30 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
amazing !!!!!! from Caz and Paul
"we have stayed in various apartments ove the years in Kalamaki, Daisy was the best ever, the room was clean and well maintained, the cleaning lady was always smiling and thorough even though our room looked as if a bomb had hit it most days !!!!! Spiros is a smashing guy , he may have appeared to be quiet but he spoke no English at all, but his smile said it all and a friendly hand shake when we left needed no spoken language...Cat our Rep was more than helpful and really good at her job, we wish her well in the Dominican next season...all in all this was the best Holiday experience ever and we will be back next year .."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of September 2010
"The room was spacious and clean, the pool was well maintained, the area wonderful. Spiros is a legend. How people can make comments of rudeness I think they need to look in the mirror. All the staff helped make this one of the best holidays I have had(I have had a few!!!) Looking to return asap as all 10 of us were made so welcome, my kids ahd a ball and all the other guests at this time shared our views. What a holiday. Thanks Spiros and crew!! Steve"
- Travel date: Thu 16th of September 2010
Just got back 2
Just got back from another 2 weeks @ Daisy Apt. Well, 6 years has passed since I went there 1st when Peter And Andrea had it and the guy who has it now 'Spiros' is exactly the opposite of those two.
What an ignorant person to say the least. He has no time for the guests at Daisy's whatsoever. There is no intergration between him and the people staying there, other than to overcharge for the extras in the apartments,e.g air con, deposit boxes.
There wasn't a complimentry drink at the welcome meeting & when the rep queried it, he said,"Let them buy their own"
By the way, if anyone gets to stay in D5 the combination to the safe was 5A.
Remember that & you may save yourself 20â¬.
The air conditioning is a minimum of 42â¬ a week for a studio & up to 70â¬ for an apartment.
Spiros switched off the air/con on the dot, not bothering to ask if it would be required for the 2nd week. He switched our next door neighbours off after they had already paid for 2wks. He told the chap, Ray, that he would telephone the man who dealt with it. RUBBISH!! The switch was in a fusebox housing on the end of our block!!
He tried to make people think that it was someone else's responsibility. That way, nobody felt they could question it.
My wife went up to get our A/C in the 2nd week & he asked why she hadn't brought the control,for it, back, she told him, she didn't know she had to. We wanted the A/C for 4 nights but he still tried to make her pay for 5. Trying to count the Tuesday as the last night(we were leaving Tuesday afternoon).
He is a very cunning person.
He then made the pretence of coming down to check that we really did have the control. He switched it back on then, on his way back up. The man obviously thinks tourists are idiots!
This is one for Andrea & Luke in D3. Glad we could help you have a 'cool' last night LOL
As for the poolbar. Well Marina was brilliant. Never grumpy or ratty or ignorant. Even though she had every right to be. No female staff in Britain, would put up with the nonsense she has to. As you know, in Greece, If you don't work you don't get any money. She deserves a medal for putting up with him.
One chap said he paid 5â¬ for 2 beers in the "happy hour" then was charged â¬9 for 2 later on. The beers were only 3â¬ to start with.
He is arrogant towards women, not just the extremely hardworking barstaff (singular) Marina & the very friendly & pleasant cleaner (we didn't get her name, sadly)but towards the female guests too.
On the day we left, we were waiting with a few other couples & one of the ladies said he switched the light off in the loo while she was in there. Her husband told him to leave it on.
What made the man even more unbearable, was the fact that he would walk around the pool being 'nice' to guests whenever the 1st Choice Rep,Cat, (excellent rep, very nice young woman) or the owner's Father was about.
He would shout at Marina, "Why are they not spending in the bar?" He also expected the rep to make us go there!! Crazyman!!
Daisy's is a beautiful place. Beautifully kept grounds, extremely clean. Quiet, peaceful, relaxing, wonderful ... .......EXCEPT FOR THE NEW 'LANDLORD' OF THE POOL & BAR!!
He will, if left in charge, finish Daisy's for good.
He will drag it down & 1st Choice will leave.
Spiros doesn't care... he has a bar in Lagana. No doubt it suits his personality much better. He will have that to fall back on but Daisy will be left with no guests & a sullied reputation.
I for one do not want that to happen.
Daisy's is a fantastic place to relax & have fun BUT as I said, he will ruin something good & not think twice about it.
All said, A great place for couples & we would go back tomorrow if Spiros wasn't at the helm.
Hello & thank you to Cat, Marina & the lovely cleaning lady.
Hope we see you again soon.
Mark & Mel Richards (Daisy 5)
- Travel date: Sun 4th of July 2010
Our honest review
"Just arrived back from hotel daisy, in brochure as daisy studios in tsilivi.Reviews we read gave no less than 8/10.I beleive 3/10 is more realistic. On arriving at 5am, the entrance is pleasent but there was no key left to our allocated room, so was put by the transfer rep into another room and was told we could unpack and the site rep would sort it with the owners. "Wrong" the owner told us at 9am to vacate the room as it did not belong to cosmos. We were put in a room in which the toilet bowl was black, had a loose seat, the shelf on the wall broken and unusable and ants. Lights above beds were different and only one worked, blood stained sheets, towels with holes in were only changed on the 5th day and replaced with the similar poor standard. On the balcony an array of wildlife can be seen close up: rats, mice and a well fed cat. Ants were in abundance in the room. We have gone to greece for several years and expect basic but not poor basic as this was. We were told by another holidaymaker we could be moved as they were, if we paid 50 euros p/w for air conditioning which wasn't needed. We told the rep on the first day she said she would "look into it" unfortunately for us she must "still be looking" as we did't see her for the remainder of the holiday. No kettle, 10 euros a wk to hire. Or were we just unlucky???????"
- Travel date: Mon 6th of July 2009
just got back
"we stayed at daisy apartments for 1 week (wasnt enough).
Apartment - basic, but comfy. Didnt need the air-con, the rooms were nice and cool in the evening. Very clean and fresh linen on arrival and was changed daily!! We had our own patio area, away from the pool and bar! Very quiet. Even at 2am.
If you dont like local wildlife then stay in blackpool. The little tiny frogs come out at night and lizards. We were fascinated by them. During early evening the local (skinny) cats and dogs have a wander, again they were brill, didnt bother us all they wanted was a little bit of food and water!! No harm, they very shy.
We thought the staff were ace, food and drink also very good at daisys, although we only had lunch there. (We went out for evening meals).
The beach wasnt great, but excellent views! The crystal hotel in the evening has the best views, BUT it cost 10 euros for 2 single vodkas and coke! We didnt go there again.
Go to zepos opposite for the best food on the island.
We didnt go for the day excursions with the rep, we chose 2 hire a car pay for 2days, had 1day free! Total cost 120.00 euros, shop around for the best deals. was well worth it. driving on the island was easy, hardly any traffic at all. we covered the whole island at a quiet pace in the 3 days.
Highly recommend the blue caves in the north and also askos nature reserve!!
Back in kalamaki there are loads of restaurants and bars, these we thought were the best -
mermaids(for breakfast or lunch), soda bar, fire club, p `n` p bar, mojitos, ambrosia, Duon Amici (italian rooftop restaurant) - absolutely superb!!
We went into laganas 1 night, was really busy, nice though!
Tazies the best for late night munchies, recommend any thing with tsaziki!!
We had a really nice time, food great, locals very friendly, nice and clean!!
Definately going back...
Wayne and Jennie."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of June 2009
worst place ever
"Arrived at night no rep, bar staff rude and just pointed in there key in the door. The room was very dirty. Ants in the bed, something growing on the under side of the sink, waste water coming up through the drain in the bathroom. And just to top it off was next door to the Pool bar which played loud music till 4am and then starts again at 9am.And of course next to the kitchens with all the noise there. Lasted one night and move myself to a different hotel and extra to cost me. On the plus side not far from the beach and shops. Andrea and Hannah "
- Travel date: Tue 16th of June 2009
"Overall we had a good holiday.basic apartments which is a bit dated but clean.pool area good and clean.bar ok very english with foodball tshirt etc if you like that.The lady who run the bar/snack bar very nice.The owner of the complex seemed ok.the tour operator first choice/ thomsen wasn't very good at all.Was not informed about the following when booking 1.there is no baby cot available even though I asked for a cot and cot space.2 balcony/terrace are mostly open to next apartment and therefore shared.3.aircondition at extra cost of 10 euro for an apartment and around 7 euro for a studio. holiday rep not great just very young and didnt really care about getting a cot for my baby.I had to go and rent a cot in the town but at least she provided me with the details of where to go.place good for older children above 4 asnd couples.this was a late deal and therefore cheaper.I dont think i will travel with thomson first choice again as I found the service so poor."
- Travel date: Sat 6th of June 2009
Just returned from a fantastic week in D...
"Just returned from a fantastic week in Daisy. On arrival was given a key by our rep, room absolutely lovely, very nice size but very basic which mot greek apartments are. Lovely location not too far from anything at all. Would recommend Mermaids restaurant along the main strip and also Georgias in old Kalamaki on the way to the beach. Locals very friendly and very good with children. Would most certainly recommend a visit to Fire Club along the main strip. Great service and friendly people run pool bar. Will most definately be returning to Daisy in the next couple of yrs."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of October 2008
Arrived to the Daisy Studios evening of...
"Arrived to the Daisy Studios evening of 31st Aug'08. Accomodation doesn't have a reception so the First Choise rep showed us to our room. Very clean accomodation and plenty of facilites for self catering (kettle, 2ring electric hob, fridge/freezer, toaster) although we didn't use them as eating out is such a bargain. Maid service really good, towels + sheets changed twice a week. Our room was on the bottom floor so we had patio area, really nice. Plenty of sunbeds around the pool + the bar area serves lovely food aswell. Staff working there are very friendly. The walk to the main strip is just a few minutes + the beach is about 10 minutes away. Lovely beach where the turtles hatch. The main strip has plenty of lovely greek restaurants and lots of bars. After a weeks holiday there I would definately recommend to stay at the Daisy Studios + I would return there again. FAB HOLIDAY!!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 11th of September 2008
Good points Great price for late booking...
Great price for late booking
Superb beaches and glorios weather evey day
Locals really friendly
No record of us at hotel
No rep nor details of our booking
No reception, rude staff, rip off drinks in the pool bar.Cleaner barged in our room while we where in bed and carried on after we asked her just to leave towels.
No towels changed or room cleaned after Wednesday
Told we could only use one room of the two bed apartment we had booked because there was only two of us. Very rude staff told us if we wanted air con we would have to pay for two units instead of one as there were two bedrooms even though we weren't allowed to use both rooms. 12 euros per night way out of our budget so no sleep in hot room all week. Dogs next door barked all night. Hairdryer blew up on Tuesday yet no one came to repair it even after reporting it. Not a good report but this is how it is I'm afraid. "
- Travel date: Sun 7th of September 2008
If you are going to the Kalamaki resort...
"If you are going to the Kalamaki resort you need to be aware that this is a conservation area for the loggerhead turtles, so you will not find a huge beach that is cleaned by a tractor, umbrellas and sunbeds! the beach is clean, quiet and natural.... you are only allowed on the beach between 7am and 7pm due to the turtles nesting.
The Daisy studios are clean, basic but just what you would expect of a greek island, the rooms do have kettles, cutlery, cups, plates etc and a basic 2 ring stove, not that you will need to use them! Marlene, Dennis, Arrieta and Aisha (the family who run the pool bar) make some very cheap meals - with a HUGE variety, from home made pizzas, breakfasts, pasta, salads, sandwiches, chips etc.... there are also some very good restaurants in Kalamaki, we would recommend, Hera, Heavens Kitchen, Ambrosia, Select and for a cheeky late night takaway try Tazies, all restaurants offer childrens meals and will happily adapt them to include rice or salad etc, people are very accomodating, really good with children. The pool is small but perfect for families with children, and we really recommend Greek night, We admit this is not for older couples looking for a very quiet holiday, although there were a couple of grandparents there with their families and they had a great time! this is perfect for families looking for a relaxing, happy holiday. St Nicholas beach is lovely and is great for watersports or just a sun bed an umbrella! you can get a free bus service outside of tazies takeaway daily from 10.30 returns at 5. There are plenty of different bars, clubs and restuarants to keep you busy in the evenings, if you prefer a quiet game of pool or to watch the footie/a movie then stay around at Daisys!
Hire a car and do the PAULS MAP 2 day tour of the island (buy the Pauls map book in one of the local supermarkets, such as Sophias) You will see the most amazing panoramic views, great photo stops, eat at the most amazing little tavernas, visit the most beautiful villages and experience the real Zakynthos. This really is the best way to see the island - much better than an expensive travel/tour operator......
Go on a small locally arranging boat trip to see the keri caves, shipwreck and loggerhead turtles, they are cheaper and much more intimate that the large tour operator boats,
needless to say we (me, my partner and our 5 year old daughter) had the most relaxing, peaceful, slow paced, amazing holiday, Dennis, Marlene, Arrieta and Aisha made our stay very memorable and are such a lovely family, they work very hard to make a living at the pool bar and are always around from Dawn till dark.... we wish them all the very best and hope to go back very very soon!
If you love greek islands you will love it here, if you are looking for something a bit different then you will love it here, if you prefer the high rise, imaculate hotels of Spain, then this possilby isnt for you, but hay! variety is the spice of life so give it a go!"
- Travel date: Tue 1st of July 2008
Just read the last review, the apartment...
"Just read the last review, the apartments are ok but what she has said about the beach does not make any sense. The beach is a nature reserve for the turtles. It is cleaned everyday by volunteers. They clean up the mess left by selfish bathers. This has to be done to help protect the Loggerhead Turtles from being harmed when they go into the sea. There is stuff flouting in the sea, its called sea weed the other stuff is called fish. If you lay in the sea about 2 foot in the fish swim around you. If the water was dirty the fish would be off and the turtles would be dead !"
- Travel date: Thu 12th of June 2008