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“Little Gem - really enjoyed my stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Avra Hotel
Ranked #49 of 77 Hotels in Kamari
Lancashire
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Little Gem - really enjoyed my stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2011

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.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Avra for Two weeks in July/Aug 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Our room was on the second floor and had a great view towards Thira and Mesa Gourno. The room was cleaned every day by one of the cheerful cleaners.
The breakfast is typically Greek but plenty of it. The pool is plenty big enough for the size of the hotel. The Avra is only a matter of a five minutes stroll to the beach.
Along the road to the beach there are two supermarkets, a resturant and a snack bar. Call at the SPLASH BAR for a snack or a drink and say hello to Fortini and her friendly staff.
As Arnie says " WE WILL BE BACK"

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2010

Used this hotel as a base to explore Santorini whilst island hopping. Paid 40 euro's per night for 2 people including breakfast which is good value, for the island. Rooms have fridge and aircon and the hotel has a nice little pool. Hired a quad bike for one day at 20 euro's and was able to see the whole island. Town has good bus links into Thira town up until midnight.
Kamari is very much a package tourist resort with plenty of places to eat (reccomend Amalthia and El Greco), although if you are looking for serious nightlife i would stay in Thira town as taxis back to Kamari can be expensive. Santorini is not great for beach a holiday, but the sights more than make up for it.

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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51 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2010

During July, I spent 5 days at the Hotel Avra in Santorini. This has been one of our best vacations ever. And we are very keen to return. Hotel Avra is very clean with excellent location , just 50 meters from the beach.

Some comments about the hotel :

- Location
The Hotel is in Kamari just 50 meters away from the beach. You can easily walk to the beach in 3 minutes. On the road to the beach there 2 minimarkets, very well supplied, where you can get all kind of groceries, snacks, etc.Once in the beach you can find dozens of restaurants , with plenty of options, and very reasonable prices.

- Reception
The reception staff was very friendly . When I arrived, they offered us instead of 2 double rooms, one family room with 2 bedrooms , which was excellent for us. They also provided us with a map of Kamari and directions and references to restaurants in the area. We have the impression that is a family running the hotel, and all of them were always very friendly.

- Room
I booked 2 double rooms , but was offered a family room . The room was very clean, of good size for all my family, with comfortable beds. A very well supplied kitchenette, one TVs with local channels. The bathroom was also fine. The AC worked nice all time.

- Breakfast
The breakfast was good. Included Juice, milk, coffee, bread, cheese, yogurt, cereal , etc. Not really very fancy, but enough to start the day.

- Beach
The beach is just 50 meters from the hotel. Once in the beach, plenty of space, parasols and sun chairs for rent ( 7 euros per day for one parasol and 2 sun chairs ). Also, dozens of restaurants, bars, etc. A great atmosphere in the beach , both during day and night.

- Transportation
The hotel has an excellent location in Kamari, as you can walk to the beach, restaurants and minimarkets, and if you do not plan to explore the island , you do not need a car, but if you plan to go to the Caldera and explore the island, is much more convenient to rent a car, quad or motorcycle. In my case I rented a car as I arrived to Santorini Airport, and in a short 10 minutes drive we arrived to the hotel. By car you can get to Thira in 15 minutes. Public transportation is available, and you can walk 7 minutes to the bus stop in Kamari that will take you to Thira. It is highly recommended to go to Thira and Oi for the best views of the Caldera. The Hotel has free parking.

- Swimming Pool
There is a nice swimming pool at the entrance of the hotel. It is not very big, but enough for the size of the hotel. It also has chairs and parasols.

- Internet
There is no internet in the rooms, but there is free wireless in the lobby, which is convenient if you bring your laptop.

I would recommend the Hotel Avra in Santorini , because has a great location, both for just staying relaxing in the hotel and beach, or to explore the island.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool/London
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

We stayed at the Avra for a week in August and had a great time. The accommodation is located in the resort of Kamari at the far end of the resort and is throwing distance from the beach. The rooms are basic but clean, with a fridge, tv and air con. The safe costs 1 euro per day. The pool is small but lovely and quiet (even in high season). Breakfast consists of bread, jam, cheese, ham, cereal and coffee.

We liked the resort, everything is close at hand and there are glimpses of real greek life, although admittedly it is a resort for holidaymakers. There are plenty of seaside restaurants and bars and little shops. We had plenty of good food whilst there and tried many different restaurants. The beach was pebbly, the Avra end was very quiet and we preferred this to the other end. Two sunbeds and a parasol cost 7 euros per day. Yes, there are planes every day as the airport is in close proximity but we quite enjoyed that.

The island is small and the bus service is cheap and reliable, although buses are packed. There are regular buses to Thira, the capital and the journey takes about 15 minutes. It is well worth a trip to Thira to see the sunset and marvel at the prettiness of the town. There's plenty of life here, decent restaurants and bars and lots of shops on the windy roads. We found the views of the caldera stunning and the white, cube houses very pretty.

Overall, we really enjoyed our holiday and would probably go back. It was a relaxing break.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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England
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32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2010

Stayed for 2 weeks in June 09.
Basic room, in a family run hotel - but what a lovely peaceful location, we stayed in room 2, (i think, ask for the room over reception) balcony was private over the entrance to the hotel, facing the main road. We never heard a thing.
Breakfast was basic, but fine, the pool was great, room service was excellent all contributing to a very relaxing 2 week break.

Any review wouldn't be complete without thanking Dora who worked on reception, who was very friendly throughout our stay.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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jarrow
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2009

stayed at Avra for one week wish it had been longer.The room was clean ,comfortable and typical Greek decor.The maid came round every day (Sunday included)bedding and clean towels everyday ,nothing was too much trouble for her .Dora on reception was a great help as we had forgotten our kettle but she boiled us hot water at any time of asking,thankyou Dora.
Breakfast is usual Continental style,bread cheese,meat etc very tasty to get the day started.
Pool area is nice and clean and plenty of sunloungers.
Location is great, being only minutes from the beach and restaurants on the front(must try Splash on the end and Raffaellos which does veal to die for)
All in all an excellent little hotel with great staff and great location ,will definately go back

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Avra Hotel
Address: Kamari 84700, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Kamari
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Kamari
#36 Romantic Hotel in Kamari
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Hotel Class:2 star — Avra Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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