We just returned from a one week stay at the Astoria and were pleasantly surprised how nice it was. I really wonder what some people expect and what they compare it with, we have been to Greece three times before but always self catering.
First thing I would say is that there is no pool but the hotel is backing onto a small section of the beach with a limited number of loungers and parasols, the towels appear quite early so you have to be on the ball if you want the use of a lounger.
The second thing is that it's in a fairly quiet area but only a couple of hundred yards from the start of the main street with all the bars and restaurants. The atmosphere around the hotel is pretty relaxed and quiet and I would say it would not really be suited to families with rowdy teenagers - my own rowdy teenager stays at home now !
The hotel decor is quite nice with a fairly expensive feel to it although it is perhaps a little bit tired, it's certainly a lot better than I expected for Greece. The hotel rooms are quite nice and perfectly adequate for a one or two week stay, those facing the beach don't get much sun, those facing the main road get a lot of sun.
One of the hotels best features is the location of restaurant and terrace bar which overlooks the sea, most impressive and pleasant.
There was a good selection for breakfast, fruit juice, cereals, bread, toast, cakes, a small selection of UK breakfast items such as scrambled, poached or bolied eggs, baked beans, sausages or bacon type meat. Also cheese, jam, marmalade, fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt and honey, tea and coffee.
Snack type meals such as burgers, toasties, Greek salads, chips etc. are available all day and fairly good value, perhaps four euros for burger and chips. A large bottle of Mythos was 2.5 euros.
Evening meals are also served including a 3 course special at about 9 euros with 2 options each day. The special is good value but a bit more limited than the main menu.
We booked B&B through TC and had to pay 49E per week for A/C and 10E for the safe.
I found the family who run the hotel very pleasant and friendly and i would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel to family and friends, in fact we are hoping to go back next year for two weeks.
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Alykes