Having read other reviews on TA I was more than happy to book this hotel through Thomsons, however suspicious I was of the low price compared to other hotels on Santorini. I was not disappointed - the photos are accurate, as are the descriptions pretty much.
Yes there is a power station nearby - but honestly, unless you live in the heart of the countryside at home you really won't find it a problem. A low hum, which you can choose to hear or not really! The hotel is very close to the airport but again, there aren't that many flights and nobody was very bothered by the planes really. My only complaint about being that close was the price of the transfer - my advice would be jump on the bus to Monolithos at the airport for about 2 euros if you want to avoid the cost. Be warned - some guests that arrived after us were charged 30 euros by a taxi driver for the trip...
Our room was upstairs, was large and airy with a balcony - although this was fairly small. The bathroom was large enough with plenty of hot water for the shower. As others have mentioned the selection of kitchen equipment is minimal, and there is no usable plug near the kettle but as I wasn't planning on slaving over a hotplate or drinking huge amounts of tea this wasn't much of an issue. However, if you are self catering because of your budget and not planning on eating out much then it could be a problem. The rooms are cleaned every day, I wouldn't say 'scrupulously clean' but I guess it depends on your personal standards and quite possibly how busy the hotel is that week.
The reception area was large and led into a lounge area with free wi-fi, tv and library of books left by previous guests. The pool area was compact, but still very pretty (the hotel grounds are lovely in general) with several sunbeds - it got crowded towards the end of the week, when it was really windy and nobody wanted to go exploring or sit on the beach.
The poolside bar is small, with friendly staff - but it is very overpriced.
The hotel part of the beach is quiet but the sea is rougher than the other side of the rocks where the commercial area is, remember to bring your surf shoes as most of the beaches here are rocky once you get into the water and difficult to walk on. The hotel sunbeds are free too.
It's easy to hire a bike or car via reception, we hired a quad bike for three days. Having done the same thing a couple of years ago, we knew to go for a slightly more powerful model with a reverse gear this time! The island is small so this is a great way to see it, plus you can go and buy your supplies from one of the larger supermarkets and put it in the topbox rather than buy from the slightly more pricey local shop.
Oia is a must see visit, as well as Amoudi at the bottom of the cliff. There are lots of little bays dotted around too with lovely tavernas which are worth a visit. Vychlada is another very quiet area - try Dimitri's overlooking the harbour for lunch.
As for places to eat near the hotel, we went to Captain Loizos (turn right out of the hotel) on the first evening - nice food, massive portions and good prices - they also had the best (and not served cold) red wine for the best price too.
Turning left out of the hotel is another taverna (can't remember the name, possibly began with an A and had steps up the entrance) very friendly indeed, nice food, the owner practically had to forced to accept a tip - she was just happy that we'd gone in! Further down the road in the same direction about 10/15 minutes walk are two more tavernas - one upstairs one down. The downstairs one had a bit of a Fawlty Towers air to it quite frankly, and was frequented by locals rather than tourists which should have been a good sign. Although the decor is very cute and it's location on the beach is great, they forgot what we'd ordered, forgot to bring half of it, brought the other half altogether and generally didn't seem to know what they were doing. It was all very chaotic with dogs barking everywhere - not the best really.
Upstairs is a very different story - this is the best taverna we've found in Santorini so far! Armenistis overlooks the Aegean, is beautifully decorated and has the friendliest staff! The food was wonderful - I will repeat what others have said, try the Armenistis salad and the stuffed squid. The fisherman's spaghetti was gorgeous too. You don't get extras with your main course on the whole unless you order them separately - so don't expect the usual squid 'n chips here. Go there!
On the whole I would happily return to the Scorpios, especially at the price we paid, and will most definitely visit the Armenistis again!
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