Unlike other reviewers of this hotel, we paid full book price for this 2 week self-catering studio.
It was room 31 on the 2nd floor at the back which was great since we didn't get all the noise from the pool area but not so great for using the balcony because it was just too hot until the sun passed over at about 3pm. There was also a wasps nest in the roof there so we had to keep coils burning to keep them away while eating.
The hotel demanded 20euro deposit for a kettle even if you were on a self catering basis. There was no room to prepare even a sandwich, nowhere to store non fridge items, no table and not even a chair in the room. There was 1 wardrobe and a small drawer in each bedside cabinet. We had to put our cases on top of the wardrobe and use the suitcase racks as impromptu food prep areas. There was no extractor fan in the bathroom so it became VERY smelly because of the bin! Sheets and towels were stained and the cleaner kept turning down the fridge so things in the freezer compartment would start to defrost.
Syvota is very beautiful but it is not a haven of peace or an undiscovered gem, but is full of Serbs, Italians et al so some beaches become very crowded.If you are here to get a tan around the pool then it will suit you. If you want to see something more authentically Greek then you need plenty of spending money. There is no public transport, the 4 travel agents all charge the same prices for excursions which will cost you a minimum of 25E pp., and car hire is approx 55E per day. This is our 6th trip to Greece in 2 years and this is the most expensive place we have been.
Meteora is really worth visiting despite the long coach journey. The bus didn't turn up for us and Isabella Tours just wanted to give us a refund but we insisted that they got us there because there is only 1 trip to Meteora per week from Syvota on a Weds. They were absolutely useless at the office but Avis sorted it out, got us to parga to join a trip the following day. Of course, those who were only there for a week had to miss the trip, which really is not acceptable.
Our advice is to go prepared. Save 98E on air con and take a small fan, take washing line and pegs which you can use to seal dry packaging, take lots of mosquito repellents and after bite. Buy beach mats, parasol, chairs etc asap and you don't need to rely on locals to rent them out. Some beaches have no facilities especially those you discover by walking over headlands.
If you turn left out of the hotel and keep walking through the rough ground you will join a road. follow it up the hill, past a german sign saying mannheim 3112k until you see a well and a modern fronted church. this is where the signs for the deserted village of Brahonas start. It's 8k to the village but if you walk up the hill you will be rewarded with 180 degree views.
We discovered a fantastic little beach on the other side of the Zavia beach peninsular. Steep walk and steps but we did get it all to ourselves.
- Also Known As:
- Mourtemeno Hotel Epirus
- Mourtemeno Hotel Greece/Syvota