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Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Alykanas
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“Gorgeous Hotel!!!”
Reviewed January 29, 2011

My husband and I went to the Alykanas Beach Aparthotel for a week in September 2010 for our Wedding Anniversary. When we got there, we got a taxi to the hotel, which we had pre-booked, because I really don't care for coach rides!
We pulled up and went into the lobby, which was nice and bright and the lady on reception was lovely. Got us checked in and into our room within 5 minutes! We walked through the courtyard, which was lush and green with pretty paths and a fountain in the middle.
We were on the ground floor, had a little terrace and were steps away from the pool and bar.
The Room: Was very comfortable, twin beds (with cabinets) with a small kitchenette, sink, electric hob, toaster and kettle. (What more do you need!?!) There was a long couch and a dressing table with mirror, as well as a small dining table and chairs and a wardrobe, yet it was not at all cluttered! Glass double doors led to the terrace which was of a reasonable size with a table and chairs and a small clothes line! All in all, it was very clean and comfortable, a perfect base for a holiday!
The Pool area and Bar: Oh My Gosh!!! It was all so pretty and cute and absolutely gorgeous! It was all very clean and friendly. The staff were great, immediately made us feel comfortable as we wondered around. We got ourselves a coke and ice cream each and just looked around! To the front of the bar, overlooking the sea is the freeform pool, deep one end, shallow the other, gleaming and VERY inviting! There were tons of sun loungers around the pool, BUT, these do get busy! Towels on early was the order of the day, however, once you pick a lounger, you seem to be on that one all week! To the left of the bar was a really cute shaded area with really comfy sofas and a large flat screen. The bar also had a few flat screens around to watch. Past the shaded area, a little playground for the kids, not great but I'm sure it gave some kids some amusement!
One thing I will say about the pool and bar... If you want a nice quiet holiday, this really isn't for you. The music is as up to date (chart music) as they could get, most of which I had on my phone, so I was happy, with few variations, but they play it loud and I should imagine for some older travellers it may get annoying. The food served is nice and simple, and thoroughly enjoyable, especially the cooked breakfasts!
With any luck, by the time this season gets underway, the guy running the bar will have a new favourite song! I didn't like 'I wanna be a Billionaire' before I went, and now when I hear it, I scream and change radio stations! Best of Luck!!!
Down a few wooden steps and you're on the beach. Not alot of beach, but a beach. And the water is just fabulous. It was really strange, because the sand bank is huge! So you have to go out about 40/50 metres to get waist deep, which was a real novelty! Lots of space, and you could even see Kefalonia from the beach!
Around and about: It was typically touristy, with lots of restaurants, bars and nik nak shops, but pleasant to walk around and there was no chance of going hungry! Lots of variety, but if you fancy a little slice of home, just round the corner from the hotel is a nice little spot called Cosy Corner, run by Jules and Shortie! They are really friendly, have a nice selection of Greek and English dishes, and it is generally a lovely place to be! We went for a meal there on our Wedding Anniversary and were surprised to see she remembered our last visit and treated us to a bottle of champers on the house! Secluded and friendly, definately the place to go if you like to a see friendly face!!!
There is a supermarket up the road, which is a little overpriced (especially sun block!!!) but good for bits like bread and milk and the like. There is also an ATM and post box outside, very handy!
Now for the bad bits, of which there are very few!!!
First of all, if you are planning on driving in Zakynthos, make sure you are of brave character and have an inkling of what you are getting yourself into. There rule seems to be drive however you want, just make sure you make way for anythin g bigger than you are!!!
Next, staying at the Alykanas Beach, be aware, that staying in rooms near to the pool bar will mean limited sleep! The music is loud and constant and closing the doors and windows won't get you anywhere! If you are bothered by loud music, request one on the outside of the complex, not facing the garden/courtyard, and away from the pool area. I don't know if they'll comply, but it's worth a try of you appreciate peace and quiet!
IF you go to Shipwreck Cove on a trip (which is lovely) try to go early on a smaller trip, rather than a large one later on, as it gets VERY crowded! Also, if you are going to go on an island cruise, go for a small boat of you can! The larger boats are crowded (up to 500 people) and have very little by way of sanitary toilets and refreshments, which is a pain for a seven and a half hour trip! ALSO, when you get off the boat, make sure you wear something on your feet. It isn't obvious from pictures, but the first 2 metres of the beach is sand coloured stones, and I cut my foot when I stepped down. Watch your kids in the water, as it gets very deep, very quickly!
ALL IN ALL, it was a very pleasant holiday and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! We would happily return to the Alykanas Beach hotel, but we would check first to see if the barman had a new favourite song!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

We have been going her since it was built in 2001. some times 4 times a year. Luvvly luvvly people. clean and hard working. yes one can always find a dodgy bit of furniture or a funny smell in the bathroom or watever. If you go on holiday with the attitude of enjoy, then this place is for you. Hire a car and do the island (its only 40klms by 15). There really is so much to see. Yes there is Kareoke 3/4 nights a week. you dont have to join in and it doesnt actually get that much of a take up. The staff are truelly fantastic and will do anything to help you. Over the years we have got to know so so many brits that come back here year on year on year. We are pretty 'staid' and jus want a pleasant quiet/semi quiet holiday/good food/good atmosphere and nice people. Never have we come back home wishing anything other than 'when will we get back here?'. (we are fortunate enough to also go to many other countries each year as well...so as not to appear 'Greek Anoraks' , and yet of all the places/ countries we go to, nothing beats this place.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cheshire
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

I travelled with my partner, my son and daughter in law and 2 young children under 7. It was their first holiday abroad and we could not have chosen a better location. We wanted close to the beach, we were literally on it. We wanted a nice peaecful location with a choice of eating places, we had it. Alykanas beach is not the best I have been to but the hotel pool was great for the kids as well as the adults and we did go in the sea on several occassions. The weather for September/October was good, still very warm and we all got a nice tan. The facilities in the apartments are adequate for a self catering holiday, not brill but you can cook a meal with a little effort. There are so many lovely places to eat out that we didn't bother cooking apart from breakfast. The hotel also provides a very good reasonably priced menu for breakfasts and lunches. There was no entertainment at the hotel in the evenings which was a bit disappointing. I would recommend this for anyone wanting a nice holiday in Greece with or without the kids.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

We stayed at this hotel for a week in September. I'll start with positives as it was a good holiday and lovely island. The hotel location is right on top of the beach so you have the option of sea or pool which is nice. There wasn't a major battle for sunbeds but then it was September. We were also lucky with weather as it turned as we left.

The local Alykanas town was good, few restaurants (Lemon tree good) and bars but not "too tacky or 80's" like some other areas can be. We hired a car (highly recommend for the £150 a week) so came to the conclusion North is better if your not a teenager or early twenties. If you single and young Laganas in the South is pretty good. Tsivili was nice. If you want to see turtles - then you'll see plenty in the Souvenir shops. We hired a boat and that was good fun though but no turtles.

As for the hotel, well the outside is fine but inside the rooms were very tired, especially the kitchen area and bathroom. We stayed in three rooms (yes moved twice). The fridge in one was so small and held together with string, I was always playing catch with the drinks when the door opened. The string was also an extra for you to hang your towel in two of the three room. Room 2 also had sewage smell problems and it wasn't us and our diet, just rotten egg smell all the time.

To be fair the lady on reception accomodated our requests. I wouldn't say I'm picky and I know you're on hloliday but I except some standards.

This hotel has real potential but sadly tired. Also if you love karoke then this hotel is for you. 4 out of 7 nights was karoke. I'm no big fan but 4 nights was certainly overkill and there could have been more variety. Maybe I'm just jealous I can't sing!
Also 5 euro a day to hire sunbeds that are literally on beach 5 yards from free ones.
6 euro a day for air-con and 20 euro for safe.

But seriously if you don't care about your living standards, enjoy sun, sea, karoke then you'll love it. I've put this hotel as poor but some area like the outside were good.
Just a little extra effort and service makes all the difference......please!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

We arrived at the Alikanas beach hotel and were very impressed by the hotel, location and room which was overlooking the beach - wonderful!! until the music started from the bar (which no one was in but the staff) we were not suprised! not fitting with the resort or location of the hotel more like we should have been in lagana, no peaceful siester for us in the afternoons!
Maid service second to none and the cleanliness everywhere was faultless.
True what others have said the large supermarkets are expensive, the local shop next to the hotel was cheap and the staff very friendly and had everything to meet our needs - wonderful yoghurt and peaches with honey for breakfast, yum yum.
Whatever you do dont miss out on the road train trip to the museum and taverna, we dont usually do trips but this was brilliant and thouroughly reccomended.
Favourite taverna the Nedira at the end of the beach, playing buzuci and guitar next to the beach, with lovely food, also the Posiden Taverna in the town, avoid the Cuba bar cocktails, didnt know what they were doing, but Zeus had wonderful cocktails as well as the Bridge Cafe.
Loved the hotel and location but would not go back because of the music, we did complain 3 times and were told it was a hotel for young people as well, we did suggest that they look around at their clientelle and play music accordingly, it fell on deaf ears!! shame really as we would like to have gone back.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Swindon
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

If you like Greek aparthotels you'll love this one. The building is impressive, the reception and public areas just ooze 4-star quality. The room we had was on the ground floor with a sea view. It was clean, well-decorated and well furnished with a large balcony. Cooking was the standard two rings plus a toaster and kettle. The windows had metal shutters and decent glazing to keep out noise. It's very secure and we felt the safe was a waste of money. There is a maid service every day, including Sundays, and we lost count of how often the linen and towels were changed.

The pool is very large and immaculately maintained. It wasn't cold so we could swim proper lengths before breakfast. We found plenty of sunbeds for September. The large comfortable bar serves drinks at the same prices as the restaurants and the snacks are excellent quality and value. They finished cooking at 6.00pm at this time of year. There are two covered areas next to the beach where a waitress will bring drinks and food. She must walk 15 miles a day at least. Music from the bar generally finishes around midnight but it stays open until 1.30am and the odd tiddly person was a bit of a nuisance but not a real problem.

There is a narrow beach with sunbeds next to the pool. It slopes ever so gently, then about 50yds out there is a sandbar and you are back to paddling ! It's very safe for kids. We never paid for a sunbed but one day a well-dressed young lady was charging; we thought it might be a scam so it's worth asking the staff. The beach gets much wider away from the hotel.

The staff on Reception were quite reserved but the others were all very friendly and helpful. You could stay at the hotel all day every day until the evening if you had a mind to and you would still have a good holiday.

Trips. They are all available in the main street. In particular be careful with boat trips. The seas around Zakynthos are quite choppy and it's easy to get caught with a rough or cancelled trip. Wait until it's been calm for a couple of days then book at the last minute. The Greek Night at Exo Hora ( which I usually hate ) was actually brilliant fun. Not to be missed is the little road train in Alykanas. It's far from the silly tourist trip it appears. The guide is English but knows more about Zakynthos than most Zakynthians. She brought a museum to life and we had a good lunch at a real village taverna with free wine. Great value and really interesting. The evening trip to Zakynthos Town was disappointing; there isn't much there and the harbour pongs !

Eating out. As usual you are spoilt for choice. Do take a carriage to the Lemon Tree but fix the fare first. It should be 5 euros but we heard of people paying 15. The Lemon Tree was quite good but the service was slow even for a holiday. We waited 20 minutes for a menu and a drink but it was busy. In the town we liked Poseidon where there is a no-smoking area. The food is great and the waiters are good fun, playing tricks on each other and regular customers. Across the road Mantalena's is a family-run restaurant which offers excellent Greek food. It's more restrained than Poseidon but still friendly; ideal for a quieter night. If you like familiar food then the Chinese/Indian restaurant was always busy and we heard good reports of the Cosy Corner near the Alykanas Beach which is English-owned and offers English food as well as Greek. Fans of the Greedy Greek will be disappointed to hear that it's gone and the site is now being used for motor bike hire. In fact we saw lots of closed-down tavernas around the island no doubt hit by the Greek economic problems.

Car Hire. We had one for three days. You will see all round the island in that time whether you want to or not. The Greek maps are useless and the signposting often missing. Keri Beach and Porto Vromi are well worth a visit.

So why are we unsure about Zakynthos ? Well, it's a typical Greek island but doesn't seem to offer anything you can't see elsewhere. We also found it colourless. Other islands are still full of flowers in September. Some houses were covered in bloom so it can be done but generally they just don't seem to bother. Our theory is that this is a legacy of the 1953 earthquake which literally flattened everything and growing flowers was hardly a priority after that.

Summary: a great hotel in a great location. It's particularly good if you are looking to relax and not get out and about a lot; there's not a lot to get out and about to see. That said, we were more than pleased with our fortnight. The photos on the website are perfectly genuine so we didn't add any.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

Myself and a friend upgraded from a studio to an apartment in order that we could have a comfortable living space i.e. couch or easy chair. We paid an extra £198 as advised by Thomas Cook that we would have a separate living room. On arrival we were extremely disappointed to see that it was a small kitchen which contained a table and 3 chairs only!!! No couch or chairs. The bath water backed up into the drain in the bathroom upon having a shower.

Eventually after complaining to the night time receptionist who was totally disinterested in our plight, our Tour Rep and the day time receptionist managed to re-locate us to a studio room No 360 which was fine. The freezer didn't work so we were advised by the manager to get ice from thye Bar however, the bar tender didn't take kindly to this.

Overall we found the staff to be unfriendly, except as I said for Voulas night desk and a young waitress. The incessant music was dreadful - there was no night-time entertainment as we were advised by Thomas Cook. The response when asked if Elvis was appearing was Elvis no coming!! TG.

The trips booked via Thomas Cook are a complete rip-off Euros 34 for a Greek night which consisted of a young child/girl prancing about - no male dancers - and being dragged around a car park. The food was mediocre and not worth the money neither was the trip to Zante town. If you want to shop don't bother it was full of tourist tat and the restaurants and bars were much more expensive.

Zante on the whole, will be nice once it's finished! The weather at the end of September is very changeable - thunder and lightning included. Compared to islands like Santorini or Mykonnos it doesn't hold a candle.

We won't be returning to Zante or to this hotel. I think this hotel is very good for families and the location is excellent, but as to comfort, peace and quiet it is dreadful.

The Lemon Tree and the restaurant on the bridge were good.

On a positive note the hotel was spotless and our cleaner , Rula, was wonderful. I suppose it depends on standards and where you've been before, but in these days of credit crunch I expect good customer service, standards to be high and travel agents to be honest in how they represent their properties.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Property: Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel
Address: Alykanas 29090, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Alykanas
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Alykanas
Hotel Class:3 star — Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 140
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