I travelled in a big group (24 mixed boys and girls) which we though we would be spread all over the hotel but all the rooms bar one were in the main building. I stayed in a B&B which has two beds which gave us the room directly above the main entrance over looking the pool. Breakfast was balls, really basic to the extreme. they had bread (sometimes hard bread) which could be toasted, jam, butter and honey for it, boiled eggs, cheese, ham, cucumber, tomatoes and cereal which had milk in a metal jug beside it, all morning...
the B&B rooms were upstairs which is a slight problem when you come in drunk at stupid o'clock. the knocking on doors at that time is also really annoying cause they dont really keep the sound out from people banging on other doors. The doors also have to be double locked (twist the key round twice) we found this out the hard way after turning it once and having another friend saying it was open when we were already out. Our shower in particular was annoying, we had to jam a hair bobble to keep the tap thing down which changed the water flow from coming out the tap to coming out the shower head. other than that you need to stand in a 1 meter by one meter little square thing with the tiniest (hardest to open) window which people could throw stuff in if they were on your balcony. Our balcony was huge! (sticking out one right of the 'Frixos hotel' sign in the photos) the aircon makes it really wet and really quickly but, it drips water when it was on. we ended up filling a 5 litre bottle over night! a tip for the air con though, its 45 euros for a week (15 per week for the safe) and you get your room key on a power card which you need to put in a socket thing which lets you use power in the room, if you take the key off the keyring which attaches to the power card you can go out and leave the power on which includes the air con so you come back to a cold room. aircon can also only get to 18 degrees which isn't that cold and its pretty noisey but definitely worth the money!
the pools pretty small for the amount of people that go during the day, it gets pretty busy. its also surprisingly deep and the swim up bar i never seen being used. sun loungers are pretty comfy but theres one that you put up and lie back on and it just falls! the pool opens at 8am and closes at 7pm (time to get ready to go out)
some of self catering rooms are on the ground floor of the main building and some are in a separate building which sleeps 4 to a room. the rooms in the separate building were a lot bigger than the ones in the main building and had a fridge, cooker, toaster, a kettle and cutlery so its easy to live of toast and pot noodles!
the location of the hotel is almost perfect! its a short walk from the strip and basically next to the main road which is all perfect is you get a quad! the beach is a good trek but its pretty small, over crowded! theres an abandoned looking construction site behind the pool bar with a small desert land thing between it which is a good short cut to getting down the strip if you use it then use the public path.
me and my mate decided to get a buggie which is like a two seater, red caged go-cart looking thing. we got this over the quads because they just don't feel safe, especially with some of the idiots driving about on them! this costed us 150 euros each which is more expensive than a quad but it covered everything with the buggie (damages, theft, tires) didn't cover petrol which you need to be careful with in case it runs out, costs 20 euro to fill it up which divided by two is perfect. We got it from 'Hermes' which is where the PR's, reps all get their quads, dirt bikes and buggies. There's also a good little shop at the very entrance of the hotel which sells 6 litre and a half bottles of water for 2 euros which you will need! fags are 4 euro and drink is reasonable, 12 euro for a litre of vodka.
Stellious! the hotel security guard is a brilliant laugh if you stay on his good side, although if you get on his bad side (do something stupid) he won't hesitate! One night there was a naked drunken guy, don't know if he was staying at the hotel but he jumped in the pool early in the morning/late at night and stellious pulled him out the pool and punched him. the guy never done it again funnily enough. make noise at night and you'll get Stellious telling you to "keep it down, its late" if you're really noisey you'll get the old woman who always wears black who's part owner of the hotel i think shouting stuff at you in greek!
if i could do one thing to this hotel it would definitely be to get the aircon going directly into a drainage system or something. if you have something hanging up on your balcony and it falls when you have the aircon on 24/7, it will get soaked! also change the aircon which goes off if you open the balcony door. also the front door locks! we also hardly had our rooms cleaned because the cleaners came in at about 11am, noticed we were still in beds then went off to the next room.
my tips, get a buggie, stay in Stellious' good books and get a 'headfu**er' at the start of every night! also visit 'the red lion' at the bottom of the strip! biggest and best bacon cheese burgers ever!
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