Ok, we have just returned from a weeks stay at the Thalia, I must admit after reading some reviews, I did wonder what we were going to!!.
Stop worrying, yes, it could do with a bit of TLC and if I got Into Nit picking mode, I would be here forever but It's a 2* Hotel and you get what you pay for. If you want 5* pay the price for it and stop moaning!!!
Food:- It's fine, typical Greek fare, plenty of choice and the trays DO get refilled quite quickly, If you are a fussy eater and like English food, i.e cooked breakfasts, pie/mash/burgers....then don't stay at the Thalia. One of the girls I was with is a real fussy eater and she really liked the food, yes, the trays were not labeled but you could see what you were getting, if you're not sure......ask!!
The one gripe I have is that the Air con wasn't on in the restaurant, i did ask why and was told the engineer was coming to fix it, he still hadn't been 6 days later!! They bought a large fan in but unless it was aimed at you, it did make eating in there quite uncomfortable, In fact for 2 days we ate and ran!!
I will just mention, as a previous reviewer has, some of the other Nationalities, they pile up their plates, have zero table manners, then leave most of the food, this does irritate the staff and I did notice that the said offenders tended to go In to eat early and this is when the trays didn't seem to get filled up quite so quickly and who can blame them, so leave it half an hour after opening, then go eat.
Rooms:- Basic but clean and functional, who sits in their room all day on holiday?? plenty of power points, balcony/terrace and most Importantly Air Con. You really need this as it is blisteringly hot. It works well, does the job and well worth the 49 euros for the week. The bathrooms are small but again functional, we did have a toilet malfunction (it wouldn't flush) but was sorted within half an hour.
Pool:- Really lovely pool/Bar area, plenty of sunbeds and shade if you want it. Now there have been complaints about the bar area and the childrens pool. As previously stated in another review, there is a tree with Black Berries that overhangs the patio area in the bar, these cause the patio to stain, it is NOT dirty. The childrens pool was emptied every night, cleaned and refilled, can't see what the problem is really.
Toasted Cheese and Ham Sandwiches and Ice Cream at 4pm, I must admit the ice Cream did make us laugh as it was a bit Luminus, LOL but it tasted ok. Not flash snacks but they did the trick (the cat loves the ham). The drinks list is ok considering the price you pay for the hotel, plenty of Cocktails and spirits to choose from. Bar staff friendly and efficient, although some are happier in their work than others!!
The owners are lovely people, helpful and polite, treat them with respect and you get the same back.
If they refurbed this hotel to a higher standard, they could charge much higher prices due to the location but for me it would lose it's old fashioned Greek style and for me that's the Greece I love, not high rise hotels with no character.
The Thalia is situated In a great spot, 10 mins from the beach and 5 mins from all the Bars/Restaurants, although if it's still as hot as it was it might take a bit longer to walk!!
Most of us are well Travelled all over the world and have stayed in various levels of * Hotels, we wanted a value budget break and this is what we got, again, if you want 5* with cooking stations etc don't stay here BUT if you want a good value, relaxed friendly hotel, then the Thalia is for you. Would we go back? Yes, we probably would. As we paid so little to stay here we were able to eat out a couple times as well.
Pefkos Is lovely and we hope to return next year, although not in July due to the extreme heat, can't handle anymore, lol.
Ignore the moaners and complainers, you get what you pay for and the Thalia is a nice little budget hotel.
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