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“Dirty, primitive and basic. Seafarer holiday not what you would expect from 3 star.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Ionian Beach
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Lakkopetra
Cheltenham
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dirty, primitive and basic. Seafarer holiday not what you would expect from 3 star.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2009

We went on a Seafarer Holiday as we have enjoyed many sailing holidays in Greece, Turkey and Caribbean. It was a massive disappointment and I would advise avoiding at all costs. In fairness that part of the coast is beautiful and the British beach team who ran the sailing activities were first class, very experienced from other companies and had a real passion for sailing. However, this did not extend to the wider operation as the number and type of boats as Seafarer seem to be running this on a shoestring, not replacing parts that will of course break or holding any stock etc.

The comments I have listed below were raised with the hotel at the time and cheerfully acknowledged but little done to address. I have also sent these comments to Seafarer who top and tailed a number of standard looking responses which made me wonder how many complaints they get. They offered me 10% off my next booking - actually you couldn't pay me to return to this horrible hotel.

Points raised with Seafarer were:

In summary:
- meals were badly served reducing mealtimes to a bunfight - not enough tables, queues for food - nothing on the plates when you got there
- food was very poor quality consisting mostly of carbs - pasta and bread and rice, and very poor quality ingredients
- we all had upset stomachs which we have been lucky enough to avoid over the last three years visiting Lesbos and Turkey
- No water with meals, drink prices extortionate
- Dirty glasses and bar areas which probably encouraged the insect life (with the exception pool bar which was better)

The room on arrival was
- dirty
- broken shower
- window would not close
- air conditioner would not work, and we had repeat AC and cleaning issues
- beds were small singles - not a double, and hard as a board though we sleep on firm beds at home, no other options available

On arrival
- we were not greeted by Seafarer, perhaps not their fault but hotel not really geared up
- when we complained about the room all staff were very pleasant and tried to help resolve
- on every occasion we had to complain it was always fix it tomorrow - though never happened

Beach
- Beach team were great - really helpful, genuinely keen on getting people on the water, great with beginners and kids
- Kit was in poor shape, three of the double handers were out of action for the week - nearly all week
- There were no adult single handers, and had the club been busier getting a sail would have been an issue
- On the phone I was told " plenty of boats for everyone to get on the water" clearly not the case

Activities
- not much was arranged off the water by the hotel, couple of Seafarer evenings with two of the guys playing some standards
- no trips were being run, everything seemed to be "oh that was last week" "we are starting that next week" nothing
- other guests were also keen on trips

Hotel
- Very very disappointing - nowhere near what we would have expected for the list price, not even worth a fraction of what we paid
- Very run down and clearly in need of a major refurb. One star at best.
- transfers were OK though as usual rather unnerving - nearly three hours of fast driving on those roads always an experience
- Push starting the taxi we had been picked up in at Athens airport was really indicative of the whole disorganised mess
- Not enough shaded areas to sit in.

You decide!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Stant0n
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SeafarerMD, Director & Affiliated Tour Operator at Ionian Beach, responded to this review, 8 August 2012
We respect honest and balanced feedback, acknowledge that there will be times that we do not get it 100% right and always strive to improve our service.
Whilst Seafarer no longer uses Ionian Beach Hotel as a sailing centre, we described it honestly as a simple and basic beach front property in a superb location. I therefore feel that the issue here may have partly been expectations, if guests have been previously used to staying in deluxe properties. Room cleanliness has always found to be very good and general feedback about the buffet style food continues to be that it is always plentiful, quite traditionally Greek and tasty. The reviews of other guests certainly support this.
We acknowledge that breakages can occur with sailing equipment, though these are generally repaired quickly and we have certainly improved our capability in this respect . We have also since upgraded our dinghy and windsurfer range to cater for a wider range of abilities and can offer guests a client to boat ratio that is as good as any in the industry..
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2008

If holidaying with the locals is your thing, this lovely 'simple' beach-side hotel provides a charming touch of 'real' Greece, a secluded location and excellent water sports. Although we met some really nice English people over the course of our 12 night stay, it was predominantly full with Greek families and felt like we'd discovered a secret spot that everyone wanted to keep to themselves.

Having spent hours scouring the internet for family beach holiday ideas in Greece, we settled on The Peloponnese for the simple reason that it seemed to be unspoilt by mass market tourism and we vaguely thought it might be fun to visit Olympia after seeing it briefly on TV (BBC News - Olympic Ceremony). We'd done Corfu, Crete, Mykanos and Rhodes as a couple in the 90's and didn't want to just do 'more of the same'. We tried every search we could think of and contacted several likely hotels without success (admittedly it was a bit late to book and we were getting close to giving up!) when we finally came across the Ionian Beach Bungalows web site, matched some July dates with EasyJet/Athens flights and booked online... more on impulse and in desperation than anything else.

Family of 3, 2 adults + a 6 year old, 12nts half-board with return Gatwick flights for just less than £1300 in peak July... Not bad. Even though we'd have to add taxi fares to get to Patras and back, it was within budget and the cancellation terms only required one night's stay to be paid if we really didn't like it and/or decided to leave early for any reason!

OK, first impressions weren't great. The taxi drive from Athens was nearer 3.5 hours than the 2.5 hours we were led to believe, the road signs were few and far between, there was no immediately obvious sign on the hotel to say we were in the right place, we arrived very tired and very late, the place looked dark and deserted and we couldn't get into our bungalow without help from the night watchman who fortunately understood our frantic pleas/sign language.

But once we'd had a good night's sleep we soon relaxed and settled in.

Basically, this is a simple, yet comfortable, 3 star hotel with around 80 bungalows opening directly onto a nice sandy beach with magnificent views across the Gulf of Corinth. Our bungalow was roughly in the middle of the grounds and faced onto well kept lawned gardens with orange and lemon trees, some 25 metres back from the beach. The room was clean and bright, pleasantly furnished and had a modern shower room, tv and fridge. Although the (Greek) tv was less useful to us, the big bonus was that the room was air-conditioned and the large balcony/porch provided valuable extra daytime living/lounging space.

Breakfast and evening meals were served 'buffet-style' in the beach-side restaurant and the food was of a good basic 'Greek Taverna' standard. Not too fancy, traditional ingredients and generous quantities! You could literally eat as much as you liked (and a lot of people seemed to be doing just that!) but we preferred to breakfast early and dine late to avoid the busy periods and make sure we got the better balcony tables with the view.

Highlights of our holiday included: lazing round the pool with a beer and watching my girls playing endless games of pool volleyball with the other guests; fabulous pre-dinner sunsets viewed from the beach bar over cocktails; action men 'Dan, Giles and Scott' taking us for joy rides on the 'Bahia' yachts and 'Hoby' catamaran and teaching me (finally) how to wind surf; my daily game of tennis to keep the waistline in check; the time and attention we received from the Seafarer team (especially Emily & Julie) and the genuine concern they had for my daughter when she got a little too much sun; the fascinating trip to Olympia; sitting under the pool bar tree with a Metaxa playing backgammon 'til the early hours.

Our tips for anyone visiting Ionian Beach: Book the sailing in advance each day for the following day - to avoid disappointment; take advantage of the daily 'art class' for the under 8's - they speak enough English to get by and my daughter hardly noticed any language differences with the Greek kids!; save money on your transfers by asking the hotel to pick you up in their minibus - it's cheaper than taxis; take a trip into Patras for an evening meal to break up the routine a bit; buy the 'house wine' by the carafe instead of bottles - they are much better value and very drinkable; buy local Alpha beer rather than imported Heineken etc - again it's cheaper; pack lightly because you'll spend most of your time in beach wear during the day and the evenings are very informal.

All in all we had a relaxed, comfortable, friendly and most enjoyable stay which, credit-crunch allowing, will be repeated again next year.

  • Liked — Beach location
  • Disliked — Would have preferred beach front
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank MaxR
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Property: Ionian Beach
Address: Ioniki Akti | Achaia, Lakkopetra 252 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Peloponnese > Achaea Region > Lakkopetra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Lakkopetra
Hotel Class:3 star — Ionian Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ionian Beach Hotel is a charming holiday village with 82 bungalows situated in ten acres of garden on the edge of a long sandy beach in the NW Peloponnese. ... more   less 
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Ionian Beach Hotel Lakkopetra
Ionian Beach Hotel Lakopetra
Ionian Beach Greece/Lakkopetra

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