Although my trip was to attend a conference, I found that this hotel was definitely one to return to with my family.
My check in was handled efficiently and with great friendliness, and on arrival in my room in one of the bungalows I found it to be spacious and really nice. The colours and decor were so "Aegean" that it was impossible not to feel the energy and vibrancy.
Since I had arrived late, I would have loved a quick swim before dinner, but the pool was closed, so I went straight to the buffet. Beautifully presented and really delicious, I sat inside the dining room where it was cooler. The other guests were mostly rather stiff Germans, which meant the atmosphere was a bit too formal, but the staff really did try to brighten things up a bit.
After a great night's sleep, breakfast was really nice, although I didn't really have time to wait for all the preparation of various eggs and others, but I did appreciate that the waiter brought me a whole pot of coffee to myself, and remembered from the night before that I preferred sweeteners to sugar.
Off to my conference where I spent the day in stifling heat, but once again, my welcome back to the hotel that evening was really friendly. They informed me that dinner was a Greek Evening with a bouzouki band and dancers, and although I was determined to get back to the room early to finish my work, it was not to be. (This was on a Friday night.)
The food, again, was authentic and absolutely delicious, with many stations preparing fresh dishes on demand. (The hotel's owner/GM was constantly visible, and I think it makes all the difference.) Pudding was also glorious, but in particular there were some small fried doughnuts called "loukoumades" which are irresistible.
The musicians and dancers had everybody up and dancing passionately, and it was a great evening. I left earlier than everyone else, assuming that I would hear the sounds of the party well into the night, but once I got to my room, number 702, I couldn't hear a thing.
I was so sorry to be on business, and I will certainly return with my family. The hotel is on a hill, with mostly good views of Kokkari, and is a 15 minute walk to beaches and restaurants. Other reviewers have described the private pathway that shortens the trip, but taxis and small buses are also happy to come up to the top. The pool is lovely, but get there early if there are lots of Germans because they put their towels on the best chairs well before breakfast, and sometimes disappear for the whole day!
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- Also Known As:
- Arion Hotel Kokkari
- Arion Hotel Samos/Kokkari