My sister and I stayed at the princess hotel in tsilivi in 2nd week in May 2011.
We arrived about 4pm in the afternoon and was greeted immediately by the bar staff and the lady who runs the hotel all very friendly and helpful they gave us our room keys and advised us about a safety deposit box that you had to pay extra for which we did, it was located in reception you have a key and the receptionist holds a master key, you have to have both to open your deposit box - which i think is a good idea we had one to keep our money and expensive items in (ipod touch, passports etc).
We had a room that over looked the pool and got the sun in the afternoon which was lovely to sit out on the balcony and sunbathe, also on the balcony we have two house martins nests so had a few house martins fly around our hotel room very funny / scary.
Our room was clean and fresh smelling, the beds were made daily and the bed sheets were changed also we got fresh towels, the bathroom shower was quite small and had old fashioned with old hard to move doors that were annoying i think if you were quite a large person you may struggle to get in the shower cubicle. We did have some issues with the toilet but they resolved themselves and we just used the toilets near the pool which weridly enough had nicer loo roll.
We stayed as bed and breakfast quests and its definately worth the extra £20 the service was great we were served within 5 minutes of sitting down and by the end of our week we didnt even have to order cause freddie knew our order of toast and cuppa tea :)
The bar was nice at the hotel for a cocktail it was 5 euros and its was super super strong, it was 50c for a bottle of water so we would mix it up with a cocktail then water. Most bars and resturants priced their cocktails at 5euros.
The bakery place next door is lovely and open really quite late they do a lovely hot chocolate if its chilly which in May late at night is was.
The hotel is quite central to the old part of tsilivi its lovely if you just want to get something to eat and then go to bed there is few bars in the old part of the town id reccommend, the paradise bar is a right laugh its definately worth going there at least one night especially if ELvis is coming you all get a sparkle for when elvis arrives and they give you stupid hats to wear or bunny ears and its so cheesey its funny obviously you get the famous greek dancing in there as well its realy close to the hotel also its just to the right when you leave the princess hotel a lot of the excursions pick up from the princess hotel. The resturant called the family opposite to the Princess Hotel is ok i wouldnt rush to go back there the service was quite slow and we went when it was peack season.
My sister and I went to popeyes a couple of times the staff are friendly and the service is fast and the food is delish!
If you come out of the princess hotel and turn right and continue to walk straight you will come to the beach and if you turn left at popeyes you will come to the newer part of Tsilivi. In the newer part of the Tsilivi there is a lovely waffle and crepe place definately worth a visit 3.50 euro for a huge crepe full of chocolate and nuts hmmmmm. Also there is nice chinese that cheap in the newer part of tsilivi, like most places all the waiters stand outside the resturants and try to get you to come into their resturants this can be super annoying.
I would reccommend going late may through to septemner as the second week in may when we went the season hadnt started and there were a lot of closed resturants and closed shops.
I would strongly reccommend taking the bus to places its really easy to follow and cheap a lot cheaper than a taxi - the buses dont run on a sunday though. For a taxi to laganas during the day it was 15 euros each way.
I really enjoyed the trip to the ship wreck and the blue caves and didnt enjoy the turtle watching trip we spent 3 hours on a coach stopping at every hotel picking up people and 3 hours on a boat and no turtles! waste of a day.
The best bech tip i could give you is to walk straight down to the beach and then walk to the left to the second habour the beach before the habour bit is amazing the sea is really shallow you can walk quite a way out before its deep, its great for kids and its super soft sand with crystal clear water - heaven :)
If you cant live without the internet there is free wifi at the princess hotel, ask at reception for the password and hey pesto facebook and emails :)
Have a great time if you decide to go to the princess hotel i would go back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- smartline Princess is a cosy and modern hotel with a warm and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for families. Here you stay in bright and modern rooms, close to both the golden sandy beach and the centre of Tsilivi. The hotel has a restaurant and two bars, and numerous restaurants, tavernas, bars and entertainment opportunities awaits you around the corner. The hotels spa offers various treatments and massages for those who want an extra relaxing and unwinding holiday. ... more less
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- Princess Hotel Tsilivi