The Roseland looks more like a grand Mediterranean villa than a hotel. A laid-back pool sits out back, overlooked by the arched balconies of the spacious rooms. It's all tucked away in a quiet corner of Kalamaki, close to the sandy beach.
This family-run hotel has a real Mediterranean feel to it. Spanish-style arches shade white-painted balconies, and the gardens are flecked with colourful plants. The hub of the hotel is the freshwater swimming pool, which has a separate shallow area for children. Bordering the pool is a tiled sun terrace, and tucked into a quiet corner is an outdoor whirlpool bath.
Rooms are spacious and simply decorated with light-grey tiled floors and whitewashed walls. All rooms have balconies that overlook the gardens or the pool.
A breakfast buffet is laid on each morning in the main restaurant, and includes fresh fruit, yoghurts, breads and cheeses, as well as a cooked breakfast. A poolside bar serves drinks and snacks during the day.
Kalamaki Beach is an easy 5-minute walk away, and the sands here are home to nesting loggerhead turtles. The bars and tavernas in Kalamaki’s centre are also around 5 minutes’ walk away.
For your evening meal, with traditional Greek favourites and international dishes. If you're staying bed and breakfast, a visit here will be charged. Just to let you know à la carte dining is available until 31st October 2015.
We have just come back from a wonderful holiday at the Roseland. It is in a good location short walk to beach and main road with bars and shops. The staff are so friendly and helpful. The rooms are very clean, maids in to clean everyday. The pool area is nice not a problem getting a sunbed. Breakfast is good everything that you need. We stayed half board, the food was good however on a couple of evenings we did eat out because there where many lovely places to eat. It was our son's birthday while we were there and they arranged a lovely cake to be delivered for him. Very well run hotel with a lovely family feel to it.More
TRACY117, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last year at the Roseland such a shame.
this HAS BEEN a wonderful, basic but clean, B&B hotel which we have been to each May for the last couple of years, and would love to visit again for many Mays to come, when the weather is hot enough to relax and get a good tan after the winter ( actual visits to Zakynthos, to give it it's proper Greek name, are 6 or 7 in May) without actually frying, and the resort is quiet enough to suit us early 60 somethings,AND we have seen the turtles coming in to the bay to warm up their eggs each year. HOWEVER this lovely small hotel is going AI next year (and it IS, already checked prices etc which have JUMPED of course.) NOT our thing, and many guests who have been coming for years feel the same. Why are they doing it?? AI guests want constant drinks, ice creams, food, massive pools and entertainment programmes, and judging by the price hike next May, the Roseland will have to produce it. But it's so small!! where will they put the playground, waterpark, games room, football pitch, bigger restaurant, etc?? If they cannot produce that, the clientele who want all-inclusive(yuk) will not return. What a shame. And the previously excellent food is apparently going to be brought in. Why didn't the owners ditch Thomson and go independent??? i'm sure most loyal clients who have returned for years would book direct - the airport is only 5 mins away, you could walk it!!! As it is, sorry next year we are looking at Louros beach, just down the road, still B and B and good reviews.More
Sue D, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Nice hotel but won't be back
Firstly, anyone who has never stayed in 3 stars in Greece should be prepared. 3 stars in Greece is 2 stars anywhere else. That doesn't mean it's terrible by any means but what you get is basic compared to hotels elsewhere in Europe.
The rooms are simple, the beds are terrible though. Metal framed folding doubles which invariably form a ridge in the middle. Great only if you fancy a spot of hill climbing to get to your missus for a spot of holiday indoor sports after lights out. The bathrooms are adequate with a shower over bath.
The maids work very hard and rooms are cleaned every day, fresh towels and bedding every 3.
Be aware that if you want aircon, a safe and fridge you will be charged extra. Having all three costs 90 euros for 2 weeks. Wifi is even more expensive with them trying to charge 3 Euros for 30 mins. Fortunately, my wife managed to get 3 devices with unlimited access for 30 euros. (You get 169 hours allotted and need to log on and off as you need it. We didn't use much but my 8 year old daughter likes to watch Youtube videos at bedtime so she used a bit more.) Wifi was strong all round the pool, bar, reception and eating areas and also in our room, which was ground floor and mid pool.
We'd specifically requested by email months earlier for a overlooking the pool but were placed on the ground floor which isn't great, your balcony/terrace is slightly lower than the pool and your view is of the back of sunbeds so not the greatest (105) but as we only really slept in the room it wasn't a problem. There's also a 14 inch CRT portable TV circa 1995 on the wall.
The pool is spotlessly kept and maintained (as are the small grounds of the hotel) but is rather small and could get busy at times. People who leave usually leave any inflatables by the wall opposite the hotel and kids can just use them with no problem. The hotel culls them when they get too plantiful. About half the pool is shallow end so kids can play quite happily and safely, though they did have to suffer the ifrequent nterruption of a miserable middle aged baldy and his missus who, when not furiously clutching his lilo in case any child might try and use it, would then decide to play bat and ball in the shallow end. There's a small toddler pool attached to the main pool and a few steps away there's a same temperature as the other pools tub.
Sunbeds are never a problem and although you do get people putting towels on better located ones from 7.30, there are always plenty and you are never more then a few steps from the pool.
Breakfast is a basic buffet affair but more than adequate. I can't see why anyone could have any complaints about it. Scrambled eggs, baked beans, sausages (yes those mini hot dog ones that you get in Greece :-),) and bacon (Yes, that limp stuff that you get in Greece:-)) - the scrambled are switched to fried some days and the sausage for sliced chorizo. There's ham, cheeses, tomato, peppers etc, toast, bread, butter, jams and spreads, pastries, cakes, greek youghurt, fruits, watermelon etc, juice, tea, coffee, cereals. It's help yourself and as much as you want. Yes, it's buffet style but never a bun fight and it's a great time to say morning to people and get to meet your fellow guests.
The snack bar, a step away from the pool area, is open from 10 till 10 and does a good selection of stuff from toasted sandwiches to more substatial fare. We ate there every day apart from a couple when we were off in a car and it was good value and good quality. The two young ladies running it do a great job.
We didn't eat in the restaurant of an evening but several guests we chatted had a few times and said the food was very good and great value. We were a little disappointed to learn that they no longer do a Greek night on a Saturday. Guests who had stayed there previously said they were great fun and were also disappointed.
All staff were very friendly and there's really nothing you can fault the hotel on apart from the beds.
However, many guests we chatted to had been there several times, some a great many, and all said this would be their last visit as they would never come back to it as an All Inclusive. One of the staff and a couple of guests told us that the owners (who already have a larger AI hotel in Laganas) wanted to stay as they were but had been strong armed into it by Thomson who told them they would be dropped from their books f they didn't. Another concern was that when asked about what refurbishments and additions they were bringing in for it, we were told that there was only ging to be a bit of refurbishment to the exterior of the hotel, and also that the kitchen would be closed and all food would be brought in from the hotel kitchen in Laganas.
It's hard to see how such a small hotel, with a tiny pool, tiny dining room, no entertainment, basic rooms, only offering a pool and table tennis table as something to do, is going to attract and retain a customer base. Families want waterparks, kids clubs, evening entertainment and childless couples want a little more luxury than The Roseland currently provides.
It's a case of it if it ain't broke, why fix it and only Thomsons can be blamed for their tactics.
I wish the owners and all the staff the very best. We had a wonderful stay there despite the basic facilities and hope next season works out for them.More
Mike P, Oxford, United Kingdom
A lovely Holiday
At first sight you may be slightly disappointed. Three stars in Greece are not what they are in England. The rooms are very basic: uncomfortable springy mattresses, weak bed frames and a very basic bathroom. Beyond that this hotel is great! The staff firstly are fantastic. They are happy to help with anything and always have a happy smile. In particular Stefanos at the bar made our holiday. I can appreciate how people find him rude as he is rather blunt and dry with his humour. But we thoroughly enjoyed his company and on more than one occasion he went out of his way to accommodate us. The pool area was good and there were always enough loungers for everyone so never a need to rush down early to get one. Breakfast was better than previous reviews have said. There is a variety of hot and cold foods and everyone was satisfied. If you fancy a change, the merlis restaurant on the Kalamaki strip do great breakfasts too. We are not the type of people to return to a hotel but would definitely recommend this hotel to people that can see beyond basic rooms. More
Ke1989, Scarborough, United Kingdom
Perfect Holiday !
Really enjoyed our 2 weeks here , all the staff are really friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic but very clean and you will need the chargeable air con !!!, have to pay also for the safe deposit box , wi fi and a fridge so your first trip to reception is a bit dear on day one as we had 2 connecting rooms. Most rooms seem to overlook the pool area and have a balcony.
The pool is spot on with plenty of free sun beds and parasols , the snack bar was excellent with a good choice of drinks all day. There is no pool side entertainment or kids club so nice and quiet too which suited us.
Did not eat at night as there is a huge choice of eating out venues within 10 minutes walk and portions are big , prices low at the moment. Got fed up with the same breakfast every day so went to nearby Merlis taverna which was brilliant.
Had a jeep for 3 days and toured the island, keri lighthouse, smugglers beach , blue caves and zante town all very good.
Yamas Kalamaki and the Roseland - great holiday, thank youMore