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“Really good effort”
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Hotel Venus
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Kokkari
Reviewed July 7, 2011

The hotel venus is very good by Greek standards and is very well located, spotlessly clean and has a fantastic pool area. Bar is permanently staffed by a friendly and helpful team.

Most reviews have done the attic rooms to death so the solutions obvious - pay the extra for balcony rooms ( plenty of room for two and good balcony space - tip, ask for the 'garden side'). Equally there has been some comment around charging structure for extra's - whilst true the pratical reality is I never use safety deposit boxes, the fridge is no major issue (slight shame you can't keep your water cool), aircon was not needed and the loungers are comfy enough without the cussions.

Thomson sell this holiday as child free - it's not. Whilst they can use the term 'exclusive' this only applies to UK customers and Dutch / Belgians also staying at the hotel, not to mention none guests allowed to use the pool can and do bring children.

The atmosphere in the hotel, whilst friendly and jovial does tend to suffer slightly from the different nationalities that stay there and there is a lack of synergy you'd get if, for example it was all brits (we made a few dutch friends but for the most part your interactions are limited to nods and the odd word in broken english). Whilst I love peace and quiet it was fine line between that and the feeling that, bar the odd group, no one talked or interacted.

Breakfast is limited and after 2 weeks hade become very boaring and tiresome. There's room to improve here and I've had better in both Greece and turkey who generally have similar offerings. Mix it up on rotation with regular extra's such as sausage, scrambled egg's, mushrooms and a toaster would not go a miss.

The hotel has many returning visitor's and I'd echo sentiments about different 'classes' of customers, the hotel should work on the next generation. As nice as Kokkari & Venus is, given the many other offerings these Islands have you'd be very shorted sited to visit as repeatidly as some (a number of guests we met had been over 10 times, most more than 5!).

Kokkari itself is very nice and split into two main area's; the port side that is formed around two cresents of sea front taverna's and restraunts and 'long beach'. Its not as pretty as some greek resorts but its better than average. Geographically it does suffer somewhat - poor bus service and no complimentary resorts 'just up the road', not to mention the fact its north facing and the 'cool breeze' can on some day's be a 'cold wind'. The beach is also pebble and not sand. Despite this it is small enough to have charicter and the number of quality restraunts / bar's not to mention an average clientel age of probably 50+ make fro a relaxing stay and great evenings.

I'll submit restraunt review's seperately however I did observe an almost 'cartel' like mentality. Food was always of an excellent standard but menu's were virtually identical and lacked variety. Certainly on the 'port' side' given the virtually identical view's each had it could be hard to tell them apart. Whilst I hate to see a 'chinese' or 'indian' in such places Kokkari cry's out for someone to break the mold. The Cartel mentality also extends to beer - 4 euro's for a large beer is extortionate (the supermarket was selling the same for 79 cents!!!) however generally other food / drink prices were fair and reaonable.

I am genarally a 'critic' per se so take heed of my overall score and the acertion that I'd be back at least once in the next few years, maybe for just 1 week but certainly at hotel Venus.

Room Tip: Ask for a pool or garden view and pay exra for a balcony room.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

We enjoyed our stay at the Venus. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. There is no doubt that the pool area / bar area is the main feature, for the size of the hotel it's quite large. However if you are a non swimmer or a poor swimmer beware of the pools depth, ranging from 1.4metres deep to 2.8 metres deep (there is of course a childrens pool). There were always sunbeds available around the poolside which has a fantastic backdrop to the distant mountains. The bar area is under cover so you can escape the hot sunshine. They serve bar snacks at lunchtime so there's no need to go hunting for food if you fancy a day round the pool. There's plenty of first class restaurants within 100 yards of the hotel for evening meals, in fact you're spoilt for choice.
The breakfast room is spotlessly clean serving cereal and the traditional cheese ham rolls eggs etc.
The rooms are a little on the small side with one of the bedside cabinets being the fridge. When you book make sure you don't book a room in the attic the ceilings are low and the beds are basically on the floor - you have been warned! We managed to have hot showers most of the time, however if you have to get up early for a trip beware the shower may be cold.
The only real downside was that you had to pay extra for the air conditioning, fridge and safe key - and don't forget the tax on top of the prices they quote.
Kokkari is a nice place to stay, plenty of good and varied restaurants. The beach is stoney and there is usually a sea breeze.
Would we stay at the Venus again - yes.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank malcandval
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

The venus hotel is a friendly place with a superb location. There are many, many , returning guests (which is good). However if you are a first timer you will almost certainly be given an attic room. Three couples including our selves where first timers we all got the attic rooms. One couple being retired and not very agile complained and they were moved to a room in the cellar. If you are tall you will spend the time in your room with your head angled to one side. The rooms are hot with only a skylight for air.
The shared balcony has a nice view (but do you really want to share?)
Put a side extra money for air con, sun bed matresses, fridge, safe deposit box.
This is not a cheap hotel and I would have expected the extras to be included.
I was reminded of a review on here where the gentleman reffered to Anne Frank struggling to survive in an attic room - he was spot on!
The restaurents near the harbour are all good but the euro at the moment is making eating out very expensive.
My favorite place to eat was only discovered on our last night, Turn right outside the hotel cross over the road and start to climb the path. The taverna is sign posted.
The view over the sea is outstanding, the food amazing and the staff wonderful.
I asked the owner why the taverna was not full she said it takes people a while to find out the taverna is there.
The island of Samos is breath takingly beautiful.- Hire a car/bike and explore.
happy holidays

Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Ninja7
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

Didn't stay at the Venus (in studios elsewhere) but we did use the pool & bar facilities which they were happy for us to do (as we bought drinks & lunch daily).
Fab large pool sunbed area with scenic mountain backdrop.
Spotlessly clean & a big pool.
Predominently 50+ clientel resulting a very quiet, relaxing day round the pool.
Very friendly welcoming staff.
Simple bar snacks/lunch menu reasonably priced with all food made fresh to order & excellent quality. Would definitely return & stay at the Venus next time.
Kokkari itself a nice resort, albeit without a natural focal point with bars/restaurants either at Quayside end or opposite side facing the long pebbly beach. Notable resort for quality of food in all the restauarants we tried.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank markyboy1961
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

The wonderful Hotel Venus in Kokkari
This hotel is the best we have stayed in on our frequent travels to Greece. Maria and her staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. The hotel is spotlessly clean and always plenty of hot water in the rooms - a rarity in most Greek hotels! Pool and sunbed area and gardens are delightful. Lots of choice for breakfast and the poolside bar offers delicious snacks and meals which are good value for money. Location very good for visiting beaches, shops and restaurants. Probably not too many reviews here as people want to keep it a secret for themselves as many return year after year.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2010

Hotel venus is a simple well tended hotel with everything you could need. The hotel is furnished in a slightly odd fashion, more reminiscient of a skiing chalet or hotel with lots of wood panelling etc. However it is nice enough. There is no airconditioning in the common areas, which when the weather is hot can be a little uncomfortable but is not really a problem. The rooms are simly furnished and satisfactory. We had a room with a balcony which provided a nice view but is rarely got used as they are pretty compact. We visit the terrace for the attic rooms which is large and spaceous. In some respects we would have prefered the cheaper room because the terrace has a spectacular view over the town to the ocean. During our stay it did not appear to be used once. The pool are is lovely with great loungers and during our stay was never to busy and nearly always had a cooling breeze. We travelled with Thomson who claim the owners never knowingly book under 16's which I don't believe as two families during our stay had small children. Kokkari is a great village with lovely harbour side restaurants and bars. Definitely recommended as is the venus.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank dananmel
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

The Venus Hotel is in a spectacular position with a fabulous mountain backdrop and a few minutes walk away from the harbour. However please be aware when booking that the standard room rate is for the four attic rooms and not the 40 plus rooms on the lower levels, The attic rooms are especially small with no window except a skylight. Therefore, there is no view from your room. There is a joint balcony but this is not attached to your room. Exceptionally disappointing. Make sure that you pay the extra supplement to ensure that you have a patio window and balcony for your room. We booked this holiday directly over the phone with Thomsons and this was not brought to our attention! We would go to this hotel again as it is clean and the staff are friendly but make sure that you do not end up in the attic. Kokkari is a fabulous holiday destination for couples with an excellent selection of bars and tavernas.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 13 Avenida Filipinas, Kokkari 831 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Samos > Kokkari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kokkari
Price Range: $66 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Venus 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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