We booked half-board at an amazing price, and so I was a bit nervous about what we would find when we arrived. I am so happy that we were not swayed by the poor reviews - we wanted a peaceful holiday, a relaxed hotel and to be in close proximity to beaches and places to explore, and this hotel was ideal.
Rooms: everyone that I spoke to had been pleasantly surprised with their rooms. We were in Flat 134; it is on the ground floor, has a pool-side view, a well-equipped kitchen and it's own low-walled patio. The rooms were clean and spacious and I have absolutely no complaints about them.
Hotel facilities: WiFi is dodgy but all guests are welcome to use the lobby (large room, lots of armchairs and tables, open 24 hours) for a stronger connection. There is a small bar (quiet when we travelled, a large beer is 3.80 euro) and an on-site shop (beer is 1.20 euro), and VERY helpful and informative reception staff. Don't expect to travel off-season and find a buzzing atmosphere and nightly in-house entertainment; you won't find it. There is a small children's pool and a small park, but you'll have to refer to other reviews for information about whether this was a good location for travelling as a family.
Location: a very short walk to the beach (a path leads directly from the pool/patio), close to bars and restaurants and small supermarkets, and close to the harbour. Hotels on either side were charging a premium price, not least of all due to the location. The water-park is a short bus ride in one direction, and the archeological sites and markets are a short bus ride in the other direction. The bus station in Pafos harbour doubles-up as a very useful tourist-information centre. We travelled to Coral Bay on one day, but found that much of it was closed (out of season). The harbour is lined with modern bars and restaurants and, if you venture a little further inland, you will find more traditional places to eat. We tried to go to The Windmill (it has very good tripadvisor reviews), but went mid-week in February and found that it was closed. However, there were plenty of other places to choose from in the area.
Breakfast: buffet-style, eggs/bacon/sausage/beans, pancakes, abundance of bread for toasting (in possibly the slowest toasters in the world), jams and choc spread, cereals, yoghurt/honey/canned fruit. The staff were happy to keep topping-up the food until the very last person had eaten all that they wanted. The coffee was good and strong!
Evening meal: I really do wonder about people who pay rock-bottom prices and then complain that the food was nothing to write home about! We had a choice of two or three simple dishes, or the food was served-buffet-style when the hotel was a bit busier. It was tasty and filling... and did I mention that the whole thing had been incredibly cheap?! The evening menu is printed out and left around the bar during the day-time; check it, and eat elsewhere if you are not inspired. I think that half-board is almost the same price as B&B, and so it might be a good approach to expect to eat out on a few occasions and consider every meal at the hotel to be a bonus.
Budget tips: DO NOT pay for a transfer/taxi from Pafos airport unless you are arriving on the last flight of the day (the airport closes and you'll be waiting in the dark); the 612 bus collects from the airport (travelling to Pafos harbour) and will take you almost directly to the hotel; the times are 10:35, 11:45, 12:55, 14:05, 15:15, 16:25, 17:35, 18:45, 19:55 and 21:05. ALL bus fares within the region are 1.50 euro, or you can buy a day pass and make unlimited trips for 5 euro. The info desk at the airport issues very useful free maps.
I looked at the comments book in the lobby - it was incredibly positive! It is a real shame that a lot of people only feel motivated to make a review when they have something negative to say.
One couple had been 'upgraded' to Panareti Coral Bay Resort, and they got themselves back to Panareti Paphos the very next night. THIS is the hotel that you want for a good location.
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