Club St George Paphos
It is difficult to rate our experience as the accommodation was brilliant but the food average (4* accom, 3* food).
We arrived late evening in early October 17 and we booked a one bedroom apartment which was lovely and clean.
Equipment provided included a full size fridge freezer, full oven and hob, a washing may chine, kettle, toaster, ironing board, hair dryer and a enough crockery for four people. We did go out and buy a cafeteria locally. Water appears safe to drink (slight tang for me) but is certainly safe for teeth and when boiled.
The lounge dining area had a table with four chairs, a 28” flat screen TV (with HDMI, USB and scart connection) and a DVD player. The plugs are UK three pin type. There is air conditioning in this room.
The bedroom has a good size bed, lockable safe and air conditioning with plenty of plugs.
The balcony had a table with four chairs a clothing airer and stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea (about one mile inland as the crow flies).
It is a quiet location and having a car is helpful to enable you to become an independent traveler. The blurb said that a shuttle bus is provided (for but a fee) other guests tell me that this is not available - a taxi to Paphos is about 15€ each way.
As we were half board (full board and self catering is available) we were a little disappointed by the “service“ at meal times, it would be kind to say that it was a reactionary style, no cups or say glasses would require you to find the single person on duty to request them, this was done quickly and happily, but disappointing to have to do this.
(An update on week two has seen an improvement to the service and quality of food)
Breakfast was the same each day, coffee, water and juice (update this is better on certain days). There was a continental area (cheese, meats etc), a cooked breakfast (sausage, bacon, beans and eggs), toast and fruit and a cereal, all of which was pleasant but a little too repetitive and required you to be creative with your choices e.g beans/ egg on toast, bacon and egg butty) :-)
Evening meals had a little more variety and included soup, salad a fish and meat course.
We asked for some water with our meal and was told this is not available to half board (the bar staff did provide this when I asked them). This is a shame and disappointing, but wine and etc is available to purchase too.
The restaurant is around the pool which provides free sun loungers, is clean and pleasant.
We were told by one guest that where they were staying, it was noisy (a generator near by) and was in an area not completed, there were being moved after requesting it, not so with us though.
Staff were pleasant and helpful (Cypriots’ are initially a little serious but soon open up when you chat to them).
Wifi was not available in the rooms due to a “mast” being out of action and the bar and reception was very slow, but if you cf had time you would get what you needed, and it was free. Mid week one we were able to get a good reception on our balcony but this only lasted a few days. Fortunately with a UK phone contract we could use our data plan (up to 15gb and at 4G speed via MTN... I am on the EE network at home) but we were able to do what we wanted.
This and near area of Cyprus is lovely, many things to see and do (2017 is the year of culture), parking is free almost everywhere including the main city.
For those who are self catering we have easy access to Lidl and other supermarkets like Papantoniou supermarket (similar to Waitrose or Sainsbury’s who stock most things.
Would we stay here again? For the room and views yes, for the variety of meals no, self catering would do better.... or for those who want to eat out each night. We are now departing and we would return.
Maps.me is a great satnav, free from apple and google stores.... give worldwide voice activated directions. You can also download Google maps for most of Cyprus for offline use (look up how to do this before you travel.... 600mb download for a large part of this island.
There are many places to check out, many beaches around including Paphos, Coral bay, other places to try to get to would include Agios Neofytos monastery, Paphos mosaics, Abakan Gorge (is a must but not in flip flops!) etc.
We had a great time :-)
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