This is our honest review. It's not meant to put people off. We just say what we see and what we experience. Stayed here 2 weeks early July 2012. WARNING: Do not book a transfer to this hotel, a taxi will only cost 5/6 euros.
Samos is to date the most laid back, beautiful Greek island we have come across. If its Irish bars and Sunday roast your after, go somewhere else.
Samos sun is set on a slight hill overlooking the pebble beach (15 min walk) and the airport. Air traffic noise is not an issue. Pythagorion, the stunningly gorgeous town is a good 20-25 mins walk, or 5 euros in a taxi.
So, the hotel. We think it would be good to campaign for a worldwide star rating as this is not 3 stars by any standard. It is very clean and Judith and Irene at reception are very helpful but the pool bar lacked enthusiasm and atmosphere. The boys seem more interested in chatting to friends or spending time on the phone. Some days the bar/snackbar didn't open until after midday.
The hotel is adjacent to a supermarket which at times is quite poorly stocked and like being at home has some grumpy staff. Fresh bread in the morning though and nice local fresh fruit and veg.
The hotel was built in 1993 and appears to still be there. Fittings would go down well in a castle in Transylvania. Good sized pool but a word of advice, it would appear that the sun loungers have been there since 1993 also and have seen a lot of bodies in that time. Get to the pool early if you intend sunbathing and let the game begin 'hunt the safe loungers'.
Get yourself across the road to Hotel Evelin bar. Georgios and Elizabeth know how to provide a great bar service, good food and importantly, create a terrific atmosphere. Georgios has a fantastic knack of getting all nationalities to engage with one another and before you know it, you are locked in conversation with people from Finland, holland and Greece.
Pythagorion is stunning and what you would imaging a typical Greek town to be. Small, slim streets vibrant with colour and that dead slow pace only we Brits can dream of. The harbour is crescent shaped and lined with enough restaurants to see out a fortnight holiday 3 times over. Try the waffles, you won't be disappointed. We won't recommend any restaurants as its each to their own where Greek food is concerned although we did eat in the four seasons a few times (oops, done it now)
Get a wee quad or car and get yourself to Ireon about 6/7 km away. Head to La Luna cafe/creperie and we hold no shame in recommending the strawberry milkshake. It is the best we have ever had and we have one everywhere we go. You will not be disappointed. If you are let me know and I will pay for it, it's that good.
All in all, fantastic island, as always lovely, kind and caring people but Hotel Samos needs some TLC to bring it into the 21 st century.
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