We spent a long weekend in June and 3 days in a second visit mid July in Celini.
The hotel - perfect for those who do not wish to spent long hours to reach their destination - is situated on a hill a 5’ drive from the port of Marmari, a small town in the south-west of Evia island, with no particular interest. The ferry from the port of Rafina (very frequent at least during the high and pick season) is the easiest and fastest way (1h) to get to Marmari.
The moment we set foot in the hotel’s doorstep we felt happy and relaxed : the view from the reception/lounge/pool area to the golf of Marmari and Petalii islands and to the surrounding hills is magnificent.
The layout of the hotel, with the studios climbing on the slope of the hill guaranties privacy and an nice view from the rooms and terraces.
Ther rooms are simple yet comfortable , with quality bed, linen and pillows, a sofa that can be transformed in a single bed, a flat screen TV, a large closet, a bath with shower (there is a wall mounted hook for the shower head, which apparently was not the case when“DELondon’ stayed in the hotel) and a kitchenette. Bath robes and slippers are also provided.
The windows in the rooms are large and the feeling of the room full of light very pleasant. We could even have a view of the sea from our bed!
In our second stay we found that shades have been installed for the high windows – a much appreciated addition for the guests longing for a few more hours to sleep in the morning and a sign that the owners are willing to constantly improve things.
I have read the “DELondon” review and found it very helpful. Apparently the new owners have made several small improvements since last May, perhaps the most important being the price and quality of the breakfast:
The breakfast, included to the room rate, is no less than excellent. Nothing is missing: Apart from the continental breakfast staples there is fresh orange juice and fruits, eggs cooked “a la minute” by the chef, homemade apple-pie and jams, a variety of cheeses and cold cuts along with homemade breads and so on… A divine cheese/leek quiche and an absolutely delicious lemon tart made also their appearance during our second stay. I would rate it as a 5*+ breakfast.
The restaurant was open for lunch and dinner offering top quality dishes; not surprising, as the family who runs the hotel are also the owners of a very nice restaurant in the north suburbs of Athens, which we regularly visit. The sea food risotto was divine, the black rice risotto with shrimps and feta cheese and the roasted lamb shank with trahana (a Greek pasta) were delicious, to name only a few of the dishes we enjoyed during our stay. The prices are fair, given the quality of the food and the service provided.
There is a nice infinity pool with a small number of sun beds and umbrellas in front of the lounge and dining area but we chose the beach which is less than 5’ drive from Celini. With clear waters and not crowded – even in the pick of the season as we have been told, it was just perfect for us.
The wi-fi connection (pool/lounge area) works very well and one more positive element is the large parking lot, rarely found in small hotels.
Celini is a small gem situated in an little-known area of Greece, very close to Athens.The owners are paying attention to every detail, descretely acting like real hosts to their guests. It is certainly the ideal destination for people who appreciate an excellent value for money small hotel, with customer - oriented, friendly and professional service.
We will certainly be back again and again!
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