17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
19 days of sheer bliss
"On arrival of this hotel the outside looks quite different than your usual looking hotels and we didnt know what we would find inside. The entrance is just like a draw bridge, the inside of the hotel is decorated to a very high standard with the decor in a warm and relaxing colour, which is very inviting. The reception area is large and the reception staff are more than helpful and always with a smile. Our room was pool and sea view facing which had a larger than usual balcony, this too was to a high standard of furniture, decor and we had a queen size bed which made a refreshing change from the usual twin beds you normally find abroad. We had dressing gowns, slippers and found Moulton Brown products in our bathroom which the latter being replaced twice a day. The towels in the room were also changed twice a day and the bed linen changed every other day. The night service turned back your bed placed a towel at your bedside and left a nuggart on you bedside table. The times of the meals were very good and should please all. The breakfast menu catered for all nationalities with a very friendly chef who cooked your ommeletts to your individual taste, whos presence was missed on his days off. The evening meals were a varied choice and were cooked and presented to perfection with a theme most nights. The bar areas at night were very cosmopolitan and the piano area a little boring if I am honest. The prices are not the cheapest but neither are they the dearest and if you wanted to have a change of scenery then a short stroll up the road was the Tomb of the Kings Road with a selection of bars and one or two sold draft guinness which suited my husband down to the grownd. The poolside areas and pools are very clean and tidy with the poolside attendants very helpful to your every need. The beach is not the best in the world and had sand replaced during our stay which one bad tide washed the sand back into the sea. There was a digger replacing this which didnt bother us as we prefer this noise to some of the screaming and shouting from the local kids on the beach. The indoor pool and spa facilities could not be faulted, plus the many treatments. All the staff throughout, from the reception, the porters, the room maids, the waiters/ress, the chefs, the bar staff, the spa, the beach butlers, the poolside attendants and the growndsmen were very friendly and respectful, who you could have a laugh and a chat but they always remained respectful. This was our honeynmoon and our stay was 19 days of which we throughly enjoyed every moment of it, not once did we feel unconfortable and we totally felt relaxed. Would we return to this hotel, of course we would."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of May 2006
Very good but not fantastic
- beautiful, modern hotel with all the facilities you would expect
- excellent restaurant choices (great breakfast and lunch buffets)
- wonderful, multilevel pools
- slightly tatty here and there despite only being 3 years old
- There is no concierge desk so getting good info on where to eat, what to see, how to get there, etc was dependent on getting a front desk clerk who knew what (s)he was talking about
- Should make their mind up who they cater for - families or couples. We were there in April and it was COLD. The unheated outside pool was about 18c to 20c which kids can only be in for a few minutes. Off to the inside pool you'd think. While you can spend time there, the main focus is to be the SPA pool, so standard kids-play in the inside pool is frowned upon. Also no kids allowed in the better in-house restaurants (why?)
- the beach is miniscule, has no facilities and is generally unusable."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of May 2006
Loved the Elysium, not quite Ritz-Carlton standard, but very, very close!
"I have just got back from a week at the Elysium in Paphos, and having stayed at various 5*'s around the world, I can safely say it is one of the best. We were expecting a lot from the hotel, and it exceeded our expectations.
We had a Cyprian loft room, which was split on two levels. Upstairs was a bedroom with a bathroom, and downstairs was a seating area/single bed and a larger bathroom. The bathrooms are spacious and well appointed, with a silver box of Molton Brown toiletries, replaced daily. The room had a patio with a table and chairs, which led onto the hotels gardens. The rooms were exceptionally clean, and well looked after. The only two negatives I can think of is that sometimes we did not get our room made up until late afternoon (the hotel was at full capacity), but we mentioned this and it was resolved. We had two tv's in the room, and despite there being a large British population in the hotel, there were only two English channels, BBC World, and EuroNews - and the picture quality was ok. Luckily the weather was great for us and we didn't spend too long in the room, but if we had then this might have been a problem. Late afternoon we were brought free bottles of water daily, and a plate of mini cakes/sweets (see photos), which was great.
The hotel has lots of seating areas throughout, and in the lobby is a bar service offering lots of drinks (my favourite were the 12 types of hot chocolate). The drinks aren't cheap, but what you expect from a 5*.
The staff were very friendly, offering a personal service. On the first day at breakfast (the buffet was great, they had everything you could possibly want) the tea was lukewarm so we asked for some hot tea. Every morning after then they made a point of bringing "Hot tea for you sir!!", which was great.
Poolside/beach area was good, with a waiter service offering drinks. Plenty of sun beds to go around, although despite hotel policy a lot of beds do get reserved, although this didn't bother us. There is a man made beach which is not great if you are expecting white sands, but if you want to go for a swim in the sea then it's perfect. There is an indoor pool, (heated unlike outside), with a good size gym, and a beauty spa (didn't use it, but heard it gets booked up very quickly).
The location of the hotel is ok, it is slightly off the a main road so is pretty much self contained. There is a stretch of restaurants near the hotel, a lot of them seemed your average touristy type places, although one place I can really recommend is fat mama's, you will notice it as the one with people queuing outside, whereas all the others are empty. Service was great, food even better.
This is our third time to Paphos, and the tourist area has gone down quite a lot, we spent a bit of time there, but it's nothing too great, full of restaurants serving full english breakfasts, which is fine in the UK but I like to get away from these places when on holiday. It is very busy, with a lot of hotels in the area being very close. Near the end of the tourist area, by the archaeology area are some nice seafood restaurants though. I would recommend a visit into Paphos city centre, it is not generally advertised as much as the "Tourist ghetto" (as we heard someone refer to it as) but it gives you a more traditional experience of Cyprus, with a lot of nice shops and places to ear.
Be careful when ordering taxi's to the hotel, we ended up renting a car. Many taxi drivers see Â£Â£ signs when you mention the Elysium, and we got ripped off on a short journey with the driver covering up the meter and charging us over double what it should be.
Overall we had a great time, the Elysium is fantastic, undoubtedly the best hotel in Cyprus. It is only a few years old, and does not compare to other 5* hotels nearby such as the Annabelle, which we hear is looking old and tired. Cyprus is a great place, I would recommend renting a car and exploring, it is well worth it."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of April 2006
True 5 Star
"5 star from the moment you walk in the door. Hotel is well designed with no expense spared; staff very attentive and friendly. Only complaint is that there is a lack of "spark" and "life" - no entertainment and the hotel is about 20 mins walk from the area in Paphos where the nightlife happens. There are lots of good pubs & restaurants around the area of the hotel. Hotel is highly recommended for a quiet, relaxing break in luxury with great spa facilities, but be prepared for a walk if you want discos, nightclubs etc."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of April 2006
thumbs up .. and thumbs down for this hotel
"mmm had a mixed time. went end april 2006. we had the ethereal sea view. unfortunately there seems to be some work going on on the site next door that apparently took the elysium management by surprise. we were close to this site and whilst we overlooked the sea - we also overlooked the diggers at work. we were woken at 730 on two consecutive mornings.. very unimpressed. there were a couple of days of work both on the site next door and also a digger working on bringing in sand to the elysium beach. it didn't ruin our holiday but it was noticeable and when you pay that kind of money it's a bit irritating. got the feeling they were preparing for the summer rush!
the site next door might be finished in a couple of days - or they could be about to commence more invasive work.. not sure, but it's something to ask the management about before you book. you can hear background noise outside though not sure if it bothered mosat people.
if you want an amazing beach (which i didn't) then y0u will be disappoionted. it's a functional beach - when we arrived it was black sand, then they spent the day depositing yellow sand - and eventually the beach just looked a slightly dirty colour.
We were shocked at the amount the hotel ended up costing due to a crap exchange rate - though that was our fault partly. i don't think they change the rates on their website - so just beware. we bought our water and soft drinks from the parade of shops down the road as their prices were incredibly high.
there's nowhere to go outside of the hotel in walking distance apart from a strip of tacky Brit bars
other than the above, it was a beautiful hotel. the service is second to none - nothing is too much hassle. food is excellent and the weather was beyond all expectations. whilst we probably won't go there again - we thoroughly enjoyed."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of April 2006
"We were very impressed with this hotel, which fully deserves its five stars. Decor is beautiful, with lots of quality marble and wood, with a spacious relaxed and quite sophisticated atmosphere. Staff friendly and attentive, nothing too much trouble for them.
Bar prices reasonable for a 5 star hotel, about 3.5 cypriot pounds for a lerge beeror glass of wine.
Food simply stunning, with a very wide selection of perfectly cooked dishes at every meal; wine in the restaurant reasonable, a house bottle 10 cypriot pounds: the rose's particularly recommended. Half board can be found on the internet, often with a discount.
Bedrooms comfortable, a seaview nice but pricy. The area surrounding the hotel a bit grotty, but the local Irish bar good for sports tv.
Spa is wonderful, so I'm told
Altogether highly recommended."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of April 2006
well designed and efficient hotel
"This is a well designed and well positioned hotel and when in it you feel cosseted, and insulated from the rather tacky town of Paphos. My husband, teenage daughter and I visited in the Easter holidays so there were lots of families, but also people of all ages and the hotel seemed to suit everybody. I would agree with others re the excellent breakfasts. the evening buffets were good too, with a wide choice. The new Sushi Restaurant was a relaxing contrast. i would describe the staff as efficient rather than friendly, but maybe that says more about us! Highlights included afternoon tea on the terrace-very civilised."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of April 2006
"We arrived here on Sunday evening to be greeted a friendly porter called Sam. Check in was very quick and we received a welcome drink as we waited for our luggage to be brought to our room. The lobby was very big and decorated and furnished to the highest standard. We were then taken to our room and there was a welcome message on the TV. The room overlooked the main pool and also had a sea view (this is definitely worth paying the extra supplement). The room was very spacious and the bathroom well equipped with âMolton Brownâ toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.
There was a safe that was free. The turn down service was excellent and sweets were left on your bedside table. There was also a choice of pillows from very soft to firm.
At breakfast there was an extensive menu, which ranged from smoked salmon to boiled eggs and cornflakes. There were freshly cooked omelettes, crepes and waffles plus there was the full fry up if you so wished. Freshly squeezed juices, yoghurts, cheeses, cold meats, fresh fruit. The list is endless and the quality was superb.
There are five swimming pools and loads of sun beds. There is an evening entertainment programme to cater for all tastes. There is an Internet cafe for residents. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful and speak very good English.
All in all this was an exceptional holiday in a magnificent hotel and I would recommend this hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: Fri 10th of March 2006
Arrived stressed - left relaxed
"My husband and I and our two (nearly grown up) children of 19 and 16 arrived here in late July 2005 feeling hot, tired and very stressed from the journey from Manchester, having had additional problems with transport to the hotel. The reservation manager (don't know his name)met us with a smile and tried to coax one out of my husband (who was having none of it!). Anyway to cut a long story short by the end of the week my grumpy husband and hard to please teenagers hugged this reservation manager like a long lost friend and we all vowed to come back.
We had a super time here. We booked interconnecting rooms which were spacious, nicely furnished with large bathrooms (my daughter saved up all the molten brown products to take home!) Down side was that they overlooked the car park but we also had a side sea view which we didn't pay for. Breakfasts were wonderful. My son didn't know what to choose first - the chef was a great character who went out of his way to please. The choice was amazing. We ate several times in the hotel as we found the restaurants on the 'strip' a bit tacky. Fat Mama's was OK but you would only want to eat there once. We all found the food in the hotel very reasonable. Didn't join in with any of the 'theme' nights but ordered from a la carte and prices were reasonable for 5* hotel. Went into Paphos one evening to eat but wasn't really impressed - couldn't wait to get back to our hotel.
Pool area was fantastic with never any problems getting sunbeds and parasols. Pool attendants quite strict on rules however. You can't play any ball games in pool - even very low key, they will still find you! Beach was nice but a bit boring. Man-made and they have done a good job but lacking something.
All in all its a good place to go for a week relaxing in the sun, great accommodation and food but not much else. I would still definately go back."
- Travel date: Sat 25th of February 2006
"Most of what I'd like to say about this hotel has already been written, My wife and I are extremely fussy and found it very difficult to fault the hotel.
Yes prices for food and drink are expensive, but then would else would you expect in a hotel of this calibre. The food, whether Breakfast or Dinner was fabulous with a huge choice.
The rooms were imaculate and we were in a standard double room, the reception area is breathtaking as are the pool areas, The beach isn't much to write home about but then we're not beach people, so it didn't bother us. The service was great, everyone was very friendly, and the staff around the pool areas cannot do enough for you. There is a small play area around the pool for children, and on the odd occasion when they became noisy, the pool attendants were there to calm them down. The hotel isn't really geared for children, but more for couples who want a peaceful relaxing break.
The immediate surrounding areas are not the most picturesque but it's only 100 metres to a main road where you will find cheaper bars and restuarants.
In short, Beautiful Hotel, fantastic service, Fabulous food. Just book it, you'll not regret it"
- Travel date: Mon 20th of February 2006
Didn't get what I paid for
"I stayed 7 nights paid for a double room and got two single beds (sole traveller) I was ripped off!
Would also not recommend if you want a quiet holiday. Air conditioning units in rooms are noisey and vibrate. You do not get a good night sleep. Food and drink way overpriced! Stick to the bars outside the hotel. Food is better! Breakfast included means continental only, you have to pay extra for a cooked breakfast and every time you sneezed! "
- Travel date: Sun 5th of September 2010
Me and my husband got married at the Ely...
"Me and my husband got married at the Elysium in July it was perfect. The hotel itself is beautiful, clean spacious and has nice decor. The pools are really nice too. We stayed bed and breakfast and there is so much choice in a morning of what to eat, there was champagne available every morning along with tea, coffee fresh fruit jucies etc.
Staff were very polite and helpfull, as to were the porters.
The hotel food and drinks were a bit expensive but you get what you pay for the service and quality you could not fault. Every evening the maid came round with a sweet and clean towels which i thought was nice.
My wedding - Raj was brillant he organised everything so we didnt have to worry. The florist,disco,and photographer were perfect. I would reccommend the bbq buffet what we had for the meal there was so much food and choice to be honest we wasted a lot as there was to much.
On the day i had my nails hair and make-up done in the spa and its well worth the money the girls are lovely and make you feel really special.
Out and about we went to the harbour a few nights which was about 7-10 euros. Bar road is really good i especially liked flaires and baywatch bar for cocktails. There is also more competition at the harbour so restuarants seem to be cheaper.
Back at paphos nearer to the hotel there is a good english bar next to kfc which is value for money and good for children. A must is Fat Mamas ive never seen portion sizes like it in my life. Coral bay is about a 20 min drive away it cost over 20 euros so i would reccomend the airconditioned buses which are every 20 mins and cost 1.50 euros.
I couldnt complain about the holiday in anyway, would love to be back there now."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of August 2008