Gorgeous gardens, stylish interiors, and a great pool scene - the Hotel Contessina is every inch the relaxing Greek getaway. The location also gets top marks. There's a sandy beach close by and Tsilivi's a 5-minute walk away.
From the outside the Hotel Contessina is pretty traditional looking – all pastel-coloured walls and wrought-iron balconies. But head inside and things take a modern turn. In the lobby bar for instance, retro floral wallpaper sits alongside a spot-lit ceiling. The bedrooms are just as stylish, dressed in different shades. What’s more, they come with in-room extras like TVs, air-conditioning and fridges.
Outside, the pool is framed by a roomy sun terrace peppered with loungers and parasols. Pad across the terrace and you’ll find lawns dotted with olive and cypress trees. Plus, there’s a sandy Blue Flag beach nearby.
On the food front, things have been kept pretty simple. Think fresh salads, bar snacks and a wide variety of cocktails, all served up by the pool. For something more substantial, you’ll need to head into Tsilivi itself which is about a five-minute walk away. And when you want to turn the entertainment factor up a notch, Zante Town is well worth a look, too. It’s a ten-minute drive and there’s a bus stop within walking distance of the hotel.
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With sunbeds and parasols on the sun terrace. There's also a smaller pool just off the larger pool.
Within the Bed and Breakfast package, there will be continental styled rooms held in the breakfast room, it's modern and with laminate flooring.
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second time around and as good as ever
My wife & I stayed at the Contessina at the end of August, we had been 2 years previously. We had a great room over looking the pool but this time we took the air conditioning as it was so warm. The Contessina is a great place as it is very private with buildings on three sides and a huge hedge on one side. Watched the football at the sunset bar next door although the hotel shows all the live games but it's nice to sit somewhere different. The pool is very warm but refreshing and only deep in a small part. Breakfast was good for a start to the the day and the staff are superb, always cheerful and helpful. We wouldn't stay anywhere else as the Contessins is so good. It's very central to the main strip and only 5 mins walk to the beach. The nearest beach has changed with more stones and rocks, not sure if some adverse weather has affected the beach but further to the right it was soft sand and you can walk out a long way before it gets deep. The sea is like a warm bath it's that good. If I had one complaint it would be the charge for using the safe. I don't mind paying for air con or the fridge but given that everyone wants to keep their belongings safe like, passports, car keys, money etc the hotel should not be charging for this given that it's such an essential service. The restaurants in Tsilivi are excellent and very cheap considering the Euro. They are struggling due to the all inclusive hotels and with children all inclusive is probably best, but we like to eat out and give the money to the restaurant owners. The Greeks are great people and don't hassle in any way for business and they are always chatty and helpful. Even given the negative about charging for safes we would go back to the Contessina as first choice.More
Best hotel in town by far.
This is our second time back at the Contessina and it is by far the best in Tsilivi. As soon as we walked in we were recognised by the very polite and helpful reception staff & bar staff. Hotel as expected is spotless, cleaners working what can only be described as 24/7, bar staff very friendly especially Sot in the evenings, nothing is ever to much trouble. Regarding the sunbeds, yes you do have to be there at 8am to get the best ones but there's always ones available if you like to lay in. Plus staff also remove towels put down prior to 8am which is rather amusing to watch from the balcony. We travelled between the 28th August - 11th September, and considering that we had already booked for next year at the same hotel in July, that says a lot about this hotel. See you all 3rd July 2015More
Geoff666, Bridgwater, United Kingdom
Have just returned from Zante staying at the contessina. We had an amazing room overlooking the pool, the room was clean good size comfy bed all amenities you could want. Did take my own travel kettle as not provided so could have coffee before breakfast which opened at 8. All the staff were so friendly, helpful and hard working. There were no sunbed issues. Yes the usual SOD's (sunbed obsession disorder) people hovered around the sunbeds at 7.45 to ensure they got the same bed each day and as soon it was 8oclock threw several towels around the beds and that was the highlight of their day. There are 90 loungers and no matter what time you went to the pool area there were loungers available Lots of good places to eat on the main road and Sunset bar next door did best cocktails. Would recommend this hotel to anyone . The best part of the beach is 9 minute stroll turn right out the hotel then right again sandy beach 2 sunbeds and parasol all day for 6Euros, safe beach for children too. Boat trips are available from various places along the main road and if you want a packed boat with limited seating overcrowded then they are available, however for a little more Euro look for Levante speed boat with Captain Spiros the best and number 1 trip on the island he makes your trip personal and cares about his customers and you see more. Look out for Sue and Adelise on the main road and book with them you will not be disappointed. Good restaurants were Georgios, Popeyes, Contessina restaurant, DIannis GrIll, Microappolis to name a few.More
miketrotter, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Just returned from a weeks stay at hotel. Lovely week in the sun. Hotel was lovely and would definitely recommend. The only downside is the lack of sunbeds so you have to become part of the reserving gang at 8am otherwise you will struggle to get a bed in the sunshine. Hotel is in a good location however Tsilivi doesn't have the best beach so if you are a beach lover its probably best to look at different resort. All staff at hotel friendly and helpful. Sampled different restaurant every night with our favourite being the Menir which if you turn right out of hotel its 100yds down road.More
This was our 5th visit in ten years to the Contesinna, we stayed for two weeks last year and went for a week this year (we had an early summer holiday in Italy) We were greeted like family, from Spiros and Marietta on reception, some of the girls at breakfast to Sot behind the bar, he remembered I drank Mythos last year, so I decided to go for Zorbas this time! The ladies that do all the hard work cleaning and fetching are the same as before, all smiling, all working hard to keep the hotel spotless, cleanest hotel? No. Its the cleanest PLACE we have ever been in! The room was the one we had last year, we asked for it again and it was spotless as usual. Breakfast was a good, a variation everyday. No complaints at all. This is the best hotel we have stayed in, no question and it keeps bringing us back. We will be backMore
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