I was going to write quite a long review of this hotel, but much of what I intended saying has been said already, so I shan’t waste anyone’s time in repeating much of what has been already written. We were part of a party of 57 wedding guests, many of whom stayed in the Mayfair Apartments during the early part of July 2012. Our apartment was overlooked by a block of shabby residences, just 25 to 30 feet away, presumably housing local people. The positive side of this was that there were no holiday-making drunks chatting and laughing on their balconies opposite until silly o’clock in the morning keeping us awake!
We had a few minor gripes, such as a lack of storage space; there were cupboards above the fitted wardrobe, but we couldn’t reach them to open them! I am 6’ 3” and, with my arm fully extended, I was a full 4 inches short of reaching the handles. Also, we reported that our toilet didn’t refill after use, but no-one came to fix it. I just had to take the top of the cistern and manually release the flotation device to get a refill. A pain in the bottom, but we could live with it. The double bed was enormous, really enormous, but as hard as hell. A shame that we only had one door key, as it meant that we both had to be in at the same time each night, or else the one who stayed out later had to disturb the one who went home earlier. The air-conditioning, and all electrical items too, were supposed to be operated by inserting the key-fob into a device in the wall on entrance, meaning that when you went out, taking the key with you, all of the appliances shut down. Our wall device was knackered, meaning that our air conditioning, fridge and so on were on all of the time. Happy days, and nights too for that matter! We slept really well in the quiet, cool room, even though we ended up with back-ache.
It must be a question of what time of year that you go on holiday, as we noticed that, day by day, the place became busier and busier. The queues became longer too. Also, speaking as we found, all of the sun beds were “bagged” by 0700 hours. We had to go down at around 0610 hours each day to grab a few, and leave two or three of our party sitting there guarding them. Some of the sun beds were broken or defective, and there was enough room, particularly on the grassed areas, to have more beds to cater for everyone who needed them, when the place is at full capacity.
Quality of food is a personal perception, but I found it really good, particularly considering the amount of people being catered for at any one time. I was a little miffed that the midday meal seemed to never offer any vegetables, just the proteins and then rice or potatoes. The breakfasts and evening meals were great, with a good choice. The soups were really tasty. I also liked the inspired idea of eating al fresco at midday, as many other AI hotels insist on holidaymakers wearing tops and shoes when eating in the restaurants, meaning that you get suntan lotion all over your tee shirts. As you were eating out on a covered terrace, this was not a problem. You ate dressed as comfortably as you wanted.
The greatest resource that this hotel has is the staff that it employs. They are loyal and hard-working, and many are very friendly indeed. When we left, we gave gifts and money to those who had served us so well, and kisses and handshakes were exchanged. We felt like we were leaving friends behind. They really are lovely people, but they are being exploited. They work exceedingly long hours each day, taking just one day off a week, all for a basic pay of 850 Euros a month. One of my party found a female member of the bar staff crying her eyes out at 0030 hours, still working clearing up, and she had been on site since mid-morning the day before. She was stressed to hell. When asked why they put up with the dreadful conditions of service, several of them said that there would always be someone willing to take their jobs from them, as there is so much unemployment in Cyprus. Despite this fact, Management employ too few staff to cope, so queues get longer, hot customers get short-tempered and take it out on these poor overworked people. Please, when you go on holiday, bear this in mind. Management, pay these people more, shorten their hours, employ more of them and treat them as you would like to be treated yourselves. They are your finest asset. Look after them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the Southwest Coast of Cyprus is the city of Paphos, the birthplace of the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite. Here on this piece of magic land, you will find Mayfair Gardens Apartments in the town of Paphos. The Mayfair Gardens Apartments provides an excellent standard of accomodation in a friendly and relaxed enviroment with a range of amenities. Situated in a quiet and beautiful part of Paphos, approximately 15 minutes walk from Kato Paphos Harbor, 900 meters from the Nearest Beach (with an array of ). Tavernas, restaurants, cafe's, Bars & Shops within the Vicinity. The Kings Avenue Shopping Mall is only 5 minutes walk away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mayfair Hotel Paphos
- Mayfair Paphos