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Review of Porto Carras - Sithonia

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Porto Carras - Sithonia
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Neos Marmaras
Athens, Greece
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“Lots of space, countryside, beaches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2009

The big advantage of the resort is PLENTY OF SPACE. The result of this is nice views from rooms of both hotels, possibility to stroll around in the resort, comfortable playgrounds also for football (which is rare) and a feeling of freedom inside the resort for young teenagers in the family. Unique is the yacht marina inside the resort (yacht suites are also provided in Meliton hotel with direct access to the boats)and the separate restaurants/shops in the marina area. Rooms are quite comfortable and fully refurbished since 2003. The place around is peaceful and green, the town of Marmaras being at a distance of 2-3km. The whole Sithonia peninsula is not offered for cosmopolitan life, but still some good choices of little (especially fish) tavernas can be made. Nightlife is not fantastic, but the open concert area of the resort sometimes hosts popular Greek bands/singers with great shows or plays.
Shortcomings:
1.The hotel gym in both Meliton and Sithonia hotels can be used only in combination with spa and other fitness services with a minimum fee of Eur15 per visit. That is unusual and disappointing.
2. When the hotel is full, the 3 elevators are not sufficient. Another three are needed, the hotel should consider that very seriously.
3. Some extra quality and care would be required at breakfast: a less standardised cheese plateau, a fitness corner, omelettes without ham. To be noted, however: Suites can be served in a separate VIP breakfast room which I didn't see.
4. The dinner offered in the halfboard framework could be extended a bit more in time, as the 2hour time (7:30-9:30pm) is very little and people constantly rush and are in constant movement in the restaurant (like in breakfast). The a la carte restaurant is very good, though. And there's always the choice of dining at the marina restaurant "Naftis", in operation the whole day and till late night with many choices of dishes (of course more expensive than the Marmara tavernas).
5. The East European staff is, indeed, less efficient than the rest of the staff. But this is not peculiar to this hotel only -- it is true everywhere in Greece. I would stress their unwillingness to make the least effort to understand or speak even a basic word of Greek. And I must note that cleaning women were extremely kind, smiling, helpful and discrete.
6. As in many beach hotels, sunbedswith umbrellas on the beach were not enough on peak days and hours. One reason might be that entrance to the resort during the days was allowed with a fee to non-guests. I would suggest restrictions to this practice.
The bottom line: Our 15-17 year-olds were extremely happy there, the atmosphere was extremely relaxing and the sea is warm and enjoyable. It's the ideal place for family holidays to say the least.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2009

I agree with Robbofred from Leeds who was spot on with everything he said about the Hotel.
If I had any cause for complaint it was that some of the Eastern European staff appeared ignorant and did not have the customer care friendliness of the Greeks.
Also a freshwater pool is much nicer than sea water pools.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2009

Like another reviewer I read the reviews after I had booked our honeymoon and I was dreading what I would find.

On arrival I couldn't have been happier with my choice. A rose petal heart adourned the bed and a bottle of bubbly was waiting for us. The hotel is lovely, the surroundings are beautiful and it was a wonderful holiday.

Little or no nightlife unless you go for a drink at the beach bar. The nightclub doesn't really exist as such, so a walk or ferry trip in to Neo Marmarras was the alternative and not a bad one.

What did grate by the end of the holidays was the lifts, and the germans and russians who seemed to take delight in not allowing you in their lift or pushing in front of you to get in there first.

Shame about the nightlife, but in all a good holiday.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds UK
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2009

After reading the poor reviews for this hotel before we travelled we were extremely worried about going there. We had Nothing to worry about at all. In fact i am sure that some of the people that travelled had gone to the wrong resort.

The porto carras resort was about a 2 hour transfer from thessonoliki airport and when you arrive you get a great view of both the hotels in the resort - the Meliton and the Sithonia. You drive past teh golf course and riding school and the marina before arriving at the hotel. The Meliton is the first hotel you will pass and the Sithonia - the slightly larger of the two is the second (as it contains a large casino complex on the ground floor)

The Sithonia hotel has been refurbished recently and is furnished in a modern retro trendy syle which i very much liked. There are plenty of soft and comfy chairs - large lampshapes and brightly coloured bars and restaurants all over the hotel - each hs been tastefully decorated and was very pleasant to be in and around. The hotel had 400 bedrooms and was fairly busy when we stayed - but you never got the impression that it was crowded and there were always plenty of staff around to assist you.

Rooms - rooms were clean and comfortable with all the necessary amenities - we stayed all inclusive and the minibar in teh room was stocked up each day with a selection of soft drinks, water, beer and wine and ouzo, regardless of whether it had been drunk so at the end of the week we did have a very full fridge! the bathroom was clean and had all the facilities expected. our room overlooked the golf course and you could see the town of neos maramris and the cove it was a wonderful view from the balcony. the beds were comfortable and were changed every day and teh tv in the rrom had a selection of channels to suit most of the nationalities within the hotel mainly Greek, German Russian and English.
Our room also included a kitchen area which had obviously just been put in and was not quite finished... inclusing a sink oven hob and fridge with cupboards, we were not entirely sure as to why this wa sin the room as we would not have needed such a facility.

Food - As were were al inclusive all meals were included. all meals were served in the medeteraeno restaurant and were buffet style there was loads of choice for each meal from teh cold salad bar and the hot counters. There were two areas of each so there were never queues to get your meal and there were always free tables and waiting staff to order your drinks from. The food was good - i am not a fussy eater but can get bored and there were different meals every day and a lot of choices so that most people would be very satisfied. The dining room was large with two terraces to eat at this ment that doors were open and flies were able to come into the dining room but to be honest i didnt se this as any different that eating at home in the summer with the doors open, all the food was replaced reglaurly and was all cooked well.

On the all inclusive package you were offered the opprtunity to dine at the White Room the hotels a la carte. It was great! the decor was beautiful and the food was fab, this was waiter service and set menu but again it was a nice menu with something for everyone on it.

You also had two evenings to choose from at the marina providing you booked with the hotel reception - the hotel greek night at the grill which was greek food and dancingand music, and the seafood grill and BBQ again at the grill at the marina we did not attend these evening but walked past the seafood evening on that night and it looked brilliant, there were BBQs set up on the marina outdoor dining for all in the warmth of the evening candles, and a live band playing whilst you ate. The food looked and smelt fab.

Drinks - drinks were all inclusive at different parts of teh hotel during the day, you were provided drinks withyour meals which you ordered with your waiter. You could drink at teh swim up bar in the pool, the beach bar was your main drinking bar which stayed open till early morning. and you could get drinks from your room mini bar. You had to pay for drinks in the blue bar which is decorated in pink??? but it is beautiful and we had a cocktail in there before our meal in the white room and had a very pleasant evening being seranaded by piano with a selection of snacks and cocktails. which were priced at simillar prices to eery other bar in greece i might add - about £6 per pint and £10 cocktails. The beach bar did have repetative music a dance mix and some simply red which was a bit annoying but bareable. On teh beach which was right nxt to the hotel you were served drinks at your sunbed from the beach bar which was also lovely.

the beach itself was a gravelly type but had plenty of sunbeds, and umberellas - the sea was clear and warm and there were a choice of watersports available both free and to pay for. We chose to rent a speedboat fo rthe day whihc was lovely and well worth the money and spent a day hopping from cove to cove and swimming in the sea it was lovely.

There is a gem of a bar called the kohi kohi beach bar whihc is right around the corner form the marina it is the most chilled out and relaxed bar i have been to in a long while - full of beautiful people, a range of bean bags, matresses and sunloungers on the beach and funky chill out music it was fab to sit and watch the sun go down at the bar which illuminates the beach after sunset with colour changing lights and candles and flames which make it a perfect place to spend a relaxing evening - drinks are a little pricey but are served well.

The Marina is a little quiet and is currently being developed - an existing hotel has been knocked down to make way for real estate opportunities and when this is finished will be fabulous place - there are plenty of massive sailing ships and speedboats and cruisers to keep you guessing the amount of money there! it is a little quiet during the day however but i guess that this will change when the apartments have been completed.

Entertainment - well this was the worst thing about the whole trip it was dire. i can understand why people did not attend to watch the rubbish show put on by the hotel staff - however this did not in anyway spoil our evenings as we did not really want to see a show! i would suggest however that the hotel employs some staff who have a tallent for shows and really works on this aspect as the nightclub lounge is underused and could be great if they put on something appealing.

All in all i thought that this was a great value place to stay, there are plenty more aspects of the resort i could write about to be honest i would recommend a visit to see for yourself this was one of the most relaxing holidays i have had for a long time and would definately like to give the resort another visit sometime in the future.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2009

I booked this hotel, without reading reviews and was horrified to see the appalling comments on this site. I was very anxious about going to this resort, and after booking through first choice, was not looking forward to my holiday which is a shame. However once I got there, I was extremely pleased with everything. This hotel is set in a beautiful location in Greece. The decor is nice and stylish, the rooms are spacious with a fully stocked mini bar, which was over flowing every day! Some things were not AI in the minibar, but beers, wines and soft drinks were plentiful. The staff were all very friendly, despite what other have said. They seemed to be very pleasant and smiled when we were pleasant to them!! They were very hard working and attentive. We were looked after very well.

The food was good, and had plenty of choice and I was impressed that meal times had a fairly big window so that you could eat most of the day if you so desired!!

The only let down with the hotel seemed to be the evening activities. There was a nightclub which looks like a night club, but is infact a room where children can dance until 11pm. The hotel seemed to be full of kids, so fantastic for families. Also the beach bar played the same CD on repeat every night!! I think its hard to find the perfect holiday destination, and a holiday is what you make of it. The hotel and beach are perfect for relaxation.

I had a wonderful holiday and would certainly recommend this to anyone. I have stayed in some lovely hotels before and feel that for the price it was a great find. The photos are exactly what they look like so what you see is what you get!

Tip: Talk to your rep or guest relations about hiring a boat from the Marina which is ten minutes away. You can hire a boat for a whole day for about 90 euros and find your own private cove. This was the highlight for us!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cocoa_nuts
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north wales,
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2009

We booked this hotel as we have a small child (14 months) and AI suits our needs. It was classed as 4/5* in brochure which it certainly wasn't.
Rooms were fine - quite spacious and clean.
Food was OK. Good quality but very repetitive.
At night the only place we could have an AI drink was the nightclub. . Blue Bar you had to pay and it was expensive.
Some staff seemed nice others not so nice. Slow at taking plates etc in restaurant.
Spa was expensive too.
All-in-all a mediocre hotel. Nothing special and the poor service really let it down.
Would not recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank littlepitbull28
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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2009

We travelled with First Choice - lovely descriptions in the brochure, but once there you are restricted to certain bars if you're All-inclusive, and treated like a second-class citizen if you're English. The Hotel, facilities, food and location are lovely; the staff and other guests are not. The guests are 95% Russian, Czech or German, and are extremely rude and ignorant. We were made to feel extremely unwelcome by most of the staff (who are not Greek), there were only one or two who were friendly.
This is not what we have experienced before, having been to Corfu last year on an All-inclusive holiday.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Snoopy043
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Property: Porto Carras - Sithonia
Address: Neos Marmaras 63081, Greece
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Region: Greece > Central Macedonia > Halkidiki Region > Sithonia > Neos Marmaras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Neos Marmaras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Porto Carras - Sithonia 5*
Number of rooms: 477
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the spectacular coast of Sithonia, surrounded by 1,763 hectares drowned in green, with endless sandy beaches of over 9 km, discover your dream family getaway. The long list of features available is a family’s heaven: water slides, sea water park, kids fun park, diving center, nautical club, horse riding, mountain bike, football, beach volley, basketball, tennis, ping pong, plus an International standard 18-hole Golf course, a luxurious Casino and an amazing Thalassotherapy & Spa Center. ... more   less 
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