34 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"What can I say - just returned back from a 2 week holiday staying at the Damon Apartments - This place is fantastic, the staff are brilliant, the rooms are exceptionally clean and the pool side entertainment with Pino is such a laugh down to Killer Darts, Water Polo, and much much more !!!! BBQ nights every Thursday is great, with a good selection of food and entertainment, and all for 15 euro's per Adult & 7.50 euro's per Child. Yannis, Akis, Maria and all the bar staff are there constantly looking after your pool side needs and always greet you with a smile - nothing is too much trouble I would highly recommend this hotel and already looking into book for 2014 !!!! "
- Travel date: 15th December 2013
will def. be back!!
"Just back from my 7th visit to Paphos!I I have stayed in various priced accomodations, from AI to SC and at various points of the resort. I think the Damon is one of the best VFM for most aspects that make a good holiday. right - downsides first.....there always has to be... I booked through Thomson, 2 one bedroomed appts as we were a party of 5 (us 2 ladies over 60, and my son, wife and 6 year old son). We had rooms on the second floor - No lifts!!!!, and once again Thomson had NOT fullfilled a request for adjacent rooms, and we were spit up. My son's room overlooked the pool, mine (121) a wall - no view or sun at any time during the day. There was a constant humming all night which was audible even over the air con - likened to being next to a ship engine room. But positive outweigh negatives... The appartments were spacious, well equipped and extremely clean, aircon, TV, Fresh towels every day. Lovely well maintained pool, plenty of sunbeds (although one or two were broken) and parasols, lovely for a laidback chilldown. The sauna / gym were out of action (my son informs me) we had breakfast as well, served poolside and good choice from cereals, fruits yogurt etc and hot options. Choices of coffee, juices etc. The pool bar served a good choice of 'snacks' during the day, ice creams were a bit pricey (3.40e). there are plenty of 'Kiosk' supermarkets around for basic food essentialls, or hop on the bus outside (1euro) to the big supermarket in Paphos town, runs evey 10 minutes, down to the harbour and back on the way to Coral bay. The Damon is ideally placed, with plenty of competetively priced restuarants to suit everyone. Our favourite has to be Tea for Two, massive portions and good value (though not typically Cypriot!!) Same for evening entertainment, loads of bars to chose from, from karaoke to Greek dancing(Kings) to tributes. We liked Star Eyes (bouncy castle - big hit!) Pit Stop.. The Damon had no entertainment as such, apart from a few daytime games, quiz etc but it is part of the Kephalos Beach resort and guests can use facilities and entertainment there. However it is a fair walk (and dark) so we gave it a miss, it was manic during the day so we stayed in the peace and quiet of the Damon!! I would not hesitate to go here again, the staff are second to none, couldnt be more helpfull and friendly. Room Tip: make sure to have a ground floor room if you have walking or medical condition worsened by exertion... "
- Travel date: 2nd June 2012
carbon monoxide danger
"There are serious maintenance problems with this hotel. We always take the precaution of carrying a carbon monoxide detector. This is a potentially lethal gas, which can build up if air conditioning systems or boilers are poorly maintained or faulty. In 2006 two children died in a hotel in Corfu, due to a build up of this gas in their room coming from a malfunctioning boiler and faulty air-conditioning. On arrival at the Damon, we turned on the air-con and our detector. After half an hour or so, the tester showed high levels of carbon monoxide in the room. We immediately reported this to reception. They sent an engineer who changed the filters in both units. This seemed to fix the problem. However, we were concerned for the other guests in the hotel and were assured that the whole hotel had been checked. We have only their word for this. We also reported the matter to Hannah, the Thomson rep and stressed the urgency and danger of the situation. There is currently an official complaint and investigation ongoing by Thomson. We thought it would be the responsible thing to do to warn other potential guests. Also, these was a noise problem. Loud music day and night. Our room overlooked the pool which was the noisiest area. We had to have a room change to the rear of the hotel, where there was a smaller, quieter pool. Unfortunately, that pool was not fit to swim in, in my view, because the water was cloudy. The engineer said there had been a problem with the pump/filter, but that the water would clear. It did in a few days, but then went cloudy again. We decided to give swimming a miss. Breakfast was disappointing. Nothing looked very appetising. There was no fresh orange juice, just very weak cordial. The coffee was awful. Bread was not always fresh. No Yogurt (they didn't even know what it was!) No bananas, despite extensive banana plantations down the road. To be fair, our two main complaints i.e., the air-con and the noise, were dealt with quickly by management. The noise was also less of a problem in the second week when there were such a barrage of complaints that they had to turn it down. However, the Tombs of the Kings road is downright tatty and dirty. It doesn't look too bad at night when it's lit up, but in the cold light of day it's frankly depressing. The only nice area of Paphos seemed to be the promenade and harbour area. That's where we spent our evening, as that was where the good restaurants are. Very disappointing holiday. I would urge all holiday makers, whether in this country or abroad, to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. They cost between 17 and 30 pounds. They save lives. They saved ours. "
- Travel date: 21st September 2011
A Spendid Time Is Guaranteed For All
"We have just spent 2 weeks at the Damon Hotel, 15th june- 29th june,2011 Room 316. On arrival we were greeted with a friendly welcome by the staff. For those who feel that having no lift and carrying your own bags up to your room is a problem, so what. This is a great hotel. The room was spotless and well maintained. The maids came in every day to clean the room, empty the bins and make the beds. The pool area was cleaned and maintained every day by a maintaince crew. All cleaning and maintaince was kept to a high standard. The hotel is in an ideal location close to bars and restarants for lunch time and evening dining. There is also food available in the daytime at the pool bar which is of very good quality. This is a quiet, friendly, happy hotel and i wouldnt hesitate to go back. And finaly. Olyimpia, you are a star."
- Travel date: 30th June 2011
"i thought this apartments looked nice but they where a discrase. normaly i dont lok at review's because they are a lode of rubbish. the staff are rude. some staff nice but mainly horrid. the pool was green!!! reallt drty. but the surounding area nice! all nice apart from the hotel pool and staff! "
- Travel date: 19th March 2011
Just returned from Damon Apartments
"After being bit nervous about apartments, they were very nice. Cleaned regularly.Staff friendly. Pool very nice.Facilities fine for self catering which we used a lot as very expensive to eat out! Used Kefalos beach village pool every day as it is lovely.Good playground for children.Entertainment was good on occasions. Fire show was brilliant and surprised when really enjoyed Elvis impersonator!Didnt bother with anything else but looked ok for young children. Hired a car which was helpful as harbour bit far to walk to and biggest supermarket is near harbour.Waterpark well worth a visit but expensive,90 euros for 2 adults and 2 children. Damon apartments near lots of bars and restaurants.Would definitely visit Damon again especially as able to use facilities at kefalos village. "
- Travel date: 8th June 2010
"We went to the Damon Hotel in Paphos as a family , there are 6 of us. We had 2 rooms and went on a Bed and Breakfast basis. But there was Amenities to make our own meals which we did. The rooms we stayed in were so clean, the maids always made sure we had clean towels and sheets and the bins were emptied everyday. There was A/C in the rooms which was welcoming. The staff were so freindly especially Sofia she went out of her way to help us all the time. There are plenty of shops around, and about 10 mins bus ride you can shop at a Huge supermarket which sells everything you need. We ate at a restaurant called Piatsa Greka Tavern which is 5 mins walk from the hotel the meal was so delicious and the owners were so freindly. We took a coach trip to the Troodos mountains which was breathtaking. I can write so much more but there is no space. I would definately go back again."
- Travel date: 28th July 2009
i was very disgusted with the accomadati...
"i was very disgusted with the accomadation it was filthy and very dangerous as our air conditioning was faulty and they would not move us so we moved to another hotel instead the atmosphere was awful and the pool was like a kidsmswimming pool not very big .room was not cleaned and the meals at the snack bar was off another planet i think would not go to the damon ever again rather have teeth pulled out."
- Travel date: 10th July 2008
If you like Britain, you will LOVE this ...
"If you like Britain, you will LOVE this place - it is like Britain except very hot! The hotel itself was clean and well maintained, although it did not warrant a 4* rating - it was more of a 3*. The staff were friendly and helpful. The maid service was good. The only problems with the rooms were the cooker and beds - otherwise they were ok. The beds were very uncomfortable and kept skidding across the floor due to the wheels and also, take matches to light the cooker. Ladies, also take a hairdryer if you can't do without one. The rooms don't have them and when I asked at reception they said that the one they rent out to people was stolen! There are two pools - having discovered the one at the back on the first day, we went there everyday. It was nice and quiet as most people were in the main pool - sometimes we even had it to ourselves, which was nice! I don't know how quiet it will be from now on as just before we left we saw lots of cypriot families arriving for their hols - and having read other people's reviews and experiencing them first hand, they can be quite loud and annoying, so beware! I wouldn't have liked to have gone a week later! Also, although the alcoholic drinks are relatively cheap at the pool bar, the soft drinks are 1.88 Euros but can be bought from the Damon Supermarket at less than half the price - a can of coke was 50 Cents! If you are just lazing round the pool, this may be a cheaper option. The only downside was the pool bar food - it was not very good. Lack of choice and not very appetising! Also, not a great deal of choice for vegetarians! The hotel do a BBQ night - it cost around 13 Euros each (6.50 Euros for kids) - and while it was ok, again lack of vegetarian choice - although it is probably the only REAL traditional food you will find around this area. The entertainment that was promised never went ahead, but we were told we could go to their sister hotel to watch it, which kind of defeated the purpose, but nevermind. There are plenty of 'greasy-spoon' style restaurants and pubs around the place - too many in actual fact, but I guess they were just catering for the majority! There were a couple of nice restaurants which did good deals 15 Euros for a 3 course meal - The Raffles and Sisyfos were the best we went to! There is also a pizza hut and KFC - weird! The Tomb of the Kings is just a 10 min walk away - it was very good and only 1.75 Euros to get in, but you need to go either first thing in the morning or last thing at night before they close - otherwise it is far too hot. We went at 8am and were back by 10am as it was so hot - it was not underground as we had thought! Overall, this holiday did what it was supposed to do - we had a nice relaxing time. But if you are looking for luxury of any sort, or indeed to escape the brits you usually get on holiday, then this place isn't for you! I enjoyed the rest, but will not be returning. That said, it was a cheap, last minute getaway and did it's job!"
- Travel date: 7th July 2008
The Damon apts are a great place to holi...
"The Damon apts are a great place to holiday wether it be with children, as a couple or group. The staff are very friendly the apts are large and clean. The pool area, lobby and bar are also well maintained. They are in an ideal posistion too with bars, restuarants and shops only minutes away. A 15/20 minute walk will take you into the harbour where you will find lots of places to eat and drink throughout the day and night as well as many shops. Hire a car and get about, driving is easy as they also drive on left. Go for a trip into the Troodos mountains as the drive up will give you some breathtaking views and you get to see some nice villages on the way too. A trip to Polis and Latchi are also a day out ( take your cozzie and a towel) and have lunch in the marina at Latchi great fish restuarants. Coral bay is one of the best beaches in Paphos so a visit is a must, water sports are available there along with sun beds and parasols and a snack bar, can get very busy so go early but a good day anyway. We would definitley go back to Paphos and stay at the Damon apts again asap."
- Travel date: 13th June 2008
Hi all, Just back from two weeks in Pap...
"Hi all, Just back from two weeks in Paphos, booked through Freedom Direct, here are some thoughts: Cyprus joined the Euro zone in January 08, and are still displaying the Cypriot pound sign, which looks like ours Â£, and the euro sign, beware the Cypriot pound was not the same value as ours. If you go to Nicosia bring your passport, then you can go into the Turkish side of the border. If we were going around springtime again we would probably go the last two weeks in April or the first two weeks in May, we reckon it would be hot enough by then but not too hot! Be advised, Cyprus is running out of water! The Cypriot government has stated that they must reduce water consummation by 30% as we were leaving the various water boards were switching off the mains water for 12 hours at a time, on Friday 28th March Nicosia (the capital) switched off the mains from 10am to 11pm, limassol and larnica were also rationing but not Paphos (so far) we saw in our travels a number of the dams, and they are very low, maybe 20%â30% full, and there won't be any significant rains now until winter. If your leaving via Paphos airport, at the time of writing you canât take liquid through the security check points, so when you go inside the first shop/outlet you come to on the right (something express?) is the place to buy your water, much cheaper than the outlet further in on the left. Damon hotel apartments Although basic, it has no pretensions, it does what it does very well, they have excellent staff, the rooms were large and clean, with four English channels on the box, we definitely thought it was ok, and will be going back there, just a couple of points about the Damon: 1. The plug sockets are three pin (UK style) we bought with us (thinking we were clever) a two pin electric mozie repellent and a two pin travel kettle, there seems to be a mixture of two and three pin sockets in Cyprus, some places have one sort, some the other. 2. There is a internet cafÃ© on the main road, it is better value and has a faster connection than the one in the hotel, come out of the main entrance, turn right onto the main road and its on the right (100yds?) 3. Nearest (decent) supermarket within walking distance, come out of the Damon (main entrance) and turn right, follow the road up (50yds?), and on the right there is a tardis like supermarket, well worth checking out. 4. Or alternatively you could come out of the Damon turn right (away from the lights) and drive to the end of the road, turn left, and follow that road uphill, until you see Carrefour on your right, big supermarket fair prices, and a restaurant upstairs. 5. The breakfast @ 2:60euros was samey, but good, so if you are buying it from receptions donât buy a week ticket, but pay as you go. Driving in Cyprus While I was there I drove over 2,000kms and didnât have a problem, they drive on the left, but there are a couple of things to remember: 1. Indicating seems to be optional. 2. Although the local drivers do stop at red lights, they tend to crept forward, and sometimes jump the lights altogether. 3. There are not many fixed speed cameras but there are a number of mobile speed traps, the speed limit on the motorway is 100kph (about 60mph) shockingly on the motorway I didnât speed! 4. The price of petrol is 1:06euros per litre, diesel 1:08euros 5. You need a decent road map, 6. A lot of tarmac roads peter out and you are left with gravel âroadsâ at best, we had a Nissan Note, and took things slowly, but next time we will hire a 4x4, more for the raised ground clearance, than its ability to do off- roading. Walking I only managed a couple of walks, in the Troodos mountains, and the Akamas Peninsula, fantastic scenery, the walks in Troodos were long but relatively easy, the ones in the Akamas area are a little shorter but a lot steeper! You need good walking boots for both areas, be reasonably fit, and observe the usual advice when walking in mountainous (Troodos) areas Eating in Paphos and surrounding areas We are not big food fans, and thought the food in the many restaurants we ate in was nothing special,, if we were to recommend somewhere it would be the following: 1. Demokritos on Dionysou street, Kato Paphos 2. The Imperial Chinese Restaurant, Kato Paphos 3. Peyia tavern in Peyia, good for meze, and used by Cypriots Evening meals tend to be from 7:30pm onwards "
- Travel date: 6th April 2008
When we arrived we were pleasantly surpr...
"When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised at how clean and spacious the rooms were. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Location was fab ,in the middle of everything. There were some great restaurants nearby,reasonably priced and good food. Overall we had a great time and felt the hotel deserved a higher rating.I would definatly recommended this hotel to anyone,we are hoping to go back this year!"
- Travel date: 3rd March 2008
Top traveller tips for Kefalos Damon Hotel Apartments
"just enjoy having a good base to explore Paphos, use the bus - so cheap..xxx make a trip Paphos town to the big supermarket 'Papa's' to sto..."
"maybe some coloured lighting around the pool bar at night."
"clean,spacious rooms.pool nice "
"The Piatsa Greka Tavern had delicious food and a trip to Troodos mountains is not to be missed."
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