I will not repeat all the superlatives that other guests have already written about this hotel. All the staff seem to love their jobs and the hotel management have pulled it off in terms of service and professionalism.
I agree with comments about other guests fro Eastern Europe who clearly now have the money to buy the most expensive rooms and are very demanding.
The wifi problems noted last year have now been fixed and free wifi is available everywhere in the hotel including the rooms, gardens and pools areas. The free service is speed limited to 1.2 / 0.2Mbps and is not enough to video conference but if you want to do this you can pay for a faster service. For all normal uses its perfectly adequate.
There was a lot of door slamming by other guests, which is a pity as in most other respects the hotel is quiet, the rooms and corridors are carpeted so you get very little noise from people moving around. The management should consider putting soft door closers on the bedroom doors to fix this problem. After all it's 5 star and guests should not have to put up with inconsiderate noisy occupants of adjacent rooms.
We had a rear facing room, and we were disappointed with the view over a dump site and a rough ploughed field. We were offered another room which we accepted, but this was above the Astria bar and in this area you can hear the entertainment until midnight.
We travelled with Thomson and the price we paid was very good value, but you only get what you pay for and you will need to pay for the upgrade if you want a room with a good view. Maybe this does not matter so much at the Elysium, as the balconies are not very wide and you do not get sun loungers on them. Sitting in an ordinary chair for a long period I'd not my idea of a good time, so we spent all our time in more comfortable places around the hotel complex.
We thought the walk into Paphos along the sea front was uninteresting and only did it once, but the mosaics when you get to the end are world class!
The drinks in the hotel are silly prices and hardly any of the guests frequented the bar in the evening. This was disappointing as socialising with other guests is a big part of our vacation and this was very difficult when the bar is almost empty all night.
We paid for half board and this was good value. We ate at the buffet every night and the variety and quality is excellent. A different theme every night and four courses - it seemed like the quantity of food you normally only get on a cruise!
There are a lot of sparrows nesting there, mainly in the balcony foliage of the side facing rooms - one of the reasons we did not pay for an upgrade. Being dive bombed for leftovers at breakfast everyday became a little tiresome.
Well done Elysium, a very slick operation, please address the things we have commented on and we will return.
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