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Hotel Achilleas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Athanasiou 10, Parga 48060, Greece   |  
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Ranked #18 of 31 Hotels in Parga
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“Location, location, location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2009

Small, one family-owned hotel on Piso Krioneri-beach. Make sure you book a room with seaview. Waking up with the sound of waves hitting the beach is nice. We rated Piso Krioneri as the best beach in Parga.

Breakfast is a delicious continental breakfast, everything you need to get the day started. We stayed in a top floor room; room was nice and spacious.

There's just 5 minutes walk to the harbour where most of the restaurants are.

We also recommend a hiking path via olive groves to Lichnos beach, which begins just nearby hotel.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2008

This is just a brief statement regarding my experience with this hotel. I have no idea what the hotel itself is like.

Last spring hotel Achilleas confirmed a room for 4 for 133E for our September stay. A month before leaving, the hotel emailed me to inform me simply that our reservation was cancelled. After demanding an answer as to why, I was told that they had to honor their commitment to tour companies first, therefore my independent reservation was cancelled.

The confirmation meant nothing.

  • Disliked — Their confirmation did not mean anything
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2008

Normally stick to the Islands but this year decided on trying the mainland. However our trip meant we flew into Corfu then got a ferry to Igoumentisa so it actually felt we were travelling to an Island.

Parga is quite a cosmopolitan resort which still retains its Greek charm with plenty of Greek and Italian tourists and has yet to be fully discovered by the Brits! Didn't spot one English themed bar here!! Fantastic!! And because of that would recommend this place for the more independent traveller and not anyone who wants the full tourist package.

The Achilleas is on the edge of the main resort and by that I mean a 150m walk to the promenade ...if that!! Its very open plan as you walk in, with the rooms overlooking the quadrant. Our room was towards the back of the hotel and had a fantastic view of the terrace and beach. Accommodation is better than the usual standard for Bed and Breakfast in Greece although the bathrooms in need a bit of an update but as you spend most of the day out its of a little consequence. However if you are on the top floor you'll find you'll have a far more superior bathroom!
A mini bar is provided although we used it purely for stocking our own water. The Room is provided with a hairdryer if you need one. The balcony has the usual table and chairs and a washing line for the cossies and towels; however our room did look directly on to the little kiddies play area so be careful if you're getting changed that you haven't got an audience!!
Linen/towels was changed every 3rd day and the maids came in daily; they always left the top sheet in little origami forms (boats, bows etc).
Breakfast is served downstairs in the dining room but hardly anyone ate in there. Just get a tray, load up on the usual Greek continental breakfast and take it out to the terrace and watch the locals getting the beach ready for the sunbathers or a few line fishermen on the rocks, perfect greece!
From the terrace you can either walk down on to beach which is shingle and pebble (recommend swim shoes!). Sunloungers are 8 euro for 2 beds and a parasol. Or you can walk up to the Bar up the Hill, this in height of season is open til about 10pm and makes a great place for a pre dinner drink whilst overlooking the beach and down the Epirius coastline. One main taverna on the beach (Golfo) great for lunch or cold drinks and they hold a Greek night once a week which you have to reserve a table for.

Straight outside the hotel is a car hire/excursion place and supermarket, go left and you hit the start of the promenade walk into Parga, plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from along here. Food is a mixture of Greek and Italian and the fresh mussels can definately be recommended!
Old Parga itself is a maze of steep little streets selling the usual handicrafts, jewellery and other touristy stuff, definately explore as you find little gems of tavernas hidden away.
You can walk up to the castle but if you're feeling lazy get the little train that takes you up there for a couple of euro.

Although we stuck mainly to the beach by the hotel we did visit the one by the promenade mainly for the swim out to the little island with the church on it and the snorkelling. As its a pebbly beach lots of sea urchins so swim shoes recommended! You can also hire pedloes from here. Never made it to Vaslos Beach as didn't fancy the hike up the hill or queuing with the Italians for the boats that take you round there.

All in all Parga is a lovely seaside resort without the banging nightclubs and lager lout brigade.... so if you're looking for somewhere peaceful, beautiful and busy (in height of season) and you don't need loads of entertainment in the evening other than people watching and enjoying an ice cold beer/wine.. then fully recommend Parga and the Achilleas Hotel for a relaxing holiday. Although one of the locals did say Parga is at its best in September when the crowds had gone and the water was really warm.

If you hire a car for a few days would definately recommend a trip to the Gliki River, best way to experience it is do what the locals do and walk up it! Crystal clear, freezing cold and you need to swim in areas but stunning scenery.....just make sure your camera is waterproof! We walked for over an hour upstream then got out and followed the mountain path down!
Would also recommend visiting the amphitheatre at Dodoni, off the usual tourist map so virtually had the place to ourselves, very atmospheric with the mountains surrounding it.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and have recommended it to family and friends. But if its thumping nightlife you after then you may need to look somewhere else

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2007

My husband and i stayed in the achillieas in july 2007.Upon arrival i really knew that i was going to enjoy my holiday here.

The hotel is a small family run business with a very friendly service.They really did make us welcome the minuite we arrived.The hotel was so pretty and quiet.

The rooms are very typically greek.Quite old fashioned looking but very unique.Origianally it was a two storey hotel but has now had another floor built on top.

My husband and i stayed in a ground floor room with a sea view.The room was basic but had everything that you need.I do feel though that the bathrooms should be updated a little as the revues before say that it has an old fashioned shower curtain that really does cling to you.

The view from our room though was out of this world.We looked onto the sunterrace and then onto the beach.My husband and i opened our doors every morning and just lay there on the bed listening to the sound of the sea.

The gardens are really pretty and well kept.

The breakfast was a continental one but the bread,jams,cheese, ham, cereals,fruit and yogurt were all excellent.It was so lovely sat on the sun terrace eating it.

Going down a few steps you were on a lovely stoney beach.The water was absolutely lovely.From the rooms you can go up a few steps to the bar on the hill and enjoy snacks and a drink with breathtaking views.

The maids service was excellent.they came in everyday and gave us clean bedding and towels and cleaned the room.The highlight of my day was to go back to hte room after the day out to see what design the maid had folded my pjs into, boats, bows and a few others.I thought that this was a lovely thing to do.

Parga really is a lovely place with plenty to do.there are ferry boats running all the time to take you to lots of different beaches.There are lots of restaurants around the harbour, all excellent including Hercules and a chinese reastaurant.

I really would recommend this holiday to people.My husband and i have never before been so relaxed on holiday as we have on this one.It does cater for all age groups though as in the town, two minuite walk away from the harbour there are various cocktail bars and a disco for the younger ones.

Hope this has helped you to decide whether to go or not.I certainly will be going back again very soon, maybe next year.

Thank you very much to all the staff at the achilleas.It was much appreciated.

  • Liked — The breathtaking views
  • Disliked — The bathroom
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2007

They say that location, location, location is everything and if that' s the case then Hotel Achilleas has it by the bucketful. This hotel nestles 3 metres above Piso Krioneri beach and is a mere 15 metres from the waters edge; no need for a private pool here.

Turn left at the entrance and a leisurely 5 minute stroll will see you in the town and another 5 will see you passing the harbourside and entering the picturesque old town . Within 100 metres of the front door door and you have 2 bakeries, 2 supermarkets (one is a co-op), a newsagency, a diving centre, 2 travel agencies and 4 tavernas - one of which has a lively Greek Night every Saturday.

What about the hotel itself? It was built some 20 years ago by Achilleas Soteriou and has been managed by the family ever since. Achilleas had vision and sacrificed bedrooms to build around an open quadrangle and this provides an atmosphere of light, airy, spaciousness. Originally there were 28 rooms but 3 years ago Achilleas literally 'raised the roof' and built another floor to encompass 8 additional rooms; all this being achieved sympathetically within the original design.

Throughout the hotel generous use has been made of marble and this, together with the open design, makes for a cool feeling. Each of the rooms has the benefit of air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar / fridge and a Safe Deposit Box (only the Safe has a charge). My only complaint about the rooms would be the bathrooms which are now a little dated but still very fuctional with hairdrier and shower. The newer rooms on the top floor obviously have more modern bathrooms but still utilise the ubiquitous clinging Greek shower curtains - after many years of fighting with these curtains I am yet to be the victor.

Breakfast is a generous Continental Buffet consisting of various cereals, yoghurt, honey, conserves, cold meats, cheeses, salad, boiled eggs, fresh fruit and lots of fresh breads, cake and biscuits from Achilleas's bakery.

Breakfast can be taken at tables in the room where it is served, it can be taken on your balcony or best of all, in my opinion, outside on the terrace overlooking the beach and sea - this is a good place to meet up with your fellow guests.

During the day in high season (10.00 - 18.00) the "Bar Up The Hill" is open. Visiting the bar involves climbing many steps but it's worth it - the scenic views are amongst some of the best in Parga. The bar has been built with patios on 5 levels and on a clear day there are views of the mountains, Lefkas, Paxos and Anti Paxos. Tasty snacks are served from the bar and the delicious Greek Ploughmans (mezzedhes - a selection of starters) is recommended for it's good value. This is definitely the place to relax with your ice cold Amstel or Mythos.

If you are staying during a full moon the views from the 'Bar Up The Hill' are beautiful, especially if you can catch a glimpse of Paxos or Anti Paxos.

The maids have been at the hotel for several years and although their English is limited they have a wonderful sense of humour; in fact all the staff seem to possess a wicked sense of humour. Most mornings Alexandra, the manager and daughter of Achilleas, is in reception to take care of things and in the afternoon and evenings you have Marina to sort out any problems. Marina is unassuming but excxellent, her English is perfect and she has lots of local knowledge to impart.

In summary; yes there are a couple more modern hotels at this end of town but for me the Achilleas is that little bit more special with guests returning year after year.

  • Liked — Superb location and very relaxing envirnment
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2006

I travelled with my partner and our two children aged 5 and 18 months to the Achilleas in June. The room would have been large enough for Two adults and one child but we were pushing it a bit when the cot was crammed in.

The view from the terrace at the rear of the hotel (facing the beach) was second to none. It was simply delighfull.

The patio area was small (on ground floor so no balcony) but functional, table and two chairs. The room was plain and a little dated but what do you use the room for anyway? There was a fridge in the room which was very welcome having a toddler with a 4-a-day milk habbit!

The bathroom was a bit of a let down, having a square basin that you stood in for a shower which sprayed everything but you and missed the basin, instead flooding the bathroom floor. The lighting in the bathroom was so poor you had to shower using stelth.

The only other niggle i had and i did mention this to our very helpfull Manos Rep Richard (a delightfull gent) was that the hotel had a lovely terrace bar overlooking the bay which never opened the whole time we were there, the rep did say it should have opened a month ago. But the whole feel i got from the owner and hence manager of this lovely hotel was "im gonna retire soon" it just seemed like the basics were being done to maintain their contract with the larger travel companies. Also as an after thought, most nights the hotel owner locked the front doors at 11pm, you could still gain entry after knocking but i took this as a sign that he doesnt have his heart in it any more. the hotel bar was hit with the same apathy, if you found some one to serve you it was a miracle.

But please do not let this put you off, i travel alot and normaly would not consider staying in any resort under 4star, but when in Greece do as the locals do. According to many if not all other holiday makers we met, they had been back year after year, which can only be testiment to a truly perfect resort.

The food is great in the local Tavernas, the veiws are second to none and best of all the people are so accommodating.


  • Liked — The location and views
  • Disliked — The bathroom
  • Tips/Secrets — enjoy its rustic charm and relax
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2005

My wife and I stayed at the Achilleas Hotel, Parga during the first week of Sept 05, travelling with Manos. Here is our opinion of the holiday.
Accommodation: we asked for a high floor with a sea view and we actually got a high floor with a sea view! The hotel’s situation right on the bay meant that this really added to our holiday. The room was fine, everything you need, including a fridge, which you don’t always get with B&B. Bathroom was again fine if a bit on the basic side. All well cleaned with clean towels every day. Breakfast was also fairly basic, but adequate really, and very enjoyable to take at one’s leisure on the terrace overlooking the beach. All staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. The only slight negative regarding the hotel we found was that if you wanted a shower in the evening, and who doesn’t, you had to have it before 6.30 or the water was cold. Disappointing, but I wouldn’t let it put you off. When we were there the hotel seemed full, yet there was very little use made of the terrace bar.
Out and About: the hotel enjoys an excellent location, more or less at one end of Parga, overlooking a pleasant cove and beach. Shops, taverns, restaurants etc start right outside the door and continue right round the main bay and beyond. The water taxis that will take you to Valtos and Lichnos beaches are ace and both are worth a visit. All beaches are great, but are shingle, and you might want to consider investing in a pair of cheap plastic shoes you can swim in. We bought some locally and they certainly made life easier, but not easy to find and not that cheap, better to get before you go. Restaurants and bars are plentiful and the quality of the food is very good and we thought very inexpensive. You could easily eat in a different place every night, and we did, but I would recommend Bacchos (front centre) and particularly Nafsika (west end of the front) which we thought particularly fine.
Holiday Overall: If you like to go abroad and know that you are going to get British pubs, British food and British football on in every bar, then this is probably not the place for you. If on the other hand you want a relaxed holiday in a safe and friendly Greek environment then I would highly recommend.

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Address: Athanasiou 10, Parga 48060, Greece
Location: Greece > Epirus > Preveza Region > Parga
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#7 On the Beach Hotel in Parga
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Achilleas 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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