After a friendly welcome and swift check-in we were pointed in the direction of our room. We were on the second floor and as there was no lift my hubby lugged 2 large suitcases up the marble staircase. This was the one and only negative (if you can call it that) of the Venus.
I'd requested a double bed by e-mail and that's what we got, along with a dressing table, 2 bedside cabinets, a huge wardrobe with plenty of drawers and a TV. A hairdryer and tea making facilities were also supplied. We had a smallish balcony with table and 2 chairs and we looked inwards towards the garden.
The bathroom was well decorated with a bath and over-bath shower.
We had to pay extra for the air conditioning, safe and fridge as we booked through an agent rather than direct with the hotel (we already knew this before hand).
Daily maid service was excellent. Clean towels every day and bed sheets every 3 days.
The pool was of average size with plenty of sun loungers available in the sun and under a nice shady area. You had to pay 6 Euro a week for the mattresses.
We regularly purchased lunch from the pool snack bar and the menu was really varied and the food delicious. The bar was well stocked and the drinks prices were the same as a lot of the bars in the resort.
The reception/bar area was large and airy and the hotel put on a variety of entertainment during the fortnight eg live singer, quizzes and bingo.
The Venus's location was spot on- just down a side street which led to the beach but not far from the main road which was lined with bars and restaurants.
If we were to visit Zante again, I would definitely stay in this hotel again.
I can highly recommend it, along with the loads of return visitors that frequent the place.
All public areas are kept spotlessly clean, and everything is well maintained. The rooms are a reasonable size, and there is plenty of cupboard and drawer space. Sheets and towels are changed regularly and there is a daily maid service. If booked through the tour operator then you have to pay extra for air con, safe and fridge, but if booked independently these are included in the price.
The pool area is immaculate with plenty of shade if needed. There is a charge of 7.50 Euro a week for mattresses for the sunbeds which are plentiful.
For Greece the breakfast is excellent, with bacon, sausages, eggs, pancakes, continental meat, cheese and olives. Food at the snack bar is varied, and is served quickly. The bar is well stocked, and for a hotel, prices are competitive.
There is occasional evening entertainment, quizzes, bingo and BBQ night.
We found the Venus to be excellent value for money.
The staff in the hotel work hard and this is reflected in cleanliness. They are a great credit to Nick
There is a huge choice at breakfast and the staff are always so cheerful. The food at the snack bar is reasonably priced and delicious.
The bar is where most people start and finish off the evening so friendships are made here and the atmosphere is great, as well and the fabulous cocktails. Donna and Spiro should be on stage with their double act!!
Looking forward to going back
Travel operator: Independant
The pool was nice, if a little cold in May!! Food was nice and reasonably priced at the hotel snack bar. There was always plenty of sunbeds, annoyingly though you have to pay a euro for each "sunbed mattress" that are quite clearly not new anymore!
The breakfast food and room were both very nice. Lots of food available and always being topped up.
The rooms in the hotel were very small and cramped and the balcony was also very small.
As a young(ish) couple i'd say we were a bit out of place here, the other people staying at the Venus were either older couples or families.
Wouldn't return for any special reason other than a cracking deal in price if there ever was one. Lots of hotels in Kalamaki appeared to be just as nice as the Venus.
Pleasent enough stay though.
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
We thoughly enjoyed ourselves, hotel more central that previous stay at Bitzaro Palace.
We will certainly go direct again.
All staff we helpful, sheerful, even in that heat.
Travel operator: direct booking
Travel operator: private
Travel operator: booked direct with hotel
Nike and the rest of the team are there for you and try to solve any problems you may have. We only had to ask about changing our room due to the postion it was in and we were given another room else where in the hotel.
Breakfast is very basic but you can buy a full english breakfast for 4 euro and still have the other as well.
We would come back to this hotel when we can get some cheap flights.
Travel operator: direct booking
We have now become Club members which entitles us to 10% off purchases and booking.
We had a triple room which was big enough for us as our daughter is only 8. Cleaner was in daily doing a great job. She always arranged: nightware, pillows and my daughters dolls differently each day much to her delight. There were more towels than you could shake a stick at.
Hotel staff were great. Poor Maria at the pool snack bar keep us fed and watered - not an easy feat as there was 7 of us altogher.
Nick & the reception team were brilliant as were Donna and Danny on the bar.
Travel operator: Direct
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