The Amathus Beach Hotel, Paphos, is located on the main tourist road and is about 15 minutes walk to the harbor and the old castle, where you will find a number of souvenir shops, ice cream parlors and a variety of restaurants offering local and international cuisines . As a 5 star hotel, it offers all the services and conveniences you would expect, and I do have to say it scores highly compared to similarly priced/ranked hotels in Cyprus.
The reception staff were very professional and our check in was very swift and hassle free. There was none of the in-your-face, over-the-top and lengthy procedure that I have experienced in some hotels in Cyprus – during a recent stay in one Protaras hotel, the receptionist even curtsied after informing us of all the hotels services and polices in an over practiced manner, which was a little bizarre, to say the least! Yet, at the Amathus, the receptionist managed to inform us of their special offers and facilities relevant to our particular circumstances. Seeing as I was traveling with 2 children, he informed us of a ‘kids eat free’ lunchtime special. And on our last day, reception called the room to ask what time we would be departing and if it was after the standard check out time, he would arrange for a free late check out. While a late check out wasn’t necessary on this occasion, it was a nice touch, which I have not experienced at any other hotel during the busy summer period.
One drawback is that the room was a little dated in it’s décor. We stayed in a ground floor inland view room with a cute little courtyard, in place of a balcony. The sofa bed wasn’t the most comfortable – not that either of the kids complained – and the bathroom could do with some updating. However, I did have a peak at a more expensive sea view room and it looked like it was recently updated.
The positives of staying in a non-sea view room, however, is that it was very quiet and I could happily work while sitting outside. The ample size of the room and the little extras, like the child sized bathroom slippers and kid’s juices with the complimentary fruit and wine, made for a very pleasant stay.
The sun loungers issue is definitely one which needs to be addressed. At 9am all the loungers were taken and I had to be content with one between the 3 of us, which was placed in the middle of a walk way. At 10:30 am many were still reserved, but not in use. And it seems that while the hotel has a dedicated ‘families area’ near the baby pool and shallow end of the main pool, any guest can use these, and indeed can reserve them by placing their towel on them, hours before they plan to actually visit the pool. Perhaps, the hotel will consider a system of assigning sun loungers on arrival for the each guest’s entire stay.
The breakfast was delicious, as expected, with a huge variety to suit every appetite. And the waiters are happy to provide Frappe, or other alternatives not available on the breakfast buffet. Service was quick and the food of an excellent quality. It is definitely something to look forward to each morning.
The room rate also compares very well, and may indeed be less than some of the more popular 4 star hotels in the area, although be prepared for the cost of extras, if you will be charging food and drinks to your room. Your check-out bill can be higher than the cost of the accommodation!