My boyfriend and I visited the Venus beach for one night in July for our anniversary. With the hotel being rated 5 star we had high expectations! Upon arrival the reception area was clean and grand with a big chandelier in the entrance which was impressive. When checking in the reception staff could have been more welcoming, they looked bored!
Making our way up to the room the corridors were in serious need of an update, they smelt musty, the carpet was ugly and dirty and walls could do with a lick of paint! This made us worry about what our room would look like! Fortunately when we got to the room, it was modernised, clean and light and we were very happy with it. We had a flat screen tv and a lovely view out to sea.
All inclusive drinks were good, not a massive selection but tasted nice, and the bar staff were helpful and friendly. The food was disappointing. Lunch was very limited and the dining rooms were extremely old fashioned. Our all inclusive tickets stated that we were entitled to either a dinner buffet or a la carte meal. When we enquired about the a la carte option at reception we were abruptly told 'buffet only'. Apparently a la carte was only offered peak season- even though we visited in July? So we had the buffet, which again was ok but very limited and a bit bland. The breakfast on the other hand was great and offered quite a lot compared to the other meal times.
The pool and surrounding area was nice and the hotel is situated right on the beach.
Entertainment was poor. The lady who ran the bingo and quizzes was enthusiastic and friendly but unfortunately she was not enough to keep us entertained. Bingo was free and the prize was a drink from the bar- which are free anyway? Both bingo and the quiz took a very long time as it was presented by the same lady in around 6 different languages, I understand there are different nationalities but it made the night boring and long! So we took our drinks to our room instead!
A good thing to note about the hotel was the room service. As it was our anniversary we were delivered free champagne which was a lovely touch! Also included in your all inclusive, you can opt to have breakfast delivered to your room. You just pay €1.70 for room service and you choose what you would like the night before from a list of pastries, bread, fruit and drinks.
All in all, not what you'd expect from a 5 star hotel. We will not be returning however if you want a nice room with breakfast in bed and are not too fussed about the rest then this is for you!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Venus Beach
- Venus Beach Hotel Paphos
- Venus Beach Hotel Cyprus
- Venus Beach Paphos