Upon arriving our transfer dropped us off outside the front of the complex, we followed a sign for reception that lead us round to the pool area, it was there the trail went cold and we had no idea where we needed to go, turns out reception is a little side corner of the bar, there was no one available to check us in so we were offered a drink and waited about five minutes which was totally fine. We were a group of five so had booked two rooms, we had emailed the hotel in advanced to request rooms next to each other, this hadn't been actioned but they did all they could for us and we were able to get what we wanted. We were taken to our rooms by the manager who showed us where everything was, answered any questions and was very helpful. The room itself for three was very very small (in fact was the same size as the room for two), very dark and had next to no storage, especially for three girls on a week’s holiday with clothes and products. We found we needed the balcony door open all the time to add light into the room, which when you are facing the pool and bar isn't ideal for wandering about the room unseen. It wasn't until the first night we found the bathroom lights were out in both rooms but they came straight over with new bulbs and this was fixed straight away. You only get one key per room, which is fine if you are all together at all times but if you wanted to get back into your room while others were out you were refused access.
Our first night was a Sunday and dinner was a Sunday roast which was lovely, we all loved the food all week and never went hungry, there is a selection of Greek and English dishes so I could not see how anyone wouldn't be able to find something to eat.
On the Sunday night there was a private / family party in the dining room after normal dinner service had finished with Greek music, this carried on until 1.30am, it was very loud and we were not able to sleep, not great for a first night after an early start, especially as you are not allowed to make any noise after 11pm without fear of getting told off by the onsite security guard.
We were on the all inclusive package and the bar is open from 11am to 11pm, I found the drinks were pretty much alcohol free, the percentage on the bottles were 15%, a normal spirit would be 40% +. They ran out of wine and various spirits a couple of times during the week. We heard complaints about the girl behind the bar being miserable but we found her lovely, if you are friendly to her you get that back. Spiros who did the bar day shift was lovely and knew our round in no time. The only staff issue I think was more of a language issue than the rudeness we first though, things do get lost in translation.
We, as were a lot of people we spoke with, were threatened with being chucked out due to excessive noise, we found this greatly unfair for merely talking on the balcony, which we stopped as soon as it was pointed out to us how much the noise was carrying, walls are paper thin in holiday apartments and you generally take it as a given you will hear other holiday makers at various times, so we addressed it with the security guard who was great and corrected misinterpretation straight away.
It is a twenty minute walk from the apartments down to the strip which is a nice walk, mostly on pavements or you can get a cab which are always available and in great numbers, its 6 Euros for anywhere in Laganas, we found this a very fair deal.
In summery we had a great holiday, loads of laughs which is what it is all about, I think the pictures of the Village Inn are a little deceptive, it seems much larger than it actually is, which off season is fine but in the height of the summer when the accommodation is fully booked you would struggle to get a sun bed during the day or a chair at night in the bar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Village Inn Studios & Family Apartments is a family run hotel located near the centre of Laganas. The swimming pool, poolside bar, buffet restaurant, pool table room and children's playground and more amenities offer more choices to all age groups throughout the day while you may always visit lively Laganas at night. ... more less
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