10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Pleasant surprise after reading all the bad reviews
"I was really worried after reading all the bad reviews, but this hotel was just fine. It is what one would expect from a 3-star hotel aimed at budget traveller with kids - and within this range, it is very good, very clean and well kept.
The room was a good size (however most of it was taken up after placing the two additional beds for the kids), obviously recently renovated, very clean and with well equiped mini-kitchen. Sheets were changed every 3rd day, and towels were coming in faster than we could use them :-)
The pools were clean and moderately busy - we were out all day anyway, so mostly only used them in the late afternoon, and for the first and last couple of days (we were there 14 days). Kids playing and running around of course, but who can complain, two were ours :-)
We were in D block, looking over the kids pool and away from the evening entertainment area, thank God, so there was no issue with loud music etc. at night. We could just stay while we were interested (not much really, we're no night owls :-) but after that we had peace.
And last but not least, big plus is that there really was not so much trouble from the Brits as we were worried about. Great!"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of July 2008
Best Holiday yet
"I am just back from this hotel after saying in Zante a few times in the past and this hotel is really good. The entertainment is good. And all the staff are really helpful at this hotel. I have booked to back in October.
Yes there are teenagers and kids at the pool, but what do you expect, If people want a holiday that is kids free then dont book, I get fed when people complain that there is kids running about but this is life and you cant discrimanate people for having kids that are having fun!!!"
- Travel date: Fri 20th of June 2008
OK but in typical greek style very basic.
"We booked this self catering holiday through thomas cook of which went very smoothly.
On arrival at the hotel it looked very nice and well presented it was a good size and had a nice layout with the two swimming pools.
We had one of the larger rooms which was more than sufficient in size but on the basic side with a poor quality showeroom and no TV (not that you go on holiday to watch TV or anything).
The beds were very comfortable and we had a reasonable sized fridge for drinks etc.
The room was very warm at night I would recommend paying the extra 30 euros for the aircon.
No problems with getting sun beds, however some were all cracked. Cushions were available to hire @ 1 euro perday.
The entertainer George was very entertaining and friendly however alot of things that were scheduled seemed to get cancelled without any notice being given.
Most of the staff were very nice but had to ask them repeatedly for a late checkout and they could not give me an answer to the last minute.
I would recommend this hotel to people who are looking for a no thrills hotel, that not too neccessarly be seen as a bad point as you'll find your self out more than in in this lovely resort."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of May 2008
"The hotel had a nice reception but the quality ended there. The pool looked like it was rarely cleaned and was constantly packed with children and teanagers. I counted 60 ish at any one time. The pool area had cheap white plastic sunbeds around it, many of which were cracked and damaged. The entertainment included loud rave music being played in the daytime by the very imature 'entertainment staff', for want of a better word. This hotel is clearly aimed at the budget traveller with children and it certainly attracted them. The room was poor and basic and the evening entertainment was 'Working Mens Club style. Probably the worst accomodation I've ever stayed in."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of May 2008
not exact what weÂ´ve expected :(
"This was my 5th stay on this beautiful island, so I can tell, I have an imagination about hotels overthere. this was the 2nd worst weÂ´ve stayed. the first was Meandros in Kalamaki :(
Well, Tsilivi is not bad, but I like ASrgassi more. On the other hand, if you want to visit other places on the island (recommended!!!), there is no problem to go - by car, bike, bus.... no problem :-)
Tsilivi is not small, but I think it is only for turists - well, not what we like.
The beaches are not very good, stones everywhere, although we were told, there are sandy beaches - we didnÂ´t find them.
The food in this hotel was pretty terrible - from 7 meals there were 3 noodles, pommes, only 2 meats, nothing typical greek :(
but the most terrible experience were the brits - loud, arrogant, not friendly, simply terrible. sorry, but itÂ´s true. Zakynthos is known for the problems with british tourists....
what a pity, it si such a beautiful island!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of January 2008
Stayed 2 hours!
"This was the worst accommodation I have ever stayed in. Got off to a bad start when the rep on the coach pointed out the MacDonald's, Red Lion pub ( great fry ups according to him) , Molly Malone Irish pub, Laser Quest & Paint Balling which were all within a 5 minute walk from the Admiral. Bearing in mind we'd asked Barrhead travel for a quiet holiday & specified that we categorically did not want an 'egg & chips' resort - we were
appalled at the mini-Blackpool on our doorstep.
The hotel itself had a nice reception, however the main pool was surrounded by packed nasty white plastic sunbeds & the loud rave music blaring out from the 'chip fat' smelling snack bar did nothing to improve the mood. When we arrived at our room, it was poor to say the least. The decor was tired - the bathroom cramped. We'd paid for a bigger room & even that was dark & dingy - dread to think what the studio's are like. The walls are paper thin - I presume the woman next door was a heavy smoker judging from the hacking cough. If like us you have a toddler, then there's not much chance they'll get anywhere near the over crowded pool. The local beach is about ten feet wide - so nowhere to escape. My husband and I have stayed in Greece before and loved Kalamata in Kos & Kefalonia so we are aware that Greek accomodation is more basic , but this was terrible!
Luckily we complained & were moved within 2 hours of arriving to the beautiful Kalimaki hotel - Denny's Inn. Denny's inn is smart, stylish & beautiful in it's own right - in comparison to Admiral it's the Ritz!"
- Travel date: Fri 26th of October 2007
Tsilivi Admiral - Great family holiday!!
"Just back from 2 weeks at the Admiral with my wife and our 3 kids - 8, 6 and 1 years old. I'd seen conflicting reviews before going but we really had a great time. The kids had a ball - great pool, kids club and entertainment. Beware if you dont have kids - this complex is very family oriented and you will have kids going crazy all the time!
Room was very clean, a little basic, but fine. Aircon was 70Euro for the 2 weeks and the maids came every day. The location is great, close to the main resort centre and a gorgeous sandy beach. The beach at the bottom of the road is a little rocky - just walk around the bay to the right, and in 10 minutes you'll be at the main Tsilivi beach - amazing!
Plenty of restaurants to choose from all serving great food. Pop into Edem and say hi to Tommy!
All in all - a great resort and a great complex."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of August 2007
Ruined by noisy youths
"Have just returned from a week at the Admirals, after reading other reviews before we went we were quite apprehensive. The room wasn't too bad but needed updating as the fridge door was broken, the door handle came off in our hand, draw fronts came off and the only way we could secure the patio door was to wedge cardboard under it! Aside from this they were cleaned every day. The worst problem was the noise around the complex at night, not from the entertainment (which was rubbish anyway) but drunken youths up till 4 or 5 in the morning shouting, swearing and fighting. Made us embarrassed to be British! Due to the rooms having no air conditioning you needed to leave the balcony door open for air but this was impossible due to the noise and both our children aged 9 and 11 kept waking up asking us what was going on. Also the main swimming pool was dominated by youths swearing and kicking footballs at people so most of the kids played in the smaller one, we managed to find another hotel with a much nicer and quieter pool which the kids played in. As these youths were only about 13 or 14 where are their parents! Many other holidaymakers were complaining and we were told this sort of behaviour was not unusual in this complex. If we returned to Tsilivi we definately wouldn't stay at the Admirals, if you have already booked just make sure you take ear plugs and be aware that you can use any of the pools at other hotels as long as you buy drinks.
The resort itself was OK, plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, we ate a couple of times at The Old Vineyard which is really nice and people very friendly and if you plan on hiring a car try Margaris as it is run by a english guy called Peter who is extremely helpful and directed us to a couple of great beaches."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of August 2007
budget style typical British Package Holiday apartments
"Stayed in the Admirals Apartments for 1 week in July 07. These apts are very basic so do not go expecting to self cater! We had 4 beds in 1 room with a small kitchenette & small bathroom.
Be warned that not all apartments are air conditioned and you will need this in high season!! You can pay around Â£12 a day and upgrade to a larger apartment that has 2 beds screened off from the main apartment and is air conditioned - I would definately advise this for a family of 4 as the standard rooms are far too small, There are however not many larger apts so you will need to ask for an upgrade immediately on arrival ( we had to wait 3 days before we could upgrade which was hell).
The admirals are quite well positioned only a few minutes walk from the beach - but this part of the beach is very narrow ,not good sand and very rocky out to sea therefore not suitable for children!
The apartments themselves are basic, fairly clean but nothing to write home about. The 2 pool areas were always busy and great if you want noise and organised entertainment!! We escaped every day to another Hotel 's quiet, relaxing Pool. There seemed to be entertainment in the apartments at night but we spent as little time as possible on the complex so I could not tell you how good or bad it was!
If you are considering going to Tsilivi ( the resort itself is lovely with plenty of good restaurants, bars, supermarkets etc) then I would recommend you stay in one of the many lovely hotels the other side of town by the better beach!! We Stayed at the Petros Hotel last year (unfortunately it was full this year) which was lovely and made us want to go back to Zante.
I would not recommend the Admirals unless like us, it was a cheap last minute deal were it was just somewhere to sleep!"
- Travel date: Sat 28th of July 2007
"Ok I stayed here for 2 weeks with partner and kids aged 10 and 5, 1 bedroomed apartment, quite small just a sliding glass door separating our bedroom from their bedroom no lounge or separate kitchen just a kitchenette bit in their room. No sun on balcony, socket hanging out of wall, window in bathroom needed fixing (everytime you shut bathroom door the tiny bathroom window came open!) nice hot shower cleanish not spotless. 2 electric rings that were also joined to the kitchen sink with stainless steel drainer so everytime you run the water it spills onto the cooking rings not very safe i think! Basically typically greek and basic. Beds fairly comfy but when we stayed they were loads of pesky ants, had to keep absolutely everything in the fridge and wash plates etc before using as ants were crawling all over them! also ants in the wardrobe and on the floor by the bed however i dont suppose that can be blamed on the hotel its just one of those things. Lock on door broke on arrival and was fixed within 10 minutes however after a week it broke again and had to wait about 20mins-half hour before someone could let us in to the apartment. 2 pools one with kid section and the other with nice shallow end lots of inflatables to play with. Entertainments team do pool games and game tournaments to keep boredom at bay. lots of pirate films shown too. Evening entertainment most nights but only went to one and sadly it was crap! Food ok staff quite nice. Standard english fare and icecreams. kidsclub quite good. Kids playground consisted of little tykes style climbing slide thing that was broken with dangerous holes and lying around in pieces with no warnings whatsoever NOT GOOD. If this has been fixed perhaps someone could put their comments on here cos when i was there it was unusable for 2 weeks. Fairly close to everything supermarket under hotel and opposite. restaurants and bars within 1 minute walk, beach within 2 mins walk quite nice sandy long but thin lots of rock pools along the way for fishing. Very nice restaurant bar to left at back of hotel with loads for kids such as trampoline. bouncy castle, slide, cars all free.Loads to do in tsilivi such as reptile house, bowling, minigolf, bars with playgrounds, bouncy castles bumper boats etc etc take the horse n cart to other end of tsilivi at least once its fun! Over all its ok for cheap n cheerful budget holiday and for those that dont care what accom is like and dont plan to stay in their rooms too much, great for kids but not if you want a nice quiet romantic holiday and definitely not if you like a bit of luxury cos you wont get it here! In Tsilivi you can have a quiet or lively holiday as it has everything traditional tavernas and international style karaoke bars we had a great time but would not stay here again and even though we have stayed in shacks in asia and 1 star in Kos and loved it we have vowed that for us from now on we will only book 4 star and above!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of June 2007