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Ionis Art Hotel
Ranked #7 of 77 Hotels in Laganas
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Stayed here from the 31st July - 6th August and had an amazing week!
The hotel is lovely, rooms are spotless, the maid came in every day and we just used to leave a pile of dirty towels on the floor and she would change them for us. However, as the air con, safe and fridge are not included in the price we took up the 70 euro deal for a week which included them as we knew that we would definitely be needing a cold bottle of water in the morning! Also, remember that you will need to pay 30 euros breakage deposit per person which they will give you back at the end providing everything is ok, we had no problem getting ours back!
Do not worry about it being on the strip, you literally cannot hear anything from the rooms, so you can definitely get a good sleep!
The breakfast is continental and is served from 8:30 - 10:00 but most of the time we were up too late so we just ordered breakfast from the pool bar as it's reasonably priced.
Do not let the reps talk you into doing all the weeks events as it is too much and costs like 250 euros. We did the paint party, foam party and school reunion through the reps and to be honest next time i wouldn'tbother, i would just buy them through the actual clubs.
The two events that you NEED to do are the paint party which is at rescue club and a lot of fun and the Rum and Raybands booze cruise - it is 40 euros but it is by far the best thing that i did out there! You can can pre book at www.thisiszante.com or just pop to the info centre down the strip, its like opposite the club, sizzle. They come around with big bottles of vodka and rum and just pour it in your mouth, the drinks on board are 5 euros but i just waited for the bottle to come round as that was free!
We also paid 20 euros for total karnage - what a complete waste of money, basically all you pay for is an orange t-shirt. I would definitely recommend not doing this.
Chevys and olympic flame along the strip are good for dinner, reasonably priced and have free wifi! Cool peppers which is along the beach, is amazing for dinner cost us 20 euros each for a starter, main and a coke, so quite pricey but definitely worth a visit!
Right, on to night life now. We always used to go the pool bar for a drink first as we loved Zak, the bar man, he would also make us whatever drink we wanted, just tell him and he will create it! We would head out around 12 as before then it is dead! We really loved chevys and the three lions to start off with and then club wise go to, Linekers, Rescue and Zeros. At around half 3 head to cherry bay which is near the beach, great way to end the night. Open to 5am weeknights and 9am at the weekend, girls get in free which was a massive bonus for us!
Oh and lastly, Nikos and Adonis the security guards have been getting some bad reviews on here but i just want to point out that if you have respect for them, then they will have respect for you. We got on really well with them, always having a joke when we rolled up at 6 in the morning asking how adonis our greek god was which was so funny as he is the big, fat one!
Overall, brilliant hotel, briliant nightlife but dont be pressured by the reps!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Warrington Cheshire
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Well hello again how can this be a holiday destination sold by Thomson, firstly everything is extra, the air conditioning, the fridge and the safe, this will set you back 200 Euros when on a budget that's a lot for a week, the hotel states it has a KFC and a Pizza Hut ! You got it wrong these companies would not associate them with such a poor hotel, what they do have is a onsite Kernels Chicken and a Pizza Hub which are both terrible in quality and value.

Now for the terrible bit bullying and offensive security guards, both Nicos and his mate both got my son and kept saying to him that he was Gay while both stood on either side of him with there faces very close to him, you know the prompt very intimidating but not big or clever at all and thats why they are only two bullies not security guards as they don't have the brains to do anything else in a failing economy that needs tourism to move forward from the economic problem, you can see how strong i feel about this as part of our business in the uk is security with some 200 guards who are a total credit to the job they do and deliver a professional service to all, I hope the management get rid of the sickening disgusting pair before it does effect business, they even would not give the lad his key for the room they constantly made him wait and pretended he was not stood there! Everyone's sexuality is not there business they have no right to act in this manner with anyone not a least a hard working guy with his friends who saved all year to visit a beautiful island spend hard cash to help there recovery and be treated in this way. What happened to service with a smile, it turned to cant be bothered with you had your money with threats and abuse ! If your a parent and read this book somewhere else your kids deserve better not bullies, a full complaint is being compiled to Thompson who unless this problem is removed should remove the hotel from the brochure before the abuse and bullying turns to violence and someone gets hurt here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Keith R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

First things first the 2wentys reps - they are annoying and all they want is your money for events that are very over rated and of an average age of 18 years old. I think the hotel would be better without them bombarding you the minute you arrive. We had much better nights on our own by recommendations of where to go by asking people.

The hotel was great and the staff extremely helpful both on reception and at the bar. Zak, the bar man was amazing and extremely fun and down to earth - he made us feel very welcome.
Always beds around the pool and the beach is a 5 minute walk away.

If you are over the age of 21 I wouldn't recommend the strip without consuming a lot of alcohol!

Hope this helps,

The 6 beautiful Manchester girls xxx

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the Ionis in mid may with 1 of my friends. 2 girls on our first girly holiday together and it couldn't have been any better. the minute we walked through the archway at the entrance we knew it was going to be a lovely hotel. we had a through the night flight so after we checked in and had the safety rules read to us by the security guard Adonis (great guy despite what other reviews say) we went for a sleep so that we were fresh on our first day. we went out to explore and to grab some lunch after a sleep and ended up in Tasos on the beach front for food and stayed on a lounger outside of it till 7pm drinking haha. the manager Roberto is a lovely guy and we got quite a few free drinks in our time there. was a great start to our holiday. after going back to the hotel for a shower and to get ready we went out on the strip and had the best night. would recommend linekers, rescue, zeros and zoo. the rest of the week consisted of lying by the pool or on the beach hungover through the day mainly haha and at night pre drinks at the pool bar in the hotel before hitting the strip. the barman Zak is the best. lovely guy and hope I never lose touch with him. made a good friend there. the other staff are lovely too. dawn and graham on reception are very helpful and Adonis is the man. don't know what people are talking about in other reviews cause he was nothing but pleasant to me and my friend and all other guests I heard him talking to. at the end of the day he's there to protect the hotel from idiots so he's only doing his job. plenty food places near by. red castle is great for a quick bite through the day or after a night out. all in all I had the best holiday and the Ionis was a big part of making it so good. can't wait to go back next year :D

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bradford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

stayed here for a week 21st july - 28th july

The strip was empty almost every night

The hotel charged for everything, Air Con, Fridge (didnt ever get cool), Safe, WIFI, and tried to charge us 150 Euros to extend our room for the last day as we had a late flight

There was nothing going on in the hotel, the reps only wanted to be there to sell the events (which were poor) then they was no where to be seen.

Alot of friendly people around the pool.

The advertisement of KFC & Pizza Hut is also false, the "KFC" is a cheap chicken shop and the "Pizza Hut" is a Pizza Hub

There is a rule that you are only allowed to buy food and drink from the pool bar, no food or drink from outside the hotel is allowed next to the pool

Woudlnt recommend Zante overall to anyone

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Liam T
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

I travelled with a friend to Zante on the 9th August and stayed for a week. On the way from the airport which is a 10 minute transfer you see many hotels. The hotels are very basic and look poor. When you arrive outside the Ionis you know that your in for a great holiday. The facilities at the hotel are fantastic! Whether this is the pool, the rooms and the bar area.

The bar is run by Zac who is amazing! He will help you out with Anything. Any questions you should go to Zac. He was by far the best bar staff in town. He's funny, energetic and will make sure your stay at the Ionis is top.

Caroline is the hotel owner and she will go out of her way for any guest to make sure there stay is a good one. She really made our holiday special.

The hotel is fantastic and the rooms that they have for there guests is what we need after a hard night out. You never hear anyone complaint about the rooms and the beds are COMFY. As the hotel is on the strip you also don't need to worry about long walks back as your right there.

The receptionist staff are also fantastic. I also want to make one final point on the security guard. He is thereto do a job and makes sure all guests are safe. He doesn't threatened guests. Don't do anything out of line and then you don't have a problem.

If your going to Zante then the only hotel you should be going to is this one!!!

I was given the name "the famous referee" by Caroline. Make sure you when your there you go and see Zac in the bar for a fantastic holiday! PRE DRINKS are always good :)

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Absolutely brilliant hotel, for everything, staff, location, quality, cleanliness. me and two mates stayed here for a week and its this hotel and staff that made the week so great.

The whole team is brilliant and you all made my week, you will have to excuse me as i cant spell the names, but Zak at the bar is a great guy really good laugh and friendly, all the Ladies behind the desk were very cheerful and helpful, the manager was also very friendly. Daniella or as she is known to everyone, Captain, who collects the glasses at bar is very friendly and a great laugh and i thoroughly enjoyed all the company from your team.

Then there was the night Security, i heard lots of negatives about security over in greece before i went but How Adonis (please excuse the spelling) put up with me (5M, Mr michael middle man morris) all week i dont know but i had a great laugh and lots of banter with him. Both him and his colleague were two of the funniest and nicest guys i've met.

But to the whole team who works At Ionis thank you for a great week, i had a lot of laughs and good times with your team.

A massive thank you for the Lads from 109

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ionis Art Hotel
Address: P.O. Box 21 | Laganas Bay, Laganas 290 92, Greece
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Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Laganas
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Laganas
#9 Romantic Hotel in Laganas
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Hotel Class:4 star — Ionis Art Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 73
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