The Areti hotel is on the seafront in Aegina town, and is just a short walk from the port. It is very well located for swimming - just 100 metres away - and there are loads of tavernas immediately opposite which have good food at reasonable/cheap prices, and views are fantastic. If you haven't got a car, the bus station is just a few metres away. All in all, you couldn't ask for a better location. The hotel itself however is very basic - it has no bar, provides no breakfast, has no seats in the lobby area, has unreliable Wi-Fi (the router is on the ground floor - we were on the first floor - if you're above that, you'll probably not connect at all) and the rooms are very tired, with minimal old and antiquated furniture, very chipped mosaic floors, and minimum décor. The bathrooms are dreadful - pokey places, where having a shower soaks the entire room, as there is no walled shower cubicle so the water goes everywhere, and a tiny sink so even splashing water on your face goes onto the floor. It's clean enough, and has a lift (a lot of the hotels don't) but it is a shame that it's not upgraded to reflect it's superb location. It only cost 40 euros a night, which is pretty much the same as other hotels in the area, which are of a similar standard. There are better hotels of a similar price, which are set further back from the seafront, but they lack views and proximity to the town's resources , which are all within 100 metres or so from the seafront. There are much better quality hotels in Agia Marina, about 13 kilometres away, but Agia Marina is a dreadful place - a deathly fairly newly built tourist trap which looks awful as a town/village, and it could do with beautification employing a fleet of bulldozers and complete reconstruction.
We chose the Areti hotel as the best of a bad bunch, because of its convenient location. If you don't mind a very basic hotel, stay there, but don't expect much.
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- Also Known As:
- Areti Hotel Aegina/Aegina Town