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Louis Imperial Beach
Ranked #8 of 84 Hotels in Paphos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2009

If you want a lively family resort holiday, with plenty of activity around the pool, lots of whoop whooping to the loud reggae theme tune and aqua aerobics then this is the hotel for you. It is not (despite the 4 star rating) for the discerning traveller who wishes to sample the culture of Greece and Cyprus.

The room we had was sea/pool facing (at extra cost) and was clean and comfortable, the air conditioning worked it was not as powerful as some air conditioning systems but it was quiet so it could be left on all night and keep the room comfortable.

The room had a TV (sky news only in English), mini bar, safe, balcony, twin beds and a great view of the sunset.

Breakfast was served by the pool, it was generally ok and there was plenty of it, I would have liked proper coffee instead of machine, and the Orange juice seemed to be watered down but you could choose cooked eggs, bacon, sausage cereals there was a good choice of food.

There are 2 pools, the main pool was where all the activity's centred and we avoided it (like the plague) to find some peace in the lawned Gardens. The adult only pool is indoors with plenty of adult only signs however some special people did not think that this applied to them and let their kids swim in the pool, this was possibly because the main pool seemed to have 'reserve' towels placed on beds before 7AM each morning.

The Hotel was adjacent to a small sandy beach area, surrounded by rocks, it was not particularly inviting though.

Evening meals were held in the restaurant/canteen food was plentiful and ok, unfortunately their is no atmosphere in the restaurant and people tended to eat and go rather than take time over their meals.

We only saw evening entertainment in the hotel one night, it tended to finish at 11.30PM.

The location itself has a number of bars and restaurants, Kato Pafos where the hotel is located is quite built up. There are all types of restaurants nearby and you can find entertainment within a short walk of the hotel, if you like sports bars or Karaoke. You can also walk into pafos town or catch a bus or pay 8 euros in a taxi. Pafos itself is a large metropolitan sprawl, the harbour area is picturesque but full of touts and vendors.

We hired a car for most of the week and got out into the surrounding countryside, this is highly recommended if you want to see true Cyprus. recommended is a visit to the troodos mountains (try to find the uncommercialised areas though), Latchi, Lara Bay, Nicosia.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2009

A hotel with a real atmosphere, entertainment was excellent and the animation team with Alexandra, Chris, Anis and Frank (aka Rodney!) was the best we have seen. The whole family agreed it is the best holiday we have had in some time.
For those reading the comments of others it is true that the Euro has pushed bar prices up and that some of the hotel is looking a little tired and I was concerned having looked on trip advisor whether we had made the right choice.
I was very pleasantly surprised and we had fun everyday, met lots of new friends and really did not want to come home. There were a number of people who were on their seventh plus visit and I can see why. The Hotel is clean and the food is very good.

If you like an active holiday with lots of activities you will not be disappointed similarly with the extensive grounds you can enjoy a peaceful, uninterupted holiday. The supermarket next door is an added bonus and the sun really shines every day!!

Highly recommended family hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

This hotel is one of the best ever,rooms excellent,service second to none,food the best ever,fantastic selection,entertainment very good,most happy and polite staff I have ever met. Fantastic pool,also next to beach. Location great,some bars and restaurants very near hotel,you can walk into Pathos in about 15 minutes or get a bus outside hotel,which
takes about 5 minutes to Pathos centre.
A very big thank you to Peter the hotel manager and a big thank you to all the the staff
you made our holiday for us.
I will go back again and again

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank nitsab
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Reviewed 28 June 2009

We had a lovely time at this hotel.Staff very friendly and helpful, excellent food, lovely location

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2009

Yes I agree with another review, the rooms are in serious need of a revamp and you need time to run a bath as it is so slow. We found there was the usual rush for sunbeds which often started before 7am. We found there was not a sunbed to be had when we returned to the hotel at 2pm so we had to wait this does not go down well with young children. The animation team work hard ,the pool bar is expensive and very poor for a pool bar with very little snacks on offer, perhaps if they cut their prices a bit to stop people popping out to the nearby supermarket for drinks etc they would find themselves busier and so put a smile on their faces as they were very sullen. The toddlers pool is too small. The beach is not private as it says on some web sites and it is dirty although stuff is washed up perhaps a clean up in the early morning would be of help.
We would return but not until the rooms are updated
The food was excellent something for everybody and plenty of it.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank lizebac
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

never been to Cy prus, fortunately I will not be put of from returning by this hotel. I will however not be returning to the Louis Imperial again. The hotel is in need of a serious facelift as it is very much showing it's age. The hotel was clean but very drab and the rooms, although reasonable in size for two adults and our two young children were in poor condition. the bathroom was old and looked dirty. although it was clean it just looked old.The bath took an age to fill and there was black mildew in the sealant around the bath. The aircon was noisy and the television only showed sky news and a children movie channel in english.
We booked this hotel as it had a kids club. We took a 3yr, 4yr and 11yr old with us. The kids club does not run on wednesdays. It was run by a hungarian girl who was in her earliy twenties who had the personality of a dead cat. There was only her running the club. The rest of the adult animation team were enthusiastic and friendly. There was also a lifeguard training course on when we arrived on the Wednesday so the kids club didn't actually start til the Saturday. This was very poor as the hotel should have put something in place to cover this abstraction.
The kids therefore spent most of the time in and around the pool. The main pool is poor and although of a reasonable size it is, like the rest of the hotel, in need of repair. Towards the end a yound girl caught he leg in a broken edge slab that tilted as she walked on it. These edge slabs had been like this since we arrived and it took this incident for something to be done. the pool is also not child fri endly. There is not a shallow end, with the shallow end being approx 1.1m in depth. there is a small circular childrens pool next to the main pool but it is not very big.

The entertainment in the evening was very poor. the first show was by the daytime animation team. it was very amatuerish and laughable. the highlight being a couple called take two who would have been voted off Britains got talent at the first auditions

The food was of reasonable quality and range and the restaurant was reasonable. that is the best that I can say about that really.

The weather was the only redeeming feature. absolutely fantastic. If the weather had been poor I would have hated very moment of it. I am sorry that I can't say anything really nice about this hotel. I have been to lots of four star hotels and this is definately not a four star hotel. spend a million pounds on the rooms, pools and kids club and the outside then you may say that this is a four star hotel. Until then............

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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3  Thank giles1009
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Reviewed 9 June 2009

Arrived at 9.30 in the evening had to fill in a card for check in while doing this was given a glass of fresh orange juice and a voucher for a meal during our stay as we missed evening meal ( we were half board)

On to the room, it was on the 3rd floor room 333 and was clean with a bowl of fresh fruit and bottle water for us. The bathroom was quite dated but functional it had dispensers over the hand basin for soap and over the bath for shower gel. Shower or taps not the best pressure and an old fashioned automatic hair drier fixed to the wall.The beds had blankets on them though they were took off the next day as it hotted up.

Breakfast was great all the usual fare, toasters that worked well, many coffees though out of machine but fine, bucks fizz if you wanted it, all well organised also the doors open out onto the pool area so you can breakfast outside, lovely.

Pool area spotless, lots of sunbeds and matresses also a grassy area that reaches to the sea front.

Evening meal really nice always a fish dish , 3 meat dishes , veg, salads, cakes and sometimes a english pudding such as apple pie and custard. We had a chinese night mexican and carvery. You have to buy your drinks at dinner and we opted for the litre bottle of water at 2.25 euros (not cheap)

The safe in the room costs 3 euros a day and a towel for the pool is 10 euros but you get this back at the end of your visit, the towels are changable every 3 days.

The entertainments team work really hard, Chris is a lovely girl who takes water aerobics, stretching, the quiz (not to be missed a good laugh) and cocktail tasting. The guys do water polo, archery etc.

The hotel is situated on a strip of good hotels with some bars a few minutes away and the harbour 25 to 30 minutes walk away.
All in all a good hotel the rooms will need revamping soon to keep up to standard but we had no complaints at all.... well except the hotel bar which is rather pricey they charge 3.80 for a pint of Keo and cocktails are 5.60, they have a happy 3/4 of an hour early on then 10.45 till 11.30 where the drinks are 50% off though the staff seem to lose a lot of there speediness at this time and by the time I ordered a cocktail and got it there wasnt much time to get another.Though we only did this the once.
Lots of people go back to this hotel year after year and say its not as nice as it was years ago but things go downhill and become dated somewhere along the line I would go back tommorrow.... wish I was.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Poseidonos Ave, Paphos 8101, Cyprus
Region: Cyprus > Paphos District > Paphos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Paphos
#7 Luxury Hotel in Paphos
#7 Spa Hotel in Paphos
#9 Romantic Hotel in Paphos
#9 Family Hotel in Paphos
Price Range: $144 - $403 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Louis Imperial Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 239
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by exotic gardens and only a few steps from the azure blue Mediterranean waters this 4 Star plus Paphos hotel invites you and your family or friends to experience a truly relaxing Cyprus holiday. ... more   less 
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