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Royal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Polichrono
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stayed here in Sept 2011. It was a cheap last minute booking with Thomson. Halkidiki isn't, in my opinion, the nicest part of Greece that we have stayed in (we love Greece, its our favourite holiday destination) but this hotel was the best accomodation we've had to date because of the family who run it. They are very welcoming and helpful. One of the family escorts you to your room on arrival. The rooms are typically basic but large and clean and the bed was comfy. The pool is lovely and the bar has a good atmosphere thanks to the two sons who run it - we've never spent so much time in our own hotel bar before. We usually go out. We went to the hotel bbq and quiz, which again was something we wouldn't normally do. Polichrono is a small resort. The beach is narrow but nice and sandy and the sunbeds are free if you buy drinks from the adjacent bar. After a truly awful pizza in a beachfront restaurant on our first night, we had some very nice meals for the rest of the week in different restaurants. There are quite a few nice bars but they were practically empty which spoilt the atmosphere. There are lots of families staying in this resort and whilst there are lots of people walking up and down the promenade all evening, they don't seem to go in the bars. We had a good night in Hanioti which is a short taxi drive away. Much more lively and it has a nice square. Our favourite beach was at Kalithea. Its wider than Polichrono's beach and the sea is turquoise, shallow and warm. We hired a car and drove round the Kassandra peninsula. The Byzantine tower at Nea Fokea and Afitos village are worth seeing. Nea Skioni is a pleasant fishing village. There is a lovely beach at Chrousso. The biggest disappointment of the holiday was the Mount Athos cruise. The pirate ship we were on was great and you can get your photo taken with 'Jack Sparrow'! but you don't get very close to the monasteries. All the excellent photos you can see on Google Earth must have been taken with very good zoom lenses! The weather was awful the day we went which didn't help but the biggest disappointment was how far away from the coast we were. The monastic buildings look gorgeous, but they are too far away to appreciate them. You stop at Ouranoupoli before sailing back. Quite a pretty place with a medieval tower and a nice stretch of beach. You are on the boat for a long time for very distant views of the monasteries, and we just didn't think it was worth the money. However we had a great holiday and can't rate the Royal Kostas highly enough. A really lovely family who made our holiday really enjoyable.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

Writing this review because unfortunately Thomson have took the off from Newcastle, so have to look elsewhere for a holiday this year. Been going to Halkidiki for the past 8yrs and have met some lovely people including the staff from Royal Kostas whom make you feel at home and nothing is to much trouble. The Hotel is absolutely spotless, the cleaners as well as the bar staff work so hard. Upgrade to a superior room its well worth it. New rooms are modern with walk in shower and modern furniture. They have everything you need for a self catering holiday as do the older type rooms. Polichrono is a nice clean resort with everything you require for a family holiday.. Its a nice walk along the back road from Polichrono to Hanioti. Pefkohori is also worth a visit too but you will require transport as it is a fair distance away. So sad not to be going to Halkidiki this year we will miss our friends.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a superior room.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank annonymous742
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Stayed at The Kostas 26/9/11 if you are after a friendly relaxing quiet holiday then this is the place to stay. The family were very pleasant, good bbq for 10 euro with quiz run by rep who was fab. Rooms basic, very clean and we were very pleased with the comfortable beds and pillows which were covered with protective covers.

Resort was fine with good choice of places to eat with nice staff, never came across any grumpy people. Stayed on the beech all week which was fine, there had been a storm previous week which had brought in lots of branches and other bits and pieces but this was cleaned up as best as possible daily, just buy a drink from the bar and you can use beds all day with beech service. Will be going back next year staying at the same place. Shame Thompsons are not flying from N/CLE any more.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

This is the best holiday I have had. We needed to get away to relax and unwind after our wedding, and Kostas and his staff made sure thats what we did. The family and staff at the hotel are simply lovely people. We were actually escorted to our apartment by one of the family and Kostas always had a smile and a wave whenever we were passing.
The apartment was cleaned to a high standard every day, and the cleaners always took time to have a chat and make sure we were ok and didn't need anything.
The bed was really comfortable, and for someone who suffers with back pain they were easy to sleep in and very comfortable.
The balconies may not be as stated earlier, private, but it gave everyone the opportunity to speak and say hello, which we did,
The pool was thoroughly cleaned every evening, and during the day the cleaners were there 5 or 6 times cleaning ashtrays, cleaning tables etc.
The bar area was always clean and we never had to wait long to be served, and always served with a smile.

The little town is such a lovely place. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. The shop keepers don't pester you when you go in, they don't mind if you're just browsing, unlike some places I have been.
The Cockney Cafe had the best English food you will find both there and here! Although Marilyn doesn't know what small portions are lol.

For Greek food you have to visit the traditional fish restaurant on the beach front. The young man who waited on us there was so nice. And the Greek music they played was lovely and relaxing. One of the owners has a grey parrot that follows him everywhere, even sits on one of his crutches while he walks around, and flirts with the ladies whistling to us.
Hanioti, the next town on is a taxi ride away, but it's just as nice to walk there on the back road.

The Turtle Lake is an arduous trek, uphill and it's highly reccomended that you take some water with you. You will definately need it. I wouldn'tn't call it a lake, more of a very large pond, and there is only a few places where you can stand and look at them, but there are quite a lot to see.

All in all, we not only had a great honeymoon, we made some really good friends and we can't wait to return next year.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Karen-and-Jake
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

I stayed at the Royal Kostas with my girlfriend, and another couple who are our friends. We were given two rooms with two single beds in each, which we just pushed together. The beds also happened to be very, very comfortable.

The room itself was very clean, but very basic. The maids did a fantastic job, in every day except a Tuesday, changing the sheets once a week, and the towels every few days. No problems there. The bathroom was small but this wasn't a problem. The water in the shower would frequently decide to change from freezing cold to boiling hot with no notice at all, so it was sometimes difficult to get a quick wash. There was also no shelf to store cosmetics in the bathroom, or a holder for the shower head. Again, these are just little things, but fixing these would have made our stay more comfortable. The room had an air conditioning unit, but seeing as we went in October, we didn't need to use it. If you plan on using the kitchen facilities, I'd suggest bringing your own kitchen with you. Our accommodation only had a kettle and one hob ring to cook on. I would have at least appreciated a microwave. The reason why I've given the place such a high rating is because of the cleanliness of the apartment, and the friendliness of the staff. I think the pool may have been too clean, as all four of us got very sore eyes from the amount of chlorine in it, resulting in us having to buy eye drops and stay our of the pool for a day.

I've read that a lot of people got annoyed by the amount of cats and dogs which walk around Polychrono, but by the end of our holiday, they were part of our entertainment. There are more stray animals in Polychrono than there are people.

Polychrono itself is possibly one of the dullest places on Earth. If you're after somewhere with a bit of life, avoid this place during October, which is when we went. Everything was shut in Polychrono except for a few restaurants. The Cockney Cafe was good value for money, but the lack of people around at night made it quite uncomfortable at times. All 4 people in our party are aged 21-22, and although we were certainly not after a club 18-30s holiday, we were hoping for something with a bit more life than this place. The best thing about Polychrono was the bakery, which is where we bought bread from almost daily.

We decided to visit the village south of Polychrono called Hanioti (Chaniotis). The bar staff at Kostas were more than happy to order us a taxi to Hanioti, which cost 7 Euros each way. We ended up visiting Hanioti 4 times because of the lack of things to do in Polychrono. It shocked us to actually see a crowd of people. There was bars, restaurants, shops etc in Hanioti. If the Kostas hotel was moved to this village, it would have been perfect. There was a nice place which specialised in Crepes which I can't recommend enough. Fairly expensive, but worth every penny. The best restaurant which we found was called Tropicana, on the main square of Hanioti. We ate there twice. Two courses each, two drinks each, all for just under 60 Euros in total. The place itself was fairly expensive, but if you're not getting a 15 Euro mixed grill every single night with starter, then £300 per person should be enough for a week.

To recap:

- The Royal Kostas hotel is nice, clean, friendly, and basic.
- Hanioti is definitely worth checking out.
- Polychrono is dull. Take a pack of playing cards and a book. Or 5.

If you're after a place to relax and do nothing at all, in a clean, friendly environment, then this will be your perfect holiday. If you're after somewhere with the slightest bit of life, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

October 2011
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We were in room 202 in the oldest block of the hotel, looking directly over the pool area. The rooms were kept very clean, ours being cleaned every day except Tuesday, the cleaners day off. We had fresh towels every 3 days, and clean sheets once a week. The bathroom and kitchen area was cleaned every day. The bins were also emptied every day. No faults there at all. The bathroom had a shower, wash basin and toilet. The shower would never stay on the same temperature, one second it would be warm, the next, piping hot. It wasn't too much of a problem for us. The shower doesn't have a holder for the shower head, so you have to hold it yourself when showering, which can be a bit awkward. There was also no holder or shelf for any toiletries, so we had to keep them on the floor.
The kitchen area consisted of a hot plate, a kettle and a sink. We had all the cutlery, glasses etc for our needs, but we felt the actual facilities were a bit lacking. We could have done with a toaster, microwave and/or maybe a small oven. We chose to eat out instead of cook.
The beds were 2 single beds pushed together as a double. This made it a bit awkward to sleep, but manageable. The beds were comfy.
There was a small TV with one English speaking channel, EuroNews. Some of the other channels also showed films, subtitled in Greek.
There was also a breakfast bar, but the lights above ours didn't work. There was plenty of storage, with a large wardrobe with drawers, and two dressing tables.
The balcony was a good size.
The bar had a small menu of food and drinks. We paid 3 Euro for a large Mythos Lager.
The pool was clean most days, but on one day after bad winds during the night, the pool was full of dead bugs. It was quite disgusting.

The Resort:
We made a huge mistake in booking our holiday in October to this hotel. Although the hotel itself is lovely, the resort of Polichrono was empty. When we went out for our evening meal, we would be lucky to see anyone else eating anywhere. Most places had shut the previous week, the last week in Sept. We ate at the Cockney Cafe for a few meals, which was nice. We also ate at the restaurant that is on the same street as the Cockney Cafe, with yellow walls. It wasn't good at all. The food was bland, and the waiter took our money and didn't bring back our change, giving himself a good 6 Euro tip which he did not deserve.
We would recommend the bakery just down the road. It had fantastic bread, cakes, sweets and ice creams. We bought our lunch from here most days.
We spent most nights in Hanioti. The bar staff ring a taxi for you if you ask. We had Taxi #24. The guy was lovely. He even asked what time we wanted to be picked up to go back and he was at the the taxi rank waiting for us. It cost 7 Euro to get to Hanioti from the hotel. Well worth it. There are lots of nice places to eat, and there are actually people walking around there. We went to one restaurant in particular, Restaurant Tropicana, which was fantastic. We went twice in the week we stayed at the hotel. There are lots of shops and bars to visit there that don't close until the second week in October.
We found the Thomson trips fairly expensive for what they were, so we decided to look into the private trips. There is a Day Trip/ Excursion shop near the beach in polichrono, but we found it shut from the 4th Oct.
The beach was small but nice. We didn't spend much time here as it was so empty. We found it a bit like a ghost town. It was quite uncomfortable walking around at night.
All in all, this would have been a great holiday if we had gone a few weeks earlier.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

My wife and I spent a week at the Royal Kostas from the 19th of Sept. We had read through a number of reviews beforehand and decided to take a chance and give it a go. Considering what we were actually looking for in a holiday, the place was absolutely perfect.
The welcome was warm and friendly, although a little chaotic with a large coach delivering us all en-mass, but within 10 minutes everything was sorted and we were firmly bedded into our room.
The small apartment we had was perfect for us with a small and basic kitchen, an adequate bathroom and huge bedroom. It was self catering but we had no intention of eating in at all. Had we done so then I feel that the small electric 'bedsit' plate was a little dubious and the whole kitchen would have benefitted greatly from a toaster and a microwave. The obligatory kettle was there of course.
The apartment generally was very clean and well presented, and was cleaned every day apart from tuesday (staff day off) with the bedding changed every other day.
We had read that Kostas himself was rather grumpy and stand-offish, but we found him perfectly amiable and rather quite jolly. Although, his english is exceptionally basic and presumably is unable to engage in idle conversation, he always had a smile even though working before dawn and well into the night (even out picking up litter at midnight).
The bar staff are friendly and engaging with an abundance of help and advice on hand and provided a very nice and relaxing atmosphere, even though the musical choice is nearly always a kind of aged early eighties time-warp soft rock medley.
The pools are small and safe but adequate and cleaned daily, as is the general areas around the place.
When it comes to the Royal Kostas generally, it is relaxing and appeasing with a laid-back atmosphere. It is by no means a party palace, which is just what we specifically avoided.

Polichrono is a small, relaxed and quiet town with a shallow beach but no real tidal flow. The beach is quite reasonable but can be covered in sharp shingle over a large part of it, but sunbeds are plentiful and the shingle problem is easily solved with beach shoes. High tide is about 1 foot higher than low tide and so there is a constant expanse of beach readily available all the time, albeit about 40 feet deep throughout its length. The sea is warm and calm which makes it ideal for a quick paddle or a long soak and swim, even for the kids.
The town is full of varying bars and restaurants, fast food outlets and souvenir shops, although those on the front are considerably more expensive than the ones in the side streets, all seeling the same stuff. There are a few leather shops in the town, all run by russians laundering their money, selling thin rubbish at high prices.
There are 2 main supermarkets within 100 yds of Kostas, but they are closer to what we would describe as a large general store akin to a large SPAR shop or a town Co-op store.
While at the Kostas everything we could need was within easy reach and anything we couldnt find was easily mapped out by the bar staff, and off we went in search.

We would highly recommend the Kostas and we are looking at the prices for next year already. If youre a party animal or prefer to find british beer to complement your england football shirt then I would suggest many areas in spain for you. This is not the destination for you. Thankfully, it is for us.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Polichrono, Polichrono 63085, Greece
Location: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Kassandra > Polichrono
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Polichrono
Price Range: $68 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a beautiful village of Chalkidiki in Polychrono, the peninsula of Kassandra, awaits a modern complex 4-star hotel to offer a very relaxing and beautiful moments. The Hotel Royal combines natural beauty, located between green hills and close to the turquoise waters of the Gulf Toroneos, with all the amenities a traveler wishes for a memorable vacation. The complex consists of 5 buildings with 71 (23 apartments and 48 studios) fully equipped rooms and features two swimming pools with sun loungers and parasols. The hotel can accommodate travelers with disabilities, as well as all public areas are accessible. In the beautiful outdoors, you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing while reading your favorite book plus ordering drinks and snacks throughout the day from our highly organized pool bar. Every week a barbecue night takes place, with a lot of delicious food. If you wish to swim in the crystal clear turquoise sea of the region, the distance to the beach is not more than 3 minutes. If you want to stroll or shop, the village center is just 2 minutes from the hotel. The Hotel Royal is the ideal destination for family vacations and promises to provide you with everything you have in your home and ... much more! ... more   less 
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