The Margi is one of those wonderful hotels whose internet pages do it justice. If anything, the hotel is better than it looks on the net.
Where the Margi shines like a beacon in a dull, predictable world is in its public areas, from the reception to the dining room, the patio, the internal spaces and the pool area. The owner has taken the most painstaking effort to produce a stunning feeling of style, calm and character. There is not one part that has been skimped on - days after you arrive you will discover new nooks and crannies where a subtle light, a mirror or an artefact has been used to enhance the overall effect. The one thing you could never call the Margi is ordinary.
Of particular note is the pool area (but I could go on about all of them). Essentially this is just a rectangular space, but it has been turned into a stunning haven of luxury and style, a place to swim, sit, drink or eat. You could sit in a different area each day for a week and enjoy the new perspective. As darkness falls candles are lit, the pool lights come on, and the overall effect is quite stunning and memorable.
The welcome was delightful and the service excellent. Staff everywhere glided around in smart but informal 'uniforms'. Nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was also a treat. Dinner delicious, but expensive (no open wines or free water - a shame). As a guest you felt valued and cared for.
Where does the Margi let itself down? Not in many places. The hotel is expensive, perhaps too expensive (but this seems to be a feature of many establishments in Greece, which appear to operate in some parallel universe). I object to paying over 20 euros for the cheapest Greek wine on the menu. The rooms are well designed and decorated, but rather unspecial (given the rest of the hotel), and the air conditioning seemed incapable of dealing completely with the heat outside. Bathrooms were fine, but not air conditioned, and therefore created a damp feeling which could spread into the room itself. But these are small criticisms - I cannot imagine there is anywhere better to stay in Vouliagmeni as long as you can afford the Margi.
Be warned that Vouliagmeni is a beach resort and nothing else. Delightful though it is, there are no shops to speak of and no interesting walks through the woods. The resort services tourism, pure and simple. And, if visiting in order to see the sights of Athens, this is much too far out to have a base.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel overlooking the Athenian Riviera.25 klms from the city centre and airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Margi Hotel Vouliagmeni
- Margi Hotel Athens
- The Margi Greece/Vouliagmeni