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Callinica Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #34 of 50 Hotels in Tsilivi
Certificate of Excellence
Stockport, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Only Average”
Reviewed 13 May 2011

Hi - I previously posted a review asking for info and very little was forthcoming
I have to say that at best this is only average , location is well outside Tsilivi , should be classed as Planos
The rooms used by UK travellers booking independently are in the old block up the hill - we seemed to get less preferential treatment than other travellers
Iwas concerned re the cleanliness of the pool - became cloudy during the stay and one of our group did acquire an ear infection

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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  • Danish first
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English first
Athens, Greece
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2010

We stayed there at August for a week with my wife and the 3 years old sun!!
The room was big enough and clean, the beds were two singles and no one double.The matresses were very uncomfortable and the pillows filled wih bricks!!!
The bathroom was ok.
The breacfast!!!! Hahaha breacfast.... one kind of bread, cheese.. only la vache qui rit in slices!!! pizza from yesterday!!!! the juices..... dont taste them.
Only the hand made cake and the local boild eggs were good. We ate only once.
The other mornings we make up breacfast at the room.
The free wi fi was ok. The swiming pool used only from the owners kids.
It is not value for money at all.
Dont go there...

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2010

This is the second year we have satyed at Callinica and I promised Cheryl I would write a review. Please ignore the bad reviews, most were written a few years ago when it was very different. Callinica is basically split into 3 blocks, the front block nearest the pool is owned by a danish company. The block behind is owned by cosmos/monarch and will be the one you stay in if you book through a uk travel agent. Although quite basic the owners Cheryl and Spiros and the family members who work there Nikos and Denis and their wives and children will make you feel so welcome and can't do enough for you. The pool is clean and safe and the food they serve is wonderful and great value for money. I believe anyone who complains about Callinica must be snobs who are used to 4 or 5*. Tsilivi is a very laid back town and like most Greek they work on GMT (greek maybe time) If you go on holiday to a different country then you must be prepared to embrace their ways and culture. Callinica is also set at the far end of the town so ideal for families or older couples who don't want to be kept awake all night. We ate at a different restaurant every night for 11 nights and all within easy walking distance. We will definately go back again

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2010

hi
Can anyone give an up to date review on Callinica please ?
many thanks

Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wales, UK
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2008

We have been to Greece several times before, so have quite a good idea of the type of accommodation available. Cosmos advertised the Callinica as 3 star accommodation - which seemed to be a massive exaggeration.

Here are some more specific comments:-
Our apartment was accessed by a long single flight of steps which were totally unlit, despite our complaints to the rep and hotel management - which led to my falling when trying to carry my suitcase down to the coach pick-up.

There were other steep uneven flights of steps and steep slopes between our apartment and the pool area.

The pool area shower was filthy, slimy with several broken tiles.

The hotel gardens were generally ok but some areas were strewn with rubbish, old furniture, etc.

The as mentioned in another review, the grounds of the hotel were home to numerous cats. As we are cat lovers, it was not a problem to us.

The food at the poolside bar was extremely basic. The most off-putting part was the filthy sauce bottles. We only ate there once.

The room was extremely basic but clean. Our wardrobe was falling to bits with several jagged nails sticking out inside.

Although the staff were friendly, we would not wish to return to these apartments because of the poor maintenance.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Standards of maintenance
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Coventry
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 August 2008

I have just come back from a stressful week at this place.
I was ASSURED this place was 3 star, and suitable for walking disabilities, as I have balance problems and RA. We paid over £1,300 for three people, self catering. So you can imagine my horror when we were met with unlit, precarious uneven steps without a handrail to the pool and bar area, and the steepest slope I have ever seen to the studio apartments, located behind the ones they show in the brochure.
Luckily, I was on the ground floor, and the balcony overlooks the apartments you can see from the pool.
The owners are very sweet, but they need a huge cash injection to save the place.
The furniture or lack there of, in the room was inadequate and delapidated, the chairs on the balcony were fit for the skip, the piece of land outside the front door was strewn with broken glass and various, unidentifiable debris. A broken plastic chair lay upended for a few days, too.
The chickens were happily strutting about and the several cats meowing noisily were no bother to them.
I foster cats and I understand about the situation in Greece so I wasnt surprised to see cats coming out of every corner. There was a lactating mother cat who insisted on visiting every night, and yeowled "Halllow? HALOW? HAAAALLLLLLLLOOOOOOWWW?!!" outside the balcony doors. The must know I foster, and we are a family of cat people...so be warned, if you dislike cats, or are allergic, take your anti histamines. This particular cat will walk in a jump on the bed and fall asleep. But at €35 or was it €40 for air conditioning we felt we had no choice but to leave the doors open.
Behind the high wall with the chickens, is a litter strewn waste land, Im not kidding, there is broken furniture, broken glass, an oil radiator, a water or oil butt, various twisted bits of metal and crates, its just everywhere. The chickens and cats wander through this.
On the first day there, we were disgusted to find the bathroom door didnt shut, and there was no lock on it. The happy and cheerful Spiros came out within 2 hours and spent half an hour fixing it, which meant it shut, but still didnt lock.
The studio had been swept through but not been mopped, as there were stains on the floor throughout, the back of the bathroom door was caked in filth and the cutlery and crockery had only been lightly rinsed and put away.
The sheets and towels were pristine and fresh, however they were old and the bed sheets were ripped and we had the same ones all week. There is a plastic cup with "maids tips" written on it, but the girl stayed for 3 minutes and only swept through, no mopping whatsover but she was good at making the beds.
She was only young, so we left a bit of cash in the cup.

The rep, Sophie said there was "No Way" it was a three star, and she was shocked we had been told it was, as its actually unrated.
I think we had been put in the wrong place, (I believe there are other studios in the complex) I hope we had anyway, so please, if you have booked here, make sure you speak up and ask if there has been a mistake if you arent happy with it. Its hard to complain to such nice people when its clearly Cosmos' fault. I know they have put its not suitable for walking difficulties in the new brochure, but it wasnt in the old one.
Its still got a 3 diamond rating, which is their own rating, but I think its totally misleading.
The other drawback is the second pool, which was filled with wasps and other stinging beasties, and the scum line and floor of the pool was very dirty.
The main pool water was filthy with a film on top, the scum line was something to behold and the sunbeds were filthy and uncomfortable.
I feel bad for this, but we have to be honest. I think we paid the high cost because of the time of year, the cost of flights and the greed of Cosmos.

  • Liked — The owners
  • Disliked — The inaccessibilty, dirty, run down.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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nottingham
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2008

We stayed at the Callinica for 2 weeks in September 2007 and had a fantastic holiday. From the first day both Spiros and Cheryl remembered our names and were perfect hosts. We had mentioned our wedding anniversary early in the holiday and they remembered the day which was lovely. The rooms are typically greek and very clean. Food at the pool bar was really good and we ate there lots. The bar is open as long as people are drinking as because the owners are so friendly the other guests were too. It is situated a short walk from the beach and bars/resturants but far enough away to be quiet when you get home. We would definetly go back there.

  • Liked — The personal service given by the owners
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Callinica Hotel & Apartments
Address: Tsilivi 29100, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Tsilivi
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Tsilivi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Callinica Hotel & Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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