Have just come back from a weeks stay in this hotel, and despite the Trip Advisor rating feel that this hotel should be given consideration if you are looking to stay in Agios Ioannis. Despite some of the previous negative reviews we found nothing that didn't meet our expectations. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable (especially for greek standards), and the breakfast was more than adequate for a weeks stay and the view from the breakfast terrace overlooking the sea was a perfect start to the day. The hotel has a small swimming pool which we used once. The pool area has some very nice sun loungers, and tables and chairs overlooking the sea and excellent if you wish to have a break from the beach. The staff were excellent and very friendly, albeit that some of them didn't speak very much English, but sign language worked well! This is not a 4 star hotel, and does not pretend to be so, and I therefore do not think you would be disappointed if you stayed at this hotel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to stay at this resort.
There are three beaches to choose from and each have their own variances. They are all mostly small pebbles (and shingle), but did change to sand when we were there following an overnight heavy storm which brought more sand on to the beaches, therefore this is why you may see the beaches advertised as sand in some brochures/on-line, and pebbles in others.
The drive from Volos to Agios Ioannis is interesting! We hired a car and drove to the resort, but the drive is challenging and if you choose to drive, try to keep to the main road even though there are other routes to the resort. The route is over Mount Pelion and down the other side and consists mainly of hair pin bends rising up and down the mountain. The views are spectacular (if you dare to look) but don't let this put you off, as once you arrive you will be charmed by the resort and the local people. If you do not wish to drive, other holiday makers we spoke to had organised a taxi which we understand was in the region of 65 Euros. This hotel is also in some holiday brochures, but we found it cheaper to book direct.
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- Sofokles Hotel is a charming seafront hotel in Agios Ioannis.Sofokles is ideal for both family holiday and romantic getaway. ... more less
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