We stayed at the St Georges gardens apartments adjacent to the St George, hoping to experience the best of both worlds, a 5 star hotel\'s facilities with the spaciousness of an appartment.
We were dropped at the main hotel with the the platinum guests but our booking couldn\'t be found as we were next door, how were we to know?
The staff were very gracious and sent round our luggage. What a dissapointment the entrance was after the elegant \'george\, but dont be put-off by that concrete facade and very drab reception.( we had been warned).
The room was lovely, very clean and comfortable and very spacious with a well equipped kitchenette including glasses, kettle toaster, table with 4 chairs, enough hanging and drawer space for a large family, as always take plenty of hangers. BIG GRIPE.
In the ...
thomson brochure the impression is given that a family room comprises a completely seperate bedroom, but the hotel classes it as a room with dividing door. Read More
Not the hotels fault, so they suggested I speak to a thomson rep. Needless to say nothing happened, wonder if that had to do with us not being platinum enough!
Most of the clientele in the appartments were Spanish, Italian, German and Greek which was great! At the main hotel- mostly English.
If you go dont be shy, you are permiited to use all the facilities in the George, but our bit was lovely, very quiet and loads of loungers on a grass lawn going down to the small slightly rocky beach, loungers provided at no charge.
Good pool monopolised by a large family, but a decent size indoor pool usually quiet if you want a real swim.
Very pleasant bar and pool-side pizza express. Marred only by the MUSIC - TURN IT OFF !! It started pounding out at 10.30 am and didn\'t finish til 5. Why do they do this ?? We dont want it! I live in a city , on a flight path with trains etc.. I want to relax with a great book , the sun on my face, the gentle swishing of the sea and distant tinkle of childrens laughter, not be blasted out by a poor quality ghetto blaster playing bad compilations of the sort of eighties music we\'d all rather forget. I had pointed this out but was told no-one else \"minded\'. funny that.
I took a new fangled item with me called an i-pod, our son had a \'personal\' cd player. The idea being you can listen to the music you actually like without disturbing anyone else. novel.
We didn\'t eat there for lunch, so would suggest they lost out. Perhaps I shoul\'ve read out-loud. No-one would \'mind\'.
The breakfast spread was pleasant and varied, marred only by the loud piped music usually the bee-gees!!!
Picture the scene, excellent coffee, warm croissants, the sun on the horizon, a beautiful view, the gentle early morning banter with the people you love about the day ahead with the screaching piped sticcatto tones of \'tradjerdy.....ya goin noware.....\'
The food in the evening was fresh, hot and varied, the female chef was very courteous and smiley, the carvery was cooked to perfection so well done her. Would\'ve liked to have seen more Cyproit items on the menu. The oilves were delicious, but not put out every night?
Entertainment in the main hotel was enthusiastic but inconsistent. Brilliant hypnotist show of the family-friendly kind.
The animation team were fantastic, not at all pushy , but they even made a great effort with the bingo - well done.(they were all also lovely to look at) and did their very best. The themed Abba and dance shows were pretty awful, but entertaining for that.
The main hotel areas were plush and beautifully kept as were the gardens. All the staff at the main hotel were courteous and helpful,if not a little sombre.
Our room was kept very clean, cant fault the maid service down to the folding of the pj\'s with a choccy on the top, she even washed up a couple of things I\'d left in the sink and was observant enough to notice we were a glass short and replaced it. Excellent service.
The air conditioning in the room was extremely effective, reliable and needed. There are many internal steps from the pool area to rooms - be warned. The youngest and fittest can be \'overcome\' after a morning in 40 degrees, and thats before a chilled beer!
This hotel is quite isolated, though serviced by an excellent air conditioned bus to paphos every 10-15 minutes(men and women must wear shirts on the bus).
The nearest supermarket on the main road has everything you\'ll need, not cheap but they do have freshly baked bread and a tempting display of local fruit and veg which is great for lunch if you don\'t want to share a pizza with boy george and duran-duran at the poolside.
I know I've moaned, but this is a lovely spot and would advise you to read up on admiral dighenis and the greek uprising against the british before you go, as there is a statue and interesting museum in the grounds to this fascinating period in greek - cypriot history.
Needless to say one must read as much as possible to truly understand those still contentious issues. I\'m ashamed to say in the visitors book of the on-site museum some \"wit\' undoubtedly english has scrawled in their best blue biro \'bogeys\' shameful.
Tour Operator: thomson