35 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
viva la venezia
"we booked our holiday over 12 months ago , having never been to greece before and hearing mixed reports about falariki , i have constantly been scouring web sites for reviews on the hotel venezia . well we have just returned from a two week stay and I can honestly say i have been fretting for the last 12 months for no reason whatsoever. The hotel was everything i had hoped for and more .we got a very friendly welcome on arrival , contrary to what other reviews had suggested. the room was spacious, nice balcony yes the shower is on the small side but unless your morbidly obese i wouldnt worry about it, maids cleaned and changed bedding/towels every day barring sundays. The pool bar is run by Taz and he is cooking constantly from 8am till 6.30pm serving a vast range of snacks/meals and drinks all at very reasonable prices (bacon sarnies are out of this world). takiz runs the main bar which has karaoke,bingo pool competition ,good background music and bbq nights every sunday. not to mention the fun and games with the bar staff interacting with guests. Tony runs the restaurant and is very friendly and helpful. we ate out most of the time but when we did dine in the food was excellent although a wider range on the menu would be better, but the view from the terrace is fantastic. as for the much talked about hill, well yes it is a bit of a bugger coming back up but certainly much easier going down and a good excuse for calling in the excellent thomas pub at the bottom for a ten minute rest and a nice cold pint to quench your thirst . And then your into falariki . fantastic beach , lovely restaurants and shops , main areas are very clean and family friendly although we always made sure we were away from bar street before the late night madness began we cannot thank takiz and his wonderful family enough for making our holiday as comfortable as if we were in our own home. Already checking prices and availability for next summer . See you all soon . "
- Travel date: 1st September 2012
2 weeks in Venezia
"Stayed at the Venezia for two weeks in July 2011, just me and my friend. On arrival hotel seemed nice, but one thing must be said the supermarket was CRAP! It was basically a couple of wooden shelves filled with overpriced goods, not even the essentials. The staff were generally nice apart from the two older members who were slightly ignorant and had sullen faces the whole two weeks. Food was not great either and I definitely wouldn't recommend going all inclusive. Better making the journey into the town for some traditional Greek dishes or even a mcdonalds/pizza hut! Another thing was the hotel was at the top of a steep hill and the 2 weeks we were there the taxis were on strike! So we had no choice but to walk up and down for around 45 minutes each way depending on how much you could handle! Definitely a turn off point for me. Do not go here relying on the premise that there will be taxis like we did! All in all the hotel was okay with the alcohol being cheap enough and the pool bar being fairly cheap also. Just don't go all inclusive or under the duress that taxis will be readily available think again! Cleanliness was grand although the maid visited about 3 times in 2 weeks and kept stealing the one bed sheet we had nuisance! Also air conditioning is â¬35 euro per week or the 'special deal' of â¬70 euro for 2 weeks. If you can do without it I would recommend saving yourself the money! And you do not need a safety deposit box either as that is more money for it to be in full view in the lobby! How that's safe I will never know! Do however take advantage of the cheap cigarettes sold at the counter and happy hour which is 2 cocktails for â¬6 or the Amstel (local beer) â¬2.50 a pint! Apart from that the hotel is grand but not worth the money or all it's cracked up to be! Oh don't go self catering here expecting to cook in your room either as it's not a proper cooker that you are provided with but a plug in ring and ONE pot! Ridiculous! You physically can't cook food for a family on that! Happy holidays folks! "
- Travel date: 7th May 2012
"Well were do we start. This hotel is shocking and and is not a all inclusive. we got ham and cheese every day for breakfast. Dinner time was a hot dog and u could only have one sitting if this, dinner was pasta or rice with a bit of cake. you hade no option for alcoholic spirits through the day and could only drink pop or wine and beer. Spirits were served in the bar from 6pm till 9pm and all inclusive drinks stopped at 10pm. The photos you see on the website are probably taken from another hotel because it is not what you get. This is at best a 1 star hotal.The only positive of this hotel was the English bar man the rest of the bar staff were children who could be no older than 11, I for one do not feel comfertable being served by children who I also saw drinking alcohol themselves. Overall this has been the worst holiday I have ever experienced and warn anyone thinking of going there NOT to."
- Travel date: 4th August 2011
"Just had a week here and could'nt ask for a better place to stay, great people great food, nothing too much trouble for the staff, and a lovely gift on leaving will definatly be back again."
- Travel date: 20th June 2011
"just came back had a great holiday hotel was great nice and friendly people great food nice and clean. nice pool and pool bar for food and drinks great views only down side hotel was up a hill but taxi was only 5 euros would go back again."
- Travel date: 19th June 2011
wedding party, excellent time
"we stayed here end of september start of october 2009. We had an excellent time. Me my husband and our baby stayed for 2 weeks and more of our family joined us on the second week as we were getting married in Rhoads. there were a total of 46 of us staying here and not a single one had a complaint. rooms are very basic but to be honest thats all you need, pool area is fantastic, and the pool bar does really good cheap food with lots to choose from. The people there can not do enough for you especially Ricky, he is a great guy and we still in touch now we back home. the owner Takos put on our wedding reception in the restaurant and it was beatiful with flowers, candles and soft music, and a delicious meal. After the food we moved out into the bar were ricky did a disco for us. All in all, it is a fantastic place with great people. We will be returning "
- Travel date: 27th February 2010
Holiday Before University, Amazing.
"Myself and three friends went to Faliraki before we all went off to uni, and its forever gone down as the best holiday of our lives. we were all 18 and got moved to the Venezia after we were told our hotel had been closed. We stayed for 2 weeks and it was fabulous! The rooms for 4 people were really spacious, i think the whole time we were there we cooked once of twice. you get pots pans free. it says you have to pay for breakages but i broke a glass and didnt! everyone exaggerates the hill.. and walking down is fine.... walking up.. not so fine!!! we got a taxi allk the time but between 4 of us, it was nothing really. theres two strips, bar and club street. both are equally good. the PR'ing is really annoying mind. even when our friend had to go to hospital coz she cut her foot they were still tryin to bloody drag us in!!! sometimes they say free fishbowl.. yeah.. thats AFTER you boy a 5 euro cocktail! seriously faliraki is alllllllllllll COCKTAILS!! ooo and fishbowls immense!!!! if you dont go club 18-30 like we didnt ...but the package from the rep coz i swear it was so worth it... 7 hours free bar in total... and seriously theres loadsa drink! comedian, beach party, bed club - dave pearce...loadsa events well worth 180 euros. air con is a bit of a fuss mind, quite expensive but by god its worth it! faliraki is steaming!!!! all in all fabulous holiday , lotsa memories and fun times.. met some great people :) would love to go back!"
- Travel date: 22nd February 2010
"just got back from a two week break in faliraki with the lads and have to say it was a quality holiday all the staff at the resort are really friendly and ricky is an absolute legend who will do anything to help. the rooms are very basic but very well maintained and the facilities are good value for money, the food at the hotel is also very good with tony the waiter also a legend he had us in stitches with his good sense of humour and the rep sophia was also very helpful and always up for a laugh and a bit of friendly banter so overall a very good place to stay. down the bottom of the hill you have two greek run english style pubs and i have to say that mikes the second one of the two is absolutly s**t he gets you in the by offering free drinks but seriously guys its awful after that its all well and gd with free drinks but his hospitality is awful just like the food served, as compared to the thomas pub next door which is brilliant they can never do enough for ya and they are all really nice people who made our holiday so much better just through thier sense of humour and genoursity throughtout our holiday so for anyone going to faliraki and staying in this area make the thomas pub a priority and i can guarntee you will not be dissapointed. thanks"
- Travel date: 15th July 2009
OH YES!!!! by ADRIAN!!
"We stayed at the Venezia for 2 weeks in 2008 looking for a central base, without the madness of Faliraki as we had our 13 year old daughter with us. Our room was basic but cleaned every day with no shortage of clean towels. Sun beds were avalabale no matter what time of the day you wanted to soak up the sun or just have a snack (varied menu and the chef will cater for all tastes). 'RICKYYY! was a tremdous host as was Alison the delectible barmaid - nothing was ever a problem and they were both always willing to offer advice about the area. There was entertainment in the complex most nights, Karaoke (Ricky you need to change your opening number!), but in all it's good crack if your willing to take part. The Pool competition, which was stole by 'Rons mate' was good value for the evening. There is a nightly quiz which I must say, 'We are the Champions' with a few coctails of your choice and a Pitza as the the prize. If you feel like a 'wee drink into the wee long hours there is no problem as the bar stays open until the sun comes up, which is beautiful to see. If you feel like a night in you can rent videos for @3 euros, however the TV volume is set, so if you have air conditioning on it is hard to hear. Takis, who is mainly responsible for the bar area is laid back, but always obliging. The 'In house' restaurant is informal and has a varied menu, however the veg is not. To conclude; A super holiday and if you normally travel to Greece worth much more than the stars given. Hope to return. Adrian, Rhoda & Lindsey (Armagh NI). "
- Travel date: 22nd March 2009
Nice people shame about the rest. Good ...
"Nice people shame about the rest. Good points are. 1 The price. 2 The pool. 3 The food. Bad points are. 1 The Location at the top of steep hill. 2 The rooms need some TLC and repair. 3 Crap attitude to late departure you are just ignored... 4 The night time entertainment guy should be shot or pushed down the steep hill... 5 Too many warning sign's like. "We will charge you to unblock the toilet" ect.... I kind of liked the Hotel but it needs some money spent on fixing the broken bits...."
- Travel date: 13th September 2008
I stayed in the Venezia hotel with my gi...
"I stayed in the Venezia hotel with my girlfriend an two other couples. We didt arrive until 3 in the morning and were greeted by Ricky who stayed up all nite to meet the guests one by one as they arrive. The rooms were basic but well keep with a great view of the pool area an the mountains behind. The pool area was perfect. Nice pool an lots of sun luangers for the guests. The food at the pool was nice enough with a great range of items to choose from. One of the brothers who runs the bar was always friendly and made you feel as if he was making the food especially for you. The resturant in the evenings was nice too. fast an cheap. The bar was open until 6 or 7 in the morning run by the other brother(also very nice) entertaninment was ok. Mosly pub quizes by old Ricky, with his famous "i'll give you a clu' catchphrase. there was also a kareoke and a pool competion. i must say Rickey would bend over backwards for the guests. never seen the real rep once. apparently her name was lucy. ha ha. The town itself had lots of bars that empty. full of people outside promising you shots that were more like lemonade. If your in to your clubbing i would definiatley recomend a place called liquid. full knocker dance music, on to about 7 or 8 in the morning. Al round great holiday. Friendly people all round the place. in every shop or bar you went into. would also try the slingshot. it shoots you 250 foot into the air. ha ha. 35 euros a go but you get a free t shirt, photo and dvd of the experience its only 10 euros any other time during the holiday. The only downside was the elderly man an woman at the front desk. very ignorant at all times but we never let them spoil our holiday "
- Travel date: 5th September 2008
We were placed in this accommodation aft...
"We were placed in this accommodation after being advised our original choice was overbooked. The accommodation was pretty average. The rooms were adequate, however it would have been impossible to 'self cater' on two small rings. The electrics had a lot to be desired with sockets hanging off the wall. During our first week the hotel didn't seem suitable for families as there were many groups of teenagers making lots of noise all night long, however this did quiten down in the second week. We would not have chosen this accommodation ourselves as it was up an extremely steep hill with no bars or shops nearby. "
- Travel date: 16th August 2008
Top traveller tips for Venezia Resort
"Be prepared for up hill struggles and taxis being on strike! Never underestimate this fact! We learnt the hard way!"
"loved faliraki loved hotel. We will deffinatly go back"
"thomas pub is a definate, rhodes town is worth a look and also try the water sports."
"its a very friendly environment even in the night time "
Venezia Resort is also called
- Venezia Hotel & Studios
- venezia hotel faliraki