We've stayed at Zefi twice. The first time on our honeymoon 13 years ago, and again in October 2013. We'd originally planned to holiday on Naxos, but only lasted there 2 days before wanting to leave and deciding to go over to Paros. Naoussa is a pretty little coastal township an easy bus-ride (or 45-euro taxi ride) from the ferry - and having explored the island, is our pick for where to stay on Paros. Being the end of the summer season, there were lots of last minute accommodation options, and we got a great 9-night deal on booking.com. I'm so glad we came back to Zefi.
We had a second-floor room at the back of the hotel, with a balcony looking out over the pool. It had exposed-stone walls, which not only looked good, perhaps it also played a part in keeping the room nice and cool. It was spotlessly clean and serviced to the same standard each day.
The hotel has three 'blocks' of rooms, one of which is closer to the road. I imagine during high-season the road is busier and it may be noisier to be in the front block. The only noise we had was the early-morning chirping of the caged bird living next door (and it really didn't prevent us having nice sleep-ins!).
It's not a 5-star hotel/resort, but I don't think it's trying to be. It was a really nice 'home-base' and just had a really nice atmosphere to it. This was probably emphasised by the warm welcome and friendly service from the two ladies who managed reception and the day-to-day running of the hotel during our stay (one being Eleni, I think).
Being shoulder season, we pretty much had the hotel to ourselves and we felt very spoilt. The ladies who were working at the hotel would make our breakfast whatever time we got up. The breakfast wasn't super-fancy (cornflakes, fresh boiled eggs, toast, honey & preserves, cheese and ham toasted sandwiches (!), coffee and fruit drinks) but it was fresh and fuelled us for the day. It was lovely to eat it outside under an umbrella, in the company of the cats and dog.
It's a 10 minute stroll down to the township and restaurants. Speaking of the township, it has changed dramatically since our first visit in 2000. Far more 'upmarket' with fancy boutiques.
PS: If you're an animal lover, it can be heartbreaking to see the number of wee strays in Greece. Paros has an animal welfare society (PAWS) with volunteers who work hard to fund a neutering programme, feed the animals and get them emergency vet treatment, and do their best to find loving homes for the strays. If you care for animals and visit Paros, I encourage you to support their amazing efforts - they are making a real difference. We took a little unwell cat under our wing and got her treatment - and through the ongoing efforts of PAWS, she now has a permanent home and has a much happier and healthier life ahead of her :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built according to the Cycladic architecture, the Zefi Hotel is located just 300 metres from the centre of Naoussa Town in Paros Island. It features a swimming pool with deck chairs, a poolside bar and a hot tub. All Rooms and Suites in Zefi come with all necessary ambiences to ensure a mind free and relaxing stay. They feature Cycladic or stylish modern decoration while some include built-in beds, beamed ceilings and stone-paved flooring. Guests can start their day with the buffet breakfast at the property's breakfast lounge. They can also enjoy a drink or light meal at the on-site snack bar. Various taverns, restaurants and a supermarket can be found within close walking distance. The port of Parikia is within 10 km and Alyki Airport is 20 km away. The reception can arrange daily boat trips and various activities, such as scuba diving, horse riding, car rental. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas and free private parking is possible on site. We speak your language! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zefi Apartments Resort
- Zefi Hotel Paros/Naoussa, Greece