Elysium Beach Resort Hotel

, Paphos, Cyprus
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Elysium Beach Resort Hotel

, Paphos
5 star

Rooms: 250

Queen Verenikis Str. f P.O.BOX 60701 - Paphos - 5008107 - Cyprus Hotel Website | | 26844444
800 Traveller

Reviews - Elysium Beach Resort Hotel

10/10
Simply Exceptional
Submitted by: Constantinos in 30/08/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Cyprus
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Elysium for the New Year's Eve. We stayed in the Cyprian Maisonette room, which was absolutely superb. Spotlessly clean, packed with amenities, spacious, and luxurious. We were welcomed with a personalised letter from the manager of the hotel, as well as a basket of fresh fruits. The staff was very friendly and helpful, ready to cover any need that we may had.

We plan to visit the Elysium once again in the next month, for our anniversary. One thing is certain, we will keep coming back to this expectional hotel.
10/10
Wonderful
Submitted by: Dawn in 28/08/08
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
I would highly recommend the Elysuim Hotel. We had a really wonderful holiday and wedding at the Elysium and wouldn't fault it in anyway. The staff made you feel very welcome and everything was perfect.
10/10
Must go back!
Submitted by: Carol in 02/10/07
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
When I read the bad reviews I cannot believe we are all talking about the same hotel. Our experience was first class in all departments and we are looking forward to a return visit next year.
7/10
Poor service
Submitted by: Peter in 07/08/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Lovely hotel let down by poor management who shotsightedly concentrates on maximising profits at the expense of customer satisfaction. An attempt was made to overcharge for minibar (and minbar keeper was rude)and for services not used. Room service took over half an hour on each occasion despite repeated reminders. Complaints were totally disregarded with not so much as a gesture of goodwill.
8/10
Beautiful hotel - shame about the resort
Submitted by: Tina in 04/07/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Lovely hotel with exceptional staff who couldn't do enough for us. Spotlessly clean inside and out. On the downside the food was definitely not 5 star standard - don't mind it being pricey if its good value for money but sadly not at the Elysium. Very quiet in the evenings- bars almost desrted by 9.30 ! Would definitely return to this hotel for a short break even though Paphos itself is a bit of a dump - very tacky !
10/10
Amazingly Clean!
Submitted by: Lizz in 29/08/05
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I recently stayed at this hotel and it was incredible. The service was excellent, the accomodation spotless, the pool unbelievabley clean and very big. A short drive from the town but far enough not to hear the noise from the clubs etc. Definitely 100% the best hotel in Cyprus. The spa was very nice, everything was perfect. There was all ages from children right up to a couple of about 90. Loads of nationalities eg. English, Cypriot, Russian and German. The best holiday i have ever had. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to get their money's worth. FANTASTIC

Historical Traveller Reviews of Elysium Beach Resort Hotel

Nice hotel, poor location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Myself and husband spent 1 wk there in October 05. Hotel was lovely, exceptionally clean and modern - we felt it lacked some atmosphere though. Breakfasts were excellent - choice and quality superb. Towels and bathroom products regularly checked (towels replaced twice daily) and the fact that they provide the beach towels also saves on having to take them with you. The hotel was relatively expensive but not exhorbitantly so - prices you'd expect in a luxury hotel.

Paphos itself - we weren't impressed. Not much to do and a bit on the tacky side. Hired a car for 2 days (best to book car 1/2 days in advance - we went to hire one in the morning and could get nothing) and travelled about a bit - still not overly impressed! If you are happy with a holiday lying by the pool relaxing with something nice to eat later and that's it - then you'll be quite happy.

Restaurents in Paphos: Chloe's Chinese (just turn left at O'Neills Irish pub at the top of the road and walk for 10 mins) - very nice - there is another Chloe's near the harbour - same proprieters. Also the Imperial Chinese (upstairs from Basilero) up from the Harbour area is also superb. Theo's Seafood Restaurant at the Harbour is very good (although check the prices of the "Specials" before ordering - we got caught for a starter of 3 tiger prawns at £9.50 per prawn and £57 for the lobster!) and Fat Mama's nearly opposite O'Neills Irish Pub is good value and good lively atmosphere (don't take starter as the main courses are massive!).

Overall, the Elysium is highly recommended; Paphos - wouldn't go back.

By the way we were advised on the flight home by another couple that the 2-day trip to Egypt was absolutely great and highly recommended.

K O'Donnell
N Ireland

Luxury hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is modern and luxurious. We stayed in a Royal studio which was definitley worth the extra money. The rooms are much larger and you have access to a private adults only pool where the attentive staff provide refreshing fruit punches and platters daily. The food in the hotel was expensive but excellent. The location is the only thing that lets down the hotel as the surrounding area does not do the hotel justice.

This hotel will take some beating!

from MikeLaw
My wife and I stayed here in 2004 and were fortunate enough to pay a return visit to the Elysium and spend a week there from Sept 7 - 14th 2005.

The hotel arranged a taxi to meet us from the airport and all went smoothly with our driver there on time to whisk us to the hotel.

On arrival we were given the usual welcome drink of fresh orange juice while the porter waited to transfer our luggage to the room. Once we were ready he led us to our room which was large and, as a bonus, had a side sea view.

The room was clean on arrival and was serviced twice a day with the toiletries replenished each time - there was a nightly bed turning down service with a chocolate placed at the bedside each night.

As our weeks stay was one to relax and re-charge out batteries we chose to stay on a half-board basis rather than leave the hotel and venture into town for meals.

The food served was amongst the appetizing I have eaten anywhere with an enormous buffet choice at each sitting. The breakfasts are superb with a friendly and chatty chef on duty should you decide to have an omelette or poached egg etc rather than choose from the endless buffet on offer.

Evening meals were themed and ranged from Thai to French to Cypriot based meals. While we enjoyed them all, the Cypriot evening was the weakest. There was a generous display of sweets on offer and all were a work of art. There are 4 or 5 restaurants to choose from.

The hotel itself was of great quality with a lot of thought going into the furniture and fittings. Wonderfully comfortable settees in the lounge areas where you can sip your Berry Explosion cocktail and watch the comings and goings or step onto the terrace to watch the sun go down. Throughtout the lounge and bar areas the waiter service is swift and efficient.

The pool areas are superb and include a hydro pool. They are ideal for quiet relaxation as there are seperate areas/pools/slides for children. There were just enough poolside waiters to make sure your glass was filled as and when you required a drink. A nice touch this year were the ice cold flannels supplied to cool you down in the 85 degree heat.

We also used the large indoor pool and jacuzzi everyday and it was a lovely way to cool down after sunning yourself.

We had two grumbles in the week and both were perfectly handled by the excellent staff.

Firstly our TV was playing up and a technician was there within minutes and the problem fixed.

Secondly, as an ardent anti smoker nothing puts me off my food more than having clouds of cigarette smoke blowing across my table. We felt the lack of non smoking areas in the restaurant was an error on the hotels part and mentioned our concern to the restaurant manager one day. On our very next visit we found he had implemented a smoking area with most of the restaurant non smoking. An exceptional response from the management.

I can't fault this hotel or any of the staff and, if you are looking for an elegant and stylish place to stay in Paphos, this is definately it.

It is not cheap, but at the end of the day you do get what you pay for and I doubt we would stay anywhere else on the island.

Very good with minor quibbles

from A TripAdvisor Member
Plus points:

Architecture, design, size and lay-out of hotel
generally excellent service
Andreas the taxi boss - make sure you ask for him
Good food, breakfasts excellent
public areas, lounges, various bars
Good views of the sea -if you manage to get the right room
Excellent pools, children's pool, good sunbeds, quite good pool service
Largish clean rooms stylishly furnished
Fairly good bathrooms

Negative points:
Paphos itself not that great, but ask Andreas for daytrip ideas
Bathroom toiletries stingy and not replaced consistently
Airconditioning turns off once you have removed the card key from its slot and left the room
Our airconditioning not strong enough
Little mistakes with food orders at the informal sea/pool side restaurant
Beach not nice, lots of seaweed, sand just OK
No watersport, even non-motorised ones
No chance of an upgrade (without paying for it) even if hotel half-empty

Someone said in an earlier review that the standard was similar to that of a Four Seasons Hotel, I really disagree! I would say this is a very good 4-star or a pretty average 5-star. Anassa Hotel in Polis is a real 5-star hotel. But an excellent place to stay if you just want to relax and catch some sun for a few days. Just try and get a good internet rate and don't pay the full price because you'll probably find you're not getting value for money. I would stay here again.

Great hotel: sunshine and a touch of luxury - poor location

from Feeny
We stayed at the Elysium for a week off season in April this year and got a good deal with Expedia. The hotel was described in our guidebook as 'colossal' and it certainly was. Despite the size of the huge hotel it never felt too big and it was very uncrowded off season. I imagine that the pool could get crowded at peak season. The weather was excellent, really hot and the hotel was great for a week's chill out. I would definitely recommend it if you want a week of sun and relaxation, if you want to explore the island, I think that there are nicer islands that you could go to. We had a car for 3 days and did tour around but Cyprus was not anything special

Be careful when booking as we arrived to find our room had a view of the car park! Not quite what we were looking for! The following day they showed us 5 other rooms and we could pick which one we wanted, although we did have to pay extra for the pool view. I guess that's what you get when you book online.

The food was excellent for breakfast, fine for lunch. We had dinner in the french restaurant and it was reasonable but not what you would get in this country for the same price, you aren't missing out if you don't go there.

Positives

Swimming pool area fantastic, excellent pool side service with people bringing you drinks, moving your sunbeds around etc
Breakfast excellent
Lots of amenities and facilities at the hotel
Room really good size, nice balcony, nicely decorated, wonderful views
Hotel decoration is pretty stunning throughout, very pretty gardens - if you have seen the pictures on the hotel website it really does look like that
Great cocktails and we enjoyed the piano bar
Indoor pool was good as well
Wonderful place to chill out and relax and it does have a 4* luxury feel about it.
Car hire - car is delivered and collected from the hotel - very convenient

Negatives
Location, location, location! As in previous reviews, we went to Paphos one evening and found it to be a dump, we didn't bother going back. The local area around the hotel is a tacky strip of restaurants and bars but I have to say that the food was good at Fat Mamas (american theme restaurant - yes its tacky but also fun) and the japanese restaurant was excellent. The pizza restaurant on the corner of the road to the hotel was unfortunately very pricy and not very good.
Cyrpus itself we were not enamoured with. We went to the Troodos mountains and to a couple of other places but nothing stunning and I think a lot of the Greek islands are a lot nicer.
Spa facilities could be better, there was a hot tub but no sauna and the steam room was not working
Lots of wedding parties, although we quite enjoyed watching the weddings! If you are getting married though you probably want somewhere more secluded where you aren't watched by people having a sundowner on their balcony or swimming in the pool!

Overall: Great for a week in the sun with a touch of luxury thrown in, you couldn't fail to enjoy the hotel but don't bother with Paphos!

Absolutely First Class

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Elysium Beach in August with our family - 3 children aged 9 months, 3 and 6.

What a marvellous hotel! The staff cannot do enough for you and the decor and service are truly outstanding. Having stayed in many first class hotels we are difficult to please but I have to say that this is the best hotel we have ever stayed in.

Main Positives :

Pool areas fantastic
Ice cold towels served by the "beach butlers"
Twice a day linen change
Excellent food and choice of restaraunts
Beautiful decor and quality of furnishings
V Nice rooms, individually controlled air conditioning (down to 5 degrees!)
Great service / staff superb with children
Nice beach, little small but adequate
Children's facilities, kids club, park, waterslide all great

Only negatives :

Entertainment little lacking in evening
v.small paved area near garden/grassy sunbathing area needs resurfacing!
That's it!.

In summary this is a truly world class hotel and we will most certainly be returning. It is'nt cheap (eg £2.50 for a small sprite) but you have to expect this when you are in a 5* deluxe hotel.

Wedding at Elysium

from CaroB100
We've recently returned from 2 weeks in the Elysium, during which our friends got married. The wedding was at St Paul's Pillar Church - a lovely old Anglican church set amid ruins. The reception followed at the Elysium.

The hotel is a great place to hold a wedding reception. It's a pretty stunning place, making for some great photos. The food was superb, the service faultless and the management ensured everything ran very smoothly. Eating the wedding dinner at sunset in the open air Mediterranean restaurant was a very dreamy, balmy and romantic experience for the 35 of us.

The only note of caution I would give others planning a wedding or reception there is to study your wedding bill very carefully and try to keep it separate from your room account - it all got very muddled for our friends (in the Elysium's favour). I believe this was incompetence rather than any attempt to get one over, but still not what you need. It took a long time to sort out.

The spa is well worth visiting, with lovely E'spa products and very professional therapists.

It's true that the food is expensive, but we found most quality food in Paphos to be above English prices. Restaurants I can recommend include Artio Brasserie (amazing service and food, similar price to The Elysium), the Almond Tree, Grazie (Italian), Thisby (Chinese) and the Windmill (for a family-run restaurant serving excellent Meze). In our experience you are better off avoiding the fish restaurants in the harbour which were very average.

It's worth a trip up into the market in town on a Saturday morning for the closest you'll get to the atmospheric Greek experience (I too found it lacking in this resort).

Very nice, but not quite right.

from Izzyden12345
This really is a superb hotel in many ways and the surroundings and rooms are excellent. However, I have to agree with the earlier review and state that the hotel just hasn't got it right in terms of costs, what it provides and where it is located.

We judged the hotel on terms of the price of the rooms, which are reassuringly high but not out of reach expensive. However, when you arrive you will find the prices of food and drink in line with a world class hotel - i.e. a complete rip off. It's then that you head into town and realise you are in a horribly cheap and nasty resort catering for the tatooed masses. There's no middle ground here.

The amazing breakfast and pool are real plus points but we felt the hotel lacked a heated pool during cooller May and our double bed constisted of two singles pushed together. Not to sound snobbish, but the some of the people the hotel attracts are more in line with the people who normally frequent Paphos, rather than a good hotel. So be prepared for the odd loud grating accent and screaming kids around the pool - they'll be guests of one of many tacky weddings you'll see during your stay...

Great Hotel in an average location

from Manski
Like the other reviews, I find it hard to fault the Elysium. A truly first class 5 star hotel. Other reviews have questioned the cost of the food and drink, but if you're going to stop in the top hotel in the resort, you have to expect to pay the prices that go with it. That said, if you want to eat and drink cheaply there are plenty of places in Paphos that will accommodate you.

We did eat in the exclusive and expensive French restaurant once during our stay and I can recommend the experience. We spent most of our days around the excellent pools in the hotel as the weather was excellent and to be honest we found Paphos to be disappointing. Our expectations of a quaint historical resort were shattered on arrival.

On the subject of eating out, we found the Meze at the Mandra tavern excellent and also enjoyed the Almond Tree. We also made the most of the buffet breakfast in the morning and helped ourselves to some fruit, which was then sufficient for lunch. Not 5 star behaviour but everyone else was doing it.

U better be armed with a gold card!!

from peak_46
This is a difficult review to write as the hotel itself is simply astounding in its design, the only problem is that its in completely the wrong place!!

If the nature of the guests are anything to go by then people who can afford to stay here face a dilemma. The prices for accomadation make it available to most people on a moderate income, £1000 for a fortninght including flights from the UK is'nt exactly OTT. However on arrival you are faced with prices in the hotel that makes the average man wince. Nearly four pounds sterling for a milkshake, five pounds for a can of Boddingtons!

Now I'm not tight but that is daylight robbery. This to me accounts for the fact that after about 9pm the hotel dies on its feet as everyone is out drinking in cheaper bars. Of course the in house singer helps people on there way, he is pretty chronic!!

The location is also open to question in my humble opinion, Paphos is a cultural desert unless you really want to be served chips and peas in every resturant regardless of it being cypriot, italian or anything else. If you like tacky gift shops, being harrased by timeshare sales people and generally not feeling like there is anything remotely cultural then this is the place for you.

We hired a jeep for four days and travelled to Troodos and some other villages in the hills. Every location that guide books tell you is worth a visit just left you feeling seen off. Troodos was a great example, you may expect a pretty mountain village filled with culture, what you get is a building site and fella flogging dodgy CD's at full volume!!

The hotel in itself is well staffed, nothing is too much trouble and the breakfasts are great but unless your happy with staying inside for the length of your holiday I'd try another island!

Top Local Tips for Paphos

Getting to and from the airport I looked into the cost of taxis from and to the airport which worked out at £60 but managed to book a Fiesta for a week for about the same price plus petrol which enabled us to get about the resort and go further afield.

Troodos Mountains and other places worth a visit Well worth visiting if you like walking and a fairly fit. Try walking up the mountain from Platres to the Troodos Toursit information base. Will definitely get your heart pumping, but avoid if you have a heart condition. For other places to visit, step back in time and visit Omodos on you way up the Troodos (by car). Another village worth visiting is Pissouri, a quaint little square with plenty of places to eat al fresco. Personally I didn't like the main promenade along the sea front but the harbour area was more to my liking with plenty of places to sit and people watch.

cash only cyprus is still very much a cash country and few restaurants or bars took cards (and if they did they disappeared with it out of view not great) so take plenty money if you don't want to be withdrawing and paying the price!

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  • Address: Queen Verenikis Str. f P.O.BOX 60701 - Paphos - 5008107 - Cyprus
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