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“Best budget hotel ever”
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Hotel Rena
Ranked #22 of 40 Hotels in Perissa
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best budget hotel ever”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

We've just returned from 2 weeks at Rena and enjoyed every minute.

Firstly, i'd like to addess a couple of the recent reviews on here about Rena. One of them is exaggerated and confused. The pool area is most definitely not "filthy and should be closed to the public". This is utterly not true at all and i will post my recent photographs so that you can make your own judgement. Additionally, the owner, Marios is very busy with his bar (Waves) on the sea front and does NOT spend his time "getting drunk at the bar" - it's just untrue. I believe the reviewer is referring to a friend of the hotel who socialises there and has every right to do so. Rena clearly did not meet the expectations of this reviewer, but the facts really should be correct before decrying the place/people.

Now, on to my review (!), as I said we had a fantastic couple of weeks at Rena. For those who expect 5-star luxury then this isn't the hotel for you. For those who enjoy small, basic, quiet, family-run hotels then this is perfect. This little hotel feels like visiting family; it's so relaxed and laid back. We were made to feel very welcome by all there.

We had a couple of little niggles on arrival, but these were very quickly sorted out by Vasilis. He's great, by the way!

Our room was really large (room number 6 in the block) and had a double bed as well as a single bed! The room also had a fridge (very handy) and a TV (not so great but who watches the TV on holiday?!). We also had air conditioning which was a godsend in 40'+ heat.

Our room was in the block behind the hotel which made no odds to us whatsoever. It was no more of a walk to this room than others in the main hotel. I liked that we were away from the bar area actually so i was really pleased.

The towels were changed every day and the sheets every other day so we were really pleased with the hygiene in the room. There may not have been a thorough clean of the floors and balcony everyday, but it was neither necessary or noticed.

The room was perfect for us and to be honest we barely spent any time in it at all - what's the point in being in your room whilst on your hols?! For those expecting super luxurious beds you'll be disappointed. The beds are basic and functional and i was pleased to return to my own really comfy bed. Having said that, after the first night it was also not an issue and we both slept soundly.

Breakfast!! Well, it certainly creates debate here on Trip Adviser. The breakfast described in others reviews is accurate - there's nothing more to say about it really. It's basic, but something! We supplemented our breakfast with pastries and croissants from the bakery as well as bringing melons to breakfast which Mama Rena was happy to prepare for us. If you make it a big deal then it will be a big deal. To us, we just didn't find it a problem - just work around it and enjoy eating outdoors in the lovely temperatures. This isn't a sprawling 5-star hotel with foods from around the world - if that's what you want then you should go elsewhere (and you'll be paying for it).

The pool area is small and lovely with a really handy bar. There was always a spot to sit, despite there being not too many loungers. It's nice that there are really lovely pagoda type areas to sit in - really cool and shady. They're brilliant as it gets so, so hot. We found the pool really clean - i'm completely confused as to why others would say it's not? (We stayed 10th - 24th July). I must add that i have really fussy hygiene standards and not once was i bothered at Rena.

The staff! There's Roberta - she's Italian and absolutely lovely. She works behind the bar in the evening. A lovely girl to chat to, so pleasant and friendly. Vasilis is marvellous - he manages the hotel and sorts EVERYTHING out! I adored him!! He works very, very hard and is always around. Any problems, see Vas - he'll get it dealt with. Then there's Marios. Marios owns the hotel and mainly works at "Waves" bar down by the sea front. He pops in and out of the hotel and is really friendly and approachable. Everyone who works at the hotel is very welcoming and friendly. You feel really at home here and I've described it as staying over at your grannies!

To sum it up, don't come here expecting luxury. It's a budget hotel and it does what it says on the tin. If you want more, then you'll have to pay for it. I was in a 5-star hotel in Tenerife a few weeks before coming to Rena and i must say i'd pick Rena hands down. It's a home from home, not a large, anonymous sterile hotel.

We did tons of stuff in Santorini and loved every minute. Hire a quad (forget travel rep trips - so, so expensive), you can see the whole island in a day. We had a quad for a few days and explored every corner (twice!). Loved it!

Those people who complain about this simple little gem must have very high expectations - i think they need a larger holiday budget!

For a budget getaway we had the time of our lives!

Room Tip: We had room 6 in the block and loved it - we weren't expecting any views at all from this hotel...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2012

I stayed at Hotel Rena for two nights while travelling on my own in the Greek Islands earlier this year. Mario and the rest of the team were fantastic and looked after me very well. My room was very clean and comfortable, and the beach/main strip of restaurants and bars are within easy access. I got more than I expected for the price I paid - will definitely recommend Hotel Rena to friends and will stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Just returned from hotel Rena.I think i must have gone to a different hotel to the people whose comments prompted me to visit this hotel!!! First and foremost I have been all over Greece so I am in a position to compare.At least we where in main building(,as other people we spoke to were not very happy with their rooms outside of this) rooms basic as expected.however, cleaning leaves a lot to be desired. Towels clean but hard.sheets supposed to be clean but had stains on them.light fittings had dead flies in them.floors not swept (as things underbed
all week) balcony too.Breakfast. very basic(yes i also know this is common in greece) boiled egg 2 days, bread,butter,cheese slices(which had human hair on) ham, but when it was gone it was gone!!.cleanliness in kitchen areas and ladies dress need addressing.Pool;needs cleaning,and surrounding grids need a good scrubbing.not very hygenic.That said I would visit
Santorini again as it is a truly beautiful island.sadly i wont revisit this hotel.

Room Tip: try to get room in main building.take earplugs as air con v noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Near the beautiful seaside of Perissa, near the bus-station for Fira (take connection to Oia, in very good airconditioned pullman), can eat home-made food (ask for it in the morning) by the pool in reasonable prices, whatever you may need ask Marios, Vasili or Madame Rena and they provide it !

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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North Waltham
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

We have just arrived back from our 7th holiday at the lovely Hotel Rena. This time we were a family of 9 and I apologise to anyone who may have been there at the same time as us for the noise being made by our two great-nieces and baby great-nephew!

We received another fantastic welcome from Marios, Mama Rena and Papa Michaeles and it was lovely to meet Vasillis for the first time. Everyone went out of their way to make sure that our stay was perfect (we didn't think it could be bettered, but it was!).

The swimming pool is the best in Perissa and is kept spotlessly clean. Plenty of comfortable sun beds and a fantastic pool bar.

Towels and linen were changed every day and the rooms cleaned daily (even on Sundays). Breakfast was as good as ever (please do not expect a full english) and the lunches are marvellous (the greek salad is to die for).

Our favourite restaurants are Waves (run by Marios), Atlantis, Charlena and Acropolis. Dorian's Cocktail Bar on the main road is well worth a visit or ten!

We are going back in September and I can't wait!

Jo and Paul Winstone

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Camberley, Surrey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2012

If you are planning a trip to Santorini and choose Perissa as your resort then I highly recommend the Hotel Rena.

This is a small and very friendly family run hotel, which is close to the beach, bars, tavernas and all amenities that Perissa has to offer.

Marios, the owner of the hotel, will do all he can to make your stay a happy and memorable one and nothing is too much trouble for him and his staff. The hotel has a friendly and relaxed feel and I have stayed there 8 times in total and have made many long term friends who I have met there over the years. It is the place where both good friendships and good memories are made!

There is a full bar service and you can enjoy good food throughout the day. Marios' mother cooks all the food and the Greek salads as well as the club sandwiches are excellent and totally delicious!

The hotel also holds a fun Greek night every week with Greek dancing (sometimes plate smashing) and delicious BBQ food, so make sure you do not miss this!

The hotel itself is clean and comfortable - all with a private balcony, fridge and shower. You can also obtain air conditioning on request.

I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Kent
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2012

What a lovely place to stay (2nd May 2012) My friend and i had a fab week at Rena. Everyone so friendly Marios and his family are extremely hospitable. Mama's Greek salad is a must, as well as the really delicious pork steaks at Waves Chill Out bar where you get 10% off your bill, and more of Marios's friendly hospitality, the deserts looked amazing too. The pool area is great, lovely places to sit whether in the sun or shade and not far from the beach front,really good location, Maid cleaned every day, towels changed daily. Bill at the bar was lovely always obliging, what a nice guy. Excellent value for money would go back - if you want a 5 star hotel pay 5 star prices - a friendlier hotel you could not find

Room Tip: Lovely large room overlooking the entrance of the hotel
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Rena
Address: Perissa 84703, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Perissa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Perissa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Rena 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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