Sadly after much thought and consideration, I feel compelled to write a short note on my experiences at Villa Eden in Thassos Town.
I am an experienced worldwide traveller who loves Greece and I have had the pleasure to visit many Greek Islands as well as the Greek Mainland over the last 10 years, so from past experience, I know very well what it is actually like to stay in a low star rated hotel or apartment.
On the face of it, Villa Eden seems a very nice family run apartment complex. The Pool and Gardens are very well kept, and our room met our basic self- catering requirements. We had clean towels, and bedding, and our minimal amount of daily rubbish was cleared on a regular basis.
For all those expecting a quite holiday, please remember that the front of the complex including the pool area and gardens are close to a very noisy and extremely busy main road. The almost constant hum of Cars, Lorries, Buses and Motorcycles throughout the day and the early morning refuse collection trucks can wear you down.
The beautiful pool area is surrounded by lovely trees and shrubs, however these flowers attract hundreds and I mean hundreds of bees and wasps. These become more than just irritating if you decide to sit round the pool. I have never experienced large Horse Flies, which will actually bite you if you’re un-lucky to have one land on you.
Not to put too fine a detail on it, but I wish that the owner Mr Methodiou could have invested a few euros and purchased some new sun loungers as the majority of his were broken, and maybe a few umbrellas as there were none round the pool, and because of the bee and wasp infested trees, subsequently nowhere to sit in the shade.
We were not given the hard sale as such in respect to the HVAC or the Safe Box, however the price for both these items changed dramatically three times in two days. I felt very sad and quite upset that the Mr Methodiou felt it necessary to become somewhat sarcastic and slightly rude when we politely refused his three offers. It is obvious that because of the Greek financial situation that all small business owners are trying to squeeze that extra euro out of every holidaymaker, but I spoke to at least three other guests who all refused Mr Methodious kind offers, so maybe if he had just set the pricing low he may have received more of a positive outcome.
Within a few yards of the Villa Eden is a large supermarket, I advise you to watch the pricing, as we found that we were being charged a higher rate at the till than what it was being advertised at. It is also quite common to be waiting in a long queue at this shop and have several Greek people push in front and get served first. I have never experienced this type of behaviour anywhere in the World, and my answer to this little but annoying problem was to take my money to a shop elsewhere.
When the Greeks start remembering that we are the life blood of their country, then maybe we can start getting a little respect maybe.
So the million dollar question, would I visit fantastic Thassos again ? Well the answer is a massive YES, after all it has everything that a lovely Greek Island has to offer, great beaches, fantastic restaurants and lovely people.
Would I stay at the Villa Eden, well that would be a resounding NO.
I now know that there are now much better places to stay on the island, no doubt run by better owners, who put their guests first.
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