We’d heard of Agistri through one of Cath’s work colleagues. Having experienced several of the quieter Greek Islands it seemed to be right up our street. The hotel was chosen and the bookings made. The Vasilaras was chosen after reading the positive reviews left by most of their past visitors. We decided to ignore the “we got instant coffee” type negative reviews, let’s face it it’s hard to please all of the people all of the time.
Travel plans went like clockwork and just before noon we disembarked the Poseidon Hellas and walked from the port to the hotel a journey of ooh at least 2 minutes.
We were met by Patrick who was very apologetic, “You’re room won’t be ready until 2.00pm” no problem that’s what we had been told in the fantastic instructions on how too get to the island and how to find the hotel once we got there.
We left our cases and went off for our first Agistrian meal……..3 hours later we stumbled back to the hotel, probably as much as 150mtrs. from where we had spent the last 3 hours. Our holiday had truly begun.
Our room was big, light and more importantly spotlessly clean, thanks mainly to Catarina, one of the hardest working women we have ever come across, when she’s not busy cleaning rooms she’s helping with breakfast or evening meals.
The hotels proprietor Maria cooks some of the most amazing meals, her grilled fish with lemon sauce is spectacular. With Patrick and Byron as her right hand men she runs one of the best Greek hotels we have ever come across. From the typically Greek breakfast of cake, cheese, meat, yoghurt and honey to the “just one for the road” in the early hours of the next morning this team seemed to be tireless.
If you want to stay in the Hilton or the Raddison then don’t come to Agistri, in fact to go to any of the Greek Islands. If you want a first class, well run, clean, comfortable holiday hotel get yourself to Agistri and make sure you book into the Vasilaras.
Everywhere you go on the island people will tell you the name Agistri translates as “the hook” meaning that the island will hook you and you will return. We’re not sure about that, we have been to more picturesque and interesting islands but we have never come across a hotel that makes you feel as welcome and comfortable as the Vasilaras. Perhaps Maria should consider a name change for the hotel…….. could we suggest “The Hook”.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vasilaras Hotel, just 30m from the port of Skala, on Agistri island, has 24 rooms fully equipped with AC, kitchen facilities and TV. With stunning sea views across the sea or over the hotel's gardens, the rooms are decorated in a traditional luxury style with a modern twist. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vasilaras Hotel Agistri
- Vasilaras Hotel Greece/Angistri