Firstly I have to say I agree with the majority of the review that Scott D wrote previous to this one so I can vouch that their review is an honest one. This is my first visit to Samos and hopefully not my last.
Samos Sun Hotel - We were Very Very happy with this accommodation, it was very peaceful, lovely and quiet. Yes some of the decor is outdated but to be honest we expected this as we knew exactly what Greece is like and we were more than happy with our accommodation and room in fact I think it is worthy than the 2.5 star rating that it receives. Rooms and hotel were clean, shower you have to hold above your head (as normal in greece) pool area was lovely as was the pool itself. Sunbeds were sparse but on the day we were leaving they received some new ones so it looks like they are in the process of updating some things, there was a day when there were not enough sunbeds but this was not a problem as they just went to their other hotel to bring some more. We booked a double room, this had a fridge but no kettle again this was not a problem because I asked at reception and they just let me borrow one for our 2 weeks stay at no extra cost. The biggest bonus we received was that this hotel has free aircon during the months of July/Aug it goes of at the end of aug and it did whilst we were there, because some guests asked about it being left on because of the heat the owners agreed to extend the aircon free of charge we left on 5th Sept and it was still on then. Beds were comfortable both my partner and me slept very well. Did not really use the pool bar as we normally had our drink in our bag although you are not suppose to eat/drink your own items we could not see how they could complain as the bar was not open all day. There is no lift in this property if you are on a higher level then it is easier to walk your case up the slope at the side of the hotel otherwise you will have to carry up stairs. The higher rooms do have the advantage of the sea views and I would definitely recommend one of these.
Breakfast - Eaten on a lovely area overlooking the Sea and the Airport. Breakfast is basic so if you are wanting full english then dont have breakfast here. The breakfast at the hotel suited us fine there was not a great deal of variety but there was definitely sufficient and you could eat as much as you wanted. Bread, Scrambled egg with bacon in, sausage on week then fried eggs the 2nd week, boiled eggs, ham, cheese, greek yoghurt, jams, honey, 2 types of cereals, olives, tomatoes, orange, tea/coffee. Go to the supermarket just outside the hotel for your bread rolls and take to breakfast these are gorgeous and freshly baked every morning.
Fruit trees - There is loads of these in the hotel grounds and you could just freshly pick your peaches daily they felt a little hard but when bitten into they were gorgeous, there were also what we all thought was limes and they were really tasty but they were actually oranges there was also pear trees and plum trees (the plums were small and very sweet) what more could you ask for.
Supermarket - We thought this was really good and very reasonable prices right on our doorstep, we use to get a tub of the white icecream with choc bits in approx 2.15euro and eat it on our balcony. The staff were sometimes grumpy here but they were helpful when asked for anything so no complaints really.
Airport - Great Landing get near the window and watch out as you land. It is not a problem the airport being so close, we loved watching the planes land and take off it was very entertaining and there were no night flights so no issue with sleeping and even when they were landing/taking off it was not really noisy. Dont pay for transfers we saw one holiday company charging £69 the airport is literally less than 5 minute drive away. Some people even walked with their cases from the airport.
The beach is approximately 10 mins to walk. Pythagorion is a gorgeous town, it is a good 20-25 mins walk but we enjoyed the walk and did this during the day and also in the evening. It is harder around 2-4 as it is really hot on an evening we walk into town every night for a meal and loved the walk back as it was cooler and also good exercise after tea. We never used the taxi's as we like walking.
Walking - If you like walking then a really nice one is to Ireon. The first time we did it we walked along the road 6km there is also a local man who sells orange juice on the way if you go take a look at the other products he makes. Olive Oil soap it is white not seen in the shops this is because it is the first press. If you buy from the shops then the factories do a 2nd press with the stamp and the other added ingredients. I have not tried the soap as yet so cannot comment on this, he also sells Pollen in a jar which is suppose to be really good for you, home made wines, olive oil, beeswax plus other things I thought it was more nicer and unique buying from a local than a shop. Carry on following the road past him and you will eventually arrive at Ireon it does take a while to walk this and take plenty to drink. When we walked back we came the same way but when we passed the orange man again we took the turning down to the ancient monument (stone tower) if you go to the end of this road you also end up on the beach turn left on the beach and you can walk all along the beach/sea back to the hotel. If you want to walk along the beach to Ireon then take the beach road at the side of the Dorysea Hotel then walk along the beach patch as far as you can then go up the road past the ancient monument then at the top turn left and carry on walking the road.
Ireon - If you cant or dont want to walk this then you can always get the bus, hire bikes, cars etc it is a very nice little village to visit.
Buses - These are quite good once you get your confidence with them. We went to Samos Town no problem very easy it is best to get the bus at the dorysea hotel (you have a chance of 2 coming) Samos Town is nice but Pythagorion is much nicer. We also got a bus to Kookari you just get the bus to Samos Town and change buses (dont worry all the buses go out the same time and they seem to have them linked very well). Another day we went to Konstantinos again changed at Samos Town again no problem we though Konstantinos was also nicer than Samos Town. The bus we use to get was 10.10am takes about 20mins to Samos town the other buses use to go out at 11.00am they were also very very cheap approx 1.7euro to Samos Town and 3.40euro to Konstantinos.
Boat Trips - If you dont want to do a full day boat trip there is a very good 4 hour trip to Sampolini you dont go onto the beach but you can swim off the boat this was 12 euros.
Pythagorion - Loads of lovely restaurants have to agree with previous review we also like the four seasons, Irodion and although there was a couple of nice ones in the back street there was one that did a pasta bake which was to die for and get some of their white bread I cannot remember the name but as you walk down to Pythagorion it is down the last road on the left before you get to the end. Go down the road and it is just on your left opposite a car park, you also have to walk up a few steps to get into the restaurant.
Go visit the church near the castle it is lovely we went in lots of churches in Samos on our travels but this one was the best I thought really nice and detailed inside. The castle is also worth looking in they have spent a lot of money doing this up and if you also go to the top and look at the airport it is good when the planes take off as they head straight to you.
We went for 2 weeks and have to admit when I first arrived I was a little worried that there maybe not enough for us to do - how wrong I was the day we thorought enjoyed this holiday, the island and the hotel. Before we came home I said I could easily stay another week as this island is a little gem, very laid back, very greek (hardly commerialised) very relaxing so if you are thinking of going then stop and just get it book you will love it.
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