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Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Alykanas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment on the ground floor (room 203) which is in the central block facing the sea/bar etc. Very good location, lovely view to the sea down through the gardens, but noisy in the evenings. The apartment was clean but basic, but the bathroom urgently needs updating (shabby shower curtain, limescaled taps etc). The cooking facilities are basic, not enough to cook a meal but fine for coffee/toast etc. Take your own coffee machine in you like real coffee!! We took a silicone filter which worked brilliantly. The air con costs Euros 120 per fortnight, only payable in cash. Contrary to the website there are no laundry facilities, but you can use the machine at Letsos Hotel in the village (the machine is at the back by the kids play area) which takes Euros 4 for a wash. Bring you own powder or you have to buy it there. There is a 'swap box' in the hotel reception where departees leave their washing up liquid/tetley/sun lotion etc, useful. The wifi is free but very very slow and drops out all the time. I needed to do some banking so paid to use the reception desktop pc with wifi at Euros 3 - 30 mins or Euros 5 for 1 hr which although slow doesn't drop out. The pool is lovely, the public areas well kept, the onsite little shop well stocked, everyone is friendly, the bar food is good, the entertainment quite fun, but for us it was too noisy overall and too crowded, I don't like having to be up at 7am to fight for a sunbed!

Room Tip: Rooms near the front are quite noisy as they are near the bar, but they have the views.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

I loved it! The bar workers and staff were SO SO kind! It was lovely having a hotel next to the beach and the swimming pool and jacuzzi were so relaxing. They are dog friendly which DOESNT mean you can bring your own dog but it means if a dog wanders into the hotel they dont hit it with a broom. we had the apartment where theres seperate rooms and the bedrooms were lovely. The only flaw - it wasnt the hotels fault- was that we were next door to this large Loud family where at 1:00 in the morning the would be shouting at each other. so um thin walls but apart from that it was lovely (and the food was great)

Room Tip: they have lots of kareoke nights and bingo and stuff at the bar so if you dont want to listen to all...
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1  Thank dixieE396
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

This is our 7th visit to the Alykanas Beach and it is still one of my favourite places. Each year we have brought additional friends and each year is better than the previous.
Friendly staff, best spot on the island, uncommercialized resort, loads of fantastic restaurants to eat out at. Never too crowded, even in peak season. Yes, you have to get up early to get sunbeds but name a place where you can avoid this...
Would like the addition of shower cubicles rather than the curtains. As far as Greek standards go though the rooms are pretty good.
Entertainment is good, love Dave and his karaoke nights. Bring back the quiz nights please! Music turned down at midnight so you will not be kept up all night.
Its not tacky, just a friendly place where everyone seems to get on. There are that many repeat customers which speaks for itself...
We'll be going back again in 2015 for sure :)

Room Tip: Studio rooms facing the park (Alykes side) have the nicest view and are quieter.
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2  Thank coventrymichelle
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Overall we had a brilliant time staying here, the room was larger than we anticipated so that was a bonus! Everything was clean and tidy, the beds appeared to be new, although a bit hard. The village as a whole seemed to be recently painted and as such was bright and cheerful. All the staff were friendly and helpful. however a few niggles, an unfinished footpath around the back of our apartment to the back swimming pool was uneven and dangerous, also the bottom of the swimming pools was uneven leading to minor foot injuries and lastly the shower was a challenge going from boiling to freezing and back again in a matter of seconds.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank susan P
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We stayed at the Alykanas Beach for 4 nights only at the beginning of August. First of all the journey there is so easy that you are able to get straight into holiday mode; flight just under three hours and under an hour for the transfer. The hotel is immaculately clean and the maids are visible and friendly. Our room (one of the studios) was large and airy, again very clean. The kitchenette and the bathroom were stuck in the 70's and in need of refreshing but everything worked and the shower was a proper shower, not a dribble which we feared it would be. The only issue was that there was a shower curtain which really didn't do the job...but the floor was tiled and the water went straight into the drain. There is a safe in the wardrobe which you can use for 10 euros. We had a balcony with the most fabulous views directly over the pool, the sea and over to the mountains. The evening entertainment was cheesy but absolutely fine....we weren't really interested in anything other than something on in the background whilst we had a pre-bed cocktail. The staff at the bar were fabulous; friendly and courteous. The prices for lunch etc were on a par with the other places with the benefit of a table no more than 5metres from the sea. We were right over the bar and it is right to say you can hear the noise but it all shuts down before midnight and then there is no interruption. The restaurants are all really close by and there are lots to choose from; all well priced, welcoming and from what we experienced and could see, all good quality. This is a place where teens can also be let off the lead without any major worries about safety. It is clearly a safe environment. We walked to Alykes which is a stone's throw away for more variety.....we took the trip to the Blue Caves and also to the shipwreck beach. We would have also been tempted to take a boat ourselves and would do so next time probably from Andreas as the reviews here are so good and we met him. A brilliant, budget holiday.

Room Tip: We had room 133 - brilliant views.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank sammyjospangle
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

this self catering hotel is fab spotlessly clean very friendly staff room cleaned every day . pool area clean, 2 second walk to beach , nice relaxing area to sit from the sun very hot. will go back again .

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Myself and my 20 year old son and 17 year old daughter have just returned from a lovely one week holiday (17th to 23rd July 2014) at the Alykanas Beach Hotel on the Island of Zakynthos. This is a self catering hotel and all the rooms are off passageways that are open to outside at both ends so there is a lovely breeze and all the room doors are like front doors to a house. For the Brits Thomas Cook have a monopoly on it but do not confuse it with the next door hotel which is Thomsons and is called the Alykanas Village. The main difference between the two is that the Alykanas Village has a kids' club and daytime activities and three are 3 large pools for these water activities, whereas the Alykanas Beach is a little quieter and only has evening entertainment and one large pool, but you can always nip next door, as we did, to play volleyball and water polo. The evening entertainment is mostly karaoke, which can be funny depending who has a go but there is also Elvis and Greek dancing which weren't bad, although the bbq on the greek night was not very good, very little meat. All 3 courses were already plated up (it was not serve yourself) and put in front of you and the presentation was very messy. The best thing about the Alykanas Beach is it is right on the beach with beautiful clear waters that stay shallow for a long way out with sand banks, so very suitable for young children. The beach itself has been eroded and is quite a narrow strip but the hotel has grass right up to the beach so you can have a sunbed and parasol free of charge and it is only 4 steps down to the sand. A little further up the beach is wider but you have to pay 7 euros for 2 beds and a parasol. The hotel is absolutely spotless and the air conditioning is excellent, it is remote controlled and very quiet but you have to pay 45 euros a week. This is well worth it because otherwise you have to leave the balcony doors open and you will be bitten by mosquitoes. The balconies are large with a table and two chairs and a washing line although no pegs, which you need because it is windy. The breeze usually starts in the afternoon and is lovely, it is idyllic to sit on the edge of the grass looking out across the sea to Kefalonia, sipping a cocktail and watching the sun go down. The hotel also has two eating areas right by the beach so you can sit in the shade if you prefer and eat your meal with the beautiful view. The food available at the hotel is okay and only slightly more expensive than elsewhere, although we only ate there once. The self catering facilities are very basic, two electric rings, a kettle and a toaster. This was fine for us as we only prepared breakfast and lunch there but ate out every evening. The rooms are large and there is plenty of room for three but the bathroom is tiny. There is no bath just a shower tray and a hand held shower that you can hang up. The shower is surprisingly powerful and is only surrounded by a shower curtain that sticks to you and does not stop the bathroom becoming flooded. We used our towels to mop up all the water every day but the hotel only supplies a change of towels twice a week so we had to ask for new ones but this didn't seem to be a problem. I feel the hotel would save a lot of money in washing towels and refurbishing bathrooms if they invested in shower doors. The shower is why I did not give this hotel five stars. The staff are very helpful and friendly and all the shops and tavernas in Alykanas are staffed with Greek people which is great. We recommend the Lemon Tree restaurant and have the catch of the day - fantastic. The Apollon is great for a laugh the staff are very entertaining and remembered my son and daughter's names and said hi to us every evening and had a chat whenever they saw us. Also the Paradosiako you have to book as it gets very busy and Vrisaki which the Geeks themselves like. Generally the restaurants all serve the same things beef or lamb stew (Stifado or Kleftiko) with salad and roast potatoes, chips or rice or the catch of the day, or steaks, or moussaka or pasta. My children did not like the pastas because they put cinnamon in them but we enjoyed everything else. For a main course, dessert and a glass of wine it will cost approx. 15 euros. Tipping is not expected as it is often included or it is in the cover charge with the bread and butter but it is up to you of course. If you want an even cheaper evening out you can have a gyro or kebab and cross the road to the ice cream parlour which has lots of delicious flavours. Would recommend the shipwreck tour and the turtle tour but choose the local tour company just up the road from the hotel on the right hand side if you want to support the local economy, most of them are English ladies married to a Greek and lovely people who know everything about the island. Also my children get sea sick but the local tour crossed the island by coach and then put us on the boat for the shipwreck so you are not on it for too long otherwise it is a full day on the boat with Thomas Cook. Unfortunately we could not get off onto the beach because the water was too choppy but it was still stunning. I am ex airline and thus well travelled and I have never seen water this colour, it looked as if it had been painted absolutely beautiful. The same for the turtle trip we went by coach to Laganas and then got on the boat, saw lots of turtles even though other boats made so much noise that they were afraid to come to the surface but our boat hung around until most of the other boats had gone and we then saw loads. All in all we had a great week, Alykanas and Alykes (next village) are lovely resorts.

Room Tip: Ask for sea and mountain view then you won't be too near the bar which might go on until 2am but...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: Alykanas 29090, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Alykanas
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Alykanas
Hotel Class:3 star — Alykanas Beach Apart-Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 140
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