We decided to stay at Kinetta beach Resort because we wanted a resort vacation that would allow us to see some of Greece.
The resort is located approximately 1 hour from Athens airport. We took a train from Athens to get to the resort. We were told by phone that the hotel was located across the street from the train station. This was not true...we had to walk over a kilometer with our luggage on a gravel road (with no sidewalk). When we got to the resort I noticed my suitcase wheel had broke as a result of the all terrain walk.
The location of the hotel and the views are nice. You can look out to the sea or into the mountains and it is really pretty.
Upon arrival we were very surprised that no one helped up with our luggage (which now no longer rolled). We were told to go eat and to leave our luggage at the front desk and then after eating we could "do the paperwork".
After our lunch we returned to the desk and were given our room keys and a map. We were again quite surprised that no one was going to help find our room, or carry our luggage, or even provide a trolley (remember the broken suitcase). We had some trouble finding our room, but a housekeeper was able to help even though she did not speak English.
The majority of the staff did not speak English and they catered mostly to French guests. The staff seemed very friendly to the French guests but we felt that most staff members were unpleasant to us.
Someone entered our room everyday to make our beds and replace the towels. We were surprised that empty cups and garbage were not thrown out. We were also not given a do not disturb sign which made us feel like someone could come in at any time.
On our second last day I was very shocked when my shampoo went missing. After questioning my husband and looking everywhere in our room we realized that the house keeper must have thrown it out. It was in a tupperware container which I had placed on the floor beside the shower. This made me very uncomfortable. I then felt like someone had been in our room and gone through our things. I don't understand why an empty coffee cup would not get thrown out, but my shampoo in a tupperware container would get thrown out???
When we finally were able to find our room we were happy with how it looked. It was simple but nice. The bathroom looked recently renovated and the shower was large. The room had automatic shutters that made the room completely dark which was great for sleeping/ sleeping in. We requested a king bed, as most couples would do on vacation and we were very surprised to see 2 double beds side by side. We were SO tired from our 30 minutes metro ride, plus 1 hour train ride, plus 30 minute walk to the resort, plus 15 minutes trying to find our room that we did not say anything. I don't know if this is what they would consider a king bed or if it was a mistake. The beds were comfortable and we did have lots of room to sleep though.
Food & Drinks:
At the resort their were 2 restaurant and a snack bar. The food was good and their was a large variety to chose from. The service in the small restaurant was ok. We were able to find a clean/ set table and the servers usually brought water and wine in a reasonable time.
On the other hand, the large restaurant was very chaotic. We did not once find a clean/ set table to enjoy our breakfast or lunch at. We then would have to track down one of 3 or 4 servers to get cups and cutlery. There was approximately 100 tables in the restaurant being served by these 3 or 4 servers.
On Saturday night they closed the small restaurant forcing us to go to the big restaurant. This was the worst eat out experience we have even had. Guests were pouring into the restaurant faster then the tables came available. The manager stood in the doorway and told people to find seats inside so that they could eat and leave quicker. It was far from a relaxing vacation dinner. The servers and the manager were running around like crazy and everyone looked unhappy (guests and waitstaff). I don't know if every Saturday is like this. We felt like we had to go out of our way and thank the one nice server because she was on the verge of tears because of the situation.
There were 3 main bars where you could get drinks throughout the day, a beach bar, pool bar and a dining room bar. Each bar had time restriction on what you could get and when you could go there. The beach bar was open during the day and had a long line up every time we went up for a drink. Beer seemed to be available most of the time and it was served in tiny plastic glasses mostly filled with foam. You also had the option of ouzo or gin and for about an hour in the afternoon you could also get vodka or rum. When we booked an all inclusive trip this is not exactly what we expected.
Overall, we enjoyed our vacation. We were able to have a great time and enjoy the beach and the views. We probably would not recommend this resort to friends or family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kinetta Beach Resort & Spa inspires from its unique location and offers visitors a unique mixture of magical scenery. Sea, sun, interminable gardens and clear pools surround this resort.In this beautiful environment one can find a piece of heaven. Relaxing family moments, romantic scenery as well as inexhaustible moments of entertainment, for both young and adults. The Kinetta Beach Resort & Spa offers its guests a complete holiday package. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kinetta Beach