32 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Holiday with pleasure
"From the first moment you can feel the kindness, love and warm welcome. Your every wish come true without to wait. It's the right place to relaxe. Everything is on it's place and very clean. For toastlovers this is the right place to be mhmmm don't miss it ;)"
- Travel date: 9th July 2012
A Very nice friendly hotel..!
"Just returned from a week at the Kostas and having read mainly good reviews about the hotel we hoped they would prove to be true for our holiday..The Kostas family greeted us on arrival and whilst as other reviews have stated, yes they are very friendly especially the younger one's the older two gents who i presume are the father and grandfather dont really mingle or say a lot to the guests. This is an efficiently run hotel and the rooms are clean and are kept so all week by the hard working cleaners.I must stress if you get the option choose a room from the new building rather than the old one's we were in as the showers are not great and our toilet flush did just about function. Friends we met were in the new building and were impressed. I dont think i have ever been to a hotel with so many friendly guests and we made numerous friends during the week,many were returning guests who come to the Kosta's every year which speaks for itself really. A large beer at the bar is 3 euros and shorts are 5 euros. If you like a cocktail then its 6 euros. The barbecue night on wednesdays is 10 euros and the food was cracking and plentiful. Polychrono itself is a nice resort but mainly restaurants rather than Bars. We had some nice meals but by far the best is the Garden Restaurant on the sea front. If you are really hungry and like your british food then head for the Cockney cafe and bar where the portions are huge. The beach although very pretty is not the best and all stones and large rocks make going for a swim a little tricky as you have to watch your feet..( beach shoes required)..Also they were huge amounts of what look like jelly fish floating everywhere which again spoilt it. Back to the hotel only one negative and that was wasps,they seemed to be attracted to the pool area and there were large amounts of them buzzing around and in the pool where they had to be hooked out with a net. Would i go back .. Maybe not as i like somewhere different every year but we had a good time and i would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going to book and go for it. We travelled with Thomson for the first time in ages as we got a very good deal for this hotel but chose not to go on any of ther excursions due to the rip off prices. Most of the trips they offer you can book in town at several places at a much lower price. "
- Travel date: 26th June 2012
lovely holiday on a budget ! ************
"Great location,away from beach and bars,but close enough just a short stroll across main road and then everything you need is on the way down to the beach eg.supermarkets,bakery,shops,bars and restaurants 5-10 mins.Lovely pizza place on sea front, would walk for pizza cooked while you wait and then take back to eat with salad in apartment alfresco! was still hot when you got back,thats how close everything was.Hotel basic but very friendly family run place and now the best bit- kept lovely and clean!You can get food at the bar and what we had was ok ,breakfast was good.Happy hour early evening so got quite a taste for local beer Mythos first time i've drunk pints!Was good value as my friend and i plus two 12 year olds got a late availability deal as it was an extra hol and hoping to do same again this year. Will DEFINATELY be looking at going to the Royal Kostas AGAIN.Just one fault beach not very wide so a bit cramped but if you pick your time not a problem-all in all really enjoyed ourselves and would/will go again ****************"
- Travel date: 26th June 2012
"We have just returned from 2 weeks at Royal Kostas. Everything about it was simply perfect! Kostas is a wonderful man who, along with his staff, can't do enough for his guests. The cleaners came in every day, they even folded my clothes for me, and the room was always spotlessly clean when they left. They went out of their way to talk in English and be friendly. The pool was thoroughly cleaned every evening. The bar staff were brilliant. Never had to wait long for a drink, and always served with a smile. We loved every minute of it and can't wait to go back again soon. Would highly recommend it."
- Travel date: 12th October 2011
"just returned from royle kostas and just had to say what a lovely time we had. apartments lovely nice famly run place pool lovely not big but enough for us all ways sun beds.polychrono a lovely little town with all that you need on the door step could not fault the place.also all english in apartments if that is what you like. would go back but thomson have cancelled flights from newcastle which is a shame. "
- Travel date: 25th August 2011
real chill holiday
"just returned from 2 weeks at the royal kosta late booking with thomsons. In the new block spotless clean Maria and Kosta were there to welcome you and took you to your appartment. The bar area isnt very big and the snacks very basic beer and wine very reasonably priced loads of tavernas just over the road and a fantastic bakery with all kinds of food again very reasonably priced a supermarket next door we found a bit cheeper than the one on the main path. look out for the 2 little white dogs, they visit each morning for breakfast they also run off with your clothes and towels on the front rail of the appartment on the ground floor but are very timid and cute. The beach a bit shaily you can use the sun beds all day for the price of a drink hot or cold usually about 4euros great value would return again "
- Travel date: 13th July 2011
"Have just come back from 2 weeks at the Royal Kostas. The rooms are excellent, i think the block we were in were fairly new. There are some little dogs that roam around very friendly and do like a some left overs now and agian. Kostas the owner can come across quite grumpy maybe a little rude, but i think its just that his english is not that great, think he is quite a joker really.If you go as a few groups all put together for a saftey deposit box, they cost 10 euros a week and we asked if me and my mum (been in diffrent rooms) could share which they did not allow. so dont tell them your sharing. polychrono is a lovely little town, with lots of nice shops, taverns and bakerys. There is an icecream bar along the front which is called ice Theropy, excellent service and great choice of icecream, my daughter (4) loved it. The cockney cafe is a great place to eat, very reasonable in price and very friendly staff, the belly buster breakfast is well worth ago and at 7 euros its worth the money. If you decided to go to hanioti, which is a very nice town the bus stop is not the one you think it is going to be, it is just another 2 mins up the road there is a sign on it telling you, but we were not sure how old this notice was so ignored it but were wrong to. just walk a little further up the road and its there. There was myself 27, my partner 39, my daughter 4, my mum 49 and my dad 50. all enjoyed this place soit does caters for all ages. One more thing, we hired a car and travelled around the island, would strongley recomend there are some lovely places along each side of the island."
- Travel date: 28th June 2011
"Just got back from the royal kostas apartments. I travelled with my family of wife and 2 children for one week. We didnt know what to expect as we only booked it a couple of weeks before hand and never visited mainland greece before. We really enjoyed our days relaxing around the pool and having nice meals on a evening in polochrono centre. The apartments are spacious and clean the pool area is also very clean and the sun beds are to a good standard. The Kosta family are really welcoming and very freindly and were always fussing my kids. The rapour around the bar and pool was great and I must thank most of the travellers for acknolidging my kids and fussing them as they were the only kids in and around the hotel that week ( George, carol..... counciller Brain of the westerhope ward and liz... and every one else)I must say we all enjoyed our week there.. If your looking for a relaxing week in a nice resort with an abundance of quility restaurants (kepetanios was our favourite)this may be the place for you.... (mind the conckney cafe was not to my liking food was bland but thats only my opionion as we only tried it once)the wednesday night BBQ at the kostas is also a must... Enjoy"
- Travel date: 22nd June 2011
"We booked this holiday as a late deal when other plans fell through. Overall we thought this was a great value deal. The appartments in the new block were new, modern and extremely clean.The balcony overlooked a small paddock lined by olive trees with a plough in it. There is a bit of noise from the traffic,but that was counteracted by a local guy occasionally playing the Greek guitar. Charming. They are the other side of a fairly busy rd but this was not a problem in Sept. Maria and Kostas were efficient hosts, who left you alone if that's what you wanted or socialised if you preferred. Pools were clean, on the small side if you want to swim loads, but hey, there is a beach down the road. The resort itself was clean with some good resturants. Nice not to be charged for sunbeds if you buy a drink at the relevant bar. Afitos is a lovely town to visit if you want a day out. Overall, whilst not the prettiest Greek destination I have been to, it was great value and we were pleased with our last minute break."
- Travel date: 1st October 2010
"Stayed at Royal Kostas 30th Aug - 6th Sept 2010 and were totally dissapointed with the apartments and the resort. Having read good reviews before going i wasnt too worried but it was a total let down. On arrival we were checked in from the side of the pool coz "reception" is just a converted broom cupboard. The "superior" studio was clean but dull with no colour,a bright picture on the wall could have cheered it up a bit....TV (but may as well not have it coz only local channels)....only one bedside table....no chair at all in the room so either sit on the bed or go on the balcony....A two ring portable stove and a fridge is the kitchen....a toaster would have been nice.... Bathroom ok though no hook for the shower...(a struggle to wash your hair to say the least)..... Only had change of towels and bedding once.....!! They do this on Mon and Thursdays. Air con was a really good system controlled by remote...very effective. The balconys have no privacy at all and no views....we were in the new block and our outlook was a field full of weeds and a disused tractor......you could hear the traffic from the busy main road and local dogs constantly barking.... The pools were far too small for the amount of people housed in these apartments....we had a look and didnt even bother using the pool once.....theres not enough loungers anyway and they are all closely packed together. The bar,although reasonably priced, had no atmosphere or entertainment. (3 euros a pint of beer,4 euros a short) A weekly barbeque and quiz is held ....10 euro each....not really worth it considering the local restaurants have good meals at reasonable prices. The town and the beach are a disgrace.....you cant stroll around the town coz of cars and motorbikes constantly behind you and parts of the pavements missing. There is lots of graffiti and litter and no one has smiles on their faces.....We found out Polycrono is known as the "miserable village"....How true....!! We found the best places to eat were Georges and Tulips. It is really best to get out and see the other towns which are slightly better....but dont rely on the local buses....they just turn up randonly every couple of hrs... I wouldnt recommend the "Sunsail" trip....we paid 48 euros each for this from the rep and feel we were misadvised....First you stop at a horrible shingle beach for an hour then back on the boat for lunch....(a burger with tomatoe,cucumber and a spoonful of cold rice).....oh and a choice of drink 1/2 a plastic cup of orange cordial or 1/2 plastic cup of wine......Then on to Turtle Island .....infested by wasps....we werent told beforehand that you dont get off on land .....you have the choice to jump off in 20ft deep water or stay on the boat.....so would not recommend this trip. Maybe we have been spoiled with the previous holidays we have taken (including many to Greece)....but this has got to be the worst place i have ever been to....!!! Would not recommend Royal Kostas to anyone.......and wouldnt recommend Polycrono.....Best just to avoid this "miserable" place...."
- Travel date: 7th September 2010
Excellent accomodation and exceptional value for money
"We booked the superior studio rooms on a last minute deal with Thomsons. Having read various reviews (the majority of which were very positive) we were intrigued to see what we would find. We were shown straight to our rooms by Maria and were amazed at the quality of what we found. The rooms are large with modern fittings and even a flat screen TV (local channels only)and they were exceptionally clean and kept that way throughout our 2 week stay. All the public areas were thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis and Kostas obviously takes great pride in his establishment. We did not find the bar expensive but did suggest they put on a wider range of bar snacks as these were good value. We have been to Greece and its Islands many times and without doubt this is the best accomodation we have stayed in. Polychrono itself has a nice beach and plenty of Tavernas. We ate out everynight and did not have 1 bad meal. The average cost for 5 of us was around 10 euro a head which included soft drinks and a litre of local wine. We would highly recommend the Royal Kostas and Polychrono."
- Travel date: 3rd August 2010
Great time at the Royal Kostal
"We have just got home from our 2 week stay in the royal Kostas, and we had a great time. The appartments are lovely, cleaned every day apart from Sunday. The owner "Kostas" is lovely and very funny, any problems and he and Marie sort it out straight away. We had the bar-b-que on both weeks of our stay, i dont eat meat, and kostas cooked me a fish specially , which i thought was really nice of him. The children are 5, and 9 and they loved it in the pool, cleaned every day by Alex,who was also very nice man. The beach is nice, alot of shingle, the sea is so clear, warm and lovely to swim in. I would holiday again at the Royal Kostas, and i hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Enjoy xx"
- Travel date: 2nd June 2010
Top traveller tips for Royal Hotel and Suites
"warm welcome, kindness"
"Take mosquitto repelant for the evenings/nights"
"boat trip around the peninsula"
"Hire a car, well worth it for the views from the top of the mountins"
"Brilliant value for money"
"Traditional Greek holiday"
"you cant do better than johns english cafe the meals are more than we could handle"
"all beachfront restaurants very welcomming and great with children of all ages "
"a very quiet area great for families and couples too"
"nicest restaurants on the seafront."
"A great budget holiday where the accommodation in the new block was first class"
"Kleathis on the front, lovely with children, made you feel very welcome."
"The town its self has everything you need shops bars ectra did i mention bar :) actually coming to s"
Royal Hotel and Suites is also called
- Royal Kostas Apartments
- kostas hotel polichrono