The Pioneer Beach Hotel

, Paphos, Cyprus
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The Pioneer Beach Hotel

, Paphos
4 star

Rooms: 254

Poseidon Ave., Geroskipou f P.O.Box 60182 - Paphos - 5088101 - Cyprus Hotel Website | | 26964500
372 Traveller

Reviews - The Pioneer Beach Hotel

Very impressed!
Submitted by: Eileen in 15/07/09
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Really lovely hotel,very friendly staff,we went B&b but was so impressed with food,we upgraded to Half Board.No children in this hotel,was so different for us,but we enjoyed the quiet days.Could do with a bit more up to date entertainment on a night.The walk into Pathos was so lovely,the beach way.Pool area was great,would so much love to go back....Gareth our Rep was lovely and very helpful
The pioneer
Submitted by: peter in 16/09/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Had a fantastic time at the Pioneer, very friendly staff,great food and drinks. The pool was great as was the walks along the bay. Would love to go again in the near future. Thank you to all your staff, only one critisism you must employ some decent entertainment. Thank you once again.
Lack of Entertainment and Personality
Submitted by: Mel & Mike in 27/06/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We have just come back from Pioneer Beach. The hotel itself was great, relaxing, rooms were cleaned and fresh towels supplied on a daily basis,great facilities, food excellent. However,the down side we found was staff lacked personality particularly in the Marco Polo bar, most times they were quite rude, also entertainment not up to much unless you like your horlicks and to be in bed by 9pm, first week full of aged 70 and over, second week better with mixed age groups, its actually known on the outside as the "old aged pensioners hotel", so entertainment wise it was more geared up for the older generation. Better to go outside the hotel to the harbour or ooral bay if you enjoy a bit of lively entertainment and dont turn into a pumpkin after 10.30pm. On the whole hotel was first class, we did enjoy the holiday. Weather was very hot sometimes in the 40's. Hire a car, it gets you around the island with some beautiful scenery to be seen and some fab beaches. We met and made some great friends also.
V ery good service & staff
Submitted by: melvyn in 25/04/08
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Retired
All round very good service and very clean,the room cleaning was also of a very good standard. Infact, hope to be back in October.
Lovely hotel, great setting but too far from town centre
Submitted by: Carol & Gordon in 02/03/08
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Retired
Although we were not looking forward to such an early break, it turned out to be one of our best. The hotel was absolutley great helped by the friendliness of all the staff, especially those in the Marco Polo Bar and also the dining room. The food was exceptional - so much choice and so well cooked and presented (apart from the veg being a bit hard for our taste). The first week's weather was not good but just relaxing in the hotel lounge was a pleasure on it's own. Indoor swimming was a bonus. As a retired couple we enjoyed walking along the almost level seafront although the buses were close and were very regular and reasonably priced. The only drawback was the last bus was around 6.30 p.m. and the taxi's were quite expensive into town at 7 Euros each way. A courtesty bus would have been very well received by some of us as the entertainment wasn't to a high standard apart from Nick Lewis on Saturdays and a Greek guitarist/singer on Monday and Friday. Entertainment could be found in the sister Hotel Athena a 15 minute walk away. The Paphos area is a fantastic place for those interested in the history of the area - mosaics and beautifully kept heritage sites with easy access and reasonable entry fees. We recommend it whole heartedly.
Lovelly relaxing holiday
Submitted by: Tracey in 27/06/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
Went with a friend and we had a great relaxing holiday. Hotel was wonderful, staff were great, room didn't have a sea view but we didn't mind because the sun came up on our room so when we went back later it was cooler, the food was wonderful and so much to choose from but my only complaint was the veg and potatoes were all done in butter but I had rice and salad instead so it wasn't a real problem. Would definitely come here again, it was so peaceful during the day, no blaring music playing from the pool bar so you could relax and read without being disturbed and there were enough sunbeds to go round. I was surprised because there was a TV, tea/coffee making facilities and an iron and ironing board in the room, plus a bath. Also, I've read people saying the drinks in the hotel were very expensive, they were more expensive than the bar down the road but not extortionate. The hotel is about 30-40 mins walk from the centre of Pathos but there is a lively area about 15-20 mins walk away and a really good bar about 10 mins walk. Would definitely recommend it no matter how old you are.
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 30/08/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Excellent hotel, food marvelous, staff very pleasant, no kids, bliss

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Pioneer Beach Hotel

great stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from two wonderful weeks at the Pioneer Beach . I was a little concerned prior to going as we were taking our two teenage sons to the hotel and there were many comments about the older clientele. Although there were older couples there were plenty of young couples and a few families like us with older teenagers. We could not fault the hotel on any count.(well maybe the evening entertainment!!!) The service from the staff from Reception ,bar staff and waiters was always helpful friendly and polite .Tini the daily events organiser was delightful and even came into work on her day off to arrange a game of boules and say goodbye. The hotel is very well maitained and very clean ,the pool area is lovely ,there are plenty of sunbeds available we hired a car for a week and never had any problem finding free sunbeds even mid afternoon.The pool is all one depth and beautifully warm with a jaccuzi at one end .We stayed half board and found the food to be excellent with a good variation most nights have a theme,Italian, Far Eastern ,Caribbean ,Greek ,Cypriot , BBQ Gala Dinner with four meals in the fortnight being outside around the pool area we were amazed at the work that went into setting this up and the attention to detail . Breakfasts as mentioned by many is extensive with freshly cooked pancakes a particular hit. We had an offer of free half board otherwise we would have eaten in Paphos some nights. It is cheaper to book evening meals on arrival at the hotel as they offer 4 nights for £8 CYP per person per night It is also cheaper to book an extension of your room on the last day directly with the hotel £48 pounds in the brochure £20 with the hotel. There are plenty of offers on car hire throughout the resort and a drive into the Troudos Mountains is well worth it to see untouched Cyprus.The hotel is located on the outskirts of Paphos this has its advantages and disadvantages
Pros Very quiet at night even on the road side
First drop off from the airport
Away from main strip of hotels better beach more breeze very welcome in the scorching heat and garden area with plenty of well established palm trees for shade
People not constantly walking on the path to Paphos past your sunbed
15-20 minute walk to nearest bars
40 minutes to Paphos Harbour
There is a regular bus No 11 or 15 every 10 minutes into Paphos so we didn't find it a problem Taxis about £4,50 CYP
All in all a very well run hotel deserving its 4 star rating

Fantastic stay at the pioneer

from TSHanmer
We have just returned from a week at the Pioneer beach hotel Pafos, and what a fantastic stay. I have stayed at many 4/5 star hotels (or at least they claimed to be!) but this one is truly deserving of its 4 star rating.

The staff are what seems to set it apart, they are very professional, always courteous, and always seemed to wear a smile. We initially had a twin room, but following a visit to reception they moved us to a lovely double with a central position with a view over the pool and the sea. The rooms were in good order and cleaned to a high standard daily, there was a fridge in the room and air con as you would expect, without the ridiculous extra charges. There was even bathrobes and slippers for relaxing in.

The food was excellent, with a wide variety of dishes, and changing themed menus, including a greek/cypriot night, wich was held outside, around the pool, with dancers to entertain as you dined.

I had read about the reservation of sun loungers being a little excessive, but i found most people including myself would reserve a a lounger prior to breakfast and then occupy it following the meal, there didn't seem to be loungers with towles on without an accompanying body! And in any event there was plenty of beds with always a few left unoccupied.

The pool was again excellent, very clean with steps leading in at one end for those with difficulties with mobility. The beach is small and man made/maintained, but the are two break waters that keep the small lagoon calm for safe swimming. One of the big attractions for me was the no children! it was very peacful, and for those worring that this is for OAP's only, don't panic, there were plenty of younger couples as well.

All in all i would recommend this hotel, and would cerrtainly be happy with another stay here.

Great hotel

from Wilson
Stayed there for two Easters (English and Greek) and found the hotel excellent with some nice touches - Easter eggs in our room for English Easter, a selection of pastries for the Greek celebration. The staff are friendly, helpful and super efficient. The mini market at pool level is ideal for such items as bottled water. Yes, the food is fine but there were time we felt quality was sacrified for quantity. Reading other reviews I cannot accept that car hire is cheap - a VW polo hired for three days through the First Choice rep worked out on my credit card at £147.84 A word of warning about the hotel - if you viisit in April when the weather is beginning to heat up be prepared to swelter in your room as the air conditioning does not go on until May 1st. Our first visit to Paphos for 20 years will certainly be our last; Kato Paphos is seedy and full of tatty souvenir shops. The town itself certainly has more character but there's not a lot to recommend it. All in all a superb hotel and a disappointing resort.

Relaxing break at the Pioneer Beach

from Mildman
Spent a week at the PB this Easter and loved it. I must say this was one of the most relaxing holidays we've had for a long time, very peaceful and situated in a quiet area, the PB has a no under-16's policy which probably accounts for the peace and quiet !!
The clientele are on the older side and mainly Brits with a fair few Germans, we took a superior room with a great sea view, worth the extra I reckon. Could have done with a double bed though.
The rooms and all hotel areas were clean and tidy and the staff very efficient. We(a 50ish couple) stayed on a B&B basis and the breakfast was phenominal, anything you could wish for basically, eggs cooked to order and so on.
It's quite a walk to the new town(Neo Pafos) 45 minutes or so, but you really need to get down here if you want a little(or more!) nightlife. We took the taxi (£C4-5) or walked but you can get a bus if you fancy hanging aroung a bit. There are some restaurants about 15 mins walk up the road, tried 'Gabo'r(quite good) and 'Opus'(q.good) but didn't like the Chinese much. Best place(and best wine, Othello) was the superb 'Hondros' just up from the Harbour on the Old Pafos road.
Hired a car for three days(you don't actually need a jeep, even up in the Troodos, I managed(just) with a Dihatsu Domino !!(£C51 for 3 days), watch your speed in the sov. base areas. I got an official warning from the SBA Police. Try to see Kykkos monastery, particuarly the chapel.
Our first visit to Cyprus and almost certainly we will go back, probably to the PB hotel.

Excellent 4 star hotel

from thegills
Just returned from a 4 day break at the Hotel Pioneer Beach.Having stayed at a number of 4* hotels I have to say this was the best yet.Rooms are a good size and spotless with nice touches such as dressing gowns and slippers with also a complimentary free bowl of fruit.Outside pool area is very attractive with gardens that lead onto a private beach making a really nice setting.Our board was B&B and therefore mealwise I can only comment on the breakfast which was very good.However there are plenty of restaurants nearby giving you good choice.The only downside I would say about this hotel is position - it is 2.5 kilometres from paphos main centre and harbour,but this can be partly overcome by catching the local bus at 80c,although it did not run in the evening after 6.30 during the off peak season.

No fault found

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our mature party of three booked through Tomas Cook a few weeks before the trip for 7 days and it was not cheap due to the school holidays, my farther, sister and myself decided to have single rooms which attracted single supplements as well but the hotel met our request for rooms close together. We were on a B&B basis as I assumed that we would prefer to eat out most nights and my previous experience of hotel buffets was that you should avoid them and the accompanying food poisoning. We arrived on a wet and windy day with some trepidation and disappointment about the weather but we appreciated the warmth of welcome from the staff and the cleanliness of the hotel and rooms.

Not wishing to venture out that evening in the wet we decided to dine in the Hotel restaurant and we were stunned by the variety of food offered from the evening buffet and the quality was excellent, absolutely delicious, but caution…we should have saved more room for the divine deserts. The hotel also has an a la carte restaurant but I never observed anyone in it. Perhaps the reason was that the buffet was so good and even if you have to pay for it as we did it was only 9.50 Cypriot pounds for three courses and as much as you can eat!!! There was even an offer of only 8 CYP per person per meal if you took 4 consecutive days of the buffet during your stay. This is stunning value and I would expect that half board is even better value. If you do venture out for more variety then avoid the restaurants by the harbour as they are ripping off the tourists with expensive poor quality food and aggressive service. Needless to say we decided to eat in the hotel for many of our days – we just couldn’t find anything better. Did I mention the breakfast? If you like the full English and like fried bacon, eggs, bread, beans or meats and cheeses or German sausages or cereals or in fact a breakfast from all corners of the globe then you are well catered for – knock yourself out, even omelettes freshly made to order. The eggs were a dark orange yoke and amazing flavour. I could go on….the toasters are a challenge, may take three goes to get the bread brown.

The hotel rooms were clean and tidy, the beds a bit firm and there was an annoying mattress protector on mine that became uncomfortable. Never had any problems with the shower, which was hot and adequate, a personal bugbear of mine as other hotels I have stayed in often have inadequate force, fluctuations in temperature or go cold after 9 am or even throw brown rust at you…no problems in the Pioneer I am happy to say. Each room has a fridge so you can stock up with drinks from the small shop in the hotel and an ironing board and full size iron…a welcome feature if you have ever tried to iron a pair of chino’s with a travel iron and then chill them! Our rooms were at the front of the hotel (not sea facing) and only got some sun from about 8 am to 11 am. I would expect this to increase in the high season, as the sun gets higher. The balcony only had two small chairs and a table so a sun lounger would have been useful.

The lack of young children and teens (under 16’s not allowed) made for a peaceful restful holiday and the pool and grounds are delightful and kept meticulously clean by the staff, however, the outdoor pool and the sea were Spartan in early April. The indoor pool was warm but a bit too short for serious swimming. The beach was sheltered but full of seaweed, but attempts were made to clear some of it periodically.

We hired a car from Sixt, but to be honest we did not need it except for long trips. A walk to the harbour is all on the flat but can be taxing for the elderly or infirm so you can take a bus from outside the hotel or a taxi if you prefer. If you do rent a car, find out where the nearest petrol stations are from the rental company first, the hotel staff don’t seem to know.

Visits to local archaeological sites was a bit disappointing, you need to be into ancient stuff to enjoy it and gen up on your Grecian/Roman history before you go.

The hotel has an Internet kiosk in the games room but it needs to be fed with 50c coins, if you need to send emails try the small easy-internet self-service shop tucked away near some cafes along from the harbour. I would expect that in the near future all hotels will offer Wifi broadband internet access but if you bring your laptop you can access dialup internet from your hotel room for local call rates – but check your modem works before you leave the UK (I didn’t! and it didn't work) and find out about the internet dialup in Cyprus from Cyta before you arrive. I tried to use my mobile phone (GPRS) to access the Internet but apart from ridiculous charge rates it just didn’t work for me despite being able to see the mast on the adjacent Phaeton hotel. Also note that local and international call rates from the hotel room phones are uncharacteristically cheap, so don’t use your mobiles to phone home.

There is nothing to watch on the room TV, Sky News is the only thing in English and is depressing (don’t change when you go on holiday) but has funny English subtitles for some inexplicable reason – that’s entertainment in itself. Don’t bother to watch the TV, just go out.

The hotel entertainment is a bit of a let down; they try very hard but its just naff, perhaps it gets better as the season develops – we did win £2 on the multilingual bingo. Just go out.

I can recommend this hotel to mature visitors, very little to complain about and we did look hard. The staff were very helpful and very efficient, a bit too quick sometimes. Some younger people in evidence but very little social interactions between guests…perhaps just the time of year or perhaps it was us!

We would eagerly visit this hotel again or another in the same chain.

Second visit, this time with Mum in tow!

from quartus
My wife and I stayed at this hotel in April last year and decided it would be an ideal location for my mum's first visit abroad. I rated the Pioneer as "excellent" last year and, if anything, it's even better this year.

The food is absolutely top-notch and the waiters extremely friendly and helpful - especially Vassilis and Joanna. There's now a rack of complimentary toiletries in the bathroom. Because it was still their winter, the airconditioning only blew warm air in the bedroom, but at least not having it on meant there was no noise during the night.

Because we'd been once already, we were given a card which entitled us to 10% discount on all bar, restaurant (there's another restaurant in the hotel for lunches) and salon purchases. I forgot to use this on the first night but our details came up on the computer and we got the discount anyway. Wine is still the same £1.50 a glass as it was 11 months ago. On the second afternoon, there was a knock at the door and we were presented with a complimentary half-bottle of red wine! That night, guests were given a glass of sherry as they went in to dinner. On Thursday, there was a Manager's welcoming reception and we had the choice of complimentary champagne, orange juice or brandy sour. Champagne was served at breakfast on Sunday.

Guests travelling with First Choice get afternoon tea, cakes and biscuits free in the Marco Polo bar - surprisingly this does not include coffee, even though it's the same price!

There's another review on this site which says the whole place is a dump, dirty sea water etc etc. Ignore this report, I think there must be another Pioneer Hotel in another town called Paphos in a different part of the world. It certainly isn't this place!

Oh yes - Mum absolutely loved it!

Great stay at the Pioneer Beach

from curlycat
Just returned from a very enjoyable stay at the Pioneer Beach. The hotel is about 45 minutes walk from Paphos Harbour, but if you don't feel up to the walk there is a regular bus stop, going from and returning to the hotel next door. It was mainly elderly people staying at the hotel at the end of Feb and if you were looking for lively times and nightlife, this may not be the place for you. If you are looking for a quiet relaxing break, you will probably be very happy here. Food was very good - excellent breakfast. Unless you particularly want to eat in the hotel, I wouldn't book half board as there are lots of good restaurants along the main road to the Harbour (and the Harbour itself). We particularly liked Les Amies, which is just set back from the main road, near the Romantica. Be warned - food tends to be big everywhere!

The drinks at the hotel are quite expensive - take full advantage of Happy Hour from 6-7, when they are half price, and then go out! We found the staff friendly and helpful. On our first day we found that the fridge in our room was not working, but it was replaced within an hour of reporting it. Lots of thoughtful touches in the room - a bowl of fruit, bottle of water, tea and coffee making facilites, bath robes, slippers, lots of bits and pieces in the bathroom, the fridge. Phone calls back to the UK from your room are very cheap so you don't need to bother looking for phones.

Just a couple of downsides to the hotel itself - we found the beds very hard, and the entertainment programme was definitely geared to the elderley, although that did not affect us as we like to go out and find a restaurant every evening. Also a word of warning about the timeshare touts in Paphos Harbour - they are giving out scratchcards, where you will always have won a prize, but have to go the the hard-sell timeshare presentation first. These people can be very persistent and aggressive - best not to engage in coversation with them at all - don't stop walking! But don't let it put you off - just be aware of it.

good all round quality hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I had a week half board package for £880 at this hotel flying into paphos airport.
The luggage handling was not great but everything else was. The hotel was ideally located away from noise or crowds with own private beach but well served by local transport or cheap car hire.
Room was clean and spacious with good view, food was good and multi choice, staff efficient and friendly.
No kids policy meant a slighty older clientle but fair number of younger couples in evidence.
Well worth money.

Perfect place to relax

from katelf
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a week long stay at the Pioneer Beach.

We were both sceptical after reading reviews on this site that the hotel was only suitable for older generations. I am 25 and my boyfriend is 30 and there was plenty of other couples our age and younger and all were very friendly. As there is no under 18 the pool is very peaceful and you don't get anyone dive bombing you when your relaxing on your lilo!

The hotel itself is lovely and is definately to the standard of a 4* hotel. The buffet breakfast was good and had everything from cereals, fruit, cheeses and ham, omlettes, toast etc etc. Anyone who has mentioned that they think it was more like a 3* has obviously not stopped in a 3* hotel before as you certainly don't get the level of service and hygiene that this hotel offers.

I would definately recommend only stopping B&B as we found some lovely restaurants near by. About 25 minutes walk there are 3 very high standard restaurants, a french one called Gabor, and Italian and a Mediteranean which are all next to each other. Certainly not the kind of restaurants you would expect to find on holiday as all offer silver service at a very reasonable price.

The beach is ideal for having a wander down to watch the sun set. The only complaint I have about the hotel is the reserving of sunbeds!! Seem as though the hotel is mostly English I can't believe that by 8am every morning all of the beds around the pool area have towels on them! Especially when you have been out to sample the night life of paphos this is the last thing you want to be doing every morning! Is even more annoying when the older guests don't even come down to the pool until the afternoon anyway, please stop doing this - its so annoying!!

Anyway, that aside we loved the hotel and would definately go back.

Top Local Tips for Paphos

Getting around Cyprus Hiring a car (left hand drive) is easy, and distances to main towns are not great. Many roads are now being improved, removing many hairpin bends. However, there are still roads where what seems a good tarmac surface degenerates into a track and the local maps do not give sufficient information to warn you.

Months to avoid February seems to be a bad month for storms

MARKET the market at paphos closes in the afternoon so go around 10am for the best shopping


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  • Address: Poseidon Ave., Geroskipou f P.O.Box 60182 - Paphos - 5088101 - Cyprus
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