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Elysium Hotel
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Queen Verenikis Street | PO Box 60701, Paphos 8107, Cyprus   |  
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Ranked #4 of 95 hotels in Paphos
Scotland
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“absolutely loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2007

We have just returned from getting married in Cyprus and stayed at the Elysium, which on this site has had mixed reviews ..... We absolutely loved it!!
We stayed in one of the garden suites with private pool and upon arrival were greeted with a small welcome cocktail followed by wine and petit fours in our room - great start! The reception area is immaculate and very grand with plenty of comfy sofas and seats both inside and outside and the library area which is quiet. There are numerous bars and restaurants - and do try the cocktails in the bar (expensive but delicious)
Our suite was spacious and clean with a living area with bathroom and then upstairs to the bedroom with ensuite, outside we had loungers, a double bed and small plunge pool.
The grounds of the hotel are beautiful with the aroma of various plants and herbs at every turn. There is a big pool outside with massage pool in the centre, a smaller kiddies pool, a private pool for those in the megaron (which was kiddie free and very quiet - perfect), and an indoor pool with jacuzzi.
We played tennis which was free of charge and there is a games room, diving centre, multimedia room and table tennis etc.
Although it is a 5* it wasn't at all stuffy, the staff were very friendly and always willing to help and we got some lovely touches when we married - red wine, champage and strawberries delivered to our room, roses, rose petal bath etc.
The location is fine close enough to the harbour (about £5 taxi ride) and there are plenty of places to eat around and about.
We only ate breakfast but that was enough for all day - cooked breakfast, hams, cheeses, cereals, omellette, pastries, champage, salmon, waffles etc etc
This is the best hotel I have been in and couldn't recommend it highly enough!

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — nothing apart from lack of tea and coffee facilites in the room - just meant more cocktails though
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2007

My husband and I have just returned from the Elysium and we have to be honest we were really surprised at the level and professionalism of service we recieved having read some previous guests reviews before we went.

The hotel is very clean and the grounds are very well maintained. We had booked into one of mansion rooms and these meant that we and only any other guest staying the Mansion had use of the Royal pool which was adult only. The service around the pool was exactly asa 5 star hotel should be in our opinion for example fruit smoothies were brought around in the morning and the service for any other drinks etc was perfect by not being pestered every two minutes

My husband and I travel extensively in that we had only returned 4 weeks prior from Barbados and we were very impressed with the overall service and friendless of the staff. Even to the point that the F & B Manager personally came to see us over a query we had.

I had an hour and 40 minute Espa treatment and the girls were again very professional and friendly. It was also very clean and even better the cost was half the price you would pay here in the UK.

We certainly would recommend this hotel to our friends and family and would say that we feel that this hotel deserves its 5 star status.

  • Liked — The use of the adults only pool
  • Disliked — Room could been a little bigger
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2007

First of all, let me start by saying that although this Hotel may qualify for a 5 start hotel on paper, I’m afraid in reality its not. That said you cannot really expect true 5 star given the rates. I and my partner booked a package holiday travelling from Manchester, UK for £650 per person for 2 weeks bed & breakfast including flights and private transfers from March 18th – April 1st 2007. Given the cheap price we kept an open mind and our expectations were not sky high.

One of the key indicators of any good hotel is to provide customers with restful nights sleep, our experience at the Elysium was one of noise and constant disturbances during the night. On arrival at the hotel we were very impressed by the Mare Nostrum expansive reception area. The porter then showed us to our room number 4169 on the fourth floor. Our hearts sank a little when we realised our room overlooked an atrium area just adjacent to the main reception. I’ve stayed in hotels with Atriums before and from experience the acoustics tend to amplify massively and this was no exception to that rule. From inside our room the usual din of people chattering and doors opening and closing could be heard clearly. Not a good sign we thought, but we tried to look on the positive side as the inland view room (cheapest category in the hotel) was nicely decorated, spacious with a nice balcony and decent size marble bathroom. Plus the majority of rooms at the Elysium, bar the Royal suites overlook an Atrium anyway.

The next morning I woke at 6 to hear what I thought was my girlfriend was taking a shower, but she was still lying next to me. It turns out that the adjoining walls to the next room are so poorly insulated that you can also hear everything next door! Its spooky the shower and toilet flushes from the next room sounded like they were coming from our room. It’s evident that the Hotel clearly has not taken into account sound insulation; the dividing walls appear to be made of breeze block with rendering over the top.

It soon became clear that the heavy timber doors were also not damped in any way and close with a loud CLATTTT. Multiply the comings & goings of a 250 room hotel with undamped noise of doors opening and closing resonating into your room throughout the night and you can guess it keeps you awake.

We asked to be moved to a different room on the 8th night when 2 men next door had brought back a female companion for the 2nd time. 3 hours of groaning from 3am - 6am and we finally snapped. The reception staff finally moved us next afternoon to room 4020. For 2 nights we slept OK as we had no neighbours. On day 10 we noticed the hotel staff hanging large banners for a well known French cosmetics firm. That night 200+ employees of the cosmetics firm arrived from Moscow on a 3 night all expenses reward trip, most under 30 and eager to party. What remained of our stay turned into an 18 – 30 club type nightmare.

We came to the Elysium for a quiet break outside of peak season. It turns out however, that if they are not running big weddings they are running corporate events. It seems the Elysium will do just about anything for money to pack out the hotel to the detriment of many of its independent guests.

It was not all bad though, the food was of an excellent standard, even if the menus were not exactly original. The hotel grounds and pool are very impressive if artificial looking. Lying on the lawn area on expensive wooden framed sun loungers with a book in hand was quite idyllic. The cocktails which we enjoyed in the comfy sofas within the Mare Nostrum reception area were some of the best we had although at £5.95 CYP or £7 UK, £30 went very quickly for 2 cocktails each.

I tried one treatment at the ESPA and was really disappointed. A 1 hours massage starts from about £60. The treatment rooms are poky and have no natural light. I was a bit taken aback by the prices having stayed in the Taj Exotica in the Maldives were treatments were carried out in an over water pavilion for a fraction of the price that the Elysium charges. Out of principle I refused to return, they are just having a laugh with those prices for the run of the mill facilities on offer.

As soon as you step outside of the hotel I’m afraid it decidedly down market. Flashing neon lights and naff theme restaurants is the order of the day. For the first week of our stay we travelled to downtown Paphos for dinner (10 min by car). I’m afraid to say that Paphos is truly depressing, a ramshackle collection of shabby low rise buildings with Restaurant touts trying to drag you in off the street. The whole place looks tatty. Step beyond the seafront and you will find Erotic cabaret bars with prostitutes patrolling the pedestriansed area for clients.

We went to Seagull, Theos, Pellican, Choloes to name a few. They all have one thing in common, overpriced and uninspiring. Theo’s and the Pelican on the harbour are economical with the truth. The guys have chilled displays outside with what they allude to be the catch of the day – sea bass and king prawns, but every day the choice is the same and we never spotted any fishing vessels in the harbour. I suspect its more likely that the sea bass and king prawns are more likely to be caught from the local Carrefour supermarket

Also don’t bother diving here; there is nothing to see bar rocks and seagrass. We planned to do 5 dives each but gave up after the 2nd dive as there is nothing to see around Paphos. I think the only dive worth doing is the Zenobia wreck off Laranaca, but don’t waste your money otherwise. A lot of dive operators offer shore dives only as they don’t have their own boat. We used Cydive in the middle of Pahpos who at least had a boat, but a around £25 UK per dive (even with own equipment) it’s very expensive.

After one week of driving round in our hired 4x4 travelling to Polis, Coral Bay and Limassol, we soon realised that Cyprus resorts are the height of tack. Out of all the places Polis with its small harbour still has some charm, but even there the tacky restaurants & shops have already taken root and its well on it way to becoming the next Paphos.

The 2nd week we gave up on Cyprus and ate at our hotel Elysium. Despite its bad points the food was good. The café oriental serves up truly tasty sushi. We ate at the Cava restaurant on our last night which promised a fine dining experience. In common with many restaurants in Cyprus all food is imported at the Cava, not much in the form of local produce on the menu, bar the wine. That said the probably frozen John Dory main course was still delicious although the staff really pushed the kir royale champagne aperitifs and desert wine to the point were you had to insist you did not want it (about £14 per Kir royal per glass). With that exception the service is good and the guy who walks around playing the accordion adds to the romantic ambience of the restaurant. The 2 course meal with wine still came to £80 CYP, or £100 UK so although eating and drinking at the hotel is very nice it is expensive, but beyond compare in terms of quality to anything we found outside the hotel. We also used room service many times and although the menu is limited everything is of a high standard and well presented.

To sum up we will not be returning to Cyprus or the Elysium that deprived us of sleep. Cyprus reminds me of a big Malta, a huge rock stuck in the middle of the sea that has been way over developed in my opinion. I dare to think what the noise levels are like in summer at the Elysium.

  • Liked — impressive hotel grounds
  • Disliked — poor sound insulation, very noisy
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2007

Stayed at the Elysium on Honeymoon after booking through the internet. Having stayed several times at the Hawaii Grand & once at the Four Seasons in Limassol we thought we would try Paphos for a change. Personally I prefer limassol, it is more centrally located and being a working city less touristy although the strip where most of the hotels are sited can be a bit tacky.

Back to the Elysium, it is a large and impressive hotel with good facilities, not the best position as it is a bit out of town and surrounded by scrub land. After saying this there are a few restaurants within easy walking distance, Fat Mamas being one of the most enjoyable even if not very traditional!

Whilst the hotel has all the services you would expect there is a distinct lack of friendliness and being made to feel at home. At both the other hotels, particularly the Hawaii Grand, you are made to feel that nothing is to much trouble, after going there a few times you even get sent a birthday card!

We visited the Cava restaurant, which serves very good expensive food spoilt by what I consider to be sharp practice.
At the end of the meal a waiter comes round with two bottles of port, pours out a glass of each and asks which is the older. When you pick the right one he offers you the glass. We were shocked to see the sum of £50 added to our bill for the two thimbles of port.

During our stay the top half of a bikini went missing from our room, accidentally taken by House Keeping presumably. Four unreturned calls to Reception & House Keeping over a two day period a further complaint when we checked out, when we were told they would try to find it or send us compensation, and several letters/e-mails since and not even a reply.

Whilst this hotel has all the facilities of a good 5 star hotel its attention to the individual customer is lacking making it feel soulless. There are defiantly better hotels to go to in Cyprus.

Stayed September 2006
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Cambridgeshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2007

Would definitely recommend this hotel. A warm welcome awaited us including refreshments, we were shown to our room by the Hospitality Manger. Every member of staff was genuinely helpful and friendly. If you take the trouble to converse in a little Greek, the staff really appreciate it. Although the staff speak excellent English!

If you are going to marry at the Elysium, the backdrop to the chapel spoils the ambience, it is a shame they didn't site the chapel directly opposite it's current location so that the sea and sunset is behind it.

Although the weather was perfect for us in January, warm enough to sunbathe most days. It was a shame that we couldn't use the outdoor pool as it was not heated - it was freezing.

The food was excellent in the hotel, but I would definitely recommend trying other restaurants mentioned on this website. Chloe's chinese restaurant is a must, we went twice during our stay.

I would recommend hiring a car in order to get around if you want to try out restaurants in other locations.

The hotel is located away from the main road directly on the beach. However the main road leaves a lot to be desired, it really does need some tlc. Although it was out of season and perhaps it is spruced up a bit in the summer.

If you love golf then try Aphrodite Hills, I went along with my husband just for the exhilirating ride on the golf cart, not for the faint hearted. Fantastic views and well worth it.

Stayed January 2007
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2007

We had booked a garden room suite, sea view. The suite was quite nice and away from the main hotel so seemed very private. I particularly enjoyed picking a lemon from the garden at the front to slice into my G & T.

The infinity splash pool in the suite courtyard was good and the the loungers were very comfortable.

Room service took a long from ringing through to arrival and the food ( even allowing that it was room service) was not of a standard you expect from a 5 star hotel. Breakfast was buffet style.

Overall staff in reception were polite as were most staff we dealt with but none went the extra mile.

There had to be at least 2 weddings a day going on and sometimes the guests had imbibed too much and were a little "rowdy " to say the least : sad to say it always semed to be Brits!

Stayed August 2006
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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2007

Have been staying here twice a summer for the past 4 years. We find this hotel excellent for a high quality summer holiday. From the moment you enter the hotel via it's drawbridge there is a real escapist feel to the hotel. You are away from the bars and clubs of the resort and you can experience a real feel of intimacy and luxury. There are bars and restaurants close by if this is your thing but we prefer to stay and enjoy the high quality restaraunts and their settings within the hotel. The outdoor setting of the Cava and the Epicurian restaurants are something to behold.
The Cava restaraunt where we dine most nights with it's head chef Nelson offer food as good as we have tasted anywhere in the world. Yes it is a little expensive but for us worth every penny. The hotel has recently introduced a Sushi bar. The food is prepared live in an open kitchen and the Chef, Dante is on hand to talk you through every aspect of your dinner. Worth every penny !

The pool area can become a little hot in the daytime but away from this on the lawns the sea breeze is very welcome. The beach / pool service is excellent although water is very expensive and can be bought from the local shop for a fraction of the price.

Rooms are excellent. We cannot understand reports of poor cleanliness as the maid service has always been wonderful. If you need more of the Molten Brown products just ask !

For late evenings after dinner there is no better place to be than on the terrace. The view and the tranquility are stunning. Yes it is not cheap for a drink, however the setting is just wonderful.

For us it is the perfect place to spend our summer holidays, within the Med we would not want to be anywhere else.

Matthew and Nicola, Cheshire

  • Liked — ambience
  • Disliked — nothing in particular
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Queen Verenikis Street | PO Box 60701, Paphos 8107, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Paphos
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Paphos
#2 Spa Hotel in Paphos
#3 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#4 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
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Hotel Class:5 star — Elysium Hotel 5*
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