My wife and I chose Hotel Anastasia as a ‘last minute’ deal because of its price and its location. Kamari is a long stretch of beachfront, Tavernas and accommodation. There is one main road in to the resort and Hotel Anastasia is located on a road that branches off to the left, just after the open air cinema and just before you come in to the main part of the village.
Transfers from the airport take only 10 minutes, but despite its close proximity, the aircraft noise doesn’t really bother you. In fact, after a short time, it becomes a bit of an event! The walk to the beachfront takes about 10 minutes. Turn left when you leave the hotel, walk for 100 metres, then a right for 200 metres and then a further left into one of kamari’s only two ‘direct main’ roads down to the beachfront (though there are many other small roads winding down and around). At the front, turn left or right for Tavernas, restaurants and shops. There are shops a little nearer to the hotel (about 5 minutes walk), but it can still be a bit of a struggle if you want to come back with a pack of water and some supplies.
The hotel owners and staff are very friendly, helpful and all in all, very nice! It is located on a small side road, with parking for 3 or 4 cars. The front of the hotel has a pool, sun loungers and a small pool bar/breakfast area. The reception area is traditional Greek hotel and our room was just what we expected for the accommodation and price. Two single beds (that we were able to push together), dressing and side table, wardrobe, telephone, fridge, television (with some watchable channels) air conditioning and a bathroom with shower. The balcony was great in as much as we were on the top floor, facing out to the sea and had a great view.
The only complaint that we had with regards the room was that it was not cleaned as often as others that we had stayed in and the bathroom was not cleaned at all during our two week stay. The bin in the toilet was emptied every day, but the rest was left as it was. We know this as the glass shelf and other surfaces were covered in soap and toothpaste which we had to clean up on a daily basis. The towels and bedding were changed three times, but we did have to ask for toilet roll and soap at one point as there was none in the room. We bring everything we need, but we have always been given a small bar of ‘hotel soap’ on the hand basin, so this was the only place where ‘when it was gone, it was gone’. We talked to other guests who said exactly the same thing. This was by no means a big problem, just something that you notice after being there a few days.
Breakfast was included and was the usual basic menu of juice, coffee with creamer, bread, butter, cheese slices, ham slices, jams and the occasional cornflakes or yoghurt. It would have been nice to have a variation or two per week, maybe a different cereal, some fruit, tomatoes, maybe even a boiled egg. A toaster at the side of the service area would also have helped to break up the monotony and we would have been more than happy to have paid a little more for this little extra.
The snacks and drinks at the bar are a little more expensive than in the resort itself (which is not unusual) and as such, there were not a lot of people ‘milling around’ having a drink before going off for dinner in the evening. They employ a very nice bar girl, who seems to spend most of her time, waiting for someone to serve, so it would seem like a good idea if they introduced a ‘pre dinner, happy hour’ where people could meet and say hello to others before they go out for the evening.
The pool area seemed to be busy most days, though we had hired a car, so went off to one of the many beaches that there are on Santorini. We came on our own and there didn’t seem to be many other people with children, though, those that were there, did seem to have a good time in and around the pool. In general, Santorini has a lot to do for all ages, relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing, though if you come with children and plan to let them run free and enjoy themselves, then this may be a problem. The sea is clear, a little difficult to get in to at times, but the swimming is great. The beaches are mainly black volcanic sand, pebbles or rock, depending on where you go (the beach at Monolithos is quite ’family friendly’). If they are happy with a bucket and spade, splashing around in the water and playing games they will be alright. If they are’ looking to be entertained’ with lots of facilities and activities, then you may have to ‘shop around’ first.
All in all, Anastasia is a great little hotel, not too far from the main hustle and bustle, easy to get to and from, very near the local bus stops and very relaxing.
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