We returned to the Bitzaro Palace for the second year running after having had a very enjoyable holiday last year and had no hesitation in rebooking for this year. This time it was our honeymoon! We were surprised to find a boxed gift of wine, biscuits, confetti and a card from the Bitzaro staff a few days into our holiday, which was lovely!
I really cannot fault this hotel at all. All the staff are very helpful, friendly and polite and they work very hard indeed. We watched the gardener with interest and he never stopped from morning til night! The grounds are testement to his hard work and dedication - the plants on our balcony were cut back 3 times during our stay alone. It was nice that many members of staff remembered us from last year given the sheer number of holidaymakers they must meet each season; Tim and George particularly and even our cleaner from last year were so friendly the second time round.
I had emailed ahead to explain it was our honeymoon and requested room 210 as last year, however upon arrival we were told this room wasn't possible but were allocated room 310 which is exactly the same but just one floor above, so it was perfect with a lovely view of the pool.
Although my husband and I enjoy a 'quiet' holiday it was nice to find out that there was entertainment a couple of nights a week this year and the 'one man band' was particularly good. As a teacher I like to 'escape' lots of children during the holidays and, although there were more than last year, there is no kids' club so the pool area was still relatively peaceful apart from a few troublesome teenagers during the second week.
We tend to go out during the day as we hire a quad bike for the duration of the holiday and go out and about to see the island. For those staying by the pool it may be advisable to get towels on sunbeds early as, the few days we did want to spend round the pool, we found that there were few sunbeds left as they all had towels on.
The hotel has a lovely chilled atmosphere and is most suited to those who enjoy a quiter holiday. There is no daytime entertainment and limited night time entertainment (which suited us perfectly - go to the Bitzaro Grande next door if you want that).
The food is excellent and varied - lots of choice and plentiful to suit all tastes.
All in all, we would not hesitate to go back next year. We made lots of friends again this time and enjoy going to a hotel where we know we are getting great value for money, especially during the school holidays as I am limited to when I can travel.
My only slight gripe is that the double bed we had was quite hard and we woke up with backache most mornings, but hey, you can't have everything!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by its gorgeous gardens and within easy reach of the sands, Bitzaro Palace Hotel in Zakynthos combines elegance and comfort with respect to the traditional Ionian style. The outdoor pool and the hot tub are surrounded by a unique wooden deck, where relaxation is inevitable. The loosening experience can only be enhanced by the all-inclusive buffets with Mediterranean flavors made by fresh local products. All the hotel rooms are overlooking the pool and the garden and are elegantly decorated, offering all the facilities for a comfortable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bitzaro Palace
- Bitzaro Palace Kalamaki