First, I want to be clear that I very much enjoyed this holiday and the hotel. I don't want to come across too negative, but there's a few things I would have liked to know before booking.
The place looks great on arrival, and the reception, eating area, pool, bar and gardens are very pleasing. There are some nice sofas and a garden to look at near the front which is a good place to sit in the early evening. Staff are friendly and as helpful as they needed to be, reception was good and they did their best to deal with things in a friendly and expedient manner. The Olympic Holidays Reps were very 1990s though, with the one assigned to the hotel distinctly average (review questionnaires and flight details were posted to us without ANY details on, just blank spaces).
We stayed in the new apartments built a 2 minute walk from the main hotel reception. We were the first to stay there, and they were not actually finished when we arrived (there was some painting, finishing, furniture jobs to be done [installing the fridge]). However, after about 30 minutes they were all done and were very nice. You can see they will be developing the apartments with sofas, baths, etc from the layout - but this isn't yet done. Next year, this will be a more expensive room to stay in.
The hotel had problems with water for 4 of our 7 days. No hot water for 2 days was a particular problem. The main hotel had NO water for one of the nights, but this did not affect the apartments.
The pool area is a lovely and relaxed, and the selection at the pool bar is good, though if you like a variety of alcoholic drinks it was a bit poor. Soft drinks were varied and plentiful.
For a 4* place I was disappointed to be charged €7 per day for air conditioning and the Internet was €5 for 90 minutes (there is little free wi-fi in Kolymbia). We didn't get the air con, but next month when it's 35 degrees plus, you'll probably need it. 7/10.
Very hit and miss. Breakfast and lunch (on the whole) were great to good. Breakfast had a variety of pastries, fruit, cereals, eggs, beans, etc... as holiday buffet breakfasts go it was good. Lunch was also good, plenty of variety, Greek dishes, fresh salad, nice cakes (some dodgy dishes but enough to get by). Dinner, however, was a mix of average to dreadful. One night they served Pork Belly and Fish, of very low quality. There were plenty of complaints. The word 's**t' was uttered on more than one table and in more than one language. Must try harder 5/10.
If you are looking for quiet relaxation, it's a great place to stay. Secluded, even for Kolymbia. It's a 15 minute walk to a very small town with maybe 3 lively bars if you want a few drinks. There is one bar close by (out the entrance and left - walk 3 minutes) that sells Mojtos for €2.
The nearest beach is a 5 minute walk and is stony. The waves are very strong in the evenings, so to be avoided after 5pm. A €10-15 taxi will take you to Tsambika beach which is absolutely beautiful. It's the other side of the mountain to the hotel, and takes 5 minutes. That is expensive, but the bus that picks you up outside the hotel did not come after we waited for 45 minutes so it can't be relied on. Renting a car is €60-€80 for a day, but there are some good deals on 3 day rentals.
That's it. In summation it was a good holiday, and is a nice 3* place. Not a 4*. It has potential though. I'd also mention that there was a very nice relaxed atmosphere around the place with a nice camaraderie between guests over the week, which I found to be very pleasant for a small hotel.
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