I have just returned after a two week stay at the Venus Beach Hotel. I had originally booked into another Hotel but on arrival and due to overbooking I was re-allocated this Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
The hotel is situated on the busy 'Tomb of the Kings Rd' and unfortunately after being initially impressed with the entrance reception area I was allocated a 5th floor room overlooking the road and the Lidl supermarket which is opposite The rooms on the 5th floor (road facing) are recessed back from the floors below so the room had a particulary crammed feel to it with twin beds pushed together/ one plug socket (not adjacent to the mirror)/the doors on the wardrobe had come off their runners so had to be pushed rather than slid/ a small balcony with 2 white plastic chairs and a small white plastic table. There was a mini bar but you could not use the fridge for your own water/juice without a one euro per item per day charge being applied. The bathroom again was tight on space and very basic with a stained bath (possibly down to old age rather than insufficient cleaning) , cheap plastic broken toilet seat and no ventilation.
After the first week we moved to a pool and sea view room. The bathroom was the same/the balcony smaller but the bedroom itself was much more roomy and decorated far more tastefully.
On the plus side the Hotel left instructions in the room that towels would be changed whenever you left them on the bathroom floor and the bed changed whenever you left a 'bed changed' card on the bed - this meant you, as the guest chose when and how often you wished this to be done.
The breakfast was served over a generous period of time from 7 - 10am . It was all buffet style and covered tea/coffee and juices (go for the grapefruit as the orange juice is very watery) numerous types of bread/cold meats and cheese/yogurt /fruit/porridge plus boiled,scrambled and fried eggs/bacon/sausage etc. The fact the hot food is buffet style means that sometimes the 'hot' food was in fact 'warm'. Sometimes at peak moments ie 9am there were limited tables available due to the number that were still waiting to be cleared after the previous occupant.
The Hotel has a large pool incorporating a jacuzzi area. Half the pool area is too deep to touch the bottom but is great for swimming.HOWEVER there is a separate kids pool for young ones. The overflow grill around the pool was broken in parts and supposed to be white but a clean was badly overdue as it was full of black mold. There is music played around the pool daily so if you want peace head for the beds towards the beach area of the Hotel (sadly this is red flag beach with two very large warning boards advising not to swim and advising how to avoid the rip currents ) The beach however is breezy on a hot day.
There are standard aluminium framed sun beds around the pool and white plastic sun beds with plastic padded covers closer towards the beach. Umbrella's were plentiful but possibly due to the sea breezes about a third of those closer to the beach were broken. Unfortunately the plastic beds are old, many broken and could do with a clean. The matress' also were sometimes split and some taped together. These are a standard type of sun bed I have found in many hotels of lower star rating but in many years of holidaying abroad I have not found ones in such bad condition.
There were some plus point however eg free towels are offered for use around the pool and in addition the Hotel is within a few minutes walk of the bus stop (no 615 bus runs regularly from Paphos town to Coral Bay and only costs one euro no matter how far you go ) plus there are many bars and restaurants close by.
The Hotel appeared to have maybe been much better in the past but it certainly is 'tired' and in need of some work particularly to the pool and garden area's. The Elysium Hotel is nearby and is also rated a 5 star Hotel (and deservedly so) , in comparison the Venus Beach is more deserving of a 3 star rating at best. It does have a fabulously equipped gym / indoor pool plus a hairdresser which possibly adds weight to those who award the star rating. I would however like the basics for a guest to be improved rather than me being able to have my hair cut while staying there.
Overall a disappointing stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Venus Beach
- Venus Beach Hotel Paphos
- Venus Beach Hotel Cyprus
- Venus Beach Paphos