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Castelli Hotel
Ranked #9 of 73 Hotels in Laganas
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Wirral
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“relaxing holiday”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed from the 10th of september for 2 weeks,after reading very good reviews, we would certainly recommened this hotel, all the staff worked tirelessly, keeping it very clean.the pool is quite small, but adaquate with enough sun lounges for all,there is a few small shops about 200 metres down the road or about 500 metres up the road. the area is very relaxed and quiet which is what we came here for. the only problem was no pavements outside of the hotel so you walk on the road,so parents have to be aware with small children, and there are no cash machines so had to walk in to laganas to change money about 1.5 km away, it,s not that far but far enough. hotel snack bar does really nice food,the barbeque is very filling. we went to the harbour to see the turtles which was fantastic, the turtles follow the fishermen in for a free feed and we gave them some euros in a bucket at the front of the boat for a picture opportunity. the bridge to the small island got washed away when we were there but 4 days later it was reopened after a storm.excellent holiday will definitly return to this beautiful island, and recommened the island tour and see the caves and olive oil plant. jay and caz

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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mlougari, Manager at Castelli Hotel, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Dear Jay and Caz, first of all thank you for choosing Castelli for your holidays, and taking the time to share your Castelli experience with the TA community. Thank you for your kind words! Our guests are our first priority, so seeing that you enjoyed our service is indeed very important to all the Castelli team!!

We truly feel proud you enjoyed the hotel’s cleanliness, our food quality and also your visit to the harbor, and the smooth observation of the Caretta caretta sea turtles, this unique experience!! This innocent interaction with nature does add a special colour to the holiday!

We also thank you for mentioning the choice of rooms you were offered, as we do try to offer you an alternative, if and when possible, on arrival. All our guestrooms seem lovely to us, then again each guest has different preferences, thus we do try to offer you a choice, whenever possible; thank you!
We certainly hope we’ll have the pleasure of hosting you again! Our nice guests is what makes Castelli so special! Once again, THANK YOU!
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Coalville, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Just returned from my second holiday at Castelli, had a great time again. All the staff headed by Spiros, Maria and Anastacia are warm and welcoming, nothing is too much trouble. A really great hotel, just as claimed a true home from home. Plenty of good tavernas within walking distance, with many further afield offering lifts to and from, just ask Spiros to arrange. My favourites being Horizon and Ole Ole. The Hotel barbecue is a must, with lots of great food.
A gem of a hotel, in a quiet location, with lots of good walking areas, either along the beach or inland amongst the countryside. I hope to return again before too long.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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mlougari, Manager at Castelli Hotel, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Dear guests, first of all thank you for choosing Castelli for your holidays, and taking the time to upload your experience on Tripadvisor. We sincerely do indeed thank you for your kind words, it’s overwhelming for all our team, knowing that our valuable guests have thoroughly enjoyed their stay with us!
Each and every review is truly important to the Castelli team, and we do mean it!!!

Our valuable guests returning to Castelli, your home-from-home is our most sincere reward; thank you, we’re honestly honoured!
We feel most content that together wth the local cuisine, our service and the famous barbecue, you also point out our convenient location, as we also think this gives our guests a superb combination of Greek nature scenery, walks around the village or the long magnificent beach , visiting the caretta caretta or Laganas center, making your stay even more colourful, according to your mood!
Thank you once again for choosing Castelli! Looking forward to having you with us next time!
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yorkshire
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

On arrival at the hotel we were warmly welcomed by Spiros & family; offered a choice of rooms and settled on one overlooking the pool area and olive groves with distant views of sea and mountains. Immediately felt at home. Everywhere was clean and well maintained including the lovely pool and surrounds. The room size was adequate for the two of us but the powerful shower with lots of hot water was rather small with a plastic curtain; could do to be updated with new enclosure. Breakfast was fine; the usual continental fare but was served in a rather cramped area with too many tables for the space available. There are some excellent tavernas in the area; 10-25 mins walk on quiet lanes through the olive groves but if you want transport just ask Spiros and he will arrange, no problem. We liked Akropolis, El Greco, Scloubou and Ole Ole; the local fresh fish is delicious. The only decent beach in the area is Koukla, about one mile away; 30 mins gentle stroll on quiet lanes through the lovely olive groves and the taverna there is perfect for lunch; great views from the terrace. Keep well away from Laganas unless you like scruffy and ugly. We hired a car for 3 days; suggest you insist on full tank on delivery and return to avoid buyingt more fuel than you need. We found most scenic area on the Vassilikos peninsular with lovely beaches; do not miss Porto Zoro, east end of Kalamaki beach and Gerakas beach, all gently shelving soft sand and clear water. Many thanks to Spiros , family and staff for providing an excellent base for our holiday; we quite understand why the guests return year after year.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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mlougari, Manager at Castelli Hotel, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Dear guests, thank you for choosing Castelli for your precious holidays, and taking the time off your busy schedule to upload your comments on Tripadvisor.

It is truly important to our team knowing that our valuable guests have really enjoyed their stay with us! We feel proud you‘re pointing out elements such as cleanliness and well maintained areas of our hotel, as we pay enormous attention to these aspects! Thank you!!

Thank you for adding your suggestion regarding your room’s shower: all our guests’ suggestions throughout the years have assisted us make Castelli as special, as it is, and we sincerely take all comments seriously into consideration. May I add that in regards to this “shower” subject, we’ve put a lot of research in, nevertheless, in certain types of our guestrooms, the placement of shower cabins would make it less comfortable for some of our guests, or have other disadvantages; we are still searching for new samples, and we will keep looking; perhaps until the new season arrives another feasible idea might arrive, from our suppliers. Thank you for pointing this out..

We are thoroughly pleased you enjoyed our offer of two different rooms, to choose from, on arrival: we always try to offer this treat to our guests, if our availability allows it, so you may choose where to spend your holidays! Different guests prefer different things, as we say, so if you have a choice, then it’s only for the better…

And we are also truly happy you explored the general area, having Castell as “an excellent base for your holiday …” finding scenic spots and local traditional taverns to your liking!

Once again, thank you for choosing Castelli, and thank you for your kind words!
We really hope we’ll have the pleasure of hosting you at our hotel in the near future again!
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Folkestone
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

On reading the other reviews I felt that this was an ideal place for us to holiday and it was even better that we could have imagined. We love Greece and intend to live there one day so I am learning Greek. The Lougaris family were wonderfully patient with my attempt at their language and helped me at every chance they could. I even bought some childrens books whilst in Zakynthos and we had a bedtime story read to us in the bar by Spiros which was wonderful!!! The BBQ is a must so is La Marinara directly opposite the hotel. If you go into Zakythos town try to find Dimitri's taverna for the entertainment along with fabulous food. As far as the rooms go we think it is personal choice as we were offered 2 different rooms and decided to go on the first floor at the front of the hotel and loved it as it was cool in the morning. Can't wait to see you all again. Efharisto Poli to the amazing Lougaris family

Room Tip: We liked the morning coolness at the front of the hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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mlougari, Manager at Castelli Hotel, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Dear guests, first of all thank you for choosing Castelli for your holidays, and taking the time to upload your experience on Tripadvisor.
Thank you so much for your kind words, it’s overwhelming for all our team, knowing that our valuable guests have thoroughly enjoyed their stay with us, at your new home from home! Having stood up to your expectations means the world to us, thank you!

If you have any suggestions to improve our service, you’re more than welcome to email them to us at info@castellihotel.com . Our guests’ suggestions throughout the years have assisted us make Castelli , as special , as it is and we truly take your comments seriously into consideration.

Having such nice guests is what makes Castelli atmosphere unique… so we really hope we’ll have the pleasure of hosting you at our hotel many times in the future!

It makes us very proud you also practice Greek, and it is not only us that practice English! Perhaps you’d like to take a look at the Greek lessons, featuring at our hotel’s website? This would be the third winter we’d be having Greek lessons on our facebook page, as well… you’re more than welcome to join in, and hope by next year you’d be ready for some more new Greek phrases!!

Thank you once again for choosing Castelli! Efcharistoume! See you next time!
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Hook, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Historions say that there are 7 wonders of the world,but i can tell them that there 8,number 8 being the Castelli Hotel agios sostis zakynthos greece.
Owned and managed by the true god and godesses of zakynthos,Spiros,Anastasia,Maria.
Their care and consideration to their guests is second to none.
Always ready to give advice where to visit,where to eat,anything at all to make their guests holiday as enjoyable as possible.
A credit to their dedication is proven by the number of guests like ourselves,who eturn to castelli time and time again.
We have just spent 4 weeks at the hotel in september,where the time went far to quickly due to the wonderful time we had helped by some other splendid guests we met and the care of Spiros,Anastasia and Maria.
Thank you so much.
They are assited by the high priestess of personality,the adorable Gabby,(my Bulgarian beauty) who makes a visit to the hotel bar a joy to behold.
Whether its for a drink before going out to dinner or having a nightcap before going to bed, her dedication to making the guests feel so welcome is first class,serving drinks and light snacks in the most polite way and always with that wonderful smile.
I miss you Gabby,please return in 2013.
Then we have the two wonderful ladies who run the pool bar serving hot and cold drinks and hot and cold food greek and english which makes it a treat to spend the time around the pool.
They also assist Spiros with his Saturday barbecue,a treat not to be missed.
Well done Soula and Fay.
Then we have the angel of the night,Barbara who ensures the hotel is secure and patrolled during the night so that guests can enjoy a safe nights sleep.
We must not forget the ladies in white, who ensure the guests rooms are kept clean to a high standard and towels and bed linen are changed at regular intervals.
They also assist spiros to provide a wonderful continental breakfast where you have a good choice of food to start off your day.
Then last but not at all least we have the quite man of the hotel,Nic,who tends to the olive trees and the hotel garden and animals which makes it a treat to go with Spiros on his weekly garden walk.
So there it is my 8th wonder of the world.
My wife and I are in the autumn of life,all we ask is a little longer so that we can return to this wonderful place again and again.
Good luck Castelli,see you again soon.
Janet +Eric

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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mlougari, Manager at Castelli Hotel, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Dearest Janeric,
Thank you. Efcharistoume.

We honestly believe that you, our fantastic guests make Castelli as special as it is :-) so we need to thank YOU for adding your positive vibes to our hotel!!
Thank you for praising our team, the service we wholeheartedly provide and our dedication; we are overwhelmed, I really have no words how to thank you for your review, and for being such fine guests!

“The 8th wonder of the world” has been blessed, having guests like you!

You have seen us cry many times when you and the “gang” sing ”another one bites the dust” and some precious friends leave, till next time..
Well, reading your review, again tears of happiness arrive- Thank you!

Till next time, sending you all today’s sunshine from your home-from-home! We miss you too!! Thank you, from the bottom of our heart!
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Bolton
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

It is difficult to say any more than has been said about this hotel already. From the moment we arrived Spiros, Anastasia and Maria were outstanding in their dedication to making our stay as comfortable, peaceful and enjoyable as possible. Nothing at all was too much trouble and I must give a special mention to Maria for suggesting and organising a number of special treats for my wife's birthday, all of which were very reasonably priced. The presentation of the birthday cake at the Saturday barbecue by Spiros was a lovely touch. By the way, Spiros' barbecue is fabulous. Special mention also to Gabbie behind the bar (mad as a box of frogs but lovely with it) and Fotula and Soula who worked the pool bar.
Accommodation is simple but very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Although the bed was very low down we found it to be extremely comfortable, our sleep only being broken by the numerous cockerels and dogs that performed a chorus each morning from around 5.00 am onwards. To be honest we soon got used to it and managed to sleep through after the first couple of days. The bathroom was small but adequate with a good shower and hot water on demand.
Continental breakfast consisted of choice of local cereal (cornflakes or choc flakes), yogurt, peaches in syrup, lovely fresh bread (white and brown) which could be toasted on the machine, choice of jams, cheese, ham and either boiled egg or omelette, orange juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and Anastasia's home made cake.
The swimming pool is exclusive to hotel guests (some in the area are not) which ensures for the most part one can have a peaceful time by the pool and there is enough room in the pool to actually swim
The location of the hotel is slightly inland between Laganas and Agios Sostis within easy walking distance of beaches, lively or quiet and far enough away from "the strip" at Laganas. Although in September "the strip" is very quiet. There are a few excellent restaurants on Laganas beach but the more authentic ones are inland or at Agios Sostis and most will pick you up and bring you back to the hotel free of charge (The Sea Side on Laganas beach and "Ole, Ole" in Agios Sostis were our particular favourites for great food and excellent service).
What makes this hotel is the personal dedicated touch of Spiros and his family, as well as the excellent staff, and it is no wonder that many guests we met over the two weeks had been returning year after year. We will certainly be joining them.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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mlougari, Manager at Castelli Hotel, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Dear guests, first of all thank you for choosing Castelli for your holidays, and taking the time to add your inspiring comments on Tripadvisor, too!

Thank you so much for your kind words: each word in every review or email we receive is sincerely valuable to our team! As this was a special birthday holiday for you, we are indeed proud to have contributed, into making it “that extra special”!!!
We are also extremely proud of your phrase …”the personal dedicated touch to making our stay as comfortable, peaceful and enjoyable as possible”… Thank you. That is our goal, and if we were a potential visitor, that is what we would be looking for, in our holidays.

“Trying to get in your shoes” is what we try to do, in all aspects of the hotel. That is why your review filled us with more enthusiasm, as together with our precious staff, you particularly mention enjoying our sleep quality (we are more than content that our bed was to your liking), our pool being used exclusively by our guests (which we think is very important too, so you feel cozy, undisturbed, at home) and our convenient location (close, yet far away)!

We are looking forward to having you again soon at our hotel, as this is our most genuine award! Thank you once again for being such great guests, and adding your amazing vibes to the Castelli atmosphere!
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cumbria
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We have enjoyed another lovely holiday at the Castelli - the standards were as high as usual. Spiros, Maria and Anastasia make everyone feel welcome and special and it was lovely to see them again. We didn't want to come home!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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mlougari, Manager at Castelli Hotel, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Dearest guests,
Every word in every single review you add on TA, is sincerely important to us, a credit to our team, and a huge reward to our hotel's family! Thank you for choosing Castelli, and thank you for your time spent to upload this review, as well.

“We didn’t want to come home…” says it all, we could not thank you enough!
We honestly believe that you, our fantastic guests make Castelli as special as it is :-) so we need to thank YOU for adding your positive vibes to our hotel!!

If you have any suggestions to improve our service, you’re more than welcome to email them to us at info@castellihotel.com . Our guests’ suggestions throughout the years have assisted us make Castelli , your-home-from-home , as it is and we truly take your comments seriously into consideration.

It is a true reward to our team, every time you return to Castelli again for your holidays, and we may only promise we’ll keep on trying to become better until your next stay!

Thank you once again for being such great guests! See you next time! Trying to attach lots of today’s Zakynthos’ sunshine on this message…
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Property: Castelli Hotel
Address: Agios Sostis 465 | Laganas, Zakynthos, Laganas 290 92, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Laganas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Laganas
#4 Family Hotel in Laganas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Castelli Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castelli is an award winning hotel with beautiful green surroundings and modern amenities. Redesigned and fully renovated, this hotel is Adults Only promising the most memorable holidays. Our Major Renovation project 2015-17 brought fully refurbished rooms with comfortable beds & redesigned bathrooms, new luxury room types created, new services for our guests, Free Wi-Fi throughout, inviting Half Board menu, Farm to Table gourmet experience, new Lounge Pool Bar, modernly decked pool area. Always with our valued guests’ precious holidays in mind, we take your Castelli experience one step further adding delightful features, enchanting your comfort, creating an ideal holiday setting for our adult guests. While maintaining our traditional charm and coziness, Castelli has entered its new era to make sure it will capture your most valuable memories. Our activities vary from garden tour to olive picking and from yoga class under the olive trees, to hiking tours and scuba diving. We celebrate your birthday and honeymoon with a complimentary bottle of wine, and organize breakfast in bed and candle lit dinner, on request ! Our Eucalyptos Restaurant serves only traditional Zakynthian dishes prepared in modern methods, accompanied by local wines, while our homemade treats stand out. (Homemade lemonade, orange marmalade and the famous breakfast cake -made with ingredients from our farm’s produce and our organic virgin olive oil). Located at Aghios Sostis, a tranquil area of Laganas bay where the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtles lay their eggs, this exquisite location is an advantage on its own: close to the cosmopolitan center, yet away from it all! ... more   less 
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