Stayed here in July 2013, the hotel is situated right at the start of the strip but far enough away to not hear any noise from it...the same can not be said for the hotel itself though....yeah no-one goes to kavos to sleep granted but the noise level in this hotel is out of this world, doors slamming or being banged off their hinges by those trying to get into their rooms when locked out, over grown kids sliding up n down the corridors (which echo like mad) on lilos, arguments going on at all hours & with the walls being so thin in all rooms you feel as if your in the same room or may aswell be!
The rooms themselves are very basic, the room we had was one of the b&b rooms so had nothing in the way of a fridge or cooking rings, the bathroom was ok & of a nice size although the same as most "greek" bathrooms (have seen the same in all other apartments we've stayed in on other greek island hols) the shower is of the hand held variety & the bathroom will flood everytime you use it, there is a drain in the floor (which smells!!) and once 2 or 3 showers have taken place then this results in the soap suds coming back up & out all over the floor. The cleaning staff are lovely & probably the friendliest staff in the whole hotel. Although I did witness one of the beds in our room not having a clean sheet put on but the dirty one just being turned over!!
The pool area....ok, so the pool bar/restaurant that is advertised was not open for the duration of our holiday & hadn't been for some time. There is no music played around the pool, the hotel next door does play music all day which is loud enough for you hear (thankfully) although you'll probably find there is always someone from the apartments who brings their own music out to the pool, which is ok if the music they're playing is of a taste to everyone. There are about 20 sun loungers that are free to use by the pool, the rest you are charged 2 euros for a day.
The air con is 40 euros for the week (highly recommend) & the safe that was in our room cost us 10 euros for the week. I would recommend pointing out any problems/broken equipment in your room to the management as soon as you find it as they have a habit of trying to charge it to you.
Alex & Sam who appear to run the hotel are friendly enough & always check when they see you that everything is ok & you're having a good time...although I do think they could do a little more in the way of keeping an eye on things....people drinking from cans/bottles whilst in the pool, smoking whilst in the pool/on lilos, security at night would maybe have some kind of positive effect to the noise levels during the early hours...having stayed at lots of other "18-30" type apartments in a variety of "party towns" this is by far the worst for noise & inconsiderate behaviour, I am a young 20 something myself who went to Kavos for a good time with plenty of drinking etc but even I was shocked by the way things are run.
The hotel is situated right on the beach, albeit not a very big/nice beach but walking up past the jetty on the right (where the booze cruise goes from) the beach gets much nicer & bigger & is busy all day, with most of the hotels along there playing music loud enough for you to hear whilst on the beach/in the sea...there is also lots of water sports going on with at least 3 different lots the length of the beach all varying in price/offers etc .
Everyone in the shops, restaurants & bars/clubs are awesome & really add to the whole kavos experience. The transfer from the airport is about 1.5hrs which can be a drag, the water park is also about 1.5 hrs away.
All in all we had a fab holiday, although I do think there are probably better hotels to stay in than this one.
Bring on Malia 2014
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach location perfect for those lazy days and crazy nights. Well kept property and very friendly staff. 3 mins walk to the start of Kavos and its crazy night life high season. Suitable for all ages, but very much a youth programme July/August. English Staff, on site office, exchange,safety box, internet access, bar, Sky TV, restaurant, watersports high season. All room have air conditioning (payable locally). ... more less
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