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Beach House I & II
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Alykes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 October 2013

we stayed in beach house 1 for 2 weeks from 26th sept 2013,no problems with accomodation and owners.On our departure we were out of the apartment at 11.00 as it was being prepared for the next guests,our pick up was at 1430 so we put our suitcases down at the bar which is not open until 1600 and went for a coffee about 5 minutes away, on our return both padlocks had been ripped from our suitcases and 10 packets of tobacco stolen.Just a word of warning.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank christina m
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BeachHouseViragoBar, Owner at Beach House I & II, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2013

We are pleased to hear you had such an enjoyable stay with us but are very saddened and shocked to hear that your bags were tampered with when left unattended. Guests can leave their luggage at Vasso (owner of BHI)'s house if they have any concerns.

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

After reading Simon S' s review we are amazed at how someone can be so critical in just a few hours of arriving.
We too return to Alykes year after year twice a year and have been doing so for the last 10 years because we luv it soooooooo! much. We have stayed in Beach House 1 and 2 for the last 5 years and have always found the studios very clean and tidy with regular change of bed linen and towels.
Over the last couple of years improvements have been made air con in Beach House 1 and a new pitched roof. We stayed in Beach House 2 in September in the spacious family appartment which had been decorated and also had new furniture put in since we stayed in it last which was 2 years ago and to be honest there was nothing wrong with it then.
You will always receive a very warm welcome from the owners Vikki and Spiros. Nothing is too much for their guests on our recent stay Spiros kindly drove a member of our family to the nearest open pharmacy for medication. Vikki and Spiros are two of the most friendly and caring hosts you could possibly want who go out of their way to ensure their guests have an enjoyable holiday.
We have also booked again for next year as availability is very limited if you dont book a year in advance.
So we are so sorry that Simon feels this way perhaps he should just stick to 5 star hotels when backpacking in India.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank DawnandDave_2
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

just a few words in reply to simons review. we have been staying here for 10 years in both bh1 bh2 have seen on every visit that spiros and vikki the owners have been working very hard over the winter to keep there properties up to spec.we have always been warmly greeted and considered to be good friends of this couple. they may be basic but very clean and this is what most people go to greece for. we will continue to stay at bh as long as we can book due to being so popular
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank broncolane53
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

We stay in the beach house every time we visit Zante. It is immaculately clean with good friendly cleaners who are alway on hand if needed as are the owners who are 2 of the most lovely people we have ever met. We would recommend staying in here to anyone weather be families or couples like ourselves. Great hosts with a fantastic bar and even better cocktails!! With ice cream sundaes to die for!! Small family run establishment that is very friendly and professional at the same time. We will be going back for many years to come. And we plan to get married in Alykes and will be definitely staying in the beach house! Get yourself booked in! You won't be disappointed!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Vicky K
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

We first stayed in Beach House 1 in 1997 and have returned regularly almost every year since then! We book as soon as the rooms become available in order to enjoy the next years holiday! We manage to book for three weeks each time - would we book somewhere less than excellent for such a long stay? NO!! The reasons we stay are varied... superb, quiet location, top quality accommodation for a simple chill out time, pleasant and very helpful owners, and friendly greek people. The rooms are cleaned regularly, as other reviewers have said, with a regular change of towels, and extremely thorough cleaning by Vasso and her team. Over the past years any problems we have encountered have been sorted out very quickly. We see the same people return every year, again over many years! So... a great big THANK YOU for all those people who make our stay so wonderful year after year! See you all next September.. We can't wait!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AndnMag B
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BeachHouseViragoBar, Owner at Beach House I & II, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Thank you for your lovely comments. I will be sure to pass them on to Vasso, Maria and Mimina.

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Having been to Alykes for the past six years, we were delighted when we were able to secure a booking for Beach House in September, having previously stayed in other properties. Yes, we would have loved to have stayed in Beach House 1 but were content with Beach House 2. In no way were we disappointed! We were in room 13, at the same time as the previous disgruntled reviewer, and do not share his view of these studios. Our personal standards are high and we were very satisfied with the standard of accommodation. Rooms were cleaned regularly, by a
delightful lady, and we had no complaints about the quality of bed linen or towels. As visitors, we have to realise that life goes on for the residents of Alykes, and they are entitled to have their Sunday family barbeque. It smelt delicious - we would have loved to join them! It was the only time, during our week's stay, that this occurred. We wrote this review because it would be a shame if Spiros and Vicky ended their season on such a sour note. They don't deserve it! We were really pleased to read their response and totally agree with what they said. Anyway, we enjoyed our stay at Beach House 2, arrived home and booked again for next September straight away! Does that not say it all?

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MikeandCar_12
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BeachHouseViragoBar, Owner at Beach House I & II, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Thank you for your positive comments and kind thoughts. We''re so glad you enjoyed your first stay with us and look forward to welcoming you again next September!

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

I read Simon S's review of Beach House 2 with a mixture of incredulity and admiration.

The writer certainly deserves admiration for his conduct of such a microscopic forensic examination and for the number of deficiencies he enumerates after such a very brief and transitory experience. He arrived at noon, was out of his room and relocated four hours later - two hours after phoning the resort representative. This seems to suggest that it took about two hours to compile his list of faults which is pretty good going and indicative of real dedication to the science of fault finding.

We’ve been holidaying in Greece for about thirty years; have stayed in various accommodations in the Alikes area every year for almost twenty years and since discovering the Beach House studios fifteen years ago have stayed there once and frequently twice a year.
We may well fall into what the writer categorises as “much less picky, poorly sighted” guests and one of us is indeed visually impaired, but we do know grecian accommodation and what to expect and probably share the same values as the dozens of guests who return to Beach House year on year.

I could address each of the writer’s complaints individually but life’s too short, so I’ll pick up just a few mainly to inform potential first time visitors to Greece in general, and Alikes and Beach House in particular.

COOKING FACILITIES. Two-ring electric hobs are more or less standard in all holiday studios and apartments. Electric kettles are now provided in most studios and have replaced the traditional ‘briki’ coffee pot that was the norm until a few years ago. Guests in Beach House will find electric toasters supplied, these though are not the norm in the vast majority of studios.

WATER. Local tap water is potable, it has a high mineral content and furs up kettles and shower heads but we’ve been boiling it for use in coffee and the odd bit of cooking for years with no ill effects whatsoever. Wise travellers will anticipate high temperatures and thirst on landing and will carry a bottle of water in hand baggage so they can have a drink on arrival. Guests in Beach House will find plentiful supplies of bottled water a three minute walk away in the Sydney Supermarket.

STRAY ANIMALS. In the past a few well-meaning animal lovers have encouraged stray dogs and cats into the studios, fed them off studio crockery and allowed them onto the beds. Fleas and ticks are present on many strays and the notices in the studios are there as a polite request with the intention of avoiding any possible infestation and health issues. It’s also probably worth mentioning that cats and dogs are a vector for ringworm and hand washing after petting and discouraging young children from petting strays could save a bit of grief. Our two children picked up ringworm after petting kittens on Leros.

AIR CONDITIONING. This was installed in Beach House 1 last year though as far as I can recollect been in Beach House 2 since the studios were built about 12 years ago. Some folk find they need to use it but others like us don’t. The price of electricity in Greece has rocketed since the start of the financial crisis and the cost of providing air-con has to be met somehow. If you are in a studio with “free air-con” then you’ll be paying for it in the overall price of your holiday. The alternative method of payment – the “pay as you go/need” method means that you only pay when or if you need it.

CLEANING. Our experience has been that the standards of cleaning and laundry have been excellent. The three ladies who clean Beach Houses 1 and 2 work extremely hard and take a pride in their work. On change-over days they only have a couple of hours between guests leaving at 10.00am and new arrivals at noon and may have several studios to give a major clean.

PROBLEMS and SUPPORT. Vikki and Spiros who own and manage the two Beach Houses could not be more supportive of their guests. We and others we know have reason to be grateful for their help in the past, and all guests may be assured that help if required is only a few metres and a phone call, text message or knock on the door away.

I mentioned my incredulity and admiration, but the review also evoked anger. For anyone unfamiliar with the area or Beach House and who may not have read all the very positive reviews, this gentleman’s litany of faults could be quite off-putting. However it’s unlikely to have any significant impact on the occupancy rate as there are now so many repeat visitors.

I could say more about the writer and his complaints, but I think that most readers will come to the conclusion that the style and content of the review actually reveals more about the writer than about anything else.
It is a tribute to Thomas Cook that the complainant was moved so quickly and no doubt a blessing for the owners who would otherwise have had to endure a week or more of daily grievances with polite stoicism.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank DaveyJUU
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BeachHouseViragoBar, Owner at Beach House I & II, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2013

Thank you for your kind comments. SimonS' review has been removed by Trip Advisor as it was found to be in breach of their review criteria.

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Additional Information about Beach House I & II

Address: 377 Alikes | Virago Bar, Alykes 290 90, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Alykes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Alykes
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideal for beach lovers who do NOT want a pool. These well maintained 1*studios and apartments have a simple but adequately equipped kitchenette with two ring cooker, toaster, kettle and fridge. Both Beach Houses offer optional air-con and safety deposit boxes payable on arrival. The sea view from all rooms in BHI is unrivaled. BHII, situated behind BHI in established gardens has a partial sea and partial mountain view. Reception is at The Virago Bar from 4pm, and the owners live on site but will purposely leave you in peace, so if you need anything do seek them out at reception. The beach is currently pebble leading to sand. Guests have use of the sunbeds in the grounds free of charge. Please note that in October there may be fewer eateries open than in the main season. Bookings are presently taken exclusively through Thomas Cook UK. Please select which Beach House you require at the point of booking. ... more   less 
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