The reviews on Tripadvisor got us a little nervous as some people had complained about the food and service. However, we found the hotel staff and service excellent. The hotel and our room was very, very clean. Each day, the housekeeping did an excellent job cleaning the bathroom and the room. We were very impressed with the cleanliness. The animation/entertainment team was simply amazing - each night they had a different show including singing and magic. The 80s classics singing show was the best! Bamse the magician was really funny and entertaining.
Room: We had a room in the village part of the hotel which was extraordinary and a beautiful experience. Definitely recommend!
Food: The food was very good. Thumbs up to the chef and his team! The desserts were the best from all the hotels we have ever visited in a package holiday. Some dishes were repeated every day but they were so good that we didn't mind. In addition to these, each day they had some new varieties, including those from Greek and World cuisines. Breakfast did not have a made to order eggs station which was a disappointment, would expect that in a five star hotel. Loved the Greek dishes such as feta pastry and greek salad for breakfast.
The location is perfect, a ten minute walk from the beautiful town of Pythagoria and located on a nice beach. You have to pay for the sunbeds (€3 per sunbed) but it is worth it.
Island tour: We took an island bus tour with Arke, our guides Patrick was well informed and the tour covered a lot. Worth the price!
Samos: We rented a car from Enterprise for three days and explored some of the other beaches and sights. Would highly recommend this island and both the Psili Ammos beaches. Karvolassi and Kokkari were beautiful towns. Also rented a scooter for one day from Nicos Rentals. Both good rental agencies.
A very big disappointment about Doryssa Seaside Resort was the system of separating half board and all inclusive guests in two different restaurants. We were on the half board arrangement. On our first day there, we accidentally went to the all inclusive restaurant on our first day at the hotel. There was no steward to show us to a table so we found a table and served ourselves the food from the buffet. A steward came and took our order for our alcoholic drinks and asked us our room number. We had already served ourselves sodas from the self serve machine. After ten minutes, the manager of the hotel came and informed us were were not supposed to be in that restaurant as we were half board guests, and they charged us €5 each for the drinks we had already taken from the soda machines. The manager was very polite. However it made us realise that at the time of check in to the hotel, the front desk did not explain everything properly.
At the time of check-in, we were also told that we could switch our dinner to lunch if we informed the reception before hand. On the last day at the hotel, we decided to eat lunch instead of dinner and informed the reception at 1pm. We were given a go ahead for the lunch however were told that next time we should inform them before 12noon. This was not informed to us before hand during the check in. Since it was our last day we did not argue about this with the reception.
Our biggest disappointment was - in the half board restaurant, for each meal, most of the dishes did not have a name card. The serving containers were huge and difficult to open and close, so each time you had to open it just to see what was inside. Even if you could see the dish, you did not know what the food was - whether vegetarian or meat or the name! This was extremely annoying! Especially since we had seen the all inclusive restaurant which was much nicer, cleaner and very meticulously displayed the names of each dish and even had a separate vegetarian counter. The service was also better in the all inclusive restaurant than the half board restaurant.
We thought it was extremely unfair to separate the half board and all inclusive guests. As a half board guest, we were paying in full for our breakfast and dinner. Yes it is true we were paying less by one meal in comparison but still paying for our two meals. Therefore, I do not see the reason for the difference in quality and service between the two restaurants.
We were not very happy that we weren't given adequate information about all the restaurants. There was also no information in the room of the timings of the meals. Half board guests do not deserve lesser quality as we are still paying for two meals and quality for those two meals - This was very, very unfair. Especially since Arke (our booking agent) did not even give us the option of choosing all inclusive for this hotel, else we would have obviously chosen all inclusive. We can safely say that it was unfair as we experienced both restaurants. Most guests would not even know the difference.
We are very happy with Doryssa and would definitely go back except for the fact that the management could take the above into consideration and not treat half board guests unfairly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Doryssa Seaside Resort is situated in the southern part of Samos, next to the historical and most popular destination of Pythagorion. After a full renovation finished in 2006, combined with completely new upgraded services, it has become a 5 star destination. Lovely areas stylish and tasteful. Doryssa village constructions recreate a traditonal Samos village. Doryssa village and the main hotel structure are situated by the seaside! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doryssa Seaside Hotel Pythagorion
- Doryssa Seaside Pythagorion
- Doryssa Seaside Resort Samos/Pythagorion