This place is shabby without being terrible. The positives points were that it cost very little for the week. That is about it. For the negatives...
Nothing worked properly. One lift was broken the whole week. The other would be fine for an hour and then be out for the next 5. This wasn't such a problem for me, but I felt very sorry for the elderly guests - which was nearly everyone. They slowly crept their way up the stairs, hugging the banister for support.
The rooms were ok, but we had to be moved once as the shower was broken. We also complained that there was no aircon but were told that it isn't turned on until June. I mean wtf.
The bar staff were interested largely in chatting up guests. At first it was funny, but by the fourth time one of them had followed my friend to the toilets to wink at her had become tiresome. Another barmen tried to get her to go clubbing with him as the hotel disco was "rubbish" and "full of gayboys" which is eye-rollingly lame. To be fair, other than that the staff were pretty sharp.
In terms of the pools, one was next to a noisy road, while the other was made noisy by the hotel pumping in terrible music, and LOUDLY. I just do not believe that any of the calm retires in their 60s want to relax around a pool listening to a rapper go on about how horny she is and shouting words like bootylicious.
The food was nice if a little samey, and with questionable variety of meat. Twice it said something was Turkey but it wasn't. I thought lamb, someone else said it was probably dog. I'm not sure if they were joking or not.
Port el kantoui in general was a disappointment. The daytime was all false teeth and walking sticks, but after dark it was cheap girls with painted eyebrows, doddering into what must have been the worst, tackiest nightclubs south of Kavos. Imagine something fun, cool, friendly. Then imagine the polar opposite. This was it.
Obviously the place is cheap cheap cheap, and you can't expect perfection for that price, but all the hotels in the area are pretty cheap and I bet they aren't all so run down. So I wouldn't come back, to the hotel or the resort.
Oh yes, the one thing I will say in the hotel's favour was the other guests. They were so lovely, all of them that we spoke to. Most were Flemish Belgians and they were friendly and chatty and deserve to stay in a half decent hotel!
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