St. Nicholas Apartments & Surrounding area.
Quick overview is it's an excellent complex and well worth staying, if you want a more detail overview continue reading below....
We're a young couple and stayed here on the 10th - 21st September 2012 and we really can't fault any aspect of our Holiday.
We arrived at the reception around 11pm and we're greeted by a very helpful guy who showed us to our room (depending which block you’re staying in this could be a 5 minute walk and up a steep incline) We we're staying in 'Celia House' (each apartment is named individually) which is the furthest away from reception however, as it's the furthest away and up a small hill, we had a great view of two of the pools and most of Paphos' Harbour and bay including an excellent sea view. The complex also has free Wi-fi and you are given a username and login on arrival, this is valid for 7 days but you can request a new one after the 7 days are up, the connection isn't brilliant but it's fast enough to do normal everyday web searching etc....
The apartment itself was excellent; it had a main kitchen/lounge area with three sets of double doors opening out on to a large balcony. The Bedroom was a good size with a double bed two bedside cabinets a set of large draws and a large built-in wardrobe with plenty of hangers and a safe. Off the bedroom was an en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and bath tub.
The kitchen was well equipped with enough pots and pans to be able to make most dishes, the utensils and cutlery were adequate, however we didn't have any scissors, but we made do without and this was only a very minor issue. The lounge area was very nice and spacious with two couches one of which opened up in to a bed. The lounge and bedroom both have air conditioning at no extra cost.
A small point to make is there were a few ant's, however as long as you wipe down the surface and don't leave food out you shouldn't really have an issue we kept nearly all our food in the fridge and never really noticed any more ants after this.
The Complex has 4 swimming pools, 1 main large pool with a separate small toddler’s pool then 3 other pools across the complex all pools are of similar size with rock waterfall features and plenty of space for sun bathing. The main pool is where the restaurant and small bar is, you can also find the Gym, Sauna and Jacuzzi down the steps in the bar area these are all free to use and the Gym is well equipped with treadmill and plenty of weights. It also has a Tennis court, but I never used it so I’m not sure if it’s any good or not?
Some reviews have commented about the service being slow, i disagree the pace of life in general is slower and much more chilled so in comparison to the UK then yes it is but who wants to be rushed anyway, just sit back and relax, that's what your there for!
The manageress was very helpful on the two occasions we needed her, one where the smoke alarm needed a new battery and the second time we asked if we could have a late checkout, both occasions she was more than accommodating and very helpful. A few people have mentioned that the manager was hard to get hold of, but again it's a massive complex, you can't expect her to be sat in her office all day and when she's not there, there is always a phone and number to contact her and she'll come and see you as soon as possible. If you’re staying longer than 7 days, you also get one free room clean, although you are still expected to wash your towels, she will mop up; change your bedding etc....
The area itself (Chloraka) is really nice, we were a little worried after reading some reviews on here saying there's nothing around and there is a long walk to get anywhere.... I disagree, there are 4 Kiosks (mini-markets) within 5 mins walk from the apartment we stayed in and they were open 24 hours 7 days a week. A little further out probably 10 mins walk we found a 'UK brand' Supermarket run by a British couple, it sold everything you would find in a normal mini-supermarket in the UK, so if you find yourself missing some Heinz Baked Beans, this is the place to go!! You might think that this would be an expensive place to shop, but was actually really cheap. There are also two really good bakeries within 15 mins walk, much better quality than our bakery's over here.
As well as the bakery's there are around 3 or 4 take-away restaurants, Pizza Hut, a Chinese take-away and two Cypriot restaurants, we never used any of these so i can't comment on the quality unfortunately, but the Chinese take-away looked very new and modern and the Cypriot take-away both looked very reasonably priced
In our opinion the one thing that is missing in the nearby area is a bar, the closest bar/sit in restaurant is around 20 mins walk down the main road on the corner, a little further than the Bakery. All the main Bars and restaurants are down in Paphos' new town and harbour; this is about 45-50 minutes’ walk away. We did this walk at least 4 or 5 times during our stay but you could get a taxi which would take around 10 mins and cost around 12 Euros or you could walk down to the bus station at the Market (approx. 20 mins away) jump on the bus for 1 Euro each or 3 Euro each for a full day pass which expires at 11pm.
3 course meal for 2 with wine = 42 euros
Petrol = 1.39 euros per litre
Beer = between 1.90 - 3 euros
Bottle of wine around 12 euros
Bottle JD 1lire = 20 euros
Bottle Gin 1litre = 15 euros
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alpha Panareti's award winning St Nicolas Elegant Residence Resort offers superior self-catering accommodation of studios, apartments, town houses and 3 bed detached Villas with private pools. Ideally located in Paphos just off the busy Tombs of the Kings tourist area with its many shops bars and restaurants. All accommodation is spacious, fully air conditioned and stylishly furnished. Living rooms have TV and DVD player, the kitchens are fully equipped and accessorised and all accommodation has either a spacious balcony or terrace. All town houses are 2-storey villas.Alpha Panareti,s St Nicolas resort facilities include 4 lagoon-style pools with waterfall features, tennis court, children’s playground, home cinema room, and a restaurant/bar overlooking the pool. It also has its own health club with heated indoor pool, gym, hot tub, sauna and massage rooms. Bicycle hire is also available. Free WiFi and Free Parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Nicolas Hotel Paphos