In all, we have stayed in Alykanas 8 times (3 times at the White House) so have a bit of experience of the resort - and we love it.
Pavlos and Karen were excellent hosts as usual and the complex was spotlessly clean thanks to the tireless work of Camelia who has been with them for many years now. Ivan seems to fill an assortment of roles from clearing tables to fixing aircon and was cheerful and helpful throughout our stay.
The pool is the main attraction for us. It is immaculately cared for, the water is always crystal clear and debris free and is deep enough at 2.3m for careful diving - even though the standard signage prohibits it - whilst providing a good environment for younger or less capable swimmers. As stated by others, the early morning rush for sun beds is not required because there are plenty to go around - this is not necessarily the case after lunch when people come in from other apartments and hotels. The only disappointment around the pool is the number of sun umbrellas that were unserviceable and either could not be kept open or required bits of paper and/or lots of juggling to keep them up/open. See conclusion.
The rooms have always been basic - as in many similar resorts across Europe - but they are now becoming shabby and the equipment outdated. The beds are on the firm side but suited us, not so the pillows which are thick and unforgiving. The kettle was temperamental and would trip the electric at any point in use, or when not being used. The toaster had electrical tape where the flex had been damaged but not renewed. Both these devices were connected to an extension lead that went behind the water taps and had to be used either on top of the cooker or on the draining board within inches of the sink! Although this is not unique to these apartments, it is potentially a lethal mix of water and electricity. There is no worktop which makes cutting bread, buttering toast etc. a bit of a balancing act.
The toilet in our apartment made a noise like a spitfire taking off when flushed, next door had to aid flushing with a saucepan of water. Although it sort of did the job, the shower didn't shower, it poured water from a height, a few euros on a new shower head would have sorted it.
A quick look around the area reveals loose paving tiles that have been that way for several years, a few dried-up plants and no effort at landscaping. But, the shade provided by the fir trees and the ever busy colony of sparrows is some compensation.
Would we return? Definitely, because there are so many plus points: Pavlos & Karen, the immaculate pool, cleanliness, excellent aircon (and price), friendly and efficient staff, great catering and bar standards/prices, located close to Andreas's shop/Letsos Supermarket etc. and well placed for the best restaurants, peaceful and quiet most of the time and generally a place where we feel comfortable and at home. The proximity of the White House to the outstanding Shoestring Beach is a major plus point
Can it be improved? Although it is obvious that investment is difficult at this time in Greece, the answer is yes please. Refurbishment of the poolside and the apartment kitchen/bathroom areas is overdue if the balance between service and facilities is not to be tipped to the point where returning customers are drawn elsewhere by accommodation of a higher standard at a similar price. This would be a tremendous shame because the White House is a jewel in Alykanas's crown, albeit it lacking a little lustre at this time.
Will we return? It's high on our list for next year!
- Also Known As:
- White House Studios Zakynthos/Alykanas