In September 2012 my partner and myself wanted a cheap holiday, and a hotel that had great reviews, I was reluctant to go to Zante, due to the rep it has with young teenage group. So decided on Tsilivi. Then hunted for the hotel, and what a choice it was. 10/10
On arrival after the go-kart driver of the Greek coach drivers around them county roads lol, we arrived at the Zante star hotel. First impressions were very good, on the outside was spotless, all the paint was clean, the stairs to the reception were spotless.
Upon walking through the double glass doors into the reception the welcoming was really nice, it's a family run hotel, and the women behind the reception is one of the daughters of the owner. Along with the 4 other daughters running the hotel, they were always polite and generous. Also very patient in learning the language, whilst giving you a lil help teaching the easy words :-).
Once showed our room we settled in, and as I'm a cleaning nut, and watch loads of them rodgetrader programmes about dirty hotels etc. always go on the look out for a dirty room. However I can not fault this room, and I checked everything, under everything, and all the crevasses. The room was spotless, can not find any fault with it, as it was late when we arrived, we went to the bar and got some food, as it was roasting still at 11pm their time. Sat out in by the pool, as they has sliding doors so it was open planned between the bar and pool.
The food was amazing, great value and a lot of it :-) enough to feed 2 people per portion ( if you fancy a light lunch, which we did on a couple occasion when knew we were going to go out for the evening and have a massive dinner most of the nights).
The prices of the drink was good, and when ask for a rum, it was like a triple for a price of a single in England and the beer on tap was good, especially their house beer was 'Berlin' €2 a pint in a frozen pint glass.
The beds in the hotel was comfy and clean, each night I passed out straight away, and didn't even wake up with a bad back :-) so thumbs up for the mattresses.
The hotel is 5-10 mins walk from the beach, 5mins walk away from the local shop ( on the same road to the beach, and then 10-15 mins walk from the town, can get a taxi but there's no point really cos its cost bout 10€, plus after having a meal out you need to walk off them calories, the restaurants were great and food was amazing that we went to. You don't go aboard to eat English food, that's my Moto, want a taste of culture, part from the proud to be English slobs that give us a bad rep, I don't want to be around whilst on holiday lol.
The best Resturant in the town was called 'the olive tree' however get there early as they get busy.
As we arrived at night, couldn't really see how clean the hotel was round the pool area. On the Monday we woke up at 9,went to get breakfast and was amazing, saw the hotel cleaners clean every with such detail, on the main steps up to the hotel, cleaned each on by hand and in our room they even pulled out the fridge to clean behind it. The pool was so clean, and round the pool, tables chairs and deck chairs were all cleaned every day. Cannot express how clean this hotel was. Even though it was a 3*,I would give it a 4* on the cleanliness of the hotel.
One of the best holidays I have had and 1/2 of it was how happy we was by the hotel and how amazing the staff was towards every guest.
During our week we planned to do something every day, from scuba diving (eurodivers Tsilivi) such friendly people. To going on the pirate ship to see the ship wreck, to renting out a car ( didt this without going through olymic holiday, and got a better deal and much better car, euro aplha car rental) to drive to the monasteries, and small villages, to jet skiing at st Nicholas beach. Overall the holiday was amazing, loved every moment, love the driving and the scenery in Zante, plus going in mid sept get the good weather with out the mad rush of English on holiday :-).
Is a must stay, ,if planning on going to Tsilivi, S the other hotels in the area look poor quality and not pleasant to stay in. And the hotels that like 4/5* are further from the town or right in town where all the bars and restaurants are.
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- Also Known As:
- Zante Star Tsilivi
- Zante Star Zakynthos/Tsilivi