This is truly a beautiful hotel and on paper stands up to the 5 star rating, in reality this isn’t a 5 star hotel when it comes to standard service in alot of areas and entertainment facilities.
Beautiful grounds, plenty of different places to sunbathe, good size rooms. Great porter staff. Good pool area attendants, happy to set you up where you want to sit, collect drinks from bar all day long.
6 minute walk from ‘Tea for Two’ great little restaurant serving the most amazing tasty dishes from dawn to dusk.
Based at the bottom of a run down road (you think where have I booked when you are being driven down the road it sits within)
Bed on first appearance looks like a Superkingsize, BUT its Two large single beds pushed together, means there is a ridge between two of you at night. In all seriousness it felt like we were sleeping in separate beds as it wasn’t comfortable sleeping in middle but mattress is comfortable to a certain degree, this is because they use two mattresses on top of each other. Air conditioning didnt really function in th eroom so you were boiling all night, it was only when we used the courtesy room we realised how bad ours had been during our stay, as that was ccol.
They have a spa, it looks lovely, the team are friendly but prices are OTT and therefore the staff are pretty much functioning as front of house, swapping towels for vouchers 12 hours a day. I live in London, I frequently visit Park lane spa’s and these prices were way more expensive, therefore spa staff are barely being utilised and guests don’t get the actual benefit of staying at a Spa resort . http://www.elysium-hotel.com/opium-health-spa-cyprus
They have an inside Pool and Jacuzzi, however they refuse to heat these until it is what they think is winter. On the 10th October (My Birthday) T-storms kicked in and many of us tried to go to the indoor Jacuzzi. The area that the pool/Jacuzzi was in was cold, people were lying on loungers with towels wrapped round them, people were getting in to pool and coming out shivering and the same went for the Jacuzzi it was freezing cold. When we approached spa staff for a request to heat it, we were told sorry we switch it on in NOVEMBER! So it is a case of spend 300euros a night to stay here but we wont heat the facilities when it is Thundering and lightning for 12 hours outside. We still have no idea how they made the temperatures up that were displayed outside, as there was no way that the indoor facilities could get warmer even if it was sunny outside, and they displayed temperatures in high 20c’s most days.
OK so don’t be fooled 6 restaurants yes, they are not all open at once and in the evenings 2 of them serve the same buffet style food, which is for mainly half board guests, as I find it hard to believe that individuals would really willingly pay 39 Euros per person to eat this style of food. The theme may change each night but what didn’t was that they only offered 1 vegetarian option, which was bland pasta that was drizzled in olive oil. Or you live on salad and bread rolls.
They don’t offer you a wine menu as they like to offer a Kir Royale or prosecco by the glass. Warning the Prosecco is pretty poor quality and is priced on a par with London prices at 8euro’s, make the mistake of asking for Kir Royal (sparkling wine/crème de cassis) and they serve you Rose prosecco and charge you 17 Euros!!! I thought I could improve the taste with some blackcurrant and even if I had it would not have meant that they could charge 112% mark-up. I sipped the drink with the meal thinking well it will be the same price as it was still prosecco and was insulted when the bill came and the staff claimed it was prosecco!
Breakfast at the restaurant, served in same two places as the buffet and whilst you could get seated quickly, trying to get tea/coffee delivered to the table could a challenge; sometimes you could wait 15 minutes. One day I asked the person who was laying the table if he could get 1 tea/1 coffee, to be told it wasn’t his job and to ask someone else! He could have at the very least found the person whose job it was and told them but no. 5 star service ...No I don’t think so.
Breakfast, big variety to suit many origins but Waffles and pancakes are soggy (even when freshly put out), Scrambled eggs, are disgusting. Your best bet is to have an omelette or porridge or fruit.
Bar /Drinks/Entertainment (or lack of it)
Prices of drinks are unbelievably inflated again way more expensive that Park lane and Dubai hotels. 3.55Euros for 33cl of water, 5.95 for 33cl of Magners cider (which aren’t even sold in the UK) are just two examples. You could wonder out of the hotel and get a pint of Magners for couple of Euros at ONeills or 12 litres of mineral water at the corner shop less than 4Euros.
Entertainment is non-existent – yes there is a piano bar, that has a crooner singing in it every night, I can recall better nights as a child at the British legion that listening to that.
Only available in Cafe Occidental, so whilst you are paying premium prices you can use the wifi. We tried to get it set up in the room, to be told is was a hassle and 5Euro an house of 15Euros for a day. Why cannot they supply it in your room?? I am guessing because you will not be spending money I guess, unless you drink minibar dry.
No English channels in the room other than news – OK you don’t go on holiday to watch TV and we had no intention of putting it on and only put it on once when we had Thunderstorms as there was very little to do in Hotel.
Small and has nice 4 poster sunbeds on it, but locals frequent it and the path that shows a sign saying it is for guests only doesn’t deter people, so you had non-guests using beds. They were only told to move when the pool waiter ventured down to get drinks orders and alerted security.
Alot to be desired, you didn’t always get replacement flannels and one day we didn’t even get towels, I phoned down twice, and visited reception to get the towels and still nothing we only get them because the turndown made helped us when she asked what needed.
Stay here by all means, do not go half board, and do go to the harbour to eat like we did a couple of nights.
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