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Contessina Hotel
Ranked #3 of 49 Hotels in Tsilivi
Certificate of Excellence
Newburgh, Fife United Kingdom
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Perfect”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Contessina Hotel never fails to please this was our 5th visit and will return again. If there has to be a downside it would be the cooked part of the breakfast not all English items available on the same day but don't let it put you off.

Room Tip: Poolside room on ground floor 303 0r 304 perfect
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

My boyfriend and I have just returned from a week’s stay in the Contessina & I cannot praise it highly enough. We were visiting Tsilivi as part of a moderately large wedding party, many of whom were staying in the Contessina too & we could not have had a more fantastic experience.
The journey from the airport took about 15 minutes & there was plenty to see on the way, including fields of olive trees & vineyards. Upon our arrival we were asked to take a seat until our room keys had been organised. We were offered a glass of orange juice each while we waited, which was a very nice touch. After a few minutes the friendly receptionist brought our keys over, told us about breakfast & explained where our room was situated. We were in room 310, which was up a beautiful flight or marble stairs, right beside the pool.
Our room was gorgeous. It was bright, spacious & spotlessly clean with an amazing pink feature wall, which I loved! The bathroom was really lovely – very modern & again, absolutely immaculate. There was more than enough storage space, however, I would recommend taking extra coat-hangers as there wasn’t many between two of us. The balcony overlooked the pool & the bar which was really lovely, especially at night time when it was all lit up. The rooms were cleaned every day, to a very high standard. Bed sheets, towels & ashtrays were always replaced by friendly cleaners that were often seen around the premises. The communal areas; staircases, corridors, poolside etc. were all completely spotless too. The cleaners really did work tirelessly.
The breakfast was great. Every day there was a different selection of hot food as well as staples such as bread rolls, cereals & fruit. We ate like kings every morning, sometimes going back for two or three plates, the choice was so vast & it was all delicious! I loved the choice of cakes & my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed the different variations of omelettes he tried.
The hotel offers free wifi which works great in the reception, bar & pool areas but unfortunately didn’t reach our room. It was sometimes possible to connect on our balcony though, which was really useful. There are charges for the air con, fridge & safe facilities. We opted for air con at 7 Euros a day, which was essential for us but we trusted that the hotel was safe enough already & had no need for the fridge, so it wasn’t too bad.
The hotel is in a really good location. There are restaurants, supermarkets & bars all immediately surrounding it & the nearest cash machine is just a 30 second walk away. It takes about 5-10 minutes to walk to the main beach but there are smaller areas of beach just seconds away. Most of our favourite restaurants were directly in the vicinity of the hotel. You can walk down the main street for about 15-20 minutes & you come to a livelier area of Tsilivi which is even denser with fantastic restaurants & bars. We didn’t have one meal that we didn’t thoroughly enjoy!
The hotel staff are an absolute credit to the Contessina. Everyone who we encountered throughout or stay was extremely friendly, welcoming & interesting. The bar staff were fantastic, especially the young man who did the evening shift (didn’t get his name, sorry.) He was the epitome of a ‘people person’ - genuinely fantastic at his job. His cocktails were to die for & after he made us a few of his own creations, we didn’t consult the menu again! The reception staff always had a smile & a greeting, even if we were in & out all day. Everyone was just wonderful - they really made our stay extra special.
There have been other reviews that have complained of noise at night time but I couldn’t disagree more. We slept fantastically every night, despite being very close to the bar. Normally I don’t & can’t sleep without earplugs & I take them wherever I stay. There were a few nights over the week where, due to being shattered, I fell asleep without them in & I didn’t miss them once – a revelation for me!
On the day of the wedding I got ready in the bride’s room as I was a bridesmaid. There were 5 of us getting ready in the same room (as well as a hairdresser) & it didn’t once feel cramped. The staff allowed us to have room service for the day which was a lovely gesture since they don’t normally offer the service. They were totally accommodating & obliging to our every need & it really helped the day run smoothly.
When our last day came we were absolutely devastated! We could’ve easily stayed another week, with pleasure. We had to leave our room by 11am but weren’t due to be picked up until 2pm so we left our suitcases in a room behind reception & spent our final few hours by the pool. We were genuinely very, very sad to leave.
I cannot compliment this fantastic hotel enough, it was absolutely perfect! Despite having a world of other places we want to see, we will definitely be returning to the Contessina. I would urge anyone who is looking for a hotel in Tsilivi to look no further because this one is by far the best!

Room Tip: A pool view is lovely
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Me and my friend stayed here in may and I would say it's one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in! Around the town it looks the most modern hotel too! It's clean, comfortable, the staff are so welcoming with your little glass of orange juice when you arrive! Breakfast was so yummy and the hot food was different everyday. If I was going back on holiday to tsilivi I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Ask for a pool view as there's not much of a view elsewhere
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Just returned from Contessina Hotel 15th Sept ,hotel, room, bar & pool areas all spotlessly clean due to the hardworking friendly cleaning staff. breakfast was good & varied with something different every morning. Hotel is well located with plenty bars, restaurants & shops on doorstep. Did have to request a room change due to noise from quests at bar which went on till 3 am,this was sorted quickly & without question by the very helpfull reception staff. overall a very enjoyable stay, would reccomend The Contessina to anyone looking for a hotel in Tsilivi

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 September 2013

We stayed at the Contessina for 14 nights at the end of August and beginning of September.

The staff were amazing, so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble.

The rooms are really stylish and spotlessly clean, with lots of space and very efficient air conditioning.

Breakfast was ok, with enough choice to ensure you didn't go hungry.

Pool area was lovely with nice comfy sunbeds. Very relaxing!

Although the hotel is close to the sea, it is about a 10 minute walk to the main Tsilivi beach as part of the beach is washed away meaning you can't walk along the beach from the bottom of the road that runs past the hotel.

The hotel is situated a minute away from lots of lovely restaurants, our favourites were Il Gusto, Micriacropolis and The Olive Tree.

Make sure you budget for the air conditioning and safe if you want to use these as they are payable locally.

If you are looking to book some days out definitely visit the Nefis office on the main road through Tsilivi, we went on three trips with them and would highly recommend.

We spent a lovely two weeks at the Contessina and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to family and friends as we felt so welcome and relaxed.

Thanks for an amazing holiday!

  • Stayed August 2013
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1 Thank SarahandGaryT
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Queen Camel, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Hotel was very good. Standard of cleanliness excellent. Staff very pleasant and friendly. Not too large hotel which suited us well placed for beach and local restaurants. Our only problem was at night and unless you have the air con you slept with the windows open the music from local bar or bars was too loud and went through to at least 3 or 4 in the morning then the cockerill took over. So if you're on the back of the hotel be prepared to pay the euros for the air con. In saying that hotel did endeavour to offer alternative room so they did try to resolve our problem. Earplugs were to no avail. The breakfasts were disappointing and we did struggle and when the toaster broke down did not help but we did manage to have something so didn't go hungry but the breakfasts could have been better. All in all though enjoyed our stay and if we went to Tsivili again would not hesitate in booking this hotel again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

Stayed at contessinahotel for a week this is the best hotel in the whole area cleanliness is outstanding the staff are so very professional I love them all and I have just booked to come back next year in sept again I stayed in room 701 will try for the same block again

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Contessina Hotel
Address: Tsilivi 29100, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Tsilivi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Tsilivi
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tsilivi
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tsilivi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Contessina Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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