I stayed here for the first week in June. We were visiting for our friends wedding and rest of the party stayed in other hotels around the resort. After having a nosy around their hotels, although they were all much posher and expensive, I can honestly say the location and aspect of the Avra was much better.
We were very lucky with the room we were allocated as we had a lovely side sea view and also a view of the mountains. There are 2 bulidings to the hotel, we were in the second one which I think is advertised as garden view rather than pool view. There are four rooms on each floor of the buliding. It is worth mentioning that the balconies are all in a row with low walls between them and so you can see other guests sometimes out on their balconies (look at my pictures to see what I mean). The room was very comfortable and had air conditioning, a tv and a fridge. The bathroom was nice compared to other places we have stayed in Greece. Nothing fancy, but clean and a good shower over the bath.
The reception service was a bit hit and miss. One morning we asked if it would be possible to hire/borrow an iron, but the girl on reception told us to return at 7pm to ask again as her boss was asleep. As we were going to a wedding the next day we ended up carrying our clothes to another hotel to iron them rather than risk asking again at 7pm and being told no. They were very friendly though. The WIFI isn't free as someone said in an earlier review. It costs 2 euros per day.
The location of the hotel is very good. It is about 50 metres from the beach, and is located at the end of the resort. As such it is nice and peaceful and the beach is quieter. There are plenty of nice bars and restaurants right near to the hotel and a couple of supermarkets, again all withn 50 metres. It is very near to the start of the runway at the airport. However, although this sounds bad, there is only about 1 plane an hour, on some days much less. Also, the planes come in over the sea and beach and so many hotels in Kamari are in the same boat. We only heard one early in the morning once (while we were still asleep), but it did make us jump. The planes land over the hotel, but take off in the other direction. You can't hear the planes taking off at all, only landing. It didn't have any impact on our enjoyment of the hotel at all though, and I found myself running out onto the balcony to watch them fly over!
As has been said previously, the breakfast is very basic, but typically Greek. It consisted of bread, one type of cold meat, one type of cheese, butter & jam, greek yoghurt and honey, tea,coffee and orange juice. Lots of people were suplementing it with their own bits and bobs like tomato or hams, but we found it quite enjoyable. The breakfast area was nice and we sat outside to eat it overlooking the pool and the mountains.
I really enjoyed our stay at the Avra. It was friendly, comfortable and very well located and when we return to Kamari in the future I will definitely stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Avra Hotel Kamari
- Avra Hotel Santorini/Kamari