We arrived on the 16th July 2009 for two weeks, with our two teenage children aged 18 and 16, the airport is very small which was good because you did not hang around long waiting for your luggage.
We were the first drop off which took about 10 - 15 minutes maximum. This hotel is probably one of the smallest hotels we have stayed at bearing in mind this is about our 20th time abroad. The hotel has 120 rooms and 25 family rooms, most rooms have a pool view, they are a good size with tv which has sky news, sky sports. The bathroom had a bath which has a shower off the taps, you need to get a shower early or you get a cold one as the hot water does not last long.
The pool area is nice and clean, with a jacuzzi and small childs pool, the swimming pool is split in two, one half is warmer than the other. There are plenty of sunbeds to go round and you dont need to get up early to get one which was lovely.
The beach is about a ten minute walk away, the beach was lovely you could get a sunbed and umbrella for 7 euros a day, the sea was nice and warm. you have to be off the beach by 19.00 hours because of the turtles and are not allowed back on there until 7.00 in the morning.
We went on a trip to turtle island and keri caves, we did not book it through the reps it cost 13 euros each for 4 hours, even though we only saw one turtle in the sea but it was a lovely trip out.
When you go on the Kalamaki strip where there are shops and bars just around the corner from the hotel there are people selling trips saving a good bit of money compared to the reps.
We also went to the waterpark for 18 euros each and this included free bus, the reps charge 24 euros. Well worth going kids loved it and even with it being peak time we did not have to wait long for each ride.
We found the hotel food very good, there was a small amount of choice but generally this included meat, fish, pasta a salad bar and childrens section with things like chicken nuggets, fish fingers and mini sausages with chips. We never ate in the hotel restraurant at dinnertime just in the evening. In the day we just used to get something from the pool side bar, again this included a small selection which was always salad, chips, pizza then either pasta or chicken kebab meat with nan bread between 12.30 and 14.00 hours, failing that you could order cheeseburger, toasties, salad, or a roll anytime from 10.00 - 18.00.
The hotel does state that it has a dress code for the restraurant in the evening, although this seemed to be aimed at the females rather than the males. On the first night they were really strict saying you could not wear shorts but after people started complaining this was never mentioned again.
Overal this was a lovely holiday which I would recommend, the only downfall was that at the poolside bar you only have Nicky serving in the day, she has to clear the tables, serve drinks, and lay out the food. And again in the evening there was only one person serving in the hotel bar and pool side bar.
There is a small gym which has a treadmill, two bikes a cross trainer and some weights. There is a tennis court, table tennis and a pool table which is free. They have two computers for the internet and charge 4 euros for half an hour, I suggest you look around as it was only 2 euros for 40 mins at another hotel.
The daytime entertainment included french bowls, killer darts, killer pool, aerobics in the swimming pool, uno, t-bag throwing, then in the evening there was sometimes a kids mini disco, followed by bingo which was good money then a show of some sort varing from mr or miss bitzaro grande, karoake, turtle slide show, dancers. Tomas did a fabulous job doing the entertainment he was very funny and had a fantastic memory he only had to hear your name once and remembered it.
On your return back home the airport has only one duty free shop and food bar when you return which was expensive, cigarrettes are the same price as what you pay in Kalamaki, Perfumes were expensive.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bitzaro Grande
- Bitzaro Grande Kalamaki
- Bitzaro Grande Hotel Zakynthos/Kalamaki