Tasmaria Hotel Apts.
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... steps I find myself climbing. You see, for a few Jordanian Diner payed to the Bedouin handler you can climb aboard the strong little sure footed donkey, sit yourself on the dirty dusty stinking blanket that covers the back of said donkey and balance there without stirrup or reins, as it then receives a strike on the rump by the handler and it begins it's climb up the stairs at a bone jarring pace not missing a beat. This is great for those astride ...
... over lots of hills and mountains to get there, and the views were gorgeous. When we arrived we walked up into the hills to find the baths which were also very beautiful - there was a large pool with a waterfall and lots of long hanging vines; it was straight out of a Disney film! We also walked a bit further up the hill to get the views of the coast and the sea. We saw lots of massive lizards basking in the sun, some were as big as those you can buy as pets! At the bottom of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tasmaria Hotel Apts. Paphos
Brilliant Stay October 06
Having read reviews after booking two female friends went with open mind. Were pleased from the start that we had booked Tasmaria. Although the apartments are basic everything was clean and well kept with maid service on a daily basis. The bar and pool area spotless and the Island Blue restaurant attached to Tasmaria always served delicious food and beverages. All the staff were friendly and helpful and never seemed put out to help. We ventured into Paphos every night after eating in one of the many Tavernas locally or to find a Taverna by the harbour once back at the Tasmaria the bar was always a welcoming sight and stayed open until everyone had gone to bed. We couldn't find fault at all with Tasmaria which only added to the wonderful holiday that we had in Paphos.
Loved every minute
Hi everybody Dave & Sue here we have just returned from cyprus Sept.17th -25th 2006 staying at the Tasmaria Apartments. Having read reviews thought we might have made the wrong choice. However we were pleasantly surprised. The apartment was much larger than we expected. The pool area was pleasant with a pool bar were you could get snacks throughout the day. The apartments had there own restaurant or just across the road was Fat Mamma's which we would highly reccomend serving the best steak we've ever had. Nikolia the barman was a really nice chap who worked 16hrs 7 days a week .. although set on the main road the apartments and the pool area were very peaceful and relaxing. So much so that we have arranged with other holidaymakers we met to return the same time next year for 2 weeks instead of 1.
Worst apartments ever
We are two women friends who try to take a holiday together once a year; we stayed at the Tasmaria in June 2006 and it is the worst place we have ever stayed.
The apartment was badly maintained and filthy; it appeared not to have been cleaned from the previous occupants, and seemed not to be cleaned during our stay. The toilet was stained and looked as if it had never seen a cleaning agent. When taking a shower the bath filled up with dirty water that was washing back up the plughole due to years of hair blocking the plughole.
The sheets were grey and stained and the mattresses and pillows were stained.
The towels we were given on arrival appeared not to have been washed from the previous occupants as they smelled terrible. When we asked for clean towels the woman in charge was downright nasty.
The view from the balcony was of ugly waste ground which we had in common with the other aparments as the Tasmaria is surrounded by ugly waste gound.
The pool was surounded by a strip of hairy green fabric which was slimy and slippery. This is a wonderful breeding ground for bacteria, as it's always warm and wet. I contracted a bacterial infection in my toes that, in spite of numerous courses of antibioitcs, lasted 12 weeks!
We have never felt the need to complain about anywhere we've stayed before, but this was truly terrible.
We realise that the Tasmaria does not charge a lot, but surely this doesn't mean that we should put up with these conditions. We expected basic, but not dirty.
Tasmaria bad beds!!
I would just like to say for those who have thought that people posting reviews about the bad beds at the Tasmaria should consider that there are alot more rooms to stay in and not just the one they did. Obviously not ALL the beds are going to be uncomfortable but i can guarantee they did not have room 204! Myself and my grand-parents, both in their 60's, found these beds EXTREMELY uncomfortable, springy and without clean bed linen. I can agree that the complex is lovely and clean, but i can't say the same for the beds. Because of the beds my Grandad couldn't enjoy his holiday due to getting a stiff neck and back from the beds and my Gran only had about 3 nights sleep in the 2 weeks we were there!
I have added pictures to show the state our beds were in.
But apart from the beds, everything was great. Lovely, clean complex with good sized pool area with bar. And its also in a good location too being close to supermarkets, bars and restaurants.
p.s Watch out for the bed bugs........They DO bite!!!
Leanne, South Shields
On complaining about these beds, we were given an extra matress to put on top of the one we already had. Unfortunately, it was the same as the first matress, well passed the sell by date because every time you moved, springs were sticking into hips and back.....in fact all over the body. The matress its self was torn, as well as being stained. Blankets and pillows also had to be changed due to being stained aswell. When i came to make the bed one morning i found a bug crawling in the sheets....one which could not have flown through a window and had never been seen before so again we had to have the sheets changed!
It is a shame that the owners do not take more pride with their matresses and beddings as they were the only things we could fault with the hotel. It was a lovely, big complex which was located close to supermarkets, restaurants and beaches. apartment and furnishings we had no complaints about, although a few more kitchen utilities wouldn't have gone a miss!
Please feel free to view the pictures we have posted.
I spent a week in the Tasmaria in May 2006 and really enjoyed the stay. The apartments are very basic but very comfortable, including the beds, and were cleaned daily. I would recommend the barbeque if offered, the food was fantastic and served in the restaurant.
The pool bar offers great food and the we spent a fortune on the pool tables.
The hotel was ideally situated with loads of restaurants and bars nearby. I would recomment Tramps for a drink, very friendly staff, and Fat Mama's for food.
Although the rooms are basic I would definitely rate it higher than 2.5 *.
I've just come back from the Tasmaria apartments in Cyprus and I couldn't recommend a better place to stay if your looking for cheap, comfortable and clean apartments. The apartments are fairly basic, they have cooker, fridge etc but most importantly are kept very clean (the maid service cleaned our room everyday) and are comfortable. I had no problems with the beds. Weather was brilliant but it played havoc with my bats wings! The pool area and restaurant are excellent, food was very nice and reasonably priced and the staff were very helpful and friendly.The pool is a decent size and was never to busy. The group I was with attended the BBQ night at the hotel restaurant and I can honestly say the meat served was the nicest I have ever tasted! The apartments are situated literally a stone's throw away from the main bars and restaurants on Tomb's of the King's Road. The best pub in Paphos though is Tramps Bar which is directly next door to the apartments, the Geordie barman Martin will keep the drinks flowing for you and best of all he put all of Newcastle's games on the big screen!! Fat Mama's restaurant 2 minutes up the road is well worth a visit as well.
I would definitely go back again and stay at the Tasmaria, I had a great holiday and the only regret I had was I only went for a week!!
We have just literally come back from a great holiday in paphos where we stayed at the Tasmaria.
To start we stayed in the apartment (2-4 people) so I can't really comment on the studio rooms as they have not been seen but they can't be much different. I would like to say that the beds are not uncomfortable at all, I'm one that loves my own bed, but the beds were fine, I was worrying a little after reading that review thinking it would be springy!
The hotel rooms are generally very basic, but who stays in the hotel room? They were clean, bed sheets were changed every two days, and the maids would come in and give you fresh towels and wash all the floors for you.
I liked the fact that everyone was so friendly there, not just the hotel staff but all the restaurant staff as well.
On our 1st night we stayed at the hotel in the evening and sat down at the bar/pool area, it was nice with a friendly atmosphere, where you could easily relax and have a few games of pool and have a few drinks.
From our experience I would recommend a definite visit to Fat Mamma's restaurant, it's not far from the hotel just a 2 minute walk, right of the hotel.
If you're a looking for a good bar I would recommend The Outback Pub, this is an Australian bar run by auzzies themselves. It's always a good atmosphere, often with live bands and karaoke nights.
For days out I would advise a trip to Tomb of the Kings, again this is only a walk away from the Tasmaria and is sign posted. I would advise to wear very good grip shoes and not go on a wet day! Some of the steps are dodgy and very easy to slip on so take care with that. Also be careful where you are walking as there are some large ditches and holes!
There is also a good water park called Aphrodite Water Park which you can catch a bus to for 80p and the cost is refunded there if you present your bus ticket. There are some good slides, rivers and pools. A good day out for a family. I would advise a trip to the harbour as well, you can catch the number 15 bus to get there although it isn't far. You can get some nice gifts and very cheap designer perfumes and after shaves (only £6.50!!) also you can do water sports and go in a glass bottom boat here.
Any way I have nattered on enough now! I will upload some photo's too for you all but I hope you all have a good time!!
x Steph x
We had only a 1 week at the Tasmaria in Paphos - that is our only regret! I could have stayed much longer.
The staff and Owners, Neo and Irene are wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble and they really do make you feel welcome. They even invited us to their daughter, Maria's wedding but we were flying home on that day.
It's a family run hotel and really does have that all important personal touch, which these days is so hard to find.
The rooms were basic but clean, but you don't want to spend time in your room anyway as the bar area at night is so much fun. Nikos, the best barman in the world, will ensure you have a great time and the atmosphere rubs off on the holiday makers. We were all very relaxed and have made some good friends that we intend to keep in touch with.
The pool and pool area was exceptionally clean and never too busy, plenty of sunbeds.
The Island Blue restaurant is so amazing, we ate there every night! The Chef came to speak to us and will even cook anything to your liking on request. The waitresses, Michaela and Annamaria are fantastic. We tried a couple of other places for lunch but nothing compared, either on service or standard of food.
It's true that it is the little things and personal touch that make the difference, and you will certainly see this at the Tasmaria.
Our opinions were also share by everyone that we spoke with there, many said they would deffinatly return. In fact, there where 2 ladies that have been going every year for 15 years and are pretty much part of the family now!
Don't hesitate to book the Tasmaria if you want a really good relaxing value for money holiday. I would easily pay double the £200 each and feel it should be re-rated higher than 2.5*. I've just read a review on this site complaining about the beds, we did not have this problem and heard no one else mention it either. They also fail to mention all the great things about the place, what can I say, some people only see the bad things in life and are just looking for something to complain about!
Claire & Carl Wilby
We visited the Tasmaria Apartments in Nov 2005. The beds were so uncomfortable, that we moved hotels - at our own expense! You could feel the springs through the mattresses, and I didn't sleep at all.
I asked for blankets - to put on top of the mattress - and they were stinking of cigarettes and covered in hairs! Otherwise the apartment has everything you could need. Two single beds - no doubles at all - a fully equiped kitchen, and a spacious lounge with balcony.