St Raphael Resort
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... by King Sargon II of Assyria (721-705 B.C.) along with every other city on Cyprus. When the Persians defeated the Babylonians, Cyprus fell under its rule. In the 5th century, when several of the Cyprian city-states rebelled against the Persian empire, the Phoenicians of Kition were supported by Persia and gained dominance of the island until they transferred allegiances to Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. ...
... from me, and I was shattered. I cried to you, O LORD. I begged the Lord for mercy, saying, 'What wil you gain if I die, if I sink into the grave? Can my dust praise you? Can it tell of your faithfulness? Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on e. Help me, O LORD.' You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!” (Ps 30)
... sites close promptly at 4:30pm or 5:00pm depending on who runs the site. I brought up my intended trip to Mt. Olympus the following day and the ladies said they were planning to do that too but did not know which bus to take. Since I knew the bus, we agreed to meet tomorrow morning at a designated location and would take the bus together.
Maybe this was the reason I missed the bus this morning....who knows. ;)
... the Cyprus in your heart 2011, promotional tourism video from the Cyprus Tourist Organisation this advert primarily advertised towards over 20’s and adults rather than families. Although there are children briefly in the video they are not emphasised and the video isn't family orientated. This advertisement focuses mainly on couples and love, using the heart to open to video and using the slogan ‘Cyprus in your heart’ keeping ...
... jewellery, perfume and skin care, and my shop, the main shop selling liquor, tobacco, travel essentials, clothing, bags, confectionary and toiletries. These were all empty when we boarded the ship. So lots of work to be done before first cruise. Short staff meeting that evening but all in all just a nice start to ship life. Unpacked fairly easily, got all my favourite photos up on the wall... not all flattering ones of you but ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Adjoining Rooms
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews St Raphael Resort Limassol
Me and my family couldn't of asked for a better hotel to stay at. The hotel suite on the sixth floor (603) was amazing. The views were magnificent! The pool was clean, such a relaxing atmosphere. The staff were welcoming and one waiter in piticular was so kind to our family. We hope other people will stay at the St.Raphael resort it was the best holiday of a life time!
Noisy Building Works
We stayed at this hotel for 1 week from 15th Sept 05
we booked as a large group on arriving at approx 15.00 no rooms where ready my husband & I waited for over an hour, We where not alone we had the loud drilling from the building works!!- we were on the 6th floor (rest where on 2nd) ok no big deal.
The builders started work between 6.30-7.00am it was loud you couldnt have the patio doors open let a lone sit out there. The only noise free day was Sunday.
I do believe if you where round the other side on the 6th floor you could not hear the building going on.
The hotel itself was impressive with the wonderful chandilier & the glass lifts.
Because of the building works everything was thick with dust. Our room was only hoovered once & the dust was everywere & never cleaned properly once although we did have clean sheets & towels every day.
I am sure once it is all done & dusted ( excuse the pun) it will be a lovely hotel but I dont think I will be going back there!!
We did have 1 night in to eat & the food was good. There where also a few places over the road & within walking distance that where good value & Excellent food.
I have just spent a week at the St Raphael and very enjoyable and relaxing it was too. As mentioned in previous reports the atrium is very impressive and the hotel also has extensive grounds. It was also quiet with no beach parties and I doubt they would have been heard anyway as the beach was at least two hundred yards away. All of the staff I came into contact with were courteous and some very affable. I was staying on bed and breakfast and on the third day I upgraded to half board for Cy£10.00 a day. This saved trekking into Limassol by car or taxi. The food was very good and was based each night on a particular theme and you could eat as much as you liked. There was nothing wrong with the room and it was very comfortable and the cleaners did a good job. My only complaint here was that the sheets were changed every day. Not necessary and a waste of water and resources. The only thing I found wrong with breakfast was that they still dish out frankfurters instead of sausages. The Curium Palace Hotel does. The beach was good and was cleaned every day. The toilets by the pool were not broken and the pool area was very pleasant and relaxing. There were also several conferences and weddings going on during the course of the week but I would not say they were noisy the restaurant was just more crowded. The negative side of things are that it is expensive for drinks etc. There was also an extension to the hotel being built which is to be finished by April 2006. There was some noise from this but it was not that intrusive in my room on the 6th floor and it seemed to finish by 5pm. One afternoon on the way to the pool I noticed in the atrium that there was a lot of noise from the drilling coming from the construction site; however, I could not hear it in the pool area. I would say that this hotel is bordering on five stars with regards to its facilities and it is in need of refurbishment in some areas. Plans seem to be hand for this anyway as I saw staff taking measurements and notes around the pool and lobby areas. Overall this hotel is considerably better value than many corporate four star hotels in England which in spite of their high prices are often scruffy with worn out television controllers, creaky floor boards, scratched furniture, and stifling hot rooms where you cannot open the windows etc.
Lacking care and attention
The hotel lobby is impressive and the staff were friendly. The rooms were adequate but needed refreshing. The bathroom looked tired and was not cleaned thoroughly, as there was a biuld up of soap scum in the corners. The rooms were not cleaneed properly daily but just acceptable, despite us being very tidy guests. The food was however excellent with a very good choice at breakfast. We had bar snacks in the evening rather than half board. very limited choice but very good value. Drinks were very expensive in particular soft drinks. Not all the restruants were open and the hotel catered for private functions which on occasions disturbed our sleep. There is considerable building work being carried out on the site adjacent to the hotel which was very noisy at times. Overall resonably clean around the pool but several areas in and around the gardens and in particular around the sailors rest restruant were infested with very large biting ants. Bar entertainment provided on one evening was very good. All in all I wouldnt be afraid of returning here but not by choice. The area around the hotel is very quiet with two tavernas which provided very good meals if necessary. good bus service to limmassol aprox 15- 20 min drive for 70 cents each way. NOt quite five star even if ignoring the building work.
Noisy building work going on
I generally stay here a couple of times a year when visiting on business.
On this trip the hotel had definitely gone downhill since my last visit in Summer 2004. No routine maintenance appeareed to have been done and there was an increaing impression of scruffiness about both the rooms and the public areas.
The major problem was that an extension ito the hotel is being built immediately adjacent. Building work starts at around 7 a.m. every day and is very loud. We just found it impossible to sleep while it was going on.
I would say keep away until this work has finished.
I have always found that I can get a very good rate at this hotel through Regency Travel in Limassol using their internet site.
Not a 5 star hotel...
We stayed there in August 2005 for a few days.
Very impressive lobby, room was nice and rather large, but the bathroom was in need of refurbishment (shower, bath, sink, etc...).
The hotel gives on a beach which sometimes serves as open-air disco at night, so don't expect to sleep tight...
Pool area was very crowded with broken toilets, and the staff did not seem to care about this.
The beach itself is a public beach and not very well maintained. The equipment on the beach is completely out of order (may not belong to the hotel). Only one beach boy...
They have improved their garden facilities by installing new beach equipment (umbrellas, chairs, loungers, etc...) and we spent nice moments there on the grass.
Buffet breakfast is of a rather poor quality, and they do respect the opening hours sharply (not one minute more than the official time...).
They even start removing dishes 15 minutes before closing time!
The hotel is not too expensive. But it claims to be a 5 star and this is not the case.
A little tired
My wife and I stayed in the hotel in Feb 2005.
The hotel decor is a little tired, the staff are helpful, the location is a little way out from the city centre.
Cetainly not 5 star maybe a good 3 star
Definately a 5 Star!!
We have stayed at the St Raphael many times and have always found everything in the hotel to be superb. The staff are extremely polite, helpful and nothing is too much.
Drinks and food, while not the cheapest by Cyprus standards are reasonable for a 5 star hotel and an orange juice has never cost us more than £1.50!
The grounds are superb and the beach is excellent. Sunbeds are included in the price if you are staying at the hotel, and the water sports facilites cover everything.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.
Five Star my ****
As you enter the reception area it is very pleasing on the eye! However, once you enter your room you begin to notice that it is overall a bit rough around the edges.
We started with a 'sea view' that was in reality a side sea view. When we asked for a proper sea view as we had paid for we were given a full sea view no problem. However, we then got charged another £20 a day because it was in fact a marina view and there wasn't a proper sea view..if you get my drift!
The food was bland, not a vegetable in sight until a large party of German tourists turned up and then lo and behold out came the delightful array of desserts. There was cheese but no biscuits (at Xmas!!!?)... The mini bar was totally frozen up and all contents were out of date and dusty....think we'll stop there before my husband becomes totally suicidal. Needless to say, the old 70's woodwork desperately needs a re-vamp, it wants a total clean up otherwise needs a re grading to three star. Won't be back.
Not really 5 star
The location is not the best, the beach is used by many locals although they advertise it as private,the beach was never cleaned/raked,2 coffees was 5 cp thats nearly £7.00 uk pounds, there was a rave/beach party till 4.00am on the beach next door 200m away,when i complained at 1.30am the night manager laughed,he also burst into our room at 4.20 am then ran away? the sauna/steam room was broken,staff very pleasent,rooms clean and smart as was the hotel,food not bad but had much better in many 4 stars,oh and a fresh orange juice was 6 cp!! .stray cats everywhere including dining tables.