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Miramare Hotel
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Eretria
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Cymru/Wales
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“Lived up to expectations”
Reviewed 16 January 2013

The hotel lived up to most of my expectations during a late season, all inclusive week-long stay, except in respect of its immediate surroundings. It turned out to be a convenient base for local, island and mainland discovery during a crucial, fascinating time in modern Greece's evolution.

Owned by a local family, the Miramare is personally managed by the genial, modest, approachable proprietor and his wife (an ex PE teacher), both with excellent English. Their son runs a larger establishment nearby. Staff members, some Albanian, were all extremely pleasant once one had made an effort to establish a personal rapport.

All holiday guests were either Saga specialists (archaeology buffs) or generalists like me. Business visitors mentioned in an earlier report were a bunch of trainee aeronautical engineers from one of the Gulf states who added a surprisingly interesting dimension to my stay. Though they kept a polite distance, when approached they were very friendly, communicative and engaging.

Bedrooms were cheerful, bright and airy, with extremely comfortable beds, ample storage, adequate balcony and clean bathrooms. The restaurant was somewaht underused as most of us ate outdoors on the pleasant (part covered) patio, from which there were views of distant blue mainland mountains. Lunch and dinner consisted of mostly Mediterranean dishes, though chips were evidently a Saga concession. In addition to a soup service, salad bar and dessert table there were plenty of pasta, meat, fish and vegetable options: 8 at lunchtime and 12 each evening.

The indoor bar by reception was never used during my stay, action (ahem!) being focused on the 'all day' pool bar where there were plentiful seating and lounging options. Saga diversions were as anticipated; the Athens and Evia island tours especially appreciated.

However, for those who like to go for an occasional stroll, the Miramare was a disappointment. The hotel's rather narrow grey shingle and pebble beach, pretty deserted in late October, is only about 200 yards from one headland to the other. Behind the hotel there is a network of country roads, set in small orchards and plantations, mostly bounded by rusting chain link fencing, Within a few minutes stroll one reaches two isolated tavernas and a minimarket; the more adventurous could use this route as an approach to distant hill walks (not investigated). As several other contributors have mentioned, the main road has only intermittent verges so could be hazardous.

To compensate the hotel provides an informal but reliable free mini bus service to neighbouring Eretria and Amarynthos, both with miles of seaside promenades. Eretria has it's archaeological sites while the Amarynthos produce market with about 100 stalls was great for social observation.

Sadly the Miramare does not appear in the 2013 Saga brochure, so opportunities for British package tourists to visit Evia will be further limited. A pity, as I really enjoyed the relaxed informality of this hotel, the surprising diversity of green landscapes in the north of the island, the congenial country people as well as the pleasure of being in an area relatively unaffected by mass tourism. If you can find an alternative convenient way of getting here, try to get hold of Sara Wheeler's Evia:Travels on an undiscovered Greek Island - somewhat dated but still relevant.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

We stayed for two weeks all inclusive and thoroughly enjoyed our stay although other guests, absent during the day on Mondays to Fridays, did monopolise the pool with their noisy games at weekends. We understood that they are there on a work related extended stay. However staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Rooms were excellent with en-suite facilities offering plenty of room. The two pools were spacious and the outdoor bar offered a wide selection of drinks. The beach, a five minute walk away, was very quiet and narrow but had sun loungers a plenty. Due to the countryside location evenings we were confined to the hotel in the evenings. It would seem that this hotel is not being offered by Saga any more.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We stayed for a week on a Saga Archaeological Tour (all inclusive). Room was large and clean - lots of storage and good bathroom. Balcony overlooked the bar but this was quiet after 11:30 every evening; although several guests who were in the "Annexes" complained repeatedly about noise from other hotel guests throughout the night.
The breakfast buffet had a varied selection - the evening buffet gave choice but got repetitive after a few days. The hotel isn't within easy walking distance of any other restaurants or bars so you are a bit stuck for alternatives. The staff were efficient, if not particularly friendly.
My huge reservation of this hotel, with regard to the Saga Archaeological Tour, was that it was so far removed from any of the sites visited (except for a morning visit to Eretria which, I assume, was tacked on to the trip to justify the choice of hotel, as it was of very little interest) - one day when visiting Epidaurus, Mycenae & Corinth we spent over 8 hours travelling on a coach with the remaining 4 hours at sites and lunch!
The Saga holiday itself was well organised (exept for the choice of hotel), the guides were informative and Lesley, the rep, was exceptionally good - a two centre base would have been preferable to cut down on the travelling times and negate the very early starts.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

we spent a week in that hotel. the location is splendid, ask for a room with the view. 5 minutes walk from the beach which sums up to a little bay with a wonderful view of the mountains and the sea. The food is great- homemade- I recommend to have meals on the restaurant patio. The service is great as long as you are not a couple of single women from Eastern Europe - then you might have a problem with the flirty waiters.A big one to be honest. 5 minutes away from Eretria by bus and try not to take a walk on the busy road. There is a possibility to take walks behind the hotel in the evening in order to admire the olive tree orchards. If you are interested in exploring the island, renting a car is a way to go, provided you know how to drive on the Greek roads. Small, contained with 2 great fresh water pool and a wonderful small bay on the beach, which could be reached by underpass. Consider the night swim since the beach is deserted in the evening. If you are a fan of night entertainment, Miramare is not a place from you.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

great hotel!! very friendly people, nice bathroom and beds,very clean swimming pool!!!good food!!!large buffet!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

We had booked a double room in a 'bungalow' with Expedia for less than £50 including breakfast, but were upgraded to a beautiful double room with sea view by the very friendly receptionist. The hotel is modern without being characterless and is spotlessly clean. There is an indoor and an outdoor pool with bar, in pleasant surroundings. The beach is reached via a 5 minute stroll through an underpass, and is OK, although it must get quite crowded if the hotel is full. There is an excellent buffet lunch for a reasonable 14 Euros, and the breakfast was splendid. Evening entertainment is laid on. It seems that prices are low while Greece desperately tries to attract tourists. Take advantage now, and soak up some Greek sun and hospitality!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Nice place, very nice people. I Had a problem with the A/C, but nothing serious.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Miramare Hotel
Address: 25 km Nat. Road Chalkida-Kymi, Eretria 340 08, Greece
Region: Greece > Central Greece > Euboea Region > Eretria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Eretria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Miramare Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 91
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