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The Lost Unicorn Hotel
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

From the mansions most hotels, a lot of clean in a great location surrounded by green manicured garden to relax and traditional food and breakfast and lunch. I would recommend it to friends and other romantic outing.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank billakos2004
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

HOTEL: A hotel with character!
The location of the hotel is right behind the Church of Agia Paraskevi in Tsagarada. It cannot be seen from the road, but it is surrounded by lush vegetation -a paradise-like spot. We were here the end of July.

We came for dinner actually but I was curious to see what the rooms of the hotel are like so that I know in case I wish to book here when we return to Pelion again next year.

The rooms are not that big but are nicely appointed, clean and have a kind of a classic style. Balconies are very small though!

Coffee/tea facilities are provided and there are nice toiletries in the bathroom –the Oriflame brand, in normal size. I saw several rooms and each one was differently decorated. All rooms are nice a few are kind of bigger than others. They are comfortable and the décor travels you.

The floor downstairs –lobby, library and corridor have a classic style too, but there are many things out there that don’t match. I find it over-packed in reality, but it has a style of its own, and many of the things out there are antiques.

The only negative is that it is not handicapped.

RESTAURANT:
“Exquisite Gourmet Dishes - Highly Recommended!”

Is it possible to find gourmet dishes in a traditional mountain village restaurant?

The answer is yes, and besides that, the Lost Unicorn is highly recommended for a romantic outing, a special celebration, or simply a normal dinner out.

Snacks/coffee: For people who wish to have a snack, the coffee shop of the Unicorn Hotel serves snacks and coffee at the grounds where the church is by the main square.

GARDEN: We had our dinner outside at the magical flower-filled terrace decorated with all kinds of colourful plants, nice light pots and a fountain. There are romantic hideaway corners to sit if you wish for a more romantic ambience. The gardens are surrounded by lush vegetation. The huge branches of the perennial plane trees of the square extend up to the garden of the restaurant and it is really like an earthly paradise out here.

CUISINE: Portions are big and everything we had was of exceptional taste and presentation. It is obvious that fresh ingredients and virgin olive oil are used in the kitchen because the taste of everything was super.

THE MENU: Out of the 4 starters we had the Roast Sweet Red Pepper with Feta cheese €8.00. (All starters cost the same) I can still remember the taste and colours of this dish!
The mixed salad we had with pear and walnut dressing made the salad flavorsome and mouthwatering. It was superb. Salads rank between €6.00 -€9.00.

MAIN COURSES: The list of the main course is tempting with dishes ranking from €12.00 – 18.50. The latter and most expensive one is the Fillet Steak with Cream & Wild Mushroom Sauce.
We however had the Confit of Duck with caramelized onions & Orange. I loved every bite and it was exquisite. It is highly recommended and it costs €14.00.
My husband had the Slow-roast Lamb with garlic, rosemary & red wine gravy for €16.00. The lamb was tender and juicy –I could probably call it a gastronomical delight!

DESSERT: Speaking of dessert, well… get ready for a taste of heaven.
We had a sweet delight (ravani) in syrup topped by a ball of ice cream, and a very tasty cheese cake.

The restaurant is superb in every way, and I recommend it for all the above reasons.

The owners and people who run this business are professionals and good hosts. Keep the good work up guys…We long to return.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank greekcypriot2009
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

The Lost Unicorn suffers from three main obstacles: the first is the tortuous drive through the mountains to Tsakarada, the Pylio village in which it is situated; the second is actually finding the hotel itself within the village, which spreads for some kilometers along the hillside. Once those obstacles are overcome, there is a third and most serious drawback – you may never wish to leave. More in the way of a genteel guest house than a modern hotel (guests seeking business centres, room service menus, mini bars, glitzy trappings, etc., need not apply), the Lost Unicorn is a former merchant’s home sitting on the far side of one of the village’s four squares. Accessible only by foot (the car park is a 50 metre trundle down cobbled paths beside the wonderful church that forms one side of the Square), reception is reached off a narrow track that used to be the main thoroughfare for local muleteers before the modern road was built up the hill. Your hosts, Claire and Christos, afford an immediate feeling of welcome, ease and homeliness. They are style of the hotel itself: understated, non-intrusive, warm and biddable.
Immaculately clean and fitted for comfort rather than fashion or modern amenity (albeit with a TV and fridge), the bedroom was adequately provided with storage, and a small balcony. (Save for one lounge accessed from the courtyard or through the dining room, the hotel is non-smoking, so a balcony is handy for a pipe-smoker). The bedroom was small but un-cramped: however, those wishing to gain their daily exercise with a walk from the bed to the shower room will be disappointed. Those like me (for whom the bedroom is essentially a place to stow gear and sleep) will be more than content: the bed was very comfy and the en-suite shower-room spotless. (The entreaty in the WC not to dispose of any paper in the toilet is a challenge to some: however, the plumbing in the vast majority of mountain or island residences cannot accommodate potential clogging waste.)
The communal areas of the hotel (there are several, including an extensive library, two sitting rooms and a well-secluded smoking lounge) are furnished again for comfort rather than show. Numerous capacious armchairs, settees and such will provide much-needed rest from the rigours of local activities – all of which entail a lot of walking, rarely on level ground – or from savouring the simply fabulous food served in a number of local tavernas. For those wishing to ‘stay in’, the dining room (we were part of a group of seven couples - children left with grandparents at home in Athens - getting together for a 40th birthday celebration weekend) is a fantastic place to dine – open fire, high ceiling, candles - much in the style of an English grand house. Easily large enough to accommodate all 14 of us at one long table (with considerable room to spare), the table positively groaned with a feast of course after course of well-prepared delicious food, served in the immaculate yet wholly unobtrusive manner which reflects the management style. Breakfast was a further feast for those with any remaining appetite: full English, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, fresh juice, etc., etc., served on quintessential English Blue Willow pattern crockery. Not so much “Home from Home” as “Home from (where I wish really was) Home”. So taken were we by the ambience there that we cancelled the next evening's meal booking at a local taverna, and Christos 'knocked up' a four-course 'light supper' for us at the hotel instead. (The wine cellar is very decent and well-stocked, but not extensive. If you have any preference for wine, it might be best to notify the hotel in advance.
The courtyard (accessed from the dining room or the smoking lounge), with a grapevine pergola and plenty of seating, looks across the Square and into the surrounding dense chestnut woods (we were there in autumn, when the environs were as stunning as New England in the Fall). You cannot see the sea from the hotel, although one does not have to wander far for glorious views down to the coast and across the northern Aegean (which, although only 500 metres below as the stone falls, is about 4 kms distant by footpath).
The hotel is simply wonderful for those who are travelling alone in search of peace and quiet, couples wishing to revel in their own company, or – as we were - a group of friends wanting to get away from town. Anyone whose idea of a holiday is bright lights, hustle & bustle, clubbing or bar-hopping should avoid the area like the plague – you will die of boredom. Equally, those with children who are not yet old enough to walk on their own, or who are still at the exploratory stage where everything within reach is fair game for grabbing or putting into their mouth, are unlikely to benefit from the calm that the hotel instills. The place is chock-a-block with “stuff” which will provide hours of idle interest to many, but temptation within the reach but beyond the resistance of any toddler!
If what you seek is utter peace and tranquility, and the sort of looking-after you would hope to get from family, this is the place to go. If you are looking for a non-stop-party-shop, steer clear. For someone like me, it was sheer heaven.

PAB

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms are a little bigger, but don't have a balcony. Rooms with a balcony over-looking the Square are immediately above the dining room (which may be a problem if there is a function going on). Go for rooms 2, 4 or 6 for the best view of the forest.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Philip B
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We just spent a weekend with our friends, celebrating my wife's 40th birthday in this hotel, which was recommended by friends. We had the birthday dinner prepared by Christos and his team (top class food), and ended up having a dancing party, a perfect night altogether. The owners helped with bookings in nearby restaurants, and provided directions on footpath walks for a group of 14 people, during the weekend. Breakfast is very good, with a constant feeling that they will go that extra mile to satisfy all your needs. The service is immaculate and discreet, the team is very professional; this is not a combination you typically come across in this part of the world, unfortunately (praise to Fotis for his tireless effort).

The hotel decoration is unique, an english countryside lodge, combined with the breathtaking scenery of Pelion. The library room is something we all wish we had at home, a place to spend time conversing with friends over a glass of wine or brandy. If your first priority is a 70 sq metre room with a hot tub, queing up to sign the breakfast register and be seated, this is not the right hotel for you. But, if that is the case, why go to Pelion in the first place.....

We will be going back to this hotel, every year, i believe the same is true for our friends.
Looking forward to the another "excuse" to spend time with friends at the Lost Unicorn.

Keep up the good work Christo and Clare.

Note: do ask about the history of the building when visiting; interesting on how it got its name: Lost in translation......

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank chris a
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

If I was a Unicorn I'd want to get lost here too! Idyllic hotel, wonderful hosts, pretty location - just a perfect, relaxing experience. Just come back from there and now looking to go back next year for another 'hit'. The owners, Clare and Christos are so welcoming, the decor is exquisite and the food is good and there is plenty of it. The English breakfast sets you up for a day of exploring the lovely Pelion and it's great beaches and sitting out on the terrace in the evening whilst the sound of some jazz music wafts over you as your eating great food cooked by Christos - just perfect again. September is a great time to go as it's not too hot but this place would be great in April and May when all the flowers are coming out. Sitting on the terrace here, is one of those experiences that you want to repeat again and again. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jill S
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