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Reviewed 8 August 2014

Lovely location right across from a small tree lined beach. Rooms were small and cluttered with old furniture and bedspreads that have seen better days. Air conditioning barely worked and wifi would only work in reception and the garden. Everything was clean and there was a balcony overlooking the garden and the sea. The garden is lovely to sit in and relax. Breakfast is basic with cornflakes, boiled eggs, cheese, yogurt, tomato, cucumber and bread. Breakfast never changes. There are lots of restaurants with views of the sea near by. The staff of the hotel were lovely and very helpful. I am not sure I would make this hotel my choice again even though the accommodation is very good value for the location.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 1954Elizabeth
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

My husband and I were really disappointed with our stay at this hotel. For some context, my Greek husband and I travel frequently to Greece and often stay in simple Greek rooms (as opposed to larger run hotels) because the location and quality of stay is usually fantastic with Greek hospitality. This hotel was the worst Greek room we have stayed in. First of all the positives: it is a beautiful building with a nice patio outside where you can take breakfast and sit with a drink in the evening (although the hotel has no atmosphere so very few people do this). The hotel is very close to Molyvos which is just gorgeous and has lots of restaurants and tavernas for a night out. The negatives for us included:

- It is well within earshot of the rowdy bar 'Congos' that our Greek friends on Lesvos say has been around before all the hotels were built so they can't complain about the noise. This meant that you can't sleep with the patio doors open (you could hear the sea if you did this) but instead had to have them closed with the aircon on (sore throats/freezing in middle of night) etc etc. There is also a lot of noise along the pathway outside as people return from nights out as it is along the main pass through.
- The breakfast is just dire. Usually a greek breakfast will include loads of fresh fruits and lovely lovely greek yoghurt and honey/gliko and all manner of breads, jams and pastries. This really is done on the cheap and includes orange cordial (not actually orange juice) and stale bread with some awful cheapo jams in packets. The cornflakes are soft as they have been left out for I don't know how long. The milk is just the worst as is like tinned carnation milk or something - anyway you can't stomach it on either the soggy cornflakes or in the coffee/tea.
- The rooms are very small and basic. Literally enough room to fit 2 single beds. We had to put our suitcases on the mini balcony
- The cleaning standards are poor. We complained twice to the reception as the cleaners had once neglected to clean the toilet and left the bins unemptied. They really do the bare minimum.
- The beach that they advertise at the front of the hotel is not great. It is very narrow and those large pebbles that cripple you on the way into the sea (everyone was wearing those jelly shoes which you'll definitely need). The worst part of this beach is that Molyvos 1 actually charge you for the use of the loungers (the rest of the island does not charge if you buy a drink from their establishment) and worst still they charge their own guests for the use of the loungers. It is 2.5 euros each and the drinks are another 4 euros. This was the most expensive beach experience on the island. We would recommend instead going to Petra or the others along the north coast which are more sandy and bigger with better facilities.
- No parking. There is very limited parking at the hotel and we found a big car park at the top of the town which made our lives easier - the hotel should advertise and advise guests to use this then their cars don't get stuck in the small cobbled lanes. Be advised, you will need a small car if you intend to drive around Molyvos.

Overall this hotel is overpriced - it was the most expensive hotel on our 3 weeks holiday to Greece and also the worst value. They clearly trade off revenue from agencies that do package deals for tourists from Holland and Germany - there were no other 'direct' holiday makers there...bit of a shame with this hotel because it has all the potential to be so much better but the management clearly value greater margins over quality of service. If you want to stay in Molvos have a look at the rooms which are off the main front of the beach and situated behind Molyvos 1 hotel - we walked through the grounds of these and they were beautiful.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank emmajake
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Wanting to get away on a sweetheart holiday only, our eyes fell upon Molyvos 1 on Lesbos. I must admit I was a bit reluctant at first because of the photos - old style. But situated on the beach and the former reviews being so good we decided to make this little boutique hotel our destination. And what a lovely surprice. The staff greeted us with open arms and had everything ready for us. In literally 10 mins they had us checked in and on our seaside balcony. The palm trees in front will give you some privacy, so it is perfect.

The décor is somewhat old. Never mind that, your time is spent on the beach and in the old harbour or Mithimna (Molyvos) town, in which the Molyvos One is very close by.

The beach (right outside the door) is actually a public beach and the Greeks themselves will use this during the week and especially on Sundays. Molyvos One have a part of this beach where they have service and sunbeds (2,5€) and umbrellas (1€) pr person pr day. This keeps the beach private, with some day-visitors from other hotels. It is a beach with a stony brim for 1 meter, hereafter the most pleasant white sand. So bathing shoes is a must, and is acquired for less than 10€ in the nearby main street.

The Molyvos town is right behind the hotel slightly uphill, where the main road cuts through the town. Here you will find at least 3 ATM from major Greek banks, car rental and the small supermarkets, where you will find everything you need (Gin, tonic and Mythos, and you are all set ;-).

We rented a car from Nicos close by the hotel. Super service and cheap. A small hyundai for 2 days was 38€, including insurance, free kilometer and all. No deposit needed for me, because as Nico remarked I was not a youngster, so he gave me an old people discount ! ;-( hmmm ;-) for the first time in my life. This proved to be fantastic. The little car with aircon, took us to the northern part of the island the first day where there are the most stunning views, and small hidden beaches, where we had lunch. Day two we took the south west part and had a very very good day in the small towns, and Antissa where the men had the coffees in the shades of the linden trees. We of course drove to the petrified forest, which is a must. Lunch in Sigri. Lovely shallow beach close by.

Eating out is easy. Many cafees and Gyros joints for lunch. The Olive Press is a neighbour hotel, where you as guest on Molyvos One is allowed to use their pool, and which have two very good options - the restaurant with modern terasse decor and lounge music, and the pool bar, which actually is a boat ;-). Nice terrace there as well.

Evening dinner, is also easy. Dont go before 21 or 21.30. For the Sansibar book table in advance. Best and most modern. Many other options along the harbour and up in the old town towards the castle.

So - all in all. We highly recommend this hotel. Dont go for the décor, which is a bit Mediterranean dark wood 80íes. Go for the beach, the quiet breakfast on the terrace, the absence of children, the cleanliness and the atmosphere of kind Greek hospitality - and of course the very cold Mythos beers in frozen glasses, which is called for every time the Greek goddess Mythos whispers from the sea, Myyyyythooooss, which is ever so often ;-)

Room Tip: Seaside a must.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank OlemCopenhagen
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Enjoyed the location, stay & convenience. If you are looking for what is right you will like it; if you are looking for what is wrong, you may be disappointed. Simplicity, hospitality and a bit of charm coupled with a sense of the facilities feeling tired and a very basic breakfast. We were fortunate to have a seaside view. Other reviews capture the hotel quite well.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MAJ_Dave44
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Hotel Molyvos 1 is situated on a perfect spot: just meters from the beach, very near all the shops and restaurants. It’s a perfect place for relaxing vacation. Service was friendly and the atmosphere relaxing.

On the minus side is the fact that you hear all the movement on the corridor very easily… which means that all you do in your room is heard in the corridor. The breakfast was ok, but there were no variation during the week.

If I sometimes go back to Molyvos, I choose this hotel, Molivos 1, without hesitation.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank SariHK
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