12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Hotel: Great Hotel, great Services, great Cleaness... its our first Time here and we are so surprised of this beauty Location here. Restaurant: The Food what we take in the Morning and Evening it was so good. A great congratulation to the Cook Staff. Olso i i give my best Note to the Doorman. Every Day he greetings the People so kind and looks for helping by every one. Briliant Job."
- Travel date: 26th July 2013
Don't forget long trousers
"Athena Pallas is a great place if you want a relaxed holiday. The whole village has a taste of XIX century Greek settlement. Also the rooms are decorated in that manner. Concerning the number of people at the meals it is amazing that there is no crowd at the pools. Like everybody disappears during the day. Beach is rather small and almost always full, but can do if you like to swim in the sea. The best solution is to have a car and reach some beautiful beach along the Sithonia. Food is much better than in most 5* Turkish, Egyptian or Tunisian hotels (at least for Central-Europeans). But after a perfect vacation day, what I didnât need was a dinner âdress codeâ that says that men must have long trousers (at least Bermuda shorts bellow knees). Do not worry, you can enter with any kind of dirty rag as it is long enough. And ladies can enter naked."
- Travel date: 5th May 2008
perfect place to stay, big hotel but personal and quiet
"We stayed for a week in the honeymoon suite. The hotel is rather large but the maisonettes are skattered around the domain with beautiful paths with flowers and benches to sit. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room itself was very clean and romantic. with all the accomodation you need . It wasn't the greatest terrace for it's view but than who wants to stay very long in his hotel when Chalkidiki is so beautiful. We never ate at the restaurant but a couple of times at the hotel's tavern wich was great and not expensive. A little bit futher down the road almost at the end by the sea there is a fantastic tavern, check it out. So all by all a great place to stay also because it has an easy exit to the main road."
- Travel date: 19th March 2008
Days to remember
"I went with my family (meaning with 7 months pregnant wife and 2,5 yr old girl) to Athena Pallas Village Hotel in September 2007. Decision to go to this hotel we made upon reviews written on this website. Sithonia is beautiful. Athena Pallas Village looks much better than on its website. Hotel is isolated and nicely fit into surrounding olive and pine trees. It is made of four separated two storey buildings. There is a nearby road, not very noisy but it is a bit annoying. Rooms are spacious but dim, energy saving light is a bit too much sparing. Beach is not something they should be happy with. It is narrow and relatively short, sunny only after 11 till sunset but that is why there are no outsiders. Still, it is kept clean and together with 3 pools and several nearby beaches it is sufficient. Hotel staff was, without exception, very pleasant and friendly, always there to help you out. Many are from Bulgaria, not English speaking. Food was great, Greek mostly, very delicious and in more than sufficient amount. This hotel is well known, what I am told, as hotel with a best food around. Finally, it is not 5, rather 4 star hotel. Espresso in pool bar is better if made by Greek waiters (they do it perfectly) then by others. If you go there, avoid Neos Marmaras, especially in the evening. Strongly recommend this Hotel if you are not looking for hilarious holydays."
- Travel date: 8th February 2008
A Great stay!!!
"My boyfriend and I stayed here in July 2007. We had an amazing time, Sithonia is a beautiful place. The hotel is fabulous, the staff are SO, SO helpful, and it means so much to them if you make an effort with their language too! They let us know about some secluded beaches that the locals use, and told us about other places to visit. If you cant drive this isnt really the place for you. There is a regular shuttle bus, but the beaches and attractions are all tricky to get to so a car is essential! It takes about an hour or so to get around the whole of Sithonia, and there are plenty of pretty places to see on the way round! Despite it being peak season on the days we decided to stay at the hotel and relax by the pool.....it was pretty quiet! Never had to fight for a lounger! The best deal with food is to use the meal vouchers and we preferred the food in the main restaurant where there is the biggest buffet you've ever seen and the quality is amazing and all for Â£5!! (The value of the ticket) Wine is on top of that and that's quite pricey, but definitely eat there and not at the other restaurants. I dont eat meat and this was the best place for choice and my boyfriend loved all the cooked meat dishes, Kleftiko et al. Lunch time menu is really limited, so if you turn left out of the hotel, 20 min walk, 5 min drive, on the right hand side there is a cafe that does great lunches - dont expect quick service though, but lots of yummy food with a great view! The upstairs bar in the hotel is nice with efficient and friendly staff, and is open until 1am and has entertainment most evenings. All in all, a holiday is what you make it and this was a fantastic one! If you want good food, friendly staff, clean modern rooms, and are prepared to drive / travel to get out and about to see amazing things, this is for you....we'll definitely be going back!"
- Travel date: 5th January 2008
Nice but not 5 star
"Nice but not 5 star sums it up. New "maisonette" suites are recommended as they come with their own pool - there are about 20 maisonettes in a half moon arrangement around the pool and each has "reserved" lounge chairs, shade and a small table. Quite comfortable, no rush to get the spot, etc. The rest of the hotel (100+ rooms) shares "the other pool" - although, in August, that one was not crowded either. "Beach" is NOT. End of story - if you've ever seen Caribbean beaches, or even nice Med beaches, you'll do what we did - we came, we saw and we ran back to the pool. Food is average at best, and although it's not "ALL INCLUSIVE" reminds of Caribbean resorts, in a range of 3-4 stars. Service is generally pathetic, but that's more a "state of mind" than an expression of "bad business habits" - that's how the business works over there - S...L........O...........W.... and inconsistent. Tipping generally helps and it's amazing what a world of difference a 20 Euro tip can make at the restaurant, so tip in advance, not afterwards, and you'll get attention that you need to make your holiday really enjoyable (ie you've paid thousands, why be cheap when it can make a world of difference) Location is okay, but it's really isolated - without a car? Don't even think about it. Driving around is entirely a different topic, hopefully you have nothing to do with it... All in all, not bad, but nothing spectacular - if you find a good deal, go for it, but it definitely isn't comparable to the same cost of going anywhere in the Caribbean."
- Travel date: 4th September 2007
Excellent hotel, great value
"Just returned from a fortnight at the Athena Pallas hotel with my husband, and two teenage children.Although the location is very quiet - no local towns or villages to wander to - the hotel itself was excellent. Guests were generally European but not British .Our rooms were great with good mountain views, the staff were all very helpful and friendly and the swimming pools very clean - no fighting for sunbeds either! The food was very good and although the evening buffet was only between 7 and 9 the choice and quality were generally excellent. Our only disappointment was that there really is no beach - just a strip of sand with sunbeds and beach bar - you would need to hire a car to travel to the many local beaches.Also some of the facilities listed were not available ( mini-golf, billiards, bowling) but we were told these would be available soon. There is table tennis, gym , massage, and tennis available.) Although the Greek 5 Stars are probably the equivilant of 4 stars in the UK, this hotel offered a very relaxing, excellent - if quiet , great value family holiday."
- Travel date: 10th August 2007
Good but not a 5* hotel
"Just returned from there and it was not as good as i was expecting. Nice rooms, very helpful and kind personnel and good facilities for children. But on the other hand there was a lot of noise between the rooms, the food was not to a 5* hotel standard, the buffet dinner was only from 7-9pm (for greeks this is still afternoon) and the s/pools were not very clean. Good hotel but not for 5*, it is only average."
- Travel date: 15th July 2007
Wonderful Hotel and Service
"What can I say about this Hotel, apart from good things! Sithonia an unspoilt (as yet) part of Halkidiki. Still has the charm a of greek island from 30 years ago. If you want a wild night out, stay clear. This is for the people who want to relax in comfort and with a touch of style. Approx 150 rooms of different class's from your normal doubles to your luxury suites. We stayed in a superior room overlooking the sea. This small hotel complex has two pools, 5 bars, 4 resturants and a mini market onsite, which is very handy and reasonably priced. If you stay at this resort book on a HB basis, which is buffet style but you can upgrade to ala carte with your meal vouchers for an additional cost. In my opinion well worth the extra, the taverna is simple but great food (mousaka 7 euros). Drinks are resonable at 2.20 for a coke, 3euro's for a large beer and 6-9 euros for a cocktail. The roof garden bar is the best, with comfy sofa's, a nice ambience and great views of the pool area and seaviews. The only thing letting this hotel down is the beach, very narrow and rocky. There is a bus shuttle to visit other local towns, neos marmaras is lovely with plenty of taverna's and bars. The great beach stretches for miles and mostly empty, the sea is perfectly clear and warm also. Take my advice book this hotel now!!!, before the world gets to know about Sithonia and turns it into another benidorm style resort..."
- Travel date: 21st September 2006
Booking by telephone was difficult and I...
"Booking by telephone was difficult and I was given contradictory information about how to pay a deposit. We had a junior suite, which provided basic accommodation. Suite is a misnomer, since most suites are let out as family rooms and contain families of 5. The environment is therefore very noisy and has the atmosphere of blocks of crowded flats, with towels hanging out over the balconies to dry and lowering the tone. The "restaurant" resembled a canteen and we abandoned it after our first meal there. Nothing about the hotel was authentic Greek. It was more like a holiday camp than a five star hotel. Just before midday on our last day we had a phone call from reception telling us that we had to be out by midday. Half an hour before midday an officious, sassy young employee banged on the door to check the contents of the fridge and ten minutes before midday she banged on our door to tell us to leave. We have never experienced such poor service and would never return there. A small number of parasols are squeezed on to the tiny patch of pebbly beach across the road from the hotel and those families in the ground floor "suites" which face the pool take up the sun beds around the pool. A very crowded environment crammed with buildings and hardly any garden. The gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room cost extra and have very limited opening hours. "
- Travel date: 14th September 2006
"We stayed at the Athena Pallas in July 2006. There were four of us, two adults and two teenage girls. We found the hotel very very good. We had lovely rooms, leading onto a bit of a garden, very nice and quiet, spacious and with a good bathroom. The staff at the hotel were more than helpful, and very friendly. As the other review says, there were very few brits. On the second week, there were four british families. Mostly the people are from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Albania, Serbia. A handful of germans, french and russian. A real mix! The restaurant food was good, lots to choose from, but it probably is worth cashing in the meal vouchers and spending a bit extra at the taverna. Lovely roof garden bar. Great pools, and plenty of sunbeds. The beach was a bit dissappointing, as it is quite narrow, and the entry to the water is rocky. However great for us snorkelers!!. Beach party on a Monday night. Not a lot for teenagers to do, but they made the best of it. 9 miles to nearest town, with banks and internet. A nice town, but not a huge amount happens in the evening. All in all a fantastic holiday, and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a quiet relaxing time. Cost wise, the beers are about the same as the UK. cocktails a bit more expensive. Good selection of Greek wines. Recommend hiring a car for a couple of days. Vasillious at Atlas in Neo Marmaras is the cheapest. Boat trip to Mount Atmos is fab."
- Travel date: 3rd August 2006
Great hotel - wonderful holiday!
"I have just returned from the Athena Pallas Village and was a little aprehensive before going as there appeared to be not many reviews of this hotel on the web. I found one review and this stated that there were no English there and that it's in the middle of no where, not very good, etc. So let me set the record staright: 1) The majority of hotel guests are not English - there were around 15 other English people when we were there. However, the staff were very friendly and made you feel just as welcome. We actually preffered it as it wasn't your typical English holiday where it's full of O'Neils bars and all day breakfasts!! 2) The hotel is beautiful. It's set out in lovely grounds, rooms are cleaned everyday and are spacious and the air conditioning is very good. 3) The food is good. Breakfasts have just about everything you could want! Evening meal - if staying half board the buffet in main restuarant can get repetitive but what most people didn't know is you could use your 5 euros from your dinner tokens towards the roof top restautant and taverna too (the views from Roof top one are lovely!). Since most main meals were only around 6 euros so it was worth paying the extra euro or 2 to have a nice laid back meal and be served at your table. 4) Swimming pools - there are 2 - one by reception and another at the opposite side of hotel grounds - some people we met didn't even realise there were 2! The second pool is a large pool with ample sun beds. We did not need to get up early to put down towels (probably due to less english being there!) 5) Location - yes hotel is not in main centre but shuttle bus will take you and pick you up from sandy beaches (the one by hotel is a bit too rocky), to the local centre and a short ferry (2 euros) will take you to Porto Callas (lovely harbour there). With this hotel you are a bit isolated but around you there are amazing places to visit - you just need to be bothered to find out about them and be prepared to make the effort - if you do you will be rewarded by finiding the most peaceful beaches, or even your own beaches, lovely scenery (Halkidiki is very lush and green), and unforgettable greek tavernas! Would recommend this hotel to people who want peace and queit, relaxing time and a true greek holiday - this is not for anyone who wants the greek version of Blackpool!"
- Travel date: 27th July 2006
Acrotel Athena Pallas is also called
- Athena Pallas Village
- athena pallas village sithonia
- athena pallas village hotel