Wrapped in olive groves on the edge of Parga, this place has a peaceful setting and beautiful mountain views.
Dracos Aparthotel has a tranquil setting, tucked away among hills carpeted with olive groves on the outskirts of Parga. There’s a handful of quiet tavernas just up the road, and Parga Town is about 20 minutes’ walk away. This small hillside town, set in a peaceful bay, is home to a castle and 2 small sandy beaches. From the harbour, you can catch boats to tiny islands like Antipaxos, which has fewer than 150 residents.
The hotel looks like a quintessential Mediterranean escape, with stone-clad walls, terracotta roofs and wrought-iron balconies. Inside, things are more contemporary, with a focus on quality. The lobby, for example, has marble floors and sleek leather sofas. And bedrooms are simply decorated with polished stone floors, pale colour schemes, and pendulum lights. Bathrooms have a luxurious feel thanks to marble quarried in Greece, India and Morocco. Studios, meanwhile, come with a little more space and the addition of kitchenettes.
The pool is set in a stone terrace with views of the surrounding hills. There’s a pool bar here serving a buffet breakfast in the morning and simple snacks like salads and sandwiches throughout the day.
After reading other reviews we decided on the Dracos and really enjoyed our stay here. We got to the hotel late evening and it was great to have a complementary food hamper consisting of freshly baked bread, olives, feta, yoghurt, beer, wine, tea, coffee etc. That was a really nice touch. We were told by our rep that the harbour (town) was about a 20 min walk and because we were shattered, ate at a local restaurant near to the hotel. The food was good, but the next day we regretted it after realising its about 10 mins walk to the harbour with loads of restaurants on the way! Just walk down the hotel path, turn right and you're nearly there!
The hotel was clean and the staff were great, from the girls on reception to the really lovely guy in the pool bar and the manager were all really friendly. The pool itself was gorgeous. Comfortable loungers etc. We went a little out of season so it was quiet and relaxing.
The only fault I'd pick out was that the beds were uncomfortable, but not enough to put us off staying again. Our only regret was that we hadn't booked for two weeks!More
4 visits and still outstanding
Just returned from our annual visit and it is still a perfect place to relax, swim and read, the staff are really genuinely attentive and the cleanliness beyond reproach.
No point in me mentioning the rooms, people know about the quality and cleanliness, or indeed the town, people know their favourite places to dine, but if anyone is interested Aegis is really really worth trying. September proved a little cloudy and thundery( rather unusual I believe) but as the Dracos is so popular to get into beggers can't be choosers , next year we managed to book June. Hope all the staff have a chilled relaxed Winter as they all work extremely hard during the 6 months of summer they deserve it.More
GUYFAWKES08, Bury, United Kingdom
We have just spent a blissful 2 weeks at the Dracos Hotel on our first trip to Parga. After much research I chose the Dracos based on TA reviews and it lived up to expectation. We were allocated a room in the "new" block at the front of the hotel on the ground floor (305). The room was at the end of the corridor (so no-one walking past your door), very spacious with loads of wardrobe space plus hangers, a lovely bathroom with hairdryer and huge walk in shower. The kitchenette area as others have said was quite limited, but we just had cereal or fruit and yoghurt for breakfast and it wasn't a problem. The balcony area outside was nice and peaceful, no views as such as you were looking at the hedge, but again no-one walking past your room so nice and quiet. All areas of the hotel were spotless and the rooms cleaned and mopped daily. Pool area was lovely with views of the mountains whilst sunbathing/swimming. WiFi was quite intermittent and you could only get it in or around reception area. The walk into town took approx. 15 minutes to the pier area, however if you wanted to eat up at the top then add another 15 minutes to your walk. It was good exercise though and you could mix and match the walk each night by walking the "back way" past Perivoli Restaurant and the 5 Senses, or the top road - this way it never got boring or tiring. We took a boat trip to Paxos with the Marco Polo which was a brilliant day out and also went to Corfu Town for the day from Parga which we got a good deal from an agent in town for 63 euros for both of us return whereas everywhere else was charging over 40 euros per person return. We hired a car for a week too and went to Sivota, Lichnos Beach (our favourite), Sarakiniko beach and Acheron River. We didn't have a bad meal in our 2 weeks (some slightly better than others), but our favourite was the 5 Senses in the Alfa Hotel it was beautiful. Other good restaurants were Hellenikon, Stefanos, Hani. We did eat at Aegis which is currently No.1. on TA but we couldn't work out why it was? We absolutely loved Parga and will definitely look to return one day and will choose the Dracos again.More
JP1, Blackpool, Lancashire
The best again!
We have stayed in Dracos many times since it first opened. Every year there are some little improvements to the public areas which are immaculate and stylish. Rooms are a good size for four and the cleaning staff amazing . We booked direct this year rather than use a tour company and travelled down from Thessaloniki airport - a breathtakingly beautiful journey and very easy. Breakfast, air conditioning and safe were included in the price so excellent value. Staff are superb and we will continue to keep coming back. We prefer rooms that are not on the ground floor so you don't have to look at a hedge in front of your balcony but if you have little children ground floor is great as they can play safely directly directly outside as ours used to do. They now love lazing on the massive canopy bed making good use of wifi! Go - you won't regret it and you will love Parga More
Bint1965, Porthcawl, United Kingdom
Perfect for us!
Just returned from a fab two week stay at Dracos!
First impression is very similar to other reviews... You are dropped off at bottom of a side road next to two smelly bins! Fortunately the Dracos is up the road and when you walk up the driveway to the Dracos the area is spotless.
We had a second floor apartment with a pool view! Lovely and spacious with a fantastic 3 part bathroom (toilet, sink,shower)! Yes the kitchen area is small and basic but having stayed in many self catering apartments in Greece we were not surprised by this. We managed perfectly making a breakfast and the odd sandwich lunch, we didn't come away to slave over a cooker!
Nice big double bed (no bed is like your own but we thought the bed was pretty comfy) and a lounge area (which is turned into beds if more than two staying in room).
Room cleaned daily, can't quite remember how many linen/ towel changes we had during our stay but what I can say is that it was plenty!
Great pool area and bar with plenty of sun loungers. We were there at a peak time in August and loungers were pretty much always available! Very friendly staff working at the bar, special mention to Spyros who was always very friendly and welcome (and makes a fab cocktail!). Food served at the bar was pretty much what you expect, Greek salads, pizza, burgers and toasters just a sample of what's on offer!
We stayed as a couple and yes there were lots of families with children stopping at the same time but that just made for a great atmosphere! If you want no kids then book an adult only hotel!
"Wild" tortoises live (and breed) in the grass area within the Dracos grounds! They are an added bonus for both children and adults and they love a nice bit of tomato!
Walk into town is about 15 mins and yes if you stick to the main road it can get crazy with cars parked everywhere, however there is a back walk into town( passing some nice restaurants) which avoids most of the traffic!
There is lots of litter around the sides of the roads which does let the walk down slightly however Parga town itself is kept spotless along with the beaches.
We had a fab holiday and met some lovely families and couples!
Would definitely return!More
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