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“A good and friendly staff cannot compensate a bad hotel management”

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California Beach Hotel
Ranked #33 of 74 Hotels in Laganas
Zurich, Switzerland
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18 reviews
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“A good and friendly staff cannot compensate a bad hotel management”
Reviewed August 19, 2010

The hotel is low and dirty.It has 3 stars but in my opinion it should have 2.
A hotel where the towels are changed once in 2 days, the bed sheet twice a week where you don't have A/C (only if you pay), no hairdryer, no shampoo, no shower gel, no hot water in the evening it must be a 2 star hotel.
We've stayed there 11 nights and we regret every spent penny.
The hotel has 67 rooms and i guess all the rooms are same size(i've seen a triple room and the room is a double room where they put an extendable bed). We stayed in room number 114 which is located on the ground floor. If they give you some room on the second floor i would advice you to change it because is very hot up there(all people that got a room on the 2nd floor complained about this).
Some things about the room...
When we booked this hotel we look on the hotels pictures and rooms were looking very good there. If you go on the hotels webpage you'll see some nice pictures of a double bed room. Our room did look at all like in those pictures. When i've asked on the reception they said that they have only 3 rooms in the hotel like those in the pictures and those rooms are overbooked already. Our room was a room with 2 separate beds...which we didn't really appreciate...if you are a couple you'd understand what i mean. The bed mattress is so old that you feel the iron inside it..and they are very dirty.
The room was dirty since we arrived. The pictures speak by them selves .They are cleaning the rooms every day but they are not doing a very good job. We killed some ants and a spider since the day we arrived and we left them on the floor under a chair. After 11 days they were still there.
The room has an Air Conditioned machine but they will work only if you pay extra money(7 E/day).
The bathroom is also very dirty and old. You will be able to see rust and this black mold on the walls. If you want to take a shower in the evening, be prepared to take it with cold water. I guess they have a problem with the system that heats the water.
The breakfast is also very low. During our stay the breakfast was the same every day(boiled eggs, bread, tea/coffee, some gem/honey/butter, cheese and ham and some cornflakes ...this is all you will get).

The island is very nice and beautiful. The food around the hotel is delicious. I totally recommended Zakynthos but avoid this hotel by all means

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

Really friendly and helpful staff, nothing was too much trouble. The room was of a typical Greek style but more than adequate, however the lounge area was excellent with really comfortable large leather sofas.We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the pool area was spacious with plenty of loungers and the beach less than a five minute walk away.This hotel is definately an excellent choice.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Slovakia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2007

-staff friendly-family operated
-the room was very basic, with partial view of the sea (beware of rooms overlooking thrashcans on the eastern side)
-airconditioning for a special fee depending on the momentary mood of the receptionist
-breakfast continental (bread, jam, local ham, eggs, cereal...) which gets old after two days
-nice pool, open late
-hotel located across apartments occupied by obnoxious english mostly, can get very noisy
-beach within a minutes walking distance

Down side: the unkept hotel surroundings, breakfast
Up side: friendly staff, proximity to beach

Recommendation: book directly with the reception, you will get
a good price

Have a nice stay.

Angus McKillish

  • Liked — Fair price
  • Disliked — hotel surroundings
  • Stayed May 2007
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed October 18, 2006

I have had GREAT stays here. It is family run and the mother takes care of you like you are one of her children. Return trips are even better as everyone there remembers you! Gorgeous pool, meters from the sea, good food in the pool bar, and a pretty good bartender as well. I greatly recommend it for anyone looking for either a relaxing vacation, or looking to party. My favorite restaurant was Orange (you cant miss it), and the main road has some surprisingly great night clubs with NO cover charges!

  • Liked — The Family Run atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Call directly to the hotel... best rates available
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about California Beach Hotel

Property: California Beach Hotel
Address: Laganas 291 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Laganas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Laganas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — California Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 67
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Also Known As:
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