This is the 4th review I have written about this hotel, every time we visit I must share how amazing this hotel is, we found it via Tripadvisor, and hope many more will.
THE HOTEL: is airy and contemporary and immaculately clean, the grounds are beautifully decorated with the most amazing displays of flowers, their groundsman work's tirelessly to keep it all looking beautiful. All of the staff at this hotel are amazing, Nicky, Anastasia, Helena on reception, we are always amazed that even after a year goes by they great you by your first name, and with a hug - where else would you get such a welcome?!! There is also free wi-fi in the hotel lobby, which has sofas and a large screen TV. There is a large pool which is deep in places, a shallower pool, childrens pool, and a bubble pool, all very clean.
THE ROOMS: well we have only stayed in a room for two, so I cant comment on the bigger rooms, however the one's we have stayed in are more than adequate, they have double or twin beds, bath with shower over (plenty hot water to go around), a balcony or terrace, flat screen TV and a fridge. The only thing I feel it lacks is tea/coffee making facilities, so we take a travel kettle, coffee etc with us, just a tiny detail. All rooms have a safe and air con, payable locally unless you are a gold member (have stayed 4 times) and you get these free.
THE FOOD: is AMAZING!!! Eric is the head chef, with an amazing team behind him, even my husband, the pickiest eater on the planet, always finds something tasty!! The menu is varied, we stay 10 nights and never had a duplicate menu. There is cooked breakfast, continental, cereals, pastries; lunch is varied, salads, hot food, or if you fancy a toastie or burger this can be found at the pool bar (more on this later); Dinner consists of various hot dishes, salads, deserts, it is high quality, and more than enough to go around. The waiting staff are fantastic, promptly clearing your dishes when finished with. If you are going out for the day you can order sandwiches, although having done this ourselves this year I (sadly) would not recommend it, they were less than expected considering the high quality of food you get in the hotel, disappointing (and I love this hotel and hate to say anything negative, but I must be honest for the sake of a review).
THE POOL BAR: Is ran by the fantastic Nickey, I have never known a girl work so hard as she does. It is open from 10am to 6pm during which you can get drinks, food such as toasties, burgers, sandwiches, salads etc, or between 12 and 2pm there is also a self service hotplate with chips, pizza, pasta etc. There is a pool table within the pool bar and a TV. The pool bar reopens at 9pm under the more than capable hands of the lovely Nikos, and the enertainment happens down here. There is also a bar in the main reception, which on an evening is ran by Giovanni, always smiling, he works very hard, the bar is open untill midnight, you can sit indoors or there is a large terrace with a view over the pool.
THE ENTERTAINMENT: Well, what can I say....!!! Brilliant!!! The entertainment team is ran by Thomas, the crazy Austrian, who is hard working and very funny, you've never heard bingo calling until you've heard him, still has me in stitches!! There are activities throughout the day, including French Boules (my fave), killer pool, water polo, table tennis, and other daft but hillarious games which are great fun to take part in, I must stress that there is no pressure from any of the team to join in, but it really is good fun, and you can win bingo tickets for the evening!! The evening there is always bingo first, not to be sniffed at, we won over 200 euro this year, it's really good money!! There is also a different show each night, such as Greek night, Bitzaro show (staring the entertainment team), karaoke night, quiz nights, basically something for everyone. Despite the hotel being amazing, it would not be the same without Thomas and his team, we cant praise them enough for the effort the put in to keeping us entertained.
THE LOCATION: it's around 200 metre walk up to the main road, which is lined with shops and restaurants (you wont need to eat out, I promise!!). The hotel is in line with the end of the runway, we always get a taxi to/from the airport, it's only 13 euro and you're there in less than 5 minutes. Dont be put off by the close proximity to the airport, the planes dont bother you, yes, they come in/out during the day periodically, the noise lasts about 20 seconds, if that, and it's fun to watch!! There are no night flights due to the turtles nesting on the beach, you WILL NOT be bothered by the flights.
Overall, this is the best hotel we have ever stayed at, we never go anywhere twice but have been here 4 years in a row and already planning our next trip back in 2013!!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bitzaro Grande
- Bitzaro Grande Kalamaki
- Bitzaro Grande Hotel Zakynthos/Kalamaki