Alexander the Great
Poseidonos Avenue, cnr Melinas Merkouri, 8042 Paphos, Cyprus
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, Live entertainment, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Alexander the Great
This is one of the more compact and less pretentious Paphos hotels, incorporating some ancient tombs in the grounds. The hotel (or at least the main-wing rooms) are scheduled for a thorough refurbishment over the winter of 2011–12.
A prime setting just above a small but sandy cove, within 15-minute walking distance to the centre of lower Paphos along a fine coastal path.
Half the main wing’s 202 rooms have sea views; it’s worth paying extra for superior-grade units, which have more private balconies and better eyefuls of the port. All, however, are definitely three-star rating prior to the pending overhaul. The spacious (26 square metres), sea-view, adults-only garden cabanas, already renovated to the expected post-2012 standard, have either plunge pools or big patios, veneer floors, big TVs and fully updated bathrooms with lots of marble and proper tub-shower partitions.
Except for the bar terrace with its simple rattan chairs, common areas have the somewhat overstuffed feel that many Cypriot hotels favour, with an added dollop of ancient-Macedonian kitsch; this may change post-renovation. Lawn sunbeds are allocated on arrival.
Buffet breakfasts are copious and generally get the thumbs-up. Other on-site restaurants, with mixed reviews, include the somber-hued Roxanne for half-board buffets, with an entertainment stage; the more cheerful Royal for breakfast; and the Garibaldi Italian (expensive aside from set menus). Alcohol is eminently reasonable at 4.50–7 euros for a glass of wine or cocktail – comparable to bars outside – and hot drinks similarly so.
The outdoor pool is medium sized, but the indoor conservatory pool is one of the best and biggest I’ve seen. This adjoins a sauna/hamam and small but well-lit gym, plus the small but pleasant Aphrodite Spa.
Excellent and attentive, with nice touches like complimentary champagne for guests’ birthdays, late checkout, welcome chocolates in rooms.
Mostly British, with a high proportion of repeaters and golfers; also Dutch, German and Cypriots at weekends. Many families during summer; in winter, nearly fully booked with OAPs.
Web (and direct) deals vary from well under 100 euros in winter (if you can find a vacancy) up to 220 euros in summer, as against in-season rack rates of 250 euros.
More information on Alexander the Great:
- Poseidonos Avenue, cnr Melinas Merkouri, 8042 Paphos, Cyprus
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool