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“GREAT LOCATION BUT THE WORST HOTEL EVER”

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Mirabel City Center Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Argostolion
Certificate of Excellence
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“GREAT LOCATION BUT THE WORST HOTEL EVER”
Reviewed July 15, 2010

The only positive aspect is the best location. The room was not clean and the bathroom smells bad permanently. Very bad experience.
Notwithstanding the above, the island was AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2010

hi me and my wife had 9 days in agostoli in kephalnia.the mirabel hotel is in the corner of the main square.the staff was really frendly.and was really clean.this hotel is excellent value for money.from the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out thhis hotel was excellent.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 1, 2009

Hotel is situated on the main square, which is lively with locals but the double glazing stopped any outside noise interrupting the night. Argostoli looked the better place to stay in Kefalonia and this hotel was perfectly located in Argostoli. The spar shop (Im British and the euro was strong at the time) was quite a distance away and not too many cheap shops nearby. The staff were friendly and helpful, it also had internet access via a computer in the reception area. The room, although compact, was nice and clean. I would recommend this hotel and would stop here again for any trips to Kefalonia.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2008

Oh my God. If this isn't the worst hotel ever, I don't know what is.

I stayed in Argostoli because it was close to the airport, and the morning flight to Athens departs at 7am.

I rang ahead and booked, but they hotel had no record of my booking when I did arrive. This was just the start. The friently but scatty desk clerk eventually checked me in to what was quite a basic hotel room (you don't want to spend time in there if you can avoid it - ask for a room at the back for some quiet).

Due to the early start, I asked for a 5.30am wake up call. As a back-up I also set my mobile phone alarm. The alarm worked, but no wake up call. When I arrived in reception to check out, the staff member was SLEEPING ON THE COUCH! That explained the lack of wake-up call.

As I tried to check out, it appeared that the scatty clerk the day before had registered me against the wrong room number, so then an argument ensued about who was to pay for the other room I used! I had to practically wrench my passport off her and race to the airport.

I would not bother to stay here - there seemed to be perfectly nice places elsewhere, including the Hotel Ionian across the road and the Hotel Olga just behind the Mirabel.

Also, don't bother with Argostoli except for a conventient location to the hotel - it lacks charm and compared to other places in Keffalonia isn't the No 1 Greek island experience.

  • Liked — Close to airport
  • Disliked — The staff are terrible
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2007

Located in the south east corner of Plateia Valianou near a couple of popular bars open till 1am ish. Adequately furnished room (338) with balcony overlooking the square. Bathroom clean, but dated with tiny shower tray, and as is common in Greece no wall hook for the shower head. Wide choice of tavernas close by. Buffet breakfast 07:00-10:00 with reasonable choice. Friendly English speaking staff. TV with BBC World, CNN & Bloomberg. Taxi from airport 17 Euro.

  • Liked — Location, reasonable price
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
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Peterborough, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2007

We arrived at the small airport at 6am, tired and disoriented from 24+ hours of traveling. After getting confused how the cab piled in other passengers with us and still charged us full rate I was getting ready for another disappointment at this hotel. But it was incredible. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was beautiful and squeaky clean.

Breakfast was simple, but this seemed to be the same for all of our hotels in Greece. Bread, cheese, sandwich meats, muesli, coffee, tea, dried bread, marmalade.

All of the front desk staff spoke perfect English. We had a quick conversation with who may have been the owner, who was French Canadian. The other person on the desk had an American accent.

There isn't much to see in the town, but it makes a great base location for going out to the many beautiful beaches. The hotel is right in the central square of Argostoli.

Don't miss the shopping corridor that starts at the central square and the many restaurants along the waterfront

Bus station is a 10 minute walk away. We did this walk to get ourselves to Sami on the other side of the island and then took the ferry across to Patras.

Sorry I didn't post any inside photos (other than the bathroom) my pictures didn't turn out. But it was very nice. Except the bathroom which had a very small shower (I have no idea how you work this without getting your butt on the curtain, which is kind of gross, if you think of all the other people having the same problem). Again this kind of washroom seemed to be common in Greece.

We liked this place soo much we can't wait to go back again!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing, everything was perfect!!!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2007

The Mirabel Hotel has a super location; Argostoli Square which comes alive at night time. There are plenty of bars and restaurants around the square. We had breakfast at one, which is a couple of doors up from the hotel and ate there twice. The food is good, but people watching is the best. Not such a great view, but a far superior restaurant is the Grec which sits behind the hotel, in a little side street. The service is excellent and the food is the best we tried during our week long stay in Argostoli. Also worth a mention is the Glass Boat trip, you can buy tickets from the boat which sits on the front, just down from the Mirabel, from 8 pm and they cost 50 Euros for the day, including a super barbecue on the beach, with veggie options. Visitors can use the bus station which is opposite the bridge in Argostoli harbour. If you go inside and ask for the number of the bus and get a timetable you will know that you have got on the right one. You could also sit by the harbour (last restaurant before you reach the bridge) and the view during the day is lovely and the waitress there is very friendly. Fiskardo and Skala are the prettiest places we went to. In Fiskardo, the Irida restaurant serves good breakfasts and their homemade marmelade is second to none, you can buy this to take away. Finally, if you are able to get a balcony at the Mirabel on the fourth floor this will be more comfortable, but you will have to put up with the air conditioning unit on the roof. There are no laundry facilities, but we bought some string and some clothes pegs and no one complained. The staff at the Mirabel are winding down now, but they are friendly and the rooms are cleaned everyday. Our bathroom was compact, with a small shower tray, not so good if you like a lot of room, but for the price we paid per night, this meant we could have plenty of other treats. You can book via the hotel website and they will take an initial 30% deposit and you settle on leaving. We are hiring a car from the travel agent at the bus station and they also organised our panoramic tour of the island, which gives you a flavour of Cephalonia.

  • Liked — The views. Our balcony room had a view on to the square.
  • Disliked — The small bathroom.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mirabel City Center Hotel
Address: Vallianou Panagi, Argostolion 281 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Argostolion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Argostolion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mirabel City Center Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mirabel City Center Hotel has been welcoming guests from around the world since 1990. It invites you to explore everything there is to see and do in this beautiful city from its privileged location right next to the well-known Valianos Central Square. The hotel offers a truly guest-centered experience assuring that you will feel completely at home. ... more   less 
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