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Samos Sun Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pythagorion 83103, Greece   |  
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Ranked #13 of 27 hotels in Pythagorion
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Magical/Dave and Jean Paisley SCOTLAND”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

Stayed at the Samos Sun Apartments Room 111 on the 2nd June for 2 weeks. Staff at reception Monika and Stella couldnt do enough for you and were always so pleasant whether it be asking for bus times, directions or even phoning for a taxi nothing was a problem to them. Sue who runs the pool bar was also a great help to us giving us ideas of places to go and see and also made us delicious lunch time snacks. Rooms though on the small side had everything that we needed and were kept clean daily by our maid. One of the highlights for us was returning each day to see what design our maid had made of our top sheets on the bed butterflies/boats/dresses/bows etc. Pythagorian is a lovely resort with a great choice of restaurants, snack bars and bars and has a lovely harbour for strolling at night. We also loved Ireon 4 kilometres from the Samos Sun went through at night for Dinner got reception to phone a taxi. Great for watching the sunset and very greek. Another place which is not to be missed for a visit is Kokkari especially the square which has numerous tavernas overlooking the sea really breathtaking. Overall we had a terrific holiday in samos with lots to do and see. The Samos Sun Hotel was great and I cant thank the staff enough for all their help. We loved Samos the only downside for us was not being able to get a flight from Glasgow and having to travel from Manchester (but it was definately worth it) If Glasgow should have a flight in the near future you can you can bank on us returning to this magical Island!!!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

Leaving the airport at Samos by coach transfer saw several people beng dropped off at spots we knew must be well off the beaten track. You know the feeling - as you are driven along you count downt the distance to the resort, knowing that the closer you get the easier will be the journey to the restaurant or bar and correspondingly the walking time or taxi fare goes down. The Samos Sun is quite reasonable, arranged in several coloured and balconied apartment blocks designed to look quite attractive. We found ourselves on a higher floor with a good view of the sea, albeit about half a mile away. Those on lower floors might only have a view of passing fellow guests. The service was good in that we reported a broken balcony light, went out and found it replaced on return. I also managed to jam the shutters by closing them in what turned out to be the wrong way. Ok, so there was no warning, or anything to tell the uninitiated what not to do and it had happened once before, but they needed a call out by the installers and again it was dealt with quickly while we were out.
The bar is simple, well run and friendly, the pool large enough and also saltwater, which is a refreshing change if you suffer from any problems aggravated by the chemicals used in typical hotel pools, such as eczema. We went self catering and can't comment on the food which we didn't sample, but at the time of writing breakfast was priced at 7 Euros and main meals at 14 Euros. The staff were helpful.
So what was the problem with the location? We were told it was a 15-20 minute stroll into town which is fine. In practice we made it in 20 minutes at a good pace, bearing in mind we go hillwalking. 25-35 minutes is typical and you'll often have company as there is a nightly migration of hotel guests making their way along the often narrow pavement to and from Pythagorion. If you walk it (and the taxi is 5 Euros each way) that means an average of an hour a day spent on foot if you eat in town. The nearest beach is shingle, though with a generally sandy bottom a few feet out and around a mile long. Again though you can't 'stroll' down to it because the airport runway lies in a line between the hotel and the coast and make a wonderful sight for plane spotters (I am one and especially enjoyed the fire fighting practice by the helicopter and flying boats apparently stationed at the airport). In terms of reaching the beach though you have to head for the Doryssa Hotel about a quarter of a mile away and take the first road before it to pass around the runway and reach the beach. There is a bus service and generally this is a request stop to catch the bus, though you can only alight at a proper stop (the closest is the Doryssa Hotel). On the other hand buses, though fairly reliable, are not frequent throughout the day and stop by early evening so there's no chance to use them to get into town for an evening meal or a drink. None of this is the hotel's fault (though a few and the tour operators who use them might consider pressing the bus operator to improve services for their guests), but it might become a big consideration when you've walked into town each night for the first few days and something to bear in mind if location is going to be important to you. One other thought - remember the trip time to town if you plan to go on any excursions starting early in the morning, like Ephesus or Patmos, without the added cost of a taxi it can seem a bit rushed.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2009

We have just returned from a 3 week holiday on the beautiful island of Samos.
Our stay at the Samos Sun was delightful. Monika, Tuula & Lena on reception couldn't do enough for you. They were friendly and helpful at all times.They will recommend places to visit and where to hire a car etc.
We had a small leak, which was reported. No sooner said than done, the handy-man came and attended to it.
The rooms are compact and basic (no tv as advertised) however, all you need and were kept spotless by a daily clean by the friendly cleaners.
The gym was a little disappointing, as most of the equiptment was broken, however the billiard table and table tennis was a real hit with our 11 year old daughter.
The jacuzzi wasn't constantly switched on, but if you wanted to use it, you just needed to ask at the bar and they'd put it on.
The pool and bar area is very attractive. Sue runs the bar from 10am - 6pm daily..she is lovely. Jiannis then takes over from 6pm til late. He is such fun..some might say, slightly crazy!
There is a supermarket nextdoor, which we found really convenient.
The Samos Sun is fairly close to the airport. We took a taxi upon arrival and back again, which worked out much cheaper than paying for the transfers through the tour operator.
Although we could see the airport, we weren't bothred by the odd plane coming in or out. We quite enjoyed it! There is a nice view of the sea (higher floor).
The walk into Pythagorion took approx 20-25mins. There is a path all the way along, so there is no dodging of traffic. You can also easily pick up a taxi along the way which doesn't cost the earth.
Pythagorion is very pleasant indeed, set around a little harbour. Pop in and have a meal at the Apollonia restaurant, we don't think you'll be disappointed.
If you do your research before you go, you'll find that there are many festivals that go on during summer months.We also went to the Ireon Music Festival and saw The Stranglers, which was superb.
We would certainly return to the Samos Sun in the near future.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oldham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2009

Just spent two weeks at the Samos Sun Hotel and quite honestly i can't recommend it enough. OK, its close to the airport but we knew that beforehand and could only say that the short trip was a bonus, although taxi fares do tend to vary from month to month and return fare cost 3 euro's more than arrival! The Samos Sun Hotel is a lovely place to stay, spotless rooms, daily maid service, very few hotel staff around but adequate and always friendly and helpful. The pool is a delight - although salty! Sue, who runs the bar is a lovely lady and now lives on Samos. She says the view from her office(bar) far exceeds the one she had back in the UK and i must agree. The drinks at the bar are reasonable and the food is ok but not brilliant. Although not critisising the hotel, our room was quite old, there a much newer apartment blocks. Don't get me wrong, everything was in good working order but a little 'shabby' and we had a resident cockroach who lived up in the bathroom ceiling!!! A small price to pay i thought.
All in all, a fantastic holiday, a very reasonably priced hotel with everything you need without being over the top - it is Greece remember. I'd not hesitate in returning to the Samos Sun and would recomment it to those who appreciate the 'simple Greek way of life'.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, OH
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

The room was clean enough but the hotel is quite shabby. (Burnt lamp shades, the key holder repaired with plastic tape, bags of garbage piled up outside our room, broken tiles on the sidewalks.) It is far inland, not near a beach, and Pythagorion is two kilometers distant. It's adjacent to the airport and so my wife and I stayed there one night in order to catch a flight out of Pythagorion the next morning. The personnel were friendly and wished to be helpful but were unable. There's a 7:00 am flight to Athens, so you'd think that the personnel would be prepared for people needing to leave early, but no. There was no alarm clock in the room, and there was none to be lent out, and they weren't even sure what I should do with the key when I left. As it turns out, there was no reason to be so close the airport.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, England
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2008

Just arrived back from 1 week at the Samos Sun. The hotel itself looks very nice with an attractive pool setting and plenty of sun beds. The pool bar served food and drinks but the food is not to be recommended although the drinks are very reasonable and staff friendly. The advertised Jacuzzi was never turned on while we were there as they said it took too much water out of the pool so they didn’t like to use it. We had an apartment with a double bed and a single bed which was very small and meant you could not walk around easily. We had to put a bedside table in the wardrobe just so that we could open the wardrobe door. The cooking facilities were 2 electric rings, no oven, toaster or kettle and also no hairdryer which I had not realised and I had to go out and buy one. There was no TV and the radio did not work but the air con was fab although I understand it is only on in July and August.

One thing we were very disappointed at was the sea view we had paid for. The actual view is of the airport run way with the sea in front of that in the distance. Planes only land in the mornings and are not a problem but it does spoil the view somewhat. I would have preferred to have stayed at a hotel the other side of the airport which all have unrestricted sea views as the run way is behind the hotels. These hotels are the same distance from the harbour but have much better views. There is a huge very well stocked supermarket next the Samos Sun open early to late and stocks everything from food to electrical goods and is used by the locals.

The hotel is 15-20 min flat walk along a nice pavement from the harbour at Pythogorian, which is to die for. There is one small road of shops leading down to the most beautiful harbour I have seen. There are fabulous restaurants and bars overlooking the harbour filled with million pound boats bobbing alongside local fishing boats. The restaurants are of a very good quality and I would recommend the Apollonia and an Italian restaurant which I can’t remember the name of but had a Roman theme. There are also some restaurant serving decent food on the beach area next to the harbour which is quite romantic as your table is on the beach with the waves nearly to your table. There are loads of taxi’s to take you back in the evening if you don’t want to walk for about 3.5 Euro but be careful because they get you to share a taxi then charge you both the same amount so doubling there fare. Best to ask along the queue if anyone going near your hotel and then get a taxi between you and share the cost.

All in all we had a fabulous time at the Samos Sun which is clean but basic and because it’s a very unspoilt island with little going on there were no children to speak of which made for a very peaceful time around the pool. There are also very few English on the island as I understand that only 3 or 4 British flights land on the island each week. There are no English tour operators at the hotel this year but again I understand Thomas Cook are featuring it in there brochure next year so there will obviously be more then. By far, the harbour area of Pythogorian made our holiday, it was lovely to eat around the spectacular harbour and then sit and watch the world go by in one of the many low key bars and I can’t recommend it enough. We also went on a boat trip to a little island just off Samos and had a lovely bbq and swim off the boat, again highly recommended.

To sum up Samos is a laid back island with a beautiful harbour and very friendly people and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, although I would have preferred to have had a nicer view than the airport runway!

  • Liked — Pool area
  • Disliked — view of runway and cramped room
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Just back from 2 weeks at the Samos sun hotel,and what a nice place.Its a 5 minute taxi from the airport cost 6euro. The hotel has free air con(essential) and was always very clean,sheets towels changed regular.I booked via a website and was the only British people onsite during my fortnight. No Uk travel companies feature this hotel although it does have Scandanavian and german guests. The pool is one of the largest in samos.Its a 10 minute walk form the nearest beach(Blue flag) and about a 20 minute walk along a flat road into Pythogorian centre,which if you want a taxi back at night costs 3.5euro. Samos town can be reached via taxi or local bus which took about 20 mins. We took a flying dolphin to Patmos which takes an hour it was a lovely island full of history ideal for a day trip,the only downside was 75%of passengers had seasickness, if your not a good traveller avoid this trip.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Samos Sun Hotel Pythagorion
Address: Pythagorion 83103, Greece
Location: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Samos > Pythagorion
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Ranked #13 of 27 hotels in Pythagorion
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