10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
best hotel in hanioti
"i have been to hanioti 11 times and stayed in many hotels and i can honestly say this is one of the best, hotel location is exellent just a 5 min walk to town centre and the beach and all amities are close by. Sakis and Vicky and the nicest people i have ever met they can not do enough for you., the entertainment of an evening is great fun they get evrey body involved in quiz ,karoke and lots more. The rooms are clean and tidy and a good size. I will deffenetly be returning to Hanioti and this hotel. Sakis and Vicky thank you for making my holiday....."
- Travel date: 9th July 2009
I cannot agree
"I have recently returned from our wonderful holiday at Tropical Hotel. We have been to Hanioti before and stayed at the same hotel because of the friendly and warm welcome from the family and staff. I am not sure if Miska from Skopia was staying at the same time as we were,but we have never had any of the problems stated in her review. I have severe walking difficulties,and find the walk to the beach ok.It is only a few minutes walk. 5 at the most. All the rooms have double glazing,and if you have air conditioning,the windows need to be closed. If they are closed,there is no noise. I would strongly recommend this hotel to other people and have done in the past. Thank you Sakis and Vicky for yet another wonderful stay,and we look forward to seeing you again very soon."
- Travel date: 3rd July 2009
We returned very tired and unhappy
"Dislike: 1.We got room looking on the main road, in front of our balcony and it was very , very noisy all the time, day and night, nightmare. We asked to be moved to other side rooms, and we were denied even there where empty rooms , because we discussed with the other from our group - the man- owner from the reception tried to smile all the time but didnt do anything good for the costumers. Even the women - owner the hotel - have a very strong voice and speak all the time , no matter the time of the day. Everybody when listen her , especialy when she served the food to the dinner, even the meal was bufee type, my appetit dissapear. 2.Hotel is on the top of Hanioti, far away to the beach, around 500m - bad possition of the hotel . 3.Food is good , but almost the same every day (cheap salami, cheese,spaghetti, pork meat, potatoes, salad, chemical orange juice ....is better to offer just water is more healthy).There are no fruits served, no ice cream, no cakes, no drinks.... 4. There is a small kitchen in the room, but stoves are disconnected from power for costumers. I disscused with the man - owner- from the reception to open it and he asked me to pay extramoney for this. I dont understand why , to have something in my room unfunctional. He wish also extramoney for conditionate air , even i asked before to the travel agency if I will have in my room conditionate air free of charge and they told me yes. Also another condition, if you have to use the swimming pool you had to consume something from the bar even you are not thirsty. Bad organization and in my opinion the owners wish ...JUST profit. They can do everything ,LESS tourism. Like: 1. Nice rooms, nice and big balcony even a bad possition - in front of main road . 2. Warm water all the time."
- Travel date: 21st June 2009
Far away, very noisy , bad location, same meals every day
"Dislike: 1.We got room with look on the high road and it was very noisy all the time, day and night, nightmare. We asked to be moved to other side rooms, and we were denied even there where empty rooms and we had small kid.The explanation was these rooms are for any case if someone come straight, but most of the clients that came through tour operators can have only noisy rooms. 2.Hotel is on the top of Hanioti,just next to main road of Halkidiki, and it is about 500 meters from the center and nearest beach, not 300m as they say. 3.Food is nice and delicious, but almost the same every day(salami, cheese,spaghetti, pork meet, potatoes).There are no fruits served, no ice cream, no drinks....Also,half board arrangement our tour operator Iguana Tours - Skopje sold to us as Swed table which is ridiculous. 4. There is like small kitchen in the room, but stoves are disconnected from power for people who are on Half Board,and it is prohibited to use them.Only self catered arrangements can use stoves on rooms. Like: 1. Fair nice, clean rooms, nice entrance,but only top flour which is newest. 2. Warm water all the time."
- Travel date: 15th June 2009
restful holiday at the tropical
"sakis and his wife vicky made us very welcome from the very start of our holiday, this is our first visit to hanioti there were some building work going on round the corner but this did not trouble us at the tropical , you always get some work going on somewere. the hotel was clean and the food well cooked [hot] the bar is well stocked with drinks for every taste, hanioti the square is the main thing all resturants and bars are here but we found a resturant called stone,s we liked this one very much."
- Travel date: 20th May 2009
Fun & Lively
"After reading some of the negative reviews on this site & on others I was quite nervous about our week in the Tropical. This was not our first time to Hanioti but our first time in the Tropical. I have to say I found the hotel and the staff at the Tropical to be great. This is a lively hotel and every effort is made to ensure you have a fun enjoyable stay. Anastasio (barman) is hilarious and keeps you entertained - the themed nights are great fun (although I have to say if we were asked to join in the Greek night once - we were asked a thousand times!!) Rooms are kept clean and everything about our room screamed typical Greece - Basic but very clean - we had an extremely pleasant stay! If you are looking for a lively holiday with the chance to laze by the pool all day and have a few drinks and a bit of a party of an evening then this is the place for you. If you want a very quiet & peaceful atmosphere of an evening then I'd maybe reconsider."
- Travel date: 29th July 2008
"Stayed here for a week as part of a package deal. Our room was on the ground floor, just past reception (Room 111). First impressions weren't bad - room was large and very clean. Main problem was the balcony which overlooked the major road in and out of Hanioti - it was like the M25! The noise was incredible and there was no way you could sit out there for a quiet breakfast or evening drink. We asked to be moved, and were offered the room directly below ours on the basement level which we didn't take. So, we accepted we couldn't use the balcony - not that big a deal. The worst was yet to come! That night, exhausted from having travelled all day, we settled in for an early night. Got back to the hotel around 11pm and could hear the noise when we approached the hotel. It was '60's & 70's Night'. Imagine the most dodgy music from the 60's - 90's being played as loudly as possible.........the reception area was full of people and it was like a nightclub! Our room was only 2 doors away - there was an inadequate soundproof door partitioning the reception area from the corridor, but the music could be heard loud and clear. This went on until 3am, with people shouting and screaming, banging doors and running up and down the corridor till 4am. So, thought it might be a one - off..........no, it wasn't!! They had a kareoke night planned!! So, we endured another night of noise and just couldn't take it anymore. We complained to our Rep, who initially said there were no rooms available in our hotel or any other as it was peak season. When I told her I'd seen a sign outside advertising rooms to rent, she said she'd try again. 10mins later the Rep told us they had a room on the top floor which had just been refurbished and would we like that?!!! So, we moved all our stuff out to the top floor and had a great room, with a sea view and we couldn't hear the noise - result!! If you're into late, boozy nights and noise doesn't bother you, and you want to mix with the other holiday makers in the hotel, then this is the place for you. If you want a quiet, independant break where you're not continually hassled into joining in the theme nights that the hotel organise, then don't stay here!"
- Travel date: 1st July 2008
Loved every minute of it
"The hotel was fantastic, very clean, the cleaners came round everyday. The peope who worked there are very friendly and the things they do at night are great. The pool is very clean and veyr big. It is only about 5 minutes walk into the centre of Hanioti Would reccommend this hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: 5th September 2007
loved the insects swimming in the pool every morning - tastefull too
"We did sent a friend to check the room because we had our two 5 year old children coming along. He was shown a 2 room suite with a couch that could also become a bed. When we got there we where placed in a single room and the small couch could barely accommodate one 5 year old child. All this at the same price agreed for the suite. The sheets where changed once a week. That is fair since they had holes after all this washing but I do believe that if they become filthy they should be changed before the week goes by. We did find the same dirty towels that we used for two days and placed on the floor hopping for some new ones, well placed at the bath with all the dirt on them. The pool was full of insects swimming before us, every morning. I had to take them out of the pool myself so that the children would not eat them. The bottom of the full was really full of insects and dirt. Finally, at check out we where charged with an extra of 3% just for paying by credit card. It has been the worst hotel I have stayed over the last 10 years I have been traveling around the world. Hanioti though is an excellent place to stay to. There are some really nice places to go for swimming."
- Travel date: 22nd August 2007
okay...but not great
"We stayed at these apartments for two weeks on the basis of some reviews we had read elsewhere and the price. I think it's important people should realise Hanioti is not a traditional Greek village with tavernas and kafeneons and interesting things to see. It is a purpose built resort centre with low rise hotels and apartment blocks, a pleasant if somewhat crowded beach, watersports and very little else. All of the restaurants are of the 'international' kind with a few exceptions.There is no harbour here to sit around, no old men with their worry beads, no old ladies dressed in black, in fact very little Greek atmosphere at all. Many of the workers are Russian, Romanian and Lithuanian and many of the bars are English style with karaoke. Having said that, if sun and relative quiet with familiar food is your thing, you may well have a good time. The town itself is all built on the level, so no problem for folks with walking difficulties, and is relatively small, so you can't get lost. The shops seem to be of a slightly better quality than the usual tourist junk, and not too many of them. There is a cosmopolitan atmosphere as the town attracts tourists from many eastern block countries, Scandinavia, as well as England, Germany and Greece. Overall, this is ideally suited for families and couples and not party animals as there are virtually no clubs here at the time of writing.The main centre of activity is based around the square with its selection of restaurants and bars, all of them pretty much of a muchness, and none of them have the 'wow' element. Also, since the great fire when 70 thousand acres of trees were destroyed, the surrounding backdrop has lost much of its natural beauty. The Tropical Hotel is in fact a block of 42 self catering apartments set just outside the main area. Very convenient for the beach and town centre, but adjacent to the very busy main road, so if your room is on this side, you WILL experience traffic noise. We were lucky and had a ground floor room poolside which meant we could nip over the wall of the balcony as a short cut. Our room was totally adequate for our needs, comfortably furnished, clean, nice shower cubicle (in Greece?),serviced every day but not enough utensils if you intend to cook. We didn't. There is a t.v, electric kettle and toaster. The two single beds pushed together we found very spacious and comfortable. If we were to return we would request this room. The hotel is run by Sakis, his sister Vicky, and his fiance Vicky. Initially the welcome is warm and friendly and the crazy barman Anastasio welcomes everyone with gusto. The problem we found was you tend to be pestered into supporting their karaoke nights, BBQ, quiz nights etc. Almost every day we were asked where we were going, what are you doing tonight, and where are you eating. Sakis' parents have the Tropicana restaurant in the square, and you are expected to eat there. We did, twice, and it was ok but nothing brilliant. We felt under constant pressure to spend our time and money in the hotel bar, which must be among the dearest in town. If you went your own way, the mood changed towards you, and the smiles became a bit fixed. All the management are quite young and they have yet to master the art of sincerity.Sakis and Anastasio are prone to having late night drinking sessions with the 'highrollers' until the very early hours, and a word of warning for single young women staying here, when the booze has kicked in, you may be the subject of some unwelcome advances and late night knocks on your door.The fiance seems to be unaware of this particular activity. Everything seems to be top dollar here, from the bar, the pool bar snacks and ice lollies at 2 euros. Even the exchange rate is the poorest in town. We enjoyed the Greek BBQ night, at 15 euros a ticket plus drinks it was not cheap, but enjoyable. Wine is 15euros a bottle. Would we stay here again? Yes we would, now we know what to expect as overall we enjoyed ourselves, and we met some really nice people. We would want the same room because we would use our patio doors as our route, thus avoiding the reception and bar areas and all the questions and hassle. RECOMMENDATIONS:- Erodios restaurant. Lovely food, friendly service, comparative value for money. The Hot Goblin Spud Bar. The best English breakfast in town.They will do almost anything you want for breakfast including black pudding. Good value for money and a great cup of tea. The Natura natural product shop. Nice gifts and the best for exchanging money. 3 euros per Â£100 more than the hotel. Kostas fast food. Good souvlaki, gyros etc. and the cheapest beer anywhere in town. The Horseshoe pub. Really friendly owner Nick, and Taffy the mad Welshman. All drinks , cocktails and snacks very reasonable prices.Friendly customers because Nick wouldn't have it any other way. If you ask him, he will take you out for 2 or 3 hours in his car to some other villages. Nick is Greek and knows the area. This was our first trip to the mainland and it is completely different to the islands, which we prefer. All of the sightseeing trips are quite expensive because of the distances you have to travel, and involve quite long days. Car hire can also be expensive for the same reason. Maybe one day we will return, but not yet."
- Travel date: 29th June 2007
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