Little of the nice things described by other reviewers - I mean not only the especially baked cake and/or the wine bottle take-away gift, but even the scrambled eggs/omelette -, though a nice experience overall. The room was, I deem, one of the largest that they have here - I'd booked a 2+1 one, even though we were just two. My wife loved the extra-large matrimonial bed, more exactly its very, very soft & thick mattress and matching pillows. (She actually said: "These are the best mattress and pillows I have ever encountered in a hotel, anywhere in the entire world!".) As for me, I'd bend towards the smaller, twin-size bed attached, with a harder mattress... :) The room was well furnished, had an LCD TV with many satellite/cable channels, a very powerful air conditioning unit and a desk - but I was on holidays, so I didn't use it at all... The balcony, even small - and, again, almost unused by us, except hanging our towels (still wet from the last, morning bath in Zakynthos) - was a cool addition with its pleasant sea view. The beach is not at all sandy, as some of the fellow reviewers said - it's somewhere mid-way to pebbles, being in fact a constructed, entirely man-made one. Had seen a very similar one in Almeria, Spain. Some time ago, I'd swear there had been no beach in both places. You can tell this easily at least by its "sand" consistency/texture and the suddenly deepening water right next to the shore (yes, I know it can happen so even on purest sandy beaches - at the Turkish Mediterranean, for example, but trust me on this one). This does not mean the whole ambient of the place is not nice - by contrary. I liked a lot it as it was not touristic/commercial... Back to the room. I'd requested a non-smoking one, but this had a particular, unmistakable cigar(ette) odor. I raised the issue to the lady in charge/owner - who wasn't speaking English almost at all -, but being immediately contradicted, I chose not to argue with her. She was a lady, she was in her 60's, it was already 8 pm, we were very tired and the problem was actually not that big... Yet, dear madam, it was not a non-smoking room you gave us. :) The shower is new, I reckon, with cool message/jacuzzi-like features. Unfortunately, I did not use them at all, nor my wife. Our sheer choice, as they were perfectly functional. A bit less functional was the rather poorly set curtain, that would never, ever, stop water from flowing unto the floor, both because being too short (= there's is a 2-3 cm space between its lower end and the shower sink edge) and... completely missing one side (= towards the wall opposite/facing the shower system). We did see some other double rooms, with shower cabins, in the morning - picked glances through the open doors, before they got cleaned :) -, but those had only two regular twin beds, not matrimonial/king size ones, and also their entire design was somehow a bit inferior to ours... therefore we got then even happier with what we had been offered. :) The breakfast was missing variety, but I think it was quite good. I mean I do possess a pretty sensitive stomach - which just behaved during the next 700 km until our next stop in Bulgaria. So I dare to consider that the butter, toast, eggs, cheese, ham, jams and tea that I'd eaten were fresh and/or of at least decent quality. I/we skipped the cake - not sure if baked in-house or bought - as it simply seemed old and a bit stale. In the morning, I met the coolest and most vivacious person in Greece - I deem it was the owners' son. A very charming character, member of the local theater group and a host of other cultural & artistic endeavors, and speaking good English. Chatted with him for about 20 minutes before hitting the road again... and said we'd be back one day. Which was not a lie. :) We did like the place = village of Nea Anchialos entirely, even with those several obvious, rather quirky elements of the hotel. Oh, one more thing: the restaurant/taverna we chose for dinner, the evening of our arrival, is called "Galaxias" - I know for sure, as its wi-fi connection is still in my phone networks' list. :) Food is extremely good and reasonably priced. I had a tsipuro (without "anis") - that came with a small fish snack bonus (alike Spanish tapas, if you like, yet somehow viceversa... you ask for the booze and it comes with an appetizer attached), fresh fish fried meatballs, and some grilled sardines file. Everything was very tasty. But the moussaka my wife ordered - and was unable to finish :) - was the absolute peak of the feast. You can hardly get something like this getting cold and yet keeping its complex appeal, not being oily and difficult-to-eat at all... Savored to the very last bite. Awesome. Plus that among the people around us 90+% were locals (mostly colorful seniors). With the additional beer, glass of wine (the house's variety - very good), and icecream accompanying the chocolate souffle/brownie at the dessert, my wife & I did spend (t)here some of our 2+ nicest hours ever. Stayed June 30th/July 1st, at the 2nd floor - yes, the elevator does seem be missing its inside door, but only seems, as this is the Greek style! :) -, in... the last room on the left hand side, after you turned right from the elevator (perhaps 206, but not that sure right now). Most likely we'd return here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Pagasitikos Bay, the 3 star Protessilaos Hotel is a family run hotel enjoying a great location in Nea Anchialos, a traditional Greek village with a long shingle beach and extensive archaeological remains, further north towards the city of Volos and close to VOLOS Airport (VOL).The elegant rooms at Protessilaos Hotel are comfortably furnished and equipped a variety of in room amenities with free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the gulf from their private balconies.A delicious buffet breakfast is served each morning. Guests can also enjoy breakfast in the privacy of their rooms.Situated only 30 meters from the beach and within easy walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants, the hotel offers cozy accommodations in a friendly atmosphere which will make you surely feel at home.The hotel also features a TV lounge with fire place, a meeting room, a cafeteria and a bar, where you can enjoy your favorite drink with the friendly staff or simply relax, as well as a lovely terrace, where you can spend peaceful evenings.The hotel is conveniently located approximately 15km from Volos. It can serve as an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area, as well as visit Pilio, Meteora and Skiathos island."Feel At Home…Away From Home" ... more less
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