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Reviewed 28 June 2015

I can't say enough good things about the staff and hotel.

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We had an adorable room overlooking the ocean. The room was super clean, nice clean sheets, had AC!!! and toiletries. There is a gorgeous pool with sea water that is filled every day. There is free wifi in the lobby and some rooms. The family that owns the hotel is amazing in every way. Demetri knows how to run a hotel.

There is a breakfast and dinner buffet, both with vegetarian options. There is also a taberna by the pool, right on the beach. DO NOT miss Greek dancing night at the taberna on Monday nights. The dancers involve the entire crowd and it's wonderful to see people young and old, smiling and dancing together.

The hotel is wonderfully quiet. There is a fully stocked bar at reception with a nice bar tender.

Although the hotel has a beach, most people go to Anaxos to swim because of the sandy beaches. This is definitely the beach to visit, tons of fish.

You will likely have a resident cat on your balcony. They are very friendly and open to any handouts.

You should have car here - things are spaced out between long windy roads and narrow alleys. Get a Garmin and a small car or motorbike. The Garmin gives you a general direction but will sometimes take you to ridiculous non-streets. Many places don't have physical addresses. They tell you to go to the city and find it from there which isn't always so easy. The hotel is between Petra and Anaxos. Find the EKO gas station and you will find the hotel.

There is a laundry service available. 1 bag is about 10E. Drop off at the lobby before 10 am and you'll have it back in 2 days after 2:00 pm.

Sights
Petrified Forest which is about 17 miles around narrow winding roads. Follow the signs to Sigri and then to the Petrified Forest. The museum is in Sigri itself along with a cute village. Have lunch at the taberna (Razonnos ?) next to the castle. They have the best selection of Ouzo. Go to the end of the road to Sigri and you'll see the fishing boats. Park and follow the signs to the castle or museum. There is a monastery there also that I wanted to see but my driver didn't so we missed that.

Take the train which goes from Anaxos to Molyvos and back. Hop on/off all day for 6E.

Molyvos- See the harbor at Molyvos with the wonderful restaurants (we went to The Octopus), the castle (closed on Monday, and closed for break at 3:00 pm), the narrow winding alleys near the church with hidden bakeries in the back.

Petra - walk to the church on the hill at Petra with its 114 steps (Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss) and see the little Byzantine church with the ancient frescos across the way.

The Olive Oil Museum costs 3E, free for under 18. It's ok, not great. They really could do much more. It has the machinery and videos on how olive oil is manufactured and I'm still not so sure about the process. You do get a very good booklet about Lesvos here.

Ouzo distillery - ouzo is the bomb and I am still hoping to go to one of the 3 distilleries on the island. There is one in Plomari (supposedly the best) - very southern tip, one near the olive oil museum (I wish I knew it then), and 1 by the airport in Loutra.

Hot Springs of Eftalou - this is a hidden treasure and almost impossible to find. Head to Molyvos, and then to Eftalou. Get on the main coastal road and it will appear to end. There is a dirt road to Sykaminia on the right and a gate to the left towards the ocean. Park around there. Go past the gate and around the hill to see a little building. Pay 4E for 45 min to sit in a small communal bath or 5E for 20 min for a private bath (they aren't as hot as the main bath). The water is freaking hot! But heavenly. You are supposed to go back and forth in the spring to the sea but I stayed with the hot spring. Time it properly because spots are limited and it does fill up. Massages are available - for relaxation, not deep tissue. There is a delicious taberna near the springs.

Hike to Mount Olympus - the hike starts in the village, right by the gas station and near the taxi stands it's a beautiful hike, moderate difficult. At the end is a tiny church and satellite dishes, go figure. This is the highest peak on the island.

On the way back from Mount Olympus, we went to an awesome thermal bath in Petriochitos. (The springs near there in a town that starts with an L is closed up.) It costs 4E each person and they have sea salt, olives, honey and lotions for sale. The thermal baths are separated by sex.

Restaurants
Molyvos - The Octopus, right by the river on the main road, right before the harbor, red themed. Family owned and the freshest ingredients.

Petra - the Reef. The owner's father was from Petra but he spent time in Australia. He returned to build the restaurant from scratch, investing money to make his family proud. You can order a Greek Pizza, Greek Spaghetti, caprese salad, best olives in town, and delicious feta cheese. The owner loves to greet his guests and makes them feel like family.

Taverna on the beach below the hotel - don't miss Greek dancing on Monday. Fantastic food and they even prepared a pre fixe menu for vegetarians even though it's off menu. I love that ducks will walk in the front door only to be shoo'ed out by the owner with a promise of bread crumbs. And cats will sneak in and beg for just a tiny handout. It really was funny. Their yeast rolls and beans are to die for.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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9  Thank blackbeltatty
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

Our second visit to the Clara was even better than the first (2012). Dimitri, his lovely family, and the brilliant staff made us feel very welcome. Buffet breakfast was fresh and varied. The pool taverna and bar had a good variety of drinks and very freshly cooked lunches (Veroniki - the lovely waitress who makes everything "very tasty"!!). The beautiful pool, with fantastic views of the village and the coast, is impossible to resist. They have made many improvements since 2012, new synthetic grass round the pool, moving the bar in the main building so it's more inviting and lots of other little tweaks which have made what was already a very special place even more so. Being able to go to places like the Clara, and the village of Petra itself, to experience first hand their wonderful generosity of spirit, culture and hospitality, is the reason why we travel. What an amazing, relaxing holiday! We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank LazyPerth
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Reviewed 1 November 2014

View of the Aegean from our rooms was lovely. Staff very welcoming and efficient. Nice pool area and a short walk to the beach. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style if you required them. We chose to explore the local area!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank cynthia765
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Reviewed 26 October 2014

We stayed here 12 nights and we definetely enjoy our time here. So peaceful and relax time. We got our own kitchen with extra price. We didn´t have coffeemaker but we got it next day. Clean and nice apartment with good bed. Friendly and very helpful staff. Nice pool area and first time to me seawater pool. Very nice! You can have a nice snack at pool bar. We had one dinner at hotel and that was good too. We just like to walk and look around, so we ate a lot outside hotel. Very nice view from big balcony. This view I´m gonna miss :)

Room Tip: I guess if your room/apartment is on top you have best views. But also many steps to claim up.
  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank paivi68
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

A very nice hotel with everything you need for a nice holiday in the sun. The hotel is a bit away from the noise of the city but you can still walk there a lon the coast. Friendly and helpfull staff. Very recommandable - both for families and couples.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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2  Thank Helle M
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