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Reviewed 7 June 2009

My wife and myself stayed at this hotel for two weeks in May/June 09. We booked the hotel just two weeks before departure via First choice website and we got an excellent price of £385 per person which we thought was outstanding value considering what other guests had paid (we never told them our price) Not only the price influenced our choice, we were particularly attracted to the accommodation which did not disappoint -very good and spacious for Greek standards.

Location

The Hotel is not in a particular scenic location, it is surrounded by residential properties, is about 10 minutes walk from the sea and the town of Skala Kalloni- the road into town is very busy with traffic and smatterings of rubbish everywhere.


The room

Very good size with big balcony, flat screen TV (few English channels), lots of drawer space, free safe. Kitchen area with microwave oven, two hob stove, sink and a fridge. We had no complaints with the room or servicing of the room.


Outside area/pool

Very nice, good size pool with a children’s section -the main pool was quite deep. In my opinion there were areas around the pool that weren’t to child friendly i.e. steep steps!
Sunbeds, tables and chairs were of a very good quality. There was a nice children’s play area just a few metres from the pool-also on site was a Tennis court.


Food/restaurant

In our opinion this was the weak point of the hotel considering the hotel rating of 4*… Breakfast was okay -limited choice -no prepared fresh fruit -odd occasions there was a bowl on the bar top containing a few apples and oranges and one day there was kiwi fruit. Fruit juice was cordial not even concentrated- if the hotel was a 2* then it would have been acceptable but 4* you expect better quality and choice.

Lunch was very limited -no cooked food -only salads and sandwiches -the sandwiches contained the breakfast trays cooked meats! Prices were very expensive considering the standard of food. The hotel is obviously not geared up for catering -one lunchtime they were exceptionally busy one family and ourselves wanted food- it took ages to get a simple salad and a sandwich.

Evening meals- Some guests were on half board (thankfully we weren’t )last order 20.30h. We had a meal one night-again with a very limited choice, it was very nice but very expensive compared to taverna food in town -everything was more expensive- beer, wines, soft drinks, water and ice creams etc.


Entertainment/Bars

No entertainment whatsoever even though during our first week the hotel was supposedly full. The pool bar was open at night -in two weeks I saw one other couple using it occasionally. This is a weak area for a 4* hotel.


Facilities

Gym and sauna- also a tennis court which we played on three times and was excellent -we used the hotel’s rackets and balls - on the three occasions we used the facility a tariff for the use of the equipment was never mentioned. So we were shocked at the end of our holiday when we were asked for 30 euros for the use of the equipment- we stated that we had not been told of any charge when we asked to use the court, nor was there any information in the hotel regarding a charge -they accepted their mistake and wavered the cost!


Other comments

The Hotel is owned by a Greek Family -A Mum, Dad and two brothers -they all have financial business backgrounds not Hotelier service backgrounds and it shows! The everyday running of the hotel is by the two sons -one son is a genuinely nice guy and will do anything to help you and a lovely person to talk to. The other son will try to help you when he can. Mum & Dad are always in the background they don’t miss a thing!

One thing that troubled my wife, myself and a few other guests was that two young Swedish families were asked to leave two days before the end of their scheduled stay. There are two sides to every story but it seems to stem from two main issues - safety around the pool and alleged damage i.e. crayoning on the room walls/items broken.
We felt that the young children were adequately supervised around the pool but clearly the management did not-We noticed that the management looked very uneasy when the children were around the pool as the children were very young- approx 12/15 months old.
We are unable to comment on the alleged damage to the rooms as we only know what we were told by the management and don’t have the view from the families-nevertheless it seemed a bit harsh to us considering the ages of the children.


Summary

Pleasant hotel, average food, nice accommodation, poorly defined bar area, friendly service, location okay but not perfect. Would we rush back? No!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank milesfromewood
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Reviewed 2 June 2009

We found this on the first choice web site, and what a find, without doubt the best accommodation we have found in Greece. Family run with excellent service and facilities.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone going to the lovely resort of Skalla Kalloni.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank CornwallJulia
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Reviewed 1 May 2009

A trip to Lesvos to see the birds. A fellow guest said that the Aeolian Gaea hotel is best kept a secret but that would be unfair. You don't go to Lesvos for the food, but for whatever reason you are going stay here. The family that run the hotel are delightful,our room had everything we needed including lots of space. The bathroom also was large and worked perfectly. Breakfast provided was also very good. This hotel may be slightly more expensive than other local hotels but worth every extra Euro.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank GJgetaway
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Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled with family
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