We stayed for one week b&b, through Thomson UK and were not disappointed.
The Thomson website did not make it clear how to reserve a "village" room so after contacting the hotel directly we paid the extra £140 to upgrade (apparantly if you book a room with a bath these are all located in the "village") - the extra was well worth it.
Our room was lovely, clean and minimally furnished with white linens but containing a fridge, free safe and patio doors that opened out onto a small bacony with direct access to the sea only 50m away (great for early morning dips before breakfast!)
The room was clean and comfortable but the air conditioning is a must in the evenings due to the high number of Mosquitos present on the island it is not possible to sleep with the patio doors/windows open as the were no window screens.
The "village" is superbly set out, with meticulous attention to detail, even down to a church and old fashioned laundry. There are 2 shops, car hire office and coffee shop/snack bar located in the village square.
The buffet food although good quality is basic and uninspiring with a limited choice, it seemed to be mainly aimed at the large number of all inclusive guests so we chose not to eat in the hotel in the evenings.
The quality of the cocktails in the bar is awful, although they are very alcoholic, they are tasteless and poorly made.
Staff are friendly and generally attentive.
There were also lots of children (even in June) making it impossible to swim in the hotel pool as it was overrun, we were not expecting it to be quite so family friendly.
The hotel itself is in a very convenient location, only 10 minutes from the airport, (yes it is at the end of the runway but with only half a dozen flights a day it's not an issue) and a gentle 20 minute walk to pythagorian with dozens of better quality bars and restaurants.
The blue flag beach is a mix of sand/ small pebbles with lovely clear waters however there is a daily charge of €3 per lounger which should be free to residents (although they provide free towels) There are also lots of beach sellers who continually walk the beach all selling the same things.
The hotel grounds are a little sprawling, there are tennis courts and mini golf but it's a bit of an adventure to find them although in general the gardens are well manicured and nicely set out.
We did like the hotel and would stay there again, many things meet expections but a few fall short.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Doryssa Seaside Resort is situated in the southern part of Samos, next to the historical and most popular destination of Pythagorion. After a full renovation finished in 2006, combined with completely new upgraded services, it has become a 5 star destination. Lovely areas stylish and tasteful. Doryssa village constructions recreate a traditonal Samos village. Doryssa village and the main hotel structure are situated by the seaside! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doryssa Seaside Hotel Pythagorion
- Doryssa Seaside Pythagorion
- Doryssa Seaside Resort Samos/Pythagorion