Kinetta Beach Hotel
 40 Stars Hotel in Attica Attica
Customers' Rating: 40 over 5 stars
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Address: 57th klm Old National road Athens-Korinthos Kinetta      Greece
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Age: 25-34 from St.John`s, NL
Reviewed on November 15, 2010

"Okay resort-wouldn`t go back."

Rate:  3 Stars

We stayed at this resort for part of our honeymoon in October. There are both good and bad qualities of this hotel (in my opinion) and I will be honest with them.

Arrival:
Our arrival into Athens was smooth via Air Transat Holidays. We booked the option plus and it was well worth the extra money. Our Transat rep was there to meet us at the airport and drove us to our hotel in Kinetta. It was about a 45min drive (roughly) to the hotel. The rep told us where and when to meet her once we got settled in to go over any details, info on tours etc.

Check in was pretty simple. Initially we were given a room just upstairs from the reception because it had "bigger beds". I didn`t like the room at ALL and had heard good things about the newly renovated rooms accross the lot so we went downstairs and asked to be moved to the newer rooms. They had no problem at all in accomodating us and were happy to move us. She told us the only reason she put us in the older rooms was because she thought we`d want a bigger bed....Well I will take the nicer room over the bigger bed. So we moved and were much happier with our room.

Rooms:
The room was nice, clean, simply. The bed was small, 2 little beds pushed together to make one. They were firm but we still had some good sleeps in them! There was no tub only a stand up shower, which was a little dissapointing to me because I love soaking in the tub. But the shower had good pressure and the water was always hot. The maid service was good, if we left the sign on the door it was always cleaned, beds made and fresh towels were layed out for us.
There is a safe in the room as well for you to store any of your personal belongings and we had no trouble with this. The AC in our room worked for the first few days and then just wouldn`t come on. It was October and not that hot, therefore it wasn`t a big deal to us. We mentioned this to reception and they were kind enough to let us know that if we wanted someone woud be in asap to fix it. But we were fine without the AC.
There isn`t very many channels besides BBC in English. So don`t plan on watching tv in the days. However in the nights (around (9:30) there are all kinds of movies on all kinds of channels in english with Greek subtitles.

Hotel Grounds:
The hotel was nicely laid out, 2 very nice pools. One has a swim up bar and thats where the activities were held. It was a little to cold to swim in October and they were not heated so we did not take advantage of them but I can see it being very nice in the summer. The beach wasn`t very far at all, just behind the reception and bar and was THE best part of our stay. The rocks were lovely compared to sand. There are tons of chairs left out as well as umbrella`s and the water was just warm enough to swim in. Very clean and comfortable.

Food:
So if anyone has ever stayed at an "all-inclusive" resort you will know what I mean by the "all-inclusive" food. Myself and my husband can usually make do with just about anything however I really DIDN`T like the food here at all. The hours for the breakfast and lunch were spaced to far apart. After 2:30 you couldn`t get ANY food. They say they lay out "snacks" but there was none in sight the entire trip. Then supper isn`t until 8pm. Little late for us seing how lunch ends at 2:30. The food was always buffet style, with themed nights however I found most of the food to be bland, cold and just gross. I lived on bread and cheese and rice mostly.
You won`t starve because there is enough variety to go around....but I only ate it to fill myself up, I did not enjoy it. They say you get wine with your supper. This is true. White or red, and we had numerous jugs (not just one). During the lunch hour you could sit out and eat, that was nice, if only the food were enjoyable!

Bar:
We never spent much time here as we were on our honeymoon and just went back to our room and relaxed. It`s a nice bar, with prices that aren`t too bad. The service was slow and they didn`t seem that happy to serve you, it almost seemed like a chore. But again, we never spent much time here. During the day time you could always go and get water at the bar for free, or pepsi. There is a disco apparently....we never used this nor went in so I cannot comment on that, however it is available for those of you who like to dance.

Location:
This is the only downfall to this place....it`s nowhere near the city and all the houses around are old looking...there is a supermarket down the road but there isn`t much variety. The train station is about a 7-10 minute walk up the road which is handy, and its simple to use to get into Athens. I beleive it`s 7 euros each way. We used this many many times. However on the walk to the train we were almost attacked by a savage dog. We had to walk by this house to get to the train station so every trip after that we were weary....but he was chained up for the last few times. We were told by some people on our resort that apparently this dog had bit someone before, the police were called but nothing was done, Surprise surprise....So again, this is something to be careful of.
It only took again, about an hour to get into Athens. The rep had made us a map and told us exactly what station we were arriving at and where to leave. We were well informed and it was easy to get around. The metro in Athens was also simple to use, busy and beware of pickpockets. Someone at our hotel had their camera stolen right out of it`s case. Keep everything infront of you and DO NOT put anything in your pockets.

Overall this resort is OKAY. One of the major downfalls was that it was a fully french speaking hotel. I think that Transat holidays should mention this to all clients because for some people it would be a pain in the a$*. All the entertainment was in French, even the tour we booked was in French...so we missed out on all the commentary and information. You almost felt a little left out, and it felt like a little club-med for the French. It was certainly catered to the "Lookea Voyages" people and not the english speaking Transat people.
Another thing that really bothered us was that it was the end of the season when we were there. All the french left and it was literally 8 of us in the entire hotel. They took away all the chairs on the decks outside. Took away most of the umbrella`s, closed up shops and fed us LEFTOVERS! You almost felt like you were being kicked out of the place....so if you are travelling on off season this is something to pay attention too.
One more thing to mention for those travelling with Transat, on the resort there is a really nice spa and a warm indoor pool, hot tub and sauna are all free of charge for Transat members only. We took advantage of this as it was too cold to swim outside! It made our trip much more enjoyable!

All in all our vacation here was alright. We flew over to Santorini for the remainder of our honeymoon and that was FABULOUS. We are a pretty easy going couple so not much bothered us, but I can see this resort really getting on some peoples nerves.
If you are in it for the sun and relaxing and don`t mind the language barrier then this place will suit you fine. One more thing...there is NO internet...at all. So don`t plan on staying in touch that way. They say they offer wi-fi in the rooms (no idea how good that would be) so if you wanted you could bring your own laptop.

Stayed at October 2010

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Age: 25-34 from Athens, Greece
Reviewed on January 21, 2011

"Great Time, Great Place, Visiting next Summer for sure!!!"

Rate:  5 Stars

This is one great Hotel!!! The beach is fantastic, the waters crystal blue, the hotel is right in front of the beach with bungalows were you literary open the door and jump to the water.
As a location it is ideal, very close to athens 35min, next to Loutraki and Corinth canal 10-15min, nice litle villages arround. From the airport it took as only 45min on a straight road!
The hotel is unique, huge, small buildings and bungalows spread on the gardens, full of palm trees, they got new rooms this year we tried the new suite on the new building, unbelivable!!! very sophisticated and glamour. the pools are huge, two of them with sweet water the other two with sea`s water, a spa beyond any imagination. small but latest tech on equipment with an internal pool, a zen place to escape!
The mini club for the kids was great, children didnt want to live from there. Restaurants and food huge selection of almost anything you can imagine! a long buffet (we had the All Inclusive package) full of everything, 10 kinds of salads, 20 different dishes, pastries and fruits, ice cream, I m telling you a paradise for the kids and us too!
The service was great, lovely people ready to assist at all times! we even had a waiter bringing us some staff for the kids on our room! so much appreciated!!
We are defnetly going back on June or July of 2011 and I ll post again our impressions.
PR

Stayed at May 2010

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Age: 25-34 from Austin, Texas
Reviewed on April 9, 2010

"Great food and location"

Rate:  5 Stars

We stayed here as a large group of students and teachers from the US and Canada. The students loved the big open spaces to roam. The beach was beautiful. The food was extravagant. We have no complaints! Great place and very nice visually.

Stayed at March 2010

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Age: 18-24 from Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed on September 14, 2010

"Beautiful resort, beautiful country, great experience!"

Rate:  5 Stars

We went to Kinetta Beach for our honeymoon. It was well worth the long plane ride on Air Transat from Toronto. The worst part was we had a stop-over at Gatwick Airport in the UK and everyone had to de-board the plane, go through security to screen our carry-on and re-board the plane, which wasted two hours we could have been in Greece. We arrived late and Transat had a bus waiting to pick up all 8 of us going to the resort. When we arrived we had missed dinner but the staff had kept plates warm for us with a selection of the buffet items, Greek salad and wine. The rooms are best described as European. Our travel agent requested any honeymoon specials available for us. Our representative told us we got the room "with the big bed." What we got was the "Honeymoon room" so we expected king bed, maybe a welcome basket or other luxury. When we finally got to the room (#412) we found a queen and a single bed, which we pushed together to actually have some room, and that was it. Overall the rest of the room was plain, basic and served it`s purpose - sleeping. Once we remembered that this wasn`t the Carribean which were used to, we were fine. The beds were a little hard but we were usually so tired after a long day we slept well regardless. There was also no clock in the room, to see what time it was we had to look at the remote for the air conditioner. They did provide wake-up calls however. The rest of the group we travelled in with stayed in the newly built rooms, but we were in the old renovated rooms which we liked because it was much closer to the beach and the restaurants than the new rooms were. The beach was beautiful, the sea was so clear and clean. The beach was small rocks, and did get really hot on bare feet. We were glad we brought water shoes because although I did go in a lot without them, it was much easier to walk comfortably into the water with them on. Once in the water the rocks melted out of the way and gave you kind of a foot massage. We also brought snorkel gear and saw all kinds of fish, urchins, snails and hermit crabs. Breakfasts were usually pretty light, cookies, ham and cheese, toast, fruit but there was also fried eggs, bacon, hash browns and...onion rings? Lunch was a small dinner, with pork, potatoes, Greek salad, pastas and was delicious. Dinner varied from night to night, they had different theme nights - Italian, Greek, Seafood, Barbecue. The barbecue was thre best. Lots of variety and we loved the food, but it was always busy. We reserved dinner at their new restaurant for three of the evenings and it was well worth it. It was buffet but it wasn`t so crowded, quieter, and you didn`t have to fight your way in for your food. As other reviewers said the majority of guests here were with Lookea from France. Although neither one of us speak French well, we got by. The staff all spoke English well enough for us to order drinks or ask other questions. We tried to take in some entertainment one night, but it obviously it is totally French so we just left after a few skits because we couldn`t understand the jokes. Our Transat lady spoke English but she was never there, we booked our trips with her the first night and didn`t see her again until we were at the Athens airport. Trips - we went to Athens and did the tourist thing and saw the city and Acropolis. I would recommend getting on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, it saves a lot of walking and you see all of the major sites. If you want to explore more you can jump off and a bus comes around about every half hour. 15 Euros per person. We also went on the three island cruise the Thursday before we left. The islands were all very beautiful - Hydra, Poros and Aegina. Hydra was our favourite, no cars on the island, only donkeys for transportation. We agreed if we ever went back to Greece we would definately cruise the islands. Our ship was really slow but it was still nice. Also to note there is no internet cafe on the resort for emailing family. There are payphones, and we bought a 6 Euro card at the gift shop and called Canada for almost 4 hours and still had 2 Euro when we left. We did have to wait to call late in the night because of the 7 hour time difference. Overall we had an awesome honeymoon and we have no regrets, it was definately a unique experience and totally different from going to Mexico or DR which we have both done numerous times, so we wanted to do something special for our honeymoon.

Stayed at August 2010

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Age: 35-49 from Athens, Greece
Reviewed on June 30, 2010

"Real&affordable resort close to Athens"

Rate:  4 Stars

It`s an old seaside resort hotel with huge beautiful gardens, bungalows&2-storey buildings spread within the land, nice and clean pebble beach, large swimming pools (with beach bar, pool bars and a main bar for the evening), restaurant next to the sea, renovated and very clean rooms... The all-inclusive is very good: big variety at the buffets (dinner is the best! special bbq nights or greek night or gala dinner throughout the week) with plenty of house wine (drinkable and always cool) and unlimited local drinks at the bars from 10 am till midnight. Draught beer (Mythos, Heineken), a cocktail of the day (I got Mai Tai, Tequila Sunrise, Sex on the Beach and Blue Lagoon during my 4-days stay), filter coffee and black tea all day long (with cakes and snacks 16:00-17:30), soft drinks (Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta lemonade and orangade), a frozen "granita" of the day (usually strawberry), greek ouzo and low quality whisky, vodka, gin, rum... Unlimited though...
Everything you can ask for a relaxing vacation (family or couples)!
Perfect if you want to swim a lot and get some rest at the beach&pool loungers and then have tasty meals and drinks without spending a euro more than the room rate!
We got the best full moon view at the restaurant and the bars when we stayed there! The moon rises from the sea and nothing stops the view!!!
The room was modern and with a nice garden view (tall palm trees made it look like exotic, and I`ve been to many exotic places) and a bit of a sea view from the distance.
Service was more than efficient and always with a smile!
Kinetta is a seaside resort "from the past" (it was a top summer destination during the 60`s and 70`s), with a quiet village and many summer houses. Sooo green (many pine trees)! Nothing special to do around, BUT the location isn`t bad: proastiakos (train) is 10-15` walk from the hotel and gets you to Athens (connecting with metro system you can go everywhere fast and easy paying 7 euros return). If you rent a car you can drive to Mycenae archaeological site and the historical city of Nauplion in ~1 hour. You can also visit Olympia and Delphi. Or you can book a tour...
Lookea club (for French groups) organizes entertainment but everything is in french of course! At least everybody is welcome. I.e. if there`s dancing at night, no one will exclude you, you can dance along! Or when there`s a show at the Theater (I went to the "Cabaret Night").
I am Greek and I don`t speak french, but I enjoyed everything! I just wanted a mini vacation close to Athens and I got all I wanted and more!
Excellent value for money too!

Stayed at June 2010

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Age: 35-49 from quebec,
Reviewed on January 25, 2010

"HORRIBLE!!!!"

Rate:  1 Stars

Just horrible, staff was being harrassed by what we found out was the owner. Pretty hotel but we were horrified to find out that people are stiil treated in that manner.

Stayed at August 2009

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Age: 50-64 from Cranbrook, Canada
Reviewed on September 11, 2011

"Fabulous property"

Rate:  5 Stars

I got such a great deal on this package, airfare, land transfer, and all-inclusive resort. It used to be a private sort of club med for people from France, but it is open to the public now. The rack rate is about $400 per night, but I got a much better deal through Expedia. The rooms are so beautiful. The beachside cabanas are older, and not as nice, but the newer suites have beaufiful sheer curtains that blow in the breeze heading out to a good sized balcony. The window shades go up and down at a push of a button. The lighting options are astounding. It is very clean and the maids are very nice and very thorough. You have to put your room key (card) in a slot at the door to have power to the room, so when you leave the power goes out which is great for saving energy, not so great if you are charging laptops and such. Of course take a power converter with you.
The weather in September is hot, but not too hot. The water features on the resort property are exquisite, as are the grounds. The food is not served all day, there are set times for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. The "free" bars are open from 11am to 11pm. You can get drinks after that, but must pay. The young staff were mostly from Slovakia and were delightful. They all come to party at night in the bar and on the beach for disco nights (and most nights). George will set you up with any activities that you want to do other than the guided tours by Looky (I think that is what it is called). There is theatre most nights, pretty basic, and in French, those same players do games out by the beach and pools during the day like name that tune, but again, in french.
The pools are great, the Saronic gulf in the Aegean Sea is very warm, but the beaches are pebbles instead of sand. The food is good, but a surprising lack of fresh fruit variety in the mornings.
You can not get a bhooking at the spa, even if you go in within the first hour that you are there. Book it far in advance
If I go again it will be with a friend, since a female there amongst couples was sometimes a little odd. I usually do like to travel by myself, but this is one place where it would be better to have a friend with me.
There was a rail strike on while I was there, otherwise I would have went more places on my own and less on the french bus tours.
They close for the season around the 10th of October.
Sofia works in bookings, is from Crete, is into Socrates and is wonderful.
The bartender Sartiri makes people feel very comfortable.
I would go again.

Room tip: The newer nicer rooms are a little further from the sea, but worth it.

Stayed at October 2010

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from Thessaloniki, Greece
Reviewed on May 24, 2011

"it was like a paradise!!!"

Rate:  5 Stars

the rooms were very clean and spacious. the scenery was georgous. i liked the two options for the sea or the outdoor pools. there was lots of room to sit by the pools and the food was excellent!! i`ve never experienced anything like it in greece.

Stayed at May 2011

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from Canada,
Reviewed on October 24, 2009

"Gorgeous Honeymoon Destination"

Rate:  4 Stars

My husband and I, both English speaking Canadians, loved this resort for our honeymoon getaway. It`s gorgeous, peaceful, has a beautiful beach and nice pools, is clean and modern, and has great access to Athens and Corinth. Upon visiting Athens, we were very thankful to have booked a peaceful place to relax for the week. Although private homes line the beach, Kinetta Beach Resort is the sole resort property on its beach, which means the beach is fairly private and well-maintained.

From the reviews we read on TripAdvisor, we knew this would not be a rocking party spot in October, which suited us fine for our honeymoon. We were forewarned that the resort`s entertainment is in French, to bring face cloths, beach towels and an electrical converter, and to pack sandals for the rocky beach. Although the animation team`s daily activities and entertainment were in French, the few members who could speak English made an effort to involve us. We participated in the activities that didn`t require communication, like dance classes, aerobics classes, stretching classes, evening shows and dancing events and it was fun.

A train station is a ten minute walk away; Athens is a 50 minute ride on the train (cost of the return Athens trip is 7 euros/person). The train is reliable and connects to the subway system in Athens, which provides access to the major sights such as the Acropolis. The hotel front desk offers a number of vehicle rental packages, however, after seeing how people drive in Athens, no one on our flight rented a car! The train and subway served us fine, and a few people booked bus tours to farther sights.

Our room was very clean, modern, and minimal. Pack your own toiletries, as there are no miniature bottles of shampoo, body lotion, etc. provided as Canadians are used to seeing. Greeks are not coffee drinkers, so in-room coffee makers don`t exist either. (The hotel did have a coffee station available from 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM in the main lobby or breakfast area.) The room had two twin beds pushed together, both were fairly firm but comfortable (but we like firm beds). Oh! And our room only had a shower, no bathtub. I missed soaking in hot water, as the resort does not have a whirlpool. Our room had an in-room safe.

The beach was like nothing we`ve ever seen - pure rocks, no sand. We came prepared with beach sandals for our feet, but to be honest, we liked the rocks better than a sand beach. No sand flies to bite, and the sea water is the clearest we`ve ever seen, because there`s no sand, seaweed and algae to muck it up. The rocks in the water are very tiny and melt away as you step in them, making it comfortable to swim barefoot. Because the sea floor is little rocks, I wasn`t stepping in slimy seaweed and sea urchins either! There were lots of fish to see by snorkelling a few feet into the water, so bring your snorkels.

Most hotel staff spoke enough English to get by; the front desk agents were very helpful in drawing us maps and writing directions in Greek for us. It`s a good idea to have the front desk agent write the name of the place you are going, as well as the resort`s address, in Greek, in case you do not get an English-speaking taxi driver or get lost. Tipping boxes are located at the front desk and in the dining room, if one wishes to contribute.

For souveniors or anything you might have forgotten to pack, a small store called "Kikos" rests just outside the resort gate. The prices are reasonable, and the store sells alcohol as well.

Overall, this resort is a fair 4-star property and would recommend it for a honeymoon to anyone.

Stayed at October 2009

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