We have just returned from a wonderful 2 week stay at El Greco. It really is a beautiful hotel, I have never stayed in a hotel in Greece that was so clean, the staff dont stop from morning to night and are incredibly helpful. The hotel is on 3 levels with a pool on each, 2 with jacuzzis. We found the pool next to reception and spent most of our holiday there. The sunbeds were the most comfortabIe I have ever laid on. We tried the beds at the bottom pool and they definately need changing, the base has bars underneath and the mattresses have lost their stuffing. We had a lovely room on the first floor which was extremely quiet apart from guests in other rooms scraping their chairs across the floors. Perhaps they were too heavy to lift! The room was large with a balcony overlooking the pool. The bathroom was also large with a whirlpool bath and power shower. My only complaint here was the hairdryer. I deliberately didnt take mine and wished I had. It was lukewarm and extremely slow. Our room was cleaned everyday and towels changed. I really dont know how anyone could complain about the breakfasts, they catered for everybody, full English, the usual ham and cheese, cereal, yoghurt and fruit and cake! Lunchtime snacks were varied and not cheap but we found sharing a club sandwich with fries was plenty for us and as for the pizzas, blimey, they were huge. We didnt eat in the restaurant in the evenings as we like to eat in a different place everynight.
The walk into town took about 10 minutes with a wonderful view of the Caldera on the way. There is a supermarket about half way for supplies. The town itself has enough restaurants to keep anyone happy for 2 weeks. We didnt have a bad meal but my favourite was Dionysis where i had a divine lamb stuffed with feta and spinach. We also loved, Lithos, Stani, Ellis and Naussua. We found the food very reasonably priced, obviously the food was more expensive in the Caldera restaurants but it wasnt much more expensive than at home. The drinks in the restaurants was also reasonable but the bar prices. Wow! Drink as much as you can during happy hours, you'll still pay 8-10 euros for 2 cocktails. One lovely bar we found charged 12 euros for cocktails so I stuck to house wine mostly which was reasonable. One place to avoid at all costs is the restaurant Don Angelo, have a look at the comments on this site, I will say no more. Thank god we had read about it so avoided it other than to walk past and feel sorry for the people eating there. There are several good bars, Brothers looks like a prison from outside but was ok inside apart from repeating the music both nights we went there. There is a little jazz bar that we liked that sold Sangria, delicious.
Our First Choice rep John was great. It was his first year repping but was really knowledgeable and helpful. We booked the sunset cruise through First Choice and they forgot to pick us up which didnt go down well but even though it was his day off he sorted everything out.
All in all we had a fantastic time. The hotel did not disappoint and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- El Greco Fira
- El Greco Hotel Fira
- El Greco Santorini/Fira
- El Greco Hotel Santorini