Alexander The Great Hotel, Paphos
Reviews - Alexander The Great Hotel
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: United Kingdom
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- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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lovely hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The only negative thing i could say is that they charge for having tea and coffee facilties in your room which we found abit strange for a 4* plus hotel.
The hotel its self was in a very good postion for shops,harbour and lots of lovely places to eat( theres even a starbucks). I would stay there again but further into the season as it was a bit quite for us.
Salvaged our Vacation !from r45853
In the case of this hotel, the room actually looks like the pictures on the website! Beautiful amenities, courteous service, spectacular views, a very comfortable double bed (rather than two singles pushed together; upon request), entertainment suitable for all ages, and central location. Go ahead and pay the extra expense for the double sea view - you won't regret it.
Excellent but for the unacceptable road noisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel and Travel Companies must make it clear that inland facing rooms, even those for which additional payment is made for side sea view, like ours, the noise from traffic is unacceptable.
The balconies are tiny, grim and uninhabitable.
We stayed there late January/early February 2006 and even though the Hotel was only 25% occupied, the management refused to move us to a quieter room.
Great Weather and Locationfrom Xarla
Three complaints: we asked for a double bed and got two singles pushed together (very common in Cyprus).
Also, the hotel corridors (and our room) smelt of cooking food 24/7, which was a bit off-putting. The fried bacon, egg etc at breakfast was also soaked in grease; almost inedible. Not really a 4* breakfast.
Beach - sea was calm and quite warm for the time of year. Classical sites such as the mosaics are definitely worth seeing and less crowded than they are in August. There are dozens of excellent restaurants, many opticians and jewellers, all of which were still open.
The weather was fantastic for the time of year - 8Of every day with not a single cloud the whole time. It was exactly the same in the October half term of 2004, in Pissouri. Having travelled all over Greece and Spain at this time of year for the past 15 years, I can say with some experience that Cyprus - being that much further south - does have the bext weather in Europe for the October half term. I also think that the 4* Columbia Beach Hotel in Pissouri is a superior hotel in a more picturesque location. Although the beach there is shingle, it's backed by mountains and a cliff hugs one side of the bay. Nowhere near as much choice in restaurants, however.
Found the hotel to be very, very nice and moderately luxurious with one or two critiscisms.
If you fancy somewhere a 'bit posh' for your holiday then The Alexander The Great Beach Hotel is ideal. It was incredibly clean, the staff were very friendly, helpful and courteous (I noticed that the hotel manager constantly kept them on their toes throughout our stay- I dont know Greek but I certainly recognise orders being barked when I hear them regardless of the language!).
A constant theme throughout the reviews on here is the sunbed allocation system. It is good, however, depending on when you arrive and how long your duration lasts has an impact on availabilty. When we arrived there were only a few spots to choose from on the pool attendants board and frankly they were unallocated for a reason (poor locations). So generally speaking in my opinion the sunbed system is good but is to be taken with a pinch of salt.
A big word of warning is the room locations themselves. We were upgraded to a complimentary side sea view room as were getting married which sounded nice until we were faced with the car park and a very noisy street at the front of the hotel, we complained but were told that hotel was full. The sea view DID exist but I had to lean over our balcony to see it - lovely! You would be expected to pay extra for this too - so beware, if booking through a travel agent I would try and negotiate a good price on a full sea view room upgrade as it really would be worth it in the end.
On the subject of noise internally the hotel was nice and quiet undoubtedly due to the clientele, but as mentioned earlier be prepared to put up with a lot of traffic noise from early morning to late evening if your room is at the front of the hotel as Posiedenos Avenue is the main coastal road through Kato (lower) Paphos and every man and his dog seems to use it. Thankfully all rooms are fitted with free to use A/C which is great if its a warm evening and you dont want to leave your balcony door open.
The food here was top class and each evening the restaurant (Roxannes) had a theme. The all you can eat BBQ night on a Saturday I would highly recommend a litttle pricey but the food was delicious, plenty of variety (my wife is a veggie and even she was impressed) and they have a keyboard/guitar duo playing popular songs whilst you eat which we found very pleasant.
The pools here are great, very clean and well maintained as is the gym, sauna and jacuzzi (steam room not brilliant - couldn't make steam!). Indoor pool was a bit cold but by now it will have had the heating turned on.
All in all despite the above I couldnt really complain about the hotel on a whole. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to stay there again. The resort too is very good. If you need to change money don't do it at the hotel, use one of the banks on the street as the rate was much better. For eating out we would recommend the 'PHIVOS' restaurant 300 yards up the road on the right who do fantastic food at reasonable prices including the 'set menu' and the service is top notch as well also The 'ROMANTICA' restaurant to the right of the hotel where we had our wedding reception is out of this world, Pambos the chef creates amazing dishes and the manageress Nadia and the rest of the staff were so accomodating we felt we had been friends for years. We tried a fair few places for food throughout our stay and The Romantica was ultimately the best by far - great place for a wedding reception too.
We liked 'The Alex' but to quote my school reports from years gone by regarding the hotel it - 'Works hard, does everything asked and presentation is immaculate but could do that bit better'.
Great Service / Ideal Locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed Half Board and the food was absolutely fantastic, we had no complaints at all. There was so much choice and the quality was great. Least to say we had some early nights due to the fact that we overstuffed ourselves. The downside for my husband was his great dislike for cats in which there are a number straying under your dining table whether it be breakfast or dinner.
Location fantastic in a quiet spot but great for the marina and local restaurants. We met several families that have returned year after year and we would definately come to this hotel again!!
Good all round at the Alexanderfrom Markski
Once again, the sunbed allocation system is excellent but the pool is a touch small for the size of the hotel, however the beach is just down some steps. Overall service was good.
A good 4 star hotel and a solid choice for a close to town location.
Pretty good stay.from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed B&B, which is brilliant if you like sampling the different restaurants in the vicinity. Our favourites were The Manhattan (5 minute walk to the left of the Alex on same road, opp The Annabelle), Les Amis, and La Romantica (5 mins to the right), and the Atrion, which is in the back plaza of the mall opposite. The Alex also did some lovely theme food evenings, and we particularly enjoyed the BBQ where the choice was extensive, well-cooked, and reasonably priced in comparison to nearby restaurants. The only blot was the dreadful dancing girls!
Breakfast was great, with choice for all tastes, and plenty of time to sit and have it. We found it kept us going for the day. The poolside bar menu was a little disappointing in standard of food, but was certainly handy.
The pool was a little small we thought, but lovely and warm. The sunbed allocation system - which was one of the reasons we chose this hotel - proved to be a godsend. The only thing I would reccommend though is that you go to the pool attendant immediately on arrival to secure the best choice, particularly if you have children and want a poolside position. You only get 2 beds, and you do have to insist a little to get a good position, he will try to give you a "further flung" site if you don't!
The Kids' Club left a bit to be desired, and wasn't nearly as professional and varied as other hotels', but there was a pool table and table-tennis which were widely utilised by all the children.
Our biggest GRIEVANCE however, was the charge of 3CY£ daily for tea/coffee-making facilities in the room, which we found outrageous for a 4* hotel to charge. When we made our feelings known to the duty manager the response was such that we realised we weren't alone in thinking this.
With the wonderful weather, we had a really relaxing holiday here. We have been to Cyprus several times, and this was one of the better hotels in which we have stayed.
Top Local Tips for Paphos
Winter holiday If you are able to go on holiday during the winter months Paphos is a good choice with usually good weather.
On A Night Out! When you head towards coral bay town (turn left outside this hotel), walk straight up until you hit the main road to the square, here is all the bars and night clubs. Paphos is better for the bars than the clubs to be honest. There are some lovely cantonese and manderin, mexican resturants here. Also some great Greek and Cypriot Tavernas. Fish Mezes are a must! Wednesday nights are full of activites and competitions within the wide range of bars and also pool parties! But it's not a cheap night out, like Ayia Napa. Also, you may beable to catch a night out at the opera during the summer here!
Restaurants The best restaurant is Les Amis which is across the road from the hotel and the 2nd street on the left. Demitrious is the owner and his wife Roxanna is the Manager. Look out for Jimmy at the entrance, he is a darling and welcomes you with a very warm greeting.
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- Address: Poseidon Ave. f P.O.Box 60325 - Paphos - 4048102 - Cyprus
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