We stayed for 7 days end of July - beginning of august 2009 with our 16 yr old son. Booked h/b basis and as there was no triple available we were given a spacious 2 room apt with 4 beds.
The hotel is a complex built in a steep slope adjacent to 3-4 other hotel complexes.
The problem is that there is not enough free space in the hotel. The first days the hotel was full with Russian and Bulgarian tourists. All roads and side lanes were occupied by parked cars. Plenty of people in the small owned beach, very very crowded lobby and restaurant areas. Last days of our stay were remarkably less crowded and easier.
The hotel has a Lobby - restaurant - swimming pool and bar on the middle level. So a difficult flight up or down the stairs from the rooms is required all the time. The food was plenty, of average quality, not bad but they should improve it, surely. The price included a half hour free spa daily, but didn’t use it.
There is also a water slide stacked up with a small children playground, a tennis court and a basketball - handball area that were usually locked all the time, taking more free space from the premises.
Access to the small private beach is made through a tunnel under the motorway. Umbrellas and chairs require a fee for non all-inclusive guests, but there is a soft drink included in the price, and a bar with sandwiches and roasted meat. The beach was full of umbrellas, and crowed with guests, and the sea, although good, is not up to the standards of the rest of Chalkidiki.
The room was nice, clean and comfortable. We even had two TV sets, plus a kitchenette.
The hotel is oriented towards families with small children. So what did we do?
We had our boat with us, but there are a lot of boats for rent, and were swimming and skiing on the fantastic Donkey Islands, just five minutes across. Many beaches, perfect sea and sand, in a tropic setting, you can always find a lonely corner.
We had a cruise along the coast of Holy Mountain - Athos, an experience not to be missed. Better still arrange beforehand a visit in the monasteries, if you are a male, as no women allowed.
And we also visited Ierissos and Ouranoupolis. We didn’t have time for Ammouliani Island though.
Overall this Hotel is better when it is not crowded, with acceptable food, lovely views from the pool bar and good quality rooms. But you should not spend your time mostly in the hotel. You will need a car to go swimming elsewhere less crowded, for the 3 kms distance to Ouranopolis (it’s dangerous on foot, especially during the night), and for short nearby tours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The deluxe “Aristoteles Holiday Resort & Spa” Hotel is amphitheatrically built 50m. away from the seashore in Ouranoupolis-Halkidiki. The Hotel is situated 113 km away from the “Macedonia” Airport of Thessaloniki.“Aristoteles Holiday Resort & Spa” Hotel of 250 rooms (double rooms, superior, family, maisonettes and suites). All rooms have a balcony with a view to the sea, air condition, telephone, satellite television, bathroom with shower or bath tab, hair dryer and refrigerator.The hotel’s congress center has 15 hall combinations with a capacity of 20 to 1100 people, with a perfect sound isolation and the necessary audio visual equipment. ... more less
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