Second time at the Samos sun and will be rebooking for next year as soon as possible. Thanks to Yannis (of course) and Annette, Irene, Maria and Andreas for making us so welcome. Stan is missing you all already.
Thanks for a great holiday.
I agree mostly with the last reviewer. Stayed here for a week a few weeks' ago. Lovely looking hotel with a brilliant pool and new foam beds for the sunloungers. Nice views from the balcony and the runway for the airport is some way away and not a problem at all. The main problem was the 'kitchenette'. We only used it to heat water for coffee and tea, but it would be very difficult to do anything else. We had breakfast on the balcony as there is a supermarket next door for bread, etc. If we returned we would take the hotel breakfast at 5E a day if booked for the week. The local beach is about a 15/20 min walk with lots of loungers and beach bars. In my opinion, not as bad as reviewed. We hired a car for 4 days and it is the only way to get around and see other almost perfect beaches on the island. We did not walk into town, either using a taxi, called by the hotel, or in the car. Many restaurants in town and lots of shops and a good place to walk around in the evening. All of the hotel is very clean. Hotel staff were all very nice and helpful, particularly Irene on Reception. She is a real bonus to the hotel and seems to be on Reception most of the time. Would we go back? Possibly yes, but if we returned to Samos would probably go somewhere else on the Island for a change. Go, you will not be disappointed.
I don't want to be too critical about the Samos Sun Apartments, as we had a good holiday in May 2017. But there are some fundamental issues mainly to do with Thomson/Tui's description of this property on their web site, that need addressing.
THE GOOD... All of the public areas, the pool and pool bar are smart, modern, attractive and very well kept. There are a lot of plants and flowers around the complex giving it a pleasant, upmarket ambiance. The hotel is in a very quiet location with distant sea views. The WiFi works just about everywhere. Giannis and his family who own the hotel are very nice and really made us feel welcome.
THE BAD... What Thomson/Tui don't tell you on their web site, is that this is a very isolated property about 2.5 kilometers out of Pythagorean which is a 28 min walk away along a rather featureless, inland road. In the immediate vicinity there is only one small supermarket, another small hotel and a car hire company. The only restaurant in the area was closed. If you stay here and you are not keen walkers you will need to hire scooters or a car. There is no bus service into town or anywhere else for that matter. We bit the bullet and hired a car for five days which was delivered to the hotel and cost €120.
The bedrooms are very tired and need of refurbishment with light fittings and cupboard doors hanging off. The beds are hard and uncomfortable. There is no TV and the radio didn't work. The hob was also faulty.
AND THE UGLY...Thomson/Tui promotes these apartments as self catering, when they are actually totally unsuitable this purpose. The kitchen in the room is very poorly equipped, with just a sink a hob and a fridge.. There is no oven/grill, very few pans or utensils and absolutely no work surface to prepare a meal on. There is nowhere to sit and eat a meal in the room. The fridge is in the bedroom and quite noisy.
At this time of year the apartment's restaurant is closed (except for breakfast) and the pool bar only serves limited snacks (toasties and pizza) until 4.00 p.m. This means that you have to travel in to Pythagorean for a meal in the evening. The breakfast is poor and very repetitive. Fried eggs, bread, spicy sliced sausages and cereals. Disappointingly there isn't even a toaster. The one highlight was the Greek yogurt and honey served with homemade preserves, which were delicious.
General stuff.... Drink prices are similar to the UK with a pint of local lager costing €3.80. The delicious local Muscat sweet wine was only €3 for a large glass. A taxi into Pythagorean was a fixed price €6 and €5 for the return journey. The local beached are poor and mainly stony. The nearest decent sandy beach is about 10 km away and only really reachable by car. Pythagorean town and harbour is lovely with lots of nice reasonably priced restaurants/tavernas. It is relatively simple to drive around the whole island in a day.
We were looking for somewhere to stay that was good value for money (not cheap) sunny, warm friendly and quiet, we found all of those things here. We met Giannis at reception and he couldn't have been more helpful, we soon settled into our apartment and while the fixtures and fittings where dated this did not matter, everything was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The tourist season in Samos had only just got going when we arrived so the Hotel wasn't anywhere near full this made searching for loungers easy and the pool like the rest of the Hotel was very very clean. There is a handy Supermarket right next door Pythagorian was a pleasant twenty minute walk. A taxi back was 5 Euro which we thought was reasonable. The swimming pool and bar area were particularly inviting and well maintained with some lovely flora and fauna dotted around this made Samos Sun a very pleasant place to be. We enjoyed breakfast twice and while it wasn't to our English taste it was very good and the home made preserves by Giannis's Mum are stunning. Our time went very quickly unfortunately. Many thanks Samos Sun.
Just back from a last minute deal on the very lovely island of Samos at the very lovely hotel of Samos Sun. First up: transfers. It's really REALLY close to the airport which is OK as there's really not very many planes flying in or out. You won't even notice them, I promise. Transfer from the airport cab rank (normally a complete rip-off anywhere in the world) to the hotel was a hugely reasonable 7 Euros. Transfer took less than five minutes. In fact it was so close I decided to do the transfer back to the airport on foot, due to not being exactly weighed down with luggage. Transfer on foot took me 12 minutes!
The hotel is absolute quality throughout, set in really pretty grounds abundant with fruit trees, with consideration given totally to the hotel guests. As a solo traveller I felt immediately that I was among friends. Annette on reception is lovely and friendly, left her position behind the desk to show me to my room even though I offered to find it myself. No problem. My room was blissfully cool with everything I could need. Super efficient fridge, two-hob cooker and all the usual pots and pans and cutlery and - best of all! - excellent FREE air-con. This proved to be an absolute godsend in Greece's hottest heatwave of a decade with daytime temperature reaching into the forties. Even the locals were flagging in the heat. For the rest of us, it was a bit of a killer to even try and walk anywhere. Most of us gave up and just loitered round the glorious sparkly clean salt water pool, presided over by the lord Giannis, he of the infinite inscrutability and purveyor of the coolest and deepest deep house sounds on the island (Game Of Thrones extended remix anyone?). Giannis and his team of backroom kitchen staff could and would rustle you up a lunchtime omelette or toastie in two shakes of a lamb's tail, mix you an exotic cocktail or magic away your minor plumbing problems with a single phone call. Star man! So why then have I marked this superb hotel down by a point? Two reasons, both easily fixable. First up: for the second half of my one week stay, even as a single traveller, I was struggling to find a free sunbed. Always just about got one, but there clearly are not enough to go round. Maybe order a dozen more by way of contingency? Secondly, the bar ran out of draught beer on the last full day of my holiday. Clearly that should never happen. It's just not the same somehow drinking tiddly little bottles of Heineken in the midday sun. Just made me want to leg it to the supermarket next door. But these very minor grumbles aside, I would recommend this superb hotel to anybody. Total respect and best wishes to my hosts. I'll be back! x