. Our room was small but also very clean, but again not what we had expected. But never go on first impressions. To put the electricity, or air con on you need to plug your key into the wall so when you leave and take your key with you every thing goes off. Don't forget that after using the toilet to put the paper in the bin, pipes arn't big enough to take paper. We had an absoultley fantastic time. By the end of the week we knew all the staff and other holiday makers by name. The evening entertainment was basic but everyone knew each other so you all just joined in.
We went half board and the food was not good. Dinner was generally cold and the veggies looked as though they had been cooking since January. Some meals were inedable. Breakfast consisted of toast and butter, cucumber, toms, beans, cheese and some sort of ham, but as much as you wanted. I would recommend going self catering. There are very many resturants in bar street to eat at. Prices on par with England. (the best Chinese I've tasted was at Chloes near the harbour and very reasonably priced) Also at Friends Bar they did full English breakfast for under £2 (lovely bacon) There were plenty of bars and new cocktails to try in the evening, athough you were hassled by people trying to get you into their bars which does get monotanous. They are not stingy with their spirits and for £2-3 pounds for a large glass I thought was worth it.
We didn't do any trips as they didn't look very exciting or just too expensive but we really only went there to chill out. There was always a sun bed no matter what time of day we went to the pool. The pool was very clean but by mid day it was as warm as a bath. It was never crowded and that is where we met most people. (In school holidays it probably gets busier especially) You can buy lilos and water toys at the shop across the road.
If you want ciggies it is cheaper to buy them buy the packet in the corner shop £2 for 20 than to buy them duty free at the airport.
Make sure you have some food with you for the airport. If the plane is delayed the food is very, very expensive, or at least save enough money by to buy something if needed.
They do drive on the the same side of the road as us so hiring a car would be great to see the island. Don't forget your passport!
All in all we had a fabulous holiday and would definatley recommend it to anyone young or old. My daughter is going back next year with her friends.
I was a little concerned when I read some of the other reviews before I went on holiday about the roadworks by the hotel, but all concerns disappeared when we arrived. The road behind the hotel has now finished and I can think of nothing bad to say about the hotel itself.
The staff are very friendly and work incredibly hard. There is a nice bar and the pool is lovely.
The hotel itself is in two main blocks, one with the pool, bar, restaurant, reception etc and another just across a small road. We were in the block over the road, which proved excellent as it is slightly more private and quiet and the road is small, so not inconvenient to walk across to the pool or bar.
The rooms are very clean and include all the essentials - tv, fridge, double hob, small table and chairs, armchair etc.
There is a gym downstairs in the block across the road, which is where the indoor pool is situated. Most of it is payable locally.
One thing to note, there were six people who had things stolen from their rooms. Most of the people did not use the safe in the room and it sounded like the culprits were not hotel staff. Items stolen included cash, credit cards, passports and tickets, so I would advise you keep all these items on you if you don't get a safe.
Paphiessa Building Site
Upon arrival, we were greeted by staff and thought that everyone was friendly. We were then awoken then next morning by a workman using a electric sander to strip the pool (refurbishing). There were no pool alternatives, so I laid outside for a while..the dust caused me to start coughing and the noise gave me a headache. There is also a road being built outside the back of the hotel (airport road), which was a endless source of noise. I couldnt handle it any more and asked to be moved, which is when I found out that the managerial staff and receptionist were very unhelpful. However, the other staff did the best they could to distract us from the work going on.
I would not recommend this hotel at this time, unless you like building sites!
Good 3 star hotel
We stayed there Jan/Feb 2005. The hotel was comfortable, the reception staff were helpful and the bedrooms and facilities were comfortable. The hot water was idiosyncratic, in that outside the peak times you had to run the hot taps for at least 20 mins to get the hot water throught the labyrinthine pipe runs. It can't be doing much for Cyprus's water shortage.
The heating/cooling system was good and the idea of having your room key switch the power on, meant that you couldn't leave all the lights etc. on whilst you were out. Neither could you charge batteries whilst you were out though.
There was a convenient small supermarket adjacent to the hotel, which was open for a good period.
The one main problem was the ongoing major road works/sewer replacements as part of an EU funded refurbishment. This meant that the hotel was isolated from the direct routes to the seafront area and took a considerable amount of planning and trial and error to get to anywhere. Wheelchair users would have a nightmare here at present. This applied to quite an area of Pafos and wasn't just confined to this hotel.
The food in the restaurant was of reasonable quality and the price was medium. It seemed to have been freshly cooked to order and wasn't left 'warming' and cultivating bugs, which has been a problem with our Cyprus holidays in the past.
There appeared to be no internet access, which was a particular bind. We were charged a reasonable rate for use of the phone for local calls.
Disappointing hotel in winter.
Paphos is an excellent resort in Cyprus.The harbour area is very attractive with an abundance of restaurants and close proximity to historic and other sites/activities.It is a good base to visit Southern Cyprus by coach or hire-car.The Paphos airport is close by.The Paphiessa Hotel and Apartments has certain assets . Firstly an excellent staff who are employed from different parts of the world. Unfortunately the hotel is very inaccessible, unless you have hired a car. It is a long way from the sea front, and to get there you must cross major excavation and road works. There is an infrequent bus service about 10 to 15 minutes away - depending on your walking speed. Taxis to the sea front are 4 cyprus pounds in each direction. In winter time (Christmas- New Year), heating is a problem in the hotel, and also warm water and showers. The hotel has both, but they are very unpredictable.This may be due to the age of the facilities,and a lack of replacement and refurbishment.
Perhaps in summer time, when guests are not reliant on heat/warm water, it would be more adequate. There is an outdoor pool, but the indoor pool is within a gym complex and guests must pay a daily fee which is quite expensive to use it.
This was our 3rd visit to this Hotel and as usual an excellent holiday, the staff are fantastic Mohammid, Chakra, Lee and Ram always had time to talk and thought a great deal of the children. Apartments good and clean along with the food. We are returning next year for our 4th time.
What a lovely place, was my first time to Cyprus and i will definately be going there again! After a four hour flight i arrived at about 1 in the morning, we was greeted at the door by staff and helped in with our bags if we needed it. Sorted all our rooms out really quickly for us, which is what we wanted after our long journey. everyone Was in their apartments by half past 1. Really friendly place, always making sure your ok, lovely area, about 10mins scenic walk to the town and harbour of pathos. Loads of bars, restaurants and places to eat in the main town. Hotel apartments although some hotel rooms, all rooms where fully air conditioned and clean. Staff always on hand on the other end of the telephone to help you. Will definately be staying there again.