The Annabelle

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Address: Poseidonos Avenue, PAPHOS, , Cyprus

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.5

This grand lady of a certain age still appeals to many

The Annabelle was one of the very first hotels I visited in Paphos, around 15 years ago. Then, it had an enviable reputation as the island’s poshest address. Its rank in the luxury hotel stakes has slipped a bit now – a much-needed winter 2010-11 overhaul of the rooms was unaccountably deferred –  but it’s still a great place to stay, with something of the aura of a grand ocean liner at anchor in a tropical harbour.

 

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
3.6
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
3.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

On the sea front, in the centre of the Kato Paphos tourist area, close to the harbour. There are lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance, but effectively no beach to seaward.

 

Bedrooms

With 218 rooms, the low-rise Annabelle is bigger than it looks from outside. Rooms and suites are comfortable if on the bland side design-wise (colours tend towards cream and beige), if showing their age. Linens and cottons are sumptuous, toiletries in the marble bathrooms are top of the range. There’s a choice of inland-facing rooms, garden views, terrace sea view rooms, superior sea view and deluxe sea-facing rooms. Naturally, I’d go for a sea view if the budget will stretch. Family studios sleep up to four, garden studio suites are basically larger-than-standard doubles with room for a cot, and there are also garden studios with two private patios, studio suites (some with a small private pool) and superior suites.

 

Public areas

The main lobby is big, cool, and airy, leading onward to oasis-like palm gardens and lagoon pools. With a claimed six acres of sub-tropical landscaping, the Annabelle has much more spacious surroundings than most central Paphos hotels.

 

Eating and drinking

The Fontana restaurant serves breakfast (and dinner for those on half board) while the Mediterraneo on the waterfront serves poshed-up Cyprus taverna fare. The Amoroza is the hotel’s international restaurant; for daytime drinks, there’s a pool bar,  and for before or after dinner there’s a gracious lobby cocktail bar. With so many alternatives on the doorstep, however – and eye-watering drinks prices in-house – you won’t want to eat in every night.

 

Leisure facilities

The outdoor (heated) pool has a swim-in grotto-bar. There are also tennis and squash courts;  watersports from canoes to parascending, waterskiing and scuba are available right outside or within five minutes walk. A children's club and spa are available at the adjacent sister property, the Alymra.

 

Service

Deferential to a fault (waiters in white tux-style jackets or black waistcoats).

 

Who stays there

A generation-gap-crossing mix of older couples, honeymooners and families, with a high proportion of older British repeaters – it may prove a bit too geriatric for many younger customers.

 

Price advice

Rates peak in August to October and dip sharply between November and March.  Beware over-priced bar and restaurant drinks, as well as minibar items.

 

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Central location
  • Great grounds
  • Attractive design
  • Outrageous drink & minibar prices
  • Many rooms very tired
  • No beach
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