We wrapped up a three week trip to Greece and Israel (exluding our very last night) with two nights in Aegina. The hotel hosts, John and Maria, were very helpful and friendly. The first week in June was relatively quiet, and John gave us a ride to the Temple of Aphias rather than waiting for the bus. (I'm sure he can't do that for all guests in the high season, but the personal service was excellent). He even gave us a lift later when he had a trip across the island to Aegina town. We returned from there by bus, which is not expensive but only runs about once every 90 minutes.
The breakfast was very nice, and we enjoyed opening the windows and hearing the waves on the seashore. Agia Marina is more of village than a town. There are a row of restaurants and shops (including one owned by Rachel, the mother of the hotel operators). John and Maria gave us good advice about two restaurants, one just down the hill from the hotel on the right, and one up the small hill and then right on the main street (Papa---- something, I recall) just where the main road bends up the hill. Both had seating overlooking the ocean, and we shared a fish appetizer (at one gavros -- fresh anchovies) and other vegetarian dishes at a reasonable price.
They also have a computer in the lobby that guests could use.
There is a lot more frequent ferry boat service to Aegina town (across the island -- about a half hour by taxi or bus) but there is service about twice a day directly to the pier in Agia Maria, just down the hill from Hotel Rachel (about the equivalent of a block in the city -- perhaps 150 or 200 meters). Get the name of the company -- I think Alexandros as I found that information hard to obtain at Pireas port.
We found our stay very pleasant and relaxing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Rachel is ideally located at the centre of Agia Marina-Aegina Island, just 30meters from the best and biggest beach on the Island. Hotel Rachel offers beautiful rooms with all the amenities reception areas, café/bar, a rich buffet breakfast and clothes and accessories shops with special discounts. The friendly environment, flawless service, pleasant atmosphere and services provided guarantee a wonderful stay. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in our Hotel Rachel! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rachel Hotel Agia Marina
- Hotel Rachel Aegina/Agia Marina, Greece