My gilfriend & I recently stayed at the Hotel Maritimo for a week on a B&B basis booked through Thomas Cook. We had already decided on Sissi as our resort and usually go self catering, but due to late booking there was no SC left and opted for B&B at the Maritimo. What a pleasant surprise.
The hotel is ideally located right on the sea front about a 5 minute stroll from the harbour that is the centre of Sissi. It doesn't look like a traditional multi-storey hotel - it is much nicer than that with a complex of 2-storey apartments each with a terrace or balcony in well landscaped grounds. Note - not all apartments have sea views, in fact our terrace didn't get the sun at any time of day but don't let this put you off - we got plenty of sun round the pool!
If you've been to Greece before you will know that accommodation is generally pretty basic. Here the Maritimo scored above average though - we were pleasantly surprised, our room was clean (daily service) and functional, plenty of storage for clothes and the shower in the bathroom really quite good.
Breakfast (0800-1000) was continental-style self-service buffet with range of cereals, fruits, breads, greek yoghurt etc. Staff were worked off their feet continuously clearing tables and topping up people's cups of tea/coffee but always polite and mostly with a smile (more than I would probably achieve in their place). Reception staff were really helpful too with good English (let's face it, my Greek's not up to much) and always with a smile on their face.
The real selling point of this place was the main swimming pool (there is a second smaller pool on the site tucked away amongst some apartments with no sea views). The main pool is right at the front of the hotel in a beautiful setting with the open sea in the background - idyllic. It is a decent sized salt water pool (although it didn't taste anywhere near as salty as real sea water) with plenty of loungers/shades surrounding it. We spent 5 out of our 6 days lounging around here, taking a lunchtime snack in the shade at the pool bar where the young girl serving was really efficient and friendly.
We stayed here mid-Sept so there were no kids although I'm not sure it's the kind of place families would stay anyway. It is worth noting that we were one of only 2 British couples staying there at the time which we quite liked - the other guests were predominantly German although there seemed a number of Eastern Europeans/Russians and a smattering of Froggies.
I would recommend Hotel Maritimo to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in a wonderful peaceful setting. Our holiday thro Thomas Cook was excellent value as well (c£350 each).
As for Sissi itself, if you're looking for a bog standard Brits abroad holiday with drunkenness, late night partying and clubbing, Sissi is not the resort for you - it's far too nice a place for that.
One final thing - if you go there I would highly recommend that you take with you the novel The Island by Victoria Hislop based around the history of the small island of Spinalonga about half an hour away (excursions available). It's a geat read made all the more so by the fact you are on location while you read it.
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