Just returned from a week's stay at the Akteon, and although had a nice break was slightly disappointed considering the generally good reviews. For the price you are paying (worked out about £35 per night per person all inclusive) you can't really complain, but I have been to other 4 star hotels that were of a much higher standard and I am keeping this in mind when writing my review.
Location: Possibly the biggest disappointment with the hotel. Driving from the airport we realised we were going quite a way out of Paphos to a pretty underdeveloped area. To get to the beach or to Paphos town or harbour was about a 10/15 minute bus ride and from the main road (about 10 minutes walk). The harbour was a nice place for a meal out or a drink but quite expensive. Coral bay and Corallia beach were nice and sandy but quite a distance. The hotel itself is a drive down a road off of the main road with a building site on one side and a littered field on the other. Nevertheless, the hotel itself is positioned right on the seafront with a lovely view from at mealtimes and from the pool and bar-sunsets were beautiful. If you like to be central and don't want to be paying for buses (3euro per person return/5 euro day pass) or taxis (10 euros to beach) then definitely choose somewhere more central.
Room: Our one bedroom apartment was basic had all we needed. Beds were firm but comfortable but sofa beds were very thin. The apartments also have a small kitchenette with a fridge, sink, stove and oven (but no kettle) which came in handy. The bathroom was very small but the shower was great
It seems the whole hotel has an ant problem-hardly the hotel's fault but gets very annoying! Air conditioning was perfect. The accommodation was in need of a revamp with fittings coming off the wall and was pretty outdated but comfortable. There was plenty of storage and a TV with 2 English channels.
Facilities: Pool was great-warm water and spacious. Music by pool/bar was very very noisy (I think there were a few complaints as nearer the end of the stay it was turned down a little). One small comment is that people tended to leave cups around the pool and sunbeds rather than putting them in the bin and they were not cleared. Plenty of sunbeds but umbrellas were limited in the morning and unless you are prepared to get up early to 'reserve' you had to make do without until later on in the day. The indoor pool was nice if you wanted a bit of peace, and a sauna (chargeable) and gym were available. WiFi was 5 euros for 90 mins or the hotel computer was a little more expensive.
Entertainment: Water polo, aqua fit, bingo plus an evening show (which repeats on the same day each week). We only saw the fire show which was good, but entertainment during the day was very repetitive and noisy if you wanted to relax.
Staff: Reception staff friendly and helpful but some didn't speak much English. Waiting staff friendly and efficient at bringing drinks. Entertainment staff friendly and seemed good with the children.
Drinks: Fantastic selection of soft and alcoholic drinks. 3/4 draught beers included, plenty of spirits and great cocktails. Coffee terrible-from an instant machine despite having a proper fresh coffee maker.
Bar staff were friendly and efficient and served you quickly. Juice was real (no added sugar like you would usually find in an all inclusive hotel) but had been watered down. Outside cups were plastic for safety reasons but the indoor bar was open in the evenings and if you wanted to get away from the entertainment you could have a drink or cocktail in a glass.
Food: Great salad selection but hot food left a lot to be desired. Little hot food selection for vegetarians apart from pasta or one vegetable dish, and meat tended to be overcooked and very repetitive. Lack of fish/seafood apart from the odd fish dish or 'seafood salad'. Lunch tended to be leftovers from previous night-great that they were reusing food that would otherwise be thrown away, but they came up with some strange dishes! Themed nights were a nice idea but the selection was often the same meat in a different sauce and the dishes on the menu presented outside were not always there. Puddings were also very repetitive with a lack of fresh fruit. Breakfast consisted of cheap bacon and sausages, overcooked eggs, baked beans, cold meats and cheeses, salad, cereal selection, yogurt. There was tinned fruit and orange or grapefruit slices.
It was clear that they were trying to do it all on a tight budget (hardly surprising considering the price we paid) but I have experienced better all inclusive food both in quality and selection and feel this really let down the hotel.
Overall, the hotel was pretty cheap so you can't complain too much, but the location really let it down. A day at the beach got very expensive at 3 euro per person, about 12 euro for 4 sunbeds and umbrellas plus lunch and drinks at the beach, and I can imagine that with young children the walk to the bus stop and the busy bus journey would be a bit too much. If you want a beach holiday don't come here, if you want to stay at the resort and don't mind noise then it would be perfect. We did have a nice holiday but a few things could have been improved.
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- Also Known As:
- Akteon Holiday Village Paphos
- Akteon Village Paphos
- Akteon Holiday Village Hotel Paphos
- Akteon Tourist Village
- Akteon Hotel