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Venus Hotel & Suites
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Kalamaki
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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25 reviews
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“A fantastic trip”
Reviewed September 23, 2009

We stayed at the Venus in July and booked directly through the hotel, i would definately recommend this option to any future travellers, as you get the benefit of having breakfast, the fridge, air con and a loyalty card giving you 10% off all food and drinks. We booked our flights earlier in the year through Thomson, if you can, book early as the prices had nearly doubled when we looked again in May/June time.

The hotel itself was great, all the staff made us feel welcome (especially Barbara who constantly had us in giggles) but everybody right from the cleaning staff to Nick himself. Our room was a good size, very comfortable and clean and fresh towels were provided daily. We stayed for the BBQ night which was very tasty and also the pub quiz, lots of fun.

We only stayed around the pool once or twice as we do prefer the beach but everything was great, we frequently would have lunch at the hotel or a late breakfast and i couldn't fault the food, especially liked the greek sausage! The breakfast at the hotel was very good although after a 2 week stay did get a little repetitive.

The island itself is lovely and very peaceful, we went on several excursions and booked these direct with organisers on the main strip. 2 fantastic restaurants are the Olive Tree (their house Rose wine was lovely) and Heaven's Kitchen (i think that was the name), we felt everywhere was reasonably priced.

A fantastic stay in Kalamaki and at the Venus, we will definately be back in the near future.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

We stayed at the Venus as part of a large wedding party and had the most fantastic time. We love going to Greece and have been several times but the Venus was by far the nicest hotel we have stayed in. Nick and all the staff were so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble and there was a real family atmosphere to the place.

There is a large pool with plenty of sunbeds, the rooms are spacious and very clean with lovely bathrooms and they do a fab breakfast every morning well worth getting up for. There is a good snack bar throughout the day and meals available throughout the evening all very reasonably priced - they also make a mean cocktail! BBQ night was especially good. The hotel is very centrally located close to the beach and the main strip where there is a good selection of restaurants.

We went as part of a large wedding party. The reception took place back at the hotel and they totally transformed the outside space making it a really special and memorable evening. We had a brilliant stay and would equally recommend the hotel for couples or families.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Ayrshire, Scotland
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

This was the first trip to a Greek island for my husband and me and it was an excellent choice. The Venus Hotel ticked all the right boxes,friendly staff,very comfortable,spotlessly clean,good food. A real home from home,we quickly settled in and felt like part of a big family.
The hotel is in a great location , only 5 min walk to the beach and an even shorter walk to the main strip with all the restaurants and shops.
There is good family fun and entertainment at the hotel, the BBQ evening with singer was great and good value.
This was the most relaxing holiday that we have ever had and we are already booked to return next year.
Well done to Nick and every single member of his staff , we were not disappointed with our first Greek experience.
Efharistow !

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

I would just like to say what a fantastic time myself and my family had at Hotel Venus. We stayed at the hotel as part of my cousins wedding party in early September. Although I personally did not choose the hotel, the wedding party could not have made a better choice. The staff were fantastic and extremely friendly and always made you feel very welomce, (a special mention to Spiros and Donna must be said......although I am not sure if that is the shots talking, but Donna keep on blowing those strawberries!!).

The food and cleanliness as well as entertainment provided were also all top rated, with a great selection of food at breakfast and throughout the day at the snack bar by the pool, and things to do most nights of the week.

If you are planning on having a wedding in Zante then I would highly recommend the Hotel Venus, the reception they organise for the weding party, was possibly one of the best receptions I have had the pleasure to go to. With a fireworks entrance, course after course of great food and some brilliant greek dancing this will be one wedding I will not forget.

All in all a holiday to remember, not only for the family and friends I spent it with but for the great hotel we stayed in. Thank you all at the Hotel Venus.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Reviewed September 16, 2009

what can i say but a fab fab holiday and much of that was to do the venus hotel, it certainly makes a difference when you get such a high standard hotel, everything was spotless and the staff worked so hard but were always friendly, the lady that did our room everyday even arranged my daughters teddies on her pillow what a lovely touch. The breakfast had such a wide choice everything that you need, and the snack bar was such value for money and really lovely food.
We went out every evening and the main strip is about 2 minutes away and so many restaurants and all were very nice.
Beach very nice but be aware of the turtle police!!! i totally understand the protection of the turtles but the turtle police seem to be abit rude and seem to think they are god!!
Anyway the staff at the venus are a credit to the mangement and a big thank you to them and Nick and the receptionists who very always their to help, we will defo be coming back in the coming years.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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london, uk
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

We visited this hotel in August through Thomas Cook, never again will I use them. They lost our luggage, over booked the rooms and the rep was never anywhere to be seen. Although it wasn't actually the Venus Hotels fault the rooms were over booked (Thomas Cook admitted it was their fault) they did everything they could to sort out the problems...including giving us a single room free for the first 2 nights of our stay. They then moved us to another room with the correct amount of beds in...it was a very tight squeeze (3 single beds and a cot) in a double room, but as the hotel was fully booked not much else could have been done, and we were lucky to get that as Thomas Cook were most unhelpful.
The staff were very helpful, the drinks were cheap, the food was nice, the pool is clean and the rooms were clean. I will certainly be staying there again in the future..but booking direct.
Thanks to Nick and the rest of the staff at the Venus hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GOING AFTER READING THESE REVIEWS PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BOOK DIRECT!!! The benefits are great, 10% off everything you buy at the hotel (all food, drinks etc).
You get air con, fridge and safety deposit box free (Thomson do not include these in the package price you will have to pay 185€ when you get to the hotel)
Staff
All the staff were so helpful, friendly, polite, cheerful, friendly.

Room
The room/bathroom was snug but big enough for the 3 of us for what we needed.
The cleaning staff came in every day either to make/change beds, sweep floor, clean bath etc

Breakfast
Wow 3 different cereals, fruit,yoghurt,bread,ham,tomatoes, cheese,french toast,pancakes,baked beans,saus or bacon,hash browns,scrambled egg, boiled egg PG tips tea, coffee,fruit juices the list is endless.
Also the room is fully air conditioned which is great even at 8am in the morning

Reception/Bar Area
Nice size area with lovely decor, pool table, draughts, computers and 3 or 4 TV's
The bar prices are very slightly more than 'The Strip' but they use proper spirits and not cheap watered down versions. The cocktails made by Donna and Spiro are superb! Sprio also makes up some wicked shots!!
Pool Area
The pool area is nice, clean and tidy and yes there was an issue with sunbeds but this was quickly resolved when pointed out to Nick the manager.
The snack bar served food and drinks throughout the day the food was good and the prices were very resaonable.
Entertainment
The hotel doesn't have much entertianment but must mention that the BBQ night with singer Richie Valdez was great and we ended up going both weeks of our stay.

Overall we had a lovely holiday and can see why people return year after year after year. Nick keep up the good work!

Our 3 favourite restaurants are Michaelo's, Zeppo's & Heaven's Kitchen

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Venus Hotel & Suites
Address: Kalamaki Beach, Kalamaki 291 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Kalamaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Kalamaki
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kalamaki
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kalamaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Venus Hotel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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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