On arrival the place seemed nice. The apartment was in two levels, with an extra bed in the downstairs/entry level kitchen. Two small balconies, both facing north - fit for two but not three. But the area looked much like an abandoned building site, combined with village dump.
The pool area was as advertised but there was not enough sunbeds for the number of guests and the area offered no options - the beach was very dirty.
The tile close to the pool had broke and the management had covered it with dirty rugs.
The immediate area did not offer any restaurants and the hotel offered no information on where to find any. The hotel restaurant was a joke - souvlaki made of three teensy pieces of meat and a sliver of onion, a teaspoon's worth of rice, and some french fries... We only ate there once, when it rained so much it wasn't possible to go anywhere else.
Instead we, and most other people, went to Platanias, a 2+ kilometre hike along a main artery.
We then discovered that the village Gerani was in the other direction, hid behind a 800 metre expanse of bamboo and further inland from the sea. Not that that changed much, it was still a good walk to get food and this time along a small road without enough street lights.
The hotel was an apartment hotel but the options for finding anything to cook was limited. The supermarket at the hotel offered sweets, fruits, breakfast foodstuffs and alcoholic beverages - the other supermarkets wasn't much different.
During night the guests had to live with the sounds of the entertainment offered at the nearby all inclusive resort.
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- Also Known As:
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