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Viva Mare Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Eftalou
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Located just around 2kms from Mithimna with its spectacular sea bay and remarkable castle located above, the Alkaios Hotel is one of the biggest hotel facilities in this corner of Lesvos island. Hotel is located a bit remotely from Mithimna but easily accessible either by foot (20mins) or by car. However, you can also use a hotel shuttle going from/to Mithimna several times a day. Hotel is placed at the seashore with impressive view of the Hawaiian-style sea cliffs nearby and sea canal (width approx. 12kms) with the Turkey coastline clearly visible on the horizon. Hotel has two outdoor polls with small wet bar, beautiful garden, large dining deck, kid corner, spa and very small private non-organized beach. The dining deck is absolutely spectacular, especially during dinner time. Hotel is not pretty new but in good condition.
There was all inclusive service for everyone. It included also basic services provided down at the pool bar with local bear, ouzo, water and ice cream. The kitchen did its work pretty well but slightly behind our expectations. Local wines distributed from bigger galloons only. Nice people serving drinks at the both bars (pool bar and dinner lounge) every night.
Just average room quality and room service, nothing extremely fabulous but appropriate with what we expected. Free Wi-Fi access with fast Internet reachable at almost all the places of the hotel including guest rooms. As expected, we had to fight with a lot of mosquitoes in the room every night, and again I have no clue why this hotel does not use kind of mosquito netting that could prevent the insect flying into rooms. It is easy – I do not want to use A/C but leave windows opened all the night…
Must admit we were a bit disappointed while going into sea. There was much poorer sea life comparing to Ionian Sea around Zakynthos. Finally, we spent most of our hotel time next to well maintained upper pool where water was not salty but slightly warmer than sea (not bad!) and all compensated by the pool bar reachable by very few steps...
Planning to go around the island in rental car, I recommend to manage all the rental arrangements prior to visit using computer as this could save a remarkable amount of money even dealing with more expensive agencies such as AVIS which has its agency office in Mithimna. Pay attention to where you going with your rental as you can easily enter a very rough road with big edgy stones on which SUVs would have a lot of problems but still indicated as an ordinary 1st class road at the map provided by rental agency. Island is pretty large comparing to most of others and you will need at least three days to explore it entirely. Definitively, go to famous Skala Eresou and enjoy a lot of restaurants on wonderful west coastline. Visit also Mitilini - the biggest city on island and nearby beaches close to the airport on southeast corner.
I do recommend this place if you want to spend a quiet time for reasonable price including AI service. If you even want to spend some time at genuine Greek neighbourhood with sort of a island night life, go to Mithimna and simply have your dinner and drink at one of the restaurants just below the castle walls jumping back easily using the hotel shuttle. After all, comparing to Zakynthos where we have been a year ago, we found Lesvos not as fancy as we expected but presenting more of Greek spirit and true authenticity.

Room Tip: Go upstairs! Spectacular view from sea-front rooms!
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank alder192
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Excellent hotel for families with children. The pools are fine but the "beach" is not the one where Di Caprio went. It is only an entry to the sea. The service is good but we did not have really the opportunity to check them in pressure. For sure are very friendly and helpless. Awful breakfast, which tries to look good, but the quality of the food is almost the worst possible (except of the Feta and the olives). We can not expect in this category something better in "The all-inclusive age". Pool bar has the same problem. Cola from "Lidl" and house wine....have a beer! We did not have lunch or diner. The location is good but you will need a car or a bike to move around.
The room is fair and offers the principal. And also its better in the reality than at the photos.
If you get a bargain take it, but never pay the official price!

Room Tip: Nice view and silence for the sea view rooms.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Skalen
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Alkaios is a average hotel by the seaside but unfortunately they dont use this advantage. They have 3 big pools bbut nothing by the beach. Only few sunbeds and umbrereallas which looks very dirty. They didnt change my beddings for 4 days but they change towels if i put one on the floor. Breakfast is ok nothing great , fetta cheese, olives , tomotoes and some hot stuff. We got a room for 60 Euro which is good price for august. If you wanna got to Molivos, you need a car or take a taxi for 5 Euro.

Room Tip: Take a room with seaview
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank PinarTibetErdal
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Eftalau, Molyvos. Hotel Alkaios. WOW.
I ordered a vacation based on the travelagent saying that it was a nice place.... I read some of the reviews here on tripadvisor, and had my doubts. But those old reviews are old, and things are happening.
When we arrived with the bus late evening sunday, we where well taken care of by the staff expecting us. Tammy the GM was even so kind to carry my wifes bag to our room. In the reception area you find will Tammy and Joanne and a couple more, they will do almost anything for you to make you feel good at your stay. That was my personal experience. But I also asked nice, and nice questions might get you nice answers.
In the poolbar we had your barman George, when my wife an I played backgammon, he came, looked at our game, shaked his head and sighed ( I know I play bad ) so he layed out the start for a cosy relaxing bar experience. Thanks George for the many ouzo's.
At the indoor bar we ran into Stephané, who served us coffee and a lot of ouzo too. He always look at you with a smile on his face and he's a joy to talk to.
The food at the hotel is good, we had all inclusive, the meals is served as buffet, American breakfast in the morning, for lunch there were some warm dishes and cold, for dinner there always were at least 5 or 6 hot dishes, bread, and salatbar. There was alway the posibility to eat differently everyday, so you didn't have to eat the same (unless you like some particulary good) the meat was so tender that a knife almost never was needed. Thanks to the kitchen / waiter staff, good job.
The cleaning staff was very polite and we didn't have any problems with towels and stuff missing.
Cleaning of the pools and pool area was done every morning, nice clean pools by the way.
We never used the spa area as we did have enough in the 4 swimmingpools the hotel have, beside the spa area.

Would we visit the hotel again ? The answer is yes. Do we recommend it, oh yes we do.

Now at last in this review I would like to say THANK YOU to all the staff at Hotel Alkaios for a wonderfull vacation.

Room Tip: Room 212 was a nice room with a nice view. The 200 series are the rooms at the top on one of the hot...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank DennisAndersen
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We spent 11 days at this hotel, the all inclusive service. First of all, the staff is very friendly and ready to help whatever you need. Special praise to the hotel manager Tommy. The rooms are spacious, clean, with a terrace. We got a view of the parking lot with palm trees, and it was not as bad as some have written. Bathrooms are large enough, with a bathtub. The door of the room badly insulated sound, as it is already written. A room maid cleans the room every day, twice weekly linen change and towels every three days. For 3 euros per person you have the ability to get every day clean towels for the beach.

The food is very tasty and a great choice, except that the selection is repeated every few days. For dessert they serve a couple of cakes and the offer is the same every day. Fruit-watermelon, cantaloupe, apples and oranges. Between meals at the poolside bar is serving ice cream balls (a few flavors), cookies and sandwiches with ham and cheese (which, unfortunately, are without a butter) and drinks. The drink I recommend you focus on are wine, beer, ouzo, and try to avoid carbonated drinks, because they are not particular taste. Dining hall is large and spacious, and with it is a large terrace with stunning views of the sea and Turkey, so it's even nicer to dine outside.

There are 2 pools for children, two for adults and two at the spa. I'm not a person who normally likes swimming in pool, but I have enthusiastically to admit that this is a very clean swimming pools with sea water, where there is always people, yet never crowded. Since the sea at the north of the island was very cold when we were there (the second part of July), the pool served us well for a few days.

Spa cost 5 euros per person and there are a small gym, small sauna, Turkish bath, cold water pool and stunning outdoor swimming pool with 2 Jacuzzis and massage jets. We tried it and it is worth the money.

Now, close to the hotel there is no shop, cafe or anything that could be interesting for you. All you might need you should already have in the hotel. The most beautiful town on the island-Molyvos is located 2 km from the hotel, but it is far from ''pleasant half-hour walk", about which I have read. You need a car or a motorcycle and in no time you're in Molyvos. Without it, get ready for a long walk on a winding road with no street lights. From the hotel runs a free bus to Molyvos 4 times a day, with the last at 8:30 PM. So who wants to return to the hotel by night and did not have a ride, they will have to go by taxi.

All in all, this is a great hotel for couples (of all age) and families with children. The best way to see what Lesvos really has to offer is searching it by car or motorcycle. That way you won't get bored and at the same time you will enjoy your stay at the hotel.

Room Tip: The rooms, which are located just above the bar open until 2 am, and have a view of the sea, often k...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank MrsOscar
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Having been to Greece for nearly 30 years ,last holiday was in Rhodes 2 years ago very disappointed as the real Greece had disappeared.
THEN SUDDENLY I WENT TO ALKAIOS HOTEL ,and no io don't work for them went their first week in June and their are not enough words in the English Dictionary that can explain how wonderful our holiday was.From the time we stepped into the hotel until our final steps out the experience was wonderful.
LOCATION-BRILLIANT
ACCOMODATION-SPACIOUS CLEAN BRIGHT AND WONDERFUL
FOOD-EXCELLANT HOME COOKED FOOD.
LOCATION-COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER.
STAFF-WELL WHER DO I START FROM THE HOTEL OWNER TO THE CLEANERS NOTHING WAS TOO MUCH FOR THEM THEY MADE US FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE FAMILY.
The hotel has gone through a tremendous expansion by the local owner and is looking to expand again,everything was first class.
Sorry incorrect their was one thing wrong it was un used not enough guests!!!!!
A special mention to Ioanna,Georgio,Tami,Stef and George you made our holiday such a wonderful time and experience.
We feel you have been terribly let down by Thomas Cook,i tried to book again whilst their ,Thomas Cook said fully booked as they were ushing other establishments!!!!
I have in fact booked direct with owner whilst I was their ,and booked flight with Aegian Airlines.
Cannot understand why only 2 flights a week go from UK!!!!
The airport is small but so efficient and run so smoothly ,when checked bags in went to tavern until flight called then 2 mins walk back to airport.
The hotel has 6 pools,wonderful gym and great bar both by pool and in main hotel.
Food is traditional Grrek and the chef is at hand whilst you are getting food.
As said previous nothing was too much trouble,this unspoilt island is a gem in the crown and Lesvos people you should be so very proud .
Cannot wait until September as it will be the next of mant trips to a wonderful island and hotel.
Miss you all. Stew alias Yam Yam.
PS I have loads of photos and will add shortly.

Room Tip: All rooms well furnished large clean and air conditioned,we had room with balcony and sea view.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank yamyam1956
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We visited the hotel at the beginning of July. The location of the hotel is really good (just a couple of km away from Molyvos), but we faced a number of issues during our stay:
a) we spent 4 days there, nobody changed our bath towels or the toiletries
b) bathrooms have no windows or ventilation so everything was really stuffy
c) rooms have no internet access – even though we had repeatedly asked before booking
d) breakfast contained only low quality products the quantities of which were also small. In addition, when something finished (i.e. butter) they would not replace it
d) the ladies at the reception were impolite and could provide no assistance. They were even making inappropriate comments in greek about tourists from abroad who were complaining about the services they were receiving (but quality of lunches and dinners, internet access problems, etc).

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank ioli_an
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Address: Eftalou Molyvos, Eftalou 811 08, Greece (Formerly Alkaios Hotel)
Region: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Lesbos > Eftalou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Eftalou
Price Range: £42 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Viva Mare Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel “Alkaios” one of the best hotels in the island of Lesvos, is situated 1,4 kilometres from the ancient village of Molyvos, 1,2 kilometres from the hot springs of Eftalou, and 4 kilometres from the harbour of Petra. It has its own private beach of about two hundred twenty metres long, six swimming-pools (two of those ideal for children), and twenty three square meters of surrounding area, with two playgrounds, two lounge areas, restaurant and bars. The upgraded services plus the superb location of the hotel, combined with a dramatic view of the Aegean Sea, qualifies it as the best choice for enjoying your vacations, vacations that you will never forget.Room descriptionAll rooms are equipped with anatomic beds with double layer mattresses (soft-hard), and have balconies that offer an amazing view of the Aegean sea, or of the garden. Furthermore, all rooms are equipped with all technological facilities such as: A/C, T.V., D.V.D., wirelless Internet Access, telephone, and doors with magnetic lock.All bathrooms are made of marble, with hidden lighting,and some of them are equipped with Jacuzzi bathtubs, or hydro-massage columns that will offer you moments of relaxation in your personal space. ... more   less 
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