from North Shields, United Kingdom
Submitted on 09-30-2016
Arrived at the Olive Gardens on the 15th September in a party of 8 for a 2 week AI stay. My past reviews have been fairly concise, but I warn you, this one will drag on for a bit as there is a lot to say about this hotel, not all of it good I'm afraid. Arrived at 23.30 at night only to be told that our 4 rooms that we had booked is now only 3 and my wife and myself would have to stay in a nearby hotel for the night, which after receiving 3 E Mails from the hotel saying the the rooms were there, ...
Arrived at the Olive Gardens on the 15th September in a party of 8 for a 2 week AI stay. My past reviews have been fairly concise, but I warn you, this one will drag on for a bit as there is a lot to say about this hotel, not all of it good I'm afraid. Arrived at 23.30 at night only to be told that our 4 rooms that we had booked is now only 3 and my wife and myself would have to stay in a nearby hotel for the night, which after receiving 3 E Mails from the hotel saying the the rooms were there, and were indeed, all together was a wholly unacceptable thing to happen. All the staff on Reception didn't seem to be able or willing to rectify this, so we were forced to ‚??bunk up‚?? on our friends sofa bed for the night. Moving ahead of myself, I had cause to demand (as merely asking appears to get you nowhere) a meeting with the manager to discuss this and other problems we had experienced. This took place on day 3, and his apologies were accepted and a meal at the nearby sister hotel ‚??The Eagles Nest‚?? in Pefkos was offered, accepted and devoured. I feel it would be best to bullet point the pros and cons of this hotel, and I'm afraid latter takes the prize.
The rooms are clean (to a fashion). The bedding and the towels are changed daily, and our double bed was comfortable, although the rest of our party thought their 2 singles were awful (possibly a con...apologies !)
The breakfast was acceptable, cereals, continental, hot food resembling a full English. Nice breads, and plenty jams. Please water the orange down as it so strong as to take the paint off the walls. Beware though !, the water is the middle pump on the barrel between the red and white wines, so I appeared too all to look like some early morning drunk ! It was water....I promise.
The girls doing the entertainment are good singers, but an Adele tribute night, A Soul Sister night, and an Abba night are a bit 70's clubland. There is a Greek night but we missed it due to a it being rained off first week, and conflicting with a bigger and much better Greek night in the nearby village of Lardos (do it..its fun)
Lunch is ok...not a huge choice, as is Dinner. If you don't like Pork then you are denying yourself 25% of the menu...its on all the time.
The main pool is medium size, and the pool bar is tends only to have 1 member of staff on, thus making it a tedious wait for drinks at times. Perhaps worth mentioning that the bar stock would improve a lot if a certain barman didn't seem to drink half of it for himself.
The ‚??quiet‚?? pool is serves by another bar, which the management have deemed it necessary to turn into self service from 31/8/16, thus meaning that the restriction is to beer, pop, and tea and coffee. The hotel do insist that this is checked every hour by staff to make sure that it fully replenished and clean. Now fort the bad stuff...this is not true. The bar runs out all the time, the wine is cloudy, there is no ice, and the ‚??staff side‚?? of the bar is quite frankly filthy. A couple that had retired from the licencing trade took it upon them selves to clean this area through the day. For paying guests to have to do this is appalling, and should not happen. The Pool area itself is run down, broken and filthy chairs, and old sun beds randomly thrown into nearby unkempt bushes
Volley ball court...its a net surrounded by the surface of the moon. !
There was an ornate pond with fountain ‚?¶..empty !
There is nothing on the local beach apart from 1 supermarket and 1 restaurant.
Lardos nearby is nice enough, few bars and restaurants. Pefkos has a lot more to do, and further afield you have Lindos which is very pretty, and I recommend you go there at night. Gets you away from the pork and the screaming barman at least !
I mentioned earlier about the meeting with the manager. He did tell me that the new owners had a 5 five year plan to upgrade the hotel to a 4*, and he did seem to be really genuine about this. But to quote him. He likened himself to a football manager with no transfer kitty. So, in other words, make it better but were not giving you any money to do it with. He also told me that he was short of staff, hence the bar having to close, and that the staff he had , he had inherited, and again I quote him....‚??they were not professional‚??.
A quick word for the Ma√ģtre D'.... a nice man that appears to work hard...albeit with no staff.
I sincerley hope that the ‚??5 year plan‚?? works....but quite frankly I cant see it. If Duncan Bannatyne stayed here I'm sure his final words would be ‚?¶.‚??I wont be investing and I'm out !‚??...