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Venus Beach 4 star
We stayed at the Venus Beach in August 06 for 11 nights and we found the hotel to be good. We travelled with 2 teenagers and had 2 rooms, they were quiet and fine [Americans will find the bathroomsd small]. The public rooms were spacious and all the staff wlling to help. The bars, pool and breakfasts were good although the beach on site was small. There was a bus stop outside that took us to Paphos for 80 cents [50 p] each but local taxis only cost £4. In the other direction wea Coral Bay [still 80 cents by bus]. All in all the hotel was good, 4 star rather then 5 star.
Not 5 star more like a 3!
Just Back from the Venus Beach Hotel, we stayed there for 2 weeks. First thing to say is that this hotel is definitely not 5 star, it should be rated a 3! I know there are many mixed reviews about this hotel but I must warn you that I have been to Cyprus 4 times and I've stayed in actual 5 star hotels and the difference between them and the Venus Beach is rather big. Paphos is an excellent place to go, don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed my holiday apart from the Hotel. It's easy to get a bus down to the harbour which only costs 80c and is right outside the hotel. The harbour area is lovely and I would highly recommend staying in a hotel down there as there is many to choose from.
The Venus beach hotel is pleasant and one good point is the cleanliness is excellent and the beds are comfy! Really the hotel needs refurbished! The pool area is very good too and there is a beach area but it is quite dangerous the waves are very strong but I had a lot fun, it can be okay but you need to be very careful and a good swimmer! If you’re thinking of staying I would recommend bed and breakfast as this gives you the freedom of eating out, there are many places to eat so don't worry. Basically the reason I would only rate this 3 star is because of the following reasons:
1. The decor in the room is a bit out of date
2. There is no English TV apart from cnn and euronews and sometimes on a channel called pikayo.
3. If something goes wrong like the internet breaking the staff just say they don't know what to do.
4. The entertainment is very repetitive and quite boring.
5. The entertainment and games around the pool area is also repetitive, within the 2 weeks there were boules, water polo and aqua aerobics, everyday, it didn't change.
6. The breakfast is always the same, there is never anything changed!
Please trust me and be warned that if you are used to 4 star/ 5 star hotels that the Venus Beach hotel may be disappointing but if you prefer 3 star then it should be ok. Overall I would return to Cyprus but not to the Venus Beach, there were beautiful hotels down by the Harbour, such as the Almyra Hotel and Alexander the great hotel which I would recommend. Good Luck!
No way 5* Beware
We have just returned from the Venus Beach and would endorse everything the last contributor said.
The food was very poor on the buffet (cheap cuts of meat and lukewarm) and although you can ask for the Table D'Hote menu this is not encouraged by the Maitre D' (George) as he does not like people to be kept waiting (more like it is too much trouble for him) and it is not much better anyway.
If your idea of fun and entertainment is quizes and bingo then this might be the place for you.
My biggets gripe was the so called bauty facilitiies which consisted of a cupboard that you got to by going through the gym that consisted of a bare room and a bed. The Therapist was called in when she had an appt. The hair salon was completely empty the whole time we were there. The reason is that the charges are more than double other salons in the town.
This hotel probably merits no more than 3+ and only then because of the position on the beach.
dont be put off
just back from venus beach, was worried after reading reviews on this site but honestly there is nothing to worry about, ok it probably is a 4* rather than a 5*and the breakfast staff may be a bit surly but overall this hotel compares favourably with the likes of imperial beach(paphos) and golden coast (pernera) both 4*+. the reception staff could not do enough for us,the room was cleaned every day the towels were new and the showers never run cold ,(unlike a lot of hotels in cyprus)the pool area and gardens were spotless and the breakfasts are the same all over cyprus ,plenty of choice if you like fry ups and cereal.the only bad points are ,there is no breakwater off the beach which i would expect from a hotel of this calibre ,making the sea quite dangerous at times. the price of drinks are ridiculous £2.80 for a pint of keo, but about a 5 min walk there are plentyof bars and restaraunts which are good and very reasonable. we have been holidaying in cyprus for seven years now and i can tell you this hotel is good value for money .
You Get What You Pay For...
We have just returned from a two week stay at the Venus Beach Hotel. This was actually our 4th visit to this hotel, and reading the other reviews you may wonder why? Let me try to explain the hotel... I would say that it is more of a 4* than a 5*, but I also think that the price reflects this. You could stay in a 5* hotel in Paphos, of which there are many, but you would pay a lot more for the pleasure. The Venus Beach is very clean - the rooms are cleaned every day, beds made with fresh sheets and clean towels left in the bathroom. The pool area is more than adequate with many sunbeds in various positions - around the main pool, childrens pool, raised grassed area in the shade, grassed hill towards the beach etc - and there is a lovely shaded breezy pool bar from which staff are happy to bring your drinks if you cannot be bothered moving from your sunbed. There are also clean towels given out every day for use by the pool/sea.
The food is OK - nothing special - but if you stay on a B & B basis the breakfast is plentiful, with various choices - juices, toast, pastries, full english, yoghurts, cereals, cheeses, fruit etc etc. The evening meal can be a bit repetative - though there are different choices every night (Italian, Chinese, Sunday Carvery). There are many nice varied restaurants nearby for lunch or tea. NIKI's is lovely for home-cooked food (fish is freshly caught and beautiful) and another taverna nearby "THE DEVONSHIRE" serves tasty local food. There is also a wonderful Chinese restaurant "CHLOE's" opposite the hotel and a very different steak restaurant "OLIVETO's" where you can cook your own steak to your own liking on an extremely hot slab brought to your table.
The daytime entertainment could be better, but it is enough if you want a relaxing time with just the occasional distraction, like aqua-aerobics or water polo. The organiser will not push people into taking part if they don't want to - which is always a bonus. My Husband uses the gym every day and, though it is open to local members aswell, it is never busy.
The bar prices are quite expensive (£3cyp for spirits and £2.50cyp for a large beer) but the outdoor area is comfortable with leather wicket chairs and tables. Indoors there are comfortable settee's, and apart from the bingo, quizes, dancing and fire-eating shows, there is live music (local music, 60's/70's, soft rock, blues) on most nights. If the bar is too expensive then there is a row of restaurants opposite (Niki's/Joanna's) who are happy just to serve drinks and are very friendly.
Overall, as a family, we enjoy this hotel. The staff are very helpful when asked for something (though the internet was off-line while we were there and they could not give us any info as to what the problem was or when it would be back on). The hotel is clean, comfortable and friendly. There are adequate facilities for all guests - be it sunbeds, tables for breakfast, seats on the balcony bar of an evening - and our stay is always very relaxing.
5* it is not, but enjoyable and affordable it is !!!
a well run hotel- a relaxing time
We have just returned from a week at the Venus Beach and had exactly what we hoped: a relaxing time in a very pleasant hotel (after a week camping!) We booked just a day or two before, and flew Cardiff to Paphos- relatively trouble-free, given the trouble that erupted the day afterwards!
Our family (six of us) were given two interlinking rooms on the road/ tombs side of the hotel and yes the road was fairly noisy, but as it was really hot and the rooms were so well air conditioned, we did not want to sit out much anyway!! Very clean and perfectly adequate. The minibar was useful (yes, pricey, but where else are you going to get a drink really late at night except there or from room service!? You could use the supermarket over the road, I suppose or visit the bars all of which were fine.)
The pool was great (watch out for those decorativer rocks!!) and the sunbeds plentiful with towels free of charge. The lawns lead down to the sea and we managed a bathe of some sort every day. However, when there was any white wave ( 3 days) we felt that the shelving beach and resultant undertow meant just a pummelling in the shallows was enough- as did everyone else on the 'beach'.
There was plenty of choice in the restuarant- breakfast and dinner at least and we found the staff really attentive in general. The lunch snack bar staff seemed to struggle at the most busy times- but it depended on your need for speed!
Entertainment was the expected sort for a 3+/4* hotel- bingo, dancing (nice music), fire show; and the MC ensured a good film most nights (and fun aqua aerobics!!) We had a pretty good time! Not many people seemd to use the gym/ beauty facilities- but it was very hot so most people were probably sunning and swimming! Buses/ flag-down taxis from outside the hotel to the town or to Coral Bay (safer beach)
All in all, we had a great time. Perhaps two weeks may have been too much with teenagers and reasonably limited activities but it was just right for us.
Banfields, S Wales
Not that bad!!
Have been back four days and miss it already! My boyfriend and I really enjoyed ourselves. We was dreading it after reading previous reviews but were surprised. The hotel is nice but just hasnt been modernised. The food was fine, the staff a bit moody some of them but not unfriendly, hotel was clean and Pinot the entertainer was great. He let you have fun and not keep on at you to do the kareoke, water aerobics etc. I have been to pathos 4 times before and this was probably my best so far. Ok i have been to one nicer hotel before but it was further to go to the town etc so cost us an arm and leg in cabs! Everyone else on holiday was friendly and it was like being at home! Considering i went in the kids half term there were only a handful of children too so great for couples. I would return to this hotel but keep in mind it is not 5* luxury.
A Very Enjoyable Holiday.
Stayed at the Venus for 2 weeks in June 2006 with my wife, have been a previous visitor to other hotels in the area. Overall this was a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The hotel is well situated for public transport or a walk approx 25 minutes to Paphos Harbour or alternately the Old Town with its market and shopping facilities. The hotel has a pleasant reception area and all staff in their various positions were first class and met every need. There are splendid views from many locations to the clear blue Mediiterean sea which is located to the rear of the hotel.The swimming pool is well designed with a garssed area with palm trees beyond leading to a small beach area. Plenty of sun beds and fresh towels each day for your use. The restaurants were claen and well presented and the full varied breakfasts and evening meals were first class.We had a sea view room which was comfortable and cleaned to a good standard daily, however the bathroom although adequate and working properly needed upgrading.
I would definately re-visit the hotel and would give the hotel a four star rating. Cost of taxi from Paphos airport to the hotel was £15.each way.
3 Star Hotel
My husband and I just returned from a one week stay at this hotel. We agree with other reviews that this hotel is "3" stars at best. We have no major complaints. We anticipated an average room after reading the reviews. We agree the hotel needs updating, especially the bathrooms. On our midnight arrival we were put in a 3rd floor room facing the Tomb of the Kings and the street. The AC did not work during the night which made sleeping a bit uncomfortable. The next morning we asked to switch rooms. The staff insisted on sending someone to fix the AC. We then asked for a pool side/ocean room and paid a little extra to move. The second room was much nicer. We had to laugh and wonder though if we got the old bait and switch.
Anyway, a couple of important points to mention:
If at all possible, try to fly in to Pathos airport. The drive from Larnaca is 90 minutes barring any traffic. If you arrive late, driving the rental car on the left with the steering on the right in the pitch dark on the motorway is a bit tricky.
There is really no beach -- a little sandy area. There is a grassy area for sunning and then a steep walk to ocean. I agree that the waves are pretty rough. If you want a beach this is not the hotel for you. The pool is very nice but during our last two days it became crowded with the influx of new arrivals.
All in all, we had a relaxing stay. The staff are very friendly, the food is decent, its clean, the location is good, and if you have reasonable expectations for this hotel then you will have a nice vacation.
This is not a 5* Hotel by any means of the imagination, we found the bar staff to be rude and crafty.....happy hour 30% discount (ha ha) make sure you get your bill during happy hour as we were charged full price for getting the bill 5 minutes after even though we had drunk our drinks well before!!!!! they also snatched menus out of our hands and were in general not very accommodating.....the only thing this hotel has going for it is the beach area, although the waves were a bit on the rough side this area was staff free...oh and the air conditioning please dont go thinking that the air conditioning will make the room cool, after days of asking them to look at the air conditioning we gave up and booked into the Elysium........
Sunset viewed from Tombs of the Kings
the mosaics of paphos
i am taking my 14 year old daughter to paphos in december she has been previously with her grandparents and enjoyed her time there. this trip she would lke to go out at nighttime and i was wondering if it was alright to take her to restaurants and bars at night.
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If you (or any other adult) will be accompanying her, I don't see why not. Don't expect much of a nightlife in December, though.
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She will be welcme in bars &restarants It is a bit quite in December. but get the cyprus mail that shows what is on where.Allso a lot of hotels welcome you to there entierdement.Day time she may like Paitballing Go karts.
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No problems to go to any restaurants or lounges as long as you are with her.... Enjoy the trip!