This hotel has been described as a home from home - and now we understand! Every single person there was British, tattooed, and happy to have beer for breakfast.
On arrival, we were met with the stone face of the least friendly of the 3 Reception staff and were given a room overlooking the pool - 1st mistake! Do not stay over the pool, unless you intend on going to bed by 12.30 earliest. The evenings 'entertainment' was unique... (which more often than not, was the northern tones of wannabe popstars in the karaoke sessions, really believing that they were the next big thing! Only for us lightweights, with all the cats in Cyprus, it just sounded like animal noises into the early hours). We did try to put up with it for the first week, and were then kindly moved to the other side, which presented no further problems with noise.
We noted no fridge in the room, but there was a water machine which for 9 euros, you'd get a large 10 litre water bottle for hot or cold water. No tea or coffee or any other facilities in the B&B rooms. A real pain, that you can't keep anything cool after you come back from the beach or pool. A family staying there, did have an apartment at the top of the hotel, where they did have facilities and I'd advise this if you have a family or wish to save money. That said, they did tell me that they were charged for the use of the air con unit - something we were not charged for in the B&B room. BEDS - oh my god! Who ever said a hard bed is good for you was lying! Or they had no back with spine movement! We had to use the blankets under the sheets to soften the springs. The TV was held onto the stand with a belt and for a hotel with all English guests, we were subjected to all Greek Sitcoms and the odd french cartoon! The towels were changed daily ( a surprise), but the same couldn't be said with the general room cleaning. Floor or bathroom was not cleaned daily, ants in the room and the cat that we swung on the balcony said it was ridiculously tiny - to the point where one person has to go on first and then sit, then have the table put out before the other can sit down - there is not even got any room for drying clothes. The Air con units are great whilst you're awake, but pointless whilst trying to sleep as they are so noisy (a great benefit if trying to drown out the karaoke sessions).
Pool was small and like a hot bath, but there is another one that's cooler, but it's in the way and has no loungers around it - it was not used. Loungers - as someone previously commented, the loungers do get 'towelled' by about 7.30am and the staff do nothing to sort this, but then there are people there that come yearly and know the staff well and have the place sussed.
We saw/heard of two accidents whilst there as the steps are slippy and inappropriate for elder guests or children. Children are not welcomed there as it is a regulars spot, or for couples who enjoy a bit of a sun worshipping (there are two sundecks that are really good for just the bathing), or those simply seeking a base like we were to see the rest of Paphos and the surrounding areas. The kids that were there were full of the joys of bunking off school holidays eager to get an early bird deal (and they really were kids that needed to be in school), with parents that thought the ashtray was the pool surround! That said, there is a small kids pool and a jacuzzi (kettle hot), but other than that, it would not appeal other than in price for families with small children.
Breakfast was interesting - with watered down juice, I actually had to squeeze my own grapefruit in the glass to get any juice in there. That said, many were happy with the breakfast as there was choice and always seemed to have something available right up until finish time. For about a week, we decided to forgo breakfast and just get croissants at the local store..
All in all, I would recommend this hotel if you can't get into anywhere else, or there's someone you've annoyed in a past life. You may love the sun and a warm bath to dip in and in that case, this place is for you. Its tired, in need of some serious tlc and updating, a few of the bar staff need their smacked butt faces cheered up a bit and the hotels need to look at the beds! The Manager is nice, but needs to put that charm to good use and make a difference in a Country where the Euro is out-pricing most of his repeat business. There is potential there, with a great easy location and a few good staff on reception (one of which is from Oxford), but i guess you get what you pay for and for once, we wished we'd paid more and gone elsewhere - but the money I saved will get me a good chiropractor!
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