Upon our arrival by ferry we took advantage of the hotels shuttle service as it seemed the easiest way to find our way to the hotel. We were led to a van in which my girlfriend, two female friends, another young woman, and myself were seated. This is where the scariest moment of our trip thus far occurred. After turning into Thira, our driver (who hadn’t said much to us the whole time) started driving a little maniacally. This didn’t overly shock me as I have experienced the different driving cultures a couple of times and sporadic driving is quite frequent, even adding to some of the excitement. It was when our driver slammed the breaks on after going down a side road in front of a house, and turned our van around. This part is what I thought was odd, since the man worked for the hotel and it seemed strange that he would have gotten lost on route. After driving for another minute back up the same street we had come, our driver began driving even faster and a bit more sporadic. Again, he slammed on his breaks only this time he got out of our vehicle and walked up to the van he stopped beside. Our driver began screaming at the woman driver and punched and slapped her in the face through the driver’s side window several times until she was bleeding. All of us sat in the van unable to move and stuck in terrified shock without knowing what to do. Eventually the male in the woman’s passenger seat got out of the van and the two men began grabbing at each others clothing and screaming at each other. I’m not entirely sure how it broke up because I was reaching into the back seat to get our luggage so we could get away, but he got back into the van before we could get out and took off in a completely different direction than where he originally took us to begin with. The rest of the car ride involved us five sitting in shock and fear while the driver made phone calls screaming in Greek. All we could hear from the other end of the phone was a female voice crying and screaming back. After we arrived at the hotel, he simply said. “Sorry about that back there. Problems with girl.”
We later learned that our shuttle driver is actually the hotel owner “Andreas” who is in charge of a shuttle service among several hotels in the area. Not only is he putting his customers in danger but nothing was done about it either. His actions were completely unacceptable, regardless of cultural differences and most of our stay here was spent in fear of the out of control owner. Thank you for your time and I genuinely hope that you seriously consider avoiding this hotel for your own safety.
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- Blue Hotel Fira
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