Review Rating: 4.5/5
Date of visit: September 2021
Having first visited Sifnos in 2020 and fallen in love with the island, to say I was excited to return would be a huge understatement. On my previous trip, I stayed in Kamares with its convenient access to the ferry port and – more importantly – the best beach on the island (in my humble opinion).
Last time around, I enjoyed my stay at Hotel Kamari and seriously considered returning, but this time, my parents – who were joining me from the UK while I’ve been travelling around Greece for the past two months – had booked a room at Hotel Boulis and got a great rate. I knew the hotel’s location was excellent: right behind the beach in its spacious surroundings but just a few minutes walk from the many tavernas, shops, cafes and bars that line the resort’s main street.
My room, 224, was on the second floor with a lovely view from the balcony over the resort and beach (see above). The room was nicely furnished, albeit in a plain traditional style. It was clean, though, and everything worked as expected, with a good shower and decent air-conditioning.
Breakfast wasn’t included in the room rate, but for €6, you get a decent buffet selection (with *real* Greek yoghurt), tea, coffee, juice and the usual variety of bread, cakes, cold meats, cheese and salad. This can be enjoyed outdoors in the courtyard, which also serves as the setting for their highly-rated restaurant, Kafenés, which offers bistro-style mezedes and full meals. The menu is fairly small, but all ingredients are sourced locally, mostly from their gardens, and the food is delicious.
The hotel’s lack of a pool could be seen as a missed opportunity, but you don’t need one with the amazingly clear waters of Kamares Beach just a few yards from the hotel grounds. There is ample parking outside, and the staff are friendly and welcoming.
I would have rated it a full 5*, but for this, I think the rooms could benefit from a bit of refurbishment to modernize them. I’m being picky, though, and the hotel is otherwise superb and worth considering if you decide to visit Sifnos – and you definitely should!