Venus Hotel & Suites
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... north but on very narrow roads, so fortunately after 32 kms we arrived at the port and were immediately assailed with multiple offers of trips to the famous Blue Caves (our 1st goal). We eventually selected Captain Christos' glass bottom boat and were off to see the cave-pocked local cliffs. The crystal clear intensely turquoise waters, frequently white cliffs and various cave shapes make this a ...
... Ray went to the Art Auction, i went to the pool , got a bit sunburnt too, must be more careful white my pale winter skin!!
we have slept the clock around again, still getting over the first few busy days....
i'll update in a few hours........
After a long ride through Greece we arrived to port Kilini where we took a ferry-boat to port Zante on Zakynthos. From Zante it took us approximately 20min to Laganas, where we were staying. We want straight to the beach to swim. The sea is amazing. It is so clean, there is no garbage in water considering how many people is there. The beach is very long, there are many restaurants and bars. There is not so much place to put your towels and umbrellas, but ...
... euros - you live and learn in Italy Boarded Splendour of the Seas about 2.30 and checked in sailed about 5 pm and I have to admit the departure from Venice was spectacular. Nowhere else in the world do you sail down the Main Street of town. Ship has about 2000 guests and about 850 staff anyway very comfortable cabin with good facilities and pleasant staff. It also moves at a reasonable ...
... over Paris before getting our Indian taxi driver mate to take us to Orly airport via station to collect our gear. Flight to Venice was delayed an hour or so arrived there about 8 pm took us then about 3 hours by public boat transport to get to hotel in Venice where we stayed the night . Still Venice is still active at 11.30 pm so we managed to get a bite and wine before bed. We have until 3.30 pm SAturday to board cruise ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Venus Hotel & Suites Kalamaki
Great hotel in excellent position
just got back from second visit to this family run hotel.It is part way through a 1 million euro revamp with beautiful new bathrooms with power showers,new bar with all new seating,retiled and newly refurnished pool areas.It is to have all new bedroom furniture and full room internet access next year.
The family and staff in this hotel are terrific and cannot do too much for you.It is essential to book direct with the hotel(see website) as you get free airport transfers,free fridge,free aircon and free safe deposit box.Also free membership of Venus club which gives you a 10% reduction on EVERYTHING you buy in hotel.
Must mention snack bar which does a super selection of snacks and meals at great prices(especially with the discount).
Hotel is well situated for the restaurants bars and beach with a taxi rank at top of road if you wish to go further afield.
All in all an excellent base and we have already rebooked for next year.
We Just got back from a week in Kalamaki at the Venus Hotel. We wanted a cheapie in the sun for a week and that is basically what we got. The Venus is ok but a week is enough, breakfast is a bit bland to say the least. We have read many good reports about the Venus so i guess it comes down to ones personal tastes at the end of the day.
On a plus, we can reccomend The Mermaid restaurant on the main strip. The food is fabulous as are the portions, we saw no reason to go elsewhere in the evening for the duration of our stay in Kalamaki. If you visit this establishment be sure and say Hello to Miss Niottingham and Miss Wolverhampton, two of the most pleasant waitresses you could care to meet, just ask Miss Nottingham about her "big doggy", it may jolt her memory.
Mike & Helen
Since the compensation that we receive for our services is very low from the tour operators in the month of May, it has a direct affect on our breakfast.
On the other hand as we progress into the season the quantity of breakfast increases due to a higher budget.
I thank the guest for his or her observations.
Der Beste entspannede Urlaub
Komme gerade zurück. Die Angestellten hätten nicht freundlicher und hilfsbereiter sein können, der Ort ist sehr sauber und ordentlich. Es liegt sehr nahe zum Strand und vielen Bars und Restaurants. Wir haben einen Bootsausflug gemacht und Meeresschildkröten gesehen, dass war echt toll. Können es kaum erwarten, nächstes Jahr wieder hinzukommen.
Hotel for Lovers!!
The Hotel Venus really is the Hotel of Love. To start with the room was spacious, clean and had a lovely balcony. The staff especially the maids were very friendly and helpful.
The buffet style breakfast was fairly basic, but more than enough to get you going for the day. There was cereal, eggs, toast, baked beans, fruit and tea and coffee. Plenty of seating and food - which was fresh and hot.
The pool area was a tad on the small side, but there was enough sunbeds to go around. The bar serves snack food such as hotdogs and the service as always was impeccable. Please do go to the hotel's Greek Night. So much food, booze and fun!!
The beach was amazing. Secluded, clean and beautifully golden. Its about a 15 min trek, but well worth it.
The resort of Kalamaki is literally a 3 minute walk from hotel. It has lots of traditional tavernas, all reaonably priced, and a few bars. In a nutshell, the nightlife is fairly low key, but some of the bars stay open until around 4am, but don't worry, you won't hear a thing from your hotel. There are plenty of souvenir shops and a supermarket, but if you want more shopping grab a taxi to Zakynthos Town. Its only 15 mins away and is a beautiful town.
The hotel Venus is definetely the place for couples of all ages seeking a romantic getaway. Not the place for families with young kids. I didn't see a child under the age of 12 the whole two weeks! Kalamaki is lively but not full of loutish clubbers.
I would go back in a heartbeat, it was simply divine.
Nice ppl and decent hotel
we booked this hotel/holiday as a lastminute deal and were very pleasantly surprised. i agree with most previous posts, nice hotel, exceptional staff. basic breakfast and very warm welcome.
kalamaki is a nice town and around 15 to20 good restuarants, I'd recommend dias, artamis, and mermaid, but didnt have a bad meal anywhere. town was well suited to mature folks, not that many kids about. Dont bother to take the bus option from the airport with your toure operator, get a taxi its half the price and get to the hotel 30 minutes before everyone else. ask the taxi driver for a price first though as they can be quite imaginative in their final charge, should be around 10 euros in each direction from the hotel.
if you want clubs etc then get a taxi to laganas 3 km down the road or 45 minutes strole along the beach. which caters more for the 18-30 crowd but still worth a visit. also 4 km away is Zakynthos town also about 8 euro in a taxi. if you get a chance visit a town about 20 minutes drive away called Keri ..lovely little village on the most scenic coast, typical greek postcard stuff
only negative point i could make is regarding some people that should be ashamed of themselves, and have abandoned the family pets which have turned into strays, very friendly strays but heartbreaking.
Fantastic, hotel for the money.
We booked this directly through the hortels own website - Just google it, and paid half up front as a deposit, and it was a bargain.
With flights (through a airline search site) we paid at least £200 per person less than the brochure (Thomson) price, plus Air con, safety deposit, and fridge were all free, about an extra £180 for two weeks if you go through a tour operator. Also we could get into our room on arrival 6am and stay at no extra cost till we left 3am, whereas Tour operator residents only had the 13 nights and would have to pay extra for a room on their last night.
I was reticent to go direct as it was my first time doing so, but Nick the manager was quick to reply in correspondence, friendly and helpful ( just as he is in real life)
The hotel is very nice and typically greek, rooms clean but not especially luxorious, but v.nice all the same. Pool clean and pleasant, bar nice, cocktail of the day was great.
Breakfast is included but basic, use the hundreds saved to buy breakfast if its important to you.
All other staff were very friendly, even at 4-5 in the morning, if you are leaving / arriving then. taxi to and from the airport is only £7 so don't be tempted to go on a coach laid on by the tour operator you book your flight with.
Kalymnos isn't the nicest resort I've been to but theres a friendly bunch of locals, lovely beach/sea - We saw many turtles as we were in the sea for hours, amazing creatures. in fact the only drawback of the venus for me is that its in Kalymnos, but don't let me put you off I think its one of those resorts you have to make your own mind up about.
The hotel is family run and all the staff are friendly and the service was great! The rooms were always clean and the hotel overall was always kept to an excellent standard. The breakfast was buffet style, mainly continental but there were some hot food items. The pool bar had a good menu with breakfast items if you miss the 10am deadline for the buffet.
We travelled with Thomson and our only complaint is that we had to pay extra for the hire of the fridge and air conditioning, where as if you book direct with the hotel through their website all this is included and they pick you up from the airport. Will definetely be returning but will go to the hotel direct rather than through a travel agency. Prices are much cheaper and you get all the additional extras for free!
The resort of Kalamaki is great for all ages, there are plenty of restaurants and bars and if you want something livelier Laganas is only a short taxi ride away. Recommend the turtle spotting trips which can be booked at places on the main Kalamaki strip. Only saw a few turtles but stopped of at a few secluded beaches which were stunning.
Best relaxing holiday ever
Just arrived back staff could not have been more helpful, place very claen and tidy. Very close to the beach and also close to restaurants and bars. Went on a great boat trip and saw about 10 loggerhead turtles it was brill. Cannot wait to return there next year.
Charming, pleasant & welcoming hotel
Just got back 14th June 04 from Kalamaki in Zante.
My daughter and me were on a Thomson Pricebreaker deal so were not sure which hotel we would end up at. Fortunately, it was the Venus Hotel. First impressions were good, lovely entrance with well established gardens. The pool was just a nice size and there were plenty of sunbeds to go at. The family who run it are all very friendly (greek/american). The rooms, although basic, were clean - we had a ground level room and our balcony was straight out onto a garden area. It was bed & breakfast, which consisted of a very simple breakfast of cereal,toast,jam,cake,peaches, cheese slices, sliced meat, tea & coffee. Some days there were hard boiled eggs and melon pieces - if you wanted a more hearty british brekkie, then you could buy one. The pool snack bar was good to eat at whislt lazing at pool side. Occasional evening entertainment consisted of big screen movies, a greek night (where the bbq was delicious), a quiz night and of course the football was on too with snacks available. It is situated in an ideal position with just a short walk to the beach, bars and restaurants.
I would say the Venus is a safe bet if you want to stay in Kalamaki - most enjoyable, loved every minute!!