My wife and I had a Christmas party at Zeus and stayed one night on 6 December 2013.
On arrival, it seems parking was an issue nearby the hotel so we asked reception where to park and were told anywhere would be OK as long as the cars were gone by 1100 the next morning. Like others, I specifically pointed out where my car was parked and again I was reassurred this would be OK until 1100 the next morning.
The drinks were standard, the meals were OK though on the expensive side.
Access to the room (room 21) was rather complex, involving a change of staircase at the first floor, the second staircase being on the oter side of the building . It takes time to get there, more importantly, if a fire broke out it would take time to get out. The room itself was small, overheated (we slept with the window open) and my wife and I prefered not to use the shower as it obviously needs to be overhauled. There is a sense of having things there, not because they are useful, but simply to tick a box: TV there is one, practically useless, there is a coffee and tea stray, no biscuits and unless one bring one's own water to the room (which we fortunately did) the tap water would not make a good tea or coffee and we would not recommend the shower.
Breakfast was prepared with economy rather than quality in mind. It is served in the pub rather than the restaurant and coffee, tea and bread needs to be obtained from a table in front of the bar. There is a four slice toaster to be shared by all the guests, toasting bread on one side at a time (half of the heating elements in the toaster were not working) so it will take a while before you can have toast ... that is, if there is sufficient bread in the first place. Don't expect freshly squeezed juices. Expect just one egg, one sausage and bacon the last two very fatty (again it's provided but most people will leave most of these, others will not even try).
The next morning all cars for our those in our party that stayed the night had penalty charge notices issued at about 0700. The hotel refused to take any ownership for this despite confirming that our parking would be trouble free until 1100. If they had said there is nowhere to park, we would not have stayed but this would have also affected directly the bar bill and indirectly the meals.
This is a very expensive place to stay considering what one gets. To avoid.
For sure, they'll never see me again.
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