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Plessas Palace Hotel
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Alykanas
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

From the day we arrived to the day we left we were welcomed by the family who run the hotel.
Rooms are basic ,but functional, the shower is small so dont drop your soap, one problem was towles were only changed every 3rd days.
Breakfast was on the continelal basis, but this was fine for us.
Hotel is in good position for beach and resturants.
Good resturant wrere memoris, just down from hotel and the other one is one the road to Alkes by the river.
Another good find was Neraida at the end of the beach, who do free sun beds and drinks on the house!!
We also went to the greek night at the mill, which was a really good night and good valie for 16 euros.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

We arrived at this hotel to be told "Sorry we are overbooked, we are taking you to another place for the night". We were taken to an apartment down the road, which was really nice and told we would be picked up the following day to go back to Plessas Palace. One night then turned into 2 nights and of course you don't know whether to unpack or not. After having an argument with Pigi the owner, who insisted we had been told it was for 2 nights, we decided we would prefer to stay where we were and asked if that was possible. We were told we could not do that as there was not a room available. The next day Pigi delivered a letter to our accomodation telling us to go to Plessas Palace the following day and collect the money we had paid to her and that we now owed 20 euro a night for the new accomodation, which was about £50 more than we had originally paid. As it was not our choice to stay there for the first 2 nights, we insisted that Plessas Palace should pay for the first 2 nights. Eventually they paid for the full week. The first 2 days of our holiday was spoiled by all this and I would not recommend this hotel. On 3 more occasions we saw couples being transferred to other accomodation, so obviously the hotel had got the bookings totally wrong. I thought that it was because we had booked independently, but other couples had booked with tour operators and were also moved.

Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

We decided to go here after the reviews we saw - we have been to Greek islands before and know that the accomodation can be basic - we don't mid that, but it should at least be clean, and Plessas Palace was not clean. There was 7 in our party, so we had 3 rooms, and all 3 were poor.

I have a 13 months old daughter, and when we were arrived we were shown to a family room, and were told that we were going to have to change rooms for our last night due to another booking. Not too bad but a bit of a pain with packing and moving everything. We had 2 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds, and a small shower room/toilet. Cooking facilties were a microwave oven with 2 electric hobs. The plates, glasses, knoves and forks etc were all pretty dirty. There were cobwebs in the corners of the room, the shower room wasn't clean. There was mould in there too, and when you took a shower, the shower tray filled up really quickly so u had to be fast, and even so water leaked everywhere. The shower cubicles are tiny! It wasn't a great start.

My wife's parents were on the top floor. Their fridge was filthy, with what looked like grease all down the front, and cigarrette ends on the floor. They ended up cleaning their room themselves. My father in law also went and bought some wire to keep the shower head from falling off, and their shower room flooded all the time too. Aswell as this they had a really loud humming noise coming from the roof spac above them and had to buy ear plugs to sleep. Also the kettle in their room was broken exposing the electrical wires inside, but when my father in law took it the reception, Nicos just pushed it back together and asked if we wanted it back.

The other room we had wasn't too bad, but the shower room again was pretty poor in the same ways as the others.

As said earlier, we had to move for the last night, the room was slightly better but again the shower room/toilet was mouldly and needed a bit of work.

In our week here, I only saw one cleaner, which isn't enough for a property of this size. I think our rooms were cleaned once (not very well though), at which time the beds and towels were changed, not enough in my opinion.

Alykanas, and the neighbouring Alikes are great places for a holiday though, and we would definitely return there. There are lots of taverna's and bars, and we had really nice food nearly everywhere we ate. Also if you get a chance check out the greek night at the hotel koukkounaries (sp?) - 14 Euros for an all you can eat buffet (grilled chicken, pork kebabs, greek meatballs, sausage, pasta, salad, tzatziki, pitta, ice cream and wine etc) and greek dancing, we had a really good night.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

Me and my boyfriend have returned from a week long stay at Plessas Palace. We were a little bit worried after reading a couple of negative reviews but turned out there was nothing to worry about. The hotel is located just off Alykanas Main Road so it's within walking distance to all the restaurants and bars. Plenty of supermarkets also.

The rooms were reasonably sized, and were cleaned most days with towels and bed sheets changed twice a week (i think!). Most of the staff were very friendly, we had a problem with our hot water not being on and we went and told the guy and he sorted it straight away. The hotel pool was good, although a bit cold in September!! Pool bar was reasonably priced, food wasn't that great :( By the reception there was a pool table, hundreds of books and games to help yourself to - so lots to do! The hotel has its own supermarket, however, it is slightly more expensive than the other supermarkets. Not by much but i guess over a week it mounts up! We didn't find one particular supermarket to be cheaper, some things were cheaper in different ones - the hotel supermarkets prices were higher for most things though. We really didn't have too many problems here :) The only negative were the kitchens were a bit basic and old....cupboards smelt a little but nothing too bad!

We really liked the resort of Alykanas, we were a bit worried as a young couple that there wouldn't be much to do at night but there are quite a few lively bars and lots of restaurants. One thing to be aware of is in every restaurant they give you bread at the start of your meal - it's not free. You get charged anything between 1 and 2 euros for two people! A bit sneaky but i guess it is traditional to have bread before your meal. Most of the restaurants were lovely except one - Memories (right near Plessas Palace) we got speaking to another guy by the pool who go food poisoning from there :( The doctor who treated him said that he gets alot of food poisoning cases from that restaurant so steer clear! They all really try and coax you in but just keep walking! We really liked a bar called Cuba, lovely staff. La Caretta is a really nice restaurant. Also Pepe's for some Greek Fast Food - Souvlaki and Gyros Pitta!

All in all, a great holiday!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

We have just returned from a two week stay at the Plessas Palace Hotel, Alykanas nd personally can't wait to go back.

Firstly when we arrived the check in was very quick and we were in our room within 10 minutes. The room was very basic but spacious and the linen was very clean. The cooking facilities were only a two ring electric cooker but who wants to cook in the heat of the day. The kettle was only a travel kettle but we managed. The showers were always hot and OK, they weren't highly decorated, but after all, you only shower in them.

The on site shop stocked everything you needed and was not over priced compared to some of the bigger super markets in the centre of Alikanas. The shop was open from 7.00am to 1.00am.

The swimming pool was spacious and there were plenty of sunbeds. It states that you should pay 1 euro for a mattress for the sunbed but we never paid anything for them. This is for those people who are using our facilities but not staying at the Plessas.

The Plessas Hotel is a family run hotel and they are always on site. Pigi is the receptionist who looks after you and Nicos is the bar man who enjoys a laugh. The poolside bar served breakfast and all day snacks and meals and these were ample and reasonably priced. There was no entertainment at the hotel as many guests use the bars down the road as there are karaoke nights, quiz nights etc.

The hotel was a five minute walk from the centre and a ten minute walk from the beach. The beach was beautiful with plenty of activities to do ie. pedaloes for hire and speed boats. This was owned by the Valais Hotel and the beach staff were very friendly and it costs seven euros for two sunbeds and 1 umbrella. Even at 11.00am there were still sunbeds available.

We mainly used Busters Bar for our evening entertainment. Mike the Welshman was a great host who organised click (Card Bingo) and different quizzes. We never finished playing until 2.00am.

There are many restuarants in Alikanas that serve good meals and we ate mostly at Vargis which is next to the Indian and Chinese restuarant and roughly opposite the chemist in the centre. Fantastic meals and free wine!

If you stay at the Plessas Palace, I know you will have a great time.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2009

We have just come back from an 11 night stay in Zante, and had a lovely break. The resort is low key but there are enough restaurants, bars and shops for a resort of its size. Also within a 10 - 15 minute walk there is Alykes the neighbouring resort which is a little livelier.

The beach is lovely and great if you like people watching. The beds cost between 5 and 7 euros a day depending on where you decide to sunbath.

The choice of food is good you have everything from traditional Greek cuisine to Indian food so it does cater for all tastes; most meals were costing 35 - 35 euros for two people and two courses. We eat a few meals at Memories Restaurant really nice food and the waiter was good fun.

The hotel has a pool, supermarket, 24 hour reception, taxi service, internet access, free sun beds and umbrellas.

The rooms are very basic and were cleaned everyday, although not to my standard, there is air conditioning in the room (additional charge of 40 Euros per week or for our 11 night stay was 65 Euros) the bathroom small and basic. Linen was clean and changed every three days, towels again clean but only changed every three days (not the best really). If you like to self cater then this really isn't the hotel for you as in the room there was a very small kettle, hot plate and a fridge not the best really, however this didn't bother us as we didn’t use the facilities. Staff generally ok sometimes chatted sometimes didn't. We had a couple of snacks in the hotel and the food was reasonably priced and quite nice.

The trip on the little train is worth doing it takes you into the villages you can pick up the tickets from the 'Jam In' bar it cost 12 Euros.

All in all a nice resort but probably wouldn’t use the hotel again as it wasn't a clean as I would have liked.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2009

Owners to be friendly and helpful. We arrived at the hotel at about 8 am and check in wasn't a problem.

Room - basic but with a fabulous view overlooking fields and mountains. The smallholding nearby added to the charm and we whiled away hours every morning and evening watching the chickens running through the vines and the goat munching its way through everything it could find.

Cooking - Well we booked a self catering holiday but had no intention of cooking and it was as though someone had read my mind. The cooking facilities consisted of one large and one small electric hot plate and you were supplied with one large saucepan and one large frying pan. There was a kettle and a very useful normal sized fridge (which we made plenty of use of).

Don't bother cooking there are lots of reasonably priced restaurants within a short walking distance with a wide variety of cuisines.
There is a lovely bakery in the town centre - unfortunately their croissants and baklava are seductive so a trip to the gym is in order on your return from holiday!

Our salvation was the fruit shop on the road to the beach, turn right by the Greedy Greek. Buy your fruit and salad there as it is much cheaper than the supermarkets.

Beds were comfortable and we enjoyed a good night's sleep.

I hate the cold so can't stand air conditioning so didn't use it so I can't comment on price. For me the room temperature was just right - keep the shutter doors closed during the day and the room doesn't heat up too much.

I am glad I had been on a diet as the shower was tiny. There was a soak away in the middle of the bathroom floor so at a pinch you could leave the doors open!

Having read about the cockerel in the other reviews I took ear plugs with me. Even though there is a cockerel braadcasting the break of day where I live. I am glad that I did as there was no rhyme or reason to his timing, other than if the fellow in the distance decided to start up then he would join in. We counted about 5 of them in all (only one nearby) as there was a bit of a doodle doo fest going on one morning.

My advice is take some earplugs if you don't want to be disturbed but it was definitely worth going there and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sunbeds - well we couldn't believe our eyes. You could get up late any morning and still have a sunbed by the pool. Wonder where the Germans were staying then? We found that any time of the day there were sunbeds free.

Pool - It was crystal clear and most inviting.

I would stay here again as it was quiet, friendly and you didn't have to fight for the sunbeds.

Oh, the beach was quite nice too, but too hot to stay and sunbathe.

  • Stayed: July 2009
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Address: Alykanas Main Road, Alykanas 290 90, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Alykanas
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Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Alykanas
Price Range: $24 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Plessas Palace Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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