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“Charming hotel- very poor breakfast”
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Ariston Hotel
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Ariston Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Papigko
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Papigo is a beautiful traditional stone village, enjoying breath-taking views of the area, especially the Astraka Towers. The hotel itself is charming, in keeping with the character of the village and its amenities are good. Wifi signal in the main building is good, not so strong in the rooms. Unfortunately it is let down by the breakfast which was a disaster. Extremely limited offer, bread and cake were not fresh, 2 types of cereals, 1 type of cheese and 1 type of ham (that did not look very appetizing) and worst of all a pie that was old and not edible, in a region famous for its pies. How can you get breakfast wrong? Pity as the view from the rooms is impressive.

Would I recommend the hotel to others? No, as I think it is expensive for what it offers (75 euros p/n). Would I recommend staying in Papingo? Hmm ..the views from Papingo are indeed breathtaking but you have to take into account that the road leading to the village is extremely windy and once there the options in terms of restaurants are limited (perhaps during high season this changes). Have a look at Aristi, Kipoi or Monodendri, which are more easily accessible and may serve as better basis for touring the region.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We just returned from a 4-day trip to Papigko. Ariston hotel was a good value for money.

Location: Great location, just outside the centre of the village, thus avoiding the noise, but still 3-minute walk
Service: Service was great, everyone was really kind to us. We had changed our dates for stay due to my wife being sick and even though they had planned to close the resort due to being a weekday with no bookings they let us stay for another day just occupying 1 room.
Rooms: Rooms were good, spacious enough, considering the rooms offered by the rest of the resorts in Papigko.
Breakfast: Breakfast was good, having a variety of things to choose, however I would expect a more traditional breakfast, which is the only room for improvement.

I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

I have just returned from Papigo, Zagorohoria, where we went (2 couples) for three nights - 4 days, during a Greek Public Holiday (it is much more crowded and expensive during these days). We stayed at the Ariston Hotel. Unfortunately, I didn't make the arrangements myself so we had some problems with our room, which were not the owner's fault. First of all, the rooms are small. Some of them are a bit bigger (e.g. room 8). Make sure to book a room at the second floor because they have a better view and the wooden ceiling is to kill! Secondly, after we went to bed we found out that the room had two separate beds that had been joined together. You can understand that we were constantly lying inbetween the two beds, in the middle. The owner was kind enough to show us the only available room with a king size bed, but it was located at the bottom floor, on the courtyard and we prefered to stay where we were. So make sure to ask specificly for a king size bed when you book. Nevertheless the beds are heavenly (Cocomat), you don't want to get out of bed. The linen and the bath products are of excellent quality. Also, there are fireplaces in all the rooms but they donnot work. Only in the suite, sby can use it. The breakfast was very good. A small variaty of things to choose which were homemade, fresh and tasty. The best thing of course the fresh orange juicean the marmelades. Last but not least, the prices of the rooms at Papigo are relatively high in general. We had seen some extraodinary rooms and apartments which cost over 150 euros. This room cost 110 euros, which was relatively better.
One way or another, the villages of Zagorohoria and especially Papigo are some of the best places to visit in Greece. Nature and villages in a perfect harmony.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank detoxify
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

The hotel was nice and the people running the hotel were polite and helpful. However, the owner was not polite. He was unfriendly and rude.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled solo
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8  Thank Vagon
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Reviewed August 31, 2008

We stayed at the Ariston hotel in August. Our room was large enough for a family of four people, clean and comfortable. The owners were on vacation, and the hotel was run by another family member.
We had a wonderful time, it felt as if we were staying with old friends. Our host, Costa, went out of his way to ensure that we enjoyed ourselves. My wife was pregnant, and every time we returned, he rushed to bring her a cold drink!
I would definitely return!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank john1971Israel
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Reviewed January 7, 2008

It is a great shame when owners who cannot run hotels are involved in the day to day running, ruining the guest’s experience!!!

On arrival everything seemed nice, the hotel seemed nice, the rooms were nice and the people were extremely polite and welcoming.

First hiccup was the fireplace, we were promised rooms with a fireplace but were not allowed to use it, apparently there was a fire in a village next to ours some weeks before and they were afraid – we thought OK that’s reasonable – although we were expecting at least an apology or explanation instead of a rude “no you cannot use it!”

Next morning we woke up by noises of the people next door – it felt like the walls were paper-thin! We were told that this is why they try to have people who know each other in adjacent rooms to avoid complaints – what an excuse…

We had 3 rooms in different floors and by the second day in two of them the heating and hot water were not working properly (temperature outside -1 to +5 Celsius) – one of our friends had a cold shower and the others used our bathroom – no excuse! After two days of that when the heating was restored we were told that we should have complained earlier…

There was a nice lobby with a fireplace and a room where breakfast was served and one day after dinner we invited some friends for a night cup before going to bed, what a disaster, after being served our drinks we were thrown out and told that we were not allowed to bring guests – we were the only ones in the room at the time and the drinks that we never had were charged to our bill…

After all these problems when checking out, 3 rooms for 4 nights one of our friends who had checked in a day later asked whether he could pay half that day or have some kind of reduction in his bill, he was just curious of the answer which of course was no.

It is a nice place but I wouldn’t recommend it, sometimes people and the way they treat you are more important than any room!

One thing that was great about the hotel was the lady who served our breakfast – good service and perfect attitude; we think that the owners should learn from her!

Stayed: December 2007
6  Thank bon_viveur_007
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Stayed: December 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: 200 Meters Far From the Village Square, Papigko, Greece
Location: Greece > Epirus > Ioannina Region > Zagorohoria > Papigko
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Papigko
Price Range: $101 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ariston Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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