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Reviewed September 21, 2010

The scheduled 2 hour transfer from the airport took only 70 minutes and then a further 2 minute drive in the hotel’s mini bus as coaches cannot cope with the steep winding road.

Thessaloniki born George and his Slovakian wife Liba opened the Poseidon back in 2000 after George inherited the land from his father. They and their hard working friendly staff ensure your stay is enjoyable and George’s desert dry wit is always on hand to make you smile.

The furniture and rooms are basic, exactly what you expect from a 3* but the views of the bay with Turtle Island and the peninsular of Sithonia in the distance are beautiful and tranquil.

If you are a fresh fruit and muesli type of person then the breakfasts may well disappoint but otherwise they are fine. Talking of food the very reasonable priced cuisine that is cooked by Liba is excellent and the portions generous. One word of warning though if eating during daylight hours by the outdoor bar, wasps will soon drive you insane and eventually inside to the relative safety of the dining room.

The short but steep walk to the beach through the pine clad hillside is well worth the effort not only for the fantastic views but also for the unspoilt and enchanting sandy beach. There was a sign indicating that €4 was the cost of 2 sun loungers and a parasol but we were never charged!

Animal rights activists would have a field day in Kalithea (a resort north of Kriopigi) as there are numerous fur shops apparently ‘catering’ for Russian visitors, fortunately I only saw one of the aforementioned shops in Kriopigi.

George will grudgingly (just his dark humour really!) give you a lift to the village of Kriopigi but it’s then a downhill walk back to the hotel or a taxi for €5. However, once there you have the option of several tavernas and bars.

Our favourite taverna was Anthoula’s in the old part of the village above the ‘main drag’. Most of the seating is outside in the square opposite but we chose to sit on one of the two ‘dolls house’ sized balconies with great views. The staff are friendly and the food excellent.

The name Kriopigi translates into English as cold springs and they are just a short walk from here and next to a bamboo grove. Another good taverna which served the best Greek salad IMHO is Nikos opposite the Casablanca bar. The Casablanca is run by Swansea born and ex-hairdresser Debbie and her Kriopigi born husband Antonious. If you like sparklers in your cocktails then this is the place for you!

In a nutshell this part of Greece is very laidback and friendly and we hope to return in the not too distant future.

Date of stay: September 2010
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1  Thank tavernajohn
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

After reading the previous review i thought it must be of a different hotel.
We had a fantastic stay here, rooms basic but clean,food great and freshly prepared ( we had a great vegetarian stew on barbeque night), prices were no more expensive than anywhere else on Halkidiki,there was a "financial crisis party" while we were there (last two weeks in august) thats just Georges sense of humour. The staff were all fantastic,very friendly and helpful.
The views from the hotel are great,the walk down to the fantastic,quiet beach is a bit steep and can be slippy but its worth it.
The walk into Kriopigi village is 20 -30 minutes (depending on how much of a hurry you are in) you could always take a taxi (about 3euros) or George would give you a lift in the hotel mini-bus (if he was in the mood).Kriopigi is very small but there are enough places to eat and drink without getting bored.(Casablanca and its Welsh landlady is worth a visit) The food was lovely everywhere we ate (we are 'mostly' vegetarian) but we can recommend two restaurants
Akropolis :- Great food, large portions and great entertainment on greek night (booking advised )
Athenas hagiati (Athenas Balcony) just past the Akropolis :- Athena was great we just let her choose the food for us and it was one of the best vegetarian meals we've ever had.
We also had a fantastic Mexican meal in a restaurant in Kallithea, i cant remember its name but its the one with a huge parrot in the bar
We hired a car for one of the weeks we were there and drove around kassandra, we recommend visiting the caves at petrolonas,Ancient Olynthos (see Pics), Hanioti is a lot busier than Kriopigi and not too far(10km) Sithonia is very quiet and picturesque.We drove to mount Athos for the Monastery cruise which we thought a bit boring (unless you are very interested in monasteries), if you go make sure you drive along the coast and not via the mountains ( unless you want to feel seasick in a car).The roads are mostly good and driving was no problem as long as you assume everyone else is a lunatic,
To sum up we had a brilliant relaxing holiday and would advise anyone to visit Poseidon View and its friendly staff

Date of stay: September 2010
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Thank Duffax
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

Fisrt impression on arrival was how nice.... Then we met the owner /manager and staff I have never met such rude ignorant people in my life!
Rooms dark doorhandles hanging off sliding balcony door fell off no hot water for shower after 5pm beds hard as rock, hotelwall outside started to fall down after day 2, we were told "Move your things off the balcony we need to work there" so we had scaffolding on our balcony for 2 days and banging and drilling early in the mornings, no apology or explanation. Cleaners left our room door unlocked and we came home from a day out to find it openFridge was a mini fridge and your room key had a token on it for the electric so when you went out the fridge defrosted as you had to take the token on the key, so food went off, you did need to take food as breakfast was a health hazard! Cheap fatty cuts of salami stale cheese stewed cold tea nd "juice" was weak squash, we only went twice in 2 weeks, same for the bar, staff so rude and ignorant you felt uncomfortable sitting there drink prices seemed to vary, I think they made them up, music so loud you couln't hold a conversation and the owner just plugged his computer into the stereo and played random albums of no mixtiure so the same artist over and over. Swimming pool taken over by screaming toddlers belonging to Albanian?Chec staff and their friends so impossible to swim or relax we went once in the 2 weeks we were there. We were tadised by other guests to use the hotel next door as many of the other guests did as it was friendly and had a nice atmosphere.Town was a trek along a busy main road and not at all nice. Steep slippery steps to the beach, very dangerous but when you got down there the beach was stunning! (manager would come down and ask you several times a day"Didi you pay for your sunbeds?? Yes ok I will check" so rude!!! What a shame because with very little effort the hotel could be lovley, rooms and bar area lovley sea views , We were not suprised that on our last week they advertise a "FINANCIAL CRISIS PARTY " at the bar with 20% discount on everything, obviously they could not get or keep customers. I have lived in Greece for 15 years and stayed in many hotels and am well aware of the basic accomodation usually offered so was not expecting anything special, but a little courtesy goes a long way. When you say hello or goodmorning to someone you dont expect them to just ignore you or look at you as if you have 2 heads!

Date of stay: July 2010
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1  Thank BirminghamBertha
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Reviewed September 8, 2010

My boyfriend and i stayed for one very enjoyable week at the hotel. We weren't sure what to expect and were pleasently surprised by how lovely the hotel is. Normally i subtract a star, so if we book into a 3* hotel abroad, really im expecting 2* by british standards but Poseidon's View fully deserves its 3*.
The rooms are basic, but our bathroom did have a cubicle shower, meaning unlike most greek hotels we've stayed in, the bathroom floor didnt get wet and disgusting.
The staff were fantastic. We asked if we could move rooms after the first day because we were in the basement and the steps were a bit awkward in the dark, plus we had hoped for a better view. The next day we were given a lovely double-bed room with a great view (we booked twin rooms as there were no double beds available). Several times we were also given lifts up the road to the town. If one of the staff was going in the car they'd let you hop in (saves us walking!).
The area is very, very quiet. A 15 minute walk into town reveals a few tavernas, a small supermarket and a few souvenir shops. It was lovely, in a very greek way. Most greek people did not speak much english. One night, we took a taxi to Kallithea hoping to find a bit more nightlife. I would not recommend going. It was expensive! A taxi there cost us almost 10 euros, on the way back 7 euros. Cocktails were about 11 euros at the bars. We thought this was way too much considering you can get cocktails for about £6 in london. Overall a rather expensive night.
The immediate location of the hotel is fabulous. On a kind of cliff; the view from the bar is amazing. A short but steep walk down is the beach. Very beautiful and very quiet. We spent a few days here before walking left and round to a larger beach which was even better. If you walk just round the corner there is a massive beach BUT it is not busy unless you walk far along to the sunbeds. Instead we stayed just on the end of this beach where the water was gorgeous and unlike the beach below our hotel, did not have so many rocks in the sea, just pure sand.
Lastly, if going, you have to try the food at the bar! The meals are reasonably priced and gorgeous! We even had to ask for the recipe of the kleftiko. We ended up eating there quite a few nights.
Overall a great holiday, the hotel really is a hidden gem.

Date of stay: September 2010
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2  Thank kk_252
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Reviewed September 4, 2010

We have just got back from our weeks holiday to the Poseidon and have had a fantastic time.
The bedrooms are a little basic (with no tv or kettle facility) but with outstanding views, a balcony and beautiful outdoor space, it didn't cause any problems.
The beach is brilliant, and only a short walk (a relatively steep hill, but definitely manageable for all) from the hotel bar. On the beach you can hire 2 sun beds and a parasol for 4euros a day, a reasonable price and we never had a problem in getting one during our week The sea is crystal clear lovely and warm for when you need to cool down in the heat. If the beach isn't your style, the hotel does have a pool which is large and has sun loungers around the edge.
The food in the hotel was amazing having had some of the best meals of the holiday there, though we did find the breakfast a little basic (though there are doughnuts readily sold throughout the day on the beach and in the bar). The food you can have ranges from traditional Greek cuisine to our traditional British holiday food of spaghetti bolognaise, pizza and burger and chips. The pricing is more than reasonable in the bar with a beer and glass of wine both 2 euro 50 cents, and glass of coke or lemonade 2 euros. You can buy bottled water for 1 euro a bottle or 3 euros for 6 bottles.
The town is only a short walk away and has a variety of restaurants all of which are reasonable pricing and serve a variety of typically British pub food (Casablanca) and traditional Greek, which everyone tastes being accounted for. There is a small supermarket with a variety of good available, if you require extra food or other items ie large litre bottles of coke or lemonade, though you will have to walk back to the hotel with them. In the town there are also souvenir shops and a few other clothes and miscellaneous shops.
Overall the holiday was perfect for us and I would highly recommend it to anyone if you fancy a hidden gem, away form the mainstream tourist areas of Greece.

Date of stay: August 2010
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1  Thank ladyclaireknights
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