Almyra Hotel

, Paphos, Cyprus
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Almyra Hotel

, Paphos
4 star

Rooms: 190

Poseidon Ave. f P.O.Box 60136 - Paphos - 3808125 - Cyprus Hotel Website | | 26888700
274 Traveller

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10/10
Great view and service
Submitted by: konstantinos in 28/07/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Cyprus
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
The price is very good for a hotel like almyra. Many places to relax and enjoy the view. Very romantic for couples. The decoration is modern simple and beautiful. The rooms are relaxing as well. The swimming pool is great with nice decoration and beds that remind me of my bed. Nice service, people are smiling and willing to serve you.
6/10
Style over substance - shame
Submitted by: Andrew in 07/09/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Switzerland
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We stayed recently and first impressions were great, with obviously well trained, courteous and friendly (without being too familiar) staff at the reception. Trendy cafe del mar type music throughout, and welcome cypriot-candies and drinks helped create this impression.

We booked a sea view 'veranda' room in the main building and the room did indeed have a wonderful sea view, but the 'veranda' was in fact a fairly small balcony. Although the room was indeed minimalist trendy, the quality of the fittings and furniture was actually rather poor - It was obvious that many parts of the original hotel had simply been painted over.

We commented to the staff that the rack-rate which we were charged was rather too much for this sort of room and the reply was simply that that was the price and there was no flexibility.

We must say however that the enormous bed and the sound of the waves crashing on the sea wall outside resulted in a fabulous sleep, and, despite our initial fears due to the lack of any insulating items in the room, we could not hear any noise from the room next door.

The main disappointment however was the town itself. There is no beach to speak of and the coast in town itself is in fact quite ugly when compared to other spots on the Med (or even within Cyprus). The main tourist area behind the hotel has lamentably gone the same way as so many other bucket and spade 'all day english breakfast' Med spots. Great place for a party, but not exactly classy (unless you find where the Cypriots hang out). The 'old town' doesn't exactly charm either. Once you get away from the city though, things improve remarkably, but the local beaches still won't win any prizes.

Overall, top marks for the staff; the swimming pool set up (incl live band on Sundays); and the attempt to create a 'design' hotel. Unfortuntely though, it could be summed up as overpriced style over substance, although we still enjoyed ourselves. One tip - you can use the facilities at the superb sister hotel Anassa in Polis, just over the hill. Don't be surprised if you end up wishing you'd spent that extra for real quality...

Historical Traveller Reviews of Almyra Hotel

best in Paphos

from buldo
Ok, when you arrive in Paphos and you are not a british football fan you are a bit nervous....I thought World Cup was over but not here ! Pubs everywhere with TV on showing football games and supporters with England written evrywhere....
And I entered the Almyra, it was very well refurbished with modern and good taste minimal furniture, alot of white and a wonderfull swimming pool. Service is very kind, food is good. it is perfect for families with kids or couples. And very affordable compared to current hotel prices ! Only one bad point: the beach, very tiny.
I will come back anyway

Fantastic hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Upon arrival at the hotel - we received drinks and a lovely greek desert.
The hotel staff were absolutely amazing - and the guest of the wedding were very entertaining. I cannot fault the hotel at all - especially as they let us run riot at the hotel and were very understanding that there was a large party for the wedding there - and appreciated that we were indeed were contributing an enormous amout to there yearly turnover figures. The fountain feature at the front of the hotel came very useful for cooling yourself down from the heat at 4am in the morning. We apologise for any inconveniece caused to other non wedding guest - but for us the Alymra Hotel was an experience for us all - which we will never forgot !! P.S The fireworks were amazing !!!!!!!!

Almyra a very good choice

from Gill Powell
Jjust returned from a week at the Almyra. Very pleasantly surprised. We had upgraded to a superior seaview room and so glad we did. Spacious with a good bathroom and just about adequate storage. Breakfasts good, though not the best I have experienced in similar calibre of hotel. Lovely grassy sunbathing area away from the pool for those who like peace and quiet. The outside restaurant served good lunches. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and anxious to help in every way. Although we didn't have young children with us, we met couples who couldn't speak highly enough of the facilities for babies and young children. Didn't think much of Paphos town, too many touts. However, the mosaics in the Heritage Centre are a must. They are amazing. Restaurants - none brilliant. Best we tried were The Seagull and The Manhattan. The Adelaida was awful. Crab cocktail consisted of tasteless crabsticks. Also, Seven St. Georges Tavern although rated well in other reviews, we found in our opinion to be over-rated and pretentious. From choice, we probably won't visit Paphos again but highly recommend the Almyra.

Needs to make its mind up who it caters for!

from IrishKaren
Having had our first child last year we still wanted to experience the same stylish hotels that we previously had as a couple. At first glance the Almyra appeared to fulfill this need.

We arrived late at night and were greeted warmly by the night reception and were given sandwiches and drinks rapidly, our room was great, we had pre ordered a lot of baby gear through their "baby go lightly" programme and it was all laid out in the room. The first few days were fantastic, everyone was very friendly to us and the baby and couldn't help us more, food was great too.

Three days into the holiday a wedding party arrived from the UK, there were approx 60 of them and thats when our stay went downhill, they took over the hotel and were rude and obxnoxius, more like the tourist you would expect to see walking around paphos, swearing with their shirts off, I was not happy. They took over the pool area and reserved all the beds in the morning so no other guests could use the beds but the biggest issue I had was on the night of the wedding. A firework display took place outside our room at 12 midnight, we were facing the room that the wedding was in and the music continued until 4 am that morning with the doors open!!! We complained and my husband went to reception and asked to speak to the manger, they weren't interested and basically told us it was tough and we would have to put up with, we paid approx £350Stg per night for our one bedroom suite and this is not the type of service I expect for this price.

They advertise themselves as a baby/family friendly hotel but for the last three days this wasn't the case, they didn't give a damn about other guests and closed one of the restauarants the next day for the wedding party, if I was paying a lot less than we did I would still be unhappy but at these prices I expect things to be exceptional.

It is a beautiful hotel and a great location but they need to decide if they are catering for the "wedding abroad" mass market or pitching themsleves as an exlusive design hotel, which they claim they are but sadly fall rather short of at the moment.
Management Response from A TripAdvisor Member
Thank you for staying with us at the Almyra and for your kind comments regarding the first part of your stay. We strive to provide families with an environment that is appealing to the parents, while being child-friendly.

We would like to apologise for the disturbance caused by the function, which we understand that was not pleasant. We apologised to any guest who contacted the reception and also offered compensation for the inconvenience in the days that followed.

Although we understand that we should have done more to have prevented any inconvenience we value your comments and suggestions and will make every effort to manage similar situations in a better way in the future. We are sorry but the hotel can do very little when it comes to guests reserving the sunbeds, or being noisy around the pool area.

Thank you once again for staying with us at the Almyra, and we would welcome another chance to prove that we provide excellent hospitality.

Thank you.

Overpriced, atmosphere not as relaxed as expected

from Boef
It didn´t live up to our expectations. Besides the really great breakfast, the lovely view from the reception area, unfortunately, all the negative you read from the other reviews are very true. Before booking this place we were simply not aware of the family-friendly note... indeed there were loads of toddlers and babies, whose parents preferred to occupy all the nice daybeds at the pool area, all day long. To relax or enjoy reading a book you were forced to move over to a less attractive lawn area. This was really putting us off. We like children-friendly places, as long as it doesn´t mean that other guests who travel on their own (e.g. for a wedding anniversary, like we did) are payed less respect. We had found this place advertised as a chill out, relaxing place...
Quality: at a first look it all looks really cool, at a second look you find that a lot of parts are simply overpainted from the previous 70ish hotel. Poor finishings, not at all what you would expect for the price. Also be aware that the beautiful verandas you see in the traveller magazines come only with the quite expensive villas, they are not for use of other guests. Plus they are not "private" at all, as they are overlooked by other parts of the hotel as well as the neighbouring place.
Pafos itself is ...well, how shall we put it... full of that sort of tourists who think they can take of their shirts not only at the pool. A beach is basically not existent or ugly.

We toured the whole Island but found it all in all quite expensive for what you get, compared to other, perhaps better cared for destinations.

Great Hotel, shame about the Town

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a superb week at the Almyra, this being our first proper holiday with our 3 month old baby. The hotel was exactly what we needed to relax for the week, a great combination of style, great food and service with a smile. Being able to prebook baby gyms, sterlising machines and cots was also a big thumbs up! The hotel sells itself as family friendly, and it appeared that most of the guests were taking advantage of this. This may put of some couples who want a child free chill out location. The only downside was the resort, which frankly just does not compete with the history and style you get in other european resorts. If you want to be able to explore the local region and to be impressed by the history, old cobblled streets, then Paphos is not for you. It does have 1 or 2 restaurants worth visiting, The Seagull for example, but the rest are not great. Overall if you want a hotel to collapse in for a week, that has great facilities, attention to detail and great service then the Almyra is for you.

overpriced style over substance - shame

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed recently and first impressions were great, with obviously well trained, courteous and friendly (without being too familiar) staff at the reception. Trendy cafe del mar type music throughout, and welcome cypriot-candies and drinks helped create this impression.

We booked a sea view 'veranda' room in the main building and the room did indeed have a wonderful sea view, but the 'veranda' was in fact a fairly small balcony. Although the room was indeed minimalist trendy, the quality of the fittings and furniture was actually rather poor - It was obvious that many parts of the original hotel had simply been painted over.

We commented to the staff that the rack-rate which we were charged was rather too much for this sort of room and the reply was simply that that was the price and there was no flexibility.

We must say however that the enormous bed and the sound of the waves crashing on the sea wall outside resulted in a fabulous sleep, and, despite our initial fears due to the lack of any insulating items in the room, we could not hear any noise from the room next door.

The main disappointment however was the town itself. There is no beach to speak of and the coast in town itself is in fact quite ugly when compared to other spots on the Med (or even within Cyprus). The main tourist area behind the hotel has lamentably gone the same way as so many other bucket and spade 'all day english breakfast' Med spots. Great place for a party, but not exactly classy (unless you find where the Cypriots hang out). The 'old town' doesn't exactly charm either. Once you get away from the city though, things improve remarkably, but the local beaches still won't win any prizes.

Overall, top marks for the staff; the swimming pool set up (incl live band on Sundays); and the attempt to create a 'design' hotel. Unfortuntely though, it could be summed up as overpriced style over substance, although we still enjoyed ourselves. One tip - you can use the facilities at the superb sister hotel Anassa in Polis, just over the hill. Don't be surprised if you end up wishing you'd spent that extra for real quality...

Mrs Candon - Laois- Ireland

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in cyprus for two weeks, where we stayed at The Alymra Hotel Paphos.
From the moment we arrived to the hotel until the the second we departed every member of staff could not do enough for us both.
The reception area in this hotel is out of this world, you could sit there all day and night - just watching the world go by.
We were on a Bed and Breakfast basic - so we had breakfast in the hotel each morning - "It was exellent"
We stayed in a garden view room - which was only standard - but i dont think it was good enough for the price we paid. Our room view was of trees and that was it - we could not see the sea at all and there was loads for ants in our room.
I had rang the hotel in advance to make sure we got one of the suites with a sea view, but this was not done. It would have been okay if it had been a normal holiday, but we were on our honeymoon. (We were looking for something extra special but we did not get it in our room)
We spoke to one of the managers "Stella" and she could not do anything for us as all the rooms had been booked up. (This was a big disapointment)
Overall the hotel itself was fab - but we were completly dispointed with our accomodation.

We changed hotels after just 1 night

from wengen05
My wife and I have just returned from a very relaxing break in Paphos which is just what we wanted - however The Almyra Hotel was not what we were after - fortunately we were able to transfer to The Annabelle Hotel next door.

We arrived in the evening at The Almyra our first impressions of the style of the hotel and the layout were exactly what we thought we were getting as per the pictures and the web sites we had seen, so far so good.

The room we booked was a standard garden view room . The room was spacious and trendlily decked out. However we were not happy with the room as it overlooked the car park and the main road into Paphos which is very busy and noisy and the locals have big fat exhausts on their cars which they drive at high speed 24hrs a day!

We asked to see if there were alternative rooms - we were offered another room also overlooking the road but this time next to the kitchen - so decided to keep what we had been given.

We had dinner in the main downstairs restaurant Mosaics - food was good - all buffet service with a huge selection but not cheap at CYP £22 per head - wine starts at CYP £15 bottle. Service for bringing wine and water to the table was incredibly slow - we only got water glasses when we had finsihed eating despite asking about 4 times.

Breakfast was perfect.

We then began the search for 2 sunbeds - it was only 10.30am and all sunbeds were in use or reserved. We thought about finding space on the beach however the beach is pretty much non existant and entering the sea would have required jelly shoes due to rocks. We were not impressed. We walked along the seafront to The Annabelle hotel and had a cheeky look around and found it to be much more relaxing with plenty of space - we enquired into availability which there was and spoke to our local cypriot tour operator bookcyprus.com who were more than helpful adn were able to transfer us within a couple of hours.

The Almyra had loads of children staying and no real space for others to be away from them in peace and quiet.

Please see my comments on the Annabelle which includes some of the restaurants we ate at.

so different !

from shirleyss
Having missed holidays during 2005 due to illness 2006 could not come quick enough. We scanned the brochures for a bargain and found that the Almyra would give half board and 3 days car hire at bed and breakfast prices.
On arrival we were greeted by a member of staff inviting us to the weekly cocktail party. Glasses of wine and sushi were provided and staff circulated talking about the changes to the hotel and places of interest in Pathos.
We had a sea view room that had the balcony removed and sliding doors to see the wonderful view.
If you want a squishy and squashy hotel then this is not for you. Rooms are minimal but comfortable. The only criticism I would have is that the bath screen is far too small and the bathroom will be wet after every shower.
Food was the best we have had at any hotel we have stayed in. The chef makes a point of coming to all the tables at some part of the holiday to ask what you think of his adaptations of cypriot food. Portions are not huge but, the japanese influence is amazing.
It is the only pool I have seen that has BLACK tiles and fantastic day beds to lounge away the hours.
We will be visiting the Almyra Hotel again in the not too distant future.

Top Local Tips for Paphos

This is a family orientated resort and Island!! The hotel , and Cyprus generally, is a fantastic place to come with your family. If you prefer an environment with few or no children then it isn't for you.

Egypt If you are fit and want a very long but wonderfully exciting day, go for the day trip to Egypt. There is a great travel agent down at the harbour end who is able to organise all the usual excursions and more cheaper and more efficiently than through the hotels - they still pick you up outside your hotel. Another good day out is a trip to Kyrenia.

Avoid the time-share people like the plague The time-share people are awful just around the harbour area. They will not approach you if you appear to be on your own. They are looking for couples who looks as if they have been together for a while. These ghastly people circle like sharks. Be warned.

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  • Address: Poseidon Ave. f P.O.Box 60136 - Paphos - 3808125 - Cyprus
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