Have just returned from a 2 week holiday between 15th-29th August, where myself, my husband and 17 year old daughter had a lovely stay. It is a hotel, suited for families and couples to stay at, but not really suited for young clubbers.
Our room was number 316, top floor facing the mountains, which gave us a beautiful view to look out at throughout our stay. However, as many past reviewers mentioned, as of mid afternoon, the balconies to these rooms do get really hot, but that didn't really bother us, as whenever we returned from the beach and had showered off, we could hair dry naturally, as well as get the beach towels/swimwear dry too. First thing in the morning, the sun is over the other side of the building, so it is very pleasant to sit out there and enjoy a cuppa/light breakfast.
The kitchen, however, is not very well equipped with crockery etc (again, as noted by previous reviewers). Although there were 3 of us, there were only 2 very small tea cups (later into our stay, another one was placed in the room for us without our having asked for it), just 2 drinking glasses, which meant one of us had to drink out of a small teacup or wait until another glass was spare.
There is not adequate drawer space, especially if there are more than 2 occupants and there was plenty of room next to the wardrobe for a 4-drawer chest of drawers to be placed. The beds were very comfortable and the linen/towels were changed every 2 days, which we had never experienced in any other accommodation on the various Greek islands we have stayed in the past. Room maid service was to a high standard, as we noticed each time we returned to the room late afternoon, the floor had been cleaned in both the main accommodation area/bathroom. The cleanliness also applied to all public areas within the complex.
The swimming pool area was never crowded and was also maintained to a high standard. The pool water was also free from any debris, although my husband always came away with extremely sore eyes, as the water was heavily chlorinated.
Nikos seemed like a friendly person behind the bar, although we didnt have the need to get to talk to him otherwise, as everything was fine. His mum was also very friendly, but dad, although polite enough to greet us with a brief "kalispera/kalimera", always seemed a bit not as approachable.
There is free wi-fi, but only around the bar area (actually you have to sit at a table quite near to the bar itself to get a good signal. There are routers outside of the balconies, so you can get wi-fi connection whilst in your room, but when we enquired with Nikos, he said, although the router is working, it is not connected, as he had had trouble with the provider. Also, although there is a TV in the room, as we have found in previous accommodation on Greek islands, you can only get Greek TV and nothing else.
One important point, probably due to being surrounded by farmland/fields, there was a high presence of mosquitoes, so make sure you go "armed with plenty of ammunition" to get rid of these pests. We always found, when the sun began to set behind one of the mountains directly ahead of our balcony, the mozzies were soon surrounding us, so we had to make sure the shutters were closed and not to turn on lights before doing so!
Was there anything we didn't like about our stay here? Yes, although it is nice to be surrounded by wildlife and farmland, we did get frequently woken up by a cockerel, who tended to strut freely at all hours, around the farmland directly beneath our balcony and so whenever he decided to "raise his voice", it sounded as if he was sitting outside on the balcony! Another thing we didnt really like was the fact that although smoking was not allowed within the building since 2007, guests were allowed to do so outside on their balcony (fair enough), which on many occasions meant, if we happened to be sitting outside admiring the view and just relaxing, all of a sudden, a horrendous smell of cigarette smoke would linger over from one of the balconies either side to ours (the same would happen, if we were still asleep with the doors open (we did without the air conditioning, as it was extortionately expensive at 50 Euros a week, when some people, who we made friends with and who were staying at the White House apartments in Alykanas, only paid 35 Euros per week), we would, on many occasions, be woken up with the annoying smell of smoke coming in through the open door! - just minor dislikes, but nonetheless not very nice, if you happen to be non-smokers and would rather enjoy breathing in fresh air, as opposed to filthy nicotine!!
We didn't go to the the Tuesday night BBQ, as on the first Tuesday of our holiday, when we were going out to one of the local restaurants for our evening meal, we happened to see the amount of meat being prepared and really we didnt feel we could manage 10 Euros worth of this and other accompaniments to make it worthwhile.
The bar area was always kept clean and tidy andwas always well occupied (not overcrowded) with residents and it had a really nice atmosphere, with the music being played at a sensible volume. We didnt have breakfast at the bar, although we did notice, was a really nice spread, with prices starting from 3.50 Euros,
The Plessas Palace is situated in the family orientated/couples resort of Alykanas and just 10 minutes away from the sandy Alykanas Beach. At the end of the long road leading up to the beach, you reach the Valais Hotel, where you can hire 2 sunbeds,parasol, a table and a chair for 7 Euros, but this part of the beach is quite crowded, so if you go left along the beach from here, 2 sunbeds and parasol (no table etc, - this didnt make any difference to us), is only 5 Euros and the sunbeds are really spaced apart and this part of the beach is not overcrowded at all, which makes your day very relaxing and peaceful. The water is clear, clean and very safe for children and non-strong swimmers/paddling, as you have to go out someway until the water reaches up to your chin. Further along this beach, approaching the Alykanas Beach Hotel, the stretch of sand gets very narrow and therefore very crowded with hardly no space between sunbeds/towels placed on the sand. Also, this part of the beach was quite noisy, mainly with "the British fish and chip/pie and mash Brigade", who had spilt out onto the beach from the Alykanas Beach Hotel - not something which you want to be reminded of, as it is always nice to sit/lie on the beach and look at the lovely calm clear sea and not having to listen to bellowing irate British parents screaming at their kids and using the occasional bit of foul language.
We went to many restaurants in the vicinity and we thoroughly enjoyed eating at Vagi's, Mantalenas, Vrisaki, Greek Acropolis, Dinonysos and Memories (though the menu on the latter restaurant was not very exciting and some of the dishes were lacking in flavour). At Memories, you get a free half litre carafe of rose, red or white, but the white always seemed to be somewhat watered down. Also, at the end of the meal, kids get a free ice cream, but sometimes, the waiters/waitresses forget to ask if you want a free ice cream at the end of the meal and it is not worth bothering to remind them, as the portion wasnt very big anyway. There is also a kids small play area here. Service is very quick and the staff are all friendly, except for a slightly older waiter, who always seems to look quite serious and bemused. The girl at the entrance, who is trying to invite everyone passing by, to stop and have a meal here, is very pleasant, but we noticed, a lot of people were crossing the road just to avoid her approaching them. This is the only place we saw this kind of hardsell and it is unnecessary, as the restaurant seemed to be always full anyway.
The food at Vagi's was very tasty and the service was very quick and the staff were all very friendly and genuine. The restaurant was very clean and never overcrowded. At the end of a meal, kids are given a free ice cream, which is a generous portion, brightly presented with sparkly decoration/sparkler. There is also a small kids play area at the back of the restaurant.
The food at Vrisaki was very nice, though nothing special, we thought. We had called in there on 2 past occasions during this holiday, but it was always full, so when we actually did succeed in getting a table on a 3rd occasion, we were quite pleased that we were able to get to see what all the fuss was about this restaurant. The staff are very friendly and the restaurant is very clean, with all the tables free of any previous diners plates. However, we felt that the portions were very small, as opposed to many of the nearby restaurants, so we just visited this restaurant once.
Mantalenas restaurant was very nice and clean, but always seemed quite empty, which bore no justice to their standard of service/food. The staff were very friendly and welcoming as soon as we sat down and we were presented with 2 complimentary small shot glasses of Ouzo, which seemed to be watered down, but a nice gesture nontheless. The food was very flavoursome and had a true home-cooked taste about it. Here, again, kids are given a free ice cream at the end of the meal.
The Greek Acropolis, a restaurant which opened in May this year, was quite basic in their menu. The staff are genuinely (not overly friendly) and the restaurant itself is very clean all round. It is just a shame however, they are just across the road from Memories, where there is a girl trying to trap all passers by into that restaurant and therefore, they get to by-pass The Greek Acropolis.
Dinonysos restaurant didnt impress us at all (we only went there once), as the food was very bland and the portions very small, compared with many restaurants in the vicinity. The spag bolognese, for example, was extremely dry and did not taste of any of the usual bolognese herbs and spices.
The many bars, along the main road, are not too rowdy, but have a good clientele. We usually popped into Zeus Bar, which is not too far away from the Plessas Palace, where they serve up some delicious cocktails and the staff are all extremely friendly. Also, you can use a free computer at the bar and there is also free wi-fi for your own personal handheld devices. The seating area outside is very comfortable and very tidy, with the staff and owners children all ensuring tables are cleared of dirty glasses etc. There is also a kids play area with bouncy castle.
To summarise, a very pleasant stay at the Plessas Palace, which was maintained to very high standards, with regard to cleanliness and decor.
We may return again, but have got to visit some more Greek islands before we do so!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Plessas Palace
- Plessas Palace Alykanas
- Plessas Palace Hotel Zakynthos/Alykanas