Hotel Mathios Village
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mathios Village Akrotiri
Estuve con mi marido en el Mathios Village y realmente es un hotel muy bueno, todo esta super limpio, el exterior esta super cuidado, da gusto caminar por el hotel y los alrededores de la pisicna. Habia algunos detalles, como por ejemplo que la recepcion cierra de tarde hasta las 17.30, de noche tambien, y de manana abren a partir de las 8.30, pero esto no altero nuestra estadia ahi. Como en otros hoteles del estilo y de la zona, no hay shampu ni acondicionador,,,en Sudamerica los hoteles tienen ese tipo de cosas. La atencion fue buena y fueron muy atentos (todo el tiempo hablamos con la misma persona, muy amable y dispuesta: Cristina). Este hotel queda en Akrotiri, de noche no hay nada para hacer, salvo ir a comer a algun restaurante chiquito de por ahi, pero con muy buena comida y a muy buen precio, comparado con Fira o con Oia. En Akrotiri es mas barato quedarse y estas cerca de Fira y de Perissa, que es la playa mas linda de Santorini (recomiendo el bar Yazz). Si lo que buscas es descansar y pasarla bien sin estar al lado del ruido, este es el mejor lugar!
Vacation in villa mathios hotel august 2005
my name is kostantinos we are from greece we found that intresting site and we want to add our experience in Santorini We found Villa Mathios Hotel in travel magazine and we book there for 6 nights last summer. The Hotel it was new with two nice pools, the family mathios they were very nice to us
My girlfrend helen she is living in usa it was her dream to visit that island We were lucky to find that Hotel in 250 meters it was the caldera beach and we went there all most every day.
We experience the scuba diving and it was fun
Mamas cooking ot was so good helen she is not happy with the greek food in mamas she was eating all Our room it was with nice balkony and great views to the sea we visit fira, oia, kakari, perisa we book from the Hotel a day trip to the volkano they only problem it was the weather it was to hot !!!! We were happy in villa mathios we hope to be back
Beautiful hotel, owner is a cheepskate.
The hotel is a great place, beautiful location, beautiful scenery, price isn't bad. However, the owner insists on nickle and diming customers for all they are worth. He runs his own "travel agency" and charges far above and beyond what the normal going rate is for trips, transportation, tours etc. If money is no object for you, then this is not a problem. If you want a rental car?... No problem he can get one for you with his commission tacked on top. If you want to get some ferry tickets?... Easy to do... plus his 10-30% or whatever he does. You need a ride to the ferry... they'll charge you for that too!!! We saw one couple checking out and asked if they could stay by the pool because their ferry wasn't leaving for a few hours, he said that it wasn't a problem, but that they would have to rent towels from him (after they spent several days as paying customers in his hotel). Incredible! Staying there is fine although a little out-of-the-way if you don't have a rental car. Don't let him book anything for you - I guess that's the take home message. Greek hospitality is fabulous, it just doesn't apply in this case.
Villa Mathios.. Some Pros but more Cons
Just returned last night from my fifth visit to Santorini. My friend and I decided to stay at a hotel with a pool, due to a recent knee injury. Santorini beaches are very rocky and difficult to get in and out. We have friends in Akrotiri and decided to pick something close to the village. Having travelled to Europe, particularly Greece, many times, we are familiar with European accomodations.
Villa Mathios is a decent EUROPEAN hotel. We stayed in a standard room, which had very small beds and a tiny shower. The bathroom itself was big, but the shower was 2 ft x 2 ft and I am not joking! I couldn't imagine how a larger person would be able to get in and out. The A/C worked very well, and the TV had CNN and BBC with a few Greek channels.
The pool was beautiful, but wasn't cleaned often. I never saw anyone walk around with a net or saw the dirt disapper after many days. Our room was located right next to the pool and we woke up early. All I saw was a worker pop a few chlorine tablets into the pool each morning.
The rooms are very clean and cleaned every day! Santorini is an island with water and electrical problems. They do not change your towels every day, rather every other day, which wasn't a problem for my friend and I. Pool towels can be rented for $2.00 and can be changed every 2 days.
The pool bar is OK but somewhat of a ripoff. You are better off buying stuff from the Mini Market next store and storing your fridge. You can not eat food, purchased anywhere other than the pool bar, near the pool. Apparently, the island is having alot of problems with tax people and they can get a fine.
One very weird thing they do is hold one passport or credit card for the whole stay. My friend and I met the lovely, pleasant Kosta when we vocalized our problem with this. He was rather rude and harsh and just plain BIZARRE. He didn't make either one of us cry because we were warned by Arianna's posting on Rick Steves website. Actually we were both PMSing so he was the one who needed to be warned.
So, Villa Mathios is a decent hotel for European standards. However, this family runned business doesn't give you a "Mom and Pop" feeling. If anything, you feel like you are staying with that side of the family that you avoid. They are only concerned about the money, have weird rules, and don't really care whether or not your stay is a good one. After all, they require you to pay in full, non refundable, prior to your visit.
Santorini is a beautiful island, with many wonderful people living there. I would recommend researching other hotels before staying here again.
Beware Villa Mathios - Kosta - Manager
Beware Villa Mathios-Santorini !!
I noticed an earlier post re: Villa Mathios in Santorini...having had the experience of staying at this property I can honestly say that the hotel is clean and decent BUT the family run self proclaimed "dictator" who runs this business with an iron hand is the real problem. He is a macho control freak who yells at customers who dare to perhaps question in any manner or form...mostly women who run away from the front desk in tears. As for this man's professionalism...his running comments regarding neighboring relatives,and businesses are (and I quote) "they are all garbage"...while the hotel has charm as does his mother, father, brother George, etc...the man in charge Kostas is really a HUGE negative to stay away from this hotel. People travel to Santorini for the views, the sunsets, the beauty. Do not mar your visit by supporting the most negative man on the island. There are FAR nicer owners and staff on the beautiful island of Santorini that will enhance your vacation and NOT poison it as this man is so capable of doing....give your money to people who really deserve it.
Beautiful hotel and family await you in Santorini
My wife and I just returned from Greece and one of the many highlights of this beautiful country, was the Villa Mathios Hotel. Brothers Kostas and George, along with the rest of their family have created a quiet oasis on one of the most stunningly beautiful islands in Greece. From their suggestions of what to see, to their winning smiles, our stay was perfect. Don't plan a thing in Greece until you consult Kostas and his travel agency based on the premises. He will tell you where to see the sunset (without the crowds) and can plan your entire vacation in Greece not just on Santorini, and the prices are fantastic. The restaurant specialties served by Mama are a great value, and don't buy jewelry in the pricey shops until you check out the handmade beautiful selections created by George in his shop. The hotel and its grounds are immaculately kept, the gardens and two swimming pools are gorgeous, and the best of all NO CROWDS, just peace and quiet. The reason I have given it 5 stars, is there is no option for 10!!!!
Nice, friendly, place on a stunning island !
Though it was way back in August 2000 I thought i'd post my memories of Villa Mathios as the owners/set up still seems to be the same. My wife and two young girls arrived by night ferry from Crete - some experience that was - and were picked up by George and transported up the steep cliffs to the hotel. As per the other reviews both Kostas and George are very friendly accomodating guys as are their whole family who help run the place. You couldn't wish to meet more helpful good humoured hosts. Akrotiri is quite a way out of Fira so it's a bus or taxi ride into town. There are some bars and restaurants in walking distance of the hotel with good views over the caldera. For those visiting for the first time - this is not beachside Spain ! It's beautiful but in a barren volcanic way (but you'd know that if you did your research) In this respect i'd caution against taking teenagers who want to sunbathe on miles of golden beaches every day. That said - we actually spent a lot of time by the pool at the Villa Mathios because it's great and has a good poolside bar. If you want a few groceries there is a little store a couple of minutes up the road where the owners like to give you a free nip of ouzo !! Good breakfasts in a clean, well serviced restuarant area. Lastly - the rooms are basic, clean and airconned. If you've been to Greece before you'll know about the greek plumbing ! If not - get used to it (in truth the showers at the time of visiting were tempremental to say the least) All in all a good stay and worth staying here.
Kostas and George treat you as family at the Villa Mathios
How lucky can you be to walk into a hotel, be greeted by the owner, made to feel like one of the family, get a great price on a room, and above all stay in an immaculately kept, high class hotel at not a high class price. That is what happened to myself and family when we visited Santorini last summer. We hated where we were and found Akrotiri quiet, near the archeological dig, and friendly. Villa Mathios has two beautiful pools with all the modern amenities. Sometimes it pays to be lucky.
What a find! Villa Mathios is a fine, affordable, family-run site in Akrotiri (out of the crowds of Fira). Bus service is great. It is quite new, clean, well-kept, pool, fantastic breakfasts (included). Excellent host and staff.
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We got up early enough to see the sun rise, which is not that ********sidering that it rises at about 7 am. We were basically packed so we showered and had breakfast - some more yummy yogurt with walnuts and honey. Sue is going to be making that when she gets home. We checked out from this lovely family feel b&b, it really was a lovely welcoming place helped by Marina's helpful approach. Nothing was too much trouble for her. We decided to bus it .... so up the hill ...
Ouzo. Milk of the gods (well at least the Greek ones). The drink of the common man in Greece. A clear spirit which when mixed with a handful of ice cubes and a dash of water turns into a spellbinding opaque milky colour, its aroma liquorice and its taste aniseed. Goes well with tzatziki a blend of yoghurt and cucumber and a hint of local green spice. So if you order an ouzo the locals feel you are honouring their custom by ...
Sunday - they day we'd been looking forward to the entire trip. We pulled up to Santorini, which I've always wanted to visit. It's where you see the iconic blue dome roofs in Greece, with rugged cliffs, blue waters and bright white buildings. When Michelle and I woke up, the captain was on the intercom saying that it was going to be a beautiful day in Santorini, and that we were the only cruise ship in town. Perfect.
We got dressed and ate breakfast with ...
... and most probably a sore and strained back for the donkey. Either way, it’s a pretty cool sight to see all the donkeys herded together and walking up and down the steep paths.
As amazing as the blue roof and white rendered houses clinging onto the cliffs, sunsets and colourful donkeys were, we decided to peel ourselves away from these combined sights and head around the island. Not surprisingly the whole island does not have sheer cliffs surrounding it ...
... my favourite line was "save money on accommodation, spend it on booze!", makes sense really). Jumping on a local bus to take us up the winding cliff face was quite an experience In its self. We would have only gone 300m inland but risen at least 50m in the air. Picture about 20 hairpin turns winding up the hill.
The main town on Santorini is called Thira, and its bus port is what we arrived at. Jose had the number of our villa manager to ring ...