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.
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- Also Known As:
- Venus Hotel Thásos
- Hotel Venus Samos/Kokkari