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“Molyvos charming, Marilena Hotel charmless!!!” 3 of 5 stars
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Molivos town, Molyvos TK-81108, Greece   |  
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Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Molyvos
Worksop, United Kingdom
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“Molyvos charming, Marilena Hotel charmless!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Just returned from Molyvos and stayed in the Marilenas, please see a list of positives and negatives.
Positives - Molyvos utterley charming, pretty, uncommercialised and typically greek. Absolutley stunning harbour, pretty houses, fantastic sunsets- perfect. Restaurants all on a par with each other but really enjoyed the Sea Horse, Captains Table and Tropicana.
Marilenas pool - lovely.

Negatives- 25 minutes to supermarket and another 10 minutes into town/ nearest taverna. A courtesy bus is provided however the times are not always compatible for a holiday maker ( last bus being 10 p.m).
The proprieter has major issues with holiday makers ( she doesn't like them) and is not very approachable. Not the usual lovely greek hospitality that we are used to. (not even a welcome drink just a grimace)
The apartments very very basic, self catering facilities limited (I suspect this is so that folk use the hotels bar and restaurant).

We are not normally people to moan and we still had a lovely holiday, the town of Molyvos far out weighed the negatives of Marilenas Hotel. Luckily we landed on a week where we met some lovely people, the weather was fantastic and we managed to bag one of the the best rooms with a view. Try to request rooms 130 to 137 if you can they are the best views by far. The hostess is sat on a goldmine and comes across as if she is not bothered/of little interest. Such a shame. We will almost certainly go back to Molyvos but we will give Marilenas a miss.

Room Tip: 130 to 137
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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bebington
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Will never stay there again,where do i begin.......Very poor accommodation in every way,a dirty balcony,never cleaned,no hot water,a mattress about a hundred years old,totally useless owners showed no interest in anything.No point in going on about this as no british tour company is useing the place next year.Very wise.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Never come across a Greek Hotel Owner less suited to the Job.
Her attitude has come directly from the Basil Fawlty School of Hospitalitty, ignorant does not begin to describe the Managment of the Hotel.
You may think you get what you pay for but this place takes the Biscuit 1 Euro for a shot of lime in a Beer, and everything including Air Con is extra, which she will turn off if she sees it on in the day.
Bar Closed at 10pm dont dare ask for breakfast before 9am the look will bring a chill.
Rooms Pool and Sunbeds are very Tired, dont run up a Tab as its difficult to track what you are paying for when the bill is presented in Greek, keep your own records as things get added.
Dont use the Shower by the Pool its a Bacterial Health Hazard, it has its ewn Eco System.
the Town is great and Mollys Bar is a must.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

30 minutes walk from town, but free minibus 4 times a day (out and back) was very useful. Taxi 5Euros, 8 to harbour. Usual Greek island room, but with very basic cutlery provision. Good pool. As good a base as any for travelling the island, but journeys through the mountains can be long.

Room Tip: View of castle required, if you can get one!
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2011

The thing that most impressed us about this hotel was the excellent view we had from our balcony of Molyvos & the castle, and the sunset on an evening. I noticed not all guests were so furtunate though and wouldn't have been so impressed if we'd been stuck in one of the rooms facing the back that have no view and no sun.
The hotel is about a 1 mile walk from the town and the nearest shop, but it's a really nice walk down a quiet country lane that we enjoyed doing. And if you're not up to walking that far there is a hotel bus that runs into town & back a few times a day.
Our room was a bit more basic than we expected. The self catering facilities weren't really adequate - no tin opener, no veg knife, no kettle, only 1 pan, only 1 bowl, no plates (just saucers), and only 2 tiny cups.
The room wasn't as clean as other Greek hotels we've stayed in, but it was acceptable. For the first 3 days we didn't get any clean towels, but after that we got clean ones every day and the sheets were changed once during our 1 wk stay.
I think the Marilena is good value for money and it's 2 * rating is about right for the standard of accommodation you get. If you're more interested in spending your time exploring Lesvos than relaxing in your room then you would be happy with this hotel. But if you like a certain level of luxury & comfort you may be disappointed.

Room Tip: You definitely want a room facing the front view
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

First of all - Greek accommodation is basic. Beds, bath, loo, fridge, and a couple of cooking rings. What more do you need? You're on holiday!

The Marilena is basic, but it's cleaner than most Greek hotels, and (many English ones), comfortable, and the owner (Katerina) and her family genuinely can't do enough for you. Treat them like people rather than servants, and they will go out of their way to help. I once ordered a tuna sandwich for lunch, and they'd run out of Tuna, so the owner hopped on her motorcycle, and went to the supermarket in town to buy more. That's service.

Rooms are cleaned top to bottom every day except Sunday, including washing down all the floors, cleaning the bathroom, and making up the beds. I've stayed in UK hotels where you don't get that much cleaning done. You also get fresh bedding and towels etc twice a week, which is extremely unusual for Greece. Towels etc are sometimes a little worn, but they are clean and fresh, and the staff are lovely. One or two of the pillows are not so good, but if you just ask they'll change it for you. The pool and surrounding area are cleaned daily first thing in the morning.

Remember that the hotelier barely scrapes a living from your holiday booking, and without people spending a little money at the hotel, for a meal etc, they won't have the money to improve things. The menu is very good, pretty varied and equally as good as, if not better than many of the places in town. The views from the verandah while eating are unbeatable, sunset over the sea next to the castle, lit at night.

This is a hotel I have visited several times, and I regularly meet people there who I have met before, or they have been before and stayed at Marilena, and also people who have stayed elsewhere on the island and would always choose the Marilena over other hotels. And so would I.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lancashire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2010

We stayed at the at the Marilena Hotel in May 2010. Room very basic we stayed for 14 days and wanted to "self cater on occassions" but struggled becasue of the lack of even basic kitchen utensils. Teh hotel is in a quite location about 1 kilometer walk to the town.
We actually enjoyed the excersie, but usuallygot a taxi back at night.

Molyvos is a stunning village built on a hill with a castle on top, little cobbled streets, lots of excellant resturants with stunning views. I have to mention Mollys Bar on the left just before the harbour its ran by to english boys and well worth chilling out there.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Molivos town, Molyvos TK-81108, Greece
Location: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Lesbos > Molyvos
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Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Molyvos
Number of rooms: 9
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Marilena Hotel Of Molivos Molyvos, Lesbos, Greece

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