17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
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: 5th 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: 14th August 2008
An excellent hotel! We stayed here for ...
"An excellent hotel! We stayed here for 7 days/nights with a view of getting married next year at the hotel! We both found the hotel of the highest standards and the staff very pleasant. It was both our birthday's during our stay and we were treated by the hotel to a bottle of bubbly and a chocolate birthday cake! Dining was lovely, food was easy to take to, as was the service - our flight home was later than our checkout time and the hotel gave us the room free of charge till late hours! Lovely scenery throughout the hotel, fantastic gym facilities and we also treated ourselves to a head massage! Not the cheapest hotel but well worth the extra few pence - beach was also fantastic! Outside the hotel are a few more places to visit if you like to walk! No bad things to say about the place really except not really a place for energetic kids! We have just booked our wedding for next year for 17 nights and cannot wait! "
- Travel date: 1st January 2008
We have holidayed in Cyprus many times a...
"We have holidayed in Cyprus many times and I can honestly say this is by far the best hotel we have used. From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we were provided with an excellence of service which is sadly lacking in most holiday hotels. Every member of staff took the trouble to acknowledge your existence and nothing was too much trouble. We were celebrating our silver wedding although we had not made any reference to this at the time of booking. The maid had obviously advised the hotel that there were celebratory cards in our room and we were presented with a superb cake and bottle of champagne. The food in the hotel was of a high quality and there was always a good selection on the breakfast buffet. The hotel was busy when we were there but there was never a problem finding a sun lounger and the pool staff would re-position your umbrella and lounger if they were not in your preferred position. One little extra which was most appreciated was the iced towels that the staff brought round the pool at about midday. We stayed in a side sea view room. the room itself was spacious and well equipped. The hotel has a lovely spa with superb beauty treatments and for those who still like to keep fit on holiday a well equipped gym. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and certainly hope to return myself before too long."
- Travel date: 1st January 2008
Wow!! What can I say! This hotel was ama...
"Wow!! What can I say! This hotel was amazing, pure luxuryâ¦.. I would say definitely a 5*+ !! We went out to Cyprus in June to get married and had a cheap hotel (Kissos Hotel, also highly recommended) for the first week and for our âhoneymoonâ week we stayed at the Elysium Hotel. The weather during our stay was perfect and the daily temperature was no less than 30 degrees celsius, but it was lovely and cool in the evenings When we initially arrived at The Elysium we were greeted by very friendly staff and throughout the whole holiday they went out of their way to make you feel special and comfortable at the hotel. Cynthia in guest relations especially!! We stayed in the Royal Studios, which is part of the Royal Suite, the room was beautiful and very stylishly decorated. We seemed to get bottles of champagne delivered daily from either the hotel or friends whilst we stayed here! On the night of our wedding, when we arrived back to our hotel early hours of the morning- the staff had decorated our room with âJust Marriedâ banners, balloons, sprinkles etc.. Plus the following morning they delivered us this amazing gourmet breakfast in bed, which consisted of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, fruit platters, pancakes with maple syrup and walnuts, pastries, champagne plus much more!! We really were spoilt!! We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis at the hotel, the breakfast selection was huge, and you really struggled to choose! I especially recommend the pancakes and waffles! We had dinner here in the The Epicurian Restaurant which was buffet style on a couple of occasions, again the variety was amazing, they also have theme nights which change daily. The hotel has a few pools, the main pools are for people staying within the main hotel. Plus a Royal Pool which is exclusive for people staying within the Royal Suites (no children allowed!), most days we had this pool to ourselves as not many others seemed to use it! There are staff at hand constantly, for example if you tried to reposition your sunbed, staff would come rushing over to move it for you! You literally do not have to lift a finger! Plus whilst you are relaxing by the pool/beach waiters bring you drinks. One of the swimming pools has a bar you can swim up to and sit and have a drink and snacks! The hotel is situated in a perfect location, just off the Tomb of The Kings road in Paphos. If you do not want to eat at the hotel there are plenty of restaurants/bars just a short walk away on the Tomb of The Kings road. Kings Aphrodite restaurant I recommend! Paphos harbour has some lovely restaurants too. Also the Tomb of the kings is right next door to the hotel so you must pay this a visit to see some culture!! Overall the hotel really is amazing and you would not be disappointed if you stayed there, its not cheap but it is perfect for a special occasion especially a Honeymoon!! We definitely will be going back for many years to come! P.S. If you are thinking of getting married in Cyprus, our wedding co-ordinator was a company called Cyprus Dream Weddings who are based in Paphos, they did a brilliant job and definitely created our âdream weddingâ! Hope this review helps!!"
- Travel date: 29th September 2007
We choose to stay at the Elysium for our...
"We choose to stay at the Elysium for our wedding and honeymoon. The hotel is far the best in Paphos and is situated close to a number of excellent restaurants including Olivetos, Artios and Chloes. The hotel service is what you expect from a five star hotel, the rooms and public areas are very well maintained and attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel. I would recommend using the guest relations desks to help you plan your holiday and make the most of your stay in Paphos which can appear at first a fairly bland and tacky resort. We had our wedding reception at Zaffrons - the organisation, management, service, surroundings and food were fantastic, infact the food was even better than that served in the Elysium, which took some beating. I would recommend this venue to anyone wanting something special for their wedding day. "
- Travel date: 16th July 2007
Very luxurious and a real treat. However...
"Very luxurious and a real treat. However the hotel was very set apart and somewhat isolated. We would consider the hotel to most suit older couples or honeymooners as there wasn't much laid on for families. The hotel was very large and spacious with fine restaurants, all at a price. When we went the hotel was very quiet. Rooms without a sea view overlook wasteland and allotments, if now not built upon... Local restaurants and cafes are a plenty and the bus runs from the top of the road. All in all a nice relaxing hotel with the best of everything, lacking a little in atmosphere and energy at what we considered, to be a high price (even booking independently)."
- Travel date: 4th February 2007
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: 2nd May 2006
Very good but not fantastic
"Pro's - beautiful, modern hotel with all the facilities you would expect - excellent restaurant choices (great breakfast and lunch buffets) - wonderful, multilevel pools Con's - 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: 1st 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: 29th 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: 26th 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: 26th April 2006
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