I was in Thessaloniki for business and decided to extend my visit to Greece with some personal time for some much needed rest and relaxation. I was looking for a quiet and peaceful setting with clean accomodations close to the beach. I got exactly what I wanted in Toroni Paradise Studios.
The room was VERY clean (a top priority of mine when choosing accomodations) and had a spacious layout. I made use of the small kitchen and prepared dinner for myself every night, which I enjoyed on my private terrace (that had a partial ocean view!). For me the only drawback regarding the room was that the bathroom did not have a fixed shower head (which I am accustomed to), it only had a hand-held shower head.
The hotel is located accross the street from the beach so you can easily walk back and forth to your room during the day. It was great that they provided lounge chairs that you could carry to the beach and had umbrellas, exclusively for guests, already in the sand. The hotel is actually behind their pizza shop, but it is a quick and pleasant walk through a beautiful and charming garden. They also have shaded tables on the beach where they can serve you drinks and food.
Toroni itself was a very nice beach town. It is sorrounded by very pretty hills and the air is refreshing. A lot of families so it was very quiet. I enjoyed walks from one end of town to the other in the evenings and mornings. The beach is very pretty, although the sand is not soft and powdery, more like pebbles (if I return I will buy those rubber-soled water shoes). The water, however, is AMAZING. I have never experienced such clean and clear water. It is very gentle water also, so you can float and enjoy even if not the best swimmer.
I really enjoyed having coffee with the family that owns and operates the hotel. They were so friendly, warm, and welcoming...not to mention the father makes fantastic pizza! They were excellent hosts. I loved seeing what a loving, traditional, funny, Greek family is like first hand and learning about Greek life from them. The daughters speak English very well, and the mother's self-taught English is very good. Doukissa, one of the daughters, was very helpful as I was planning and preparing for my trip. She was very responsive to emails and provided a lot of useful information.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a narrow road separates us from the captivating beach of Toroni. All of our rooms have:- air conditioning- satellite television- fully-fitted kitchen- sparkling clean bathrooms-balcony-internet-free loungers and umbrellas for the beach-barbeque-garden. As well as all the above, our boarders may use our sun loungers on the beach at no extra charge. If you are among the lucky ones who manage to book an apartment in the front, you will be able to savor drinks on your balcony with a view of the unique sunset over Toroni Bay. If you stay in one of the other studios on our property looking onto the luscious green garden, you will only have to walk literally a few paces to where we serve coffee, breakfast, traditional Greek pastries and pies until lunchtime and pizzas from lunchtime onwards. ... more less
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