Our trip to Parga in Greece was wonderful and one of the things that made it such a memorable holiday was the fact that we had an amazing hotel. The hotel was called Irida Boutique Hotel.
We arrived very late: it was around 11 pm when we finally reached the beginning of the short but dreadfully steep uphill walk to our hotel. As we dragged our luggage, panting, we were greeted mid way up the hill by a young handsome man who took our bags and introduced himself as Chris. Chris took us – still out of breath – to the reception where he checked us in and took us to our room which was called Jasmin. We were slightly disappointed to find ourselves in the main level of the hotel. We had hoped to receive a room with a balcony. Now we had a terrace by the pool instead. However, the room was very nice so at this stage already we were happy with our choice of hotel.
Irida Boutique Hotel
Irida Boutique Hotel is a small hotel on the side of a hill, overlooking the Ionian Sea. There are only nine rooms in this hotel and they are all designed individually according to a theme. The rooms have all either a balcony or a terrace and are all facing the sea. As I mentioned the road leading to the hotel is, well, a good workout. But once you get to the hotel there is an elevator that will take you to your room if you happen to have one on the top floor.
The overall atmosphere at this hotel is very relaxed. The service is fantastic: Chris is always there to help with any issues but you’ll still have your privacy. There were only a handful people by the pool, during our stay a maximum of seven people at the same time! A lot of the time there were just the two of us so it almost felt like a private terrace with a pool 🙂
The pool is an infinity pool and the sun loungers around the pool are soft and very comfortable. There’s a fantastic view of the bay from the pool and you’re surrounded by hills with olive trees. The pool is very beautiful at night as it’s lit with a star like lights that change color. The pool area has some lanterns as well so it’s very pretty and relaxing to sit on the terrace even late at night.
Chris is always there for you, he was very friendly and helpful – he’ll even bring you a glass of water occasionally if you’re staying by the pool and asks how you’ve spent your day.
The only negative thing about this hotel was the WiFi: There was no connection the first three days we were there. Having said that I think it turned out to be a good thing in the end. We were able to just relax and enjoy ourselves, read a book and focus on each other instead of our mobile phones 🙂
Our hotel room, Jasmin
As I mentioned, our room at Irida Boutique Hotel was called Jasmin. The theme of our room was obviously the flower: There was a jasmin growing in a pot on our terrace, the room had jasmin decorations and I think even the towels and sheets smelled faintly of jasmin.
The room was very clean and spacious. There was a good sized bathroom with a hair dryer and a bath. We also had a small kitchen with a fridge and there’s an air conditioner and a safe (the safe costs 10 euros per week).
The location of this hotel is really good. I like the fact that it was a hillside hotel because it had great views towards the sea and the beach below. It was just a 5 – 10 minute walk to Parga town center.
Piso Krioneri beach is just below the hotel and there’s a supermarket and a bakery quite close to the hotel.
Who’s it for?
Irida Boutique Hotel is great for couples looking for a relaxing and/or romantic holiday. I wouldn’t recommend it for people with children: There’s the walk up the slope to the hotel and there’s no children’s pool or anything else for small children.
Parga as a travel destination isn’t either for those who have problems walking or like to party. There are hills in every direction so you’ll be in trouble if you have mobility impairments. And at least I didn’t notice anything that would resemble a night club so wine and cocktail bars are as wild as it gets.
But in my opinion that’s the beauty of this place. You’ll have some peace and quiet and stunning surroundings instead.
Looking back I cannot think how anyone would not love this hotel. If you’ve already booked your stay or are considering to you’ve made a great choice. You’re going to have a lovely holiday.
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