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    Location 1.0 /10

    Built on the cliff-side of Fira, 250m above the sea, the Loucas can only be reached via the narrow streets of the capital, climbing the coast until you reach a lively area very popular with tourists. Somewhat hidden, the establishment is right at the heart of the pedestrian zone.

    Accommodation 6.45 /10

    The guest rooms are not the hotel's best feature, as they are rather bare and not the most welcoming, though they are relatively spacious (perhaps a little less so in the case of the standard single and double rooms). The tiled floors do little to brighten up the ambience, and the televisions, which are often wall-mounted to save space, have certainly seen better days. On the plus side, the views are undeniably spectacular, with the mountains dropping sharply into the sea and the sunset bathing everything in vibrant colours.

    The rooms at the Loucas come in 4 different categories, namely Standard (single or double), Superior (double), Superior with outdoor jacuzzi, and Suite. All of the rooms have air conditioning, satellite television, a direct phone line, a safe, a mini bar on request, and a hair dryer. Unfortunately, there is no room service but the reception is open 24 hours a day and Wifi is available.

    Overview 6.45 /10

    The Loucas is an elegant hotel that enjoys a prime location with spectacular views out to sea. The hotel itself, a white-plastered building with rounded features, is built on the face of a cliff over several levels. From the entrance, located at road-level, the hotel slopes down towards the sea, with the reception area halfway down and the restaurant on the last terrace, directly looking over the sea. There is enough space here to accommodate the restaurant tables and the bar sofas. The remaining space is occupied by a counter to the rear, which is a popular meeting spot for hotel guestsl.

    There is a 30m² swimming pool and the guest rooms have an outdoor jacuzzi. There is no spa here, and we wouldn't recommend this place for families travelling with small children, as the picturesque steps running up and down these cliffside establishments can also very quickly become dangerous. The same applies to more elderly guests, particularly as none of the rooms have been designed for guests with reduced mobility. A transportation service is provided by the hotel and all relevant information is available from reception.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Just like the bar area, the restaurant is located where the best views are to be enjoyed. The Aris restaurant serves traditional cuisine along with a few international dishes, though particular emphasis is placed on local specialities. Greek cuisine is very much the order of the day here and we would recommend you enquire about the dish of the day, perhaps washed down with a bottle from the Loucas cellar?

    During your meal, you might want to have a chat with the loyal waiter, who has been working at the hotel restaurant for many years and is a great source of anecdotes and stories from days gone-by. He'll no doubt enhance your dining experience with a touch of spontaneity to accompany the freshly prepared cuisine. Definitely worth trying!

    Beach

    The beach is too far away to be of much use to those staying at the Loucas, and for obvious reasons - as is the case with all of the hotels built on the cliff - the hotel is unable to offer a private beach.

    This being the case, your best bet is to either head down to Fira or go straight to Kamari or Imerovigli, respectively a 15 and 20 minute drive away. If you pop along to the bus station you'll find information about the various bus routes connecting the different parts of the island. However, renting a car or a moped can be an excellent alternative, as the prices are reasonable and driving around the island is easy.

    To know

    The hotel opened in 1971 and has gone through regular been renovations over its 40 year history. A stay at the Loucas will set you back an average of £130 a night.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      horse riding, water-polo, mountain bike

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The location
    • The restaurant

    disadvantages

    • The lack of facilities for those with reduced mobility
    • The guest rooms are a little too sparse

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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