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!
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- Also Known As:
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