Apologies if this seems like a long review but I want to try and give as many details as possible to help you with your choices of staying here or not.
We stayed in the Nereus from 26th July 8th Aug 2010 on half board basis. The main hotel block consists of 3 floors. At the ground floor back are self catering apartments and on the 1st & 2nd floor are hotel rooms for those on bed & breakfast, half board, full board and all inclusive. There is one lift to the higher floors.
We were given a room on the 2nd floor overlooking the front of the hotel. First impressions were quite good as it appears that the hotel rooms have had a makeover recently. Ours was fairly freshly painted with new laminate flooring and had 2 brand new firm beds. ...
The furniture also looked almost new and there was plenty of storage space for clothes etc including a built in wardrobe with drawers underneath, as well as 3 separate cupboard units, dressing table with drawer and a table and chair.Read More
In the room there was also a 14 inch TV which can pick up BBC 1 & ITV 1, hairdryer, Safe (2.00) per day, air conditioning unit and a hot & cold water dispenser with 2 glasses.
The bathroom is a little on the small side but adequate if only one of you is in there at any time. The large sink unit looked almost new as did the vanity unit underneath which contained even more drawers and cupboards for storage. There is a full liquid soap dispenser next to the sink and another full of shower gel next to the bath. The shower temperature was somewhat temperamental and would switch from hot to cold and back again several times whilst using it. This was a fault other people in other rooms seemed to suffer from as well.
The maid service was superb and standard of cleanliness in the rooms was excellent. Rooms are cleaned daily and sheets changed about every 3 days. Some days the maids would leave a little surprise like a swan made out of clean towels on your bed which was a nice touch.
As stated, we were on half board basis so we had breakfast and evening meals in the hotel. Breakfast is self service and has the usual cereals, bread, fruit cheese, ham, cakes etc or a self service full English. You can eat as much as you like and if you are on room only or self catering it represented good value for money to upgrade to breakfast for only an extra 2.50 per person per day.
Evening meals consisted of a choice of 2 starters brought to your table and 3 main courses which you went to the hot plates and had served to you. This was usually potatoes (different type every day), only one type of vegetable and 2 types of meat and/or a fish dish. The food was of good quality and you could ask for as much or as little as you wanted but was somewhat limited in choice only being 3 types. On one occasion we didnâ€™t fancy any of what was available and ate out but the remaining 13 days we ate in the hotel. There were usually 3 sweets and ice cream if you wanted it afterwards.
Twice a week there would be a "buffet" but this usually consisted of self service various salads and dips followed by 3 courses as above. On Sunday there is a carvery with Roast potatoes, one vegetable and Chicken, Beef and Pork. Again, sweets as above. I got the impression that the choice was limited as the majority in the hotel were either room only, B&B or self catering so they didn't need to cater for large numbers at dinner.
The hotel has 2 pools, one with sun loungers and the other with tables and chairs around it. There are 2 other sun terraces at 1st and 2nd floor level with plenty of sun loungers. There is a games and internet room, a bar which serves drinks, meals & snacks. There is also a self serve laundrette with washers (3.00) and tumble dryer (2.00). Just outside the hotel is a pub owned by the hotel called Papa George. At reception they have some free luggage scales so you can weigh your cases before you get to the airport and avoid the overweight charges if you have stocked up on the cheap cigarettes and booze.
Overall all the hotel staff are very pleasant, friendly and helpful and at least half are actually English ex pats working there including the maintenance men. Nothing is any trouble for them and they deal with any queries quickly and pleasantly. I only had one gripe though.
The hotel has its own cars to rent at very competitive prices. On the Wednesday I booked a car for 3 days to start on the following Friday. On the Friday we turned up to collect it only to be told there was no car available and that they couldn't even guarantee there would be one available the next day, and that it would be a further 5 days before one was available. We went elsewhere but it was annoying that we had given notice and we hadn't been told then that it wouldn't be available when we booked it.
The hot & cold water dispenser in your room requires a 20 litre bottle. These are available for 9.00 from reception and the maintenance man will bring it to your room. However, when it is empty you will have to pay 9.00 again at reception for another full one. A tip however is once it is empty take it to one of the local shops just outside the hotel and they will exchange it for a full one for only 3.00 I couldn't see how the hotel could justify charging 6.00 more than anywhere else though.
On the whole the area around the hotel is very quiet and you don't get rowdy crowds up and down the street. We had a room on the front of the hotel and the only slightly down side was across the street. The Devils own creation was at work until 1am for 5 nights a week, the dreaded Karaoke in the snack bar directly opposite. Neither the owner or 99% of the customers can sing but if you like watching the X factor auditions then it might be for you. Sunday and Monday he was thankfully closed.
If you need a paper, snacks, drinks, crisps, cigarettes etc then there is a shop open 24 hours near the hotel. Go out the front of the hotel and turn left it is on the next corner about 50 yards away. There is a very well stocked quite large supermarket on the street that runs parallel with but behind the seafront. Find McDonalds on the seafront walk behind it and turn left and its about 75 yards on the left with A Debenhams directly opposite. This supermarket even sells well known UK brands from Iceland, Waitrose, Hovis etc.
If you don't want to eat in the hotel then there are plenty of restaurants nearby with very reasonable prices and cheaper here than along the seafront. Some examples are: Full English Breakfast 1.50 a 3 course set menu with choice of starter, main course and sweet from 7.95 to 19.00 Turn left out of the hotel and walk along the street, the restaurants are located on both sides. If McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut are your thing you will find all these located along the seafront.
There is a bus stop 5 minutes away and the buses travel to Paphos Town, through the resort and down to Coral Bay Beach. There is a set fare of only 1.00 and children travel free.
The Nereus is a 3 star hotel so don't expect 5 star luxury. It's very clean, tidy and the staff are all superb and friendly and its location is ideal if you want some quiet on a night or want to be within 5 minutes of the bars, seafront, shops, restaurants etc. Would I stay here again? Yes definitely!