I am appalled by the review given by Gilda Rugby especially as it seems to be the only unsatisfactory one out of the 57 published that have in fact given the Clio mostly 5 out of 5 stars!! I would advise anyone thinking of booking the Clio to read the other 52 reviews and decide for themselves.
These ladies are clearly disappointed but are most certainly in the minority.
The Clio is not a large 77 roomed hotel as these ladies are used to, but small family run apartments that have won awards year after year for cleanliness and friendliness.
Alikes is a small village that hasn’t changed in years. No building developments going on, no discos, just very peaceful and relaxing. Also, Kalamaki is a busier resort, situated within walking distance of Laganas......say no more. But this is clearly the type of holiday these people prefer but each to his own. Everyone has different views on what represents a good holiday.
I can assure these ladies however, that I am NOT a family member and when I stayed with our party for 2 weeks from 14th – 28th June this year, we had Greek nights on the 2 Saturdays and a Quiz night. On both Greek nights, there were around 30 guests, every table was occupied! As for criticising the pool area......what on earth do they mean? Fighting for a cramped, dirty sunbed at the crack of dawn every morning is certainly not my idea of a holiday, as is the case in most big hotels and we have experienced this ourselves on many occasions!
The Clio accommodation is well-suited for wheelchair/disabled users, with spacious studios located on the ground floor. Also there is a lift which is unusual for a hotel of this size with only 2 upper floors.
The Clio is spotless, as is the pool area and is never crowded. That is the beauty of it.
For them to assume that Clio guests have never stayed in their idea of “good hotels” is quite insulting. I, and my family are also well travelled and can assure these ladies that I have stayed in many “good hotels” in different parts of the UK and abroad. Some turned out to be good and some not so good. The Clio has been consistently excellent and we have been holidaying there every year for the last 6 years. The fact that so many people return here so often speaks volumes!
I think they should remember that this is a typically Greek family with very limited English who go out of their way to please and I’m really angry that comments made by these ladies could maybe affect the livelihood of wonderful kind-hearted people working hard in a difficult economic climate.
Silver, the owner has a big heart and is anything but “grumpy”.....he gives each child a lovely gift at the end of their stay......I certainly have never known this at any of the so-called “good” hotels.
Silver also gives platters of free fruit to everyone after every meal and we often had complimentary side dishes each time we ordered. Hence we have never felt the need to ask for “extras”.
As for criticising Silver for sitting having a ciggie in the restaurant, don’t they think he deserves a break after working from 7am till 10pm every day?? And I think its comforting to see the family around us as we know they’re on hand if we need anything....like offering to drive me to the pharmacy or hospital as they have on 2 separate occasions.
Silver and his wife Alexandra are very proud of their hotel and it shows.
During our stay, we noticed families actually coming from hotels in a neighbouring resort everyday to use the Clio as they had come across it while driving around and thought it looked lovely. They couldn’t praise it highly enough and they were going to book it next year instead of their usual 4 star hotel!
Please don’t let Gilda’s review put you off. These are delightful apartments run by a delightful, hard working family. We will certainly be returning for the 6th time!
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