Stayed in a superior double (3 people sharing) for one week at the beginning of September 2012.
Taxi from the airport was about 25 euros. The hotel is right across the road from Perissa beach and appears to be the only hotel slap bang on the sea front in the vicinity. The hotel is a complex of various types of rooms all arranged around two swimming pools. Our room was on the first floor and the balcony overlooked one of the swimming pools; it was not a sea view as we were led to believe. The room was spacious and clean; the sofa (transformed into a single bed) and the double bed both had firm mattresses. Bathroom had toilet, basin and shower - it appeared to be similar to the 'monsoon' style but failed in its attempts (perhaps the head needs descaling?). The room also had a fridge and a very efficient A/C unit. Safe boxes are not provided but you can hire one in the main lobby for ~3 euros a night. We particularly liked the way the housekeeping staff made the rooms up.
Both swimming pools were clean and it rarely seemed that all the sunbeds were taken up during the day; then again with the beach right across the road why sit around a swimming pool? There is a wealth of bars offering sunbeds along the beach. Some come with the stipulation you have to buy drinks/lunch, some you have to pay for and others others are free but without any kind of service available. Tranquilo at the west end of the beach was one of our favourites and had some brilliant food especially catering for vegetarians. Generally the earlier you get down to the beach the more choice of sunbeds there are on offer. B eaware the beaches here are not sandy but comprised of fine and smooth black shingle.
The front desk staff can also arrange car rental. Do ensure to check if you do end up getting a different car to what you asked for the price for them is the same. We ordered a Nissan Note and got a Nissan Micra to find out that there was a 30 euro difference, which we were able to claim back after making our feelings clear.
Breakfast was far from great. It is served in the attached Pergola restaurant. The hot items appeared to alternate on a daily basis: sausage and omelette one day, scrambled egg and bacon the next. The fruit jiuce provided tasted like squash. There was just one 4-slice toaster that had clearly seen better days and took far too long to toast. The range of fruit provided was poor. There was plenty of sliced bread, yoghurt and crossaints. In general I feel for the amount of people that were staying at the hotel at the time more facilities were desperately needed to cope with demand. There is a 24 hour bakery off the main street in Perissa; exit the Veggera, turn left, turn left before The Volcano restaurant and then at the end of the street turn right and cross over - excellent selection of hot pastries, cakes and other snacks.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants surrounding the hotel including a mini-market right next door; a special mention to the staff of this shop as they were extremely helpful so if you have any questions about activities do not hesitate to ask them. The Pergola restaurant is attached to the hotel and we received a 20% and 25% discount for dinner and lunch respectively; however, we noticed the prices they charged were significantly higher than other places in the vicinity.
If you decide against renting a car/quad bike/scooter there is a bus stop outside Bob's Bar (opposite Dorian's) on the main street. There are regular services between Perissa/Perivolos and Fira. Other places of interest in the vicinity are: the beach at Vlichada is another good choice; at Akritori you can take a boat to the famous red, white and black beaches. The white beach features a cave you can swim through. You can also walk to Ancient Thira up the mountainside but beware it's a hard climb!
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