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“Best Hotel 2006”
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Elysium Hotel
Ranked #2 of 86 Hotels in Paphos
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“Best Hotel 2006”
Reviewed November 26, 2007

Best Hotel in the World 2006 said a plaque in the reception this being rated by one of the UK Broadsheets. Having just returned (Nov 07) boy are they spot on. The hotel is certainly lives up to its 5 star rating the staff are excellent and the food is of the highest quality. I would stay here again and can't wait to return.
Edmund

Stayed November 2007
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Reviewed November 18, 2007

The Elysium is a fantastic hotel in some respects, really 5 star, but you wonder what happens next.?

The Good-
1) Fantastic breakfasts, quality, choice, layout and happy omlette chef.
2) Bedrooms are great, comfortable, great beds spacious.
3) Bathrooms have Molton Brown products and are perfect.
4) Swimming pool is great to swin in, long and interesting and the pool guys nick the inflatables off the kids so they do not get in your way! The sunbeds are the best I have ever lay on comfortable and great for your back.
5) Reception staff were good in my experience, they do not take any nonsense off people trying it on, well done!

The not so Good-
1) You have to have a mini bar and not a fridge. 5 Star hotel though so fair enough I suppose.
2) Location next to tacky bars and restaurants and a 30 minute walk to the harbour. It is windier on this side of Paphos than the other side with the Athena Beach. Cheesy Wedges at Irish Bar are really nice.
3) Stupidly i thought the groups of Brits would be better behaved at a 5 star hotel., in fact they are worse. If they spend money though they are welcome.

In conclusion this hotel as many great things going for it. It is a wonderful place to relax in style. It needs to make sure that it does not get taken over by groups though

  • Liked — Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Swimming pool, Breakfast
  • Disliked — Location and Groups of Brits
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Northern Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2007

Beware – on one side of the hotel, there is waste land which another hotel group has bought. They have deposited large piles of rubble right across the site, possibly in preparation for development. Our ‘side sea view’ rooms, with a tiny balcony had a view of this rubble and the car park. If you leaned over the balcony you could just about see the sea, in the distance. It was awful. We complained and asked for another room, and were not treated very well by the arrogant manager. My 86 year old father and I had arrived at 8am, and were told we might be able to be moved in the afternoon, so we spent the first day of our holiday, until 5.30pm, at the (freezing) pool, not having unpacked. When we were eventually shown to other rooms, they were facing the same side of the hotel, but on the top floor, so the rubble was not immediately in front of the windows. The next day we moved out of the hotel to the serene Annabelle Hotel, where we were received by very friendly staff.
The general location of the Elysium is awful. It is miles from the town, and surrounded by tacky, dirty cafes and shops. The hotel is very big, but, to be fair it is very clean and modern. The food was good (but unchanging) and the waiting staff pleasant. However, the receptionists and management were almost rude and very conceited making no attempt to be helpful. There was no ambience to the place, and we found the grounds to be clinical, lacking in greenery and the man-made beach was poor. I can not understand how the previous reviewer could state there were nice paths around the hotel for a stroll. At night we felt intimidated to leave the place! I can not be bothered taking the time to write more about this expensive, 5 star hotel which is self important and does not understand customer care. There are so many better hotels in Paphos.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Arrogance and lack of atmposphere
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 13, 2007

We were promised a welcome drink that never arrived. We had to take our own luggage to our room because the porter disappeared and had to take them back to reception ourselves when leaving. We did not get the sea view we booked but a side view where you could just about see the sea if you stood on the balcony. We did like the decor which was of a high standard. Mostly the service was very good though not very friendly, the job got done. The restaurant food was of a good standard, reasonable cost and the breakfasts were good. The pool area was lovely but the water was extremely cold - there were only one or two of us each day willing to brave it. We were very disappointed with the resort of Paphos. Had the resort been as per its description, sleepy greek village rather than busy town full of macdonalds and english pubs then we would have felt better about the hotel.

  • Liked — Clean, excellent standard of decor
  • Disliked — Left to our own devices checking in and out. We did not get the room we booked despite complaining.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2007

My husband and I stayed at The Elysium for a week at the end of October 2007. We thought the hotel was lovely but the pool was so cold it was unusable, what a shame!

The details:
Location: Approx 20 mins from Paphos airport. 5 min taxi ride to the harbour and shops. 30 min walk via the coast to the harbour.
It is a 5 min walk to a rather tacky row of cafes, night clubs and souvenir shops. Next to the Tomb of the Kings. One side of the hotel is completely undeveloped at present.

The hotel: The building is fairly large but has character and is attractive. It's how more hotels in this area should be! The public areas are comfortable, elegant and decorated in muted tones. There are plenty of areas to sit and relax and enjoy a drink or afternoon tea.

The hotel grounds: These are beautifully maintained and the plants are lovely. Lots of interesting trees and shrubs which are very well cared for. Large grassy seating area down to the small man made beach. There are paths round the hotel for a nice stroll.

The rooms: we stayed in a Cyprian Loft which was a lovely suite on two levels. Sitting room and large bathroom downstairs, minstrels gallery bedroom and shower room upstairs.Plenty of wardrobe space on both levels. Nice marble and tile bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. Bathrobes and slippers upstairs and downstairs. Plenty of fluffy towels. Bring your own hair conditioner as that wasn't provided.
English TV channels were available and no need to bring electrical adapters if you're from the UK as all the plug sockets are 3 pin.
We had a small garden terrace to sit out on but the chairs are small and not very comfy.
These rooms would suit families as there is plenty of room and they are quiet.
We also viewed a standard room and thought they were attractive and comfortable too.

The restaurants: There is a choice of restaurants but they weren't all open during our stay sadly.
Breakfast buffet is very good with lots of choice of hot and cold food. Champagne, eggs cooked to order etc as you would expect in a 5 star hotel. Of particular note were the excellent home made bread and pastries which were a little too tempting!!
Evening meal: some nights we ate the buffet which is themed (Italian, Asian, Cyprian etc) but sadly the food whilst ok is very much the same each night. We found this a bit monotonous after a few days. Some of the hot dishes had all the glamour of a school canteen. Everything was edible but I have certainly had better in other 5 star hotels. There was a very good selection of desserts and everything was regularly replenished.
Much better food was to be had on the small but excellent table d'hote menu. This was beautifully presented, served and tasted very good.
We didn't try the a la carte restaurant but again it looked good.

Staff: Without exception we found all the staff to be friendly and efficient. The chef in the morning should recieve an award for being so jolly especially with the children! Chambermaids were good and always left the rooms clean and tidy and replenished everything. Everyone was greeted by all the staff even the gardeners, which makes for a very pleasant stay.

Pool: This is the one area where the Elysium falls down. The pool is beautifully designed on different levels with lots of seating areas but the water is freezing! We watched umpteen guests dip a toe in and retreat. Those hardy or foolish enough to jump in nearly all came up uttering an expletive!! Even the children didn't swim for long. What a shame! We love to swim but both indoor and outdoor pools were just far too cold.
The central jacuzzi needs steps and handrails as it is difficult to enter especially for older guests.
There were plenty of comfy sun loungers at the end of October but the hotel wasn't full.

The beach: there is a small man made beach with a few sun loungers. The sand on the beach is quite dark but there is golden sand one level up. There were no water sports available whilst we were there, perhaps there are in the summer months.

Children: This is a great hotel for children but it is not full of kids shouting and dive bombing the swimmers! Kids club, small shaded children's pool, play area, ping pong, darts, games room. High chairs in the dining room and cots available.

Who stays here? It was a mix of families with young children and older couples. We didn't see the hordes of chavs that others have reported but perhaps that is different in the summer months. This is also a conference hotel and we had a day with a large influx of guests which did put the breakfast restaurant under a little strain. We also didn't see a single wedding unlike other reviewers. It is a lovely setting for a wedding so I can understand why it is popular.

There is wireless internet (free) in the public areas but sadly not the rooms which is frustrating if you have to work as we did.

Drinks and wines aren't cheap but neither are they expensive for a 5 star hotel. The hotel does not like guests bringing in their own food and drinks and chambermaids will dispose of anything they find in the rooms!

Spa: We only used the indoor pool which was cold but the treatments sound lovely and there is a very good gym.

Royal suites: These have private pools but they're not private as everyone wandering past can look in! Not ideal if you want to skinny dip! If that's your thing try the Elounda Mare in Crete!

Paphos: It's not a lovely town! Sadly it is full of English pubs, cheap cafes and tacky souvenir shops. Bar Street is best avoided at night! Fortunately it's not necessary to leave the hotel so you can avoid it if you want to.

I stayed in the Paphos Amathus Beach (PAB) a few weeks earlier and as it is a similar price and also a 5 star I thought the following comparison might be useful.

Hotel. Elysium is definitely the more attractive. PAB has all the charm of a Tescos and despite its recent upgrade still lacks real elegance and spaciousness.
Food. We found the PAB was just slightly better but there really is not much in it.
Pool. PAB is the definite winner here. The pool is not as attractive as the Elysium but it is warm and you can swim.
Gardens & Grounds. Elysium wins this hands down as it was lovely.
Rooms. Elysium wins this one too. The bathrooms at PAB were dated and very pokey and the toiletries were poor and not always replenished.
Staff. Elysium wins this too. PAB chambermaids needed some training as house keeping was not up to scratch for a 5 star.

All in all the Elysium was a very good hotel and we had an enjoyable stay. We would definitely go back if the pool was heated. We heard similar comments from other guests...management take note!

  • Liked — elegant & comfortable. great friendly staff
  • Disliked — freezing cold pool!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Wiltshire, England
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2007

My family and I have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Elysium. All I can say is ignore the previous negative comments about cost etc. This is a 5 star hotel, what do you expect, we found it to be reasonable in cost compared to some 5 star hotels we have stayed in.

Thankfully this did not apply to us but the previous comments about room outlooks were very true. I took a peek at some of the rooms that were facing inland and I must say I would not have been happy had I got this view. We stayed in a room which thankfully overlooked the royal suites and the royal pool, not that we spent much time on the balcony.

Everything about this hotel was luxurious, we were lucky enough to visit the spa on more than one occasion and I had the most fantastic mud wrap and pedicure. The best yet! The only negative point I could find were the swimming pools were freezing, we had a baby with us so we took him in the tiny pool but he was shivering so much we took him out. Water that babies go in should be heated!!

Food in hotel was fantastic, we took advantage of an offer for £118 for two to eat in any of the restaurants on three nights and thought this was good value for money.

I really liked Pathos, it was nicely located with plenty of parking, which was free incidentally right on the harbour front. Some lovely restaurants, and so very cheap.

Would not recommend going to the tomb of the kings if you have a pushchair, very difficult to get round and to be honest i thought it was boring there was no literature or information so you didnt even know what you were looking at.

I would definately return to this hotel, but we would probably go a bit earlier in the year so it wouldn't be such a shock to the system when getting out of a freezing cold pool!!

  • Liked — Attention to detail
  • Disliked — Freezing cold swimming pool
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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West-Yorkshire, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2007

My wife, 3 month old son and I stayed at the Elysium in October. We're been lucky to stay at some cracking hotels in the past but the hotel's lobby is the best I've ever seen. It's quite breathtaking.
We were shown to our room which was a land view and after reading some reviews about noise, I was a bit apprehensive. There was no reason to be, the land view room that we got was fine and although it wasn’t facing the wonderful pool, let’s face it, how long do you spend in you room? The pool was great but freezing cold! The drinks are a bit pricy at just short of 5 British pounds for a large lager which I’m pretty sure wasn’t even a pint! They say that drinks bought outside the complex can’t be brought into the hotel due to ‘health and safety’! Yeah, whatever! We did and no-one said anything. We put a few beers in the fridge in the room which we had while getting ready of an evening. The hotel’s food was great. The breakfast choice is immense and drinking champagne while you know that your work colleagues would be just getting out of bed back home ready for a days work made it taste so much better!
We did eat at the Epicurian twice during the week which was excellent, the beef was cooked perfectly! We did go to the Japanese too but wish we had spent our cash elsewhere as we’re not massive sushi lovers! (should have thought about that one a bit more before!)
The hotel really is so clean and tidy and has such a relaxed atmosphere and the staff are also so friendly and ready to help. ALLA was a Moldavian lady who was so friendly and helpful. She worked in the restaurants and always went out of her way to help.
There isn’t an iron or board in the room and we had to use the ironing room on the 4th floor whenever we needed it.
If you’re trying to choose a hotel in Cyprus then this is it! How those other reviews warn you not to stay here is beyond me. I am trying my damn hardest to persuade my wife that we should go back here in the summer and that doesn’t usually happen. Go on Louise, let us please! You know you want to! LOVE YOU! Amazing from start to finish and can’t fault the hotel…you’ve probably guessed that already. Enjoy your time there, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Elysium Hotel
Address: Queen Verenikis Street | PO Box 60701, Paphos 8107, Cyprus
Location: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Business Hotel in Paphos
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Paphos
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Paphos
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
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#3 Family Hotel in Paphos
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Hotel Class:5 star — Elysium Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 250
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