Avlida Hotel

, Paphos, Cyprus
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Avlida Hotel

, Paphos
4 star

Rooms: 200

Tombs of the Kings Road - Paphos - 3568101 - Cyprus Hotel Website | | 26246000
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10/10
Great Hotel
Submitted by: Thomas in 07/09/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Very good hotel for the price paid. I expected a much worse situation due to some reviews that we read, I was however very suprised. Our experiance here was great, loved the service from the excellent bar and restaurant staff, very friendly and helpful as much as they could. They spoke good english, and were very polite. Reception staff also did their best, although we found that our rep would tell us anything we needed most of the time (about tours and stuff) Our rooms (two, with connecting doors) were cleaned spotless daily. The only problem we had was with the minibar which was locked for two days until we asked and were given a key for it from reception at no extra charge.

swimming pool is really to die for, you can spend all of your holidays there and not want to leave.

Buffet service was ok for us, an above average selection of mostly local wines, though nothing too exceptional as we compared with restaurants in the area.

location was OK, on a quiet stroll towards the harbour there are a lot of taverns and bars, somewhat quieter than "bar street", which was really ok for us. there is a public bus service to coral bay from outside the hotel, or you can use a taxi to get there a bit faster, but it will cost you 6-7 cyprus pounds.

Overall, we had a really good break here, I am still debating if not booking All inclusive was a good idea, however, I think that this hotel has something for everyone. Dont expect to have your personal butler here at this price, but if you are looking for a relaxing break with good service and a quite convenient location, check the Avlida out.
1/10
Ehere did they get the stars?
Submitted by: Andrew in 14/08/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
My family arrived on the Saturday afternoon to a very plush reception, thinking all was well we checked in to our room, this is where the trouble started!

The air con didn't work properly, when it did blow out air (not cool) it smelt damp, when we complained the maid sprayed deodorant into the air con. We were cooler with the door open than with the air con on.

The staff couldn't speak English and were probably the most miserable hotel staff I have come across on any trip I have done, not once did I see any of the bar staff smile.

The food, was absolutely disgusting, mass cooked, (which I understand), nothing for kids unless you want them to eat burgers and chips for the entire stay, and that is at least an hour and a half before you can eat. Nothing for vegetarians.

Facilities, the pool was nice but when we did go to it you couldn't get a sunbed for anything, people putting towels on beds and then going out for the day.

Entertainment, absolutely a joke, and not the funny kind, I think it must have been friends of the manager who could play the Casio organ, and that is it.

we went half board and were told if we want tea and coffee making facilities in our room it would cost £3 cyp a day (about £4 sterling) I would like to know another 4 star hotel that asks for that.

So to the title of this review I ask where did they get the stars? Because it was not from an official awarding body, as far as my family and I are concerned it must have been from a Xmas cracker.

My advice to anyone going or thinking of going, think again and don't!!!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Avlida Hotel

All inclusive with a catch!

from marco_lancs
Just returned from a week at the Avlida on an all inclusive basis and wished I hadn't. The 'all inclusive' status is basically full board with free low quality drinks added - nothing more. The staff are mainly made up of Polish youths who are obviously there for the money - all inclusive guests don't pay for drinks so there is little chance of any lucrative tips for the bar staff/waiters etc, subsequentally 'all inc' guests are generally ignored until all the paying guests have been served first. The drinks that are available to 'all inc' guests are low quality 'local' spirits and fruit cordial instead of real juice (pre-mixed under the bar) so forget your favourite tipple here folks, if you want it you have to pay regardless of your all inclusive status.The food is passable but you have to be there quickly if you want it remotely hot otherwise you are left with warm scraps. The entertainment is frankly diabolical, a cheesy disco and bingo virtually every night - most guests went out and looked elsewhere to be entertained - I cannot stess enough how bad it was! On the up side,The hotel is clean and the maids clean and tidy the rooms efficiently. I would not stay here again, I have been to other all inclusive hotels which far exceed the service at the Avlida and I don't agree that this hotel should be awarded 4 stars.

Never again ...People dont be fooled its a 2-3*

from A TripAdvisor Member
People this is fake 4* hotel..me and my family went there with expectations and were almost in tears when we realised where we were staying for the next week! The rooms are like the 80's met with a hospital! The receptionists dont know anything..their respose is to everything 'sorry i dont know. it is not our responsibilty'! The lost our room keys when we handed them in, one of the tv's in the room wasn;t working, the balconys were the size of a closet and the view we had was of a junk yard!! They advertise a sandy beach 2mins aways..more like just 5 mins away IF you have a car. trust me you won't want to stay there..you'll need a car! It was the worst hotel we ever stayed in!

enjoyed avlida

from unzy
I stayed in the avlida at first i tried to change it because of bad reports.There was fifteen of us as i was getting married they upgraded my room which was enormous lovley sea view.Food was not to my liking but i am fussy no complaints from rest of the family.Pool was good for kids i my self cannot fault it enjoyed my stay would go again

Not a 4*

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel isn't really a 4* - more a 3*. We spent two weeks at the Avlida half board, arriving back on 17 August 2005. The food is ok considering they cater for a lot of nationalities - the meat on the carvery nights was always very good. Not a vast selection at dinner - only about four choices, and dessert always seemed to include coconut cake - in fact it was always cake, watermelon or grapes! There were two sittings when we stayed: odd room numbers at 7.30 and even room numbers at 8.30 - but they didn't appear to stick to this rule at all, which meant the dining room filled up and they closed the doors leaving you sitting in the reception area until a table became available.

The best thing was the pool and lazy river. This hotel has the usual problem of people leaving towels on loungers before breakfast and then not coming down to the pool until lunchtime, so that when we came down to the pool at 9.30 each morning it was difficult to find a lounger even though there were only about six or seven people lying by the pool at that time. Luckily for us the manager came down and took the towels off the 'reserved' loungers on three mornings.

The entertainment was very poor. The towels weren't very clean (apart from the day we arrived when we had new fluffy towels!)and the only thing the maid seemed to do was make the bed - the bath wasn't cleaned. We were disappointed that there were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room and it would cost about 50 GBP (42 CP) for the fortnight and you also had to pay for a fridge in your room (and then you weren't meant to put anything bought outside the hotel in it). Also the safe deposit boxes weren't in the room but in a room behind reception and you don't have to sign in and out, so if you lose your key and someone finds it anyone can get into it.

Most of the staff are friendly and helpful, but the reception staff weren't very helpful. We aksed for a street map of Paphos - they didn't have any. We asked if they knew of a hairdresser/barbers - they didn't, yet we found one within five minutes walk of the hotel. On the final day we aked for a courtesy room to shower and change in but they don't have any - we had to change in the toilets at the gym in the basement with one dodgy shower.

We would not recommend this hotel. Try the Venus Beach 2 minutes walk up the road (and with it's own private beach). (One of the Avlida staff told us this!)

lobby was great

from A TripAdvisor Member
July 2005

We took our main holiday in Cyprus particularly for the weather and we have had several holidays in Cyprus but the northern side Larnaca. On arrival at the AVLIDA HOTEL everything looked great, the lobby looked wondreful, staff wasn't too bad to begin with. We asked for a sea view room but alas their isn't any but we did get a pool view room. First impression in the room wasn't bad but then you find things as you go along. the bath isn't up to much, the air conditioning kept you awake all nite, towels where grubbyand no tea and coffee facilities in the room or safe. We wanted tea and coffee because i thought that was the norm these days but we had to pay £3 per day, we also needed a safe in which we had to pay yet another £3 per day so if you think your holiday is a bargain once you get there it suddenly becomes more expensive. Entertaiment wise was useless in the hotel luckily there were plenty places to be entertained. The pool was great which is the best part of the HOTEL, and we met some lovely people whom became our friends but needless to say we will not be visisting THE AVLIDA HOTEL ever again because me and my husband work hard all year for our holidays as i'm sure most people and all we ask for is politeness and comfort.do

Dont know what everyone was moaning about!!! Excellent

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have just returned for a week in avlida hotel on an all inclusive basis. I was somewhat worried when I read the reports on this website after I had already booked my hol there. I have to say I have no complaints what so ever and would recommend this hotel to anyone. The food was varied and interesting both at lunch time and dinner time. The staff were friendly, helpful and couldnt do enough to help you. The hotel was well maintained, clean and well placed. You just cant please some people and unfortunatley people are all to quick to critise and not so quick to praise. A great hotel !!

Two weeks in a badly managed hotel!!

from gertyb
Having read the reports on this hotel before we went I must say we were extremely worried - and we had cause to be.
We have just returned (30th June) from 2 weeks AI holiday at the Avlida and I am sorry to say we would definately NOT recommend this hotel at all. We were extremely disappointed to find that most of the comments from other holidaymakers were true about the Avlida.

When you draw up in your taxi/bus you think oh this is not as bad as everybody painted - it looks really nice when you walk into reception and are greeted by 2 receptionist who kinda smile - but not quite. They give you your keys and put on your band and then go into a shpeel about bringing your own water/wine/food into the hotel - why??? Anyway we got our key and then struggled into the tiniest lift we have ever seen just about room for 2 of you and 2 cases! (There was a young girl there in a wheelchair who had to be lifted out the chair, propted against a wall while her brother folded it to go in the lift - fetched the girl from the wall and carried out the same procedure when he got to the 2nd floor!!) We arrived at our room and was pleasantly surprised after all we'd read - that was until we looked at the towels they were really really grubby and quite old. but we thought its not too bad. We went downstairs to get something to eat as we hadn't had anything since 3.30pm. They couldn't even supply us with a sandwich at 9.20 in the eavening. The evening meal had finished at 8.30 that evening!!!
The next morning we went to breakfast which was very disappointing for a 4* hotel. Cereals - cornflakes??? muesli??? fruit juice, Fried or boiled eggs, bacon (if you could call it that) small savaloys, chips - yes chips, beans, tomatoes and the usual meats, greek yogurt but no fruit. Good start we thought. They was a lot of chatting with other holiday makers regarding the hotel and it was not all good remarks, but we thought hey lets give it a chance - the pool was lovely!!!
The food is very repetitive and not of a good standard at all no matter what the reps say - all I can say is they must be used to eating luke warm meals of a low standard with chips and always the same!. Lunchtime was a joke!!We noticed a really big difference though when it was the bank holiday -the hotel was full of young Cypriots! the food did improve for 3 days. We did complain and our rep said that she had eaten at the hotel at lunch time and dinner time and found nothing wrong with the food.
I could go on and on but it would be boring for those of you reading this report so I will try and narrow it down a little for you.

1. The bedrooms - well ours 245 - was OK although the paper was coming away at the top. It was kept clean but the towels were poor. The air conditioning worked - some of the others didn't

2. The pool is the best feature of the hotel but the lazy river is an accident just waiting to happen - you have to slide into it and then you try getting out!! its ni on impossible without a lot of struggling and scrapping of skin.
Oh they have a bar up there but it was only open for 2 days in the 2 weeks -when the Cypriots were there!!

3. The meals are of a poor standards and almost always luke warm - lunchtimes are chips/chips and more chips until the second week when they brought out slices of pizza/pasta/fishfingers/toasties

4. The all inclusive did not include ice cream until there was almost a riot - and I am not joking!! If the kids wanted an icelolly - you had to pay for that

5. You have to sign for everything - including water even if you are AI. You have to pay for BOTTLED water. They will never cope in the summer on this one.

6. After 12 midnight you have to pay for your drinks anyway (tea and coffee too) but they are quite expensive so needless to say nearly everyone was going elsewhere for the evening.

7. Entertainment - that was a joke as well. There was a chap playing a guitar and singing 4 times a week to hardly anyone. There was a fashion show for 10 minutes, another chap on a guitar - who was very good - a greek show which lasted about 20 minutes and that was it - hence nobody stayed in!

8. The hotel only had only about 50 people staying (why at this time of the year???)and most of them were asking to be moved - we know of at least 10 people who were moved.

9. Nothing for children - a playhouse which was filthy with grass that hadn't been cut for ages, and a little padding pool. Nothing else. Childrens meals were non existent except for the chips at lunch time - again most of the familes with children ate out and complained.

10. The managers are totally useless - they don't know what their right hand is doing never mind their left!!! They have young people from Poland who were there for training they thought - where in fact they were the staff!!! They were run ragged - lovely kids!!

I am sorry to disappoint anybody who is going to this hotel but if you get the chance - change it. We gave it our best shot as we are not easily put off. Luckily the weather was lovely and we were able to enjoy the sunshine and get out and about but it has been an expensive learning curve. Next time we will complain louder and move!!!

We have left a letter for the owner of this hotel, and I don't think he will be too happy.

The hotel has no atmosphere whatsoever and nobody seems to be happy there at all - a smile goes a long way and there nobody smiles!!!!

We will NOT be visiting the Avlida again.

Excellent

from Jessicajones
I stayed at the Avlida hotel in Pathos for one week from the 22/06/05. I stayed with my boyfriend and my parents and it was absolutely beautiful. From, the first impression to the last day we all agreed that it was one of the best hotels we had stayed at. The food was particularly good, everything was fresh and cooked properly. There was a very wide variety of foods and even a good selection for vegetarians. The drinks were extremely good too, there was a large selection of cocktails, and they served Carlsberg larger. Drinks were always served in glasses. The Lunch time meal was served outside and there was no sign of any flies, wasps or bees. Everything was exceptionally clean.
The staff at the Avlida were also exceptionally polite and friendly. In the daytime they would walk around the outside pool and sunbathing area asking all gests if they wanted drinks, they would bring the drinks to you’re actual sun beds. The service was outstanding. The managing staff were also very nice and welcomed opinions and suggestions for improvement. The manager explained that the Avlida was new to providing an all inclusive service and that he appreciated any feedback on our stay which again rely give us a very positive feeling about the hotel.
The rooms were again outstandingly clean. The bar area was lovely and set out nicely. There were lots of chandeliers on the ceiling that gave a very rich, warm and classy feel to the hotel.
Cyprus is a beautiful country and the people are very nice. The week we spent in Cyprus was extremely hot; we all came home with good tans. I would defiantly stay at the Avlida again, it was a superbly run hotel that left us with a brilliant impression of Cyprus.

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from A TripAdvisor Member
Have just returned from Cyprus which was fantastic but I just wanted to warn people to look at other hotels before choosing this one. The place was empty (even taking into account it was out of season) and after a week there I can see why! I chose all inclusive board but ended up eating elsewhere a lot of the time in Pathos as the options at lunch were sandwich/burger/pizza with chips and the dinner was the same every night which obviously got boring. Also having to sign a receipt for every drink and at every meal was tedious and pointless as we already had a wrist band to show the all inclusive status. As soon as we arrived the first thing said was that if we lost the wrist band we would not get another which is ridiculous as we had paid for this. The other bizarre rule was that we were not allowed to bring our own water into the hotel - what is the point of this?

More like 2 star!

from CarlaJGamble
This may appear OTT but here is a copy of the issues I have sent to the Tour operator. We could not wait to come home!

Food & Drink
1. The food was served luke warm and was of a poor standard - Donna’s reply to this was that food in Cyprus was served colder than in the UK. I find this hard to believe after having spent the rest of the week having to pay for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in other restaurants on the Island.

2. At Dinner, no tea, coffee, water or juice was available unless you were to pay for it.

3. There was no mini bar or fridge facilities in the room. You could pay for a fridge at an extra cost; however a small bottle of water was chargeable at 95 cents, which is an extortionate amount. Water was not allowed to be brought in from outside.

4. The lights were hardly ever switched on in reception or the restaurant. When we made a request for the lighting to be switched on 5 minutes later the restaurant manager turned them off.

We have receipts for most of our meal expenses incurred due to the poor standard in the Avlida.

Accommodation
1. Our bed sheets had stains and holes in them. We made a request on the first day we were there for these to be changed; it was not until 3 days later that this request was actioned.

2. The bed bowed in the middle so badly that we had to take the mattress off the bed and sleep on the floor.

3. The stool at the dressing table had stains on it.

4. The bath did not empty, as the pipes must have been blocked, consequently you had to stand in 3 inches of water when taking a shower.

5. The shower curtain was dirty and had holes in.

6. The paint on the ceiling of the shower room was flaking off and in need of maintenance.

7. The welcome fruit was brown and definitely past its sell by date, this remained in our room for the duration of the holiday.

8. When we used the glasses in our room they were not cleaned or replaced.

9. A request for a quiet room was made when booking the holiday. We placed on the main road with a lap-dancing bar to one side and a bar that had karaoke 2 nights a week until approximately 1am in the morning.

10. The toilet was constantly filling in the room & the waste paper bin that was meant for soiled tissue had no lid upon it.

11. There was no tea of coffee facilities unless you paid for them.

12. Towels and sheets were changed irregularly and replacements were very grubby old towels.

We have taken photographs of some of the above items that can be provided.

Entertainment
1. This was cancelled from Sunday until Wednesday

Pool area
1. This was very nice and clean. No complaints at all.

Advice - make sure you research your hotel and use websites like this one before you book anything!

Top Local Tips for Paphos

Greek meze It is a must to try the greek meze at King's aphrodite's restaurant.... traditional greek food in a traditional greek restaurant with local people.... great!!!!

Akamas Peninsula Get out and explore the island. We had a fantastic guide called Chris for the Akamas safari.

Tombs of the Kings It is a world heritage site and it is a real shame to miss it if in the Pafos area. The site is close to a few good hotels and not so far away from the main tourist area so do your self a favour and get cultured a bit whilst there.

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