Queen's Bay Hotel
47 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
cannot really be faulted; excellent value. Manchester couple
"Just got back (July 5th) from a 2 week stay at this hotel. As first time visitors to Cyprus and having booked very last minute at this hotel on the strength of tripadvisor comments(which we found very useful and really appreciated), we felt it only fair to add our own comments for those wishing to do the same.
We usually stay at hotels with a 4* rating or better, especially in Europe as generally 4* is not usually as good as 4* in the UK. We were also a little apprehensive as to what Cyprus had to offer for a 2 week break and how well developed it would be as a holiday destination.
Lets start with the positives which take up 98% of the good things to say:
* Cyprus is a great place but a little bit behind Spain in terms of development and investment in relation to what a reasonably well travelled UK holdaymaker would expect.
* There is no noticeable poverty at all. No beggars, pushy street traders etc. In fact when you get out and about (we hired a car for the two weeks) the traditional nature of the country and the warmth of the locals are truly touching.
* Whilst we didnt get across to Larnaca, Aiya nappa or Proteus and cant comment on them, I would definately reccommend choosing Paphos as your base over Limassol, which is more built up and Industrial.
* The previous comments regarding the Queens Bay Hotel are absolutely spot on in terms of accuracy and honesty. Whilst it is not a 4* hotel (although they have applied for 4* status for 2007) It is one of the nicest hotel STAYS we have ever had. Its location right on the waters edge is truly beautiful. The rooms are a little basic but SPOTLESSY clean and cleaners come in every day. The air-conditioning in the room, which was needed, as the temperatures were in the 90's every day, was in good working order. The shower was a little hit and miss in terms of waterflow and temperature but perfectly acceptable and certainly not unique to this hotel. A sea view is a must for us and was worth the extra Â£ and it was one of the best sea views we have ever had - anywhere. The sunsets are truly beautiful.The food was excellent, especially in the evening. There was plenty of variety and for a buffet it was beatifully cooked. We were on half board and never once felt that we needed to consider going out (something that concerned us before we arrived). From late June, they serve the evening meal on the verandah / patio area, next to the pool and ovelooking the sea - which in itself is a fantastic place to enjoy your meal (eating inddors can be a little hot). The staff are truly EXCEPTIONAL. They cannot do enough for you, are always genuinely cheerful, and friendly. We got the distinct impression that the hotel was committed to making sure that you enjoyed your holiday to the full. The entertainment was a little bland but again not unique to this hotel as this is also fair to say about many of the 4* & 5* hotels we have stayed at. We took the car out in to Paphos or Coral bay most nights so it wasnt a problem. The 25mtr swimming pool is very nice and the water is clean and warm. Sun beds are plentiful and available (with no charge). However the best locations get "reserved" with towels early in the day so you really have to follow suit if you want to choose where you sit. Remember to take your own beach towels as this service is not provided by the hotel. The guests are a great mix of ages(we are both aged 46), backgrounds etc with one common deniminator - they are all really NICE, and we met some really lovely people.
The only points that some may consider a minus are as follows. The hotel is situated outside Paphos town (10 minute car journey to the town and harbour & and a 5 minute car journey to Coral Bay) with no really nice bars or restaurants within reasonable walking distance. Taxis and buses are readily available but in my opinion, if you dont hire a car, you may find the evenings & days a little "samey". It is however easy to drive there as it is the same as the Uk and very well sign-posted. Although it should be pointed out that the locals are not the best drivers!! The weather at this time of the year was exceptionally hot and didnt cool down much at night. Humidity is also very high, so if that kind of heat makes you uncomfortable then it would be best to go earlier in the year. Cyprus is a great place to chill out, and whilst we would definately go back, we would only go for a week as we didnt feel that there was much to really explore once you had done the Troodos mountain trips etc. Tombs of the kings etc was not really our thing.
All things considered we had an excellent time and would definately choose Cyprus as a chill out holiday for a week over Teneriefe which really didnt impress us at all. There are more "lavish" hotels than the Queens Bay, but in truth from what we saw apart from fixtures and fittings none would have provided a better holiday experience that the Queens Bay.
Would we go back to the Queens Bay? - ABSOLUTELY"
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
Had a great stay at the Queens Bay Hotel.
"We visited the Queens Bay Hotel in June 2006. It was clean and comfortable. Food was appetising with plenty of choice available. The room we were allocated was fab, overlooking the garden and out to sea. Staff were friendly at all times. We found this hotel an ideal place to stay for a restful holiday although getting out and about isnt hard with the bus service and taxis. We would highly recommend a day out on the yellow 'Fun Bus'. The best laugh we have had in a long time!"
- Travel date: Wed 28th of June 2006
Beautiful, Fantastic, great...what more can i say
"When i arrived at Queens bay in cyprus i was very surprised as it was more like a 4 star plus hotel than a 3 star. The hotel has a fantastic pool, Comfortable rooms, Average Gym, Large tennis Court, Pretty Bar and decent entertainment. The staff were very friendly and alway there to help, Ivan was a fantastic bonus to the bar area..charming, helpful and terribly entertaining...ladies you will no what i mean when you get there.
The hotel was abit out of the way meaning you had to catch the buses that come every half an hour or a taxi that costs about 10 euro to get into the town centre. The car hire across from the hotel a very good, i recommand them. Also the resterant acorss from the hotel serves the best breakfasts ever, at the fantastic price of 3 euros.
The night life in paphos is average but exceptable.
The paphos beach was small but pretty and i recommand a day or two there if you get the chance, water sports available at a small cost.
Best till last....GOSH THE FOOD...amazing, the thought now makes my mouth water stil now. They served everything for everybody and it is all you can eat buffet style. AMAZING AMAZING... thats all i can say...every nationatily would be happy with the selection.
If i was to reccomand this hotel to a certain age group it would be the over 30s if you want a relaxing holiday this is perfect! The hotel is situated abit out of the way for the youngests who like to party but its a fab hotel and always fab weathers so what else could you ask for."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of June 2006
First time in Cyprus
"My partner & I have done quiete a bit of travelling over the last few years but had never been to Cyprus.
We picked the Queen's Bay Hotel on the strength of the reviews in Trip Advisor, & we are glad we did, OK it is for the more mature people (Hate that OAP term) but for relaxation, friendly & knowledgeable staff, good food, clean room & reasonable TV channels (PaphosTV is good for what's on, in English) all in all an excellent choice, would go again."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of June 2006
"After reading many of the reviews for Queen's Bay hotel I booked for the week 7 - 14 June. My husband and I arrived late on the first evening - well past midnight and were glad all was peace and quiet so we got a good night's sleep. The room was a lot more spacious than I expected. It would have been nice to have better toiletries in the bathroom. We had a sea view room on the ground floor which opened directly to the pool area. The gardens and pool area were really nice - no loud music during the day (or night)!!! The small beach area is very very small but you can go in for a swim if you're prepared to brave the cold sea water!
Breakfast was a buffet and I admit this could have been better - it paid to get there early as any time after 8am was really busy. The food could have been warmer and this was the only downside to our stay. Evening meals were also buffet style and were great value for money - Â£20 (cypriot) for a 4 course meal including a bottle of wine. Happy hour at the bar was very early (5 - 6pm) but with a gin and tonic only costing Â£1 we couldn't really complain. It is a bit disappointing that room service for food is only available until 5.30pm as we would have loved some late night snacks.
The public transport is very good - 80 cents into the town is a bargain and the bus stop is on the main road beside the supermarket and bar (Crazy Spoon). Would really recommend the Phuket - Chinese and Thai restaurant - they give you vouchers for money off entrance fee to the water park and also the Youkoso japanese restaurant where the chef cooks your food at your table teppanyaki style - a great night's entertainment.
It would appear that the majority of residents at this hotel are of a more mature age (late 50's and over) and there are very few families or young people. In saying that if you want a peaceful location with helpful staff the Queen's Bay Hotel is the place to stay."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of June 2006
Immaculate hotel with friendly staff
"Spent a week here and could not fault the accommodation or staff. Sea view well worth the extra for the sunsets. My mother came with us and although we booked and paid for a single for her, she was allocated a double directly across the corridor from us which was much appreciated.
Choice of food and quality excellent, meal times very civilised, restaurant staff attentive without being intrusive. Would have preferred wider choice of hot vegetables but salads varied.
Fabulous value for money and a relaxed atmosphere due to very professional staff."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of June 2006
Excellent hotel with friendly staff
"We have just returned from a much needed holiday and the Queens Bay Hotel was the ideal place to stay. As this was our first holiday to cyprus, we were wondering what sort of place awaited us ..... and the answer was ...... lovely CLEAN, FRIENDLY, COMFORATABLE hotel, and the food was EXCELLENT !!! With lots to see and do for an 80p bus fare into either Pafos town or Coral bay.
As this was to be a 'relaxing holiday' for us we did not adventure too far, but we visited the 'Tombs of the kings' and the Ancient 'Mosaics' which were just a couple of the local interests that were really interesting.
We were so impressed with our holiday that we are planning another visit in October this year ................ and maybe see alot more of what this beautiful Island has to offer :-)"
- Travel date: Thu 1st of June 2006
Perfect peaceful place
"This was our third trip to the Queens Bay and it was every bit as good as the last two. Rooms spotlessly clean, beds very comfortable. Staff helpful and friendly. Surroundings beautiful and peaceful. Facilities at the hotel - everything you need for a quiet break. Food - varied choice in the evening, could always find something to enjoy. Bit limited during the day but what there is, is nice. The outdoor pool is fantastic and it's always quiet. There's no fighting for sun beds here. In fact you have a choice, there are loads of places to sunbathe - some lovely garden areas overlooking the sea. (Having said that there were some people who were going out and putting towels out before breakfast - no idea why - it must be ingrained into them from previous holiday experiences!)
What I really love about this place is that there are hardly any children running around - they are much better provided for at the hotel next door.
We would agree with other posters - this is much better suited to the over 50's, however my teenage daughter also likes going with us - but not for her 'main' holiday. It is a bit out of the way - there isn't anywhere within walking distance apart from one supermarket and bar but the buses run regularly from the top of the road into Paphos and Coral Bay.
So if you're looking for a clean, quiet, restful and relaxing place to stay, the Queens Bay would be right for you."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of May 2006
"My fiance and I recently stayed at the Queens Bay Hotel. After much research we decided to go there due to its location and high level of praise from previous reviews on trip advisor. We are naturally unlucky people and I did expect that this highly rated too good to be true hotel would be masking terrible bug infested horrors. It was not. This hotel is ideal for people who just need to escape and relax with no worries or commitments. The room was clean and a great size with a balcony overlooking the most fantastic sea view and the pool area. The en suite was practically new with excellent pressure in the shower and light fluffy white towels. I can not fault this hotel or its kind and friendly staff. The staff are happy to have a chat with the older residents and answer endless questions but are not overbearing - again this is perfect for people who want to escape. There is a generous outdoor pool, a large indoor pool and a romantic pathway wander down to the secluded sandy cove below in the evening or to pracice snorkellingin the day. The hotel is surrounded by lush greenery hosting large tilted urns, fat palms, flower spilt pathways and dusky lamps that make the gardens sparkle at night.
We went half board which was fine for 1 week but could get a little repetative if you are there longer - the food was presented in the form of a buffet with a good range of starters through to the desert.The drinks were similarly priced as to the UK whilst the Cypriot brands were slightly cheaper. The hotel really gives you the best platform to enjoy Paphos with a very easy bus access and the additional activities that visit the hotel. We had a free scuba dive with Steph from Dive in , played tennis and had a go at archery. The ages here ranged from tiny babies to over 60's. It is not a typical resort with too many children or over energised teenagers, you feel very safe. I would definately suggest a holiday here and met many people who return each year because of the 1st class hotel that Queens Bay staff make it."
- Travel date: Sat 27th of May 2006
Great Time thanks
"Well as with some of the other reviews about QBH we too went on recommendation. Having done the Spain thing, Greece and other european destinations as well as other resorts in Cyprus we decided to try Paphos.
My husband and I at the grand age of 29 and 33 decided to give QBH a try, we were not disappointed. We were very happy and on the contray we didnt find it resembling a retirement home, as with other reviews. Of course it depends on what you want from your holiday. Having travelled alot and stayed mostly at 4 and 5 star hotels this was our first time at a 3 star and we were very impressed on all aspects of the hotel. The service, spotlessly clean, plenty of variety of food on the buffet and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
For getting out and about We found the bus service convieniant form the top of the road and regular and the hotel also runs a shuttle bus service, more of a door to door service to the harbour and market which we found useful until we found our way around.
Would recommmend a sea view room we found the sunsets fantastic. The hotel has a lovely location nice and quiet and lovely views, but as I say only a bus ride away if you want a night on the town.
Taxis we found reasonable 6-7 cyp one way. We went in to town a couple of nights to eat and have a drink, most bars are lively enough but nothing special. Infact we found ourselves having a couple of drinks and finsihing the night off back at the hotel.
The activities in the hotel we found we good in general not that we took part but they were not pushed in your face or forced to take part, as with some other hotels we have stayed at. We liked the zivania making thats something else if you try that, its like the local whisky apparently?? and we did the tour of the hotel just to be nosey!! first time we have been inside a hotels kitchens which I think speaks for itself, this was a nice touch.
We were happy with the entertainment for us it was background music we hadnt come on holiday to be sung to anyway !! we enjoyed it.
Overall for our first time in Paphos, first time at QBH and a 3 star hotel we were very impressed, the staff are a credit to the hotel and as dare I say as "young people" we found the hotel lovely just what we wanted anyway. Its a change to go to a hotel and to come away feeling you got value for money !!
Will return again thanks QBH !!"
- Travel date: Sun 14th of May 2006
wish i'd found it sooner
"I have stayed at the QBH a few times and have never felt so relaxed it's like meeting up with old friends.It has become my bolthole from the damp and grey UK weather.It is not for clubbers but if you need somewhere just to chill out and relax this is it.Sea views are a must it is one of reasons why I am a repeat guest.The rooms are what you expect from a three star comfortable and clean and the food is fresh and there is always enough of a choice .The location is a bit remote but the local buses are regular and you can always walk.There is a supermarket at the top of the road and there are bars and more supermarkets along the main road there is the market and a shuttle bus if enough people are interested min 6 people.There is a shop in the hotel run by a friendly family happy to help if you've forgotten to pack something the nearest pharmacy it a good 40 minute walk away and there is a pretty church about an hours walk on the same road.As much as it pains me I have to admit [golf widow]there is a nine hole golf course about 30 minutes away,and the local bars show British football matches and have British beers.The one thing that will have me returning QBH is the hotel and their staff it has a family feel and that is very rare to find,on my last stay I was greeted like a long lost member of the family that is why it is popular. "
- Travel date: Sun 13th of October 2013
"Stayed for three weeks 3/24 Sept 2013,this hotel is one of the nicest we have stayed in ,the rooms are above basic ,very clean, and kept that way,the sea view (paid extra)was beautiful,the service from the staff was first class,and so friendly,Ivan,a more senior staff member,is excellent and very friendly,top man, food was always well presented ,and a good selection each day ,pool area is good,plenty of sun beds ,and a nice grassed area, mainly older guests,although young couples and a few families ,a good mix and no noise as such to bother you ,a quiet and relaxing holiday ,i have no trouble recommending this hotel ,and will certainly be returning,many thanks to the unseen staff whose hard work made this a lovely stay"
- Travel date: Thu 10th of October 2013