We stayed here for 2 weeks in June 2014 (literally got home 2 3 days ago).
When we arrived I was so pleased with the location, it is ideal. Surrounded by places to eat and drink, theres a huge supermarket around the corner which has fantastic offers on like buy 1 get 1 free, half price etc etc. There are 3 pubs Flanings, The Rose and Players. 2 ice cream shops and at the bottom of the road is the sea front which is just beautiful.
Our room was 203, 2 bedroomed and ground floor not too far from the pool which was great as we have 3 children, the living room/dining area was huge. But the furniture is so so dated, it just ridiculous.
Bare in mind there is 5 of us, There was a huge table - with 4 chairs, 1 was broken.
Then 2 armchair type chairs.
What would be a very small sofa had been turned into a bed for 1 of my children, this too was broken and very unstable. The tv had 1 channel - bbc world news which was so blurred and crackled due to the dodgy connection.
Having 3 little 1s and nowhere to sit and chill with their dvds or games meant they spent that time in their bedroom - not what we went on holiday for.
We went self catering as we feel it is easier, but it was pointless. There was an oven type thing the size of a microwave with 2 hobs on the top and the centre was supposed to be a grill which had no rack or tray inside for you to put food on to cook it - so it couldnt be used. We had 1 small pan, big enough to fill with 2 pints of water. Then a huge pan that I would use to cook a stew: it was massive. I actually think it had been taken from the hotel kitchen.
We had 8 tiny cups with saucers, 8 wine glasses, and 1 glass tumbler so I had to buy the children some plastic cups to drink from. We had 15 dinner plates, no small plates, and no bowls which was an absolute nightmare. We had 5 forks, 1 dessert spoon, 7 knives and 2 tea spoons and NO kettle. So, even if we did want to eat at the apartment we didnt have the facilities, however even if we did the smell from the cupboards was so vile it turned your stomach and instantly put you off. Oh, I forgot to mention the fridge - you had to kick the bottom to make sure it shut properly.
We ended up eating out twice a day which cost a fortune.
Our room was right opposite the kitchen, be aware that the cook smokes in the kitchen and we witnessed her serving up meals with a cigarette in her hand.
There was a blocked drain or something outside the kitchen that had overflowed so there was water with a white, slimey consistancy all over the path and the smell was like rotting bins and there are a lot of stray cats who sit outside the kitchen and are fed by the staff.
The hotel in general was clean, and cleaners did come in to our room 10 days out of 14, but I would have to pull the sheets off the bed or they wouldnt get changed. We had clean towels pretty much every other day, as well as fresh bins. In fact, the cleaning staff were so lovely. They would even put the chilrens shoes in a row and their teddys and comfort blankets on their pillow. Really sweet and the kids loved it.
But I cant help thinking that they came into our room so often because of the cockroches and the fact that they knew we had little ones!!!
Yes! You read correctly. I lost count of how,many my husband had to kill. And we werent the only 1s. We spoke to 4 different families, all had infestations in their room. 3 times pest control were at the hotel.
The kitchen sink would block everytime the tap was poured and all the dirt come up into the sink. I did notify the staff 5 times but it wasnt fixed.
The pool area is lovely. There are plenty of sunbeds, little tables, parasols, none of which need to be hired. The childrens pool is perfect of little ones aged up to 5. The big pool had a deep end of 2.40 meters so I was a nervous wreck about the children and be aware that the swallow end turns deep very suddenly. There is also a little swing and slide suitable for toddlers.
We tended to eat out in the morning, spend the afternoon by the pool then go out in the evenings so I cant really comment on the sraff, those we did see were very polite. The only lady I had dealungs with was the stuck up 1 who works on reception. We returned to our room 1 night to find my 5 year olds comfort blanket had gone. The only explanation was that the cleaners had accidently taken it when changing the bed. My little boy was so sad and to put his mind at ease I went to ask that reception could ask the cleaners could check their laundry in the morning. The receptionist was rude and abrupt and felt the need to make the situation worse by telling me the blanket had probably gone with the laundry company.
Cue heartbroken 5 year old in absolute tears!!!
The next morning at 8.30 we returned to reception to ask if the cleaners had, had a chance to look. It was the same receptionist as the previous evening, who was thrilled to see us, sent a cleaner off then turned to me and said 'wait there, if she find it she will bring it'.
Luckily, it was found and the cleaning staff were full of apologies and cuddles for my little boy, again they are all so lovely.
The hotel is right opposite The Rose Pub, it seemed to be the main place people from London met up, we're not but we met some fab people in there. You need to be aware that they have loud music on pretty much every night. The hotel rooms go along the pool area then around the back of the reception/bar in an L shape. If you get a room along the pool side you will not get to sleep before 1/2am because the music is so so loud. We were behind the main building and could still hear it, and to the back of us was a hotel or bar that also had very loud mucis and entertainment. So be aware of that.
You're probably wondering why I didnt complain. No facilities to cook or eat, cockroches, noisy. Well I will be honest..... A lady above us had an infestation of cockroches which was so so bad, she complained twice and as a result the receptionist was appauling to her and the cleaners stopped going into her rooms, she was ignored for the rest of her stay. So I kept quiet because of the children.
I wouldnt stay here again and I wouldnt recommend the hotel for families with children.
Ive seen reviews saying 'you get what you pay for' but I didnt pay to go to a hotel so poor with no cooking or eating facilities full of cockroches, ants and all the stray cats of paphos! The hotel seemed to be used by people attending weddings so 2 nights max or Squadies on leave for the weekend. Its not really a hotel suitable for a 2 week holiday at all.
If you have an evening flight like we did it is 5 euros per hour to keep your room.
I would recommend a boat trip, the glass bottom boats and the pirate ship are fantastic for children.
The Players bar opposite the pub is amazing, it has 8 tvs all showing a different sport, connect 4 and jenga for the chikdren, free popcorn and lite bites to eat which are very cheap.
Flanigans, next door to The Rose pub, is a kareoke bar of an evening. The staff are bloody lovely, the food is gorgeous and so reasonable.
Be aware that the further down the harber you go, the more expensive meals become and for every place to eat that you walk past - the staff will ask hassle you to go in. It becomes annoying.
Paphos itself is beautiful. The Daphne is a dump!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring an outdoor pool and well-tended gardens, Daphne Hotel Apartments is conveniently situated in the centre of Paphos, just 2 minutes' walk from the seafront and the vibrant beach. Free WiFi is provided in public areas. Daphne Hotel offers well-appointed 1 and 2-bedroom apartments in the heart of Paphos. Each one is tastefully decorated and furnished in pine, with a well-equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge area. They surround the vibrant pool and offer a private balcony or terrace, some with pool views. During the day, relax around the pool and soak up the sun. Enjoy meals at Daphne's large restaurant or a refreshing drink on the terrace. Just steps away from your apartment, you'll find the golden beach of Paphos and plenty of shops, bars and cafés. Paphos Kings Avenue Mall lies within 500 metres. Kato Paphos is a great choice for travellers interested in Bars, Sand Beaches and Monuments. ... more less
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