Cynthiana Beach Hotel

Kissonerga, Paphos 8100 Cyprus
3 star hotel

Reviews summary

4
Good
( 1232 reviews)
Brilliant
593
Good
425
Average
138
Poor
42
Awful
34
  • 4.5 room
  • 5 pool
  • 4 beach
  • 5 service
  • 4.5 dining
  • 4.5 amenities
  • 4.5 food
 

28 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Great Value for Money

4
Good
by
Reviewed Sun 9th of December 2012

"I beg to differ with "Sutton Coldfield". My wife and I are both under 70 and loved it. We have stayed in different levels of hotels all over the world and do have some basis of comparison. We kept meeting people there who come back every year and this has to be a reference.

OK the food is not great but it is very cheap and the answer is to do as we did and go B&B.

We found the staff to be unfailingly helpful and friendly.

The pools are every pleasant and the rooms good value."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 3rd of October 2005

beware the cynthiana

1
Awful
by
Reviewed Sat 27th of October 2012

"We stayed here from 7th to the 21st September. The food was appalling. The double bed was two singles pushed together, the room decor was 1950's council flat and the leisure facilities were basic. The only plus was the view (but not if you book an inland room) How this rates 3+ star we will never know. We read all the reviews before booking and thought it would be ok but we were WRONG. The hotel appears to cater quite well for the more elderly especially the over 70's. The staff were unfailingly surly and unhelpful. We had to hire a fridge at a cost of CYP42 and a safe key for CYP14. Both these items would usually be included in an hotel room where there is a 3+ star rating. Any complaints were met with the words upgrade which in effect meant a slightly better room but the same awful food. Stay here at your peril."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 1st of October 2005

Cynthiana Beach - Brilliant

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Mon 26th of November 2012

"We arrived home last night 21.9.05 had a fantastic week at the Cynthiana, had read all the reviews and was a little dubious, but should not have worried, everything was excellant, we actually had the relic of some machine outside our balconey that had been mentioned in an earlier report and this made it seem very familiar it was part of the view. We were half board and the food was very good with lots of choice, different every night. We were in the Olympian Wing which was wonderful, but speaking to other guests they could'nt complain about the standard rooms, and nearly every room had a good view. The area it stands in is breath taking and of course the weather was super, very hot for September. We will be going again next year."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 21st of September 2005

Fantastic Place!!!

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Sat 20th of October 2012

"This hotel is gorgeous, it is in a brilliant location amid the banana plantations. It is relaxing and friendly.. everything you could wish for in a holiday!"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 15th of September 2005

Yearly holiday

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Sun 9th of December 2012

"We have been to the Cynthiana Beach hotel for the last 7 years. We fell in love with it. It is a warm friendly hotel, staff are excellent. the staff remember you from being a regular visitors It is well maintained, the last couple of years it has started to being revamped. Food is very good. The setting of the hotel is beautiful. We have also made lots of friends who go back every year, we all try to go the same time. my sister and husband have also started to go with us for the last 3 years We have all booked for 2006.
Would recommend this hotel it is excellent."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 21st of August 2005

Not that bad at all

4
Good
by
Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"Just returned from 2 weeks at the Cynthiana Beach Hotel. Having read the reviews below, the hotel must be a bit hit and miss. In July / August it was a hit. A 4 person Family room is large enough for 2 Adults & 2 Children (4 & 7 in our case) May be a struggle with older children. Towels changed every day and the rooms kept clean.
The main pool was busy from Breakfast onwards so if you want a sun lounger, best to get up early. Both the outdoor pools and indoor pools seemed Ok. Friendly staff, always willing to answer any questions / deal with queries. Usual thing, additional hidden charges - Safe Key - Tea / Coffee making facility etc.
The hotel is a bit out in the sticks so you may want to hire a car for a few days.Taxi fare to Paphos CY£6-CY£8
All in all, an Ok place."

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  • Travel date: Sun 14th of August 2005

Excellent!! Its a quality hotel!

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Tue 18th of December 2012

"Just returned back from the Cynthiana Beech hotel(July 2005) and very impressed with the hotel, The staff were very friendly,polite and professional.
The rooms were very clean and not bad at all as when you go abroad the rooms can be very very basic but they were nice.I would book a sea view as the views are excellent. The hotel as got its own private beech which is really good as its not to busy.The hotel is for any age groups, couples, families, its good for parents with teenagers who just want to relex around the pool side listening to music but not for the teenagers who want to go clubbing as the hotel isn't near anything like that.The pool was an average size and very clean.
Overall i enjoyed my stay at the Cynthiana Beech Resort and im looking forward to my stay in Oct.(Hope the weathers as good as it was now)"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 20th of July 2005

A Taste of Heaven!

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"We have returned many times to the Cynthiana, it is the most wonderful relaxing place. The people are so friendly and helpful. We always stay in the Olympian wing, it has incredible views. Although we have stayed in the main hotel. We would recommend this hotel to anyone. There is a regular bus service which only costs 70c and runs until 11pm into Paphos. The local restaurants are lovely and the food excellent. The beach is so peaceful, because there are no watersports, it is the place to chill-out! We always feel emotional when leaving, but we will return."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 27th of June 2005

brill time you all must go

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Tue 18th of December 2012

"we booked this holiday a week before we went and got a really good deal with direct holidays.
The hotel was really clean and all the staff were very friendly. We took our 5 year old child, and he loved it. Dancing in the hotel bar at night, walks along the beach and the swimming pool. This hotel is very relaxedTHIS and would suit more elderly people, but still a joy for the whole family. the food was very good and you have a lot of choice. The rooms were also very nice, clean, and air conditioning.
OVERALL THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST HOLIDAYS WE HAVE HAD AND WE HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD. YOU MUST TRY IT"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 25th of June 2005

Best in area

4
Good
by
Reviewed Mon 26th of November 2012

"We were there 2 times with my wife, each time trying several suites in various blocks of the hotel (including the Olympian Wing that is recently
built and is ranked as '4 stars').
Also, we called at several nearby 4 and 5-star hotels asking the staff to
show us around... Well all we can say they are certainly over-classed -
unlike Cynthiana.

The hotel consists of 3 parts - Main block, block 2 and so-called 'Olympian Wing'
(several 2-store cottages x 4 suites each).

Views.

Sea view is best in Block 2 (3rd store and higher) - it stands on the cliff
right over the sea. we kept our window open all night so that we could
breathe and hear the sea - that was really nice!
Sea view from the Main Block is obscured by trees. It stands a bit further
from the sea than block 2, with the restaurant and part of the beach
beneath.
Both blocks are faced westwards - no direct sunlight after 12 o'clock,
wonderful sunsets.
In the Olympic Wing, there are only 2 cottages (4 suites) with the sea view.
However, they are placed somewhat inconvenient (north-west) - nice sea view/ sunsets, but direct sunlight from midday till 18-19:00. so you must keep the windows shut and air condition turned on. Also, the balconies of the sea view Olympian suites can be easily observed from nearby Cynthiana blocks -so every time you go out to have coffee you have that uncomfortable feeling that the whole hotel is watching.
As for the garden view - it is very much the same in all blocks: the banana
trees.
Several Olympian suites, however, have a view to a prehistoric asphalt-laying machine that stands there long abandoned.

Suites.

Well, nothing very special - large bed, TV, air-condition, iron safe, shower
and bath. Strange toilets - when you push the button, the level of water
rises almost up to the edge (with all that it contains) and only then -
rapidly down but if you are lucky and there were enough water for this. If
not, be ready to another try in several minutes.
Olympian suites are newer (no such tricks with water) and have all this
stuff telling 4 star from 3 - bathfoams, shampoos, teapot, minibar and a
fridge (good to keep fresh fruits cold).

Beaches and swimming pools.

No sandy access to water in the hotel area. There is a sandy beach with
sofas and umbrellas that is next to 2 bays with stairways to water - one
open to the sea and waves (no access there when the waves are high - red
flag on the beach), another is like a closed bay. There is also small and
lonely bay right under Block 2 - but the beach is rocky so be ready to have
'watersocks' (swimming shoes) on if you go there. Beware of sea-urchins - I
stepped on one, the needles are still stuck in my shoe.

2 swimming pools in the Main block area - the smaller one is covered from the sun.
One in Olympic wing. The pool areas are usually occupied by families
with small children; couples like us preferred beach area closer to the sea.
Nearby beaches: Coral Bay beach (about 5 minutes by taxi) - nasty and
crowded.
A sandy beach in abt 1 km from the hotel in direction of Paphos - poorly
kept, sofas and umbrellas are 1 pound per person.. Be very careful with this
beach - high waves, tricky bottom with hidden rocks - once we saw a rescue team luckily saved a man who nearly drowned there.

Location, restaurants etc

Location is rather convenient - down from the main road, about 2 minutes
along the banana plantations - so the site is rather hidden from local
villagers.

The breakfast is fine (usual 'continental' set), served separately for
Olympian wing and for the rest (main canteen), the food is still the same.
No pancakes at Olympian wing - so we went to the main canteen even when we stayed at Olympic to have some...

2 tavernas, 2 and 3 minutes of slow walking from the hotel - the Tsakis and
the Dorya, very similar as to food and prices.
Nice food but prices are higher than in similar tavernas in Paphos which is
within 7 km. There is a bus stop nearby but we took taxi every night we
went out. Taxi can be ordered by phone through reception - abt 15 minutes
waiting.
Careful with taxi drivers ! Be sure to agree on price beforehand, esp. on
your way back to hotel.

You can also have a night meal at the hotel's restaurant (there are
'Cypriot', 'Oriental' or 'Seafood' nights) - we bought coupons at the
reception and went there when we had no mood to go to town or tavernas. Nice sea view from the restaurant, nice wine (try Cynthiana rouge, or Othello).. But 3 or 4 times were enough - we needed something more exotic. Like, for example, the Indian restaurant CoHiNoor in Paphos.

Closer to the road is a small kiosk open all day, with fresh fruits, souvenirs etc

Staff.

Mixed feeling about this. Local (Cypriot) people are very nice and friendly.

The room maids which are from Ukraine (Moldova?) are either very poorly
trained or deliberately rude.
One night, 2 such maids broke into our room at Olympian wing almost without knocking and required that we immediately leave: 'Because it's Friday, they need to complete cleaning and go home earlier'. They were happy to find us already dressed for the night and in good mood, so I simply told them to go away and come when the 'please-clean-the-room' card is on the handle. Still, that incident was rather funny than unpleasant.

Garden.

Best in the area and nicely kept ! Generally, Cyprus has a rocky or desert
landscape with a very small touch of green, but Cynthiana is something like
an oasis. Internet photos available on hotel's site were taken somewhere in early 90-ies (?), the garden is much more beautiful now.
Hotel's fauna includes numerous stray cats (very tourist-friendly), 2 or 3
species of lizards (they rest on hot stones and run away when you approach); if you are lucky, at night, you can see a hedgehog or a bat flying quietly in the streetlights. There are also swallows living in cliffs, they appear right after the sunset when the wind start blowing from the sea."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 20th of June 2005

Good Value

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Thu 12th of May 2011

"I,d recommend that if you want a holiday where you can write a lousy review....... Don,t go to the cythiania, we,ve been to 4 star hotels that are not in the same league.this hotels location is perfect,views amazing,food good, service very good. To sum it up . Well done to all the staff and owners. We honestly loved it. "

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 10th of May 2011

Rating breakdown

  • 3 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 5 Amenities
  • 5 Food

relaxing, welcoming and informal

4
Good
by
Reviewed Mon 29th of March 2010

"We enjoyed a clean comfortable annexe room overlooking a small bay where small groups go on a morning to walk on sea bed and feed fish suitably attired with oxygen and helmets ...well worth watching....with a small balcony to sit out nicely shaded by a tall tree. No complaints and staff wery helpful and obliging, whereever you wandered between cafe, bar, restaurant, reading area, internet area, beach bar or pools... a deep main pool and small childrens pool is close by and a superb shallow pool is located at the other hotel annexe which appears to be seperate to the hotel but is not....none of the pools were crowded and sunloungers were clean and comfortable with lovely parasols whether at the poolsides, hotel beach or on a hard surface area jutting out to the sea ... and the beach and gardens/lawns areas are lovely understated areas. There is also a natural rocky seapool where you can take part in sub-aquaing and safe swimming....
Food was varied and plentiful..if you dont mind the odd cat the veranda is lovely to have breakfast from and there is lovely sea views from here while you enjoy your evening meal too...cyprus loves its cats. The restaurant is also very pleasant and has a calm atmosphere most of the time.
We did have groups of individuals who choose to be entertained within the hotel who also ate here but this did not spoil the time we spent in the hotel on an evening and did infact prove quite a plus at times. The entertainment team were two dedicated friendly people who did a smashing job of varied socalising events held within the hotel and at the beach bar...a lovely area suitably paved with chairs tables and parasols and room for dancing too... and before the beach which is adjacent to the beach bar area is a lovely expanse of grassed area where you can relax quite privately to soak up the sun too with a lovely swinging bench seat nearby.
A short 5 minute walk up the road to the main road..keep to the pavements...takes you past the odd shop and cafe/restaurant/bar to the bus stops providing reasonabLe fares to either paphos centre and the harbour or to coral bay. Dont attempt to walk along the road side much further than the busstops as it is a main road with no footpaths further than this. However the hotel was also ideal to use as a base to explore the island via the various tour trips available.
Well recommended to avoid the hustle and bustle within a short ride to nearby busy areas....but dont forget your mosquito cream...though we were ok until the last couple of days there....and yes we would go again too."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 26th of March 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 4 Dining
  • 4 Amenities
  • 4 Food

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