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“Didn't want to come home!” 4 of 5 stars
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Samos Sun Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pythagorion 83103, Greece   |  
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Ranked #17 of 38 hotels in Pythagorion
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“Didn't want to come home!”
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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    4 of 5 stars
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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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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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

The room is clean and service OK .
It's close to airport but not too noisy (no flights in the night and the afternoon. It takes 25 minutes walking to join the center with
the port. It's full of shops, bars and restaurants among which our number 1 is "APOLLONIA". We advise to lovers of very good greek cooking to have a stop there.
The breakfast has very few diversity.
Sometimes, in the afternoon, the employee of the reception is in the swimming pool. There are only 2 restaurants around the hotel (200 metres). One does NOT accept credit cards
That's OK if you go there only to sleep and have a shower, and if you are out all the day, just like we did.

  • Liked — Far from the center, so we have to walk a lot.
  • Disliked — breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

The hotel is beautiful, with most rooms having direct access from the lovely gardens or the pool.

However, I stayed in mid May and many of the promised features were unavailable. The stunning pool bar and the elegant indoor bar were not open.The reataurant was closed, un the air conditioning was only available in June/July. I understood there would be no TV but an in-room music player was promised. This was not in use in May, so my only entertainment was courtesy of Boeing as their planes took off from the adjacent airport ( not a problem since there are very few flights)

The steep incline from the road to the main hotel buildings is quite a struggle. Also be warned, the hotel only provides a hand towel - no bath sheets.

On the possitive side the cleaning was thorough and the hotel, grounds, and pool immaculate. If you could locate a receptionist (which I could not on my arrival) the service is both courteous and efficient. The situation can not be falted a the walk to Pythagoria is delightful, and the town quite magical.

Half way between the hotel and the town is the Pegusus Bar. I ate and drank there at least once a day! Leftiris and his family are fabulous and the food and drinks are very inexpensive. A must.

  • Liked — cleanliness, ease of access to room
  • Disliked — no in-room entertainment, air conditioning restricted to June/July. No proper towels
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Pythagorion 83103, Greece
Location: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Samos > Pythagorion
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Hotel Class:3 star — Samos Sun Hotel 3*
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