In planning our wedding in Kamari at the beginning of the year we chose the Epavlis as the hotel that we and both our parents and my partners grandparents would stay in. It seemed lovely on their website. Then after booking us all in we started to read trip advisor reviews of the Epavlis. Most of them did not give a very flattering picture of the hotel, but we decided after much thought that we would take our chances.
We were very nervous arriving in Santorini. Where we even going to be collected at the airport? what kind of surly greeting would we receive? Would we have to check out the next day and find somewhere else? The reviews we had read made us belive all this to be possible.
Well, we were met at the airport by two very friendly guys in a mini-bus and swiftly delivered to the hotel. There we were greeted by two members of staff, who couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Our rooms were bright, airy, prettily decorated, and spotlessly clean with the seaview that we had asked for.
The hotel is up a hill from the main seafront of Kamari, but its a really short walk. So nearby are everything you need- bars, shops, cafes, restaurants, the bus stop to fira, car hire, scooter and quad-bike rentals, water taxi to perissa, the beach, and so on.
The hotel itself is lovely. There are lots of beautiful frescoes on the walls- copies of the ones found at ancient akrotiri.
There are two pools. The pool bar is very handy for drinks and snacks. No, it isn't very lively but thats what the beach front is for! The poolbar was tended by a young greek girl, who I think is the girl that some reviewers complained about her not speaking good English. If they had taken time to find out they would have been told by her that, she in fact speaks very good German, and that is important to the hotel as they have quite a few germans staying there. The other staff speak excellant English,
The other quibbles reviewers had with the hotel was the breakfast. We thought that the breakfast was excellant. There was a marvellous array of food to eat every morning. No, it wasn't bacon, egg, sausage beans etc, but it was all the better for that. There was greek salad, fresh fruit salad, cheese, cold meat, boiled eggs, two types of delicious omellette, fried eggs, really good bread, cereals, a selection of cakes etc.. And the guy who worked in the breakfast room was always smiling.
In fact all the staff were so helpful and nice, including the 'manager' that so many reviewers complained wasn't friendly. The lady doesn't smile alot, but we didn't find that a problem as she was always helpful and polite and thats all you could ask for. And the girl from Egypt who cleaned our room every day was lovely. We really couldn't find fault at all.
There is also excellant internet access there. Two computers that are online in the reception area and one in the poolbar.
We stayed in the Epavlis for 10 days before leaving to stay on the Fira side of the island for our honeymoon in a hotel which cost 3 times that of the Epavlis. That hotel wasn't a quarter as good as the Epavlis. We really loved it there, and will go back. So don't be put off by the other bad reviews of this hotel, its a gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a prime location overlooking Kamari bay, this luxurious hotel offers 2 pools including a heated one, and rooms with beautiful views of the bay.All the rooms are fully equipped and include an LCD TV with satellite channels, a fridge and air conditioning. Some rooms also include hot tub bathtubs and DVD players.The Epavlis has its own spa area which features a mini gym, heated pool, as well as hammam and sauna facilities. It is just 150 meters from the beach.The friendly front desk of the Epavlis Hotel operates on a 24-hour basis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Epavlis Hotel Kamari
- Epavlis Hotel Santorini/Kamari