Yes, this is a terrific hotel - no complaints. However, at the risk of ruffling a few feathers on this site, I have to say I didn't find it helpful, with a last minute booking, having to wade through pages and pages of reviews that only told me what a great holiday people had had. As a first time visitor to Cyprus, let alone this hotel, I was looking for more practical advice and information.
Sad to say this wasn't forthcoming from the Thomson reps' briefing either but, fortunately the hotel has a customer relations desk run by a very competent and knowledgeable lady called Phillipa and Reception staff who are also very helpful. Phillipa provides advice on places of interest to visit (according to your tastes), escorted trips, hiking and much more.
We paid £80 online in advance to keep a room until 6.00pm on the date of departure only to have the Thomson reps inform us all we could reserve a room for 40 euros via hotel reception!
The rooms have minibars which can be emptied for you at a charge of over 5 euros a day for just using the fridge. However, if you keep the minibar as it is the hotel very reasonably allows you to use it for a few of your own items at no extra cost so we still had room to chill our water and cans of beer.
There is no charge for the room safe which is big enough for a couple of ipads/tablets.
Wifi is free and reaches the rooms and hotel grounds as well as the main public areas. It's a bit slow, especially at certain times of the day, but is still better than most holiday hotels.
Interactive TV in the room means you can keep an eye on your bar bill so it doesn't come as a shock at the end of your stay. There is also a good choice of British channels, including BBC1, BBC2 and ITV. As Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of the UK it's quite useful as the hotel entertainment usually ends by 11.00pm.
By the time we left - a week ago - dress code for dining changed to winter rules. Basically all men must not only wear trousers, they must also now wear closed shoes - not sandals!
All the good things about the hotel have been mentioned but we particularly appreciated the very comfortable beds, good food and sunbed allocation. There are also kettles and tea-making equipment in the rooms (topped up daily) and an ironing room. The only downside was the evening entertainment which was generally much like other hotels - mostly average.
While there is a small beach right outside the hotel the water is very shallow and its bottom is covered in stones. If you face the sea, turn left and walk less than 100 yards you will find a short ramp leading down to a municipal beach with deeper water and a sandy bottom. Heaven!
Car hire is available just across the road from the hotel at reasonable rates. Driving on the left makes it a doddle and road signs are in Cypriot and English. There are so many pretty villages to explore that we didn't manage to get up into the mountains, though wish we had. It takes over an hour to reach Limassol via the coastal road but the views are outstandingly beautiful, and it takes about 45 minutes via the motorway. Limassol has good parking on the seafront (for a few euros) and the old town is well worth wandering around - for the old buildings as much as for the museum, shops and cafes.
Do not be afraid to ask directions! The local people take great pleasure in helping tourists find their way around and they love to chat. We met some of the loveliest people this way and learned a lot.
Day trips can be booked via Reception and can take you all over the island if you're prepared to get up early and come back late. Good local tour companies cost less than half of the tour operators' rates. Average price was 25-30 euros for a whole day out.
Buses run from outside the hotel: 611 takes you the short distance to the bus station where you can then get other buses, eg 615 to Coral Bay. A day ticket covering the Paphos area can be bought on the first bus for 5 euros per person. They run frequently and are very clean and air conditioned.
There is a modern shopping mall about a mile from the hotel with mostly the same shops as back in the UK. There is also a very large covered market at the top of Paphos town (about 2 miles inland from Paphos sea front) selling the usual tourist bric-a-brac but in a very friendly way and it’s much more fun!
There are loads of archaeological sites around Paphos and, while we've never been too interested in these we were very impressed with the mosaics at the large site on Paphos sea front. Entry to most sites doesn't seem to be more than 4-5 euros.
Cyprus is a very beautiful, very green island – even at the end of August – and its people are a delight. I would totally recommend anyone visiting to get out and about and enjoy it.
Finally, all credit to the management for a very well run hotel with a happy, professional (and international) staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- • Award-winning hotel• Great ‘EU Blue Flag’ beachfront location • Unique central location overlooking the picturesque harbour and old Castle • Recently Renovated • Accommodation capacity 202 rooms• New Garden Superior Cabanas (suitable for couples) Front Sea view, with Jacuzzi bath luxury bathrobes, towels & slippers, free tea & coffee facilities replenished daily; free internet access, VIP check In• New Superior Cabanas with infinity private pool(suitable for adults) Front Sea View, with Jacuzzi bath luxury bathrobes, towels & slippers, free tea & coffee facilities replenished daily; free internet access, VIP check In• Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite, Full Sea View, Ultra luxury with elegant furniture, Private dining and lounge area, sunbathing facilities, spacious veranda, luxury bathrobes, towels and slippers; Free tea & coffee facilities replenished daily; Free internet access; VIP check-in. • Superior Rooms – Front Sea View Rooms offering bathrobes, towels and slippers; Free tea & coffee facilities replenished daily; Free internet access; • Standard Rooms – Front Sea View, Side Sea View & Inland View• New HB & FB plus concept that includes dine around, with the choice of 5 restaurants and free drinks package included with every meal • Roxanne’s Restaurant serves live cooking shows and buffet style theme nights that vary each night; • Garibaldi serves á la carte Italian cuisine (adults-only); • Kiku serves a la carte Japanese cuisine; • Limanaki Greek Tavern overlooking the Mediterranean sea, serves traditional Cyprus meze• Pella pool bar offering snacks, refreshments and cocktails.• Breakfast & lunch served in the Café Royal Restaurant in buffet and show cooking style. A la carte menu is also available at lunch.• Alexander’s main cocktail bar with daily entertainment; • Large lobby & terrace with bamboo style sofas and live piano 3 times a week; • Unique sun bed allocation system to ensure your own sun bed and parasols during your stay; • Free-form swimming pool; (free usage) • Free usage of indoor heated pool (winter) with whirlpool overlooking Paphos old harbor • Aphrodite New Health Club & Spa; Free sauna & steam bath. Massages, facials, manicure and pedicure also available at charge• New spacious fully equipped gym; Tennis court• Hairdressing Saloon • Havana – new outdoor entertainment venue• Professional entertainment & Animation team through out the year• Kids’ Club, professionally run, kids disco and other supervised activities.• Healthy children’s menus• Cots and high chairs available• Kids’ own pool• Family orientated hotel• Wedding venues available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexander The Great Paphos
- Alexander Great Hotel Paphos
- Alexander Great Paphos
- Alexander The Great Hotel Paphos
- Alexander Great Hotel Cyprus
- Alexander Great Cyprus