I generally don't write too many reviews on Tripadvisor; However, after last weeks holiday and some of the reviews I read here I almost feel obliged. Of course there can be one-off incidents like faulty plumbing or reserved restaurants and yes, they do affect your holiday, but they do not give a general impression of the resort.
Upon arrival you feel the luxury of the hotel in the way you drive up to the reception-area. Staff immediately helps with the luggage. The architecture in not only beautiful and functional but also created with luxurious materials adding to the atmosphere.
We (me and my pregnant wife) had the pleasure of spending the last 8 nights in a Deluxe Sea View Room close to the reception meaning quiet and in walking distance of everything. As a frequent traveller the essentials in a room are a good bed and a good shower. In this case, both were excellent. The room had both A/C as well as a fan, the first of which could’ve been a bit colder at times. The room also featured electric curtains, plenty of space and a balcony with a view of the resort & sea. The door to the balcony could be left open at night as there was an electric musquito-net (although I didn’t see any musquitos).
The hotel is partnered and integrated with the larger and more family-oriented Westin Hotel. This means there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in different ranges of price and kitchen. Some are located around the Agora or square in between the 2 hotels. We were quite fond of Flame (BBQ/Grill restaurant overlooking the golfcourse), Da Luigi (Italian restaurant in the square), Barbouni (beachrestaurant) and Pero.
To start with the last, Pero; In all my life have I never seen such an extensive breakfast-buffet as at Pero. On the downside people will notice that one of their favourite bites from the day before is not there but they change some of the pastries and believe you me, they have tons to offer! Of the top of my head I will say there will be 5 different egg-dishes, 15 different pastries, 6 different kinds of fruit, 5 sorts of fresh honey (even dripping still!) etc etc. Add different coffees and juices to order (all included).
If you want to leave the resort for dinner, there’s 2 options; Gialova and Marathopolis. If it’s a good fresh fish meal you’re after, go to Argiris in Marathopolis. The owner Nikos is a very nice guy and he will get you to enjoy the freshest fish imaginable (we saw it come from the boat into the ice in the kitchen with lobsters still alive)
The beach is pristine; Plenty of space between the loungers, clean and the sea we found more like a pool really; clear calm water around 25-26degrees. Ideal. The service on the beach could’ve been quicker but generally speaking it’s good. For lunch we enjoyed Barbouni, the beachrestaurant serving a mostly fish-oriented menu with a brilliant seafood pasta of the day!
The pool we enjoyed mostly at the end of the afternoon when it was a bit more quiet. It offers sunloungers, cabana’s, daybeds and a bar. It’s overall a very nice place to end your day in the sun.
Both the beach as well as the pool offer free towels (2pp).
The healtchclub is not too big but has all the equipment you need plus an outside area where you can do exercises like benchpress, jump rope. The pool, jacuzzi and steamroom are clean and quiet, perfect after a work-out.
After a long day we enjoyed having a cocktail at the Anax Lounge, next to the reception and perfecttly situated for both the literal and figurative ‘sundowner’. With or without saxophone player.
When it comes to service and staff some reviews will be a bit more negative. Although I too feel that sometimes it can be a bit quicker or more professional you have to keep in mind that in total there are 775 rooms in both hotels and there’s no big cities in the area. The resort provides jobs and the small towns provide its citizens for the jobs. This means there will be a need for training (the hotel offers this mandatory to all staff I believe) but also that you will get staff who are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area and its history. Yes, we encountered a few minor mistakes but all staff, none excluded, have been very kind, nice, helpful and willing at all times! This counts for a lot.
I think in general you can always complain about something and it’s good to mention things that can be improved but The Romanos is a wonderful resort in its class with wonderful people working there, making sure you have the holiday you longed for. I certainly hope to return next year!
- Also Known As:
- The Romanos, Costa Navarino Hotel
- The Romanos, Costa Navarino Hotel Messenia Region
- The Romanos, Costa Navarino Greece/Peloponnese
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Romanos features extensive grounds with indigenous trees and plants, a perfect location to enjoy unrivaled relaxation. Spacious terraces, marble exteriors together with contemporary and refined interiors make The Romanos a natural choice to experience the authenticity of the surrounding environment. ... more less
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