The Hotel Ariston is beautiful. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The pools were great, and the sea was marevelous. My children especially liked the cliff diving that the hotel offers. My daughter, however, did not like the fact that two of the three pools are saltwater. The hotel is also just a 10 minute bus ride from the old town, and the bus stop is just 100 meters from the hotel. The only negatives came in the food service sector. The pool bar offers a huge selection of expensive mixed drinks ($10/$20), but the bartender, who was clearly young and inexperienced, seemingly had no clue how to make the drinks on the menu. And the results were very bad. The food in the restaurant (Zoe) was very good, albeit expensive. But the female waitresses were often rude. Case in point, I ordered a prosciutto and melon appetizer, but received a tuna appetizer instead. When I told the waitress it was not what I ordered, she raised her voice, told me it was what I ordered, and tried to get me to take it. When I refused it, she got very upset and told me I should admit my mistake. Then, they brought is all of our food- soup, salad and main course- at the same time. Unfortunately, this event occurred on our first night at the hotel, and it kind of tainted the whole experience for us. Even so, I would absolutely recommend the hotel. I would simply tell people to avoid mixed drinks and the restaurant.
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