We arrived at the Bitzaro Palace Hotel after a 10 minute drive in a taxi from the airport - no hassle there. There was a power cut when we checked in and the lift didn't work (our room was on the first floor). Petra in reception checked us in without any fuss and insisted on having our luggage taken to the room for us. There was a problem with the shower which she had rectified within a couple of hours without any fuss. We had a lovely first floor room with a sitting room overlooking the gardens and pool, rather dated but quite adequate. Our biggest criticism was the very cramped bathroom which had a shower over the bath and a very oversized wash-hand basin which left very little room for movement (and we are not big people by any means!). The public areas around the bar and outside were comfortable and always somewhere to sit, either inside or out. There was not any evening entertainment which was quite refreshing really as we met some lovely people and actually made our own entertainment! Yes, we were two of the magnificent seven - hello Sutton Coldfield girls!!!
The food was good, plenty of selection and lots of lovely salads. The drinks left a bit to be desired, only drank the red wine which was passable but far from great and gin that seemed to have the gin missing!! The staff were excellent - very friendly and went out of their way to chat and showed a genuine interest in the guests.
We hired a car and got about the island a bit - there are some lovely little coves etc to explore and overall we thought Xante was very pleasant, quiet retreat and thoroughly enjoyed our 10 day stay.
- 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