We stayed here for 6 nights during the height of tourist season in mid-August 2005. This is a brand new complex that was recently built. It is located about a 10-15 minute walk from the center of the main town Pigadia. The studios seem rather sparsely furnished, however that is due to the sheer size of each studio. They are about double the size of the standard hotel room in the Greek Islands. The beds are firm with new mattresses, the bathrooms are very large, very modern and also double the usual size. Given the size of the rooms, the A/C does take a bit of time to take effect, but it eventually does the trick and is worth the extra 5 Euros per night. The kitchenette is small but functional. The pool is beautiful. Again, very large, great for laps and never crowded even in peak tourist season. Setting of the pool right over the Mediterranean is awe-inspiring. Chairs and umbrellas are provided and very comfortable. There is also a very nice new tennis court that has lights for night play (fee).
The Avgenikos family that runs this place are very warm and hospitable and truly do everything they can to make sure your stay is comfortable and welcoming. Mrs. Avgenikos will even cook you up a great meal while you are sunning yourself pool-side. The Greek salad, hamburger and fries were a delicious home-made lunch. Having previously lived in Canada for many years, they are able to speak English and French fluently. The only down side was the lack of any English or French TV channels in the studios.
The island itself is beautiful and rugged. There are many spectacular uncrowded beaches with amazing crystal-clear waters. Apella and Kira Panagia being the standouts and both within a half hour drive on very smooth recently re-paved roads. The town of Olymbos in the north has a beautiful setting, though is a bit of a tourist trap as most of the women in "authentic" traditional dress have previously lived in Baltimore, New Jersey, Florida, etc... Yes, this island is swarming with Greek-Americans returning to their roots. So getting directions or help from a local shouldn't usually be a problem, as they will likely speak to you in English as fluent as yours.
The one word of advice I would give to tourists visiting Karpathos is if you do rent a car, be sure to keep your gas tank full AT ALL TIMES, as fuel shortages on the island are RAMPANT! We had a gas tank verging on empty by our 3rd day and were not able to get any gas for the remainder of our stay. The entire island (which has only 4 gas stations all around Pigadia) had NO GAS for our last 3 days. We were barely able to make it back to the airport to catch our flight and return the car. Although the Hertz locals provided great service at pick-up time, they unfortunately neglected to inform us that the island has had gas shortages every August for atleast the past 6 years according to many locals. The fact that they provided only 1/2 tank to start should have raised questions in my mind. Attempts to receive compensation for Hertz's neglect were very prolonged and difficult, so be forewarned, otherwise you may be paying daily car rental fees for a car that is permanently parked and you are unable to use.
Would be very handy if the hotel accepted credit cards for reservations as well instead of having to wire transfer money. Though once you are over there, they will accept credit cards, but prefer cash which they are willing to discount slightly.
Overall, this is THE place to stay on Karpathos. Just isn't very well publicized yet as it is so new!
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