Stayed July 2012 for 2 wks through Thomson
Set 5 minutes easy walk from the beach, centrally located in Kamari up a quiet no through road.
The room was ideal, the well equip kitchen in fact the best equip we have come across even tea towel and washing up liquid, lovely firm beds slept well every night, hand help shower as is the norm I have found in Greece, always hot water, towels and sheets changed regularly by the wonderful Nota and Maria, how they work all day in that heat I will never know.
The pool was clean, there were always sunbeds no 'towels out at dawn'.
There were a number of 'Czech' guests staying at the MP through and another Company, nice to have a mix of nationalities. - There was a lovely Texan family staying on a 'long stay' with an adorable daughter, hope she finds some new friends to play with her 'Barbies'.
We enjoyed self catering at the MP as there are so many options for breakfast, eat out or DIY, recommend the Pain au Chocolate and Pain au Pineapple pastries from 'Smart' Supermarket directly down to beach front and turn left first shop you come to less than 5 minutes away it was the best supermarket we found, shop so clean and staff really helpful- get there early before the pastries are gone - they were the best we found -"Now on a Diet!"
The MP is is directly opposite The Anassa Hotel run by Fotini, Maria's daughter, Fotini showed us to our room on arrivial.
We had lunch, drinks and snacks delivered to us at the MP from The Anassa, popped over and got a menu also ate lunch at the Anassa lovely banana ice cream with chocolate sauce.
Fotini also offered comprehensive advice on trips to take. Tickets for trips are delivered to the Anassa you don't even have to go and get them, she can also organise car and quad hire. We stuck to the very well organised Santorini Bus service, get on the bus, sit down and a conductor comes around and collects your money then all change in Thira.
The Thomson Rep at our hotel was Nikki, super girl a credit to Thomson, also met John who dealt with other Kamari hotels really professional and helpful too. Our Welcome meeting was at The Loveboat on the beach road, past Smart Supermarket and keep going, it's really close. Nikki was the first rep we have met who could speak Greek which in my opinion is 'a must'. She was excellent most helpful.
Ate out some evenings our favourite was Petrinos, also liked Taverna Sellada, Lolos, Bacchus. Also ate on main strip, you do have a marvellous view but you pay for that and sometimes the quality of the food suffers at the expense of the view.
My tip would be eat off main strip and then go for drinks on 'The Strip' after.
My particular favourite bar was The Arion Bay the waiter was so friendly and his cocktails were wonderful. Having said that you are spoilt for choice as everyones 'benchmark' is different - go explore when you arrive and see what takes you eye.
To sum up - Maria and her lovely family made us feel ''at home'' and would throughly recommend the Maria Preka hotel.
We arrived as guests left as friends.
Mary (Baa Baa)
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