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Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thermisia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights with my wife and 4-years old daughter during our 8 days Greece adventure. As form Croatia, I was not interested in traditional island and wild nature since we have a lot of them at home. I was looking for resort type just to relax few days. In that sense Barcelo met my expectations. Location is isolated form everything but still easily reachable form Athens - 2 hours sail with flying dolphin to Hermioni (60€/adult), than 12 km by taxi to the hotel (20€). It is also possible to come by car 180km, that is cheaper but longer trip. Resort is not at island but due remote location feeling is like it is! Beaches are very nice and clean and what I find important never crowded as they seem to be private for hotel guests only. The pool is also nice, but there is sometimes lack of parasols and deckchairs. Children love small shelf pool. Generally hotel ground is beautiful, well maintained and pleasant to walk around. We had deluxe room that is spacious and clean but far away form regular 5* standard! For example no sleepers, bathrobe, coffee and tea maker, minibar is empty so you have to fill the drinks in by yourself, only trashcan in all room is one in bathroom, there is no one hanger to hang your towels in toilet,... Service staff is quite slow during dinner time. Food quality is not superb but good enough, just as expected for huge buffet restaurant, nice mixture of standard food and few Greek meals. All inclusive option with dinner is limited on soft drinks and only one kind of local red and white wine, everything else you have to pay additionaly so I choose half board option, as I found 45€ supplement per night not worth. The musicians do nice job in the evening performing live show in open-air theatre trying to be interactive with guests. As mentioned in many previous posts WiFi speed is unacceptable slow and useless! As we needed just nice relax far form everything Barcelo was very nice experience, but hotel should do some improvements to deserve 5th star declared.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

- Beautiful location, Nice big and clean rooms, nice beach, nice pool.
- Certainly understaffed. Staff under-trained and sometimes rude. Big ques at the bars, you have to be very patient to be served at the restaurants.
- Food OK but nothing special

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank PNP2013
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is a very nice resort if you don't need internet service!
Very nice beach, spacious room and most people are friendly (except for the receptionists).
The food is good and I would recommend the all inclusive if you want to not leave the resort especially if you have children.
Nice chef and tasty food with a wide variety.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank gesthimania
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We went the 1st week of August (30/7-4/8), on our first family vacations with our 7 months baby.
1. An amazing location. Sandy beach, clean sea waters (not cold), even it was windy sea had not waves. Full of trees.
2. Room: We stayed in a bungalow deluxe. Clean, spatious. On the minus side it didnt have a antimosquito devise, and low internet (with cable) speed.
3. Restaurant : We had Half board. Food was always enough. Variety was acceptable, but quality was excellent.
4. Pool : No comments. Just superb
5. Spa: Very good
6. Service: Very good (especialy from the restaurant staff). Reception needed a 'smile' seminar
7. Water: Only bottled water but very expensive (buy bottles from the village nearby)
8. Atmosphere: Very relaxing.
9. Internet: Free Wifi available only in main building. (they could have it in the pool and beach bar)
We asked before the reservation for special bed for the baby and to have room close to the pool (and not in the hills) as we had the baby trolley, and they responded to our need 100%.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

An excellent building and place facilities but a worst ever service and management
I' m staying for holidays now August 2013.
Rooms spacius and comfort
Marvellus place with sanny beach BUT

The management of hotel has serius problems
The employees personnel are not enough to serve the clients. Beaches have not care from employees and they have not all the amenities
Reception employees are unwilling
The all inclusive is very very poor for the price. The basic things
Τhis hotel has serious problems with the manager
Too bad because is a wonderful place

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I went with my kid and my wife on 25/7/13.
The worst resort i have ever been in Greece or elsewhere.

- The room definetelly it is not five star hotel standard.
There is no internet wireless or ethernet in the room. There is no where to hung the towels in the bathroom. The windows dont have any mesh to protect for mosquitos. Unless you are staying in a suite there is no double bed.

- Room service. There is no room service.

- Reception. The most rood receptionist i have ever seen. During our arrival they asked me to discharge the laggages. and wait until somebody to come and take them to the room. i waited half an hour.
They never smile or say something pleasant.

- The restaurant . It is ok, however the first night didnt have any fish or sea food in the buffet.

- The bars dont have rum, or tequila. Yes exactly.

- The personel is less than it should be and not trained.

Generally i would not recomended to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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10  Thank ioannistrianta
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Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

It is a great hotel for relaxing and having some good time! Great spa and a very well organized gym. The all inclusive program has only one problem, the hot coffees were for free but you have to pay for the cold coffees (maybe ice is to expensive in arkadia...)

  • Stayed: June 2013
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2  Thank Panos76
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Additional Information about Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort

Address: Thermisia-Plepi, Thermisia 210 51, Greece (Formerly VClub Valtur Hydra Beach)
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Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Argolis Region > Thermisia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thermisia
Price Range: $146 - $395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 328
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right on the beachfront of Thermisia area in front of the Saronic Gulf with a beautiful view of Hydra Island the Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort features a magnificent spa center and an outdoor infinity pool. A sea-view main buffet restaurant serving Mediterranean and international cuisine and the a la carte (in summer months) Byblos Lounge and Bar are also available. Contemporary decorated, all rooms and bungalows open to a furnished balcony or terrace with garden, mountain or sea views. Each unit has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning and minibar. The bathroom is fitted with a shower, bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The 17,222 ft² (1,600 m)² spa center of Hydra Beach offers an indoor pool with a waterfall and hot tub, Turkish bath and fully equipped gym. Massage and body treatments and a beauty salon are available. Other facilities include a tennis court and playground. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms and public areas. Barcelo Hydra Beach is 6.4 km from the port of Ermioni connecting to the island of Hydra. Within a 30-minute drive, guests can also reach Galatas Port, where sea taxis depart to the island of Poros. Free, private parking is available on site. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villaggio Valtur Hydra Beach Hotel Thermisia
Barcelo Hydra Beach Resort Greece/Thermisia

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