Just got back from Portes Beach. Stayed for 12 days, all inclusive, with my husband and a 2-year old. This hotel was recommended to us by our agent as a peaceful, family place to enjoy & relax, which was partly true- most guests are families with small kids and elderly British people.
Things that I found satisfying about the hotel:
1. Pleasant, English speaking staff
2. Good animation (two pleasant Russian girls entertaining kids in the park twice a day for 2,5 hours + a kids' disco at 8.45 p.m with multilingual approach + two Serbian guys doing sport-related activities)
3. Tasty food- decent choice, lots of fish, salads, deserts.
4. Wonderful gardens, well-kept
5. Park for kids- although small, it does have natural shade in the afternoon and an inside play area you can use 10-12.30 and 3-5.30
6. Sea- clean, warm (mid June), easy to swim in, small waves only, some sea grass. Downside: entering the water is tricky since there are lots of huge stones on the shore and up to 5m in
Here are a few down-sides:
1. The hotel is not a 4-star hotel. It is decent, but half of the rooms have not been renovated, so if you get one of them you are likely to be staying in a dark, damp room. When I was packing my stuff to go back home, my clothes smelled and felt half-wet. Bathroom was in horrible condition (again, this is true for NOT renovated rooms). There is no isolation in the rooms, so you depend on the curtsey of your neighbors. For us, staying on the ground floor, afternoon naps with the kid were challenging, because of the constant noise coming from upstairs.
2. Impossible to keep mosquitoes out, since the protection placed on the doors is run down and full of halls. Some of the rooms- e.g. room 217 in which I stayed- do not have a window (just a door, which you use to get in and out of the room) so for people with claustrophobia issues it might be very problematic.
3.Restaurant area is too small for the hotel's capacity. It is always too crowded and too noisy.
4. The pool is way too small, kids' part is a size of two bigger bath-tubs placed together!
5. The beach is also VERY small, packed with sunbeds. When we arrived- beginning of June- it was still enjoyable, but by 06/ 10, it became too crowded. People reserve sunbeds early in the morning by placing towels on them. After 10 a.m.- impossible to find a free subbed. No natural shade on the beach, just fixed sun-umbrellas.
6. Important for families still using strollers- there are 4 wooden steps to go to the beach!
The biggest problem for me was that the hotel is totally isolated, located on a busy road (but no traffic heard in the hotel, since the rooms are in the big garden). There is nowhere to walk at night, for example, no path next to the sea, no side-walk on that busy road leading to hotel. So, be prepared to stay within the hotel area for the whole duration of your stay, unless you want to rent a car. Poor public transportation.
All in all, decent hotel with a lot of serious short comings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in front of a fantastic beach in Halkidiki, at Nea Potidaia, in a blossom garden with Pine trees, PORTES BEACH HOTEL invites you to have a unique holiday experience. With new infrastructure, fully renovated rooms and up-to-date facilities, PORTES BEACH HOTEL is a perfect choice for family vacations providing warm hospitality and friendly service from professional and experienced personnel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portes Beach Hotel Halkidiki/Nea Potidea, Greece