My boyfriend and I stayed at the Almyra for 7 nights in mid-September. We booked a "Superior Sea View Room" which does not have a balcony, but does have floor to ceiling opening doors so you can look out at the view. We were upgraded on our arrival to a "Junior Suite" (Room 214). It wasn't a suite in the traditional sense, i.e. with two separate areas, but more like a larger than normal hotel room with extra space for a long sofa, coffee table and extra wardrobes. It did not have a balcony but did have the floor-to-ceiling opening doors and a marvelous sunset view across the harbour. The room has a small safe in it, large enough for a tablet device, but you would struggle to get a laptop in it (unless you wedge it in at an angle).
The hotel decor and furnishings are what I would describe as minimalist and I thought it looked very chic in the hotel's photos on the website. Having now experienced the hotel first hand my boyfriend and I agreed that it actually looked rather sparse and somewhat basic. I think I can now safely say I would prefer a hotel with more homely decor than this minimalist style.
The bed was quite firm as were the pillows, given this I would grade our sleep quality during our stay as OK (generally waking up once or twice a night). The air conditioning was not the quietest I had experienced but wasn't overly noisy at night. The room has a mini bar fridge in it, but given the high prices we didn't use it. We were going to put our own water (from the local supermarket) in the minibar fridge, but noticed that a "fine" of 15 Euros per day was incurred if you used the minibar fridge for anything other than the hotel's own minibar drinks, baby food or medicines. We thought this 'rule' was completely ridiculous and have never seen anything like that in any other hotel around the world (or perhaps we just didn't notice it in other hotels?). The room has a nice big flat screen TV, and we found a couple of English language news channels on it. My boyfriend also managed to hook his laptop up to the TV, so we could watch programmes that we had downloaded (at home in the UK) via the TV screen. The hotel does have free wifi, but it is slow and not suitable for downloading any TV/Movies etc. The hotel does not provide tea/coffee making facilities in the room (so either take your own travel kettle, or use room service, a 'cup' of tea is 5 Euros).
Bathroom - the bathroom was small and seemed to be the standard size for hotel bathrooms. The sink, set on a marble worktop, whilst a very stylish Villeroy & Boch fitting, was shaped like a large mixing/pudding bowl with a spout mixer tap protruding over the centre of the sink. The bowl is quite small, and is only really any good for washing your hands in or cleaning your teeth over the sink. Forget trying to wash your face over it (as you will bang your head on the protruding tap/spout, and end up splashing water all over your body, down your legs etc), or trying to wash out your swimwear in it, as it is way too small and again water splashes out everywhere soaking the worktop.
The bath had two showers over it. One is a fixed shower head coming from the ceiling and the other is on a hose. The bath has a small (inadequate) glass screen which goes about one third of the length of the bath, so when you turn on the overhead shower, the entire bathroom ends up completely soaked. The floor towel was completely drenched and I had to mop the floor up with it, wringing it out three times before I'd got the floor clear of the huge puddle of water. We didn't use this overhead shower again after that and used the hose shower head instead as the spray could be controlled better. Lots of soap, shampoo, conditioner and bath foam were supplied. Dressing gowns and slippers are also provided.
Food - we had a half-board deal and found the food good, with breakfast and dinner buffet taken in Mosaics Restaurant. The choice was a little limited, but we enjoyed what was on offer. The food area is rather small, so we found ourselves waiting for the number of people around the food tables to dwindle before we went up for our next course, or you end up shuffling around all the people with a plate of food in your hand. Like most hotels, they do different themes each night (Italian night, Cypriot night, Asian night etc). I enjoyed some very nice/tender meat dishes.
Pools - the main pool has lots of double sunbeds with pillows which were very comfortable, and each with an umbrella, although due to the heavy concrete base, moving the umbrella so you can get the shade in the right place is a bit tricky. Beach towels are provided by the hotel and are dropped off in your room on most days and on the day we didn't get fresh towels we just asked for some at the Spa (no need for towel tokens or towel deposits thankfully). The main pool is black slate, and looks more like an ornamental pond rather than a swimming pool (which you'd expect to be the usual light aqua blue colour). The spa pool, which is much smaller, is a adult only area, but the sunbeds are rather crammed in together so you are very close the the next couple on their sunbed.
Another of the annoying 'rules' of the hotel is that whilst sunbathing at the spa pool, a member of staff actually told us off for drinking our own mineral water (a 1.5 litre bottle we had bought from the local supermarket). Apparently you are only allowed to drink water purchased from the spa at the spa pool. I would point out that the cheapest bottle of mineral water from the spa is 75cl in size and costs 3 Euros, whereas we bought a six pack of 1.5 litre bottles for 1.95 Euros (i.e. about 33 cents per bottle). We were so irritated by this stupid rule (and particularly how hot it is and the need to drink plenty of water) that we left the spa pool and sunbathed by the main pool for the remainder of our stay.
The reception and restaurant staff were friendly and very helpful.
The location of the hotel is excellent, it is right on the sea front, and only a few minutes walk to the main harbour with lots of restaurants and all the usual shops selling tourist tat. In addition, it is only about a 10 minute walk to the Paphos Archaeological Park (3.80 Euros to get in), so if you fancy a bit of history, it's worth a walk down there.
We don't think this hotel is really what you'd call a 5 star, more of a 4 star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish and relaxing, fashionable yet unpretentious, Almyra is a chic cutting-edge luxury 5 star family seafront hotel that makes contemporary luxury accessible to all. Almyra sits in eight acres of landscaped gardens on the Mediterranean shoreline of Paphos, Cyprus. Meaning 'taste of the sea', Almyra's highlights include the Almyraspa - a sun-lit utopia of organic and marine-based therapies complemented by inspiring ocean vistas - and the waterfront Kyma ('Wave') Suites, showcasing harbour views from candle-lit rooftop terraces. Almyra is a comfortable combination of modern design elements, sleek facilities and family-friendly features: because having children doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice good taste... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Almyra Hotel Cyprus
- Almyra Hotel Paphos
- Almyra Paphos