18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Dump hole rip off
"No pool at studios, they take a photo of next doors, and he wants 5 euro pp per day rain or shine for using his crummy one.
Your pool is 5 mins down the road at the Canadian which is free to all so is rammed everyday.
50 euros for the safe for 2 weeks, and 70 euros for the aircon which costs them on average 1 euro per day to run I found out from a resident. Room was OK although is situated above the noisiest restaraunt on island with live music, which is fine when ur out at nite, but its noisy from 9am everyday.
In general I found that people were polite enough but just wanted your money everywhere you go. Fair enough the PRs at nite, but you dont want to be man-handled into restaraunts during the day. At nite they would block your path to get you in, which kind of put you off going in as they were so desperate. Most were polite if you refused, but some were arrogant and annoyed if you didnt go in. Prices in general were a rip off everywhere, which didnt seem to make good business sense. They would rather sell 1 coke at the beach for 2.5 euros and make 2 euros profit, than sell 10 at 1 euro and make alot more. I know they need to make a living but they are just making zante a poor valued place to visit. In general OK for young groups with plenty of spending money, otherwise I would suggest boycott Zante altogether and go to Corfu instead, same crap accomodation, but restaraunts miles better and you wont be ripped off everywhere. On the subject of restaraunts, Zante has the worse Chinese and Indian (Taj Maja) probably on the planet. Ive now visited all the Greek islands, Zante is by far the worse overall, which is a shame."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of September 2008
Don't do it!
"I stayed at these apartments with a few friends, instead of staying in the Canadian Aparthotel (same Co) as they only have hotel rooms in the Canadian and we preferred an apartment.
The apartment was at the back of the building overlooking water/sewage tanks and a really noisy farmyard with cockerals making noise 24/7. The apartment was really dark and basic (unlike the internet pictures) the cutlery was dirty and in general the place didn't look clean. Also, the "balcony" was about 3 feet wide so you could sit on chair out there but not around the table they provide!!
We all got a rash on our faces after one night as the sheets were laundered in bleach (you could smell it off the pillowcases) and so we ended up sleeping on our beach towels, over the pillows. We waited a full 5 days for the cleaner to arrive and had to complain to the reception - which is down at the hotel.
The location is great for the beach but there are other places for the same price, that would have been a better choice. You live and learn, I suppose but I wouldn't advise this place"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of September 2008
best holiday so far
"well i have been to ibiza and cran canaria twice and this is by far the best yet. The rooms were claen and plenty of space the only down side is having to pay for air con but the rooms neever got that hot and it was in the 40s when we were there. The beach is not even 5mins away. The bar was really good and alex who worked there was excellent. All the nite clubs restraunts and bars are a ten min walk away Recomend every1 to go"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of August 2008
Good value hotel in a great location
"My partner and I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks and were pleasantly suprised. The rooms were a good size with a nice bathroom and balcony. The only problem with the rooms were that a/c cost extra, for the first week we went without and left the balcony door open but it was hard to keep flies out so for the second week we paid for the air con.
The pool area was always very crowded and wasnt very big so we never used the pool. The beach however which is only about 400 metres away and is absolutley fantastic. The hotel is also only a short walk from the main strip in Laganas.
There is a snack bar area near the pool which served reasonably priced drinks and food although there are lots of good restaurants surrounding the hotel so you are not short on choice.
All the other guests seemed to be young like us. I dont think I saw anyone over the age of about 25 and it was quite loud until 10 or 11 in the evening so would not be suitable for older guests looking for a more relaxing holiday. If you are a young couple or a group of friends looking for a good value, decent quality hotel with lots to do nearby then this hotel is for you."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of July 2008
Worst and unhelpful staff ever.
"We werent meant to be staying at the Canadian Aparthotel, but a week before we were due to arrive, my friend a travel agent, phoned up to confirm our booking, they then told us that we were not to be in the hotel as it was full but to be put up in a different part of the hotel down another road.. It was terrible.. The rooms were terrible we had ant infested kitchens, and we had 7 rooms, out of the 9 or 10 in the building.. We questined the staff to why they had not told us in advance.. and speaking to people on our return it is a very common problem.. For 2 nights we did not have water and the hotel didnt even let us use a room in the hotel to get washed.. The staff were really unhelpful and i do not recommend it to anyone.. The pool as well was dirty you couldnt see the floor.. But give it to them it was cleaned on arrival day..
Zante though on the other hand was absolutely brillaint.. Hire the speedboats."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of December 2007
loved the canadian
"we all really enjoyed our stay, all of the staff are friendly and the maid came every other day and left our room spotless! its also only a short walk from the main strip where there are loads of places to go for different musical tastes. food is okay at the hotel, we ate there lots of mornings when we didnt want to venture any further! pool was larger than we expected and we all always managed to get sunbeds, if you surface before 12 oclock you are practically guaranteed one! rooms are lovely, as they have recently all been refurbished so the decor is modern and cosy. they do charge for air conditioning, but the rooms dont get very hot despite the weather and we definitely didnt need it. all in all a really nice hotel for the money we paid and we are returning again this year!"
- Travel date: Wed 10th of January 2007
Never to Return....................
"Me and my friends had the worst time ever in Zante and at the Canadian Hotel. The rooms were dirty and never cleaned. i stayed there for 2 weeks and i did not see a maid once. Staff were ok but never around when needed. The Strip is Zante is poor. Bouncers beat the ---- out of anyone they can and the clubs are all small and smelly. The beach is ok and never really gets packed because everyone is still in bed from the night before. There is no where to eat out really. Every where is just dirty. i nearly got a flight home after 3 days but stayed for the sake of my friends. I would NEVER go back to Zante or any greek island for that matter!!
And if you are thinking i'm old thats why i hated it, i'm not. i'm 20!! I'd go Gran Caneria For a boozy holiday. Had the best time there!! Barcelo Las Margaritas is the best!!"
- Travel date: Wed 1st of March 2006
Small but ideal!
"The Canadian Apartments (or Hotel) is typical greek self catering studios. There is a main reception with pool table that you hire by the hour. Our apartment was on the top floor (there's only 2) and we were in the far corner. First impressions, very basic and small. The lock on the patio doors looked a bit dodgy too! The room was ideal for what we wanted, good location, cheap and somewhere to rest our heads! The swimming pool looked small but we didn't venture to it as it seemed all the people around the pool area were rather clicky and all knew eachother. Laganas beach is lovely so we spent out days there, turtle spotting - plenty came into shallow waters. We ate out every day, except the morning of our return where we had breakfast at the hotel. I wouldn't bother, it was cold, disgusting and we both felt ill on the flight home. If you leave the hotel, turn left, then right and the first restaurant on the left is lovely and very resonably priced. Also, the horse and carriage ride around Laganas was nice.
Not many downsides to this holiday, but the restaurant we ate in on the first night was awful. I can't remember the name of it, but it's on the main road leading down to the bars, it got a blue roof and very pushy waiters outside. It might be called dionysoss or named after some greek god. Anyway, it always looked very busy but we went there and they covered our meals in cheese we didn't ask for, it was very strong and we couldn't actually taste our meals! I had kleftiko and my partner just had pizza.
Also, my main downside to the resort is the amount of children selling glo-stick wristbands/necklaces. Do not be fooled by them. They are very pushy and try their hardest to get that wristband round your wrist while your walking away. Keep an eye on your money around them too!
All in all a good holiday, you must do the turtle island boat trip. Book on the beach, it's about 10 euros each and we see plenty of turtles but then we went in may."
- Travel date: Thu 16th of February 2006
"5 of us stayed in the canadian in july 2010. first impressions were good as we arrived lstre in the afternoon to a pool with sunbeds available and clean with a friendly atmosphere. However the stay went downhill from there. The hotel was full of young clubbers just like ourselves, however the hotel seemed to have no recognition of this fact, leading to fines for being noisy when returning home and large sums of moeny when friends brought people back to the hotel.
We also found the size of the pool an issue the next day, with no sun loungers available and it being extremely overcrowded. this lead to us goin to other hotels of the day ti me as facilities where much better.
The only real brightside to the hotel was the bar. alex behind the bar made us feel at home from the first day onwards, things such as freeshots with drinks and good music provided a great atmosphere.
The poor service from the hotel staff was highlighted on the final day when we were charged for two glasses nd cuttlery that had apparently gone missing from our room. we clarified to the hotel staff that we hadnt eaten in our room, and hadnt touched these items, however with them being in possesion of our passports our hands were tied
Despite all this had a brilliant time, but that was not down to the hotel. going back to laganas next year however staying in the hotel alexander. much nicer staff and pool facilites. (would advise over canadian, any day)"
- Travel date: Fri 16th of July 2010
zante is amazing
"First of all you will not regret going to Zante if you are on an 18-30 holiday and want to have a goooooood time! I went with 13 other girls and had an amazing time. The rooms were really nice; however keep them fairly tidy as the maid will refuse to clean if it is a mess, which mine was. The kitchen made me laugh; it is in the wardrobe hahahaa! So you wonât be cooking much in there! However the hotel bar food is basic but nice and the bar man, alexâ¦.. what a legend! Food and drinks are reasonably priced. And as for the noiseâ¦. It really wasnât that bad. When I wanted to sleep, I could and easily. Laganas is a mad place to party and make sure you go to Cocktails and Dreams for a Bubblegum Cocktail, youâll regret it if you donât. And Cherry Bay is just amazing, however be careful of the gypsy children, they will steal your money, they arenât cute donât feel sorry for them they are brought up to do that. Also be careful when returning to the hotel, never walk off on your own, a lot of men there not to be trusted. The strip is only about a 10 minute walk from the hotel however most of the hotels are. Overall absolutely faboulous holiday and would love to go back, just be careful and stay in groups especially girls and lads donât be too cocky.
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of March 2010
18 - 30 HEAVEN
"We booked one week self catering with Thomas Cook, we had n't been to Laganas in the last eight years and we thought this would be an ideal location, close enought to the nightlife of the strip, but quiet enough to get a good nights sleep. Laganas now is really just an 18-30 resort. The Canadian even though being away from the strip is catering for the 18-30 market. If your looking for this type of holiday book it, you wont regret it! Rooms are very modern clean and have everything you need.
If your looking for somewhere that you can have a good nights sleep forget booking here, or probably anywhere else in Laganas for that matter, the whole resort is now pretty much geared only towards the 18-30 range.The Canadian encourages people to be quieter after midnight, however they have their own poolbar that opens from midday until 3.00am the music starts when the bar opens until it closes and can be heard through out the complex.You have to talk loudly in your own apartment just to be heard over the music!
- Travel date: Sat 19th of September 2009
"me and 5 of my friends stayed at canadian studios and were dissapointed on arival, our rooms were discusting! cockroach in the fridge! we didnt cook any food in the room as we didnt want to use any of their equipment or cooker! even went and bought plastic cups to avoid drinking out their glasses. We then made some friends and went into their room and it was lovely! completely different to ours so we went and complained about our room to Zoe the receptionist but then was told half the hotel is newly refurbished and half isnt, and she wouldnt let us upgrade to the newer rooms so we was not happy! we didnt have a hairdryer in our rooms which was stated in the brochure and my friends in the rooms next foor didnt have a shower so had to use ours. Hotel pool was fine and there was plenty of sunbeds. Pool bar food was lovely and cheap and alex and antony the bar men were lovely and made some great cocktails! Club reps were useless! dont go on any of the trips especially the bar crawl, as u end up paying more for drinks than normal! the bbq night was really good at the hotel, well worth 13 euros. the hotel itself wasnt too bad just the rooms! "
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of September 2009