Myself and my partner and our 2 year old daughter stayed at this hotel from 31st May - 11th June and was our second consecutive visit to Zante having stayed in Tsilivi last year. We found everything about this hotel to be excellent from the moment we landed where reception staff greeted us outside reception to take us to our room so we didn't have to climb the steps. We stayed in room 323 which was a family room and very spacious, with a small balcony with a very nice view over the sea. There were two main pools and a childrens pool which were all really nice, the top pool was more lively with easy access to the pool bar which played music. The bottom pool was more for relaxing away from children and noise etc. The childrens pool was excellent for our 2 year old daughter who didn't want to come out. We found the pool bar very good throughout our holiday, the staff were fantastic and the food was as nice as you would expect in the restaurant especially the jacket potato with chilli which was 4.50 euro and was enough to feed two people for a snack, the hotdogs were also large and were priced at 3 euros the only downside is the soft drinks are a bit pricey at 2 euros a can. To be honest we bought soft drinks from the shop and nobody commented and were cheaper than the pool bar at 60 cents a can.In the early evening the bar staff swap over and george runs the show serving cocktails between 6-8 at 3 euros after 8 the price goes up and the pool side bar then closes and the inside bar opens. George is an outgoing character and makes your time around the bar very amusing and he definately likes the ladies! HAHA. We stayed bed and breakfast and we considered it to be good enough, breakfast is served in the conservatory/breakfast room but we ate outside by the bar as it can get quite hot and was easier with our daughter. The breakfast consists of coffee, tea, orange and cherry juice, a range of jams, honey, butter, nutella, greek yoghurt, muesli, chocolate cereal and cornflakes but the bowls for cereal are tiny! There is also ham, cheese and boiled most days however a couple of times a week there is scrambled eggs or baked beans and sausage, also bread rolls and sliced bread that you can toast .If you are a fussy eater you may not think its the best but we ate there everyday for 10 days. There was a kids play area with slides, swings and see-saw it wasn;t brilliant but our daughter enjoyed it. There is a maintenance guy on site, i don't think he ever slept he was always there first thing in a morning and last thing at night, mowing lawns and watering the plants, the gardens and foliage in this hotel are absolutely beautiful.The owner of the hotel Katerina was at the hotel almost everyday shes a lovely lady, short bobbed hair and glasses. She makes sure her guests are 100% happy. She also rents the restaurant at the bottom of the complex called piccadilly, you can 10% discount here if you pick up a card from the reception. The food here is lovely we had the pork souvlaki and lamb kleftico which were very good portions and cost between 7 - 9 euros, average meal was around 25 with wine. You can hire a fridge if you are bed and breakfast for 3 euros per day and also a safety deposit box at the same price. You can pay for air conditioning but we didn't need it however on our last few nights it was getting very warm. Argassi itself is a lovely resort with a very small beach/ non exsistent but this is made for by an array of beach bars, the best being remezzo in our opinion, the staff in that bar can't do enough for you, there is free padded sunbeds, pool table and swimming pool here, the food and drinks are lovely. Some of the best restaurants we can recommend are ethnic (best for meat), zorbas ( huge portions) but you have a book a table if you eat between 7.30 - 9.30 as its so busy, castaways roof top restaurant is also very good. Jungle bar is a good place to go for a nice drink with very friendly staff especially John who is down to earth, Avalon ( the castle) and magic mushroom seem to be the places to go for a lively evening and beer academy where drinks were cheap ie a pint of mythos and a glass of wine for 4.50. It has good music, big screens/sports, and pool tables, this is only a stones throw from katerina, it also has a childrens play area. There 24/7 snack bar which is next to beer academy which also does very nice food and is actually open 24 hours a day. Overall this was a very good holiday, it was the beach that let it down for us but everythign else made up for it and we would visit this hotel again.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Katerina Palace
- Katerina Palace Argassi
- Katerina Palace Hotel Zakynthos/Argassi