We selected this hotel specifically for its remote beach location..looking quiet, calm & a perfect place to relax a couple of days. Just like the other reviewers are posting (hey, these are the postings I read before booking!) it is perfectly true.
This is a nicely furnished (clean, neat, comfortable, modern) hotel in a beautiful location at the base of the Temple of Poseidon with a picture-perfect little beach in a sheltered cove. The food in the restaurant was good...though a bit pricey (like it normally is in a hotel anyway) in comparison to other locations we visited in Greece. Breakfast buffet was decent (tons of pastries), some fresh prepared fruits would have been a match to the quality, but weren't present. The staff is very friendly & helpful...........but.........
For the price you're paying, you're expecting that beautiful beach to be for the hotel guests. The hotel does pay annually for the beach, but basically operates it like a public beach! Granted, hotel guests have priority, but are you really going to go tattle & make the beach boy cause someone to give up their chairs for you? Besides, smoking is abundant & the chairs are so densely packed cigarette smoke is unavoidable! Literally every single beach lounger was taken from about 10am-6pm on Saturday! When you looked across the cove at the beach without chairs, it was deserted...too bad we didn't have a car to get there!
On another note, the air conditioning did not work very well, causing the room to be quite warm...but I think this is typical in Europe for summer, so I wouldn't count this against them. It should also be noted that there is not a shower...you sit in the tub & use a hand-held shower attachment, which might be because they have to bring water in...again something I won't count against them as water is often precious in Greece locations!
I think if the hotel can use a temporary rope to section off a portion of the beach exclusively for the hotel guests (this would be easily moved according to the occupancy level) the beach problem would be satisfactorily remedied. I certainly understand the income they can make from their bar off of the locals crowding their beach on weekends...and it is a nice location & there are free chairs for the taking, which is why I think everyone goes there. The only other option would be to decrease the room rate to be comparable to hotels that do not have their own beach...which I don't think is as good of an option for either the hotel or the customer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aegeon Beach Hotel is placed at the most beautiful spot in Europe, at Cape Sounio, where ancient Greeks worshipped the god of the sea Poseidon, right on the seashore. All 45 rooms claim a superb sea view and a private balcony to marvel the world-known sunset. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Sounio
- Sounio Residence Inn