Riu Cypria Bay Hotel

, Paphos, Cyprus
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Riu Cypria Bay Hotel

, Paphos
4 star

Rooms: 191

Poseidonos Ave. f P.O. Box 60456 - Paphos - 3828127 - Cyprus Hotel Website | | 26882688
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Reviews - Riu Cypria Bay Hotel

9/10
Fantastic Hotel
Submitted by: Mrs G in 09/09/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My partner and I booked very last minute and got a fabulous deal at this lovely hotel. The hotel itself was extremely clean, the rooms cleaned each day with fresh towels left as and when necessary. The pool was idealic with a lagoon style pool bar that enhanced the holiday feel to the place. We loved the food though were disappointed in the outside taverna restaurant of a night that you had to book. We thought it may have been a bit more restaurant style but found it was exactly the same as the buffet inside only outside!... however don't let that put you off. myself and my partner had the best holiday ever at this lovely hotel, in its lovely settings...we fell in love all over again... fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!!
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9/10
Smart and chic!
Submitted by: jo in 29/02/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
Really enjoyed my stay at this hotel and all its facilities. Most of the staff were charming. In the restaurant, Andreas is brilliant and keeps everything running like clockwork, the food and beverages manager was most congenial, in fact as its a leap year I think I shall propose to him! what a treasure. The pianoist was a joy to listen to, wish she had played every night, top class performance. Alex from the 'Animation team' is great fun and a professional entertainer. My room was kept clean and pretty towel arrangements on the bed, which were cleverly designed and intricate, much appreciated ladies! However,coffee/tea making facilities in the room would have been very welcome for that early morning cup of tea and then the hotel will be perfect.
10/10
Xmas and New Year 2007
Submitted by: bev in 17/01/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Cyprus
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
4 adults and 2 kids age 8 stayed for 7 nights all inclusive..We had a fantastic time,the food was excellent,lots of choice for everyone,not like a cattle market,hotel staff were very nice,room was good. Entertainment was great for all ages..especially,alex (shakey shakey)who made us all laugh,the indoor pool was superb for the kids as it was chilly outside. New Years eve gala dinner was excellent...we are considering going back this year 2008..would definitely recommend this hotel..
7/10
Good food. Poor entertainment
Submitted by: Jocelyn in 22/08/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Lovely holiday, weather good, food good but not a lot of choice for the children. Rooms clean staff friendly, nice pool. Drinks stop at 12 that was a down side and no tea or coffee making facilities in the room. Guests from the hotel next door used the dining arrangements during the day without paying for them when they had only booked bed and breakfast they were never challenged and this is very unfair. The evening entertainment was very poor but the bars outside the hotel were good, just as well.
8/10
Which way do I go?
Submitted by: Jay in 08/12/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
Positive Points -
1) Good Food .
2) Good Weather .
3) Nice Room with sea view.
4) Nice cleaning staff. I like the way they placed the towels on my bed.
5) Entertainment team were good during the day especially if you like play French bowls and Darts.
6) To those lovely people I met during the holiday, hope to see you again one day.

Negative Points

1) Staff aren't helpful (especially if you ask them a question about where to go)
2) Cold outdoor pool
3) Midnight you have to pay for the drinks
4) Nightclub was ok some nights otherwise i was off to the pub. Not good for singles like me.
5) No Tea/Coffee facility in the room.
6) Gym equipment was poor and not working.

All in all good place to stay.
6/10
NOT a 4 * hotel!
Submitted by: Andrea in 10/06/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Good points:
1/ Good weather.
2/ Clean hotel.
3/ Good food even if you're 'picky'.
4/ Friendly staff except miserable breakfast lot.
Bad Points:
1/ Small pool.
2/ Not enough deckchairs to go round -people sitting on the grass!!!
3/ Beach small.
4/ Evening entertainment an absolute joke -The 'Live Band' was a woman singing along to backing tracks via a keyboard, and the 'Entertainments Teams' - 'Grease', was MIMED-awful!!!
5/ Towels in the rooms, always smelt of stale dirty water.
5/ Towels in the rooms, always smelt of stale dirty water even the clean ones.
6/ 1 British Sky TV channel.
7/ Paphos not quaint at all, just very commercial. Reminded me of Frinton!
Alot of money paid for this holiday for very average so so holiday.
The biggest disappointment was the pool, terrace and lack of chairs.
The best point - the food
5/10
Sorry you will have to go next door
Submitted by: Andy in 06/06/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
After arriving at the hotel we were told that there weren't enough rooms for our party (64) even though we had booked 12 months in advance, so they put some of us next door which is called the Maris, and is stuck in the dark ages. We tried to get a reason out of the reception and were told to F?;. off. After 12 nights of going for dinner in my shorts I was told by the manager that I was breaking hotel rules, I explained to him that I only had 1 pair of trousers with me and he said that I was not allowed to eat in the restaurant, this was the straw that broke the camels back so I told him what I thought of his 'upper class Hotel' and he phoned the police. This hotel if run correctly would be worthy of 4 stars, because location, food and cleanliness are first rate but is severely disorganised and Thomas cook should review what is put in the brochure.
8/10
Sun, sand & hailstone
Submitted by: Dave & Margaret in 15/03/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We were transfered to the cypria bay as the luara beach where we usually stay was closed for refubishment. The hotel itself was only a few years old and very clean and bright, we were all inclusive and the food was plentyful but quite boring after a few days, drinks available until midnight. As we were all inclusive we had to queue for our drinks while paying guests were given table service which made us feel like second class guests, the staff in general were friendly but we must pick out Jack who went out of his way to make our time at the falcon night club an enjoyable experience. thanks jack who by the way handled the bar on his own if he was on a day off it took two one bug bear all inclusive are not allowed large beers again second class guests. Entertainment was patchy some nights other times a poor disco with no atmosphere but the team did their best lara, martin & hichle (not sure if i got the spelling for that one) but were limited as always by resources. We would be happy to return if we couldn't get in the laura beach. Weather in jan, feb & march can be dodgy we had thunder& lightning, hailstone, gails and some sun.
9/10
Great Hotel, food & staff
Submitted by: Carol in 05/03/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My partner and I visted this hotel and found it to be exactly as it was illustrated and better. The staff couldn't do enough for you. The hotel is new and bright and exceptionally clean. Rooms a comfortable size with an excellent maid service twice a day. The food was second to none, a good variety of hot and cold dishes to suit everyone. The restaurant staff are very efficient and polite. The entertainment was not particularly good but for the time of year not bad. Would be disappointed if it were like this in the height of the season. We had a most enjoyable stay and would most definitely recommend it to others.
7/10
Great Hotel But Cold in Winter
Submitted by: Karen in 31/01/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My partner and I travelled to Paphos in December 2005 and stayed for 7 nights. The Riu Cypria Bay hotel was great! Food was good every day, at all servings. Although the entertainment was a let down, the cleanliness of the hotel, service of staff and surroundings compensated. The hotel and the rooms are exactly the same as how they are illustrated in the brochures.
Had a partial sea view room, which was nice, views were lovely!
One and only complaint was that the room was so cold, (especially in the evening). When we complained to reception that only cold air came out of fan when turned on to heat, we were 1st told someone would have a look at the heating. 2nd time we were told by management that the heating was not turned on at this time of year, but we could have extra blankets. Still wasn't sufficient, and the 3rd time we were told that the heating system had to be first shut down for the air conditioning to be turned on, (we found out later from another guest that the heating was only on between certain hours of the day). This meant when we were in our room in the evenings sat under a couple of blankets each............. It really was that cold!!! What was worse was that when we reported this to the Thomson holiday rep, she suggested asking for more blankets, instead of informing us about the heating timer system, which would have meant heating for at least part of the day. Disappointing, and could have spoilt the holiday if we allowed it to!
Paphos weather was a let down - overcast everyday, but luckily I and my partner hired a jeep and headed to Larnaka, Nicosia or Limmasol on most days, where the weather was much warmer! Avoided the really expensive tours with Thomson, and went to most sites for a small fraction of the Thomson price! Love Cyprus! Love the People! Love the Hospitality! Next time we will make sure we go in the summer months, or check with hotel prior to leaving about heating arrangement.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Riu Cypria Bay Hotel

Could do with some paint!

from A TripAdvisor Member
NIce place. big and roomy. Food nice, staff friendly.

BUT

It could do with a few tins of Dulux!

There are parts of the hotel and need attention, nothing major, just a new coat of paint thats all. Our room was clean and tidy.

I would'nt think twice coming here it is still a very nice place but they do need to plan a refurb.

Really disappointed.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had booked for a week's holiday at the Riu Cypria Maris split into two stays of 4 & 3 nights.
Our accommodation, Room 242, was in need of upgrading and very disappointing. we had requested a seview room but were placed in a side sea view which had been upgraded from a mountain view. This was cheaper but we had requested a seaview when booking.
The room was adequate but extremely tired. The only thing that can be said is that it was extremely clean and cared for by the housekeeping staff. We decided not to move to an alternative hotel or change our later booking because of the hassle of trying to find somewhere.
On our return for the second stay, a week later, we were placed in Bungalow 9. Absolutely grotty. We stayed the first night and finally got to sleep when the outdoor entertainment finished at 12.30 a.m. It was as if the group were in the bedroom!

At 7.30 a.m. we requested to see the manager and were finally able to see him at 1.30 p.m. We were sat in reception and when he arrived we weren't informed that he was the manager. Then he went and hid in his office and avoided the situation until we started becoming irate.
We also met a couple who had taken holidays at this hotel for ten years and they were put into a room that needed maintenance and was in a complete mess.
The reason appeared to be that customers were being put into inferior rooms because there was a large party of Russians who completely filled the hotel.

We were eventually moved to a lovely mountain view room, Room 1163, in the Cypria Bay but lost most of one day of our holiday in the consequence.

I don't know how the Cypriot Tourist Board awards their star system but 4 stars the Cyopria Maris certainly isn't!

s best!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed at the Cypria Maris for a week in February this year, having previously stayed in August 2005.
On both occasions, we found the hotel, staff, and facilities to be second to none.
This is a 'low key' four star hotel, worthy of the Riu reputation.
If you are looking for a quiet, well maintained hotel in Cyprus, this is the one to choose. The sea view rooms offer fabulous views over the palm lined gardens and pool to the sea.
We chose the half-board option both times, and the choices of food on offer were fabulous.
During the summer months, breakfast can be taken in the restaurant, or outside on the terrace.
The hotel has it's own private beach, from where you can walk along the coast to Paphos harbour, which takes about 25 minutes, alternatively, local buses or taxi's can be found outside the reception.
Evening entertainment is low key, usualy a solo artist or duo, which on each visit, we have found to be very good.
We will certainly be staying again.

Excellent

from mn3
Having stayed in Paphos the year before we had a quick look inside a couple of hotels on our walk into the town to see where else we might like to stay.

We were not disappointed, the swim up pool bar was always busy but very pleasant and the whole complex was very attractive, the pool was especially lovely.

The food was of a good standard, lunch was particularly good. Food was on offer from breakfast till bedtime as was water.

The evening entertainment was okay and we often walked into town. There are some nice bars along the way and it was about a 20-25 min walk.

All staff were lovely and very helpful. The water park and mini golf are on the doorstep.

I would recommend this hotel.

A Great Relaxing holiday

from LetzSea
The context of the holiday:
A Group of six of us - Myself, my wife (early 30's), brother in law and his wife(early 30's), father and mother in law(late 50's). This was a family holiday. We all get along well - however we wanted to ensure that there was enough to do on our own as well as together. Even the Pope and Mother Theresa would bug each other if cooped up in a hotel for a week.

We travelled with Thomson

I have read many of the previous reviews - especially the negative comments (as you do). Some I disagree with. Some I can see where people are coming from

The hotel:
Reception area - Large are airy. The decor is a little dark with lots of dark wood and medievil (?) decorations - Swords, a suit of armour etc. There is a large seating are in reception. Also, a seating area near to the 'cabaret' stage. Its not the bright marble, glass and mirrors that you get in many hotels, but is perfectly fine.
The hotel has a very pleasant outdoor pool. (See pic 'pool and hotel')There are lots of sunbeds and chairs available - both around the pool and in the adjacent grassed area There is also an indoor pool this is a very pleasant area (see pic 'indoor pool')

Rooms:
The rooms are very comfortable - probably a little better than many spanish hotels of a similar star rating. Table and chiars on balcony. The shape of the hotel seems to be a kind of offset ' Y ' shape. Therefore if you want a dea view, you need to be specific in you booking. Some rooms have a partial sea view. some rooms have no sea view. Rooms are clean and feshly decorated. I feel at this point I need to mention the 'towel sculptures' as mentioned in some of the previous reviews. This is a really nice touch. In fact at some times in the week the hotel puts on ' towel sculpture' classes. (See pic 'hotel room')

Food:
Food was very nice. Buffet style. A choice of soup. A very wide range of salads and 'colds'. A choice of 4/5 main courses with appropriate accompaniments. Some of the main courses were cooked there on the spot - e.g. steaks were sizzling away in the corner.
Deserts - good choice, and replacements bought out promptly when they had run out. Always lots of bread. A very nice atmosphere in the restaurant - no stampede when new deserts were bought out. Very calm with lots of space. I'd challenge even the fussiest eater not to find something they liked. Much of the food is 'english style' with some local variation on some dishes.

Location.
About 30 mins walk from paphos harbour. The local bus is regular from outside the hotel for a small charge. There is a small cafe, restaurant and souvenier shop opposite the hotel.

5/10 mins walk down the road is a larger group of shops which serve the many hotels in the area. Lots of restaurants, shops etc.

In many resorts in Europe there is a promenade or road between the beachfront hotels and the beach. This is not the case for the hotels along this strip. For me, this was one of the nicest things about the hotel - its setting within its grounds. The pool area led down to a lovely grassed area with palm trees which in turn led down to the beach. (see pics 'from hotel to beach' and from beach to hotel').Jet Ski's were available for hire. In summer time there may be more activities on offer?

There is a poolside bar which also sells some sandwiches and food. The whole set up takes the stress out of the 'beach thing'. The beach is close - key can be left at reception so its not lost - No sand in food as it can be charged to the room. No need for large beachbags. The hotel even lets you use their towels on the beach. There are boarded walkways across the beach to stop the 'sand between you toes' scenario.

On the beach is a little jetty which makes a small rock pool safe swiming area for those who are not old enough or confident enough to swim in the sea (See pic 'Jetty')

Entertainment.
- This hotel does not have a kids club. For me this is great. Its the first thing I look at in the brochure. The sister hotel next door - Cypria Bay seems to have more activities for kids.

There is a full time ents organisor (plus others?)for this and the sister hotel. Its all generally low key. If you want to get involved thats fine, if not, theres no pressure. Activities include - boules, darts, bingo etc

There is no dance hall at this hotel. The basement of the sister hotel provides the disco.


Excursions:
We decided not to hire a people carrier - it was easier to let other people do the work.
- Troodos Mts and the Keikos monastary. A bus trip with Thomson. The mountains are beautiful - as is the monastary
- Nicosia - An interesting place. Bus trip with thomson
- Valley of the Tombs - Caught a local bus (20mins) to this place - well worth a visit.
- Mosaics of paphos - This is very near to the harbour. Again, well worth a visit.

Summary:
A hotel where it is very easy to relax. Far enough out of the centre to be quite and peaceful, but close enough to enjoy its attractions. I am very keen to return.

Wonderful Trip - ignore bad reports!

from sasa12343
I just had to write in to make people aware that the negative reviews are incorrect!

The food here is amazing - all the hot food is cooked infront of you and there is so much choice! It caters for those who wish to experiment with tradditional greek foods and then it also does the usual. There is so much choice - and it was delicious!
the staff there will help you - with anything aslong as you your not rude to then - thats standard! They are not beneath you treat them with respect for goodness sake - i wouldnt help you if you were rude to me!

pool was lovely and you could use the sister hotel next door with swim up bar etc.

It has a lovely jetty - honestly its just divine.
You wont go wrong at this hotel trust me!

Normal rooms are perfect and spacious, everything is very clean - actually spotless!

the town is about a 20 min walk - to the harbour. Night life about the same distance! Evening entertainment was nice - nothing amazing but was relaxing and very enjoyable!

all we hoped for

from Nelehenworb
Just had twelve great days at the Riu Cypria Maris. very comfortable, welcoming and friendly. stayed on B/B basis and breakfast buffet offered anything you wanted, not or cold, although only got mushrooms once. spotless bedlinen and towels changed daily and arranged in exotic patterns on bed. Lovely pool and plenty sunbeds. Very convenient position on hotel strip. local bus passes very near and fare same no matter now far you travel. Book tours across road in Gorgo not in hotel where pricey. Wonderful shop in hotel with lovely items suitable for pressies. and she gift wraps them. Entertainment adequate. No noisy teenagers - guests from 40 and up. pairs and , groups. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to return. Lovely gardens around pool and right on beach lovely for walks. Thank you all.

for a week!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a weeks break at Cypria Maris - hotel a little tired but perfectly adequate on a b+b basis (staff extremely friendly, rooms v clean, buffet breakfast - plenty of choice but certainly not a gastronomic experience, happy hour 6-7pm: take advantage though it's not well publicised)

Weather a little mixed - but 4 days perfect sunshine lying by the pool was bliss!! Main swimming pool v v clean but deep: parents need to keep an eye on young children, though kiddies pool excellent. Kiddies club at Cypria Bay next door v good, as was the indoor pool (much better than the Maris's which was freezing)

Wine bar across the road v welcoming for evening drinks for all the family: bistro attached ok, but buffet only on Sundays. Having arrived with no great expectations for restaurants in the locality, pleasantly surprised to find 5-6 good eateries, reasonably priced, within a 5-10 min walk, including Greek (recommend the meze), Italian (Cavallini - excellent / need to book 24 hrs ahead though), French, Indian, Chinese and also the Rib Shack (food v v good, though largely spoiled by appallingly slow service)

Would definitely recommend hotel for a short break on a b+b basis - we flew with Thomson's - flight ok but don't pay the £40 they charge for taxi t/f - you can get it for £15 when you arrive

Finally, although Cyprus is in EU they don't yet use Euro's as we found to our cost - maybe remiss of us but you'll need Cypriot £'s!!!!

Beautiful setting take flat shoes (ladies!!)

from crazychic
Stayed here in August. Just got to say what a great hotel, rooms are fine and the towels were always in different designs each day (don't leave your pj's hanging around my friend found hers had been converted into a pretty flower and left in the middle of her bed - we found this pretty amusing though!!).

The beach in front of the hotel has a watersports centre and the sea is lovely and clear.

We just stayed bed and breakfast and there was always plenty of choice and plenty of it too.

The gym was the only disapointment so I stuck to swimming - just a few weights really.

The hotel was really helpful when it came to keeping our room on as our flight wasn't until 3am they let us keep our room till 10pm (small charge) but it meant we had a relaxed last day in the sun.

Really nice that you can share facilities of Cypria Bay next door too - although at night you need to walk round the front as unless you can run the gauntlet (very ferocious water sprays) you'd be drenched walking through the gardens.

Only small disadvantage is distance into main part of Paphos but the bus is cheap 70 cents and regular upto 11 pm. Taxis comparable to England.

Would definitely recommend this hotel and ensure you get at least a partial sea view - it's lovely.

Lovely hotel

from Odell68
A lovely classy hotel in a good location, ideal if your after a quiet spot in paphos, bus stop is pretty much right outside the hotel taking you down the road into the hustle and bustle of paphos. Rooms are of a good size and kept clean, friendly staff too. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

Top Local Tips for Paphos

Cypria Bay - Drinks when the bars are busy When the pool/lobby bars are busy, use the snack bar and restaurants to get your beer, wine, soft drinks. It is self service and much quicker!

Weather Research carefully the weather when you are planning on travelling because we went in June and it was 50 degrees so be careful if taking small children in July/Aug as it will be HOT!!

Paphos Harbour Definatly worth a visit is paphos harbour. Brilliant places to eat in the evenings or stop for a drink or snack, and lots of tourist boats where you can go for a sail or on a glass bottomed boat. Lovely

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Other names for Riu Cypria Bay Hotel

  • resort riu cypria
  • hotel riu cypria
  • Address: Poseidonos Ave. f P.O. Box 60456 - Paphos - 3828127 - Cyprus
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