We stayed at The Mayfair between 23rd June & 7th July 2008. We had read the reviews after we booked and expected the worst. Although there are some criticisms, overall, it was one of the best holidays we have ever been on. The staff were courteous and polite at all times. Any complaints were dealt with immediately (ie, water dripping from air con through ceiling in bathroom). Bed linen, towels etc.,changed every day except Sundays. Apartment cleaned every day in morning. Lovely view over the rear pools and, unusually, a very large balcony.
The air con was very quiet so we could sleep with no problems. Unusually, the air con was also allowed to be left on all day which meant when you came back after a day out it was lovely and cool!. We booked S/C and ate out most evenings, however, we never heard anything bad about the hotel meals. We made our own breakfast as the supermarket prices were'nt too dear and breakfasts could be made for half the cost of hotel.
The location of the Hotel was good in as much it was'nt right next to the beach. If it had been, it would have been double the price (remember this, those who criticise its location!). If you are lazy and want to step out of a hotel and straight onto a beach.... then go somewhere else!. It is only a ten minute walk to the harbour and accompanying beach. The weather, as always was perfect. Incidentally, the trips are NOT run by the hotel but are run by private firms who only pick up from the hotel. Greek Cypriots are among the most friendly people in the world. They nearly all speak English and a lot of people who live on the island are from Britain.
Criticisms: Two main things took the edge off our holiday at the hotel. (1.) 'Pond Life Brits'. The usual drunken, shaven headed, tattooed, loud and foul mouthed animals who HAVE to spoil every normal persons peace and quiet. If we are quiet and respectful of others......... we HAVE to be shown how to live it up 'British Pond Life Style!' This includes whole 'Pond Life' families ( 13 of them) splashing about and shouting in the kids pools at one o'clock in the morning and contrary to the hotel rules which clearly state "No Swimming At Night."....and that excludes the noise!. The day before,another set of drunken 'British Ambassadors' decided to whoop it up at 5 am in the kids pool by [--] and 'Blinding' loudly and throwing towels into the pool.
The other criticism, (2.) was the VOLUME of the entertainment. From about 7.30 pm to 12.00 pm the noise from the speakers 100yds away was horrendous.....and we were in the rear complex. I felt sorry for the people opposite the speakers in the main Hotel complex. When I checked out the setup I noticed that all the large speakers pointed OUT!. They were large open air speakers and sounded like you were in a train station eminating pop music instead of announcements.
If you were in the bar while this was going on you had to use sign language to get drinks. We really don't know why the management allowed that sort of volume. If you are not on an ear and beer bashing holiday I would go somewhere else.
Apart from that, I cannot fault the Hotel, the staff, the pools, the cleanlieness, the location or the weather.
Bring Sterling with you. The exchange rate in Britain is 1.20 euros to the £. ( only 114 euros at the airport). The exchange rate in the shops in Paphos is 125 euros to the £ and no commission. As usual, we live in a 'Rip Off Britain'.
Be careful when buying in shops as they also display the Cypriot Lire which, unfortunately, has the same £ sign as our £. The Cypriot Lire is worth about £1.50BP and so I would ALWAYS recommend using the Euro price.
Prices are high at the moment as the £ is low against the Euro. Petrol is 116 euros a litre. Thats about 95p.
A can of pop in some places is about 1.25 euros. Thats just over £1.00. Beer is about the same price as here in Britain.
Car hire is'nt too bad. We hired a Suzuki Vitara 1.6 for seven days for 220 euros all inclusive. We then hired a new Honda Jazz 1.4 air con car from Chris Car Hire (Nr Harbour) for 34 euros a day all inclusive.
Restaurant prices were'nt too bad either. Although there are many restaurants touting for your business, we found after many hours walking around that, 'The Brothers' restaurant offered (by far) the best quality and best value at 10 euros a head for a delicious three course meal with free after meal drinks of brandy or Tia Maria. They can be found at 77 Poseidonos Ave ( about 500yds along the main road from the harbour, and opposite the Almyra Hotel).
In summary, If you want a truly quiet holiday then try another hotel and with less Brits. If you want a lot of entertainment at full volume then this hotel is for you.
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