Don’t expect luxury; the Aegeon Hotel is not a resort. It does, however, offer one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable vacation experiences you’ll ever encounter.
I have been going to the Aegeon Hotel yearly since 2005. It has only gotten better. The rooms have been upgraded with new bedding and new furniture. You’ll sleep “like a bird,” as the Greeks say. No two rooms are alike. Refrigerators are no longer “by request;” they are present in every room. The rooms are uniquely decorated, and each has a veranda (on the lower floors) and a balcony (on the upper floors) for visiting, reading, hanging laundry (should you choose to do it yourself), eating, or quiet reflection as you look out into the beautifully landscaped grounds.
The landscaping was done by the original owner, who has turned management of the hotel over to his son. Walking through these landscaped grounds is like walking in the Garden of Eden; there is even an apple tree or two that you might find along the way!
Speaking of gardens, adjacent to the hotel grounds (and somewhat hidden from view) is a large garden which provides fresh vegetables and fresh eggs for breakfast. Other than processed lunch meat and cheese, everything on the breakfast buffet comes either from local villages or from the hotel’s garden: bread, yoghurt, honey, non-processed cheeses, and homemade jars of jams and marmalades. If one of these tickles your fancy and you’d like to take it home for yourself or as a gift, the owner will prepare it for you in a beautifully sealed and decorated jar.
While we’re on the subject of food, the Aegeon has upgraded its afternoon culinary offerings to include a full lunch menu, available until 3:30 PM. I recommend the village salad and the Greek pizza with its thin and crispy crust, laden with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and olives. One can partake of lunch beside the pool, which is constantly maintained throughout the day. To work off lunch, an elliptical training machine is available poolside. A swim is quite refreshing after a workout.
For those who have filled up at lunch and only want a small snack for dinner, the bartender at the poolside bar will order souvlaki or gyros for you. For those who want to prepare their own dinner, a grill is available by reservation; charcoal is provided. For those who want to venture into town for a more substantial meal, Skala Kalloni is about a 10 minute walk. The walk has been upgraded to include a sidewalk (along the latter half of the walk) with benches where one can rest along the way.
Immediately upon entering the town square, you’ll find a fish tavern to your right and a restaurant serving grilled specialties to your left. Straight ahead and a little to your right is Dionysus, a restaurant that serves pretty much everything; the menu is like a book. Straight ahead and a little to your left is Ambrosia, a restaurant specializing in small Greek appetizer plates.
After dinner, sitting at the poolside bar and visiting with other guests is a real treat! You’ll meet people from all over Europe.
Because of the Aegeon Hotel’s central location on the island, it is a springboard to almost everywhere else on Lesvos. The owner can arrange tours, or he can assist you in renting a car.
About 45 minutes to the west is Skala Eressos, a town with a sandy beach dedicated to those with alternative life styles.
About 45 minutes to the north are Petra and Molyvos, two towns opposite the ancient civilization of Troy on the Turkish coast, which is clearly visible and only ¾ miles away. These towns are the most touristed areas of Lesvos. Many activities are available, including morning scuba diving classes, followed by an afternoon dive into the depths of the coral reefs and lava formations around Lesvos. Total cost including instruction, equipment, and the afternoon dive: 90 euro.
About 45 minutes to the south is the town of Vatera with its 7 kilometer sandy beach and somewhat warmer waters than one would find elsewhere on Lesvos.
The capital city of Mytilene is about 1 hour to the east.
The owner can arrange rental cars, taxis, or tour buses to all of these locations. In addition, there are other outings available to book, like a day on a fishing boat (but you have to get up at 4:30 AM), a trip to an ouzo factory, or a four-wheel drive mountain adventure. Just ask the owner, Argyri, and he’ll arrange whatever activities suit your needs and your taste.
I started out by saying that the Aegeon Hotel is not a resort, but if you choose to stay here, your fingernails will drag on the runway as your plane takes off for home. You’ll be treated like royalty, and you’ll have an experience that will stay with you forever.
From stepping into the spacious foyer you are welcomed by the owner and his staff. Nothing is too much trouble for them as they carry your cases to your room. I had room 15, cental and recommended, grt size fridge, kettle, air con and an excellent shower, turn on wait 4-5 mins and it's red hot !! Spot on facilities.
Very friendly bar area with a good selection of beers or spirits, I love a cold Mythos! The food prepared in the evening at 7pm is fantastic, fresh and excellent value. A homemade soup with crusty bread, then as much Greek salad with Feta as you want, next course the main with a selection of 2 say a meat dish and a veggie one, sample both!!! Finish with a homemade dessert...all for 12 euros!!!!!!!!
Breakfast is a lovely selection of yoghurt, fruit, toast ,jams, honey and cake and biscuity things for Dutch and Germans!! Always a hot side, fried egg or omelette or scrambled or boiled eggs.
I used free wifi in the bar area and in my room.
THE BEST HOTEL TO STAY IN IF YOU ARE A BIRDWATCHER.
I stayed for 2 days in this wonderful hotel. Amazing location, excellent service.. My room was wide and clean, it really felt like home. Also great cuisine, with different menu every evening.
I've been here for business and I'll be back with my family to enjoy our summer holidays in August!
This is the place to stay in Skala Kalloni . On arriving tired and hungry we asked if a snack was available, we were shown to the dining room where a gorgeous greek buffet was set out, home made veg soup, salads, chicken roasted with garlic and lemons, oven potatoes, aubergine with tomatoes and pasta , the list goes on, all made from the food Papa grows on his farm. The family who run the Hotel were sitting around the pool talking and drinking with the other guests and when we asked for the bill Eleftheria the daughter told us "No, it is free welcome to our Hotel, you sleep now, we will see you tomorrow." We have been coming to Greece for 30 years and have never had a welcome like that before! The room was clean and spacious and very quiet, the pool area lovely and relaxing, the breakfast buffet the next morning lovely, lots of choice, home made jams and the freshest yogurt and feta I've ever had. Stefanos who waited on at breakfast and also behind the bar was so friendly and helpful, asking us about England and teaching us Greek. George the night barman was funny and very patient when we kept him up till 3 in the morning! A stroll along the beach passing small shops and tavernas and locals sitting outside their little ramshackle houses with tomatoes and flowers growing on oil cans , and cats sunning themselves on the walls brings you to the village square and tiny harbour where you can sit and enjoy a decent cocktail whilst watching the world go by. Am I painting a picture of the perfect Greek holiday? Good because that is what you'll find in Skala Kalloni.
Lovely hotel in a quiet area on walking distance from the village. The rooms are basic but nuce, and are situated in a nice garden. Breakfast is included and the variety is super.
The road next to hotel leads to silent beaches and after a 10 minutes walk you'll reach the tiny village, which offers some nice restaurants, coffeehouses and beach bars.
Don't believe all the negative comments on the internet about refugees. Jusy saying that for me it wasn't an issue at all, as we are talking about people in need here, but for those who are afraid of meeting refugees: I haven't seen any of them the whole holiday.