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Almyra Hotel
Ranked #16 of 85 Hotels in Paphos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 September 2012

I would recommend this hotel. Loved the style and vibe. The staff were all excellent. Got a free upgrade to ocean room. Compliments to the chef. It's unusual to get half board and have excellent food choice. I was particularly surprised at the effort which was made. The only negative comment I would mention is the beach for the hotel. There really isn't much but you can walk 500 yards and find the public beach although you pay for umbrellas and sun loungers (under 10 euros) you are surrounded with atmosphere and if you are polite and smile nicely you might even get the umbrella free! I myself prefer the beach to the pool and there were two choices of pools. I would go back and stay at the Almyra and I'm sure they are always seeking to improve future developments.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank goldieLondon
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Almyra for 7 nights in mid-September. We booked a "Superior Sea View Room" which does not have a balcony, but does have floor to ceiling opening doors so you can look out at the view. We were upgraded on our arrival to a "Junior Suite" (Room 214). It wasn't a suite in the traditional sense, i.e. with two separate areas, but more like a larger than normal hotel room with extra space for a long sofa, coffee table and extra wardrobes. It did not have a balcony but did have the floor-to-ceiling opening doors and a marvelous sunset view across the harbour. The room has a small safe in it, large enough for a tablet device, but you would struggle to get a laptop in it (unless you wedge it in at an angle).

The hotel decor and furnishings are what I would describe as minimalist and I thought it looked very chic in the hotel's photos on the website. Having now experienced the hotel first hand my boyfriend and I agreed that it actually looked rather sparse and somewhat basic. I think I can now safely say I would prefer a hotel with more homely decor than this minimalist style.

The bed was quite firm as were the pillows, given this I would grade our sleep quality during our stay as OK (generally waking up once or twice a night). The air conditioning was not the quietest I had experienced but wasn't overly noisy at night. The room has a mini bar fridge in it, but given the high prices we didn't use it. We were going to put our own water (from the local supermarket) in the minibar fridge, but noticed that a "fine" of 15 Euros per day was incurred if you used the minibar fridge for anything other than the hotel's own minibar drinks, baby food or medicines. We thought this 'rule' was completely ridiculous and have never seen anything like that in any other hotel around the world (or perhaps we just didn't notice it in other hotels?). The room has a nice big flat screen TV, and we found a couple of English language news channels on it. My boyfriend also managed to hook his laptop up to the TV, so we could watch programmes that we had downloaded (at home in the UK) via the TV screen. The hotel does have free wifi, but it is slow and not suitable for downloading any TV/Movies etc. The hotel does not provide tea/coffee making facilities in the room (so either take your own travel kettle, or use room service, a 'cup' of tea is 5 Euros).

Bathroom - the bathroom was small and seemed to be the standard size for hotel bathrooms. The sink, set on a marble worktop, whilst a very stylish Villeroy & Boch fitting, was shaped like a large mixing/pudding bowl with a spout mixer tap protruding over the centre of the sink. The bowl is quite small, and is only really any good for washing your hands in or cleaning your teeth over the sink. Forget trying to wash your face over it (as you will bang your head on the protruding tap/spout, and end up splashing water all over your body, down your legs etc), or trying to wash out your swimwear in it, as it is way too small and again water splashes out everywhere soaking the worktop.

The bath had two showers over it. One is a fixed shower head coming from the ceiling and the other is on a hose. The bath has a small (inadequate) glass screen which goes about one third of the length of the bath, so when you turn on the overhead shower, the entire bathroom ends up completely soaked. The floor towel was completely drenched and I had to mop the floor up with it, wringing it out three times before I'd got the floor clear of the huge puddle of water. We didn't use this overhead shower again after that and used the hose shower head instead as the spray could be controlled better. Lots of soap, shampoo, conditioner and bath foam were supplied. Dressing gowns and slippers are also provided.

Food - we had a half-board deal and found the food good, with breakfast and dinner buffet taken in Mosaics Restaurant. The choice was a little limited, but we enjoyed what was on offer. The food area is rather small, so we found ourselves waiting for the number of people around the food tables to dwindle before we went up for our next course, or you end up shuffling around all the people with a plate of food in your hand. Like most hotels, they do different themes each night (Italian night, Cypriot night, Asian night etc). I enjoyed some very nice/tender meat dishes.

Pools - the main pool has lots of double sunbeds with pillows which were very comfortable, and each with an umbrella, although due to the heavy concrete base, moving the umbrella so you can get the shade in the right place is a bit tricky. Beach towels are provided by the hotel and are dropped off in your room on most days and on the day we didn't get fresh towels we just asked for some at the Spa (no need for towel tokens or towel deposits thankfully). The main pool is black slate, and looks more like an ornamental pond rather than a swimming pool (which you'd expect to be the usual light aqua blue colour). The spa pool, which is much smaller, is a adult only area, but the sunbeds are rather crammed in together so you are very close the the next couple on their sunbed.

Another of the annoying 'rules' of the hotel is that whilst sunbathing at the spa pool, a member of staff actually told us off for drinking our own mineral water (a 1.5 litre bottle we had bought from the local supermarket). Apparently you are only allowed to drink water purchased from the spa at the spa pool. I would point out that the cheapest bottle of mineral water from the spa is 75cl in size and costs 3 Euros, whereas we bought a six pack of 1.5 litre bottles for 1.95 Euros (i.e. about 33 cents per bottle). We were so irritated by this stupid rule (and particularly how hot it is and the need to drink plenty of water) that we left the spa pool and sunbathed by the main pool for the remainder of our stay.

The reception and restaurant staff were friendly and very helpful.

The location of the hotel is excellent, it is right on the sea front, and only a few minutes walk to the main harbour with lots of restaurants and all the usual shops selling tourist tat. In addition, it is only about a 10 minute walk to the Paphos Archaeological Park (3.80 Euros to get in), so if you fancy a bit of history, it's worth a walk down there.

We don't think this hotel is really what you'd call a 5 star, more of a 4 star.

Room Tip: Go for a sea view room option as you get a great view of the sunset. No need to pay for a balcony...
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank AccidentQueen
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We first visited the Almyra in 2008 and entered a very luxurious and special hotel in Paphos. We decided to return to a hotel we knew of excellent standards, good food and superb rooms with views overlooking the bay of Paphos.
Our return trip sadly did not meet with expectations and we have come away disappointed.
Our rooms were inland facing on a high floor as requested thinking the garden would be as luxurious as the sea view rooms and considerably less expensive. Non have balconies but floor to ceiling windows which can be opened with comfortable chairs to relax and look out over the view. We actually had rooms overlooking the car park, air conditioning units above the main entrance, creche and the main road which at the weekend is like the M1 in the UK. We tried to change and Stelios was delightful and very accommodating but just didn't have anything to offer us initially. He stood by his word and offered us alternatives later in the week but these were not suitable as not connecting and not carpeted. with my elderly father with us I needed to be able to get to him quickly if required.
We stayed in our rooms in the end for the full 10 days and thankfully the noisy air conditioning units drowned out the majority of the street noise but in hindsight wished I had insisted on a change even to the sister hotel the Anabelle,
Positives - Rooms were large, well lit and good bathrooms.
Negative, Decor is tired, blinds broken, towels and linen in poor condition and carpets stained. The bathrooms were also not cleaned well throughout our stay and I drew a smiley in the dust on the tissue holder at one point, to make a point!

The hotel has changed its food offering since our last stay.
The buffet breakfast was the same and still very good but with fewer choices.
Dinner on the half board basis is now buffet style and sadly not a scratch on previous visits. The cold food selection was good with but didn't change much over 10 days, the hot food was bland, cold and lacked flavour so this became monotonous after a few days. The service is however excellent and everyone we met including Elena and other staff were always willing to help whenever possible. Other restaurants, 8 in total between the two hotels are available for guests to eat but information is not good and to eat in the alternatives incurs additional charges - the set meal in the Notios is still 39 Euros extra per head. Thankfully the Head Chef, Ashley, arranged for a couple of meals in the Notios restaurant which were excellent, very tasty and very welcome to calm our now stressed nerves and offer some means of compensation. The main dining room is lovely and you can choose to sit outside under the olive tress but it was very humid and the air con inside was more comfortable for us. However, the dining room was chaotic with only a small service area and at the time of our stay, hundreds of under school age children. Dress code is completely relaxed and shorts and tee shirts acceptable which lowers the standards of a 5* dining room. The children were everywhere we turned and with buffet style service, they were constantly in the way. With a little attention to segregation and some order to the way in and out of the service area this could be improved dramatically and allow adults only to have their meal in some peace.

Sadly the pool area caused similar consternation with the whole of the main pool, a glorious grey slate pool surrounded by double sun beds was completely taken over by nappy changing and breast feeding individuals. They completely took over the main pool throughout our stay and at one point the surface of the water was completely obliterated by inflatables. The adult only pool by the spa is available but sunbeds squeezed together so tightly you are really enjoying communal sunbathing. The pool there is also much smaller. We opted for the grass between the two and had a few days at the end of our holiday in relative peace although again the area is not well maintained and some of the sun-beds are broken - check them and take the out of commission!!

Overall our stay was pleasant, weather excellent 34' each day and made pleasant by the staff but the management needs to pay more attention. I doubt we will return to the Almyra again as we came away more stressed than when we arrived but I would certainly return to Paphos but look at the Annabelle or Elysium as hotel options.

Room Tip: Dont get 4th floor 421 or 422!
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank BettyLondonEngland
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

We would like to thank Stellios and all his staff for making our stay such a memorable experience. I have not stayed in a hotel where the atmosphere was so friendly and the staff going out of their way to help and make sure we were happy with our stay. The facilities and standard of this hotel was of the best. There was an excellent choice of food and service was of the highest standard nothing was to much trouble. Should we return to Paphos this hotel would be at the top of our list.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank manxman760
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

We stayed at the Almyra for another superb week having spent September there ;last year as well. We were travelling with two young children and the facilities were excellent with a small toddlers pool and a main pool that was shaded from the direct sunlight, the food was good and a plentiful selection of ice creams at the pool bar made for some happy kids and happy parents! There was a creche available but we didn't feel the need to use it as the holiday was relaxing. At the other end of the complex there was a decent gym and spa with an inifinity pool for adults only should anyone feel the main pool was a little too hectic. The staff were extremely welcoming and attentive but without being intrusive. The rooms were modern, well maintained, spacious and the roof terrace was an added bonus to watch the sunset. Although we didn't take advantage of it there are also facilities available at the neigbouring Annabelle Hotel which I have also stayed at on numerous occasions.

Room Tip: With young children we benfitted from additional space of a sea facing terrace.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank kirsty b
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Additional Information about Almyra Hotel

Address: Poseidonos Avenue | PO Box 60401, Paphos 8102, Cyprus
Region: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Paphos
#10 Spa Hotel in Paphos
#14 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#25 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
#25 Family Hotel in Paphos
Price Range: $176 - $506 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Almyra Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 189
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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