26 Mar Greek Hospitality, Local Charm
Spent three nights at the Ariston Hotel (August 29 – August 31). It is just three minutes from the Larissa Train Station. Can’t miss it as it is right on the main street. The check-in was swift and the room was simple but very comfortable. It faced the main road, but as I was there over the weekend, the noise was minimal. The tub was a brilliant touch, and I soaked myself in it three nights in a row! The breakfast was included in the price. It was simple, with bread, jam and boiled eggs. Self-service, so I had like three cups of coffee every morning! I would like to specially mention Matina, who was smiling all the time, energetic and ever so positive. She also complimented on my sandals, which honestly few have liked! (laugh). I wanted to watch a live local soccer match in a stadium, and sought her assistance. She went all the way out to help by contacting her friends and checked the schedule. There was one but the teams had been punished for some faults, and that match, which was nearby, played to an empty stadium! She recommended that I watched the matches in the restaurant next door, which happens to be called “Happy Restaurant”! The staff are very very cool! I had a fun stay at the Ariston! It is in a very local district, and it is safe. I could watch locals as well as foreigners play football in the court across the street. IF you would like to have a taste of local charm, see how the local people live, work and play, the Ariston Hotel is an ideal choice. The cost-performance is high, and it is slightly under one hour to the airport. Would definitely recommend it to adventurous travellers, and young people who are on a budget. It is a lovely hotel.