So i've just got back from staying at the President for 2 weeks.
Firstly i have to give this hotel its dues in regards to its friendly staff and the cleaning staff are exceptional.
I had my linen/ towels/bathmat/bins changed almost everyday and floors cleaned throughout daily.
The atmosphere around the pool is nice, good music and a cheap enough pool bar.
The self catering facilities are as standard as you'd expect ( a double hob, fridge, limited cutlery, a kettle and a toaster.
We actually got a shower curtain (apparently this is quite a rarety in Zante hotels...and we didn't have one in our last hotel on our previous visit).
Also we had a bath and shower and the bathroom was very spacious, nicely tiled and the decor looked quite fresh throughout the room
I found the food in the restaurant to be limited to junk food (and quite expensive too) and if i'm honest it wasn't great quality.
Now for the not so good:
On our first night we were put in a double room at the very side of the hotel (looking onto the road) our "balcony" was just above the road and we couldn't keep it open because just about anyone and everyone could see into our room and because we were on the 1st floor it was very low down on the street so didn't feel secure at all.
The otherside of the room overlooked the pool. As a result we had unimaginable noise throughout the night (large trucks and coaches zooming past literally making the room shake and revellers making their way to and from the strip and throwing up on the road outside our room and then from 7am we could hear sunbeds getting dragged around and music from the pool).
Also the toilet was leaking and wouldn't flush (which i suspect they knew about as we were provided with a mop/bucket and washbowl) and the toilet didn't flush.
We immediately asked to be moved the next morning as we couldn't cpe with 2 weeks of sleepless nights.
We were moved into another room at the back of the hotel, on the ground floor (so no aircon available) which had an extra bed and was much more spacious and clean. There were roosters & chickens running around back of the hotel which came right up to our terrace, but they were harmeless enough (except at 6am when the roosters did their thing).
However we were unlucky enough to be put in a block full of completely disrespectful types which were insistent on taking furniture off our patio so they could sit and have their pre/post party right outside our patios/ throwing furniture at our back doors at 7am because they were trying to get attention/ urinating over the balcony above (i reported this twice to the night porter and was told to stop making a fuss "because he was the one cleaning up and not me!").
In the end i remonstrated with the culprit myself because there is no need for filth like that (especially when his toilet was in his room!! and was told by hotel staff to "not get involved". They didn't do anything to stop this kind of behaviour and let people scream the house down and play music to 7am in the morning!!
I found this a huge shame because the hotel itself is a nice place but the fact they let people treat the place like a 24 hour party palace or in the case of the lad upstairs...a public toilet really lets it down...they obviously like to choose quantity over quality.
The location is rubbish- the strip is a 10 min walk down a partially unlit road which isn't too great at night..and watch out for the quads on the way as it seems they give them out to any pre pubescent teen that wants one (3 crashes whilst i was there and the way they skidded around im really not surprised) they come hurtling towards you on the road at speed.
The beach is about a minutes walk...but it takes you down one end of the beach (nowhere near the strip end).
To be honest although i came to Laganas for a lively holiday i chose this hotel as i was told it was a bit more laid back during the day..i was happy to pay extra to have a decent nights sleep-i definitely didn't get this...in fact i had better sleep at the Savvas hotel in Laganas last year which is ACTUALLY a Club 18-30's hotel.
The check out time on your last day is 10am and there is no room to safely store your suitcase and no wash/shower room for those of us that had to wait around all day for our late flights.
So it was a public shower by the pool for us at the end of the day.
If i'm honest i won't stay here again..if your after a youth hostel where people run around the hotel corridors/ throw furniture at your door to wake you up to "join their party" then this is the place for you..if you want to have a hotel where you can sleep off your hangover in relative peace then this is definitely not the place for you.
Having been to Laganas before i was not expecting much and fully expected it to be lively- and i like a good party myself..but when your around it 24 hours a day it just becomes a bit too much. There just seems to be no control over the guests at all and its literally like an everything goes type of place!
- Also Known As:
- President Apartments Laganas
- President Apartments Hotel Laganas