We have just retuned this evening from a wonderful stay at Balcony Hotel and have to write about it.
The Balcony Hotel is a very special place to stay. Set on a beautiful cliff top, by itself with commanding views over the Bay of Tsilvi, the deep blue Ionian sea and distant mountain range. There are no sun beds or poolside bars here. It offers a sophisticated atmosphere that would appeal to the discerning traveller.
There is a large tastefully landscaped terrace from where to have breakfast and another romantic open air terrace tastefully lit for evening meals. One could be forgiven for mistaking the views with that of a cruise liner at night in harbour. The hotel itself has only 3 stories and we were on the first floor. The beauty of this hotel is that almost every room we are told has (stunning) balcony views directly of the sea; and with it comes the gorgeous evening sunsets set behind glistening distant mountains. The backdrop is simply so romantic. We stayed in room 214 (the hotel has 30 rooms in all). In our case we could view the sea lying on our pillows, through the patio door and sculpted balcony. Air conditioning was very effective and came as standard as did a large fridge in the room and WiFi. The latter being worth its weight in gold. The connection worked directly from our bedroom, unlike some hotels where you have to go to the lobby to get a signal. There was plenty of lighting in the tastefully decorated mature pink bedroom and it was very spacious indeed. The room above us was also available on the top floor, but set out with brown furniture. As my partner preferred the white look we stayed put. The bathroom was dated, but immaculately clean and not off putting. Bathrooms in other other rooms have been renovated to a high and tasteful standard and some have baths, ours only had a shower - but no hardship for either of us.
This is a family run business, originally started by the proprietor's father. Everything about the hotel says they will make your stay special. And they do. Every hotel has its own USP, some give great meals, some great service, some have fantastic location, but the Balcony Hotel has it all at exceptionally modest prices. I made a number of requests during our stay. The proprietor, Eleni is calming and easy to be around and granted each one of our requests with a smile and a "Can Do" attitude - and that included helping us make sandwiches from the morning buffet menu for our return flight. I didnt feel they were simply trying, or trying too hard, I got the impression this is their way of life. What a refreshing and wonderful take on an often tired industry. It certainly made all the difference to the quality of our stay, something different to the cattle market style hoteliers we have come across in the past. The food was plentiful and extensive at breakfast and the Greek Yoghurt and honey a simple delight. The evening meals were just stunning and we both regretted not spending more nights eating there by moon light. (We normally check with a moon calendar to try and coincide our stay with a full moon for that special touch). We have both agreed we will simply need to go back and have more meals there by moon light!
Visit the Balcony Hotel. It truly is something special in today's fast, quickly fatigued, lifestyle.
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