I'd never used Tripadvisor before, a work colleague recommended it and i have to say looking at the reviews and inparticular the photo's before we left I was a little nervous.
This hotel though is fantastic, in fact it is so good we will be returning next year.
We have four children all under the age of six, due to delays with flights we arrived later than planned and after a little searching found the hotel (about three hours from Athens), actually quite easily considering it was dark. The car park was well light and there was plenty of space for us to park our nine seat rental bus (all Hertz had with six seats). The reception area was very clean and a member of staff was sat at reception when we walked in, within fifteen minutes the six of us and our luggage where up to the second floor and into our two adjoining rooms. Each room seemed clean and we went to bed, after all it was nearly three am.
When I was awoken the next morning by one of my sons, we were able to see that our room with it's three beds was actually a good size, clean, tidy, practical and nice and cool thanks to the air con. We even had a balcony that over looked the neighbours garden and offered a view into the village, my first impressions were very good. Then we walked into my wife's and daughters room, same lay out and again clean tidy etc. Their balcony though over looked the pool and the sea. OMG, the view was amazing, we're all sold.
The hotel is nothing like the photo's on here and when i work out how to load my pictures on I will. The pool area has it's own bar and seating area, within the pool there are several areas where you have a hot tub style bubble/spa jet thing which was great on the back and made the kids giggle almost non stop.
The pool is clean and has plenty of sun loungers dotted around it, the bar staff even come around the tables offering drinks and bar snacks and more impressively a never ending supply of free sun cream should you have run out or left yours in your room.
I work in a stressful job and normally it takes me three or four days to unwind and get into the holiday spirit and again two / three days before heading home I'm thinking of work again. From the first morning to the last afternoon I felt completely relaxed. The area is so idilic and the staff so hopeful that you can't help but unwind.
Most days we ate in the hotel at least once, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner we never had a bad meal. Some days we opted for the buffet others from the menu, the food was nice, the three (5, 4 & 4 yes twins)children ate very well and there was never an issue of wondering what we could give them. The staff even seemed happy to heat or blend our food for our baby (six months) and again she picked from our plates and all was well.
The local village has five or six restaurents and we ate in three of them, again good food, good prices and good service. The amount of stray dogs though was a little surprise on our first night out, by the end though the children were happily feeding them the left overs, which funnily enough seemed to increase towards the end of the holiday!
Patras is about 15/20 minutes drive away and has a good selection of shops and a rather well equipped cinema that shows english language films with greek subtitles, whilst we were there I got to watch two Disney films much to the joy of our children.
All in all it was a very relaxing holiday, we're already thinking about going back next year only this time we might be taking the father in law as well. All that space and a babysitter, I don't we'll come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the small picturesque village of Psathopirgos, 20 mins from Patras and 2 hours from Athens. Ideal spot for exploring the Peloponnese. Recently renovated and with new fresh water pool constructed 2006/2007. 80 rooms all with TV, A/C, balcony, bathroom. Great views to be had from restaurant and rooms. Right on the beach, tennis court, volley, 11,000 sq. met. Olive grove, plenty of parking, kiddies corner. Reasonable rates. ... more less
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