My boyfiend and I stayed here 15th - 25th June and thoroughly enjoyed it. Upon arrival at 6:30am we were abruptly informed by the night receptionist that our room would not be ready until after lunch and we would have to wait in the lounge area until then. Although we had a feeling that this might happen we had hoped that we might have been greeted a little better and offered somwehere to freshen up. We managed to get an hours sleep on the sofas and on awakening we were informed by the new receptionist that our room was ready (before 8am!) so this was a nice surprise. This receptionist was so helpful and lovely all holiday, a massive difference from the one that greeted us.
Our room was a decent size, very clean, but very hot at night so we paid the 30 Euros for a week's aircon. Apparently this is free throughout July and August.
The bathroom was spotless but a little tired and the curved bath was a bit uncomfortable for standing in whilst showering.
The hotel as a whole was very clean and the flowers climbing the balconies were so pretty. The outside seating area was also really nice for having an early evening drink.
The food was average with plenty of choice but a little bland. Cannot fault the restaurant staff though - extremely helpful and polite.
The pool and surrounding area was a decent size and never too crowded. There was never a shortage of sunbeds, even in the afternoon.
All inclusive soft drinks weren't the best but we usually just stuck to copious amounts of water in the day and beer in the evening (and the odd 'pina colado').
Kalamaki itself is a really nice resort with a decent beach. The 'strip' was pretty quiet though, we were the only people in some some the bars, obviously due to the current euro uncertainty.
We hired a motorbike and travelled to some gorgeous places that we would never have visited had we stayed within the resort. Would highly recommend Porto Limnionas Bay, Keri Lighthouse Tavern, Keri Caves (tonnes better than the Blue Caves) and swimming with turtles in Laganas bay - amazing experience (don't bother with a turtle spotting trip, just hire a pedalo and swim / snorkel with them.
Overall a great, relaxing holiday and a thoroughly decent hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by its gorgeous gardens and within easy reach of the sands, Bitzaro Palace Hotel in Zakynthos combines elegance and comfort with respect to the traditional Ionian style. The outdoor pool and the hot tub are surrounded by a unique wooden deck, where relaxation is inevitable. The loosening experience can only be enhanced by the all-inclusive buffets with Mediterranean flavors made by fresh local products. All the hotel rooms are overlooking the pool and the garden and are elegantly decorated, offering all the facilities for a comfortable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bitzaro Palace
- Bitzaro Palace Kalamaki
- Bitzaro Palace Hotel Zakynthos/Kalamaki