I cannot fault the service we received from the hotel staff, the only place we've experienced great service in terms of a holiday. Everyone was so lovely and helpful and do believe what you read because 'they really can’t do enough for you'. The staff in the restaurants along the main strip are very nice and again I cannot fault anyone.
The room was very dark on arrival and I was quite disappointed because it was not very clean. Despite knowing how basic the rooms would be; I still didn’t quite expect it to be like that but this issue was resolved by the hotel without any fuss whatsoever. Although we were on a bed & breakfast basis it is still pretty much self catering so on those terms we both thought it would have been ideal to have cutlery in the rooms etc. The only items available were: kettle, 2 glasses, 2 cups, a spoon and a fridge (which you have to pay something like £55 Euros for 2 weeks) so there’s not even a toaster to say the least. For reference the air con will cost you approx 90euros for 2 weeks that’s if you haven’t booked through the hotel direct. Average room overall, more than happy though.
The best location, plenty of supermarkets to hand, restaurants, bars and even the beach. Mini golf is just around the corner also. Beach is quite rubbish personally but that’s my own opinion, didn’t like it much although the sea water is crystal clear but also very cold. The restrictions on the beach just ruined the point of going but you have to think about the turtles. If you love the beach than go to St Nicholas beach...the water is warm and it’s a lovely beach and they also do lots of water sports there if that’s any interest to you but its a little taxi journey away.
Nice place to go if you want to walk along the harbour or want to do a bit of shopping, I enjoyed it and have got nice photos from it. 8 Euros for a taxi there. A few nice places to eat here also...soo so cheap.
I noticed when I looked at the reviews once I had booked this holiday nobody really mentioned excursions etc so I’ll give you as much info as I can. We booked our excursions with Thomson because it seemed the safe option, which in all honesty it was. Now, Thomson did not charge too much more than the stand alone companies along the strip (and believe me there are so many to choose from-huge competition out there). The reason we did choose Thomson was because they set out on the trips way before any of those other companies, for example the shipwreck island, we set out about 9am/10am in the morning....we managed to get to the shipwreck an hour earlier than all the other boats (yes, BOATS) which meant we had it all to ourselves etc, but don’t forget to check the weather reports/updates before booking because weather determines everything.
Break down of the trips,
Shipwreck island- really nice place to visit but what you don’t see in the thousands of images is that there’s actually no sand on that island in actual fact its all stones, small and large pure white stones.....so bring decent footwear because it took me about 10 minutes to walk back to my towel from the sea =D seriously painful. Such a nice place and spot for amazing photos. Shame an hour is just not long enough, that’s the down side. You spend more time travelling.
Turtle island- In my opinion, not worth a penny unless your idea of a great day out is sitting on a boat, all day. Sooo boring and time wasting. Good point, we saw 1 turtle, which is just luck if you do. Ignore the descriptions for this trip...really not worth it, we we're told we get to see the lighthouse-we didn’t, we got told we'll have a BBQ on the beach- we didn’t. We were served up food at St Nicholas beach in the snack bar which was far from a BBQ...cold chicken, rice and extra sugary drinks. This really is an honest review don’t waste your money, we went back starving =(
WHAT THEY DONT TELL YOU-
All hotels are open to every and anyone so that means anybody can use the swimming pools, now this is great BUT when you do pay to be at the Venus hotel and you cannot get a sun lounger around the side of the pool this becomes a bit of an issue if people are using it for free. We did not go in peak season (we went in June ‘09) so I dread to think what August is like. There were other hotels to choose from when the Venus was full. I do not agree with the fact that most people at the hotel reserved sun loungers at around 8am and they were left until evening, that’s ridiculous.
PLACES TO EAT/RESTUARANTS-
You have to visit the Italian restaurant opposite Denis supermarket (called Buon Amici), the food is so fresh it’s just amazing I wanted to go every night…don’t be put off by the guy outside…he’s pushy but if I didn’t give in I would never have discovered the food. If you want Greek cuisine which of course you would, visit Michaelo’s to find the best food and amazing service. Must visit the taverna right at the end of the strip also, called ‘VAKHOS’ we discovered this place on the last day (typical) but it was the best Greek food we had on the whole island and I wish we had known about it previously, visit this place first it really is a must, such lovely people that own it. If you visit Argassi you must go to ‘peppermint’ lovely restaurant but always so busy that you have to wait for a table, worth it. It’s located off the strip down a side road opposite the church. You must try the bakery on the main Kalamaki strip, 2 min walk from the hotel....best baklava on the whole island, the ones in the restaurants just aren’t the same. If you want to try the best chocolate cake go to the time out bar just opposite Denis supermarket, we always went there for lunch because the guy was lovely and looked after us....cheap but very nice food (approx 15euros for both lunch time meals with drinks).
I would rate this holiday an 8/10 on the terms that it was extremely cheap as we usually go on long haul holidays, places which always tend to be much more luxurious. Kalamaki is a very enjoyable place to spend your holiday. Recommend you avoid breakfast if you can, boring by the end of the first week because it’s the same everyday. Just not worth an early morning start especially if you can save money from it for your own benefit.
Cheap food, cheap place to visit, the people/staff, the restaurants, the pool...list goes on.
Hope this review helps you decide on your holiday, I would agree that 90% of the reviews posted are honest and fairly accurate which is why we made our decision on this particular holiday/place.
- 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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