I have just returned from a very relaxing week at the Elysium with my boyfriend after visiting the island many times but never having sampled the delights of the hotel! As soon as you arrive you are sat down and given a welcome drink as well as having rose bud oil poured on your hands to relax you! As soon as you are ready a porter takes you to your room - we paid extra for the pool / sea view and made a request to the hotel prior to our arrival as to the exact location of the room. I was delighted to see that the room matched exactly what i had asked for. The room itself is very spacious although would say the bathroom is a little small for a 5* hotel. It is true that you are given Molton Brown products although we found that these were not replaced daily and therefore ended up asking the maid for extra. Towels were replaced twice daily and bedlinen every other day. I would definatly recommend paying the extra for the full sea view otherwise may end up facing the carpark or scrub land behind hotel.
Breakfast was probably the best i have ever had when compared to several other 5*'s i have stayed at on the island. The choice was amazing with food covering all tastes so i'm sure even the most fussy of eaters will not be left hungry! If the 6 variaties of fruit juice, eggs boiled for different lengths of time and fresh omelettes cooked for you by the chef whilst you wait is not to your liking ask for something else and it will be made for you - nothing is too much trouble!!
After collecting towels from the spa a pool butler will collect from you and ask a string of questions as to the exact location you wish to sit, arrange the towels on your sunbed for you, ask if you wish to face towards or away from the sun and then get drinks for you. If at any point you look to be struggling with moving a sun lounger, a beach butler will appear from no-where to assist! Pool butlers are also on hand to provide you with drinks throughout the day although these are very expensive. I would recommend the supermarket attached to Kefelos appartments just a 100m walk away. Soft drinks are charged at 2CYP and beer approx 2.85CYP whereas you can buy cans from the supermarket for 50cents! I agree with other reviews that the pool is more for show than swimming as very shallow throughout. The beach is very small although always seemed fairly quiet with a sheltered cove for you to swim in the sea.
We did not eat in the hotel as on B&B basis although there are 5 resturants to choose from each offering a different cuisine each night. I would say the resturants surrounding the hotel are all very 'touristy' so if you want to get away and sample the real Cypriot life i recommend Peyia Tavern in Peyia Village ( advisable to book as this is very popular especially if you want to sit outside.) Do not be put off from the rather tatty frontage as for £7pp for the Meze (all home made) it is definalty worth the visit. Alternatively head out to Seven St George where you will be served with an organic meze all home grown - you need to allow plenty of time as the food will just keep coming until you say stop!!
Back to the hotel - we did see several weddings but not the actual ceremony so this really isnt a problem. Although you may hear music from the wedding this never went on later than 11.30pm. The hotel doesnt really provide evening entertainement so after dinner the majority of people will either head out or sit on the terrace for an after dinner cocktail - about 6CYP.
Overall I would say that this is the best hotel i have ever stayed in with the management and staff truely believeing that the customer comes first! Even though this was my 15th visit to Paphos i would be wrong to say that it is a pretty place to visit! The elysium itself acts as a tranquil haven where you could literally walk in the door at the start of the week and never leave until it's time to go home. If you want more to your holiday, hire a car and take some trips out - a BBQ on the back of a boat from Latchi is a definite must do! We had dinner served to us on our balcony at sunset which is another recommendation. If you really want a bit of luxury hire your own personal cocktail butler for 20CYP an hour!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline, Orbitz, HostelWorld, Travelocity, getaroom.com, HotelQuickly, Cancelon and TripOnline SA so you can book your Elysium Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Elysium Resort Paphos
- Elysium Hotel Paphos
- Elysium Paphos
- Elysium Cyprus
- Elysium Hotel Cyprus