My girlfriend & I went to Grand Mediterraneo Resort & Spa the first week in June 2011. Turned up at the hotel at 10.30pm and were told by the receptionist a buffet had been left for us in the main restaurant. The ‘buffet’ was some sandwiches which had what can only be described as a slice of yellow & slice of pink in them as fillings. There was also an urn of warm brown, thin soup which didn’t smell of anything. Not a good start.
Our room was supposed to have a partial sea view. The room itself didn’t but the balcony did, 95% mountain view & 5% sea view. Lol. Then next the fridge didn’t work! We didn’t moan about the view but we did mention to reception the fridge wasnt working. They phoned maintenance who said, due to the fridges having no thermostat they don’t get any colder & were in working order. This was rubbish as the fridge was warmer than the room & clearly not working but we just put our water in front of the air con fans to cool it down instead. We expected a bottle of wine as was described on the website but never got it, just got the water. The ‘deep soaking tub’ is just a standard bath & yes the rooms do have 32 satellite channels but all but one are extremely grainy & there are only 2 English channels, World News & CNN. Reception told us these are the only channels available. The wi fi didn’t work in our room either, just on the balcony so best to take an Ethernet cable if you’re planning on using the net. We were on the 3rd level down so had a very tiring (500 paces) walk up the steep stairs every day, unless you’re pretty fit you’ll have to use the funicular railway thing. It’s painfully slow, slower than walking & creaks as it struggles to pull itself up & lower itself down the mountainside.
Don’t worry at this point, I’m making the hotel sound awful which it simply isn’t, I’m just mentioning that there are a few niggles, small problems that you do get with all hotels.
The main hotel is, as the name suggests, grand. It’s air conditioned throughout the reception & dining areas day & night. The rooms all have very nice views be it mountain or sea and are finished to a high quality, it’s clear actual tradesmen have been employed for both the construction & maintenance of the hotel and not just a DIY enthusiast.
The evening meals in the main buffet restaurant Medusa became a bit bland & repetitive. The sausages at breakfast were frankfurters cooked in the oven! Other than that breakfast was nice with a large selection of food & fresh coffee & freshly squeezed orange juice every day. We tried the beach bar Thalatta for lunch one day, It has the same menu as Eros (the pool bar) & both are overpriced. Burger & Chips costs £7 & an orange juice was over £5! Not mentioning the half pint fruit smoothies that cost a staggering £8 each. We went to the a la carte ‘Vertigo’ which served very nice food indeed but a bit expensive, even with the 20% off we received as we were half board & the portions were quite small. I wouldn’t say this if the hotel was cheap to stay at but it isn’t, it’s expensive to stay there in the first place & then they overcharge for food & drink prices.
It has a small shop but if you can avoid it don’t go in there as the woman serving doesn’t have manners. I don’t like it when somebody doesn’t say thank you. Again the stuff in there is pretty overpriced so if you can walk then head down the hill to the shop at the entrance of the hotel, you can get water that’s much cheaper than in the hotel in bigger bottles & also they have fridges to keep the water cool which the hotel shop doesn’t. The shop at the entrance doesn’t open on Sundays though.
Sun lotion wherever you are costs a small fortune, both the abovementioned shops wanted about £20 for a small bottle which is daylight robbery. Make sure you pack enough in the first place.
We hired a moped when it was a bit cloudy one day to explore the local area. It was well worth doing as a moped was very cheap to hire and we saw some of the island we would have otherwise have missed but the surrounding area was, to be honest, a bit of a dump. The hotel is definitely 5* if not 6*in comparison to its surroundings. We went to a beach north of Ermones near Paleokastritsa, only about 25 mins away, it was well worth it, it’s a nicer beach than Ermones. On Ermones beach they charge 3 euros 50 cents per sun bed & there was a few kids around so better to stay at the hotel for sunbathing where there are no kids at all & the beds are free. If you want a bed in a good spot near the pool get up early & put your towels out by 7.30am.
We’d definitely go again as the hotel scored 9/10 for my girlfriend and I despite the few little problems.
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