30 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good value hotel
"My wife and I have just spent two weeks all inclusive at the Venus Beach and found it very good value for money.(Sept 2011)
I have read some of the other reports and whilst I agree its not the Elysium next door, it does not charge the Elysium prices.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, the food is very good with plenty of choices and the location is excellent with Paphos habour a 25 minute walk along the coast path.
The hotel has a very nice pool with lots of sun beds and towels available, and a pool bar that also serves snacks and hot beverages aswell as the usual drinks.
There is also another sun bathing area with sun beds etc leading down to a small sandy beach.
For those not wishing to eat at the hotel every night, the are plenty of decent restaurants nearby.
We have been to this hotel on several ocassions and will almost certainly return next September. "
- Travel date: Fri 14th of October 2011
"We went to the Venus Beach Hotel in July 2010 for 2 weeks bed and breakfast. Paid Â£3200 through firsst choice (ripped off) as when we arrived and got chatting to a few families found they had all paid far less than us to fo AI.
Arrived at accommodation 1 hour late after waiting for luggage to find the most miserable man in the whole world at Reception throw a piece of paper at us and say "Sign". Filled that out and got key.
Not asked whether we were hungry thirsty or whether we would like to upgrade. Lugged suitcases up to the room on 4th floor and entered our Superior Sea View Room WOW NOT!!!
There were two twin beds and some form of contraption sat beside the patio window (a put you up bed) all I can say is I am glad my son only weighs about 4 stone and he had trouble sleeping in this for two weeks. Every time my son got out of the contraption he would step on the curtain and pull it down. Our balcony view was beautiful but only two chairs available and that much space. Couldnt sit out there as it was too hot and no shade so dont bother booking a sea view.
On to the Olympic Rep. Well his name was Chris and he knew about as much about Paphos as my 18 year old Cat does. When asked about the state of our room he said well you do have a Superior Room. All I can say is I wouldnt like to have stayed in a standard room. He knew nothing about the local restaurants but gave us a couply of maps.USELESS REP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Towels are replaced at about 730 in the evening by a maid knocking on your door. Not much help after youve gone out to dinner.
Coffee/Tea, Shower/Shampoo not replaced unless you go to Reception and moan.
Seriously not a 5 star hotel, clean enough but needs the stars removed as it does not show a true reflection of the hotel.
Beach/Sea so dangerous Red Flags mean danger and they are always out. No Lifeguard. In our two weeks two people nearly drowned (Not trying to scare you but it has a rip current which they show on a large board at the beach.
It is not a privately owned Venus Beach Hotel as has access for anyone who wants to visit and sit on a lounger. No pool service except if your a share holder.
This man turned up whilst we were there and arranged for 20 sun loungers and tables and umbrellas and had waiters at his beck and call giving him ice buckets and electricity extension leads for his music. We then find out he is a share holder (nice if we had of received this service.
No entertainment for children. One bloke Peno who is bingo every other night, fire/nail treader, water polo and water aerobics. One Cyprus night a week and one turkish night a week both carried out by same group in different costumes. One parrot night a week so once youve seen all these on your first week you are stuffed as have to sit through it again,
Children make their own entertainment by running around the hotel floors and being told off by hotel staff as there is nothing for them to do. Except sit in a TV Room which is on a different floor to the bar area so you are not with your children great nice and safe not!!!!!!!
Pool is in excellent condition which was cleaned everyday but the guy is leaving at end of Sept 2010 so beware!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not a great holiday please dont book with first choice as we made the mistake to. Spent Â£1500 on food and drink in two weeks for 3 of us so if you can get AI save a fortune.
Great suntan but that was all."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of September 2010
Clean and comfy but not a 5 star hotel.
"We are just back from a week at this hotel.
I was with my husband and 2 friends .
This in my opinion is not a 5 star hotel but a 3 star at best.
We booked this hotel in January this year on an All Inclusive basis.
We did not get the rooms we had originally booked, but the rooms allocated on the 3rd floor where clean, comfortable and adequate for our needs.
We had a pool and sea view from our balcony.
The towels and linen where changed on a daily basis if requested.
The air con was very noisy but once on was very effective.
There should have been fresh fruit in our room on a daily basis , we never saw any.!!! There was however complimentry toiletries.
There was a fridge in the room but even on an all inclusive package had to be paid extra for.!!! as was the safe.
The meals all appeared to be buffet style and the choice was very limited and repetative. No snacks after 9pm unless you paid extra for room service.
Ice cream only available for 2 hours in 24 !!! You could have ice cream between 11 and 12pm and 4 and 5pm only. There where however quite a large selection of drinks included.
Pool area was always clean, plenty of sunbeds available.
Staff on the whole helpfull and friendly.
There is a shop in this hotel but I found this expensive . Use the supermarkets just over the road, much better value.
On the whole we enjoyed our stay at the Venus Beach but was a little dissapointed with the food. We did go out for 4 of the 7 evening meals .
The beach at this hotel is very small and swimming in the sea not recommended due to the dangerous tides.
I would stay here again though."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of September 2010
Excellent for family
"We are locals and have traveled all over the world as well as we have had holidays in Paphos before in a different hotel.
We have 2 children which are difficult with their food.This was our fear that they would not find something they liked to eat. To our greatest surprise,the food was not only delicious but also every night there were dishes that children could eat.
The staff of the hotel very friendly and very clean in the hotel.Different entertainment day and night to suite all ages. Prices of drinks very cheap and reasonable in comparison with other hotels. We strongly recommend Venus hotel for a family holiday. We are looking forward for our next years holiday which will be again at the Venus hotel in Paphos. "
- Travel date: Mon 26th of July 2010
"Just got back from venus beach hotel in pafos
would'nt quite give this a 4 star rating rooms different to what is shown on internet web site, Balcony v small.
although v clean food was good. They wanted Â£6.00 to use the internet for half hour also they would'nt change euro cheques only stirling cheques. Not much entertainment going on prehaps because they are getting ready to close for the winter i don't know. Most staff very friendly but you got the odd one who was'nt.
Don't think i would go back to this hotel "
- Travel date: Thu 10th of September 2009
"My boyfriend and I stayed at the Venus Beach after booking it with 17 hours notice! I quickly read the reviews on here but thought the best way was to see for ourselves. Upon arriving at the hotel we were quite impressed, it was not the most modern of hotels but very clean and well presented. Our room was lovely with a huge wardrobe, comfy beds (though it was a twin room so beds were pushed together, a bit awkward!) and a nice clean bathroom with decent shower (which is all I ask!). The floor was carpeted which we always find strange, but on glimpsing other rooms some had laminate floor. We had a good view of the Tombs of the Kings, and decent air-con.
We soon learned the hotel was only at 5% capacity, which we could tell as the pool area and mealtimes were really quiet. We think this may have contributed to how smoothly our stay went, we had no problems with anything such as service, cleanliness, maintenance etc, but obviously things may be different in busier times. The weekend got a lot busier with local Cypriots, we assume they must get cheap weekend deals, and this is when it became an issue to get a sunbed etc, but the pool boy was always quick to get spare beds and umbrellas out, so it was not really a problem, nor at mealtimes as the Cypriots did not seem to eat at the hotel â perhaps they knew local tavernas etc.
The pool was the cleanest I have ever seen, the pool itself was very warm and mostly quite deep. One day we lay nearer the beach which was slightly cooler. We went for a dip in the sea which was much cooler and very choppy, but good fun.
The food is the best we have had within 4 holidays together, though as we were half board we were not tied to eating in every night. There was not a great deal of choice but we found this a good thing, as it seemed to mean higher quality of what was on offer, less wastage for the hotel and less pigging out for us! Every night there was a choice of salads, a rice or pasta dish, several (very decent) meat dishes and some sort of potato. The desserts were gorgeous, good quality cheesecakes and gateux and simple but delicious ice creams, as well as cheese and biscuits. Each night was a different theme and on Sunday it was Carvery Night, which was absolutely gorgeous and as good as any roast dinner at home!!! We are both extremely fussy, especially with food, but were very impressed with the hotel overall.
The hotel is based on a long road from which buses run to and from Coral Bay, the harbor and the local market. Several bars and tavernas line this street, we frequented Karlinaâs which was very popular with ex-patâs and holds a fun quiz every Thursday. The owner Harry gave us a lift home one night, and we also visited his brother Jimmyâs bar, the Green Corner who do 2-for-1 cocktails 8-10pm, nearer the harbor. We were told the hotel was a 20minute walk from the harbor, upon doing so it was actually about 45mins and very exhausting in the heat. A cab home was 9 Euro, or the buses run every 20mins or so for 1.5 Euro each. The harbor is beautiful, very clean and modern, and we did not get hassled to go into a shop or restaurant once. We ate at Chloes, an amazing Chinese restaurant on the harbor with absolutely stunning dÃ©cor and furnishings. A 4 course meal and 2 bottles of wine cost 90 Euro, though dessert was on the house as we had told the manager about our hike to get there!... especially as there is a Chloeâs right opposite the hotel which is apparently just as good!
All the Cypriots we encountered were very well-spoken in English and extremely friendly and welcoming. Their lifestyle seemed very English, all street/shop etc signs are in English â this made everything very easy but by the same token was not too English!!"
- Travel date: Thu 16th of July 2009
best holiday ever!
"dnt listen to any of the reviews that are bad....i had a amazimg holiday with my boyfriend....couldnt ask for any thing better... great hotel...great night life on bar street..weather was sopt on... deffo goin back next year xxxx"
- Travel date: Mon 29th of June 2009
great hotel, beware of sea
"i have to agree with the lady that wrote a review a bit further down, about their beach. the beach is nice and private so sit on but be very very careful about going in the sea, and DO NOT let your children in! me and my husband nearly got swept out, we ended up having to climb up on some very rough jagged rocks to get out, im 22 he's 25 and the current was too strong to us to swim through, it was very scary especially because i was 7 weeks pregnant at the time
the hotel was lovely but just please be careful!!"
- Travel date: Wed 17th of December 2008
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN!! The...
"IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN!! The Hotel itself wasn't too bad and the area it was in was a good spot just outside of Paphos centre. Although me and my boyfriend (both age 18) did have a very nice week away we noticed one vital downside to the hotel. The beach that the hotel sits on (as it claims to be a beachfront resort) was very small and rocky which we knew before we went, but the waves were VERY dangerous. At first they seemed big and quite fun to play in (which we did on the first day) but after that we realised it really wasn't safe as there was, what is called a 'rip' in the sea. The waves hit eachother at an angle which take people out and they can't get back through it. 3 people on different occasions were taken away in an ambulance after being saved by guests, and one local 34 year old Cypriot drowned when we were there. The hotel does not inform guests about it a it doesnt do wonders for their beachfront credentials but this has to be known to people who are going. I would definatley not allow any children of mine in there. The pool is nice and there is a lovely coral bay beach a short bus ride away with good watersports. I agree with other reviews that it shouldn't be a 5* resort however if you don't go expecting this you will have a nice holiday."
- Travel date: Tue 9th of September 2008
My husband and I have only just returned...
"My husband and I have only just returned from a 10 night stay at this hotel, opting for the half board basis. I booked this holiday as a last minute bargain, one week before departure, through an internet only agent - but after doing so, was concerned by some of the negative reviews of this hotel.
The ABSOLUTE truth is, realistically, it may not be quite up to it's 5* rating (more like 4*), but compared to other accommodations of a similar standard in the area, we considered it to be one of the better choices!
It is certainly very well located, being the RIGHT side of the busy main road, for both the beach (it has it's own, accessible by short footpath from the poolside area of hotel) and bus stops (going North, to Coral Bay or South, to Paphos central & Harbour). There is also a small supermarket and half a dozen Tavernas directly opposite (offering beverages at non - 5* prices!)
The accommodation itself is well facilitated, as you would expect, with Indoor pool & Gym, Sauna/steam bath, Beautician/hairdresser and Wedding/conference rooms. The 'thoughtfully designed' outdoor pool area has a well positioned snack bar overlooking the sea, a large irregular shaped pool (with waterfalls) and a Jacuzzi. The communal areas (reception, 3 dining rooms, 3 bars and 2 function suites) were all immaculately presented, with (regionally inspired) floral arrangements and wall hangings. The rooms were very clean and spacious, although the decor maybe just a little 'tired'. The food buffet, presented each night with a different country theme (possibly to cater for all tastes), offered many healthy options as well as delicious desserts. The staff were discreet, but helpful when approached.
We would most definitely go back to this hotel again - If you shop around the internet carefully, you can find this hotel through certain accommodation only sites (booking your own flight separately) for a very reasonable price!"
- Travel date: Mon 7th of July 2008
Six adults stayed for 10 nights, hotel v...
"Six adults stayed for 10 nights, hotel very clean and in good order, food was plentyful and of good quality, Facilities were good, all the staff very friendly and helpful, previous reports said that the beach was a bit rocky, we found it very sandy in places with good walkways into the sea. although it is a public beach, the locals tended to arrive late afternoon. The pool area always kept clean with plenty of sun loungers and umberellas around. Pictures on the Venus Beach website all accurate. Entertainment was ok with various activities happening throughout the day & evening. Since the changeover to the Euro prices seemed to have soared for drinks, snacks etc in the hotel, however, Joannas, Staveros & Georginas across from the hotel and The Rocking Chair Pub about 300 meters towards Paphos, offer good food and drinks plus a very warm welcome all at good prices. We all had sea view rooms which were all sun facing for most of the day until sunset, which turned the rooms into ovens until the a/c kicked in. Taxi into Paphos Harbour 10 Euro, buses run every 15 mins, The harbour area is undergoing redevelopement at the moment, but still plenty to see / do, watch out for cafe / bar owners trying to tout you inside, Time share reps seem to hang around the harbour area also. ... All in all, apart from the hotel bar prices, i would reccommend to anyone and we all will be returning next year to the same hotel ...."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of July 2008
I booked this holiday as a 40th birthday...
"I booked this holiday as a 40th birthday surprise for my partner, we arrived there and even though I was half board, I was asked for my credit card details and 400 euros was taken from my account, after questioning this, the amount was returned to my account. I thought this was a terrible hotel, the room very shabby, the hotel was definately not a 5 star, not even a four star, I would rate it 2/3 star, the breakfast was disgraceful and must mention was cold. I complained and we got moved to the Athena Beach, which was lovely. Please for your own benefit, do not go here if you want reasonable quality. Cyprus I thought was lovely though. Athena Beach (beach location) was superb and very friendly, proffessional and helpful. "
- Travel date: Thu 1st of May 2008