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My sister and I chose this hotel for a relaxing holiday in Kamari, and the pictures of the pool area won us over. The pool area is lovely and perfect for reading a book and chilling. The location is good, just a short walk to the promenade with all its restaurants and bars. Also just a short walk to the bus stop for Thira. However, thats where the good points end. We were expecting basic as this category of accomodation in Greece usually is. We were not expecting dirty. On arrival we were greeted by dirty bed linen and had to ask for the room to be re made. This was the last time the room was visited by a chambermaid. The bathroom was dark, had a shower curtain full of mildew and a shower head that wasnt attached to the wall. We mentioned this to reception and her reply was that is how it is and she is used to it now after living there for so long. I know it is usual to come back from holiday with souvenirs my sisters souvenir is ringworm from which she is still suffering. This accomodation is unfit to stay in and needs the industrial cleaners to pay a visit.
My girlfriend and I returned from Santorini last week after a week in the scorching sun. This is a definite bonus of Santorini, the weather was amazing with clear blue skies all week but a nice sea breeze to stay relatively cool. The resort of Kamari is nice and definitely suitable for couples with loads of restaurants and bars to choose from. The quality of the restaurants can be a bit hit and miss, sometimes the busiest places aren't neccessarily the best. We had some great meals with good service and some very poor meals with very poor service. Ask around! The main beach is a pebble beach so sun loungers are a must. Getting into the sea is tricky (slippery rocks) but once in it's very nice. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone though as being a volcanic island pure white sand isn't expected (and the brochures highlight this). Regarding the accommodation this was perhaps the lowlight of the holiday. We arrived at the hotel to find a double room with two single beds pushed together, so not ideal for a couple. Although we got used to this the beds themselves were very uncomfortable with thin mattresses that gave us backache in the morning. The bathroom was very basic with a simple tap and hose arrangement for the shower (which came apart frequently) with a pull round curtain that made for a very cramped shower. Fortunately we spent little time in the room so it didn't spoil the holiday, just don't expect anything more than two star quality. The breakfast option that we paid extra for was very poor. It was simply bread, jam, cheap ham and cheese and horrible squash. No fruit, no cereal, no tea (coffee was available). We only had it once, for the rest of the holiday we went to restaurants instead. The Simply Santorini island tour was good with a very friendly and helpful guide. It was a good way to see the best bits of the island in one day. Overall an average holiday for just under 600 pounds p/p. Santorini is worth a visit but be prepared for relatively basic surroundings.
Booked this holiday as a last minute deal and we were not disappointed. Small, friendly hotel in a quiet location. It is about a 7 minute walk to the front where there is an abundance of restaurants and bars, so locationwise proved peaceful. The hotel pool is delightful where there are also sunbeds available (no need to rise early to save them). Drinks at the pool bar are expensive - so suggest you keep the fridge stocked up in your hotel room to save money. When we reported to the owner that our air-conditioning had broked down in our room he had it fixed by the next day which was excellent service. The only downside to the resort is the beach which is nearly all pebbly and you take your life in your hands when you enter the sea as it is so slippery (many people wear rubber shoes). It is also so easy to visit Thira, just jump on the local bus as it only costs 1 euro 40 (much cheaper than the trips) but suggest going fairly early in the morning (9 am). Overall we had a good value for money holiday in a pleasant resort.
I was a bit disappointed with the attitude of the staff at the Anastasia. The owner wasnt very friendly, and shouted at me on the first morning not to feed the kitten some of my cheese. There is no food at the Anastasia apart from the breakfast which is ok if not boring after a few days. This means that you cant stay around the pool all day- even if you wanted too. The rooms were ok for 2 star apart from the beds which were very lumpy, springs poking through very flat pillows. Had a slight air of neglect and could have been cleaner, but otherwise everything worked. We felt it was too far from the resort and beach though peaceful, much further than we thought, but we had a hire car so we were ok. The drinks were more expensive than in town, not sure how they can justify that. If Kamari is for you then make sure you get a hotel a bit closer to the front/ centre, unless you like lots of walking in the heat and dark.
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