Written on: 18/08/2004 by scarysid (1 review written)
Location & Views
Bed & Pillow
Room required re-decoration
Hotel need to be updated
The Akrotiri Hotel http://www.akrotiri-beach.com is about 15 miles away from the airport. Directly by taxi it would take about 30 minutes to get there but if on a coach making drop offs expect about 90 minutes. The Akrotiri has been built on its' own peninsular so which ever side of the hotel you stay in you can be guaranteed a sea view.
As you may see from other reviews, the hotel is a little dated but it should not detract from the holiday. The reception is very good and the staff could not be any more helpful. It cost 5 Euros for a safety deposit box for a week. There is also a very large lounge area, next to this a decent sized bar and large outside terraced area looking north to the beach below.
Although we did not spend our days by the pool it did seem very nice with plenty of cost free seating and its own caf / bar areas with separate toilet and changing areas.
The Bedroom was fine for our needs but in need of some updating. It met our requirements of air conditioning, fridge and sea view. The TV showed BBC World (the only English channel) and a variety of Greek and one German channel. The Beds are hard though, but you should not notice them too much if you have a few bevies before sleeping. The pillow was poor; you may as well have has a couple of tea towels folded in half and sleep on those. It would be an idea to buy one of those pillows you see in the airport on the way! There was also a balcony with 2 chairs and a table.
Restaurant - As we went B & B I can only comment on the breakfast which was fine allowing self service of a mixture of English or continental (Mix as you please). The view from here looking south is very impressive. Looking at the menu in the evening there was a choice of 3 starters, mains and desserts.
We prefer to eat out in the evenings and our favourite restaurant was just 100 metres down the road called Nereids - http://www.paleokastritsa.com/nereids/nereids.htm - you could not wish to meet nicer waiters who will give you excellent service and then show off their Greek dancing while you eat/watch or even join in. The value is excellent and the most expensive meal I had was 60 euros for the 2 of us which was 2 bottles of Rose; litre of lager, 2 litre of water; 2 starters; 2 mains; and 2 desserts.
We spent our days on the Beach. There are many steps taking you down from the hotel, but a lift is also available that will get you half way there. The beach was mainly white stones with some sand. It is definitely worth purchasing some swim shoes to walk on the stones otherwise you will struggle. To hire a sun lounger cost 3 euros and the parasol was 2 euros.
There are 2 bars on the beach and one also has a pool. All hotels & pools in Paleo allow free access to the public.
The beach also offers plenty of water sports, paragliding; skiing; banana boat; rings. There are also taxi boats that will take you to secluded beaches that can only be accessed from the sea. We also hired a motor boat at the beach for 90 euros for the whole day. I thought this was great value for a 30hp motor and canopy and the opportunity to go off and explore for yourself. You just day extra for the petrol you use throughout the day.
This is my second year back to the Akrotiri and I am sure I will return another time.
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