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Rigas Hotel
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Afitos, Afitos 63077, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Afitos B&B and Inns
Durham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“"Best ever holiday"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Recently returned from weeks stay at Rigas hotel. after finding this place last year we could not wait to return. Just had the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday ever! Natasha so friendly and helpful even though she must be tired at the end of a long season. Rooms and view...WOW! Food great. Village quaint. Good choice of restaurants, our favourite being Tseki. Already looking to return next year. Says it all.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We recently spent a week at the Rigas Hotel in Afitos, Halkidiki and after an hours journey by coach from Thessaloniki airport, we arrived to be greeted by the very friendly, pleasant owner - Natasha. We travelled with family and were in Rooms 36 and 37 which gave us absolutely stunning views of the turquoise bay and beach of Afitos. One of the best balcony views we have ever had in Greece - it was simply beautiful.

The rooms themselves were very good. The bathrooms are well appointed and consist of a glass shower screen with shower over a bath, the bedroom is carpeted with a king sized bed, small sofa bed, large dressing table and mirror, tv and mini fridge (the only gripe about this was that the fridge barely worked). The room was spacious and kept absolutely spotlessly clean by the very hard working maid. Towels and bed linen changed frequently, loo rolls provided, as was a little complimentary basket of tiny shower gels, hand cream etc. One of the most surprising aspects was that the air conditioning was free. We have had to pay up to 60 euros a week extra in some apartments/hotels and so this was a real bonus.

Breakfast at the Rigas is from 8.30am to 10.30am and was very generous. You could eat on the large decking terrace (whilst checking out the gorgeous views) or indoors, undercover. Breakfast was generous and tasty and consisted of boiled eggs, omelette, bread, ham, cheese, butter, jams, nutella spread, cakes, savouries from bakery, toast, cereals, fruit juices, coffee, tea, watermelon. It was all delicious.
The walk down to the beach from the Hotel can be done two ways. We read on this site that the walk down the unmade track was very steep, but relatively short. Please add to this the fact that it's pretty dangerous too. Extremely rocky in places, slippery underfoot and extremely steep. Going up again was hard on the muscles, but do-able. We called it Cardiac Alley though ! Not recommended for someone who is less than mobile and you will certainly need some sensible footwear with grip on the soles to attempt this track.
The other way down to the beach is a longer walk across the front of the cliff (bypassing the rough track), down the village steps and then down the beach road. This takes 15 minutes slow walking (as opposed to 5 mins the steep way).

When you get down to the beach, bear left and there you will find an absolutely glorious white sand beach with easy sandy access into the crystal clear turquoise sea.
Sunbeds cost 5 euros for 2 sunbeds and an umbrella.

Afitos village itself is a lovely narrow laned, stone built village, full of charm and with lots of little shops and cafe bars.
We ate mostly at the To Esteki Taverna and once at Christos Taverna. Nice, tasty food and good service.

There are a few bars but we favoured the bar with the large 'tree' sculpture on the wall - a kind of courtyard bar, where the service was good, the draught beer came in frosted glasses, and the staff were friendly.

All in all, this was a terrific place to stay. Natasha runs the Rigas Hotel brilliantly, is extremely friendly, helpful and pleasant, and we would recommend the hotel to everyone. Try the Rigas - you will be blown away by the view !

Room Tip: Request a high floor to take full advantage of the incredible views over the bay.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Bilsthorpe
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4 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed at the Rigas for a week this August. First the hotel exceeded my expectations, the sea views are beautiful and the rooms were of a good standard. Breakfast was good. The staff were friendly and service was good at the bar. We also ate there a couple of times as it was too HOT to walk into the village at lunch time although it was just a few minutes down the road. It was seriously hot, which meant we did not do any trips or walk about much as usual, as it was topping 40 degrees. Afitos is perfect, there are mainly Greek tourists, which meant it felt very much a Greek seaside resort. The town is built in old stone and has character. It was very lively at night, in the Greek sense, with people thronging the streets and all the families out walking about making as much as they could of the cooler night air. We found eating out reasonable, a bit below UK prices really. Below the hotel is their Yacht Bar which is very swish! It was a shame we didn't get out and about more in Halkidiki, the amazing views across the bay especially at night with the fishing boat lights and the harbour lights across the water twinkling, looked very tempting. We had an amazing chill out though lying by the pool or just gazing out over that wonderful view. In other countries you would pay a lot for that view ... we went down to the beach once and it looked lovely but it was a bit of a walk in the heat (so lazy!) and we prefer the pool anyway. At night there was live music a couple of times at Rigas which was a bit unexpected too. The crowd staying at the Rigas was mainly British and they were all lovely. All in all a great stay and thank you Rigas for sending me home so relaxed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

The Rigas hotel is something of a gem.
My partner and I were lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in the Rigas Hotel in July and we were thrilled with everything about it.
Having done a lot of research online prior to booking our holiday (first beach holiday in 5 years meant a lot of careful consideration went into this one!) we were feeling confident about our hotel choice and the fact we were traveling with Thomson. Both of us have not been on a package holiday since we were children preferring to book ad hoc city breaks prior to this holiday.

When we pulled up to the hotel after a smooth hour and 20 minutes transfer coach ride, the entrance gave little away. From the road, the Rigas is nothing but a large sign adjacent to a pathway. Approaching the hotel we were greeted by Natasya who we came to realise is the hotel Manageress. She was warm and friendly, not the usual formal check-in.. she showed us right to our room.
On first glance the room was bigger than I expected, especially the bed! The bed is quite huge and the room included large fitted wardrobes, bedside tables with lovely huge matching lamps, large mirror, drawers, TV, mini sofa and coffee table.
We were quite impressed with the furnishings and attention to detail. There is carpeted floor which may seem odd to some but trust me, it is so much better than cold tiles especially when the air conditioning was so strong! It gave it more of a luxurious feel.
The bathroom is a good size with a large basin, toilet and shower over the bath. There is no shower curtain so it has a wet room-like drain. It does get soggy but the heat soon gets rid of the water!
The balcony was large in size and there really are no words to discribe how beautiful the view out is. The balcony looks out over Afitos beach and the huge expanse of ocean that lies between the Kassandra and Sithonia peninsulas. I actually became quite addicted to waking up at 5am to catch the sun rising above the water (and then of course going back to sleep!) as it was breathtaking.

The breakfast was pretty fine and we didn't miss one morning in the full 14 days so I guess that says it all. It consisted of breads, jams and condiments, yogurts, fruit salad, tomatoes, ham, feta, pre-prepared omlette, cereals, juices, tea and coffee.

The pool area is one of the best things about the hotel as the pool is a perfect size and the sun loungers are clean and modern. It is very peaceful by the pool and there are several sofas. We had lunch by the pool many times during our stay and were impressed with the quality of the food there prepared by the funny Kostas. We loved your stuffed peppers Kostas!
They serve the usual bar snack (pizza, club sandwhiches, salads) as well as a special menu each day that consists of traditional greek dishes such as Souvlaki, Moussaka, Lasagna etc.
Equally, on the evening, the pool area is the perfect place to come back to and relax at after our meal in Afitos. There is soft lighting and music and there is a full bar.
At the weekends, they open their Riva Yacht Bar which is a swanky affair that is just below the pool and looks out onto Afitos bay. We didn't actually try it out but it looked special.

Afitos itself is really beautiful as it is the oldest town in Kassandra and it is made up of cobbled streets and traditonal buildings. I actually under-estimated how many restaurants there would be in Afitos before I came- there are LOADS! Everybody says go to Christos and Tomatoe and Pepper but we found these places very touristy and bland. We would recommend the Mezze restaurant on the beach and try and find The White Rooms Hotel.. the beachfront, candlelit restaurant there is devine. On one night we walked 35 minutes along the country lane to the next town Kalithea to visit a recommended restaurant called Avli which was one of our favourites.

Our tour rep Jamie was great! He was very approachable and easy to talk to and we booked the Cast Away trip with him. He lives in Afitos so can recommend you some great restaurants to visit.

Overall, we could not have asked for more from this holiday and Rigas Hotel.
The thing that impressed me most was that it is a family run business and they made you feel very welcome and never once lacked in standards, friendliness and cleanliness.

During our final goodbye to Natasa she said "Next time come back as Honeymooners!".... I'm working on it Natasa ;)

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 3rd floor for the best views.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hertford
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

So many people have already written good reviews, but I always check trip advisor before travelling and feel its important to also comment for future guests.

Hotel: Great location for the village and the beach. Short walk to the beach down a (very) steep slope and you're there. We timed it, and even walking slowly it only took just under 5 minutes. It's hard going on the return, but burns off a few calories! Sensible footwear a must! Rooms are clean, spacious, have good amenities as standard and the views are breathtaking. Natasha and the team are delightful, breakfast is buffet style with plenty of choice & the one meal we ate there was delicious and great value.

Beach: Beach is lovely, although rocky in places, this is however great for exploring and snorkelling. Jelly shoes are beneficial. Most beds/ umbrellas charged at €5 although if you sit near AlSpagna they are free (provided you order at least a drink or two) Food and drinks are reasonably priced though. Sea is warm and really beautifully clear.

Afitos Village: Very quaint, with everything you might need. Lovely restaurants (The Pirate Cod being our favourite for choice and quality), cafes, a few bars and some shops/supermarkets. It does get busier at the weekends as many Greeks/Eastern Europeans travel down, but it's not unbearable and actually added to the ambience.

We travelled via Thomson & Jamie the advisor is on hand should you need him. He does a walking tour of the village which we enjoyed, plus we went on their boat trip Castaway which was a lovely relaxing day out.

All in all, a beautiful location for a relaxing holiday. Would recommend it if you are looking for a quiet break in the sun.

PS. The photos attached genuinely do Rigas, Afitos and the views justice!



  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

Just got back from a week @ the Rigas hotel. Room was very nice although the weather was great so we didn't need to spend much time in it. It was as nice as the pictures looked, the staff we're really friendly and nice, we had a warm welcome and were made to feel at home all week. The town is nice, quite oldy worldy cobbled streets its just what you'd expect of a small Greek town. Some nice taverners its a walk to the beech but the best hotel to be @ if you want to go. There's two ways down depends how you feel we did the "long" way 10mins down. Really recommend the Rigas. All round better than a 3*

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Hotel , clean , ideal location, fantastic views, great service, would definately go again.

Room Tip: All rooms are good as the hotel overlooks the sea with stunning views
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Afitos, Afitos 63077, Greece
Location: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Kassandra > Afitos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Afitos
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rigas Hotel 3.5*
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