10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Loved loved loved Parga !!!
"This is our third visit to Parga and our 2nd to the Alfa Hotel. We love the Alda because............
Location - only 10 minutes walk to the harbour
Cleanliness - always very clean
Pool Area - Lovely relaxed pool area with loads of sun beds. it has a great pool bar which sells drinks and nice food. There are many hotels in Parga that either do not have a pool OR the pool area has no bar or atmosphere. The Alfa has both in bucket loads.
Friendliness - Lazarus, Marianne and Dimitrus look after you very well. They do not fall all over you which I prefer but give just the right amount of attention.
The rooms are not the best but they are a fair size and very clean - the sheets and towels are changed daily if required.
Now to Parga - what can I say - it is a gem of a resort.Even in May the town was busy but we as a family like it that way. It is a very cosmopolitian resort with every European nationality visiting. Previoulsy we visited in July/August which can attr4act a lot of Italians but none of this bothers us - it adds to the fun atmosphere !!
There are two town beaches plus 3 you can reach by water taxi, Valtos, Lichnos (our favourite) and Sarakiniko.
Do hire a car - we visited Sivota (we love this is little resort and it has a small waterpark), Ioannioa, vikos gorge region, Karavosti beach and Gliki - the coldest water you will step foot in (if you're brave enough)
We went Island hopping from Lefkas and went on the Marco Polo to Paxos (pay at the harbour the night before you want to go)
All in all we had another great holiday in Parga, staying at the Alfa and we will surely go again although maybe not next year.
Do visit Parga and stay at the Alfa - you won't be dissappointed - Anna x"
- Travel date: Tue 9th of June 2009
Home from Home
"This was our 7th stay at this wonderful Family run Hotel, in 4 years. We step inside the doors and feel immediately relaxed and at ease, a warm welcome from the Family always awaits us.
The Hotel is ideally situated in a peaceful location, within easy walking distance of Parga Town and the beaches.
Every area of the Hotel is spotlessly clean. The sun beds by the Pool are washed down and disinfected daily. The gardens are beutifully kept.
If you do not want to venture into town, the Pool Bar offers a good choice of lunch time snacks, and the 5 Senses Restaurant is open in the evening, for a 5 star experience.
Breakfast is buffet style, with a wide choice, to suit all tastes. I can recommend the Coffee. Derek & Rose"
- Travel date: Tue 9th of June 2009
"Just returned from Parga and stayed at the Hotel Alfa for one week. Very peaceful location only a few minutes walk from the sea front. Very well run B & B with a beautiful restaurant that looks as though it belongs to a 5 star hotel. Lovely pool area - spotlessly clean. Rooms are fairly basic but adequate with a little balcony. Unusual in greece to have a bath with shower. Towels changed every day. Would return to this lovely little hotel and definately to Parga - which we loved. Lots of nice walks, lovely restaurants and very unspoilt."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of May 2008
A great place for young & old alike !
"My young daughter & myself (not so young!) have recently enjoyed an excellent weeks holiday at the Hotel Alfa in Parga in August.
The hotel was great, well situated as only a short walk into Parga itself. Its small-ish which I prefer as I don't like large hotels where you can get 'lost in the crowd'. Our room was very clean and I was happy for mini-me to walk around in her bare feet !
The owners and staff were also friendly and always there if you needed help or advice.
The pool is a good size, not so big that you can't keep an eye on your young one(s) but plenty big enough so that its never crowded either - my daughter was never out of the water - really ! There are no slippery surfaces and its spotlessly clean. Also, despite being available for use by nearby apartments there was never a problem finding a sunbed.
Compared to the hotel itself the restaurant is large which meant plenty of room for breakfast which is self-service and had plenty of choice - important if you have a nine year old to cater for, they can be very fussy eaters at that age !
Its beautifully decorated and we had a very enjoyable meal there one evening, very romantic if you're a couple !
Parga itself is lovely and we walked down there most evenings, it has a great atmosphere.
A holiday to remember and will definately be returning one day !!"
- Travel date: Wed 19th of September 2007
"Just back from two fantastic weeks in Parga staying at the Alfa Hotel which was great. The hotel is ideally located on a quiet road about 10 minutes walk from the centre. The Alfa is spotlessly kept, with the rooms cleaned and linen/towels changed daily. The rooms are fine size wise and have free air conditioning. Each room has a balcony, plus a bath as well as a shower.
The pool is great, set behind the hotel you get no street noise and you are not overlooked by anyone. The pool is large and clean with the children's one just to the side. The great thing is that the pool area gets full sun all day, but because there are lovely trees planted, you can choose a nice shady spot by the pool without having to use the umbrellas.
The food at the Alfa is fantastic. The bar beside the pool serves food/drinks all day and the quality is wonderful and the helpings more than enough. Breakfast is in the restaurant which is beautiful decorated and would not look out of place in a city centre hotel. The food there at night is of a very high standard, and even if you don't stay at the hotel the restaurant is worth a visit.
Couple all this with friendly staff and you have the recipe for a wonderful stay. We would certainly recommend the Alfa Hotel for anyone visiting Parga."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of July 2007
Lovely Parga !
"Have just returned from a lovely two week stay at the Hotel Alfa in Parga. We arrived during the hottest weather Greece has had for several years (+40 C) but having free use of air conditioning in our room made it more bearable. The hotel is well run and spotlessly clean, with towels changed every day and bedding changed every 2 days. Each morning the swimming pool area is thoroughly washed, including all the sunbeds, tables and chairs. We were fortunate to have one of the three rooms situated at the back of the hotel, overlooking the pool and gardens. There is a very nice restaurant - 5 Senses - attached to the hotel, serving excellent Greek/International food, and it is in this dining area that a buffet breakfast is served each morning.
Parga is a pleasant 5 - 10 minute walk from the hotel, and there are many places to eat - Zorbas (good for fish), Bacchus, Barca, Castille to name a few. There are also many bars where you can sit and enjoy a drink and people-watch. Valtos can be reached by water taxi (4 Euros return) or by walking over the headland (approx 30 minutes), and here there is a nice sand/shingle beach with several bars/restaurants. Our favourite was the Yacht Club. A worthwhile trip from Parga (2 hours) is on the road train to Ali Pasha's castle,. The views are wonderful. We have stayed in Petra on the island of Lesvos many times, but we have now found somewhere to rival it. We will certainly return to both Parga and the Hotel Alfa."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of July 2007
It's an OK place to stay
"Parga is a great resort. Next time we'll stay at a studio apartment though as the Alfa was a little disappointing compared to what we expected.
It's listed on the Firstchoice website at two star plus. That's accurate. The rooms are smaller than you expect which was disappointing and we really got fed up with the small sheets and blankets.
The very worst aspect was that there is no extra lock on your room door to ensure your privacy!!! Plus there's no "do not disturb" signs. We wrapped a bag around the door handle and put a fridge in front of our room door to ensure privacy on one occasion and couldn't believe it when the cleaners opened the door and barged the fridge out of the way!!! For this reason I cannot stay in this hotel again.
Finally the breakfast buffet is so boring and limited.
On the plus side:
Very very clean
Very friendly staff
Not too many children around
The House wine is awesome!"
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of June 2007
"We stayed for one week at the Alfa Hotel. The accomodation and pool area is extremely clean. Breakfast is taken on the terrace in the pleasant garden. I enjoyed watching the kittens playing while eating but I think some people could be put off by cats wandering around the tables.
It is an easy stroll from the Hotel down into the town. There are many restaurants, although the menu is very similiar in all of them. For variety we went to the Chinese restaurant one night and it was very good.
One of my highlights was taking the little train to Ali Pasha's castle. We went in the early evening and the views were amazing.
The only downside of the hotel/holiday was that on our balcony was the window to next doors bathroom. If some one was in the bathroom and the window was open I kept off the balcony!"
- Travel date: Wed 1st of November 2006
"You can see why people visit this hotel again and again. My husband and I and our 18 month old son spent a week at the Alfa in May. The holiday got off to a bad start as our luggage didnt make the flight so we were without it for 4 days. However, on arrival at this hotel, suddenly lost luggage was not a problem. The hotel was spotlessly clean, the pool area excellent and very safe for small children. The bar and restaurant lovely too- the restaurant had its opening night whilst we were there and it is stunning- the atmosphere, layout and food wonderful. The room was basic but clean, with TV. Our room had a view of the pool but i dont think they all did so worth asking for. The owners soooo friendly and helpful. Parga itself is unspoilt- no idiots. Loads of choice of bars and restaurants; beaches clean. boat trips available. A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of July 2006
Beautiful Parga Town and the Alfa Hotel
"THE ALFA HOTEL and PARGA
Parga is definitely one of the prettiest and most scenic places we've been. We will go back but, next time, to an apartment with a harbour view. You must avoid mid August as around the 15th the population goes from about 2,000 to 20,000 because of the festival on the island in the bay. All Italian and Greek tourists and apparently, you simply can't move. Best time of all, according to the locals, is beginning of September, it's quiet and the sea is very warm. May was nice too - the whole place is full of flowers and the trip from the airport at Preveza is spectacular.
The Alfa is ten minutes walk from the harbour front, in the Lichnos Road. It's a very nice hotel, probably a bit too big and busy to be as friendly as the smaller apartments and hotels, you don't get one of those hug-and-cuddle welcomes/goodbyes that we saw at places like Adams and the others - there was no big welcome when we got there and they didn't notice when we left. It might just be that their foreign language skills were more geared to countries other than England, I don't know. Anyway, they are very helpful if you need anything, so thats OK then.
The Alfa is a spotless hotel, though bar prices I thought disappointing compared to just about everywhere else in Parga - 2.5 euros for an ouzo, whereas on the seafront you can pay as little as 1.2 euros for the same thing. The TV in the rooms receives German and Italian programming, no English. The only incoming UK TV is BBC World in the main lounge downstairs, still, you don't go abroad to watch telly. The rooms are kept very clean indeed but, like many places in the Med, they're necessarily a little dark with the doors shut because it can get very hot there. I was also surprised to have to hold the shower in one hand and wash with the other. The beds were very hard, which suits some people.
They change the sheets every day and, about two days before the end of our fortnight, flowers appeared on the dressing table. At one end of the hotel (above room 30 or so) the balconies connect with each other so there's no privacy, and one room even has next door's toilet window opening onto their balcony! The other end of the hotel (left hand side) has private balconies so when you check in, try and get one at the LEFT hand end as you face the hotel.
I think that in such a beautiful place, I would prefer a view, but that's personal choice. The pool is lovely and so is the pool area, all very clean and landscaped. All tourists from surrounding apartments are welcome to swim and use the chairs, so it can get a bit crowded - I suppose it's worthwhile for the bar sales.
Breakfast was great - excellent choice, nice surroundings in their brand new restaurant. The owner works extremely hard in the mornings trying to keep everything replenished, and the food quality is good.
It's probably the most luxurious restaurant in Parga, can't comment on the evening food as we didn't try it, but if it's the same quality as breakfast, it will be nice. The owner designed the restaurant himself and the decorations, quality, layout and artwork are simply outstanding. He's rightly proud of it.
Everyone talks about the beaches and mentions Valtos as a boat ride away. We walked it easily, very pleasant walk and a beer at the top helps a lot. The Castle has a nice taverna as well. A big problem is that the path up to the castle from Valtos beach is tiled with slippery tiles - bad enough in the dry. If it's wet, you have problem so be very careful - even worse if you've had a few!
Walking up to the castle from parga town pier, when you reach the top of the steps (shops and bars all the way) turn right, go back on yourself, not down the Valtos beach path but along the top, past the cafe's on either side, to get to the road that overlooks Valtos. That's where Filo Milo restaurant is, and that truly was my favourite.
Lichnos (5 Euros brolly and 2 beds) is gorgeous, no good for snorkelling because there are very few fish, but probably the lovliest beach we've seen in the Med - the taverns and bars are outstanding. Very relaxing. Boat ride 3.5 Euros each person each way and if one of the old salts brings you back in the evening, he does an impromptu tour through the rocks and channels. Very exhilerating but I suggest you sitin the middle and not at the back of the boat - it gets a bit wet!
There are TWO town beaches (8 euros brolly and 2 beds), the main one in front of the town - which is brilliant for snorkelling - is like swimming in an aquarium - even got an island in it! - the fish are big as well. Throw bits of bread in there, just by the beach, and watch the fish fight! The smaller beach which nobody seems to mention (behind the Golfo restaurant just past Villa Rouge), is totally stony (ie., sand doesn't get in everything - which is great!) and very secluded with a very picturesque view from the little tavern on top of the mount. Lovely snorkelling. Get out there early because the people in the Achilles hotel overlooking the beach get out there and bag the beds.
If you're fit and its a cooler day, walk up the Lichnos road from Parga town (past the Alfa) and keep going past the tavern under the lemon trees (brilliant food and draft beer) to find the path through the Olive Groves to Lichnos beach. Wear good shoes and take a camera. It's a lovely woodland walk (bit of steep pathwork) - clearly signposted, you can't get lost. You'll even find a tiny church at the top. Parga to Lichnos take about 1.5 hours. The last ten minutes is down the hill to the beach. Walking back takes fifteen minutes longer because of that hill. The olive groves are many hundreds of years old and seem to have a peace all of their own - it really is an unmissable experience.
Great food at the Bachos on the front. Worst wine and food was the little place by the water tap in the tiny square among the shops - house wine is dreadful. Stephanos was disappointing. Famous for fish, we had swordfish which was three things. 1. A piece of fish grilled. 2. A pile of potato salad. 3. A pile of saukraut.
I could have done that myself - also, it wasn't cheap, but the view was breathtaking. If you're going to spend that kind of money and want an even better view go along the top to Filo Milo.
RUDY's on the seafront - excellent food and view - pricy but really worth it - esp the lamb.
Filo Milo - a favourite - above the Valtos beach is exceptional in every way - novelle cuisine and good portions - excellent house wine - also not pricy. Watch the sunset as you eat overlooking a beautiful Valtos beach and bay. Aaaaaah.
CASTELELLO's - great food, bit pricy and was a bit disappointed with the atmosphere. I suppose it's because everywhere else has a view of some sort.
Another favourite - upstairs at the restaurant round the corner (left) from Bachos restaurant. The view in the evening, esp if the moon's up, is stunning, food and house wine brilliant. I can't remember the name, but the meeter-and-greeter is a lady's favourite! You'll see what I mean - most of the lady's have to have their cuddle as they go past! If they're full upstairs, sit and wait with an Ouzo - the view is just something else - and so's the lamb!
For cheap drinks and friendly owner, the bar to the left of the italian dress shop on the front. 1.2 Eur for an Ouzo and ice.
If you want buy supplies I would suggest you don't use the mini-markets near the harbour front or in the Lichnos Road. They're convenient but they're nearly twice the price of the "International Supermarket" in the town by the main road. An example was peach brandy - 12 euros in the Lichnos Road and 6.5 euros at the international. Wish we'd found that out at the beginning of the fortnight (probably better that we didn't, thinking about it..)
A point we noted. If you are staying at Valtos beach, you've got a hell of a walk to get to the town where it's all happening. It certainly isn't happening at Valtos. I would hate to walk back from a nice meal in town and have to face a climb up the steps and then a slippery climb down to the beach, then quarter of a mile along there to the room. Think carefully before you book anywhere on that beach, the town's a lot more convenient - and it isn't noisy.
Finally, there's the "train" ride. It's brilliant, they don't call it the "Wally Trolley" for nothing! An absolute must - 2 hours round trip and half an hour in a village on the way down - 8 Euro's (no scary roads or heights)
Hope you enjoy Parga - we certainly did, and I really hope this review helps you."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of July 2006