Look no further. Stay here. You'll love it. My friends and I originally booked the Aphrodite Hotel for a 3-night stay, but we loved it so much that we canceled our plans to stay elsewhere on the island and ended up spending our entire 6-night/7-day holiday on Lesvos at this beautiful place. We wished we could've been there longer.
The Aphrodite Hotel is a boutique, family-run hotel with its own private, rock beach with calm, cobalt-blue waters, a wonderful outdoor saltwater pool, an outdoor taverna, and peaceful grounds lush with gardens. The rooms are simple and newly renovated with good beds & a/c, the public spaces are lovely, the breakfasts delicious, and the property is a 5-minute drive or taxi ride (5 Euros) from the spectacular, fortressed town of Moylvos with its amazing views, restaurants, and "nightlife." At the Aphrodite, you get the best of both worlds: tranquility and nature, but proximity to the more lively areas as well. (We spent a couple of days at nearby Anaxos Beach, which is long and sandy, with bigger waves and beach cafes and facilities. We found that alternating our time between that and the Aphrodite's calm, rocky beach a perfect mix).
Yet perhaps what made our stay at the Aphrodite truly superlative was the service. The family who runs the hotel bent over backwards to accommodate us and make sure we were comfortable. When they heard we'd be arriving after a grueling time working in Athens -- on the same night that a large wedding was taking place at the property -- they reserved two large suites for us as far from the festivities as possible so that we might have some peace and quiet. When the a/c in one of the suites was taking a while to kick in (it was 41C/105F that day we arrived), they moved me to a smaller room that cooled off quickly (room 220. I liked this room so much that I opted to stay there for the next two days instead, but after which, they moved me to a spectacular front seaview room, 201, because 220 had been reserved for the additional dates). They were so friendly, kind, and hospitable; I cannot recommend their hotel enough.
So you know: this is a family-run hotel on one of the least-developed Greek islands. It is modern and lovely, but not super-glitzy or slick, and there were occasional glitches with the electronic room keys and a few small room-details (in one, the safe did't work; in another, the shower-head seemed old). Also, the beach is great for swimming, but it's a pebble and rock beach, so getting in the water can be a challenge without swimming shoes (available for purchase in Molyvos for about 10 Euro). But it is beautiful place with chaise lounges and thatched umbrellas, and the service and the grounds are superb. It is an ideal place to chill out.
What also needs to be said: Lesvos has suffered in 2015-2016 due to the refugee crisis. Ordinary Greek families like the ones who run the Aphrodite Hotel behaved heroically during the crisis, rescuing drowning families, clothing them, feeding them, ferrying them to hospitals and crisis centers. They opened their businesses and their hearst in order to Do the Right Thing. Now, the refugees are gone -- or housed on a different side of the island in two camps out of site from anyone. The boats are no longer arriving; the island is once again tranquil. But the tourists are not coming back. And businesses like the Aphrodite Hotel are paying dearly for being caught in the crosshairs of history. So by choosing to stay here, you will not only be treating yourself to a blissful holiday, but you'll be doing a good deed as well. Your tourism dollars/Euros will enable locals to thrive again. You'll be showing support for "first responders."
Yet, if I didn't mention this in this review, guests now would never know it. There is no sign of the 2015 crisis evident at the Aphrodite Hotel at all. There are merely palm trees, grapevines, gardens, dramatic views everywhere you look, and a restful, charming, distinctly Greek property on the sea.
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- Also Known As:
- Aphrodite Hotel Molyvos, Greece - Lesbos