Some years ago we have been asked by the Greek authorities to answer a questionaire. Here is a small taste of it:

- Do you have a swimming pool? …you get 300 points if you offer it.
- We are right on the beach, why do we need a swimming pool!
- Sorry our question concerns the pool not the sea. “Do you have a swimming pool?”
- Hmm, no but we have the Aegean Sea …
- Zero points, next question: “Do you have a Greek Tavern in the hotel?
- We provide dinner twice a week and lunch everyday except Sunday.
- This means you don’t offer a real restaurant. Zero points!
- …but why, there are real Greek taverns at the nearby fishing port, why keep our guests far from the Greek reality? If they do not like to eat together with Greeks and what the Greeks eat why are they here?
- I understand you have no Disco… Zero points!
- Wrong! Our guest give us1000 points for this and we are proud of not offering all this rubbish just to keep your bureaucracy satisfied! Sorry Sir, but your criteria are not the same as our criteria, we will go on as we like and it is our guests who will decide who is wrong and who is right!


Less is often more, therefore we promise:

No disco in the hotel
Instead, classical music wakes you gently as you enjoy your speciality breakfast under the trees on the waterside terrace; traditional Greek music accompanies your dinner in the restaurant and cool jazz helps you relax after dinner as you enjoy a drink under the dazzling moonlit sky. (But if you really need a disco, the nearest one is 4 km away!)

No TV in the rooms
For a few days forget the television, just relax with a book, perhaps by one of the island’s famous authors; or watch the slow action of the day unfold in front of you along the seafront and around the old fishing harbour.

No “Greek Taverna” in the hotel
A few minutes walk through the hotel gardens to the old port, you will find friendly local tavernas serving freshly caught fish at their waterside tables to both locals and visitors at very reasonable prices.

No mini-market in the hotel
Small shops in the old port offer all you need to fill the refrigerator in your room and won’t empty your pocket.

No “Greek nights” in the hotel
A 20 minutes walk away, in the old village of Thermi and you can have your hair cut, meet the locals and enjoy a coffee or an ouzo under the shade of the beautiful wisteria.

No roof garden
Nine acres of garden, full of Mediterranean flowers and fruit trees surround the hotel and lead down to the sea, with no road in between. And you can pick a lemon for your gin & tonic.

No air conditioning
The welcoming breeze from the Aegean, which cools the islands even in the height of summer, blows gently from your balcony through your room, providing the best air condition you could want.

No swimming pool
From in front of our hotel, for 800 metres, there runs an unspoiled, natural coastline, with quiet beaches and warm safe waters, which are pleasant for swimming.

No sauna, no hydromassage
Relax in one of the area’s Ottoman-built thermal baths and feel the power of the island’s natural hot-water springs easing the aches from your body.

No water sports
But if you wish to take one of our pedal boats or canoes, please feel free. And yes, they are free!

All in all Hotel Votsala is a happy, relaxing, informal place to stay.