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Hotel Pontos
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Sarti
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“not bad, not good”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

we went to Pontos as a last minute decision, and it was the last place in the area with a pool and a room available. the location is 10-15min walk from Sarti center, there are a couple other hotels next to Pontos but its a quiet area definitely. the room was spacy, clean and we had a big balcony with a green view. all of the info/notes in the hotel are in German, SOME of them also in English. the lunch menu for example did not exist in English, but that was ok for us as we understood enough. all staff also speak fluent German and at least ok English. the dinner buffet was 12 euros but european style foods mostly so we didn't try. the room had a rulebook with 2 pages of items, listing the guests right and points such as "do not throw bedsheets or towels on the floor".

good: the green areas of the hotel are wonderful and make it fresh and relaxing. the pool is clean & nice and no one else was using it so we enjoyed the pool area a lot. the european style breakfast didnt look impressive but i found it fresh and tasty, especially the omelet with tomatoes and spices (?). we booked a rental car through the hotel and that was arranged perfectly. they also accept credit cards (not for the food/drinks but to pay the stay), which is not so common in greece. also, there is a nice beach right across the street, and often the wifi was still working while we laid on the sun beds.

bad: overall our stay was shadowed by the fact that the staff seemed oddly distant and neutral, ie. not rude but not very friendly either, just kind of polite. the bartender was smiling though, props to him. also in connection with this, we always had to search for staff, like when we wanted a coffee by the pool or when we went for the lunch (should be open 12:30-14:30 but no one was around at 12:35) or wanted to ask about car, internet password... we always found someone, but it was odd to search for staff every time. i realize that its a small family run hotel, but nevertheless. while the bathroom was perfectly acceptable, we had just stayed the previous nights in a 40e/night simple room downtown Sarti and the bathroom there was much nicer and more modern, so as Pontos was double the price i would've expected something more, and maybe at least a small shampoo/soap/shower gel. in relation to what i earlier said, everything is in German, even notifications on the reception door (to inform you that no one is around until X pm), and as i wasn't aware that is "Germans only" hotel, I found it odd and semi-rude. finally, something that was annoying for an internet user is that getting the wifi password was hard (most of the staff don't know it), and it involves a log in page and expired after some minutes of inactivity. so every time you need internet again, you must login. and late on the last night the password changed so we couldn't log in again and it was too late to find anyone to ask. we got a new one the next morning. but changing wifi password on the go or without notifying ruined the night as i was unable to sleep (and needed something to do). and finally, the double room had 2 single beds next to each other, not ideal for a romantic holiday, but surely a minor detail. perhaps this is common in greek hotels, i don't know.

Ok that was long but hopefully useful for someone - in short we had an ok stay but a few minor things would have made it much better. the hotel is perfect for German families looking for a pool and beach, quiet surrounding and familiar foods.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Giannitsa, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

A very good hotel in a great position in front of the main beach of Sarti village in Halkidiki
With great food and restaurant as well as breakfast
The rooms are comfortable with good views and should be done by the center in the large building which have beautiful views to the pisiana and Sea
Cleanliness is very good, quiet and relaxing environment
The sleep quality is very good and the pool bar amazing
the sea at 50 meters and as the bar on the beach
Access to the hotel is very easy and if you have a car or motorbike near amazing beaches where you can discover
generally the recommended relaxed and beautiful vacation in Sarti

Room Tip: the rooms of the second floor have better views
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Veles, Republic of Macedonia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2012

nice hotel with well arange yard nice rooms and excellent meals.maybe the one of the best places in sarti wich have nice beach but little windy but in a range of 30 km excellent beaches like orange beach,porto coufo, caridi, calamitsi

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2012

Sarti is a small slightly rundown but perfectly decent beachside town spared from the large all-inclusive hotels more popular in other parts of Halkidiki. Very popular with the eastern European sun-seeking crowd (Hungarian, Serbian, Romanian,) it has a 2km-long stretch of clean sandy beach that can get mildly choppy in windy weather, but only enough to bother very young children - others will love the little waves.

The Hotel Pontos is a good choice for Sarti if you prefer a hotel rather than a self-catering apartment (of which there are many), but don't expect the Ritz. It's a clean and basic 3-star at the south-end of the town, with nothing it between it and the beach other than a small road and a beach bar. Breakfast and meals are nothing special - at all - catering mainly to a German clientele, so if you came for some good Greek food you would do far better to walk into town (a 10-minute stroll) and try one of the many seaside tavernas.

Rooms are medium-sized but provide the bare minimum - wooden beds with thin mattresses, dark, very small bathrooms that have not been upgraded for years, TV with only Greek channels (and reception so bad even they are mostly unwatchable). But the pool area is nice and mostly empty during the day (everyone is at the beach), and the setting is pleasant enough. Wifi is free at the pool and restaurant area, and if you're lucky it will reach the balcony of your room.

One thing - if you like peace and quiet in the evening, ask for a room away from the pool, as there are loud parties at the pool bar on Friday and Wednesday nights that go on until 2am.

If we were coming again, we would probably spend the extra 30 euro a night and stay at the new 12-room hotel 50m back towards Sarti, but if you're not fussy and just looking for a place to sleep while at the beach, the Pontos is fine.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the pool if you want to avoid the noise of the pool parties at night.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Zurich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2008

We spent 3 nights in the Hotel. Very nice rooms, clean, quite, simple but decorated with taste. Located 50 m from the beach. Offers sports activities as well. Probably the best in Sarti

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Pontos
Address: Sarti, Sarti 630 72, Greece
Region: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Sithonia > Sarti
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Sarti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pontos 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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