21 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Having just returned from a weeks holiday at this hotel (thru Thomson Holidays) we just have to let everyone know we could not fault anything. The staff were very friendly and helpful from the minute we arrived. Our room was spacious and clean and was cleaned daily with fresh towels every alternate day. The food was buffet style and they catered for everyones tastes and there was lots of it, if you went to this hotel and found the food was not to your liking, then you are a fussy eater!! The pool area was kept clean at all times, maybe the only draw back was the Brits (!!) putting their towels out on the sunbeds before the crack of dawn - this, however, was a waste of time as there were plenty of beds to go round! If you like a quiet holiday then we recomend this hotel and resort."
- Travel date: 27th August 2010
The hotel itself was very clean, however...
"The hotel itself was very clean, however it was also very quiet. Six of us holidayed from 22nd Sept for one week. Rooms were spacious and cleaned every day by friendly staff. Food was plentiful if a little overcooked at times and staff very efficient. It was clear the hotel was coming to the end of the season as the bar was very limited and wasn't going to be stocked up despite other holiday makers arriving. This is not a hotel for the young as there was no entertainment during our stay. The Bitzarro Grand is a short walk away and were able to utilise their facilities when we wanted to. The surrounding hotels do actually throw their doors open and welcome you, and the ones we frequented were only a short walk away. Kalamaki is basically one road of shops and bars and Lagana, which was just up the road, was a dump. The beach nearest the hotel has restrictions on it due to the Turtles laying their eggs there, eg, from 7pm to 7am you couldn't go on it. I would advise anyone who goes to Zante to do the Turtle Cruise as we all enjoyed this a lot. It is a little expensive but well worth it and you do get a very good lunch thrown in. The weather was also hit and miss. We experienced some torrential downpours and some very warm sun also."
- Travel date: 30th September 2008
Bitzaro Palace was one of the most relax...
"Bitzaro Palace was one of the most relaxing and beautiful holiday resorts I have been to before! The staff are very friendly (especially the room cleaners!). Excellent place to stay close to high street, airport and beach! Beaches very clean and tidy. Loggheaded turtles there and the Kalamaki beach are right on the flight path so this holiday is excellent for plane spotting! You can get boat tours out to Turtle island (where the turtles live!). Big restaurant, garden, pool and pub! Good news to clubbers, there are a lot of night clubs! As well as night clubs you have pubs, parks and millions of shops! Lovely place to stay 10/10 rating - go now! "
- Travel date: 29th November 2007
Booked with Libra holidays and didn't re...
"Booked with Libra holidays and didn't reckon much to their service - would recommend booking direct with the hotel, I've heard it's much cheaper. As a family we had a fantastic time made as such by absolutely fantastic staff, wonderful food and great hotel (probably the best on Zante). The beach was only a short walk away and was clean, very warm and great for kids with a long sloping shore line. There are planes that fly very close overhead, however this was entertaining for the kids and not at all distracting from our experience. Yannis on reception ALWAYS had a smile for us and NOTHING was ever too much trouble for any of the staff, they seemed to work non-stop as we saw them every day from 8am until midnight! The hotel was very clean and modern and was very organised. Some reviews have mentioned that mealtimes are a nightmare. We did not find this to be true, just chill out and go with the flow!! The food was different for every meal and something on offer for everyone and tasted great. The entertainment was basic but fun. Jane was especially good with the children, with our 21 month old son taking a particular shine to her. We were very impressed with this hotel and would definitely come back again. Its just a shame we had to come home. Oh and dare I mention the airport? Just be prepared to take some playing cards, something to sit on and patience - and DON'T buy food or drink - Â£10 for 4 cans of drink!! Don't let it ruin your holiday though, it's just very small - anyway the new terminal building looks almost finished! Have a great time, we did. The Couchman family"
- Travel date: 27th August 2007
"Lovely modern, clean hotel with pool table, comfy lounge area, nice bar, pool, restaurant, garden, outdoor seating and loungers. The rooms have Air-Con and Safes available and have fridges and either terrace or balcony. The staff are lovely and speak English well. The entertainment was fairly good depending on what you're looking for but it is surrounded by other hotels who offer other entertainments and bars. There is one club-type bar in Kalamaki and one or two good karaoke etc bars. Avoid Laganas at night if you're easily stressed or don't like wild tacky clubs. The laganas beach bars are lovely but the main strip is mayhem! Eat in the Olive Tree, drink in Oasis (the food in the Bitzaro is delicious, plentiful and fresh too though.)"
- Travel date: 3rd July 2007
great holiday at the bitzaro palace
"my husband and I stayed at this lovely hotel from 27th may- 10th june and had a lovely time we were greeted on arrival by nice reception staff and allocated our room very quickly, I had e-mailed the hotel prior to arriving to ask for an upper room with pool view and this is what we got. The rooms are of a good size for two with a small bathroom. The dining room is situated seperately from the hotel and the food was good and there was plenty of it. The waiting staff serve the soup and then you help yourself buffet style, I must mention that the salad bar is great. The pool area and gardens are very nice there was always sunbeds though you had to be quite quick towards the end of our holiday if you wanted to lie by the pool, if you didn't make it by breakfast then there were plenty of beds in the grassy area though these don't have umbrellas and it was very hot. We liked where the hotel was situated and walked up the road on to the main strip every evening after dinner, it takes about 15- 20 minutes to walk the whole length of the road and we found some really nice bars cafes etc. I must mention Therapia which is at the far end of the strip this was a lovely cocktail bar owned by Roz who is English and her greek husband they only opened this year and it is really nice. We will return to the Bitzaro Palace in the near future as we really could not find fault, everyone was so helpful and kind from the ladies who did the cleaning to the man who looked after the pool and grounds, I must mention Stella and Anna on reception as nothing was too much trouble all in all a great holiday."
- Travel date: 12th June 2007
From Mr Gary "Mr Bitzaro", Joanne and Ga...
"From Mr Gary "Mr Bitzaro", Joanne and Gabrielle from Rochdale 24th May â 31st May 2007. You are looking at one of the best hotels we have stayed in Greece all inclusive â this hotel really stands up well to its star rating â from Dennis (Yannis) on reception to the animation team of Johan and Tina also Nikki on the snack bar you will find a welcoming energetic, enthusiastic, warm and basically a dam right cracking holiday. You have will dine cosmopolitan buffet style â and yes the âgastronomeâ holiday makers will note that all the food is fresh, ideas are created as the week goes on and you will never be disappointed â and if youâre a full English sort of person we would recommend getting out of the comfortable beds for the 8-10am breakfast. The pool area is a real suntrap, with banging tunes (from Paris to Berlin etc) â it was cracking the flags in May â so take plenty of sunscreen for July onwards â and donât forget to play killer pool, killer darts, and the cocktail game during the day â think it should be named killer cocktail to fit in with Johanâs incredible sense of humour (he can speak 5 languages and ladies heâs fit as a butchers dog). About trips â well you know the score â sort them out yourself and save money â also if you are on a budget always get a taxi as 10 Euros takes you every ware â just say before you get in. The airport is the pits â seriously its like an ex Luftwaffe base so be prepared for third world â and do all the transfers by a taxi to save being ripped off by the coach. You will have a hell of a holiday at the Bitzaro â and will be singing âI am too sexy for my shirtâ and "is this the way to Kalamaki". And also when you go tell them Mr Gary sent you."
- Travel date: 4th June 2007
"Just arrived back after spending two weeks at the Bitzaro Palace. The hotel caters for those who want a holiday where they can relax in peace, no music beside the pool, or activities for children. The rooms were ok, bedding and towels were changed every day. Our view form the hotel overlooked the main entrance to the hotel, not much to see. The food was excellent and varied, with some Greek recepies. Sometimes the food was not very hot. The staff worked very well as a team, they spoke very good english, and were very helpful. Only drawback is the hotel in near the airport, and you can hear planes arriving and taking off. After a while you tend not hear them, as it becomes normal. Kalamaki itself has a variety of shops and restaurants, but still needs quite a bit development to meet the needs of the tourist. Tourist information offiices in Kalamaki, or Zakynthos town do not exist which is not very helpful. Bus services can be a problem , my experience was good, the bus was cheap, and on time. I would go back to the Bitzaro Palace, however, I would need to bring my driving licence to hire transport."
- Travel date: 1st June 2007
Good hotel but no 'wow' factor
"Stayed at the Bitzaro Palace in May 2007. Staff were extremely courteous and friendly and all credit goes to them. Rooms were clean, linen changed regularly. It would have helped our packing arrangements if we had known that a hairdryer and kettle is placed in each room. Note: Coffee is supplied on the first night only. The room would also benefit from a brochure providing basic hotel information. We paid â¬15 a week for use of the room security box. With no sea views best rooms face the pool area. Food was plentiful and extremely well presented, but hot meals, particularly breakfasts were served luke warm. Hopefully the management will sort this problem out before the main holiday season gets under way. Drinks at meals were very expensive; in some case there is a 300% mark up. Be prepared for airport noise, the end of the runway is very close to the hotel, but if there is any compensation it isn't Gatwick. The beach is great for those who enjoy walking. Overall it's a good, clean hotel but for me it just didn't have the wow factor that I have enjoyed in other 4 star establishments"
- Travel date: 29th May 2007
Had a great holiday. The hotel was clean...
"Had a great holiday. The hotel was clean, good choice of food and staff very friendly. The beach which was only 5 mins walk from the hotel was lovely and not very busy. The resort had a good selection of bars and shops. We used to go to Pastry & Percs cocktail bar every night. The owner was very friendly and the music he played was very good. The only down side was the airport, which was very small but it would not put us off going back again. I would recommend this hotel and resort to anyone as it was nice and relaxed."
- Travel date: 23rd December 2006
The hotel was spotless, food great and s...
"The hotel was spotless, food great and staff were very friendly and helpful with the exception of the owner (who seems to be a little too rude to be a hotel manager). Having said this if you are looking for a traditional Greek Island holiday this isn't the resort to visit. Much of the resort was centred around a busy strip of bars with sky T.V., most of them showing sport and a number of tourist shops selling a mixture of tat with not much authentic Greek feeling to them. Also, avoid the resort out of season. Most of the local trips had stopped before we arrived and many of the bars had also closed. This was a little disappointing as there was no warning of this in the brochures. "
- Travel date: 5th November 2006
"We stayed for what turned out to be the last week of the season, so the number of guests diminished until there were only about 20 of us left at the end of the week. The food was excellent, with a wide choice for both breakfast and dinner. The local wines were very good too. The pool was very clean, though a bit too deep and steep from end to end. Staff were very friendly and helpful at all times, and there was no sense of end-of-season-couldn't-care-less with any of them. The room was bright, clean and well serviced. We would recommend the hotel to anyone with or without children. Our only complaint is a general Greek Island one of the toileting arrangements which are not the best."
- Travel date: 2nd November 2006
Bitzaro Palace Hotel is also called
- hotel bitzaro palace
- bitzaro palace kalamaki