What can I say? Andreas and his team are very, very, very good at what they do! During our weeks stay we experienced impeccable service at the King Jason, which came head and shoulders above any other hotel we've stayed in before. From the word go, they were helpful and attentive, and they really couldn't do enough for you. The staff were always ready with a smile, and they genuinely care about whether you're having a good holiday. They all work incredibly hard in sweltering temperatures , when we were struggling just lying by the pool! Andreas is very approachable and seems to always be around - we did wonder whether he ever takes a day off?! It's so nice to see the manager at front of house, mingling with guests and ensuring they're having a good time. He obviously very passionate about what he does, which is lovely to see.
Our room (14) looked out onto the front of the hotel, and while it wasn't a beautiful vista, it was hardly a building site/landfill/sewage works! It could have been a lot worse, people. To be fair to the hotel, I'm sure they would have done everything they could to change our room if we had asked, but we didn't think it was a big deal. And anyway, you're on the beautiful island of Cyprus, so get out there and see it! The only minor niggle for us was the air conditioning unit, which was a bit dated and therefore a bit noisy at night, but it kept us cool in the heat so we can't say it didn't do the job! In short, the room was very pleasant, clean and modern, with comfy beds. It also has great kitchen facilities if you choose to self cater.
However, may I suggest you don't, because the food at the King Jason is DELICIOUS! I am a fussy thing, but my boyfriend and I were very impressed with all the food we had during our stay - not one 'duff' meal! Our compliments to the chef - the buffet is good-quality, healthy and plentiful, and with so much choice for both breakfast and dinner, we often didn't feel hungry for lunch (but we still ate it anyway!) the menu wasn't 'samey' at all, and there was a different theme every night to tantalise the tastebuds. The service in the restaurant was friendly and efficient at all times, and as the room itself wasn't huge, there was a lovely intimate atmosphere at dinnertime. So much more preferable to other large 'school dinner dining rooms' found in large, impersonal hotels. You are not just a number at the KJ, but a valued guest and part of the family!
We spent a lot of time by the hydro-pool, which I understand is a fairly new addition to the complex. It's wonderfully relaxing, complete with a jacuzzi, water jets and spa jet sun loungers - heaven! We wanted somewhere to recharge our batteries and this really was it. Little touches like complimentary frozen flannels (bliss in temperatures well above 30 degrees!) and shots of homemade lemonade were very much appreciated in the heat. We never had a problem finding a sun-lounger, and the loungers themselves were very comfortable, complete with proper foam cushions. This is often not the case in other hotels, with their cheap, plastic offerings and lack of cushions - but luckily I never got a numb bum or backache while lounging poolside at the KJ!
As mentioned in previous reviews, the hotel grounds are home to quite a few cats, but as others have said, they leave you alone unless you encourage them. Well, as we are major 'cat people', we had made quite a few new feline friends by the time we left! There were three cats that used to sleep on our balcony overnight, knowing we would feed them the next morning. Each one has a different personality and they're ever so friendly - I was very sad to leave them behind!
There is no evening entertainment at the hotel, so if it's drunken karaoke you're after, then this isn't the place for you. However, it suited us perfectly as we wanted a quiet holiday. The area around the KJ is very residential and therefore lovely and peaceful, day and night. After dinner of an evening, we often relocated to the trendily-decorated terrace to have a cocktail (or two!) I don't think there's much going on directly around the hotel in terms of bars, restaurants etc, but it is a 20-25 minute walk to the harbour which is teeming with that sort of thing.
We went there a couple of times during the week, but while it was pleasant, we weren't that impressed. I think the heat may have had something to do with it, and it may have prevented us from seeing the 'best' of Paphos. We were not prepared for the humidity and it rather took it out of us! We couldn't do much walking before having to stop for water and shade, and bear in mind that we are a young couple in our early twenties! It's all too easy to burn, even slathered in sun cream, as we found out!
We only had lunch out once, at the 'Seagull Cafe' on the harbour front. The food was freshly prepared and reasonably priced, with friendly service, so we would recommend. We also took a trip to 'old town' or Kato Paphos, as it's locally known, but again we were not overly impressed. We got horrendously lost and it was scorching hot, so I don't know whether our judgement was clouded by the fact we were all hot and bothered, but we were sorely disappointed. I was expecting little cobbled streets and a traditional market selling homemade, traditional souvenirs, but instead we felt the place was devoid of any character or charm. No traditional Greek tavernas selling delicious Cypriot mezze lunch menus, just lots of tacky cafes! And from what we saw, the market only sold the generic touristy crap found in many other holiday destinations. I was hoping to find some Cypriot souvenirs to take home, but alas there were none to be found here! Maybe we were just looking in the wrong place?
The Tomb of the Kings was interesting, and for only 1.70 euros I would say it was well worth the visit. Again, very hot, but take lots of water plus a hat and you'll be fine! The site is quite a walk from the harbour, but there is a local bus that takes you there - I think it's the number 610? It's also a stop on the Paphos Sightseeing Bus tour.
However, if you're looking to venture out of Paphos, there are plenty of excursions available. But if you only do one, please make sure it's the Troodos Mountains jeep safari. Without a doubt, it was the best excursion I have ever been on, anywhere! We holidayed with Cosmos and booked it through our bubbly rep, Tori, and even though it was 140 euros for the both of us, we can honestly say it was worth every cent.
I hate coach tours with a passion, and seeing the island in a Landrover was truly exhilarating and a much more personal experience. This was namely because we spent a whole day with only two other couples and our guide, Andreas. It was an absolutely hilarious trip and one I'll never forget - a real laugh-a-minute! I wish I could remember the name of the company Andreas works for, but it has escaped me. He was very knowledgable about Cyprus and a mine of information, ready to answer any question you may have. He let us go off and explore alone at many of the destinations on the tour, which made a nice change to being herded about in a large group like cattle!
We visited beautiful mountain villages, as well as Paphos forest, the Kykkos Monastery, Mount Olympus, beautiful waterfalls, an ancient bridge and a winery (with a tour and tastings included, hooray!) all on hair-raising bumpy terrain - not for the faint-hearted but so much fun! It was lovely to see 'real Cyprus' and how villagers live their laid-back lives so differently to those on the coast. Many people still use donkeys to harvest the fields - no modern technology here! It's a whole world away from the stresses and strains of British life - very refreshing.
We had a fairly late flight home, which meant we had several hours to kill after checking out of our room on the last day. However, once we had explained this to reception, they were very accommodating. They gave us towels to use by the pool and fresh ones to use in the health spa showers downstairs, meaning we were able to enjoy one last morning by the pool and still leave refreshed for our flight home. This was such a nice touch, as many other hotels would not allow this.
One last point we felt we should highlight - if you want to use the Wi-Fi in the hotel, make sure you do this BEFORE you check out as they have to charge it to your room and there is no other way of using it after this point. We wanted to find out the train times home from Gatwick, and forgot to do so until it was too late, so just a word of warning to other holidaymakers! The receptionist was very apologetic but there was nothing she could do, so we had to chance it and wait until we were back on British soil to check train times etc.
But all in all, we had a lovely holiday on the island of Cyprus, and we would go back again, but perhaps not for a few years. We have a very long list of places to visit! But if we did go back, we definitely wouldn't hesitate to stay at the King Jason again. Well done KJ, you really do deserve your spot in the top 5 Paphos hotels on TripAdvisor!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the heart of Kato Paphos, some 950 metres from the sea and only a short walk to the picturesque fishing harbour and ancient fort, The King Jason allows guests to explore the numerous archeological sites of Paphos and to enjoy the many and varied resort facilities available. Superbly connected with frequent direct flights from all over Europe, Paphos Airport is a mere 15 minutes away and is now home to international carriers like EasyJet, Monarch, Ryanair and Aegean. For shopping fans, the King’s Avenue Mall (Cyprus’ biggest shopping mall) is situated only a short walk away. Also within walking distance are a variety of local restaurants and bars which enable guests to really savour the real Cypriot experience.Built in the red tiled Greek Island style and surrounded by extensive greenery and colour each of the 16 superior studios, 62 one bedroom suites and the recently constructed 32 deluxe studios are designed and furnished to satisfy the most discerning of tastes.All are air conditioned and heated individually, and have amenities like direct dial telephones, radio alarms clocks, 32 inch flat screen satellite TVs, DVD players, and hair dryers. Their kitchenettes are fully equipped with a full electric oven, two ceramic hobs, a microwave oven, a filter coffee percolator, an electric toaster and a kettle. Recently and fully renovated throughout, all units boast thick orthopedic beds, designer furniture, and spacious bathrooms with a shower or bath tub. A number of ground floor apartments with walk in showers complete the setting. A specially designed ground floor apartment with an enlarged walk in shower and bathroom is also available for our disabled guests.The recently constructed Deluxe Studios are ideal for couples and offer superior furnishing with complementary amenities such as bathrobes, slippers, personalized toiletries, wine and fruits on arrival. They offer double sinks, a spacious luxury bath or walk-in-shower and a separate toilet. Upon setting foot in the hotel, guests are introduced to a world of style and elegance. An open welcome desk without restrictive boundaries exudes a homely feeling of warmth and personalization. The beautifully decorated lobby is designed for relaxation and comfort, leading to the main bar and opening onto the terrace, where the sound of running water from the fountains further enhances the feeling of peace and tranquility.The restaurant, with its spectacular terrace overseeing the main pool, is open throughout the day for buffet breakfast, an a la carte or buffet lunch, as well as a themed dinner meal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Louis King Jason Paphos