More about Aloe Hotel
We had mixed feelings regarding the Aloe Hotel, Paphos. It is in a good location in Paphos with a very nice pool and garden area. The entrance to the Hotel is also fine. The rooms adequate but definitely tired. The beds extremely hard. The staff brought us two different mattresses, which really were no different. Our bathroom had mould on the tiles and the shower was a laugh a minute, particularly controlling the water, and the appliance was loose. Reception staff and service very friendly and efficient. Food, whilst plentiful, was very much the same, dressed up with theme nights, which all really amounted to the same food. We do not think that this hotel is better than a three star.
A Residents House!
Where shall i start? Once we arrived to the hotel i was stunned by the amazing big lobby and beautiful pools, unfortunately not all is gold that glitters! It was only when we elevated to the third floor, that i realised how scruffy & tired the corridors upstairs were! There was always something going wrong each day, room service trolleys left over night with smelly food, sometimes plates were even left on the corridor floors; AC was noisy as an engine, heating was beeing switched on at night without our knowledge, etc etc. Other guests would inform you about finding their rooms beeing left unattended by maids or their bills beeing overcharged. And although the only thing i can praise the aloe about was their food, funnily enough on our last day we have found ants in the food!
The lowlight of it all was ignorant & very cold staff ( they even would not smile back to you!)that made you feel not welcome there!
A good hotel, perfect location
Having read what other people had to say about this hotel, I am wondering if I stayed at the same place.
My room was large,on the top floor, with a side sea view, bathroom well appointed. Reception staff excellent, maids prompt and attended to the room very efficiently. The food, considering the numbers that were catered for, was well cooked, hot and plentiful. The pools and surrounding gardens were lovely, plenty of sunbeds. The evening entertainment was varied, bar staff again efficient. Would go again to this hotel, no complaints at all. Another plus was the location, 10 minutes into Paphos.
Loved the Aloe
The Aloe is a very clean, comfortable hotel. I was worried by some reports I had read, but you could not fault it. The gardens and outdoor pool, tennis courts were superb. The rooms were spacious and well maintanied. They will charge you if you put your own stuff in the fridge and you have to pay to use the sauna (which seems a bit mean). We stayed B&B and the breakfast was lovely. The staff are eager to please and will look after you. The hotel is in a good posiation across the road from the 'beach' for what is it worth. Walk either way for good restaurants and on the bus route to Coral Bay and the market. Although we went out every night, there was much talk every morning about 'a great night last night in the bar'. We've had a change from P&O this holiday and was not disappointed.
Nice hotel, nice location
Spent a week on B & B at the Aloe and had a fine time.
THe hotel is in a good location - close to the sea, close enough to the action in Kato Paphos (10 minute walk) and the harbour - but no so close that you need to think about ear plugs. The municipal beach is just across the road - not much in the way of a beach, but ok - with boat hire/parasailing etc available.
There's a good sprinkling of restaurants close at hand - a couple of good fish restaurants, a nice Italian (that I've forgotten the name of) and Happy Island - that does a great Lamb Kleftiko twice a week if you want something authentic, on the walk into Kato Paphos. Likewise a good selection of local bars (including the ubiquitous Irish bar) close at hand, and plenty of choice in Kato Paphos for the Ayia Napa set !
Hotel is comfortable - our room was spacious, well equipped with minibar, TV with Skynews, decent balcony, nice bathroom with fully functioning shower (not always guaranteed in the Med). It was kept spotlessly clean by our maid as well.
We were on B & B - breakfast was fine, a good hot and cold buffet selection - with a bit of variety each day, and no problem getting seated.
The pool area was very pleasant - attractive and well laid out, with lots of sun beds. Likewise the gym was well equipped and the jacuzzi did the job (although there was a fee for this)
Public rooms/bar were fine - plenty going on with karaoke, discos, party nights etc if you didn't want to trek into Kato Paphos.
The only thing that grated slightly were all the little extra charges (using the minibar as a fridge, using the safe, using the sauna/jacuzzi etc) so make sure you factor in the cost if you're going to use these.
All in all a prefectly adequate 4 star beach hotel - not a shining star, but a good 'all-rounder' with an ideal location. I'd definitely stay again.
Not Quite 4*
We have just returned from a week at The Aloe. I was quite worried before we went due to very negative reviews, but all was not bad. The lobby area is lovely, room was average but clean, bathroom could do with some new grout, but overall the room was ok, could have done with a full length mirror.
The pool area is great, plenty of sun loungers, towels and a handy bar/cafe with reasonable choice of food and drinks. The pool was very cold, it may get warmer as the weather heats up.
Breakfast was not much to write home about, ok for cereals, but if you like a full English forget it, the bacon was awful, beans not pleasant, eggs best scrambled, boiled eggs could be used as bullets. Toast machines could do with some heat in them, bread must be put through twice to get any colour, the best bread is uncut, on the cold meat section We had dinner there twice the standard was much better than breakfast.
All in all had a brilliant holiday, will not go to Cyprus again before June as not hot enough for me.
Paphos is beautiful, people, as always in Cyprus where great.
Definately not 4 *
Just arrived home after two weeks at the Aloe(eee) hotel. The Hotel on entering looked impressive, the rooms weren't. We were on the top floor looking over looking a field that incidently had a puppy roaming around in it. We did report this but nothing was done, we fed him with scraps cause we felt guilty so if you go and see him, please feed him. Our room smelt everytime we entered it, it smelt musty and damp, very unpleasant. Although the room was cleaned every day, it still smelt. The breakfast wasn't that bad, I don't like their bacon anyway so I never touched that but what I did notice on our second week was that the coffee pots got smaller and the plates got less & less and cutlery was missing off the tables. The staff were very hospitable though, I can't complain about them. The pool area was amazing, always plenty of sunbeds and the pools were of enormous size. We used to like winding the bed man up cause he used to tell us to go after 4pm cause he wanted to finish, he was a character. The Cypriot people really are lovely but I don't think I'd stay at this hotel again, it's expensive to either eat or drink there and it's not really that clean. sorry Aloe, we're off to Coral Bay next.......
Clean, great location but not 4 star
Stayed at the Aloe end of May beginning of June. This was a good time to go the weather was great, the last couple of days it was getting busy which meant if you didn't get up early then you wouldn't get a sunbed. The Aloe was very clean maid service daily, when you went to breakfast in a morning they where mopping the hotel and pool area. The breakfast was very nice couldn't complain myself, the later you went the busier it got we went down everyday at 8 - 8.30 and it was brill, apart from one morning when we went down at 9ish and you could tell the difference - the food was still fresh though but it was a lot busier. The location was brill if you turned left the bars where about 10 mins away if you turned right (harbour way) the bars where only a few mins away. The Habour was about 15 mins walk. There is a lovely sandwich bar out of the hotel to the right (posienda I think). Sometimes the bar needed more staff at night it was quite slow at times, especially if they had a cypriot wedding on, then they really didn't care about us holiday guests which was quite annoying at times but we did tend to go out and eat at night as we was only on B&B, but we did hear a few complaints from guests on half board who weren't happy that they were ignored when they had a wedding on (1 wedding had 3300 guest - no lie - they come and congratulate the bride and then leave - oh and give her £20). Anyway all in all it was a good holiday - I probably wouldn't go again - but staying there didn't ruin my holiday.
"Great beaches in or near Paphos"
The best beaches in the Paphos area are at Coral Bay and near the Coralia Beach Hotel. This is a few miles west of the main tourist area of Paphos which is known as Kato Paphos. The sea is safe and swimming areas are marked off from jets skis and boating. There are others but some are shingly or rocky, you may need some shoes for comfort.
The municipal beach in Kato Paphos is quite good.
Traveling north to Polis, a quieter area, there is a very good beach & camping area, it is quieter and there are trees for shade.
All beaches have free showers/toilets and a beach bar.
Umbrella's and sunbeds can be hired by the day for a small payment.
The sea is always warmer in the later months, but is seldom too cold to venture in.
"Hotels in Paphos"
These vary from 5+ star to self catering apartments.
Well known and recommended 4 star hotels are the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel; The Aloe Hotel, these are both close together, well established and near the nightlife- but not too close! not far from the pretty harbour with many restaurants.
A 3 star the Paphos Gardens is a real star, it has great facilities and has rooms & apartments, the food is excellent, and we know a few people who love it.
The choice is enormous, we have not heard of any hotel with negative reports, we often visit for meals or events so have tested out many.
The Amathus Beach, the Elysium & the Thalasa are top hotels, more expensive but certainly luxury in all respects.
"Long term rental in Paphos & area"
Some people like to spend the winter months in a warmer climate, one can get good deals for longer term rentals for villas & apartments, it pays to shop around as there are very many properties available, it is a buyers market- also if you are thinking of purchasing a holiday or permanent home.
If you venture to higher ground you will need to make sure there is heating and outside swimming pools are rather too cold until around the end of April or May.
There is plenty to do as well, great golf course, all kinds of sports, museums, places of interest, visit the north (TRNC) great places to eat out for all tastes.
Clubs, organisations and markets, the list is endless.
Has anyone stayed there?
RE: Aloe Hotel
We did not stay there, but a few of our family members did for our wedding. We went there a few times for drinks.
The rooms were small, but clean and quiet. The hotel is not on the beach, but not far from the public beach. The pool section is nice and clean, the pool bar has good service and everyone was respectful. It is a close walk to Bar street and a ton of good restaurants as well as the port of Paphos and the world heritage site.
We would reccomend it as a good mid-grade hotel. Not anything special, but not a dive.
If you want a good hotel, try the Coral Beach Resort in Coral Bay, it is a great hotel.
All the best from Canada.
Jennifer and David
RE: Aloe Hotel
Yes. We stayed there a few years ago. It was very nice. We had a good sized room for three of us. We were on the top level and overlooking the road, which also meant the sea, great sunsets and glimpses of paphos harbour.
The greek night was fun. The pool and gardens lovely. Cocktails cheaper from up the road (out of hotel turn left and walk to a set of shops/bars on an island in the middle of the road). I would have B and B here but eat out at night; except try the greek night for a laugh.
Hire a car and explore. Beautiful island. Not necessary all holiday as Paphos has a great bus service locally and a lot of interesting things to do in town. Market, Mosaics, Harbour.
The beach across the road was as good as we found in Paphos itself.