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Garden Village Apartments
Ranked #1 of 7 Kalamaki B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Not sure what everyone raves about!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2008

Booked the Garden Village apartments based on the reviews we have read - everyone absolutely raves & even as we arrived, leaving guests said "you will have a fantastic time" - in fact most other guests had stayed there before.

Don't get me wrong, it has a nice greek feel and the quality of accommodation (compared to greek) is very good albeit its quiet (unless you are staying in apartments next to the bar). We had a 2bed apartment and it was nice - bathroom all new and great. Kitchen in need of modernisation and the cooking facilities are a bit dangerous - the cooker rings are at eye level!

Rooms are typical greek and nice and big with doors opening onto the terrace - only problem if you want a siesta is that its next to the bar (music from 9am until gone midnight) and also the noise from any kids in the pool is loud as its right outside your window!

Rooms were cleaned daily but that involved emptying the bins / making the bed. Once the bedroom floor we used was mopped but the twin room (which we used as a dressing room) was never swept etc. Kitchen floor mopped once too - bedding & towels changed once.

Its right what many say about the sunbeds - had the weather been better and everyone wanted to sunbathe, there would have been a problem. As it was, we didn't have a problem as the weather wasn't great all of the time. In height of the season, it will be!

BBQ was nice but not really worth the 18 Euros really - you have 3 courses but only meat (ie piece of chicken) is BBQ'd and you dont' get to continue going up helping yourself - each table takes it in turn to go to the food menu - don't get me wrong, loads there but if you think its a BBQ, ie most food done on there and loads of meat, then its not. You get a glass of wine each & there is a chance to try the Zorba the Greek dance which is funny.

Carol is very helpful to all guests and does not stop running around after them! Anything you want she will get/advise you on etc. She told us some lovely places to visit when we hired a car and it was lovely to get out into the Mountains/villages to see real Greece.

We drove to the Shipwreck view point which was spectacular - spoilt if you go by boat I believe as its far too commercialised now and loads of boats go there.

Kalamaki was busier than we thought but not like Laganas which was very "English", ie McDonalds/BurgerKing/Subway. Great if you are 18yrs old.

We had some nice meals in Kalamaki but the best place (& was always full) was Heavens Kitchen.

  • Liked — Good standard for Greece
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2008

We have stayed at Garden Village 2 years running now (2007 & 2008). It is absolutely first-class - excellent value for money with service that would put a 5* hotel to shame! Carol Bairactaris and her staff provide the warmest welcome and highest standards of cleanliness, service that you could wish for. Having stayed at a so-called 'luxury villa' in Spain in August we'd go back to Garden Village every time!! We cannot praise it highly enough ...
Linda & Michael Noble

Stayed July 2008
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2008

My girlfriend and I are just back from the Garden Village. Comments as follows: -

Rooms: very good standard but particularly so for Greece. If I was being picky I'd say the bathroom was a bit dated but it was clean and functional. Room was cleaned to a very high standard daily. No complaints at all.

Pool/Sunbeds: there were the usual characters who would get up at 7am and "reserve" their chosen sunbeds for the day before going back to bed for a few hours. We didn't do this but always got sunbeds when we wanted them. We didn't always get one of the ones with an umbrella but were able to buy an umbrella from a local supermarket for 5 euros. The sunbeds are new and very comfortable. The pool is on the small side but is perfectly adequate. The common areas, particularly the gardens are really very nice and well maintained. The information in your room makes clear that if you cannot find a sunbed if you tell Carol she will get you one by shifting the towels from sunbeds which are not in use. We never has to do this but I have no doubt she would have done so. If people were not so selfish sunbeds would not be a problem - I rarely saw more than a third of them in use - to think we moan about the Germans!

Pool bar: I noticed that someone was complaining about prices and portion sizes. There is no issue with portion sizes. I got a chicken salad one day that was huge. Other dishes I saw others easting were also served in healthy portions. I though the prices were okay - I think the salad was about 5 euros. Its about 3 euros for a 500ml Heineken which was comparable with the other nice bars in the resort. The cocktails were pretty good and there is a happy hour in the evening. BBQ night was good - 18 euros a head but this was for 3 courses and I couldn't have eaten any more. You will easily pay 18 euros for 3 courses in any of the decent place in the resort.

I didn't sense that those using the bar were treated differently although if they are then it is no great surprise. If I was sitting eating lunch in my swimming shorts for 30 minutes in the pool bar then I wouldn't be happy if my sun longer got pinched whereas it is a different story if you leave the complex - then you are fair game as far as I am concerned. There seemed to be families who stay at Garden Village every year.

If you really are struggling there is a pool bar right on the beach which is nice - great views and you will always get a sunbed for no charge. We went there rather than lying on the beach as you could just nip down when you wanted to go in the sea.

First Choice: rep could have been better. We purchased a trip (VIP turtle spotting) which turned out to be good but was nothing like what was described. We had taxi transfers and had to phone the resort office to find out out pickup time since no one thought to tell us.

Resort: I wouldn't go back to Kalimaki. It has quite a lot of Laganas overspill (you can probably guess what I mean) and is really quite ugly and unfinished (no pavements in places etc) . It is also purely a resort - it must be a ghost town in the winter. You have taverna (usually selling full english breakfasts), followed by off licence, followed by leather shop, followed by supermarket, followed by boozer showing premiership football all the way along the main strip. It looks worse when the neon comes on and the dreaded PR's come out to play. The beach is very very nice though.

Restaurants: Michaelas and Zepos both good but the walk to Michaelas in the dark (no pavements and Greek drivers) is not much fun. Hera okay. Don't go to the one on the rooftop on the way to the beach - the view was nice but the food hopeless. Generally they all serve the exact same food.

Bars: if you are not looking for goldfish bowl cocktails and drunken brits try Mohitos or the Cave Bar - both good. I would steer clear of the newer main street and stick to the one on the way to the beach - much nicer.

Waterpark: small but worth a day out. Go early at 10am before the buses arrive and you will get more shots on the couple of good rides.

Overall: apartments very good - no complaints at all. Resort not up to much. We had a good time but probably won't got back.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Yateley
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2008

We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Garden Village Apartments. Our first impressions were very good – the apartments exceeded our expectations and Carol was extremely friendly.
However, as soon as we saw the pool area we were very disappointed. Although the sunbeds were very lovely with plush thick mattresses it was clear immediately there were nowhere near enough for the apartments/studios and they were all crammed into a small area on top of each other.
As a consequence every day of our 2 week holiday we had to get up by 7am to secure sunbeds, and then were afraid to leave them during the day as the towels would be removed by Carol. We do not like the beach and generally like to spend a lot of time relaxing by the pool, so this inevitably had a huge impact on the enjoyment of our holiday.
On the second day we stopped by the bar for some drinks after returning from our evening meal. At the end of the evening we could not believe the bill (almost as much as the bill for our meal for 4 and we are not heavy drinkers). We realised straight away we could not afford to have our nightcaps at the bar. This was a real shame as it would have been a lovely place to meet people and socialise. The bar was often closed on our return in the evening so I am sure our views were shared among the other guests. Also, although we heard the barbeque was very good, at 18 Euros a head it would have been the most expensive meal of our holiday (by far) and it should be noted that this price did not include any drinks.
On a more positive note Kalimaki itself is nice enough although we preferred the Alykanas/Alkyes area of the island which is not so commercial; but then again it could have been a lot worse like Laganas. We had some really lovely meals during our stay and our favourite restaurants were Zeppos and Michaelos where the food was delicious, the waiters wonderful and we found the prices very reasonable. For an absolute brilliant day out don’t miss the Jeep Safari which takes you on a lovely tour of the island, but make sure you ask for Alan as your guide as he was fantastic (this was booked independently up the road). Also, if you crave an English breakfast you must go to The Lighthouse – not a drop of oil and everything cooked to perfection – delicious the best breakfast we have EVER had abroad!!! Ask for one of their complimentary maps of Kalimaki as this shows all the local restaurants.
If you are prepared or can afford to spend money at the bar and are not fussed about sunbeds I am sure you will have a lovely time at the Garden Village. If however, your priorities are to have adequate facilities and reasonable prices you may well feel short changed like we did. We did a lot of research on these apartments before we booked and were disappointed to not find a more balanced opinion, especially considering their gold standard status.
Sadly, for the first time ever (and maybe we’ve been spolit on previous holidays) we were more than ready to go home at the end of our holiday if nothing else then at least to get some sleep! All I can say is what a shame as this could have been a brilliant holiday in lovely surroundings.

  • Liked — Nice rooms
  • Disliked — Lack of sunbeds, price at bar
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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7 Thank coco022
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Kettering
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2008

Contrary to another review I would like to say that it was not necessary to jump on the band wagon of saving sunbeds and we were never dissappointed. Carol was always on hand to help us out and worked very hard to ensure all guests were happy and comfortable.
We went to the BBQ which we both agreed was the best meal we had had in Kalamaki, and for 18 euros we thought it was well worth it.
As for the rooms, they were excellent. The maids cleaned them beautifully every day and we could not fault the standard of cleanliness everywhere .
Garden Village is truly a wonderful, comfortable and welcoming place that we intend to return to over and over again.

  • Liked — Friendliness of owners and staff
  • Disliked — nothing really
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2008

Kalamaki Garden Village July 15th 2008 staying for 2 weeks
On first impressions the accommodation was of a good standard and the greeting from carol the owner was warm and informative as we were expecting from a gold award accommodation. But that's all it was.
In the 2 weeks we were there the bed linen and towels were only changed twice. The apartment floor was swept but never wet mopped.
There were only 30 sunbeds for 70+ people. To secure them you have to get up really early ( 7am). The bar was very expensive for drinks and the meals were on the small side. The bar prices were the dearest of all the bars we visited including the popular cave bar. With 2 teenage children we couldn't afford to drink or eat there.
We also felt that people who did drink and eat in the village bar were treated different to the people who chose not to pay the expensive prices. If you chose to spend your money at the bar you didn't have to worry about leaving your sunbeds and having your towels removed. If you didn't spend money at the bar leave your beds if you dare!
We met several families during our stay and were all of a similar opinion.
Carol the owner spent a lot of time around the pool and bar area and we all felt we were constantly being observed which made us and other families feel intimidated.
Its a shame that such a nice place in a good location doesn't treat everyone the same, get more sunbeds and keep the prices at the bar reasonable for its guest to enjoy together.
The bar-bi which is run every week was also expensive at 18euros per person + the high cost of drinks at the bar would have made this a very expensive evening of our holiday if we had attended.

  • Liked — room design layout
  • Disliked — lack of sunbeds, bar prices
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Wigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two weeks in July and really loved it. We stayed in a studio overlooking the lovely gardens and each morning we woke up to the sound of birds. Our room was cleaned every day and had plenty of storage space, good air conditioning and we were happy with the shower etc. We had two single beds but pushed them together and the maids put double sheets on them which we thought was nice. The bar did a good selection of food and they would even bring it to your room if you wanted. The Garden Village is down a little lane right in the centre of Kalamaki with plenty of bars, restaurants and supermarkets right in your doorstop. It took us about 10-15 minutes to walk to the beach but it is worth walking past Zepos restaurant and Stani's to get to the beach a little further down, we loved it there and the water was really shallow. We liked the fact that it was quiet at night time around the Garden Village, there are no groups of young people and the staff are very friendly.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Garden Village Apartments
Address: Arkadii, Kalamaki 291 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Kalamaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Kalamaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 24
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Garden Village Apartments Hotel Kalamaki
Garden Village Apartments Zakynthos/Kalamaki

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