The Elysium hotel is situated on the northern outskirts of Paphos, away from the centre of the town, but within easy reach if you want to go there.
The hotel itself is an imposing building, set apart from the main road out of Paphos, and a little oasis of calm and tranquility. Paphos itself is much more touristy than it used to be, so I'm told, and on the main road you can see evidence of this in the profusion of bars and restaurants, but the Elysium rises above this with aplomb.
From the outside, the name of the hotel is discreetly etched into the stonework above the mock drawbridge, and you are greeted by possibly the most friendly porters we've ever come across - eager to help, and all smiles. The entrance hall is imposing; a huge space, but light and airy.
It's worth paying the extra for a sea view, as the land-side ones just don't have a great view - make the most of the sparkling Mediterranean!. There are a wide variety of rooms on offer, including secluded villa-rooms with private plunge pools. If you can, go for a sea view on the pool side; on the front of the hotel, the side sea view is good, but there is a small area of rough ground adjacent to the hotel that is not exactly pretty!
The private grounds of the hotel are a wonder. From the terraces, you can look over an amazing pool complex, that contains an "upper" pool with a swim up bar, a "lower" pool that curls around the upper pool in a long expanse of water that is great for longer distance swimming, and a central circular pool with a jacuzzi in the middle. There are masses of terraced areas near the pools, as well as a large grassed area, a decked area overlooking the sea, and a beach - all with plenty of top-quality sunbeds, so there is plenty to go round. Again, the staff are great; the swim-up bar staff do regular circuits of the area taking food & drink orders, and the sunbed staff are only too willing to help with moving sunbeds, setting out towels, or putting up parasols. There is also an indoor pool, and a fully appointed spa on site.
The restaurants are also good. If you are on the half-board package, you get access to the buffet style restaurants - but these are no simple pile-em-high buffets; the food quality & presentation is excellent, and there is always plenty of choice. The a la carte restaurants are also very good - we tried the Italian restaurant, and had a superb meal.
The hotel has lots and lots of different areas where you can relax and avoid the crowds if you want to, including a bar area, coffee lounge, library, and quiet garden areas. There is also a chapel on-site for weddings; we saw a few whilst we were there, and were impressed at the way that the wedding parties were arranged so as to be a part of the hotel, but separate from the rest of the guests - unlike some places where you see the girl in the white dress walking through areas surrounded by pink people in swimsuits!
Location wise, as I said the hotel is on the outskirts of Paphos, located right next to the Tombs of the Kings (worth visiting - very interesting, and very strange all at the same time). There is a very good coast path that the Elysium is right in the middle of; to the north, it winds for 2.5km along the coast, beside the Tombs of the Kings, and to the south, it is another 2.5kms, and brings you out right on Paphos harbour. A nice walk in the mornings when it is cooler, and gives you a chance to get into Paphos from the harbour entrance, which is really pretty. If you want to eat out, then just head in to the main road for a wide selection of bars and restaurants within a few minutes' walk.
TIP - if you are going to visit the Tomb of the Kings - don't use the coast path! There's no entrance into this attraction from the sea side - you need to go via the road. it's about a 10-15 minute walk at most.
The only issue that we found with the hotel is that it is expensive. And I mean, expensive! Cyprus is generally far more expensive that we had anticipated, even bearing in mind the exchange rate. An average dinner for two at any of the local restaurants is going to set you back around 50 Euros, and of course, the Elysium is a five star hotel, and the prices reflect this. However,. the quality of the food is really very good indeed, so it is worth paying the money. I'd recommend half-board - you get access to the buffet, or you get an allowance against the other restaurants on site. The buffet alone costs between 37 and 41 Euros per person, so the half board option is good. The allowance you get for the other restaurants depends on the level of room you have, I think it varies between 25 and 35 Euros per person, but they are really worth trying. The Italian in particular is beautifully appointed, either indoors, or outside in a small sunken courtyard. Superb food and very friendly staff.
Speaking of food - a special mention for the breakfasts - huge choice, and again, beautifully presented.
So, it's expensive to stay, and expensive to eat...but it is a real experience, a superb hotel, a lovely location, and some of the nicest staff we've met. We were there for eight nights, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and would very happily stay there again!
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- Also Known As:
- Elysium Resort Paphos
- Elysium Hotel Paphos
- Elysium Paphos
- Elysium Cyprus
- Elysium Hotel Cyprus