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Historical Traveler Reviews Pallini Beach Hotel Kassandra
Ok, it was my fault, i booked this holiday online without checking any reviews first. Big, Huge mistake. It was awful. Really.
On check-in we were told there was a room problem and would we mind having a garden bungalow instead? These were ok but sparse and very dark inside. Plus it felt miles away from the hotel and we were booked in for half board (another mistake).
Having trekked back to the reception in the midday heat, we asked to see a room inside the hotel just to make sure we weren't being 'done'. This went down like a lead balloon, lots of evil looks and tutting and at one point refusing to show us. Eventually we were shown a room on the 5th floor which was so much better and the air-con was fantastic. It had beautiful sea views even if it did overlook the carpark and it was very clean, had nice furniture and the bathroom looked like you dare use it. They did relent and give us a room eventually - its not that we were being unreasonable; we had paid alot of money for one!! No porter was offered from here so we did the case lugging ourselves- fine, i could live with that, just stored it to memory.
Time had chugged on and it was nearly time for tea. Oh god. What a nightmare. Not only was the food dire, there was only one main food island for the whole hotel. Lots of german salads though if thats your thing. Dont try and queue, its pointless, you will be forcibly moved from your spot with an elbow or whole body slams. My 10 year old was gobsmacked at all the pushing and shoving and has better behaviour. yeah, yeah, its peak time i know but this verged on the ridiculous. Plus the waiting staff are as rude and ignorant as those at the reception. Please dont think me as picky, we are very open minded (loved tunisia!). Dining not a pleasure here.
Now then the pool. Sat here smiling at the memory and i only got back yesterday so still pretty raw! Any pictures you have seen of it do it far too much justice. I wouldn't even dare wash my feet in it, never mind swim in it. Filthy broken tiles, staining on tiles at water level and even a dollop of poo one day to top it off. Yes, lovely, fabulous - use athos palace pool next door.
On a better note the beach is lovely and the sea crystal clear - fish swim with you! Its safe to swim and stays shallow for a long way out. The beach bar is nice but fairly pricey but to be expected. You do have to pay for sunloungers though (7.5e gets you 2 beds and a brolly) but thats for all day. Lots of watersports and a few old pedalo's.
Entertainment, not going to even bother going there. Rubbish.
Kalithea town centre? Blackpool without the pleasure beach or Skegness - take your pick. Plus you have to walk down the equivalent of the M6 to get there. You insured?
Lots of Germans and Greeks holiday here, the English are totally out numbered and they know it. Like being sent to Coventry only you haven't done anything wrong.
I read something mentioned about clocks and there not being any? No worries, the door slamming competition on the landings start at 7 am sharp - you wont overlay.
The room maids will ignore you but say hello and you might just get a reply. But in their defense the linen is changed daily as is the towels. Fair play.
Going to Pallini Beach hotel? Good luck or it might even be worth swapping to another hotel and paying an admin charge!!! have fun xx
A detailed review of the Pallini beach hotel and surroundings.
I stayed at this hotel for a week and believe me it was not a good idea.
I booked this hotel with Thomas Cook because I wanted all my flight and transfers included in the price (etc). This was the first time I'd booked a holiday with Thomas Cook and they had given the hotel a 4* rating so I thought this would be good as I have stayed in plenty of wonderful 4 and 5 star properties.
How wrong I was...
The Pallini Beach Hotel was the last stop for the coach from the airport (it took about an hour and a half transfer time) and seemed, from the outside, to be a large and impressive hotel. As you walk through the main doors, reception is on your left but it took a very long time to check in.
I was given room 525, as I stepped into my room I couldn't believe the size of the room! It was TINY!! You couldn't so much as swing a cat in there!! The air-conditioning didn't work and the heat was unbearable. On the very small balcony there was a lovely view...of a TREE! The stuffy room was carpeted which gave off a rather bad smell.
I immediately complained but in a polite and mannered way, explaining that we English cannot cope without air-con whilst abroad and the lady behind the reception desk was extremely helpful and moved me into room 505. At least the air-con worked here but again the room was smelly and stuffy. The view though was beautiful. On a clear day you could see the next peninsula of Sithonia.
I had arrived at the hotel very late in the evening which meant I had missed dinner. I was a bit hungry and thirsty. None of the hotels restaurants or shops were open, obviously as it was late night, but the hotel hadn't even gone through the trouble of providing late guests with a welcome drink or a light snack. A very bad start to my week...
The shop downstairs was good for juice and crisps, but don't pet any of the dogs in the hotel. I went to pet the little dog outside the shop and assumed that as it was on a leash and in a hotel it would be friendly. I was bitten on my hand, and it started to bleed. I love animals and have lots of time for them, but on a very serious note if I had been a child petting this unfriendly dog the consequences could have been devastating! Clearly the hotel management haven't taken this into consideration.
The resort of Kalithea is small to say the least. The walk from the hotel to the town takes a good half hour but you have to dodge all the litter on the way. The litter was everywhere. In the town centre there are a couple of small shops and bars, but that really is it. I was bored after the first night. I wished I had rented a car. There seems to be so much to do in Halkidiki, or the next peninsula, or even a day trip to Athens would have been nice....but I was stuck. I also had to bad incidents in Kalithea town centre:
1)I went to a little bakery up the side street just off the main road. Because I was wearing shorts with no pockets, I kept my wallet in my back pack. I purchased a slice of pizza and a doughnut from this baker's and after I had left the shop I'd realised I had left my wallet on the shop counter. I turned around and went back to retrieve it expecting the lady in the shop to have it ready to give back to me but I was horrified to find that the wallet had gone and the lady was denying all knowledge!!! I tried to resolve this problem in a diplomatic and cooperative manor, but her previous perfect English had vanished and I was now talking to an uncooperative and stubborn Greek! She had stolen my wallet which contained no less than €115. I was mortified, more at the point of this lady's blatant dishonesty. None of my credit cards were stolen however as I keep these in the rooms safe along with my passport. Thank God.
2)The second incident happened at a cash machine close to the taxi rank, again in the centre of Kalithea. I was about to withdraw some cash when I realised I was being watched by two men acting extremely suspiciously and loitering around close to me, trying to see my PIN. I quickly cancelled my transaction and retrieved my card.
I mentioned these incidents to my rep. She told me that I could report it to the police, but there is very little they will do. This has somewhat left me to question the decency of the Greek people.
I opted to go on an excursion to see the old monks on the third peninsula, Mount Athos. No women are allowed here and our Prince Charlie goes here regularly on his Royal jollies...but this got cancelled. It was a boat excursion but they cancelled it due to bad weather, a thunder storm the night before had made the sea a bit choppy.
However the beach outside the hotel was beautiful. Crystal clear water and perfect for a dip. The sun beds were old and worn though.
Food in the Hotel restaurant was standard. Nothing special. In the pool snack bar the food was very expensive for what you got and not very nice. The pool itself is salt water and not the most hygienic. I always ask the question: How can salt kill germs and bacteria and neutralise any bad accidents any little children may have in the pool? That's why I chose not to swim in it. Its murky appearance wasn't all that appealing either.
Choose a better hotel. Or more to the point choose a better location. If you are used to Spanish 4* you really need a Greek 5*. Or even better, stick with Spain!
I will never return to main land Greece. I won't even go to Athens as my experience at this location had put me off ever wanting to go back or have anything to do with the country and its people. This was definitely a waste of a week and money. I will never Book a holiday with Thomas Cook again as they clearly don't understand what 4* should mean.
If you've already booked this hotel....rent a car, you'll be lost without one!
Not a 4 star hotel
We had a nice holiday in Chalkidiki but we had a few problems in this Hotel.
We stayed two weeks in the bungalows Ira Village and we found out that the staff was not very friendly and not very helpful.
The food was good and also the beach.
Our room was not really clean and we had some problems with the toilet were we didn't get the excepted help for a four star hotel.
Additionally we didn't get clean towels.
Hotel is ok but hasn't got the standard of a four star hotel.
this was the first holiday my boyfriend and i took together and his first time abroad. we had a fantastic time. we booked it as a late deal and were given one of the beach bungalows meant for 4 people. the views were brilliant, the sea was absolutely crystal clear. we found the staff in the beach bar to be very friendly drinks were quite expensive but then we were drinking cocktails all the time!!!my boyfriend had his birthday while we were there so i ordered a bottle of champagne to be brought to the bungalow on the morning. the staff were very helpful about this and made a great fuss of him when we went into breakfast. we had two regular waiters a guy and a girl unfortunately i can't remember thier names now but they were so nice and friendly. toward the end of our holiday we discovered the nearby hanioti which we loved the bars were lively without being too loud and we met some wonderful people. it's well worth hiring a car as the next penninsula along is very very beautiful. we also took a trip to thessaloniki but the temperature was well into the 40's and we didn't enjoy it much at all. all in all we had an absolutely wonderful holiday and would definately go back.
Not my first choice
i just came back from this so-called 4 star hotel and was not too impressed. i was surprised that the hotel didn't provide beach towels (they suggested we buy them from their shop at 25E each) and that we had to pay for the use of sunbeds and umbrellas - 3E for a bed and 2.50 for an umbrella! i also had a bad experience at the beach bar, the drinks were a complete rip-off and the staff totally ignored me for ages (there were no other customers waiting) as they were watching football, then they didn't have the ingredients for the cocktail i ordered (a manhattan) and they put hardly any alcohol in my drink saying that it would be too strong (because i am female?)! i found the fish taverna on the beach quite unappealing too as i kept trying to order food from the menu but was repeatedly told it was unavailable, these included sardines, a green salad and lamb-hardly unusual items. food in the main restaurant was buffet style every night, it was ok but at a 4 star hotel i would expect an a la carte alternative (included in the price) to be available at least every other day. many people complained about the food but i found it quite acceptable, some greek food but it mostly caters for the many german and russian guests that stay there. the actual bedrooms were fine and have the added bonus of a sea view, i would have liked to have been able to use the fridge though, but it was locked and i would have to pay to open it. the staff are ok but i get the feeling they arent paid much and are exploited a little by the hotel, the boy collecting money for the sunbeds works a 9 hour shift everyday with no breaks unless the beach is not busy. the beach is nice and the sea clean but i would highly recommend choosing a different hotel to this - Athos palace next door is very nice as is the sani beach resort. the next penninsula is also very beautiful and deserves a visit
Lovely relaxing holiday
having just spent a week at the pallini hotel in Aug 04 I could not fault it, we stayed in the bungalows,so close to the beech, food was good, stafff pleasent and helpful. a great holiday and would certainly go back.
PERFECT!!!! (EXCEPT THE FOOD)
The title says it all!
I was lucky to get a top floor room (level 9) and had an amazing view over the pool and beach!
The pool area was very nice and clean with plenty of sunbeds! The pool is sea salt water which does get annoying when gets in your eyes.
The sister hotel 100 yards away has a gorgeous pool that is not salt water so we used that pool.
Most of the staff were very helpful and friendly but there were a couple who were not.
The food was the only disappointment as breakfast was the same and cold every day!! Evening meal was poor - average.
I would not hesitate in returning if the food was improved! It might be worth spending that little bit extra to stay at the Sani Beach Club which is meant to be amazing accomodation, location and food.
Perfect position of bordem
I have just come back from a 2 week holiday at Hotel Pallini Beach which is in a 5 star perfect position right next to the beach. the reception is dully lit up and doesnt consist of a clock so you can never now what time it is. when i ask for change or for my key the roll there eyes and give the impression that they cant be botherd. the lifts take about 5 min to come down to you and are verry grotty inside i was stuck in the lifts 3 times when i went. the maids do an excelent job keeping the hotel neet my room was beutiful and well looked after and my view was stunning. the pool was verry dangerous the stairs leeding into it were rusting and moved. there were alot of broken tiles and the water was salt water not chlorine making it unhygenic and not verry clear , i used to swim in the sister hotel Athos Palace whos pool was verry nice and modern. the beach was well looked after and the sea was as clear as glass, i even sore wild dolphins the the beach bar mare was verry well run and i would like to take this oppertunity to say that the watersports were excelent and worth trying. The food in the hotel resturant was dire it was the worst i have ever had and it made me ill every night .the breakfast was the same everyday and the evening meal was all mainly fish but i have to admit there were the odd super things like the Chiniease night. the desserts were always the same evry night the resturant was badly air conditiond which made you sticky whilst you ate . so me and my family always sat outside where the service was always excelent my waiter costus was great and verry freindly . but the food was lovley in the pool bar downstairs . the games room didnt have enough games in it , the entertainment at night was awful , and i was bored to death all holiday . this hotel is an ideal place for couples old and young and for young children (1-11) but for ages (12-18) it is sooooooooooooooooooooo boring. over all i would give this hotel *** not ****
It was fantastic!!!
I had stayed at Pallini Beach Hotel in August this year and I myself thought it was brilliant. The entertainment could of been improved a bit. The food was delicious-and the waiters there were very friendly too. I would love to come back and visit again in a few years time to see some Greek people I had met that worked there.
Pallini Beach is close to perfect
Pallini Beach Hotel has everything you would need, all in one place: A beatuful beach, close to town, close to a big city (@45 minute drive from the airport). Perfect beach bar, sunsets, sunrises. A decent taverna with nightly music, a great-size pool, a snack bar, a mini-mart - and much more. Also available: Pool (billiards), miniature golf, video games and inernet access cafe. It even has a movie theater on the premises. Bars and nightclubs within walking distance. Love the place and try to go back at least every two years - best time to go: Summer!