We stayed from last week of July for 2 weeks. We had a really great time at the hotel but would not rate it as a 5 star. Its the first time we have taken our 3 children to all inclusive and would be reluctant again because of the food in main restaurant.
Check in at 3am was quick with luggage delivered within 10 mins. We had a room for 5 but found there was not enough storage space although the room was of good size and decorated well. Comfy beds and aircon if needed. The room was cleaned really well daily with nice bedding arrangements in the first week. The room fridge was not cold enough for our daughters medicine but the rep arranged for it to be stored in the lobby bar. Our room was on the 4th floor and all rooms have great views. Not much noise except from Ents team during day and bass music you can hear in the shower!
The pool and area is lovely and kept very clean. There are plenty of beds and a few shaded areas. The first week we could get beds at 8.30am but by the 2nd week we needed to set the alarm for 7am for a spot we wanted. The music around the pool at times was too loud and the bass volume was way too loud. The round pool away from the entertainment area was quieter. The beach is lovely and very quiet. Lots of beds and shade with self dispensing drink machines. Its a shingle beach but lovely clear water for snorkelling. We did the 'sofa' watersports twice. 1st time great fun with the older driver. 2nd time very scary with the younger one even though asked him him not to go too fast!
Food in the main restaurant was very repetitive and most dishes tasted the same. I find it difficult to understand reviews saying how good it was. There were theme nights but still everything tasted the same and the meat and fish so overcooked we found much inedible. Breakfast was good for omelettes and fried eggs and queues were fine. No bacon etc but lots of salad if you enjoy that first thing! Lunch in main restaurant much the same as dinner. The pool bar/restaurant had fried chicken, chicken kebab, nuggets, pasta and burgers so was fine for a change and quick lunch. The waffle/pancake hut was great (12-3pm). The kids went most days here. Ice-cream only available 3-5pm with long queues and often ran out of chocolate so left vanilla and strawberry. We went to the fish restaurant on the beach which is a lovely setting. The food was better here and you get waited on well. The Mexican was fine. Huge portions but not really authentic.
The local wine was good. You could get most spirits including local amaretto and cocktails on tap. Drinks in beach and pool bar til 12. Lobby bar til 2. Nightclub not sure as didn't try.
The other downfall we found at Venosa was activities for the children. There was a kids club great for little ones but ours at 8,9 and 12 felt themselves too old. There were many arranged activities for adults during the day such as volleyball, darts, football, water polo. The slides are good fun. The Entertainment team were around chatting to guests on sunbeds during the day but felt more could of been done for older kids and teenagers. You will come away with the Venosa 'Theme Tune' etched on your mind as performed twice a day around the pool. The evening entertainment got a bit boring. The shows that involved guests were the best and beach party good fun. The singers at pool bar were good every evening.
The location of the hotel is lovely but not close to the town if fancy a change of scene or meal out. The town is rather run down.
Staff overall at the hotel were good. There was a girl in restaurant outside that was not willing. We came across Burok Bayram - a barman who was by far the best. He loved the kids, spoke great English and went well out of his way to make sure we were having a good time and loved a joke. He found us tables and looked out for us every day. Hakon Gelile in the restaurant was the most attentive waiter out of all. He also found us tables and brought drinks without asking. Another barman is the smiling Emrah Hayir. Lovely guy. We also visited the Doctor who spoke good English. There was an English Nurse and Paramedic that worked there so we felt comfortable explaining problem.
Firstchoice Rep Clare was very professional. We booked a few trips through her. She really knows her stuff and helped us out with a few problems.
Definitely worth having a photo shoot. We did and very cheap. 'Dave' the photographer was great. Spoke really good English and was good fun. Photos were amazing.
The shop is well stocked from snacks to toiletries, inflatables to socks!
Overall it is a great hotel, very clean and modern with lots of plus points. Unfortunately for us the food let it down so we wouldn't return but equally there are many other places we want to visit.
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