20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best holl in a long time( back next year)
"A very good hotel only 15-20 mins from airpot
My self wife and 2 15 year old girls
Don't be fooled on arrival , the accommodation is very good
Staff are helpful and friendly ,
Dennis who works the morning bar top bar man,
Also luca who works the afternoon bar very very helpful will go
That extra mile to make you holl as enjoyable as poss.
The food was plentyfull and well prepared well done to the chef
And all his staff.
Also the cleaning staff did a very good nod spotless every day
As u can imagine with 2 15 year old girls in their room.
Once agen thanh u all ( Room 206 )
Bob michaela and girls"
- Travel date: Mon 27th of June 2011
lovely hotel pity so far from town/beach
"Very good hotel. Friendly staff. But its a good 30 minute walk to tsilivi town and beach.
Taxi's cost 5 euro each way so if you are less mobile this is one to miss."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of June 2009
We (2 adults, 2 yrs old daughter) were t...
"We (2 adults, 2 yrs old daughter) were there 2 weeks. Hotel is very nice and clean, staff is very nice and helpfull, but our biggest problem were 2km to the beach and to the town center (measured with a car). It is not "few moments from the beach" as stated at tour operater, or at hotels web site:
"within a few moments walking from the nearest beach and the busy centre of Tsilivi"
Those are DEFINITELY NOT a few moments walking from the nearest beach!
If we knew this we would never book Filoxenia Hotel. For people who just want to enjoy on the sun and around the pool, we can recommend Filoxenia, but for other who wants to enjoy lovely Tsilivi beach we would not recommend it. "
- Travel date: Fri 26th of September 2008
We are heading to stay at the Filoxenia...
"We are heading to stay at the Filoxenia again this year, we have stayed there on two occassions previously. We had no trouble staying here previously. It was both clean and sufficiently sized. The staff are friendly. The only downfall was that there are no paths on part of the roads for walking down to the town, hopefully this will be better this year as they were working on it the last time we were there.
Best thing for us about this hotel is the location, for some it might be a bit out of the way but for us it was closest to our favourite bar, Sandra's bar and our favourite restaurante Valentina's Castle ;-) its a nice walk down through the town to the beach in morning and sometimes to stop for a a spot of brekkie in Sandra's as they have the best brekkie, free range eggs, fresh tomatoes grown by the Costas, yum. and then at least at night you are a stone throw away from the apartments after going out ;-)
Sandra and Costas are very welcoming and its good crack in their bar, they have some list of cocktails and they are the business.
Valentina's has the best fish dishes and a great BBQ for the none fish lovers so check it out.
Tsilivi beach is lovely, it has great watersports and Moby Dicks on the beach is great for lunch, with its own little play park for the kids and then free sunbeds if you eat there so check there out too.
Looking forward to heading back there this year very shortly ;-) plus this year we have our two year old with us and if you have kids there is lots to do, Crazy Golf, Waterpark, Reptile house, and lots of playparks around......go visit"
- Travel date: Thu 31st of July 2008
When we (husband,teenage daughter and my...
"When we (husband,teenage daughter and myself)first arrived a woman from reception led us to our 2 bed apartment which we were dissapointed to find was on ground floor when we specifically asked would be 2nd or 3rd floor.my husband went to reception and raised this to a member of staff he was simply told 'il see what I can do'.we looked around the apartment to find it was infested with mosquitos,the door leading to the balcony was jammed,no cold water came out of the kitchen sink and the air conditioning wouldn't work.we once again raised this at reception and were told that we could move the next morning which we did! we were happy to find that this apatment was of much higher class.There was 2 lovely spacious,quiet,warm swiming pools which my daughter loved.the mini market was of standard ,good selection of sweets but not many healthy choices for me.the town is fabulous with tons of great bars,restaurants and cafes.Our favourite of which were Moby Dicks and Trenta Nova both beside beach. we would reccomend doing crazy golf,going on the jeep safari and the sunkissed cruise however I would not recomend traveling to the greek night as it takes a long time to get there and there is a fantastic one held at the resort,there is also karaoke bingo and quiz night which were good although they do not always start on time. the cleaning services were great maids very nice came everyday changed towels and bed & washed floors.there wasnt a great amount to entertain my daughter with their was a pool table and an internet which was down for 10 days out of the 2 weeks,but it didnt take long for her to make friends
overall I would say go here, give it a go we enjoyed it ,it takes time to get used to"
- Travel date: Tue 8th of July 2008
My husband and I have just returned from...
"My husband and I have just returned from the Filoxenia and we had a wonderful holiday. The accommodation was very good, with equipment for self catering in a compact area to a high standard. The staff were excellent and really friendly, from the cleaning staff through to the shop, bar, resaurant and reception. The two pools & sun terraces were cleaned and left spotless every morning, as was the apartment. We felt that sunbed mattresses though should be free and these were charged at 2euros a day each. This was not the case at other hotel pools we noticed on our walk to the beach.
The only fault was with the official hotel description of its location, "within a few moments walking from the nearest beach". The "few moments" in truth was a 3km+ walk taking around 25/30 minutes, although no hills were involved, in the heat still generating around 5.30pm the return from the beach was draining. We used a taxi especially in the second week when the temperature rose to 42c +!
The selection of Tavernas was excellent, although you needed to go back into the main Tsilivi village (20/25 minutes walk). Valentinas Castle, The Olive Tree, The Family Taverna, Athaena and Benikos were our favourites. We found the resort very clean and well kept and will certainly come back for another holiday.
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of July 2008
Great holiday. Hotel spot on couldnât...
"Great holiday. Hotel spot on couldnât fault them on anything. Resort lovely.
Enjoyed the time of year as not too busy. Weather great. Will def go back next year. Best restaurant in Tsilivi the Apollon you canât beat it.
Take a trip up to Volimies for the crafts lovely place and people even nicer up there if you can believe it. Take the water park in what a great day."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of October 2007
We had a Fantastic Holiday
"Myself and my Boyfriend spent 2 weeks ( Jul/Aug ) at the Filoxenia aprtments and thoroughly enjoyed it. Apartments were very spacious , didnt use the kitchen facilities but everything seemed to be there and very clean. Towels were changed on a daily basis
The pool was lovely and staff very friendly. We stayed at the apartment block which was away from the reception and bar area, we had no problem with noise however I would think rooms near the bar could get noisy on certain nights ( hotel side) ...
If you dont like cats you wont be able to stay at the restaurant/ bar in the hotel as they were constantly there however we walked to the town both for lunch and dinner and there are plenty of choices there...Cab journey â¬5 , horse and cart â¬10
Beach aprox 20mins from apartments but lovely walk , spotless beach only blue flag on island , â¬6 for beds for day, watersports, bars etc..
Best Bars - Traffic ( Nice owners and crowd) and Red Point ( v. friendly owners and cheap drink offers , just opened this year)
Best Restaurants - Pieros Mexican and Greek and Passage to India
Only downfall were the flights from Cork to and from with over 3 hour delays each way. Zakynthos airport is a complete nightmare , very understaffed and food ridicioulsy price ( â¬8 for sm fanta and pastry)"
- Travel date: Mon 13th of August 2007
My partner and I recently returned from...
"My partner and I recently returned from a holiday in Zakynthos. Our accommodation was the above mentioned Felixionia Hotel/apartment/studios. The studios are spotlessly clean and house keeping staff are most courteous especially if you try to exchange a few pleasantries with them. i.e. kali-may-ra(good morning) Kali-spare-a (good evening) Kale-nichta!! (good night) just the basics.!
Although the studios are usually mentioned as basic they have all of the necessary amenities except for a hairdryer! Thankfully I brought my own along with a plug in oil filter device to prevent mosquito attack! Plug it in on arrival, it will make your stay quite comfortable as opposed to venturing without. I also recommend air conditioning if the temperatures are high. Rooms are spacious and cool with big balconies but sometimes very hot!! If you go to the bar, please be advised to watch your change from the young bar man who entertains you with "magic". He goes by the name of Adonis but in actual fact his name is quite different considering he comes from Lithuania. (Adonis was in fact a Greek God) You have been warned!! Otherwise our stay was wonderful.
The walk to the beach is in fact a good 20minutes while the walk to the resort is 10 to 15 minutes depending on where you are going. Horse and cart are â¬10.00 while a taxi is â¬5.00 to and from the resort. Exiting the Hotel the resort is to your left!! Some restaurants I recommend would be Koukos a Greek restaurant and if you hit it on a Greek night you are in for a treat. Especially good also was Valentina's castle quite close to the Felixonia. The lamb from the spit in the latter is delicious and the hosts are wonderful and family friendly although we do not have children. We were so impressed with Valentinas that we returned again on two occasions. Try the house wines, they are reasonably priced and quite palatable. If hot the white is the trick with lots of water mind you.!!! Enjoy, I will return!!
P.S. rent a car, the driving is grand and the Island is magical with lots of hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Keri beach is particularly worth a visit along with the village of Volumes, the blue caves (in a small boat 2person or 6 max) Take this from one of the coves on the way to the village of St Nicholas and not the village itself. Beware of airport prices en route home so bring your own food and water. The duty free is pretty good though. Yamas
- Travel date: Sun 5th of August 2007
The apartments are lovely and are mainta...
"The apartments are lovely and are maintained well. The staff are very helpful and friendly especially Freddie the night porter and Anthony the bar man.
I had a lovely holiday there and would love to return.
However a word of warning, delays going to and from Zante airport are a nightmare.
I do not know if they have finished building the new terminal but I experienced 4 hour delay getting there and 7 on the way back.
The airport is primitive and there are not nearly enough seats. We ended up waiting outside for 3 hours. Make sure you bring a packed lunch with you as the food in the airport is horrible and costs a fortune.
Other than the actual nightmare of travelling there and back I would recommend these apartments to anyone!!"
- Travel date: Wed 11th of July 2007
"Just returned from filoxenia having spent the last week there ,I went with my family and really enjoyed it .the appartments were clean and basic but were well stocked ,the cleaner came every day so no complaints.the staff at the bar are very friendly and we attended the grrek night which was a great sucess.the complex is about 15 min walk from the town centre but it is a lovely walk in the evening passed all the olive trees and vines .i would return again to filioxenia with no hestiation."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of July 2007
4* hotel - not really!
"Disappointed. The room did not have a comfortable feel. It was very basic but clean. The lighting in the room was poor. Towels were only changed on alternate days and due to the humidity did not dry out properly. We had asked for a double room but the bed was two twin beds pushed together so there was a big gap in the middle. The water temperature in the shower varied considerably. The room temperature was also not controllable and at times was too hot and other times too cold (air conditioningwas an additional charge). We were also charged 20 euros for the safety deposit box in the room which was not refundable.
We were also disappointed by the breakfasts - on offer was variations of full english breakfast every morning with no choice of cereals, fruits or yoghurts. Everyone likes cooked brekkie but not every day for 7 days! the breakfasts were served from 9am so we could not have breakfast on the mornings that we had arranged day trips even though we had paid for them.
On the positive side - the swimming pools and surroundings were perfect. The hotel is located outside the main town but only about a 10 minute walk away and we really enjoyed this short walk in the evenings when the temperature was beautiful. It was nice to be located outside the hustle and bustle but close enough to enjoy it. Also great location for the airport - short taxi ride.
In summary - not a 4* hotel but average."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of June 2007