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“Fourth visit .Just as good.”
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Ionion Blue Hotel
Ranked #12 of 30 Hotels in Kalamaki
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Fourth visit .Just as good.”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Another brilliant stay at the Ionian Blue. Absolutely love this hotel and Kalamaki. Staff cannot do enough fir you.Food is fab. Pool area chilled never a race for Sun beds. So many returning visitors can't be wrong. . See you next year .

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here the first two weeks in September and had a great holiday. We have been to Kalamaki four times now and this was the best hotel we have stayed in compared to the other three. Katrina, Helen, Maria and Denis were all very pleasant and helpful during our stay. Our room was a good size and was very well kept and clean. The bar is a good size and they do a good range of food and drink that is not over priced if you don't want to venture too far although the restaurants and the beach are 2 minutes walk in either directions. I would definitely try to book this hotel again when we next return to Kalamaki.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Rufus T W
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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

We booked this hotel 8 months in advance... Only wish We had never chosen Greece.


On arrival at the hotel it's on a very dark road with no lights.
Reception and general surroundings were good.
Owner was not happy when I said In front of other guests i did not want a low floor room. We were given a room on the same level as reception in the end. It was a spacious room, no light when you went into room due to it being broken, each time we went for a shower all you could smell was sewage in the water , it was the same under the sink. Nasty !!!
The room was kept clean by the lovely maid each day and towels changed every other day. Bedding every 3 days.
The bathroom door was held on by 1 hinge at the top, we told the hotel the 3 rd night into our holiday. They removed the door for safety but never came and fitted a new one. (To be honest this was much better, gave us more room)
The swimming pool was nice but needed to be cleaned more often. The same dirt and leaves were at the bottom for days.

We met some absolutely lovely people at this property which made our holiday, a lot of them had been to this hotel and loved it, but not us.

We would never return to kalamaki or to zante as it seems to be a dead holiday resort now, it's
Too expensive and the sanitation is still very poor.

Overall the hotel was ok, but if you do book this property please tell them you don't want a low floor room. Oh and don't forget to email the owner otherwise you may get one of the dungeons.

  • Stayed September 2013
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5 Thank Sammi-Tom
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Oxfordshire
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Stayed here for ten nights, travelled with Thomsons, flights from Birmingham. Excellent from start to finish. Flight out to the island ran to time, excellent leg room without paying extra.
Hotel great for what it is - a family hotel. it doesn't claim to be the Ritz and it is friendly and has everything you would need for family holiday.
I would certainly return.

Room Tip: Probably not Room 104.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank RosebudLily
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Swinton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
46 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Just had 11 nights in Kalamaki. Great holiday but beware you could get unlucky with these apartments. Three months before our holiday I wrote to the Ionian Blue asking for a second, third or fourth floor room as my OH is a bird watcher and takes her binos to do some twitching from the balcony. Having received no reply I wrote again. Still no reply so we arrived at the hotel in hope. It was not to be - we were allocated room 109 which is on the ground floor. Before accepting the keys I asked if we could change and asked whether they had noted my e-mail. I'm sorry to say that the receptionist, whilst being lovely, is well practiced at knocking guests back who want to avoid the ground floor. Lines such as 'we've had a few problems with the computer' to 'the owners don't do electronic mail'. Anyhow I know that I have no more right than anyone else to preferential treatment but the regulars seemed to be allocated the higher floors. Nevertheless room 109 isn't bad at all. It could have done with a real good clean - stains all over the paintwork in the bathroom
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Room 104 is a dungeon with a patio that faces the car park. Room 101,102 and 103 I would avoid. Otherwise this is a little gem of a place. Would I return to the Ionian Blue? Not sure I would risk getting allocated to room 104. If so I would demand that the Thomson rep find us somewhere else as that room would not be acceptable to spend an holiday in.

  • Stayed September 2013
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2 Thank Pammark12
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
1,273 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 449 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2013

A lovely Hotel just off the main street so close to all the bars and restaurants, but far enough away not to suffer from the noise. The Hotel is clean, the Staff friendly and facilities are good. We had a lovely room overlooking the pool, the only downside was the mossies, they are fearsome!! For a good relaxing holiday you cant ask for anymore.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Howlo
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Having stayed in Kalamaki a good 10 years plus ago I wanted to return. Myself and my friend decided on the Ionion Blue for 2 weeks as it's close proximity to the main road and beach.

We had requested a high floor which is exactly what we got - the very top floor with a lovely view! The room had recently been refurbished, with brand new furniture, kitchen and bathroom. Kat on reception (the most helpful & lovely girl I have ever met working in a Greek hotel, from other reviews she is mentioned highly and rightly so!) made sure we were settled in and even came up to the room to check on us! It's the little touches that make a difference. We stayed in July, so air con was a necessity - it is worth saving that little extra to pay for this along with a safety deposit box key. Nothing is too much for Kat, she's a star!

The pool area was lovely, we never struggled for sun loungers and because of the location away from the main activity of Kalamaki, there was always a relaxed atmosphere. Definitely recommend a snack from the pool bar, the owners are very friendly and the food was great. There is no need to traipse all the way to the mini market for milk and bottles of water - these are both for sale at the bar and worked out cheaper too! We also saved money by stocking up on this along with the essentials for lunches at the mini market, the closest is on the corner by the main road. There is slight airplane noise during the day and part of the evening (hard to avoid with the airport only a 5 minute drive away!) but after a few days I hardly noticed it.

Places I would recommend to eat - Escape, Merlis, Alexander the Great, Stani's & Zepos (both on the beach and serve the best fish and seafood). All of these restaurants serve the best Greek cuisine, fish and seafood for a very reasonable price.

Places I would recommend for drinks - Iguana Bar (for the brilliant staff and Karaoke!), Shamrock Irish Pub (live music from The Satellites most nights and again lovely staff) and the Cave Bar - Worth getting there for sunset, the view is stunning all the way out the Laganas Beach.

The Ionion Blue was great value for money, I would definitely return for a week's holiday in the future.

Room Tip: Request a high floor room on the south side if you can, much quieter!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Ionion Blue Hotel
Address: Kalamaki Zante, Kalamaki 290 92, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Kalamaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Kalamaki
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kalamaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 52
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