Greece is full of wonderful hotels – family size and equipped, plus boutique, quiet luxury size gems. Its Mediterranean location is an ideal holiday spot, and it is still seeing tourism increase steadily increasing by 10% a year for decades. The Olympics in 2004 boosted its popularity in the early 2000s, as did the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, Greece has been host to many international event which only service to raise its position in the holiday landscape, with no sign of a decline any time soon.
As tourism is such an important industry in Greece, hotels are everywhere: they just can’t build them fast enough to meet all the demand. As a result, the quality of hotels in the country varies widely. Rather than being ranked with stars, hotels in Greece have been put into categories, with category A ranking the best. However, as the category system is based on a number of factors, like the sizes of rooms, it can often be deceptive with many category B or C hotels actually better in reality than some category A, or at least most people would consider them superior.
There are lots of things you should look for when choosing a hotel. What are the facilities like? Is there any building work going on? Can you bring children? What kind of rooms are there? Is it close to what you’ve come to see? The best way to get all these questions answered is to use a site that reviews or compares hotels, so that you can see all the features of each hotel laid out in front of you.
As an English speaker, you may find you are only able to book at quite big hotels. Smaller hotels will often rely on agencies to act as a go-between and translate into Greek for them which can push up the cost of staying there. The travel club we found is able to secure lots of rooms at lovely, quaint, off-the-beaten-track Greek hotels without any fuss or difficulty.
One last thing to note is that it is essential to book before you go to Greece rather than trying to find a hotel once you’re there. The exceptionally high demand means that in peak season all the decently-located hotels can easily end up full, leaving you to wander around aimlessly for hours trying to find something.
The travel club is able to source and unique, boutique, family friendly and ideally located hotels across Greece and the Greek Islands. Check out membership here: http://www.thetravelclub.info