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“Very good hotel but be careful with your car” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Despotiko
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pelion, Portaria 37011, Greece   |  
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Ranked #7 of 13 hotels in Portaria
Athens, Greece
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“Very good hotel but be careful with your car”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stayed 3 nights (married couple with a 2yr old toddler and some friends) 27-30 December 2013. We have been many times in Pelion and Portaria. I personally find Pelion the best all-around and winter destination in Greece because it has everything: Mountain, sea, forests, skiing, activities, amazing view, excellent food and it is only 3 hours drive from Athens (2 from Thessaloniki).
The hotel is located very close to the square of Portaria but in order to go there you have to walk a considerable 300-400 metres, half of which uphill.
Despotikon hotel was better than expected. We stayed at the old (renovated) building, which means that it was more traditional and matching with Portaria village but without a lift. It also means that in order to go to the breakfast area (also lobby with fireplace and sofas) you have to walk 50 metres outside.
In my opinion, the breakfast was excellent. I had tasty omelette, fried eggs, delicious honey with yoghurt, mpougatsa (Greek traditional sweet cream pie topped with sugar and cinnamon) and nutella but there were many other things to eat. I would personally add scrambled eggs and fresh squeezed orange juice (it was commercial) to make it the best breakfast ever.
Sleep quality was also excellent (great mattresses and pillows). Cleanliness was very good with some room for improvement. The cleaning lady by mistake took a towel of our own that we used for the kid but it could happen everywhere (it was also white).
The indoors playroom for the kids was cold (we had to ask the reception to turn the heat on) and did not have many toys. As a result, most children were playing at the lobby, around the fireplace and next to the breakfast area, creating a lot of noise. Obviously, we did not use the outside pool because of the cold but I liked the fact that it was full and clean.
Opposite the hotel there is one of the best (but expensive) restaurants of the whole region: "Geusokratoras". Make sure you make a reservation before you go because it is very popular but very small.
The hotel has its own parking area (basement and outside) which could be a great advantage in Portaria if it wasn't for the access. In my opinion, the biggest problem of the hotel is the car access. The road that connects the hotel with the main road is very narrow and can be very dangerous in case of snow. This road is a 2-way road which makes it a real nightmare when two cars face each other in the middle of the road. This means that one of the two has to reverse for at least 50 metres, which can be a real driving skills challenge. The entrance to the parking is also steep and low or long cars (mine, a Passat CC is both) can easily damage the lower part of their chassis on their way in or out. When the parking is full with cars, as it happened in my case, you need to make a lot of maneuvering. I was unlucky enough while I was reversing not to see a staircase and I heavily damaged the front right door.
We payed 135 Euro per night for a superior room (we wanted it big enough to take a baby cot) and our friends 110 Euro per night for a standard room. I consider the price relatively high, even taking into account the peak Christmas period.
All in all a great hotel but next time I would try a different one, only because of the car access.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Nice design interior and exterior modern-industrial-with traditional looks outside to fit the area. The 1st reception staff we met was unfriendly and unwelcoming, however other staff were. On breakfast u have to pay extra for cappuccino or espresso, apparently only filter coffee included in the, just adequate for such a hotel class breakfast, thi was rather dissapointing. No origin of breakfast products stated and especially not origin of honey (country and floral origin) as it is legislated now in Greece, so I dont know if what i am eating is Bulgarian honey (3€/kg) or Greek (5-15€/kg). One would expect MORE value for money and guest focused attitude, especially this era. Breakfast and reception attitude of SOME of the staff would suit more to a budget hotel. People setting the breakfast were apparently poorly trained as cuttlery was placed to tables by holding them from the front part (the one u put in your mouth) with bare hands.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We have visited the hotel twice with my girlfriend in order to arrange our upcoming marriage.
On the second time, we agreed verbally with the owner of the Hotel about the dates, the menus etc for our wedding. Since we agreed on most of the details (book the whole hotel,rates,dates etc) we booked also the church that is right next to the hotel for the ceremony. Three days later I have contacted them again to discuss the wine list and they have postponed the arrangements for the following week.
On my surprise I was informed from the priest that the same day that I have booked the church, another couple would have their wedding, that they would also stay in Despotiko.
I contacted the hotel at once to verify if there was a misunderstanding.
I have faced the most unprofessional and rude behavior in my life. The only response from them was "We are sorry but the other couple paid immediately their deposit and this is only what we care for..."
It's easy to understand the quality of these people, having a look at the rest of the reviews, talking about bad behavior.
We'll definitely take the path of justice.
My honest advise. DO NOT EVER VISIT THIS HOTEL. IT WILL BE A WASTE OF MONEY

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The hotel it self is good and clean, stuff was OK and breakfast was minimal but satified.
The hotel had a special room for small children and our sin enjoyed playing there.

We had hard time to locate the hotel, although we used GPS.
The narrow access road is actually nightmare - we scartch our car while trying to reach the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ramat HaSharon, Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

the hotel is nice and the rooms too, but few big disadvanteges:
1. The stuff are unkind and very un pleasant especialy at the reception.
2.In the evening- They had a local wedding at the area of the pool, It was very noisy and loud music until the middle of the night. and they close the pool early !!
3. The access to the hotel is terrible, and there is no sign from the main street (like for other hotels)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Pros
- Nice decoration
- New hotel
- Nice Location
Cons
- Very difficult & dangerous access to the hotel
- Limited space in parking area
- Arrogant and non-friendly personnel
- Small pool and limited number of umbrellas
- Poor insulation in the rooms
- Poor breakfast
- Very expensive

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We have been in the hotel for 5 nights. We are a family of 2+2 (10, 13). We had a "family room".

Pros:
Very modern and well maintained hotel.
Emphasis on design.
Good service.
Free parking.
Nice and well informed personnel
Good breakfast
Strong effective aircondition

Cons:
The last 200 meters (or so) that you need to drive are in a very narrow, hard to drive, brick paved road.
Hard to drive to the northern Pelion beaches (1 hour to Ag. Ioanis and 1:15 to Damouchari).
The swimming pool is small and you can not spend half a day by the pool (with kids)
No free coffee in the room. You need to go to the lobby and buy coffee.

Generally speaking it is a wonderful hotel for a couple without children. It is romantic and well designed. When it comes to a family stay it is good. The overall rating is in the middle (i.e. very good).

When it the hotel go to eat in the nearby restaurant Kritsa.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Despotiko

Address: Pelion, Portaria 37011, Greece
Location: Greece > Thessaly > Magnesia Region > Portaria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Portaria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Despotiko 4*
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Also Known As:
Arhontiko Despotiko Hotel Portaria

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