Our 3 day trip here was exceptional. I had visited this hotel several times in the past on seminars or business meetings years back. We wanted to relax this time, and at the same time not go too far from where we live. A look on the reviews on TripAdvisor made me hold back at first, but in the end I booked out of curiosity.
I find the bad comments on TripAdvisor totally unfair, and I truly believe they come from people who want to harm the hotel; from people who really don’t know what they want, or are never satisfied with anything, no matter what! So, I urge people not to trust anonymous comments, especially if they come from those who have one or two reviews only. It is obvious why they do it.
Pelagos is an old hotel but it is a hotel that will never lose its good-will no matter what! It is ideally situated only 4 kms from Chalkida on a hill overlooking the open sea. The word “pelagos” actually means open sea and the views from up there, are breathtaking. There are several fish restaurants within a short distance, less than a mile.
Our room #219 was normal in size very clean and comfortable with all the necessary amenities of a 4* hotel. The balcony was big with a marble table and two chairs and we could see the open sea and the beautiful gardens with palm trees, oleander plants, olive and pine trees, and colorful bougainvilleas. The chapel of the hotel is in the garden for couples who wish to get married here. The décor in the room was simple but stylish. The bathroom was not big but clean with bright white towels and a bathroom robe found in the big wardrobe. There was a mini bar with a bottle of cold water as a treat from the hotel, and a bottle of home-made liqueur. There was a safe, and different toiletries, even a jar with cotton and a razor, a brush for clothes and shoe polish. There was an electric mosquito repellent, but throughout our stay we did not see a single mosquito in the round area.
There is an outdoor Jacuzzi by the swimming pool but since there was the beautiful sandy beach below which we could not resist, we skipped it completely. I have to mention that the sound of the waves on the coast could be heard in our room each night and it was magic. For this reason we kept the balcony door wide open and there was no need to have the air conditioning on.
The grounds are clean and cared and the boys at the swimming pool bar area, Stelios and George were professionals, extremely helpful and very polite. You will find local cuisine mostly here and we had lunch at the hotel each day. Fotini, the young lady at the reception desk, Dimitra and Rena the two ladies who cared for our breakfast each morning, surely do their work well. They were always with a smile and ready to help.
The owners Mr. and Mrs. Alexandrou are noble people and they seem to be loveable and this is something I noticed through our short stay. People keep coming back and I came across many who are customers for more than 15 years. In some months from now the hotel is going to change hands and the children and relatives are going to takeover the business and I truly want to visit it again when this happens. I am anxious to see the difference.
Breakfast was more than adequate with all sorts of different things to choose from. I loved the fresh thick orange juice each morning, and my French coffee. There were different home made marmalades, crisps and crackers, a variety of bread and cheese, honey with walnuts, boiled eggs but not omelettes. If you want an omelette you are charged some extras. The room does not include coffee or tea facilities so you can order for 3 euro. Internet connection is however free of charge.
The hotel looks like an Art gallery, thanks to Mrs. Fani the owner and heart of the business in all these years. I really don’t know why this might bother some people. It is done with style and love and somebody would expect to hear only positive comments. It shows the sensitive side of a noble lady who adores art and beauty.
I recommend the hotel to people of all ages who love good local food and want to find tranquility and enjoy the Greek hospitality. Try the hotel’s wine if you come here. I wish I could spend more days and I would love to visit it again soon.
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