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Pavlina Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Niforeika
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2013

I stayed in Pavlina Beach for a week in July with my family, which includes two kids (primary school age) on an all-inclusive package. The hotel is located around 20 km from Patras harbor and Araxos airport, on a hill overlooking a small beach, surround by a few more small hotels. The hotel grounds are kept in an excellent condition (lawn and trees are regularly trimmed), and since the hotel is spread in relatively low and small buildings (1-2 storeys tall), it does not impose on the scenery. The hotel sports two pools (a small one for kids, depth 0.5 to 0.7 meters, and a larger one for adults and older kids, depth 1.5 to 3.5 meters), with a lifeguard on duty. Climbing down the hill (some stairs are unavoidable) there is a small beach which is technically not private to the hotel, but in practice only hotel guests are there. There is a small beach bar on the beach, a larger pool bar overlooking the sea and an indoor restaurant, as well as a few shops in the hotel.

This year the hotel started offering an all inclusive package, which is pretty comprehensive: three meals a day, various drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) in the bar and access to the sunbeds at the pool and beach are included. The hotel has managed to make the system work very well, something often tricky in hotels that were not originally built with that mentality. The food is of good quality, there are many choices for lunch and dinner and there are variations within the day and between days - I guess that within a week one will have seen it all, but it does not get repetitive. The restaurants are not crowded and the buffets are replenished regularly. A very nice extra is that you can have your lunch at the pool bar (there is no buffet there, but you can order from the buffet menu), so you can have lunch right after swimming. Also, while there is always something appealing and simple to kids on offer (including ice cream), there are more intricate dishes available and one can sample various Greek recipes. Finally, you never get the impression that the hotel is trying to rip you off with hidden charges (everything is included in the restaurant, even bottled drinks, and extra items on the pool bar are reasonably priced). So, well done to the hotel for living up to the all inclusive tag. The only drawback to the all inclusive deal, is that since sunbeds are not charged, some people leave their towels on sunbeds for the entire day (some even get up early in the morning to do this!), which makes locating a sunbed on the beach tricky - never had this problem in the pool, as the beach seems to be more popular.

Regarding rooms, the hotel offers some variety, but as it was fully booked throughout mid July to late August, I could not get a proper family room, instead settling for a bungalow with an extra bed, hence space was rather limited. While the bungalows seem odd, being covered with grass (the back side is underground while the front is at ground level, due to the slope), they were actually quite cool, and we did not have to use the room AC at all. Cleaning and housekeeping were quite good, but room furnishings and storage areas were sparse and the rooms have started showing their age. On the plus side, a minor problem with the plumbing was fixed in less than 30 minutes. Overall, the room was fair for the price and by discussing with other guests, it seems that an earlier booking would have led to a more appropriate room for families with little extra cost.

Regarding other facilities, the hotel has a token Internet room with two PCs, but not AC, so it's really hot. But with free WiFi and people having tablets and smartphones everywhere, the need for it was small anyway. There is ample parking space across the street (considering that at least half of the guests did not arrive by car), next to a tennis and basketball court which I never saw occupied (too hot I guess). There is a small playground next to the pool bar and a flat lawn for soccer next to that, so if you are sitting in the pool or the bar, you could have your kids playing within your sight (really handy for families).

The closest proper town to the hotel (Kato Achaia) is around 3.5 km away and it does not have anything interesting to offer, but conveniences like grocery stores and ATMs. There are indeed no major sights in the area (Olympia is 90 km away), it's mostly a coast with clusters of hotels every few km. If you have a car, I would recommend Kalogria beach, a little less than 20 km towards Araxos, a sandy beach stretching for kilometers, which is a nice change from the hotel's small beach. But this is pretty much it. If you have a family with small children, then you can spend most or all of your day in the hotel - the kids at least will not be bored, and you will not have to worry about anything. For couples, single travelers or families with teenage kids, the area can get boring.

Finally, congratulations to the people running the hotel for making the guests feel at home. Everyone is cheery, helpful and tries to make people happy. The hotel manager is nearly always around making sure things are running smoothly. Since the hotel is not very large (around 100 rooms), after a few days you get to know all the people in the staff and most of the people in the hotel, so this makes for a good atmosphere for families. So, overall, I was very pleased with the hotel, and would definitely recommend it to families with small children.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We stayed here for two weeks at the end of July and had an excellent relaxing stay.

All of the staff were absolutely wonderful, always smiling and always happy to help, this especially goes for the wonderful Sonia and George at the bar and Demetria in the restaurant. The waiters and receptionists worked tirelessly to ensure they could do everything they could for you. I also had the pleasure of briefly speaking to the grounds men, who work really hard to keep the grounds looking perfect, and they do a perfect job at it.

The rooms were cleaned daily by the hardworking housemaids. Our room was cleaned to a high standard with fresh clean towels supplied daily. The room was comfortable and of a reasonable size for the three of us in one room. My only suggestion for the room would be to install some shelving in the shower area for toiletries, as there is plenty of room for this. The only other issue was the barking of dogs each morning which become annoying towards the end of the holiday.

The restaurant served some tasty dishes, with a good selection for lunch and main meals. Breakfast was a selection of cold meats and cheese, tomato's and cucumber, boiled and scrambled eggs, small frankfurter style sausages, croissants, fruit, yoghurt, breads, jams, honey, cakes and one choice of cereal. Although this sounds like a lot and it was very tasty, after two weeks it did become tiresome and I would have liked to have seen some bacon, selection of cereals and poached eggs made available. Lunch can be eaten at the poolside terrace which overlooks the picturesque sea. Lunch served here is the same as the lunch which is served in the restaurant.

The bar was very well stocked with a good selection of local and imported drinks along with a decent selection of soft drinks, both bottled and draft. The beer was really nice and refreshing and tasted like a good quality beer. After your evening meal I can highly recommend the local drink Tentura, which is made locally in the city of Patras.

The swimming pools were often kept clean by the regular onsite lifeguard who was very friendly and made you feel at ease when the children were swimming.

The beach was wonderful, well kept and only a 2 minute walk away from the bar. More often than not, the sea was as still as a millpond and a pleasure to swim in. It was sometimes difficult to locate a sunbed on the beach, but we eventually managed to get one each day. There is a nice little bar down on the beach, owned by the hotel, which supplies drinks and the occasional supersize doughnut!

If you wish to venture out for dinner one night, I can highly recommend visiting Vrachneika which is about 15 euros away in a Taxi. We went there and ate at Oyrá tu Kókora, which had a lovely ambience, beautiful décor and wonderful food at a really good price. If you get the chance to go there you will not be disappointed.

All in all we had an excellent stay here Pavlina Beech Hotel and would definitely return again. I would like to thank all the staff for making our stay perfect.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank Tickorama
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Went there with my classroom on a school trip. It definitely stole my heart. Beautiful place near a beautiful sea.. (I had never seen a sunset like that before).
The service is absolutely excellent, everyone is very kind, especially with inexperienced tourists ( like me :D) my room was very comfortable even though a bit little, but I found it perfect for my rest.. :)

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank Erin0904
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We went ther with very few expectations but the whole experience was very nice. The place was clean and comfortable, it needs a renovation touch though.
The staff were very helpful. The beach is OK, not something special.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Excellent accommodations, the scenery from the pool is fantastic, the staff at "the tower bar" had great personalities, and the restaurant served great dishes both for breakfast and dinner!

The morning we were to leave I was up very, very early and desired coffee to watch the sun rise; The lone lady at the desk understood a "traveler in need" and went out of her way to provide me with this necessity of life!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Harry H
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

The hotel offers a perfect recreation at the seaside with a beautiful view over the Patra gulf, the mountainous coastline and the Rio-Antirio bridge. The rooms are clean and spacy, just enough for the beach holidays. The choice of food for breakfast and dinner has overcome our expectations and there is also a very nice taverna which has reasonable prices and good food. The beach is clean and the water remains warm even in October. The staff is friendly and helpful indeed and this gives the hotel a very cosy atmosphere. The hotel is located aside from big cities but is convenient for day-trips to many tourist attractions especially by car.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
5  Thank RomanMaria
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

Quiet place. Hotel is clean. Good layout of hotel. Perfect near beach. Free WiFi. Very Good Breakfast and dinner. Just 20 min from Aroxax Airport. Some small fish around sea shore. There is one children and one adult pool.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Himanshu04
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Address: Niforeika Kato Achaia, Niforeika 252 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Peloponnese > Achaea Region > Niforeika
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Niforeika
Price Range: £43 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pavlina Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 93
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