Our first room was a sea view room and so didn't suffer from the noise from the clubs or road which others have mentioned but they had put us in an adjoining room next to a family with (as we discovered at 6am the following morning) young children who were very noisy. The room itself was ok but not 5 star in my opinion. The room also hadn't been cleaned well as evidenced by some contact lenses stuck to the bedside table. When we complained about the noise they moved us to a different more modern room. This room was much better e.g. it had a proper shower and a flat screen tv as opposed to the old CRT in the previous room. It was also quiet which was our main concern.
The hotel is much more suited to families and there were plenty of them so I wouldn't recommend it for couples. There is a separate adult pool next to the spa and it is just as well as the main pool was noisy and filled with children.
The quality of the food is reasonable however it is expensive. Lunches were a bit disappointing e.g. a salad at the spa restaurant was swimming in dressing (literally about 2cm of balsamic dressing at the bottom of the bowl) and a pizza base which really did seem to be like a shop bought one although I was assured it was made on site. The buffet breakfasts were very good with a wide selection of food to choose from.
I'm surprised about the comments regarding the staff being very friendly and helpful as really the service does not compare to most other 5 star hotels we have stayed in. For example, at the spa pool you often had to go looking for someone to order a drink or food however they did seem very quick to tell some people off who had brought their own bottled water to the pool. I found this attitude very disappointing of a 5 star hotel - either provide the service or accept the fact that people will bring their own things to the pool. You also have to bring the pool towels from the room. On our first morning the attendant came across quite belligerent about the fact that we hadn't. After I explained that we couldn't get the towels as they were changing our room and now didn't have a key she eventually just told us we could get some at the spa. Again not really 5 star service - could she not have provided them? A lot of the staff could do with some training in smiling and greeting guests. A couple of notable exceptions were at breakfast where Elena and one of the other male waiters were always smiling and helpful and eager to help.
We were also at the hotel during the power cuts and fortunately weren't too badly affected with the power being off mainly during the day. However I can appreciate the other comments regarding the hotel not really doing much to make the situation better eg supplying bottled water. It's also the first hotel I have been in which charges (15 euro a day) if you put something in the room fridge. Not sure how or if this is enforced but there was a notice to that effect which I was amazed about.
In summary, it's probably a reasonable hotel if you have a family or not really expecting excellent service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish and relaxing, fashionable yet unpretentious, Almyra is a chic cutting-edge luxury 5 star family seafront hotel that makes contemporary luxury accessible to all. Almyra sits in eight acres of landscaped gardens on the Mediterranean shoreline of Paphos, Cyprus. Meaning 'taste of the sea', Almyra's highlights include the Almyraspa - a sun-lit utopia of organic and marine-based therapies complemented by inspiring ocean vistas - and the waterfront Kyma ('Wave') Suites, showcasing harbour views from candle-lit rooftop terraces. Almyra is a comfortable combination of modern design elements, sleek facilities and family-friendly features: because having children doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice good taste... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Almyra Hotel Cyprus
- Almyra Hotel Paphos
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