We stayed at the George Hotel for one week from 30th. September 2012. It was our eighth visit to Nidri, the second this year, although we have never stayed at the George before. We had often walked passed it and fancied having a try and the opportunity arose, so we took a late booking (6 weeks prior). The discounts weren’t great, but it always looked a nice place so we gave it a try. Generally we enjoyed the week; the weather was glorious, hot and sunny all day long. The trouble with the weather was because it was very hot the mosquitos were out in vast numbers.
Our room wasn’t particularly great; we were on the second floor at the back at the end away from the road. We had a good view of the washing lines, which had washing on them most of the time. The furnishings are a bit old and really need bringing up to date. Not sure of the star ratings as previously reported in other reviews, they say two star, but the website says three, two stars would be pushing it a bit, more to one. We had no hot water (not even tepid) for the first two days and no plug in the bathroom sink. Having reported it to the owners we were told they would look at it and the water was still cold for our first evening shower, which we of course didn’t have. The water was still cold the following morning and I again reported it to be told they found an electrical fault with the boiler and thought that had fixed it. Obviously nobody had bothered to check if their solution had worked, so they then called in a plumber. Eventually we had hot water, but only at certain times, apparently the morning water was heated by a boiler and the evening by solar panels, unfortunately it didn’t get warm until after 6.00 pm. We eventually did get a plug, two in fact, the proper one which they failed to connect and a rubber one, which did the job. The shower curtain was the usual 6 inch too short, so water went all over the bathroom floor; the shower was old fashioned as was the toilet.
The main room was OK and we were surprised to have two small rings and a few plates and a pan as we were on bed and breakfast. The tea and coffee making facilities were two cups, two saucers and a kettle. No tea, coffee, milk, sugar etc., not my idea of tea and coffee making facilities. We had a little chest and a little bedside table, very little drawer space and only one small wardrobe. No washing line on the balcony. The good points where although linen was down to be changed once during our weeks stay, you could have clean towels every day and clean bed linen daily on request. The rooms were cleaned every day and done quite thoroughly. The television was a joke, four channels, one Greek, two German and one American called CNNN with finance on all the time. No news programs at all, total waste of time. A few ants round the sink now and again didn’t worry us too much.
Breakfast was the usual Greek idea of what the British want, but never really gets there. If you don’t like eggs or get egg-bound beware. There was bread and butter (no low fat spread), honey and some home-made jam which I only tasted once and didn’t like. The usual processed ham and cheese slices, but the main part was the eggs. Three days we had scrambled which were rubbery and a bit tasteless, the other four we had fried, which were OK. To accompany these we had Greek bacon twice, hot dog sausages once, cooked tomatoes twice and nothing the other two days. The best part of the breakfast was the deep fried doughnuts, although doughnuts for breakfast? The breakfast was served between 8.30 and 10.30 although it was never ready at 8.30. We never ate any other meals there and I was amazed to read that they had an al a carte menu with the cooking equipment that I saw.
It had a fair sized pool, but not much sunbed area round it and for some reason they propped the pool cleaning machine where people walked and I got a bit sick of banging my head on it. There was a small grassed area with sunbeds and brollies, although again these were a bit antiquated, some slit down the sides.
We were picked up at 7.00pm on our last day, having to leave the room at noon we decided to keep our room for an extra 40 euros. I thought this would mean that we would have been given at least fresh towels and the toilet box cleared, but no, just 40 euros for doing nothing.
My general impression is it is a good cheap hotel so long as you get a decent discount. Would I go again, possibly if the price was right? Nidri is a great place and there are plenty of other choices, which possibly may be better.
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