I am not going to review Sivota itself because previous people have summed it up in a positive light and I could not agree more. Fantastic place with very few English and really traditionally Greek. Perfect for us.
I am going to concentrate on the Mourtemeno Hotel but first a word about Avis the rep. It would be unfair to criticize Avis because I was travelling with 2 experienced holiday reps (one had repped Mourtemeno herself many years ago) but I have to offer some advise. Please please refrain from giving minute details of the new road during the transfer. I am sure it will be as wonderful as you suggest but seeing as we were travelling on the old one (and most of your guests probably will for the next year or two) it is a bit of a kick in the teeth to hear about what we are missing. Overall she seemed polite and helpful to the guests who needed her advise.
To the hotel. I cannot believe some of the negative comments on here. Lets get some perspective. It is one of the cheapest hotels I have ever seen in Greece and is a million miles from being one of the worst. The pool is perfect for the size of hotel and is extremely child friendly. I have a 5 year old swimmer and 3 year old non-swimmer who both adored it. I counted 13 children (plus some adults) on one particular day who all had a great time.
The terrace is lovely if you want shade and the bar area is large and clean. In fact the hotel is clean, period. The staff are really nice (friendliness works both ways) and Christos is as described below.
The room (1bed apartment), clearly needed some updating (as does the hotel), but was clean and perfect for a family of 4. The room was cleaned and bins emptied on a daily basis. In fact it is laid out in such a way that it could almost have been classed as a 2 bed apartment. We loved the 2 balconies that meant we did not disturb the kids in the evening.
This is a clean and intimate hotel that makes you feel that you really are in Greece. Be prepared to makes lots of new friends (something that we usually tend not to do) but enjoyed because of the surroundings.
During our 2 week stay I do not recall any of the guests moaning and many said they were happy to return next year.
If you want a beautiful setting with great beaches, superb food and a real Greek feel, all on a very healthy budget then grab a slice of the Moutemeno.
For all the moaners, I don't think you are going to be happy anywhere so why not save a bit of money and stay at home.
- Also Known As:
- Mourtemeno Hotel Epirus
- Mourtemeno Hotel Greece/Syvota