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“Self Catering Beware!”

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Christina Apartments
Ranked #30 of 49 Hotels in Tsilivi
Chester, United Kingdom
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“Self Catering Beware!”
Reviewed 13 September 2008

Although the complex has a very plush marble reception area, with a decent pool area with enough loungers and a snack/drinks bar, the rest of what we have to say here will give you the actual picture of how it was in September 2008.

The brochure will not tell you that the apartments are on an almost 1:1 slope. There is an old and new block (new in the brochure), but both get the considerable road noise at all hours, plus the eye popping sound of air wrenches and male shouting in Greek at most passing traffic from the family’s garage located snugly between the road below and the apartments. We’d recommend you take earplugs too as the apartments are also directly below the flight path for Zante airport, so you’ll be surrounded by noise. There are sliding double glazing doors which keep the noise out, but you will need to pay the extra 35 Euros to be given the aircon remote to do this.

Each apartment has own balcony but there is no privacy from the adjacent balconies. The beds are not very good with their ‘wafer thin’ mattresses, and are thick with dust underneath, as well as on top of the wobbly wardrobe (we knew as our suitcases and shoes were heaving with dust from these places). The lighting in the apartment is poor throughout, and there are no reading or side lights. The bathroom was like the black hole of Calcutta.

Self catering – well, there’s no toaster, just two plug in electric rings, a fridge and kettle. Single toilet paper roll provided. If you do any food you can’t eat it anywhere in the complex outside of your room – all food and drinks around the pool have to be bought from the bar (hardly self catering then, we thought).

Greek night – sorry but very poor; small food portions, music is not live as advised (CD player) and the sporadic dancing is by Christina and a chap dressed in black – no traditional dress, smashing plates, etc, as you can find elsewhere.

I would advise anyone going on holiday to make sure you don't pay a lot for these apartments and only use them solely as a base to go elsewhere.

I’d go back to Zante, but not to Tsivili and certainly not the Christina Studio Apartments!

Tsivili

Far more commercial than led to expect – Lots of resturants/Tarveners mostly doing English menus, Sunday roasts, and has a McDonalds. Walk the length of the village in 15 mins. Best food was from ‘The Med’ on the main street.

Flights

Beware taking any flights in the early morning – if you arrive in the morning Olympic will count this as your first night’s accommodation, even though you have not had the room or slept there. This bites twice though, as if you have an early morning flight out you will be asked to leave the room at midday the day before – we were facing 16 hours without a room and nobody there was all that bothered, Olympic Rep included.

The insult is that they will have ‘extended’ the previous occupant before you for 25 Euros to use the room before you arrive, effectively double selling the room for that period before you arrive whilst the present occupant waits for a flight out, and you’re still travelling in the UK. You will know this has happened by the still wet floors, and what your neighbours will tell you. Only do day flights!!!!!!!!

Olympic reps

The most expensive way to arrange car hire or any trips is to book through the rep. The trips you can get direct for just over half the price in Tsivili, and the car hire a lot less. The reps are on a commission and will sell you anything and everything they can, but once you’ve paid they will not follow up on anything at all.

Car Hire

One tip – the majority of the roads are narrow and bendy – don’t go for a larger car than you need to, and road tyres are a better choice than 4x4 tyres if you need to brake on a steep descent or narrow passing point (we slid 20 feet on chunky 4x4 tyres when braking and slowing coming down a steep gradient from the mountains – hot tarmac and chunky tyres not the best mix!).

Zante Airport

No tannoy announcements for boarding or delays – the check in staff shout from the desk by the door; people in the duty free shop or upstairs did not hear the call. Once through departures you can buy food and something to drink, as well as duty free shopping. If you’re after cigarettes get them on the island as they’re actually cheaper then the duty free shop. On that point everything is equal to UK prices in the duty free shop.

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Reviewed 17 July 2008

Stayed in these apartments in july 2008, and just had to write of our experience there. We were five girls in our late twenties looking for a cheap relaxing week in Greece and Christinas certainly delivered!

We were greeted by Christina herself, which was a nice personal touch, check in was swift, and our request for top floor rooms was granted. After passing many dubious looking apartments on our transfer from the airport, we were more than a little apprehensive when we pulled up to the building, but we needn't of worried. Yes the apartments are basic enough, but spotless, i did not see one ant or creepy crawley inside the entire week. The beds are comfortable, and kitchen and bathroom well equipt. The rooms are cleaned daily, with a once weekly linen change.

We all payed the 35euro a week for air conditioning, and it was well worth it, as the temp peaked at 46 degrees we were very thankful for it!!

We stayed around the pool area most days as it was too warm to venture out walking, and we never struggled to find a sunlounger, the pool is a decent size for those on Zakynthos, and again was spotlessly clean. we ate breakfast in Christina's every morning as it was such good value with decent portions. We often had lunch here aswell and were never dissapointed.

The town of Tsilivi is not massive but offered everything we needed, nice restaurants, bars, and a nightclub. we had some beautiful meals here and would defo recomend the chinese/indian place 'Asian palace', they give you a 10% discount off your next meal the first time you go there.

So all in all we had a fantastic holiday at these apartments, mostly down to the friendleness of the staff, and the other guests staying at the apartments, the whole place has such a personal feel to it. I would certainly recomend Christinas for friends, families and couples, as i will defo come back here with my boyfriend.

  • Liked — relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — walking up the hill to get there!
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 August 2007

Hopefully you'll find this review useful as not many people appear to have reviewed the Christina Hotel, also known as Apartments and Studios!!
My wife and I stayed here end of June/July 2007 for 2 weeks self catering. We booked on the internet with Olympic Holidays and paid just over £207 each which, to be honest, is really a good deal for 2 weeks each so definitely no compliants regarding the price...you get what you pay for!

The apartments/studios (it's not really a hotel) are split into 4 blocks, all close to each other. The reception has some larger apartments over it, the pool is over looked by another set of apartments and to the right of this is another block. The 4th block, ours, is to the left of the reception as you look at it. They are all different and of slightly different standards, some with new furnishings, some larger, but they have one thing in common, they are all basic. Furnished simply and with the minimum of furniture and kitchen equipment.

They offered us a ground floor room which we refused it was next to the entrance road and had no view whatsoever. They were reluctant to move us but we insisted, and they moved us to the floor above. Look at the photos for the view.
Ours consisted of a kitchen area, bedroom with 3 beds, toilet and shower room, 1 wardrode, 1 bedside cabinet (so fight over it!!), safe, a wobbly 'dressing table' and a small balcony with 2 plastic chairs and table.

I'd suggest you ask for an upper floor apartment as there is less chance of ants etc; The ground floor one's are more prone to insect invasion, but hey you are in the Med so expect this! Take a can of fly and ant & cockroach spray, great for mosquito's and you can sleep easy!

The beds are basic, the shower is typical, no shower curtain, bit like a wet room, toilet next to it. Be prepared to put your loo paper in a bin, not in the toilet, this is typical too in Greece, the drainage system can't cope with toilet paper! Loads of hot water and good pressure. Really basic kitchen, little hot plate, kettle and mixture of crockery and cutlery, definitely 'mix and match!' But hey eat out it's cheap enough.

Air con is a con at 35E per week and 70E for 2 weeks, no discount! We found it's not to bad because of the breeze that blows most of the time. You can hire a fan for 17E a week or 34E for two, but you can buy one for 19E in a local shop and throw it away or take it back with you, up to you.

The apartments are next to the main road for the island (see pic) and there is constant road noise throughout the day with mopeds competing for who can make the loudest noise and boys racers squealing their tyres. There is also aircraft noise as the apartments are directly under the approach to and from Zante airport, see the picture taken from our room to prove it.

It is NOT a quiet place to stay.

The pool is great and is really clean and tidy and I think one of the best. It's a bit tight around the pool the sunbeds are close together. But just above the pool bar is a roof terrace and this is less packed and is HOT. We stayed during the heatwave and the temperatures were up in the mid 30's to the 40's wow hot!!

The pool bar is OK with drinks priced no differently from elsewhere. The menu is very basic with no frills..we didn't eat there. Christina the manager likes her music loud, very loud, and it was very annoying!! It's played constantly until midnight then it's law that it is turned down/stopped. Even if she has no customers/or 1 /or 2 she plays it loud!! However a few people complained, not us we're too shy, and she turned it down. So if she reverts to her old ways tell the Rep.

Don't bother with the 'hotels' Greek Night.' it is a total joke , the food is rubbish, the greek dancers are Christina and the guy who does the BBQ. What a disappointment. See the picture!

The apartments are located in Planos, an 'extention' of Tsilivi and it's a few minutes walk to the edge of loads and loads of bars and restaurants. If you like lots of lights and lively music and bars you'll like Tsilivi. We don't and won't go back. We like it a little quieter! Be warned Tsilivi is commercial and very lively, you can eat British and watch East Enders and football 'til' the cows come home' if thats what you like!! Each to their own.

You can find some quieter places to eat if you go down the second road on the left as you walk into Tsilivi. This takes you towards Bouka (Buka) beach. If you like greek food try 'Menir' but don't leave it too late or you'll wait ages and ages for your food, so be patient or don't bother. There's a couple of nice restaurants further past Menir worth a try. One thing it's cheap, if you shop around. 20 euros on average for a couple of main meals and a litre of wine plus water.

If you take the first left on the way to Tsilivi it takes you down to Buka beach which is reasonable and typically narrow. Really good swimming, nice and shallow and good snorkelling, look for the rocks a little way out, that's where all the fish are! It's about 15 - 20 minutes walk.

There a bus stop just outside the apartments and you can catch a bus every hour or so for 1.20 euros which takes you into Zante. Good value and quick. But beware, you can get the wrong bus back, which we did but actually turned out great as we got a trip of a massive part of the island visiting lots of villages ending up at Planos all for 1.20!!

Do not book any trips with the Rep, unless you're too lazy to shop around and have money to burn. We paid 36 euros (18 each) for a 'around the island' cruise with Cavo Crosso, great trip, picked up by coach, no problems. The Rep's would have charged 33 euros EACH!! The same applies to round the island coach trips, we paid 14 euros each, the Rep wanted 29 euros each, what a total rip off. You've been warned...don't book through the Rep. WE NEVER DO.

Overall, we had a good time, it was a cheap holiday, very basic accommodation with no frills, noisy location, traffic and aircraft noise, very noisy and busy 'town' centre. Tsilivi is not a 'town' but just roads of bars and restaurants. It is not a village or town, it has been developed just for tourists. If you like it lively it's for you!
We would never go back ourselves but some do!

  • Liked — It's pool
  • Disliked — It's location, noisy and basic.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Christina Apartments
Address: Tsilivi 29100, Greece (Formerly Hotel Christina)
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Tsilivi
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Ranked #30 of 49 Hotels in Tsilivi
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Number of rooms: 65

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