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“Lovely, relaxing holiday but costly!”
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Elysium Hotel
Ranked #2 of 85 Hotels in Paphos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 6, 2009

This was our first time at the Elysium and will probably our last unless they re-think their costings. Our bed and breakfast 2 weeks cost over £5,000 with flights from our local airport and we paid another £2,000 for the meals and drinks in-house (a Kir Royale costs virtually £17!). We did eat out for four of those nights too! We have been to the Caribbean to 5 star hotels there which are all-inclusive at a far lower cost and that is flying with BA or Virgin with upgrades. However that said, the staff at the Elysium are at all times extremely helpful and courteous and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is immaculately clean and comfortable especially the beds at the poolside. The hotel is a good 45 minute walk from the harbour which is quite tiring in the 30 degrees heat. There are some great restaurants at the harbour which are well worth a visit but the local "restaurants" and bars near the Elysium are at best tacky! I do wish the Elysium would return to using Molton Brown products as they advertised in their bathrooms instead of the cheap toiletries they have now substituted in their place. However, all in all, a fabulous hotel but expensive.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank JanieBiff
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

We loved the architecture and detail of the hotel, as well as the layout of the gardens and terraces. Everything was clean and the staff was very friendly, courteous and personal. We felt very welcome. Although the prices of drinks and food - as most reviewers are saying - is high, the way it is presented and served is at least 5 star. Also the staff at the spa and gym were very pleasant and helpful. The buffet diners were not really value for money but we understood from the chef that much has to be imported at Cyprus, which apparently drives up the price. The a la carte restuarants were good and service standard high. The hotel's website made our choise easy, what you see is what you get. We do not agree with others that the rooms are not big enough. When we looked at alternatives when we were there, the maisonnettes looked great, a little more expensive though. For us, Paphos was not an interesting place. Not much to see and very touristic. The beach is small and has not much to offer, but at this side of Cyprus, the beaches are not too great. My advice to the hotel is to offer free internet as you now have to pay 10 euro a day.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank RandRNetherlands
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Reviewed October 1, 2009

The Elysium is a very good hotel, made special by the staff who are really great. Fabulous location, fabulous facilities, but...! The rooms are definitely not up to a good 5 star standard, being quite small and even having an ordinary over-bath shower complete with tacky plastic shower curtain. The second thing to beware of is the profit mentality of the hotel where everything is twice as much as it should be - a bottle of water with your meal, that will be 5 euros thank you, or a pot of coffee for 2, that will be 9 euros thank you! And so it goes on with multiple prompts for extra tipping on top. Having been to many 5 star hotels you do see great variations on on-site pricing from some hotels who provide great service AND realistic pricing, and those who provide great service and take your eyes out - this hotel is definitely in the latter camp.
The other major problem is that the hotel does not have the balance right between managing the prolific number of weddings going on, and looking after the normal holiday makers who have paid good money to be there.
The wedding parties come along and usually seem to comprise of 20-30 people who are loud around the pool, and who are clearly not the normal 5-star clientele - without being snobby they dont know how to behave, or simply dont care, but they do cause friction with other guests. The weddings must create a huge profit stream for the hotel, but if you are going to the hotel for some well-deserved peace and quiet, you may well be disappointed.
Despite all of this, it is still a very good hotel, but not the perfection that some visitors have suggested.
There are many great restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel, so you are better doing your own thing if you like trying different places each night.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Steve T
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Reviewed September 28, 2009

My wife and I have just returned for 10 nights at the Elysium Hotel. Overall we had a lovely time there and would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel and its facilities.
The good points are the peace and quite that the hotel offers with plenty on sun beds though there was an outbreak of “the laying of the towel” on a few occasions but that was the exception rather than the rule. The staff are extremely helpful and all have a smile and a hello when they see you.
The breakfast buffet was fantastic and always easy to get served though one Sunday morning it did struggle to accommodate the sudden influx of guest late to rise who may well have been locals who were there for the weekend for one of the many weddings that the hotel hosts. I should add that the weddings themselves don’t “take over” the hotel and many have happened without you even noticing. Only at night on two occasions did you hear any music from the wedding celebrations and these stopped at a reasonable time when we were there.
The pools were all very clean and the gardens are lovely. The Royal Pool is lovely and private but because the area is sunken without any sea breeze at was like a furnace at the height of the sun at mid day. There was always a supply of fresh towels in the room twice a day and the high quality toiletries were always replenished and house keeping was always done before mid day and sometimes before 11 in the morning.
I celebrated my birthday at the hotel and was presented with a lovely chocolate fudge cake with chocolate sauce delivered to my room on my birthday.
Just a few grumbles. We had a Royal Studio which of course allows you the use of the Royal Pool. However, the room which was on the fist floor is described as sea view- which it is certainly not as the trees between the hotel and the Tomb of the Kings obscures the view and you can only see the odd glimpse of the sea. The Studios are of course very spacious but the better sea views can probably be had from the higher premier sea view rooms in the main building. Prices at the hotel are not cheap even taking into account its five star status. This is also due to the poultry rate of sterling versus the Euro.
The main road just up from the hotel is a big disappointment. More than just a few Sky sports bars serving full English and not forgetting Karioki. There was the odd reasonable eating establishment but we ended up in the harbour on a few nights, as despite the menus being much the same at least the surroundings were more pleasant. You can walk to the harbour in about 45 minutes along the coastal path (I timed it at a steady stroll).
All in all it was a very relaxing holiday and the hotel certainly lives up to its five star billing. But if you are eating and drinking in then remember to take you wallet!!
Ps and note re the touts – just say “no thanks” before they even get the chance to get their “hello are you English” question! It only happens the fist few days and then when you are sporting a bit of a tan they assume that you know all about their scratch card scam – we saw a few couples falling hook line and sinker!

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1  Thank charnwoodfield
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

Just returned from a two week stay at the Elysium, actually our third visit. This hotel is the benchmark against which we measure all others - and they've raised the bar even higher! Room spotless, staff fantastic, food great, pool and beach areas super (there was no beach the first time we stayed), they even surprised us with a cake for my partner's birthday. We like to explore new places - but, I've no doubt we'll be back to the Elysium before too long.

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Reviewed September 16, 2009

I have just returned from the Elysium and have to say that yet again my stay was superb. I had a sea view room which was immaculate, as was the rest of the hotel. This was my second stay at the hotel and even though the hotel was busy the service was impeccable, maybe even better than my previous stay. We stayed on a halfboard basis, this was well worth while as the food was excellent. For a small suppliment you could select extra dishes (additional £5) in the a'la carte restaurant. The food was superb. You can also use your half board credit towards a meal in the Italian and Sushi restaurant. Breakfast was fresh and a great selection - just what you expect from a 5* hotel. The drinks at the hotel were expensive, especailly champagne or champagne based drinks. We had a lovely relaxing break, at the moment the spa is offering good discounts and while I didn't take advantage of this we did use the gym and again helpful staff and very clean. I am a Travel Agent and am lucky enough to stay in some superb hotels - this is definately one of my favourties and I will be returning.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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2  Thank inspired9
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

We stayed at The Elysium back in 2007 and decided to go back for our honeymoon this year - hoping that it is as lovely as we remembered. We were not disappointmented! The standards and attention to detail are as good as ever and it made our honeymoon extra special.

The weather is also a big plus an we didn't see a cloud in the sky. The hotel is fantastically positioned to take advantage of this with ample loungers and an amazing vantage for the sunsets!

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1  Thank kstang
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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Paphos
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Paphos
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Paphos
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
#2 Spa Hotel in Paphos
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#3 Family Hotel in Paphos
Price Range: $147 - $441 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Elysium Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 250
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