Hotel Paraktio Review
Just like I was surprised by Hotel Olympic Bibis in Metamorfosis, I was pleasantly surprised by Hotel Paraktio, Nea Kallikratia, Greece as well. I got an excellent deal for a 7-night stay in one of the refurbished studios, and I didn’t give it a second thought to visit this place.
I pick dates that aren’t high season because I’m not a fan of crowded places; plus, it’s better to explore when there are only a few other tourists instead of long waiting lines and busy roads.
I returned to Hotel Paraktio for another four nights, after a week’s travel in Germany to Oktoberfest (check out my reviews for Germany here). So I wanted to update the Hotel Paraktio review I previously have written.
I still stand by what I have previously mentioned in the review about the hotel. However, I want to let you guys know that the sea at the end of September is a completely different story than my first trip in August. It was calm and crystal-clear for all five days. It was perfect for swimming, and for children to play in the water.
Watching the sunsets only got better when there is no one around to spoil such beauty.
|Where exactly?||Nea Kallikratia, Greece|
|Means of transportation?||2 Cars.|
|How many people traveling?||5.|
|How many nights?||7.|
|Type of vacation?||Exploring, swimming, sightseeing, tanning|
|Trip Date?||August 26th, 2017 – September 2nd, 2017|
First Impressions of Hotel Paraktio
Upon arriving at the hotel, one gentleman, which I believe was the owner’s brother, welcomed us into the courtyard.
He got us checked in and showed us to our room. We were, also, informed that guests are allowed to park cars in front of the building the room is located. It sure beats carrying bags across the courtyard and your car can’t be any closer if you wish for it.
I must admit that when we first got near the building I had mixed feelings because it looked neither new nor old. Plus, when we entered the reception area the atmosphere and decorations were somehow random. I got a feeling of entering someone’s house rather than a hotel.
Nevertheless, this didn’t bother me, quite on the contrary it gave the place some inexplicable coziness.
- Building – white and blue, the building is quite authentic and nice. It’s built in a smart way, that it offers sea-view to all rooms; hence, no policy for additional payments for a sea-view room. I didn’t spend lots of time in the hotel, but I noted that it was clean and the owners were obviously taking a good care of the place.
- Surroundings – the surroundings of the hotel i.e. the garden was really nice. There is a Greek statue, barbeques, showers, lots of trees and other plants and a kid’s playing area. Plus, the hotel is placed on top of a hill that offers a hard-to-forget view of the sea. I noticed that employees were constantly cleaning the hotel premises, taking care of the garden, etc.
- Parking – inside the hotel premises guests can park their car in a large parking area under evergreen trees or in front of their building.
- Room – I’ve been told that there are only a few renovated rooms in Hotel Paraktio, and the rest are old ones. I stayed in a renovated one and have only positive words for it; the room was really spacious and it was fully refurbished with new furniture, freshly painted, and a completely made-over bathroom. Plus, we had a fully equipped kitchen as well, which isn’t something common in hotels.
- Staff – we didn’t get in too much contact with the stuff because we were out most of the time. However, as I said, the guy that welcomes us was great and very nice. We saw him on leaving as well and he was once again very polite and friendly.
During the Stay
Since we rarely want to just stay at one place for seven days, we spent most of our days exploring the area and what it has to offer. The beach in front of Hotel Paraktio, or rather across the road, is narrow and the sea gets quite muddy when there’s wind. You can use the sunbeds for free if you buy drinks from the bar.
We found a great and close alternative only a half a kilometer down the hill on Mykoniatika Beach. This is a wide and long sandy beach with clear waters and lots of restaurants and bars.
Ta Kymata Beach Bar offers free sunbeds with a purchase of drinks. Also, I recommend the Ta Kymata restaurant and the Giro pita. Besides beach bars, this beach also offers empty space for those that want to bring their own sunbeds and umbrellas. It has showers, bathrooms, changing rooms i.e. everything an organized beach should feature.
Activities and Attractions
We did some exploration in terms of sights as well; namely, we visited Petralona Cave and Ancient Olynthos. They are only located about 20km from the hotel, so it was worth seeing historical places in Greece, followed by hitting the beach for the rest of the day.
The first is an extremely cool cave that features impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations, as well as remains of ancient humans and animals. Photography is not allowed inside the cave. This is a great 30-minute adventure I would recommend to anyone.
Inside the cave it’s a bit chilly and it takes constant walking – so be prepared with long sleeves and sneakers. The entrance fee is 8 EUR.
The second is an ancient city or, more precisely, its ruins. You park the car in front of the cashier where you pay 4 EUR entrance fee (2 EUR if you are a student or over 65 years old) and then you need to hike for about 10 minutes in order to reach the ruins. I wasn’t too happy with the adventure, but I guess it’s worth seeing if the day isn’t great for swimming and sunbathing.
We also drove around a lot, we even went to the second and the first Chalkidiki fingers. There you can enjoy popular beaches like the Karydi, Kalithea etc.
Furthermore, I was nicely surprised by Dionisou, which was only 20 kilometers away from the hotel, toward Nea Moudania. It has a crystal-clear sea and a wide sandy beach. At the local bar, Dream Beach Bar, we enjoyed cool music, affordable drinks and free sunbeds (as long as you spend at least 2.5 EUR per person); highly recommended if you’re up to the 20-minute drive.
|Refurbished rooms are excellent.||Beach and sea in front of the hotel are disappointing.|
|Great price for what you get.||Not all rooms are refurbished.|
|Peaceful at night.||The travel deals are a bit expensive (like all other offers).|
|Parking in front of the buildings.||Far away from the town, Nea Kallikratia if walking (car only 2-minutes).|
|All rooms have a stunning view of the sea.|
|Staff is welcoming and friendly.|
|Free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.|
It is true that the beach is nothing special and even disappointing, but I believe that for the price we paid (affiliate link) we got excellent accommodation with good Wi-Fi signal, free A/C unit, kitchen, and modern furniture. I recommend this place and I sincerely hope to visit it again.