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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Windmill Bella Vista Sifnos