We booked this hotel based entirely upon Tripadvisor reviews and were not dissapointed.
The hotel is roughly 10 minutes drive from the airport which saves on time spent crammed in a coach. Situated a couple of minutes walsk off the main Kalamaki "strip", the hotel is one of two on the road leading to the beach. The entrance to the hotel leads you past the pool which is spotless and a good size. The reception area is welcoming and contains the bar/coctail bar. We were greeted, had the facilities explained and were then helped with our bags to our room at the rear of the hotel.
The hotel room was a good size (king sized bed & travel cot (as requested)), TV, fridge, dressing table, 2 side tables and lamps and a bathroom containing a shower/bath. The bathroom was a bit dimly lit - this was the sole downpoint of the hotel (so not too bad!). The balcony was a good size and looked up towards the "strip" and surrounding moutains.
As we arrived at the very beginning of the season the room was a bit too cool of an evening but air conditiong can be paid for (if you havent booked with the hotel directly, the air-cpon, fridge & safe are optional extras with associated cost). As we got towards the end of the holiday, we were glad we had a room at the back to be honest (as other reviewers have stated).
We stayed on a B&B basis, breakfast was served between 8 -10am everday and had a good selection of cereal, cooked food (bacon/sausages), breads, yoghurt, fruit (selection expanded throughout the week), pancakes, meats, cheeses etc etc. The staff would make other things for you on request (omelette/fried egg etc).
My wife and I also tried the hotel restaurant on one occassion and were more than impressed with the food.
The pool, as stated, was maintained to perfection. Slightly cold at the beginning of our week but a lot warmer on the last few days. Plenty of sunbeds and shades are available and the pool bar/cafe is open all day.
Maid service was great, towels changed every day (if needed) and any issues were dealt with promptly. 2 members of our party had an issue with the extractor fan and it was changed within the day - couldnt ask for much more.
The hotel is about 5-10 minutesd walk from the beach. The beach is not developed (i.e. not a lot to do) however does provide a good view of the mountains etc. As stated, the "stip" is about 5 minutes walk from the hotel and contains every restaurant you will ever need. We tried several and settled on 4 (The Olive Tree, Essence (brilliant!), Zakanoh (newly taken over - the ranking on trip advisor is based on the "old" Zakanoh) and Parthenon (best Duros we could find).
We also tried the hotels cocktail bar on several occassions. The house wine (red) was lovely, the drinks selectionw as large as was the cocktail menu. Again, very pleasant, welcoming staff. They couldnt do enough for myself, my wife or my 7 month old son. The vast majority of people at the hotel were repeat visitors which says it all really!
In summary, the hotel was clea, comfortable, welcoming & friendly. We are already looking to return in September!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Venus is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and true Greek hospitality. Hotel Venus embodies a true home away from home experience for those who know and appreciate a small and friendly hotel. Named after the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite, who in roman is Venus, and symbolized "Love and Beauty." Whether you get married at home or in Zakynthos, the Venus Hotel caters for the newlywed couple. Enjoy our special honeymoon room with its elegant decor and service. We can even host your reception on our premises and provide you an excellent banquet meal. Every year, families and couples, who come back year after year, appreciate the hotel's fine service and truly experience a joyful holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Venus Hotel And Suites
- Venus Hotel Kalamaki
- Venus Hotel & Suites Zakynthos/Kalamaki