Pafian Sun Village
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pafian Sun Village Paphos
Worst holiday of my life!!
I had the misfortune to stay at this 4* (NEVER) AI resort two summers ago, and I am not a person who complains easily -all my other reviews on trip advisor have a least 4stars, but THIS complex was absolutely dreadful, and after reading recent reviews by some members, it does not appear to have got any better. Apart from a very very basic room, with plain horrible decor, and dreadful blankets that wouldn't give my dog -the resort was in the middle of no-where. You could only eat A la carte once a week. The drinks were served on horrid dirty cups, my son (aged 16) was hit in his face in the pool, by a gang of terrors staying at the resort -who ranted and raved till 2am in the morning. There were only 5 small boats for the whole hotel, and you had to walk to a different hotle to use them you couls not even swim in the sea. Believe me this resort would make Butlins seem like Buckingham Palace. This was never a 4* resort, and if you have to go avoid the school holidays. I complained and wrote numerous letters when I got home - and received compensation to use on a future holiday - which I promptly binned. I felt sorry for the staff who had to work there, obviously some peoples idea of fun is getting legless from 10am, fighting, and spoiling other peoples holidays
this was our second time at the Pafian and as always we had a fantastic time. The staff are all so friendly and only too willing to please - but - there again - it all depends how you treat THEM. Some people talked to the waiters as though they were idiots. The complex is flat and fine for me as I do have walking difficulties. You are a way outside pathos but can catch a no. 11 or 13 bus into town - upto the old market - or going the other way to Coral Bay. DO NOT hire your car from the Avis - they rip you off all ways. Roughly £250 + for a car for one week. If you walk a couple of hundred yards back into pathos at the traffic lights there is a car hire place there -they charge £140 for a week and our car was almost brand new - air conditioned etc. also same insurance a lot cheaper. The pafian was as always a relaxing holiday with fantastic food and plenty to drink. The rooms are very clean and bed linen and towels are changed every couple of days. My daughter and I are hoping to get back there this year in october - funds prevailing !
Welcome to butlins
In all the 14 years of going on AI this is the worst place we have ever been too. We have just been given a pay out from Thomas cook after complaints as long as my arm. Daughter picked up fungal infection from pool-side, partner had severe ear infection and spent 2 days in hospital from gastroenteritis. The swimming pool is not big enough for the amount of people staying (especially summer season), no wonder ear infections are rife.
There is cats all over the complex, jumping on tables when eating outside, urinating against poolside walls and sunbeds, the staff very miserable, you are treated different from the self catering because they pay for their drinks. Quite away from nightlife so teenagers found it very hard so they would meet up and hang around shouting and screaming till 2 in mornig.
The only nice thing we can say about this holiday is the food was okay, the entertainment was poor, at times i forgot i was in Cyprus because it was more like being at Butlins
I must say this holiday was not cheap
Perfect for families
I thought the Pafian sun was excellent value, it was an all inclusive holiday, but had the added advantage of a kitchen within each apartment, as we had a 1 year old baby with us, that was a huge help in preparing bottles etc.
The serving staff in the restaurant and the bars were brilliant - very helpful and attentive. The food was excellent and very varied, so everyone could find something that they liked (sometimes the problem was liking too much - bang goes the diet)! Ice creams for children are only available at certain times during the day, so to avoid tears remember the times.
If you want to keep your room for a few extra hours at the end of the holiday I would suggest booking it on your first day.
I would recommend a visit - definately a family holiday place.
Definitely not butlins!!
After a long wait at the airport, we finally got under way and got to the complex in plenty of time to get drinks at the all inclusive bar ( yum yum)
We found the apartments to be of an above average standard and the level of hygene to be very high (dont like the idea of putting the loo roll in a bin next to the toilet though). The towels and bedding were changed regulary and the bin in the toilet everyday!!
The food was available all day and with every palate catered for, I can only add...........wonderful !!
Drinks on the all inclusive menu were a bit limited, but on tap for 18.5hrs so we cant complain too much, the catering , waiting , and bar staff were friendly and helpful as were the holiday reps.
Evening entertainment....um..er...ok, but our two girls thought it was great. Spending all day at the complex became a little dull, so we took some days out recommended by the reps, "Georges Fun Bus" you have got to do it!!! The bloke is as mad as a tweed bra!! ( brilliant day)
Would we go back?.........yep!
Not a four-star hotel
When I booked this, I thought it was a four-star hotel with attached apartments. What I didn't realise is that in fact, they are all apartments and so there is no hotel as such. The apartments are arranged in a 'village', a bit like Pontins/Butlins. There is a central area with a small lobby and a single bar, attached to the restaurant, and an entertainment room with stage. The standard was certainly not in keeping with the level you would expect from a four star hotel.
There is meant to be an internet room but it was switched off when we went (and anyway was ludicrously expensive). The apartments were OK, although cheaply furnished and in a surprisingly poor state of repair considering it has only been open a couple of years (according to the locals). The rest of the complex had areas of poor repair as well, particularly the sunbeds - it became a chore to locate a good one.
Good points were the food, which was quite varied and surprisingly good for hotel buffets, and made the all-inclusive a bit more worthwhile. Some of the hotel staff were very pleasant, others appeared to resent the all-inclusive. Also there was quite a nice gym which was free to use.
Overall, although we wouldn't have any major complaints if we had planned a self-catering/apartment style holiday, it was quite a disappointment having expected a four-star holiday. A good lesson learnt!
Hello I arrived back home last night from staying at the Pafian Sun Holiday Village. Before I went I saw some good and bad reveiws and was unsure what to except so I thought I would let ppl know what I thought. I went 1st March - 8th March. The first week that it had re-opened. I travelled with Thomas cook. I went with my boyfriend Graeme (Gra) We went All inclusive and I do advise that you do this even if you dont plan on staying in the hotel all day and night. It works out better for money. We stayed in a studio which was really nice plenty of space, you get T.V (but sorry only one english channel BBC world but some nights a movie ill be on another channel) couch which was nice, dressing table, hair dryer, stove, kettle, toaster and also a fridge. The rooms are cleaned daily but two days off. They are kept nice and clean. When it comes to the rest of the hotel there is a little shop on site but not much stuff there. The hotel is very clean and there is always a waiter on hand to collect the glasses. Plenty of seating arrangements aswell. The outside pool was nice but because we went when it wasnt really warm not many people went in and if they did it would be for five minutes if that. Was really cold. But that didnt stop our fun. When the sun isnt out there isnt much to do really. Theres a games room well if you can call it that it had a few arcades and a pool table and a hockey table thing cant think what its called. On the roof sort of there is a tennis court which is avaiable to use but didnt use it ourselves. The indoor pool is clean but BE CAREFUL no lifeguard. The jazzcui wasnt as big as it looked on the pictures can fit 6 grown people in it. Just make sure you sit in the right place uncomfy with bubbles going through your legs hitting your thighs. Oh forgot to meantion in the rooms there OUR plug sockets so dont need adaptors so english things can be used. You also get heating and air condidtioning. But the next thing am going to meantion is the food. WOW how nice. Well some. I was expecting I could get the option of burger and chips sorry you cant. Its like if you go to a chinese buffet restraunt. All you can eat. The salad spread was amazing. Now I dont normally eat salad but I found myself having it as it was really nice. Theres only one soup on but different every night. Then you will have loads of different types of meats in different sauce and then chips, potatos, rice, pasta. Not the best varity but what you got was nice and different most nights. Hats off the the chef. Who on some nights would come out and walk around. They always kept it stocked up. You get your own coffee, tea e.t.c but the waiters bring you your drinks. So thats what you get when it comes to the hotel. Friendly staff not that many now much english but they understand what they need to. When it comes to the people that were there. Now there was a few old people and some middle age people then there was us and a few other young couples. Now I would say go AI as for the dinner its about £8 in there money they do pounds but cyprus pounds and when I went it was £1.25 to there £ and the drinks where about £3 each (thats there money again) which does end up costing as there not the biggest of drinks. Not as strong as back at home. So when you think about it adds up but dont worry if you have booked S,C e.t.c you can change to AI when you arrive at about £12 a night each person. Which does work out for the best. Now myself I wish I took my driving licence. SO if you got one TAKE IT. You can hire cars from the hotel (only on first day at welcome meeting-i think) you have to be driving for over 3 years. If you dont get it from the hotel then over the road you can hire there but unfortantly you have to be 25+ if you dont drive there is a bus stop right outside the hotel which costs about £1 to get into town where again you can hire cars or motorbikes. There is a little mini market over the road from the hotel which gets Daily mirror, daily express, daily mail. English newspapers which arrive at 1pm everyday but hurry they dont get many. There is also a pub called crazy spoon which has pool tables and also fellers has the football on. The owner is a newcastle surporter. SO really thats all I can say about the hotel but at least you know what to expect. Now there is one thing else I do want to say that is the Thomas cook entertainers. With it being the first week there was only two and that was Ben and Becky. WELL DONE both of you. There GREAT. They put on exellent shows everynight. They get people up so dont be shy. I must say what a brilliant pair they are. They are the nicest people you will ever meet. They put on a great show and they could do it all season by themselves they were that good and I know everyone would agree with me that they really did make it a really good holiday, Not shy whats so ever. It was a shame that we had to leave not oly was it the end of our holiday but it was the end of a friendship that we had with them for just one week and what a week. We spoke to them a few times off stage and there just as nice off stage as they are on. Anyone would be lucky to meet them. Ben, Becky if you reed this. Well done the pair of you. Take care oh and 3-0 :-) well I hope I have helped you think about this hotel it really is a nice place I would go again. Oh dont forget you cant drink there water so get some from the shops on your first day keep them cool in the fridge. Oh another thing I forgot to meantion is in Cyprus they dont put toilet paper down the toliet they use a big next to it. Strange to us but repect there culture. I also ready on a few reviews about cats (yes pussy cats) there is a few cats that walk around the city and some in hotel but only outside and the keep secret unless you call them. Well I hope I have let you know how it is but if you have any questions if I can help I will just email me on the address provided. I dont read them everyday but I will keep checking them. Have a wonderful holiday as we certainly did.
Plenty sun in pafian
just went for a 5 day trip paid for self catering, when we go there upgraded to all inclusive for less than 20 quid a day if thats not cheap i dont know what is, as the food and service was good. rooms were normal standard also we recieved a welcome pack which was also good.
outdoor and indoor pools were good, plenty entertainment for kids and adults alike. allthough it was out of the way a little theres a bus stop outside hotel takes 10 mins to town. my advise is to rent a car and see more of cyprus they drive on the same side of the road as us and signs are in english overall the hotel was in my opinion good value and would use it again.
Good but a bit in the sticks
The hotel is a large, modern, well-designed complex and if you book one of studios rather than the standard rooms you'll be delighted with the quality of accommodation. The food was generally good and the ambiance of the dining room was good for a hotel of this size. We stayed in the winter and found it very popular with the over-60's which can give it a retirement-home feel during the day. Paphos is a great town, but is about 15minutes drive away from the hotel (bus is cheap and frequent and car-hire is opposite the hotel). We found evening entertainment below par but, again, found plenty in Paphos town (particularly some of the better hotels) even in the middle of winter.
Nice but not again
My partner bought me 5 nights in this hotel as a 21st birthday present.
In general we had a brilliant time, however there was just something lacking in the hotel....Although most staff were friendly some were extremely arrogrant and would refuse to serve certian people at the bar for no apparent reason. The pool was nice and large, but very cold, even so it was about 28 Degrees outside! Food was pretty boring (we didnt go AI) a snack bar sold your normal pizza and burgers that although were fine to fill a hole were not by any standards above average, the pizza was a little frozen one, and the burgers although meaty weren't too good either - having said that the food was actually nice.
As a result of not being AI we ate out every night, much to the disapointment of my wallet - anywhere between £30 and £60 for a reasonable meal (not hotels fault just Cyprus is expensive!)
The reason I've given it 4 * even though I have given -ve feedback in places is because the hotel is very nice, extremely clean rooms are good, and didnt actually have any issues.
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