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Golden Sand Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Karfas
Baltimore, Maryland
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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

Our party of 7 stayed here for 5 days in July 2012. We enjoyed everything and were well taken care of. The pool was nice and the beach great. The bartenders by the pool, especially Niko, were so nice. The drinks were delicious and the food that could be pruchased by the pool was delicious. The rooms are simple (what we expected). A cab ride to "down town" Chios was about 12E. If you want to be close to "downtown" , Karfas might not be the area for you. For our party it was great. We were walking distance from a strip of tavarnas. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

Quiet and intimate place, for anyone who wants really to rest, lay back and relax.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

The location is by the seaside and the beach is nice. The hotel room was large but the bathroom was awfully old and very small. The towels were very old and didnt look clean. There was an annoying continious noise of a machine at nights which was very disturbing. The breakfast was poor. The decoration of the whole building is very old.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

We stayed at the Golden Sand Hotel in Chios in late August. After reading just a few old reports here, we weren't really sure what to expect.

To start off with the PROS:

The hotel is located just a few meters from a sandy beach. The beach is really nice. I would almost say it's perfect, if someone would take the time and clean it, but because you can find cigarette butts, plastic cups etc in the sand, it's just not that appealing.

The sea is really shallow, you need to walk for about 30-50 meters before you can actually swim (but you can still touch the ground), on the other hand, that's great for kids and water games.

Dinners at the hotel restaurant were nice. The food was quite tasty and lots to choose from. Especially »seafood night« dinner was really delicious. The sea food was excellent!!!
Serving staff was nice, friendly, polite, they all speak english too.
You have to act fast on deserts though. If you don't take it fast, you might not get it at all, and you'll be left with a melon and watermelon.

The balconies are equipped with the protective net for insects. That meant that no mosquitoes or other creepy crawlies found their way in, although two spiders did.
Also in the morning (sea view room) the sun shines directly in the room, but you can use wooden doors provided as well to close the balcony, that way keeping the room cooler.

AC is in the room, high, medium and low level. Works well, not noisy (although it looks like it going to fall out of the wall)

The rooms are cleaned daily; fresh towels are supplied every day but they do look worn out so bring your own. Maids are really kind and deserve a credit!

Light bulbs in the toilet start to illuminate slowly when you turn them on and slowly get brighter so your eyes adjust. Some might not like it, but this was nice when you have to go to the toilet in the middle of the night and don’t get blinded by the sudden brightness.

Unfortunately that's all about the pros! 

Now to the CONS:

Even though the part of the beach just below the hotel apparently belongs to the hotel, they still charge you for the sunbeds and the umbrella. It's 7 Euros for two sunbeds and an umbrella, for the whole day. This part of the (hotel) beach has about 25 umbrellas in one line (perfect sea view). Other parts of the sandy beach have two or three lines of umbrellas; the price (unconfirmed) is the same, 7 euro. We stayed at the »hotel« beach, but you better »reserve« it early in the morning, as you might not find an empty one later.


The worst thing about the room was the bathroom. Bathtub appeared old and rusty, painted over and over and over again. Now the paint deviates from the base and it looks like some sticky slimy thing peeling off. At first we thought it wasn’t properly cleaned, then realised it must have been some kind of protective coating. Looked absolutely appalling. Taking a shower was a nightmare and the fact that there are no shower curtain didn’t help either.

There's also occasional problem with the pressure in the pipes. As it's usual in Greece, you're not supposed to throw toilet paper in the toilet although that's nowhere written in the hotel. Water from the pipes is not drinkable - that is written.

Rooms are basic, with bed that should be wider (for two person), small TV with few Greek channels, one German channel and a BBC news. Some Greek channels play UK/USA shows and series that are subtitled, but then again, you didn't come to watch TV. There’s a telephone, mini bar, hairdryer in the bathroom…

There's a kind of a radio unit by the bed, but it's not connected and looks ancient and well as the furniture in the reception. This hotel desperately needs a makeover!!!!
Wardrobe is of decent size, plenty of hangers, but the doors are sliding easily, so watch your fingers. There is a full-length mirror attached on the door but if you’re staying with the opposite sex who uses the mirror more often than you, you will end up sliding the doors million times a day trying to adjust both of your needs.

Balcony was ok, an aluminium table and two chairs. Not good to sit on after they were on the sun for the whole day so move them inside. Balconies overlooking the sea had a lovely garden below. The view is of the pool and restaurant area where the dinner is served, and where weddings are organized. You see everybody, and everybody can see you. Big minus.

As I mention weddings…we were so lucky we only had two for the week we stayed there. Unfortunately in was on the day of our arrival (when we were tired from an early morning travel) and on the last day (when we had to get up early in the morning).

Note that when there's a wedding, this means no sleep until 4 am, maybe 5 am in the morning. On the pool area, restaurant area, pool bar area and part of the garden tables and chairs are set (some tourist see that as an attraction and watch the wedding celebration), there's a live music and DJ, loud music until 2-2.30 in the morning. Very loud music. Too loud. And your rooms are not soundproof. After 2.30 am, music stops, but people stay, talk, drink, and laugh.
At about 4 in the morning, wedding guests leave, then hotel staff gets to work. Cleaning up the area, removing tables, chairs, preparing tables for breakfast, setting back sunbeds and umbrellas…it's a noisy work, and we couldn't get to sleep until 6am. That's when the sun came up, so the night was over. So when you see staff prepare big tables and decorations in the evening, prepare yourself for a sleepless night.

Every Thursday there is a »Greek night« with traditional Greek food, live music and Greek dancers. We were looking forward to that, but it turned out to be probably the worst night ever. What a disappointment. When we came to the restaurant, there were a lot of tables with »reserved« sign on, so we tried to find a table for two. There was none. The waiter then told us to wait, as they prepare a table for us. So we were left standing in the middle of 200+ people like two losers. Well lucky for us, we weren't the only one, as other hotel guests came down and faced the same problem. To loosen up, we both took a cocktail and waited for the table standing by. The waiter preparing a table didn't seem to be happy with that. The look on his face said it all. It was clear that he didn’t like it that he had to make a table for us. God forbid, two hotel guests who paid for this service.
After we finally got our table we took the food and hoped for the nice evening. Well it was a disaster. We finished eating our dinner in about 15 minutes. I know the hotel is not to be blamed for the weather, but the wind was really strong that evening. And we were the first line of tables on the open area. Shouldn’t the hotel guest be taken care of first and then the “outsiders” who join the Greek night?
The tablecloth was constantly getting on our plates; I had to literary hold on to my cocktail before it was blown off the table. I think hotel should give an option to go and have a dinner inside the restaurant…but that was closed that night. You have to sit outside, like it or not. So, we were cold, couldn't eat and drink properly, and had to hold on to our meal not to be blown away…awful.
The loud music continued late into night, it ended up at about 4am. So once again, no sleep at all.

The outside guests at »Greek night« are apparently preferred by the hotel, and the hotel is not ashamed to show it. It is very disappointing.

On the hotel web site it said they have an Olympic sized pool. Well, the pool is smaller as it looks on the photos, and is most certainly not Olympic size…but it seems clean. It’s a quarter of Olympic size maybe…
Sunbeds are set right to each other, so a bit too crowded during a day. Lots of guest come to the pool really early to reserve a place at the pool, so if you come at 9 am, be sure you’re too late. Pool closes at 7 pm, sunbeds and umbrellas at the pool are free.

The Internet is NOT FREE! Wi-Fi is available in whole hotel area and rooms, but you have to pay for it. It is strange though, because there are plenty of bars in the area which provide free Wi-Fi access, you just have to ask for the code when you order a drink. In the hotel, 24 hour access is 6 euro, 4 hours is 9 euro.

Personal safe deposit box in the room is 19 euro per week, not free!

Wines at the restaurant are expensive. 12,50 euro is the cheapest (it's 3,40 in the market), then it goes on to 35 and more Euros per bottle (not worth the money). Water is 2,20 euro (market price 0,90 euro).

Reception personal is not as friendly as we would expect. Almost rude at times or maybe it is just the way they come across not being used to tourists.

Breakfast is the same every single day!!! Very rich in calories, but mostly junk. Baked bacon, sausages, cheese, eggs, yoghurt.... The only thing that did change was the topping on the omelette. It was an omelette with cheese on it the first day. The second day they added sliced ham on the top, third day paprika, fourth day mushrooms, then paprika again…
Juice is syrup, very sweet. They charge you 3,50 euro for a glass of real orange juice. 3,50 euro!!!!!!!!!!
Coffee or tea is served by the catering person, we never run out of it; they do take care of you.

When you enter the hotel, you have a feeling you came to the 50's, back in the past. Then in the same room, where a bar starts, you have modern furniture…not a combination at all. So it looks like a 20 year old and a 100 year old person started decorating a hotel, each from one side. They met in the middle, where there is a big screen TV and two sitting garnitures from the 80's. So you have 50's, 80's and a modern times in one place…what a mix.

To sum it up, the hotel should never get 4 stars, not even for Greek categorization. There are some good things, but there are too many things you have to pay extra for, things are not explained before you make a reservation and are misleading. The hotel needs a renovation badly. Also, they should treat their hotel guests better. After all, this is not a cheap hotel. It has all it needs to become so much better yet so far no one took an advantage of this hotel’s potential. Shame.

We did love the beach and the hotel was nice all in all, but when there's not a wedding or Greek night at the hotel, it's a relaxing holiday, if there is, you're in a sleepless nights.

I would probably return here, but with a constant fear if I'll be able to sleep at night or not and what extra charges I'll have to pay and how much.

Very mixed feelings.

Room Tip: ask to stay well away from the restaurant
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Istanbul, Turkey
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

the hotel was so clean,workers were friendly and hardworker,pool is clean and not small,the beach is really excellent and so close to the rooms and the pool,the breakfast is a little bit poor but enough i think and i wanna add that the coffee-tea service was so fast. the bar and the branch is more than enough; you can find so many varietys.the greek night was funny,too. and if you want to eat outside; the karfas restaurants anda taverns are so close to the hotel withn a 200 mt walk max.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank neoxneox
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Oslo, Norway
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48 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2010

The staff was helpfull and nice.
The hotel was located very good at the beach.
To things not so good. Internet was not free. Some rooms has a door between, and it was a bit irritating that it was no mute/isolate for saund/noice/talk from the other room.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank PerHalvard
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athens
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2009

Pros
The hotel is located a few meters away from a sandy beach in which you have to walk for about 100 meters inside the sea before you can actually swim, the water being 40 cm deep at best up to that distance. On top of that you should consider yourself lucky if there is available any of their 30 years old umbrellas and deck chairs for which they often charge you on top of your room’s price.

Cons
The hotel has never been renovated since its construction which dates back to the very early 80’s. The rooms are small, unclean, awfully decorated, with things falling apart. The bathrooms are also pretty unclean with rusty tubs, in case there are any, being painted over and where you can find remnants of previous occupants like hair as well as the occasional spider and god knows what else.
The surroundings of the swimming pool consist of an appalling greasy gyros shop, a third world tasteless kiosk supposed to be the hotel’s pool bar from which emerges a kind of “music” that can be at best described as noise pollution.
As for food, the breakfast served is very poor in quality although it’s very rich in calories, grease and fat, with the coffee being undrinkable. In fact the only descent thing about breakfast is the fresh juice for which, yes you guessed right, they charge you. Furthermore they charge you for internet despite the countless free access wi-fi spots throughout the island, as well as for many other “imaginary” services including drinks from the room’s mini bar that you have never consumed.
Moreover the staff is untrained, idle and tactless for the most part. Overall it has been a dreadful experience for me and my colleagues, with the best part of our stay being that of checking out. It makes you wonder how on earth it was ever rated as a four star hotel.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Golden Sand Hotel
Address: Karfa - Agias Ermionis, Karfas 821 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Chios > Karfas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Karfas
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Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Sand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 108
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