I stayed at The Alexander Hotel in Zante last August as a group of 4 girls. We booked this as our first girls holiday away and knew what to expect from this 'lively' hotel.
After reading other people's reviews of the hotel we were a bit worried at some of the comments, but it wasn't as bad as people were making out. The hotel is full of young groups of girls and boys - NOT A FAMILY VENUE.
ROOM - SATISFACTORY - Our room was an average size and we payed for air-con and a safe which is a must. The rooms had two single beds, shower, small hob and balcony outside with tables and chairs. We went self-catering and never had any problems bringing food and drinks back into the hotel. It was cleaned every day by the cleaners, who even did our washing up for us! we often left phones and money lying around and nothing was taken just put neatly on the side/away in our draws. Don't expect to get any sleep though, the noise is 24/7 and you are constantly around drunk/naked/loud people.
LOCATION - BRILLIANT!
- I really liked the location of the hotel, it was just off the main strip and to get to the strip you had to walk down a street full of bars and resteraunts. It was MUCH cheaper to drink here, getting great deals on fishbowls, shots ETC. I would reccomend 4play, a bar right opposite the hotel, offering sometihng like 10 or 15 euros for AS MUCH as you can drink till 7 in the morning. Pretty good! and you could leave and return again! They also let me behind the bar serving people's drinks - the staff were great!
This smaller bar strip was also a better place to meet people before heading into town. On your way home from a night out, the front entrance of the hotel closes and to get in you have to walk down a back ally to get there (wouldn't do this on your own if you are a girl).
POOL - The pool area was really nice, LOADS of sunbeds, there was never an issue of having to get up at 9 in the morning to secure one. Music played round the pool all day and a pool-side bar with food which was reasonably priced. There was another pool round the other side of the hotel, which we never actually made it too but that looked nice as well.
EXTRAS - Security at the hotel was okay too, 'James 007' the security guard was always nice to us, walking us back to our rooms at night to make sure we were okay. He did however wear a bulletproof vest and carry a baton around with him, apparently the italian guests were 'crazy motherf**kers'. The shop in the hotel was fine, but would recommend going just across the road as everything is so cheap.
I would rate the hotel around 6/10, it's basic and what you can expect. However I wouldn't book again with Thomas Cook as we payed £450 for a week self-catering and the hotel really wasn't worth this amount of money. I'd look around to get a better deal. We did see nicer hotels which our friends were staying in, but then again we also met a boy who's hotel had no running water or shower. LOL
ZANTEEEE - We really enjoyed our trip to Zante, the place isn't too big or too small and there was enough to do for the whole week. Lots of people went on the booze cruise, but after 5nights of drinking we couldn't face drinking throughout the day so didn't go on it. There isn't much point booking any of the trips with the reps because you can just go on the trip with them for free instead of paying 25 euro for a tshirt.
The beach in Zante is nice as well, hire out a pedalo for about 8euros for a laugh. Was nice to swim further out in the sea and get a tan. Sun loungers on the beach were also cheap but be prepared for people CONSTANTLY trying to sell you things - fresh fruit, bracelets, dougnuts, shoes, watches - you name it!
Eating out is also cheap, you can get deals like 4 drinks each and 2 courses for 10 euros. As you walk further along the deals get cheaper and cheap as well. There was a great cafe which did fry-ups for breakfast for about 3 euros. I would reccomend the one resteraunt on the corner of the small strip and main strip, can't remember what it was called but the food was lush! you will see it straight away as everything is in white, all the tables/chairs etc and it generally looks alot nicer than the others.
TOWN - There's lots of different clubs etc depending on what music your into. I actually preferred the bars as the staff were much friendlier and you met more people but clubs like rescue (who let you dance on the podiums and bar) and cherry bay are good. Rumours is a cocktail bar off the strip, wasn't ever hugely busy but was the ONLY place I tasted real, strong alcohol as pretty much everything is watered down everywhere else.
Pink Panthers kareoke bar was also a laugh.
WATCH OUT for albanian men who do just pick you up in the street and try and walk off with you. This is scary and does happen so just watch out for your friends as they don't take no for an answer. My friend swore at a man after he tried dragging her down the street and he then tried to run us over with his moped. HA. Also the 'cute' kids who are only around 4 years old but are made to stand on the street at 5 in the morning and try and steal from you!
Overall was a great holiday, would go back again but not next year as I want to try somewhere different. A holiday is what you make it, don't expect 5* treatment as it isn't. But it is a laugh and you do meet some great people :)
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- Also Known As:
- Alexander Hotel Laganas
- Alexander Hotel Zakynthos/Laganas