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“Isolated Setting: Beautiful & Relaxing, but Unrepresentative”

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Windmill Bella Vista
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Artemonas
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26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Isolated Setting: Beautiful & Relaxing, but Unrepresentative”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2009

We chose the Windmill Bella Vista because a couple other hotels we were considering were full. The three main towns on Sifnos are connected and have a sprawling layout, encompassing a series of hills. The Windmill Bella Vista is definitively outside of town, but only a very short walk from the (last) bus stop. Take some directions, because the signs aren't very clear, and we felt like we were lost walking from the bus stop, past farm animals and a cemetery (but a nice walk!). A short walk back to the bus stop brings you to Artemonas, where beautiful paths will take you anywhere in Artemonas, Ano Petali, or Appolonia (or take the bus). We also walked to the Castro via footpaths (unmarked, but if you just head in the general direction, you'll make it), which was a nice walk.

As an out-of-town retreat, the hotel is great. It is windward, so we had some stiff wind part of our stay (September). The pool was cold, but the view from the pool was gorgeous. Our room was open and large, newly constructed, more modern than Cycladic in architecture as our other hotels, and had the largest bathroom we had anywhere in Greece. We also had a few tv channels in english, which, while unnecessary, was great to kick back and enjoy a movie one of the nights. After a week without television, it's nice to enjoy a movie.

Service at the hotel was up and down: upon arriving, it was unclear who ran the hotel or where the reception was. We were given keys, but remained unsure of owners' roles. We arranged for a horseback ride, and were courteously told the ride would occur that evening around six. As six approached, George was not around and the rest of the staff were nonchalant, offering no solution and no apologies. We waited for about an hour, then went to dinner. We didn't hear anything until checkout, when George apologized and explained that he had gotten stuck in discussions when voting that day. The cause for his absence was reasonable, but simply an attitude of apology from the rest of the staff would have been appreciated.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2008

We stayed at this apartment/hotel in late May 2008.
It is situated about 4 kms from the port in the mountain area about a 10 minute walk to the small town of Artemonas and its small square with 3 restaurants and about 20 minutes from the capital of Apollonia.
This is typically run Greek establishment, very laid back, if you want service the you have to seek it as the owners have a very casual way of running the complex (this did not bother us).
The room we had was a reasonable size with a balcony overlookng the pool and the sea, hills and 12th century village of Kastro which is a must to visit.
The views were spectacular, the pool a good size and these alone made our stay enjoyable.
Hire a car for a day or so as there are some beautiful areas to visit, there are 5 main roads to different parts of the Island and all of them are worth taking for some great views and small town on the way or at the end of the roads.
All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Windmill Bella Vista, our only comlaint was with the shower curtain rail that kept falling down.
Maybe it will be fixed in the time for our next stay.

  • Liked — The views and the pool
  • Disliked — Some maintenance problems
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Windmill Bella Vista
Address: Kamaroti, Artemonas 840 03, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Sifnos > Artemonas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Artemonas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Windmill Bella Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Windmill Bella Vista Hotel is situated on a hill observing the Sifnos countryside and many Aegean islands. It consists of a renovated Windmill, studios, apartments and a pool with jaccuzzi. We are trying to make your stay relaxing and comfortable combining the traditional architecture with the breathtaking view to the Aegean. ... more   less 
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