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Royal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Polichrono
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Ripley, United Kingdom
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“Comfortable & Clean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Polihrono is esentially my home-from-home. I adore the village so much. So, as a regular visitor, I gave the Royal Kostas a try.

Though it may be over a big and busy main road (With no real safe means to cross other than holding your breath and running) it was a very nice, comfortable and clean place to stay. The pool was clean, the staff friendly and the location as quiet as anything. (Even with the main road nearby!)

The only thing I would mention that did not impress me was the percentage charged when exchanging travellers cheques onsite. It was a little high.

Other than that, it was lovely!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

this will be our 3 rd. year at the Royal Kostas but only just got round to writing a review. we have always enjoyed our stay here , the owner and his family are very, very friendly and helpful.
we get out and about either by the local buses or we hire a car from Kryopigi car rentals at very reasonable rates.
nice pool, good clean rooms, plus a Greek style food bbq on Tuesday's for the new and old guests which also includes a Thomson rep's quiz night, good fun, drinks are also reasonably priced.
plenty of nice local places to also visit and some great Greek Tavernier's to wine and dine out at.
great beach to chill out on !!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

I stayed at the Royal Kostas a while ago now, but only just thought about writing a review. I have been to lots of Greek Islands and have enjoyed every one, but, compared to those holidays, I wouldn't recommend staying here at all.
Stayed here in July and the good bit about the holiday was the weather. And the English guys were very friendly at the Cockney cafe. The sea was lovely - easy to swim in as it got deep quickly, (be careful with young children though) but the beach was very crowded indeed as it's the mainland and the Greek people jump in their cars and head off to the beach, a bit like we do on a bank holiday in England. So trying to find somewhere to sit wasn't easy. A far cry from an island like Thassos or Lesvos, where you can practically have an entire beach to yourself in August.
Polichrono feels like its just constructed from concrete - a concrete jungle leading down to the sea - not the typical Greek experience you would want to see and feel when walking around.
My daughter and I didn't find the owner of the hotel friendly at all. I asked for a blanket the first night as I don't like sleeping with just a sheet, and wasn't "allowed" one, presumably to keep the air conditioning from being used too much. One of the other guests around the bar kindly went and got theirs, and then that was the end of the blankets! The owner ordered all the maids to clear all the blankets from the rooms. I had to hide mine in my suitcase every morning. At the end of the holiday the maid found the blanket in my room and walked across the pool/bar area carrying it. Kostas spotted her, looked furious and shouted at her when he saw her - he was very angry to see a blanket! (Thoughts of Auchwitz spring to mind.) Also the backache inducing bed was so hard, it was actually like sleeping on the floor. Our refusal to pay money to the hotel for the weekly barbeque wasn't received very kindly either - they kept on and on about it and didn't want to take no for an answer.
This is my honest review of the place - I'm sorry if it sounds like one long grumble but I have been to so many other better, prettier, more friendly places over the years.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in June for a week. Great apartment right near the pool. Very clean, no shower curtain which was a bit odd. Drinks weren't expensive and just a few minutes from bars, restaurants and the beach. Lots of beds to relax on round the pool and a good size pool. Lovely time! Would go back!!

  • Stayed June 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

we arrived at 8.30pm and received a warm welcome and were shown to our rooms, we had 4 altogether, 3 in the block facing reception with the road at the back and 1 near the park and crazy golf, all rooms were spotless, yes the balconies do not offer any privacy but as we didnt spend too much time in our room it wasnt a problem, and both our neghbours were really nice and it was lovely to chat to them when we saw them, the free air con was great and this is the first time we have not had to pay for it in greece, it is normally 60-70 euros a week, the cooking facilities are not great but why would you want to cook when there are so many great restaurants in the area all reasonably priced,
we tried the breakfast in the bar and am sorry to say it was rather poor, but if you like a big breakfast go to cockney cafe as it is the same price but exceptional, the mother and son that run it are really friendly, we only ate there once at night because we prefer greek food, we also tried flegra but our favourite was nefalis and ate there nearly every night, it was my birthday whilst we were there and the staff at nefalis set out a table with balloons, banners and bapkins all matching, they also gave us champagne at the end of our meal along with the free desert. my family arranged a cake from the bakery aswell, all in all a fantastic touch
the resort itself was not typical greek as it was more touristy with all the shops selling tacky souveniers but still a very nice area
we didnt get out as much as we would have liked because unfortunatley we had rain for 3 days
the hotel pool was very good but the old guy who we thought was the owner (but wasnt) didnt like the kids having inflatables or balls in the pool because every time the moved away from the he took them out, we went for lunch one day and the balls were missing, we assumed that some of the other kids had borrowed them but as we were leaving we saw them near the dustbins at the back of reception, a little mean i think, our kids were all under 9 so not rougish teenagers that bothered everyone
all in all enjoyed our stay and would recommend this hotel

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

We got a last minute deal from thomson which offered good value for money so we were not expecting any royal palace but were pleasantly surprised when we got to our room.
Here's the review...

WELCOME
Very warm friendly welcome from hotel-cold bottled water in fridge and sachets of tea, coffee, shampoo etc-though not replaced. Despite what other reviewers have said, the owner is friendly if you smile at him.

ROOMS
Very clean and quite modern in the newer block-ask for the newer block!

The Studios have fridge and kettle and toastie maker-apartments have more-ie toaster but the toastie maker worker fine and did the job.

Double bed was ok-nothing special.

Free air-conditioning-wow..this made a huge difference and with a remote control :)

Balcony-ours looked out over pool-slightly more noisy than some others but in september it wasn't too noisy. There are dogs that sometimes bark during the night if you are by the road-be warned. But ask thomson to ask for a room away from the small back road where they bark. The air-conditioning helps mask the noise.

The SHOWER worked fine most of the time. Occasionally at peak times (ie 5-7pm) you may have to wait for 10 mins for the hot water to come back-this is often the case in Greece in many hotels/apartments. Towels are changed twice a week. Linen every day (apart from your first full day). Rooms are cleaned thoroughly.

RESORT

well..we knew what to expect from the reviews on here. Polichrono is nothing special-touristy with little charm I'm afraid. Lots of tourist shops, bars and restaurants. There is a main road to cross but its fine (don't let the other reviewers put you off with their exaggerations as if it's the M25!) and there is a traffic light on the left hand side.

RESTAURANTS/BARS/ETC

Without a doubt the best restaurant is NEFALIS (spelt differently in Greek). (TURN RIGHT at the sea front). Eat in the garden/courtyard at the back-it's beautiful.
The food was superb-big portions. The salads were great and the chicken and meat grills came with all the trimmings-chips/potatoes/small fried onion rings/carrots etc..you get the picture. They did not charge for bread, the service was excellent and you get a free desert. There is quite a wait for the bill when it gets busy though-greeks are a little more laid-back! Go earlier than later if that worries you.
6.5 euros for huge salads or 7-8 for other meals. Excellent value. Yes you can get cheaper meals elsewhere but they won't be anywhere near as nice as Nefalis.

Flegra-with the infamous parrot (you'll see the owner sometimes driving around polichrono on his quad bike with the parrot on his shoulder and performing tricks) - is also good. (Turn right at the sea front).They do half-portions as well but for us it was not in the same league as Nefalis. They also charged for bread. Be wary of places that give out free bread-they will charge on the whole-that's the greek way. We're not talking about a lot of money though-1 Euro each-but it adds up!

Apparently the place that advertises they do "the best steak in town" was very good, a little expensive though.

If you want a greek experience try the restaurant TASTES OF GREECE.. turn right near cafe cafe-opposite the supermarket-it's 5 mins down the old road. This does a set meal of 17 euros for 2 people consisting of large greek salad, mixed grill with trimmings and small desert. It was nice to try it as a change but it wasn't as nice as the hotel BBQ and certainly not as good as Nefalis.

OOMPA LOOMPA..this is a small stall (TURN RIGHT at sea front and at the end turn right) that sells ice creams and burgers, hot dogs for 1 euro. The guy there is really nice and likes the English. We had a long chat with him.


COCKNEY CAFE..Turn RIGHT at sea front and then right again after a few mins or so. This does excellent English breakfasts-5 euros-that's if you want one. We got cereal, millk, fresh bread from the bakery for breakfast but treated ourselves on the last day. They are english/sky sports and definitely Cockney-but really friendly! Well worth going to for a change.

BAKERY. straight over the main road and on the right (which also does breakfasts and cocktails) and then on the right hand side of the old road. This is HEAVEN..it does loads of fresh bread, crepes etc and the best value ice cream. if you want ICE CREAM-go here. For approx 1 euro you get 3 scoops in a tub or cone-and it tastes delicious.

SUPERMARKETS..if you explore there are quite a few. The most convenient is the one next to the food doctor..but the staff there are very rude and don't like tourists. The supermarket-just past the bakery on the right is much more of a local one (with english newspapers) and they are very nice and helpful-same prices as well.

THINGS TO DO..Not a lot in Polichono. The best thing is to:

Walk up to Turtle lake-take the small road behind the hotel. It took us 40 mins (one way) but allow one hour. It's UPHILL! get up at 7 or 8 if it's going to be a hot day..take bread for the turtles.we saw 10..and water for yourselves! If it's a cloudy day then you can go any time. Half way up there is a very small church-where there are seats, shelter and lovely views. This is a nice change from the town below walking amidst olive Groves.

Get on a bus and go and visit ATHIOS-more of a typical Greek village. Turn right out of the hotel, walk along the main road and go to the opposite side of the road. The buses are nearly always late (could be as much as 40 mins late) - they nickname the buses GMT (Greek Mean time I think)! Check with hotel before you go for times. It cost us 2 euros each to get there and the same back. Check with bus driver what time they come back. They do-don't worry! But not all the time every hour. Athios is worth going to-nothing too special but a lovely change of scenery from Polichrono. Head up to the top where there are lovely views.

The THOMSON excursions for us were too expensive and not worth it-sorry THOMSON. Better to do your own thing.

The Sea is lovely and clear. It is busy but if you walk 30 mins left or right you will almost have the beach to yourselves. Buy a snorkel for 8-9 euros. It is worth it. There are lovely fish to see.
Be careful of JELLYFISH! We saw one almost every day and on the last day about 10. It's fine-don't worry. You wont miss them unless you're blind drunk.. Take walking shoes-don't just use beach sandals as it is quite hard to walk on the shingle. The beach is sandy :) but a bit shingly on the edge. Take more hardy beach shoes and then use flip flops or sandals when you are there.

THOMSON..Our 'host' was Graeme who was a star. He is very good and nothing is too much trouble for him. He will always help with anything. Go to the BBQ-where you will see him in his element with his infamous quiz-watch out for his clever, tricky (and annoying..grrrrr!!) question about the 4 letter sport..I won't give anything more away on that!

BRING WITH YOU:

TEA TOWEL for small kitchen (and any washing up liquid or cloths if you really want)
string in case you have problems holding up the shower-we didn't our shower was good apart from the lack of hot water sometimes. If you're really organised you could bring your own tea, coffee, sugar etc to last one or 2 weeks but you can buy it out here-it's more expensive than england though.

Sturdy beach shoes for shingle

Try and always have spare Euros in change-it does help.

GOOD POINTS:

CLEAN apartments and the clean pool
Excellent friendly staff
The Amazing free air-conditioning with remote
FREE WI-FI..I even got it in my room!
The Weather..sunny sunny sunny :)

BAD POINTS
There is a serious lack of privacy. If this bothers you don’t come here. The balconies are so next to each other that you could hold hands with the person in the next apartment!..unless you were lucky and had no-one next to you but then you would have had them right opposite you. This didn’t worry us (we had a nice couple next to us) but it will worry some of you who like privacy.

There are a lot of Eastern Europeans in Polichrono-about 75% of the people there were Eastern Europeans and there are far less English people. This didn’t worry us at all (although it would have been nice to have seen and heard more Greeks)! but those english people who were there were complaining how noisy they were!

Would I go back again to Polichrono-no but if I did I would definitely go back to the kostas (I wouldn't call it royal though). It wins because the rooms are so clean and the staff amazingly helpful-which makes such a difference to a holiday!

Enjoy your holiday :)

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

The Royal Kostas is situated up a moderate incline away from the beach and shops (about a five minute walk if you are fit), then across a main road. The road was not busy when we were there in June 2012. The hotel is up a side road in a quiet location. When leaving the hotel, the bus stops to neighbouring resorts and Thessaloniki can be found to the right on the main road. They are not very frequent and do not expect punctuality.

Kostas is not the old man (who used to be the town mayor), it is his son who works behind the bar. There is free wifi at the pool bar and free air conditioning in the rooms. Our balcony faced the pool, which meant we got some noise from children in the pool during the day. There was some noise too from the pool bar, but the music was varied, mostly innocuous and not very loud. I don't recall it continuing much beyond midnight. We didn't witness the hotel's famous hospitality, but only had two drinks at the bar during our stay. Having ordered an English breakfast on the first morning of our stay, I would advise you to go elsewhere. You can get an excellent breakfast at the corner cafe on the right at the crossroads as you head into town.

Our room was on the second floor and was a reasonable size for this class of hotel. It was clean and there were plenty of drawers, wardrobe space and hangers. The shower was big and did not flood the floor (!) but the supply of hot water was affected by downstairs use. All the lights were working in our room. There were chairs and a table on our balcony, but not in the room. On our arrival we found that the hotel had supplied a few sachets of coffee, tea and sugar and a bottle of water in our room as well as a couple of mini soaps and a sachet of shampoo (note that these are complimentary and are not replaced). I found the double bed extremely uncomfortable on the back and the pillows rock hard. In the kitchen area, I could not reach the cups on the top shelf (anyone under 5'7 will struggle). There is a kettle and a microwave, but no hotplates or oven. There were no tea-towels or washing-up liquid supplied. Sheets and towels were changed twice a week and a request for a clean towel at any other time was refused. The rooms were cleaned daily except on Tuesdays.

The pool is mainly shallow, about 3-5 in depth. Hardly any real deep water, so if you want a good swim try a pool bar elsewhere or the sea (although a local waitress told me she would never swim in the sea because of pollution, plenty of Greeks were swimming there). There were a lot of wasps around one corner of the pool area at the time of our visit, so inevitably quite a few fell into the water. The pool was cleaned regularly and leaves, wasps, etc fished out. Housemartins were also nesting in the eaves of the hotel, and at about 6pm started to buzz the pool to get a drink (a common phenomenon in Greece). The real annoyance in the pool area came from fellow guests who ignored signs not to place lilos and other inflatables in the pool and who were throwing balls and other objects around for their children to dive in and retrieve. The hotel staff didn't hassle users but they started to pack up the sunbeds around 6pm although the pool was open till 7.

Polychronos itself is a resort, not a quiet backwater but not too noisy either (we tend to favour the less touristy islands). The beach is a long, narrow strip covered in sunbeds and umbrellas, most of which belong to the hotels and restaurants. Alongside the beach is a road, but there are more people walking along it than cars. Bars and restaurants line the other side of the road. There are plenty of shops in Polychronos, mainly selling clothes and tourist souvenirs, and a few supermarkets. The resort is busy at weekends (Greeks from Thessaloniki) and buzzes from 6.30 to 9, after which it is relatively quiet. Eat at the Nefeli (delicious food, service, garden in rear), George's (mother's home cooking), the Flegra (the one with the parrot, but always check the bill and be prepared to wait at busy times).

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Royal Hotel
Address: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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