Thassos is a lovely island with so much to see and do! Just be careful of where you stay.
My parents have been visiting Thassos for years and have now brought on the island, we have stayed at the Eden once before (2 years ago) and have always known the villas to be basic but comfortable.
This year was a horrible experience to the point that I didn't even want to stay in the room, the room was tiny and so unorganized. The bathroom was modern but so tiny, you would stretch your arms out and be hitting either side of the wall. When you were sitting on the toilet you would be half in the shower tray with the basin under your nose! (Room 6). Whilst you're sunbathing the owner would decide to start gardening and watering down the marble floors which made the swimming pole area extremely dangerous.
We stayed at the Eden at the end of June 2015 and will never return, the owner Dimitri was extremely rude to us, even though he is friends with my parents!! We told him we didn't want air con, tv or the safe and on the last day as we were waiting for the coach to collect us he embarrassed myself and my boyfriend in front of everyone on the coach by demanding for a safe to be paid for. We didn't pay for it, as we didn't use it.
I will never be returning to Eden and advise you all to make note that all these reviews cant be wrong.More
Okay place to stay if you want to go on a package holiday
Booked this after reading the good 2014 reviews so was slightly worried after seeing the 2015 reviews but apart from a few niggles the apartments are fine. The transfer is really easy 15 mins by coach to the ferry, about half an hour wait to get on board, then 35 min crossing, then 5 mins coach to the Eden. Check in was a bit annoying, there were quite a few of us checking in and the owner seemed a bit disorganised about who was going in what room. He then showed each couple individually to their room which took ages. We just happened to be last with another couple so we had been waiting an hour by this time, then he showed the other couple to their room and got the chambermaid to show us ours. Why he didn't do that in first place I don't know Then we waited about 40 mins for him to come and show us the safe, air con, etc. By this time my boyfriend was getting quite irritable with the place. But to be fair we had asked for an upstairs rooms and were given room 14 which was upstairs at the back on the corner. We decided after a few days that this was probably one of the better rooms. Being a corner room it seemed slightly bigger than some of the others, we had a lovely big balcony which got the sun in the morning. Im not sure how much sun some of the other rooms get as there are a lot of trees in the garden which although look lovely they do seem to block out the sun to a lot of the rooms. The rooms at the front overlook the pool and also quite a busy road so some people may find it a bit too noisy for them being at the front. The back block is a lot quieter.
Anyway room 14 was a decent size with plenty of room to move around. The kitchenette is a bit too small and the electric socket is above the sink which is dangerous but there is a toaster and kettle which was a bonus. The tv only had Greek channels, no English news but there seemed to be English films on in the evening. Beds are very hard and lumpy but good for my back. The maids don't do much apart from empty the bins, they don't make the beds!!! but we had clean towels every three days and they changed the sheets a couple of times so not a major problem. The safe is 38 euros for two weeks which we thought was expensive, its only a small safe big enough for passports and purses. We didn't have a problem with hot water. Didn't bother with air con even though it was up to 39 degrees most days the room seemed to keep quite cool. The complex is very quiet as far as other holidaymakers, no loud music or noisy bar so that was good for us. We didn't use the pool or bar.
The position of the complex is very good. There is a big supermarket next door and a bakers round the corner. The bus station is five minutes walk, the town about 10 minutes and about 15 minutes to the town beach. Thassos town is small but just about enough to do for two weeks. There is no tourist information which we found very odd. Luckily we had bought a guide book off the internet called AtoZofthassos which is written by a local guy and he updates it every year. Him and his wife also man a boat trip stand by the old harbour so they were always willing to help out with any questions. There are no English papers or magazines or even books in Thassos town which was a disappointment.
There are lots of beaches along the coast but we went to the town beach by the old harbour everyday We used Island bar which is the first bar you come to - a really great place, great staff (especially Panos), nice food, free sunbeds and free Wi Fi. It was definitely the best beach bar to go to. The sea is very shallow and calm.
There is a reasonable bus service around the island and very cheap. You can do a round the island bus trip for 10 euros each.
Bus trips to do - Limineria the second largest town, takes an hour (and they had English papers!). Penagia a lovely village up in the hills and then we walked down to Golden Beach which took about an hour and a half. Prinos Monday market - normal tat but another nice village. Ferry (10.30 am) from Scala Prinos to Kavala which takes an hour and 15 mins - lovely old Turkish quarter with a castle and mosque and a nice busy town. You get four hours there before getting the ferry back at 4.15 . Walked to Machriyamas which took about 40 mins. It's a private hotel complex but you can pay three euros per person to get in (they had English papers in their shop). Nice beach, sea shallow but quite a lot of waves. Walked up to the amphitheatre, it's being renovated this year but you could still go up there and take pictures Lots of ruins around the town - almost something on every corner. Also went to Thassos football, it was just a friendly but good fun. The ground is just off the main road as you walk to Machriyamas.
Plenty of shops but most selling the same cheap tat. Lots of restaurants - a good kebab place by the old harbour called the lighthouse. New York pizza place by the old harbour/town beach. Ambrosia restaurant which is up a small side street off the main street with several restaurants next to each other. Pygi Greek restaurant in the square.
We didnât have a problem with mosquitoes but there are hundreds of wasps at the apartments and beach, especially when you are eating which was very annoying.
Anyway would recommend Thassos. More of a place for older couples - it's not a young trendy place. There are loads of hotels and apartments right in the town so it would be very easy to book a flight and accommodation yourself rather than go on a package.More
suzanne2246, London, United Kingdom
Hidden costs, hot water issues, that was the first day!
We stayed here for 2 weeks at the beginning of July with our 18m old daughter and my parents. Fantastic transfer, no issues. When we arrived the owner did not appear to know we had an infant but told us he woukd arrange for a cot to be provided. We were in the back block and had no issue with this as the room was a decent size and was typically Greek. My parents were above us. 30 minutes after arriving the owner came to the room to show us how to work the a/c, several times we told him we did not need it (he ignored me and concentrated on my husband), he then offered us the safe, a/c and the COT for â¬150 for 2wks. After making it clear we weren't paying for a cot that was included in our price and he should speak to Thomson we paid â¬39 for the safe. The owner made his way around to my parents and when he knew he wasn't getting anywhere offered them a safe for â¬19! My mum asked if he'd give me the same price but he told her we'd already paid, needless to say they gave us the â¬19.
We were wary of the owner by this point and the following morning when we realised there was no hot water (benefit of the doubt given the first night), we approached him to alert him to the problem but he just walked off, not sure he likes strong females! We spoke to the rep and she didn't seem surprised. Later that afternoon the water went off completely again my mum spoke to him to ask when it would be back on given we had an infant, he was not happy as he had had a call from Thomson and told her so, he also suggested we boil kettles to bathe our baby. The water did eventually come back on but not before he was rude to us in front of other guests asking them to tdll us what was happening as first my mum couldn't understand him and then I couldn't. We know there were issues with the water as a couple who have been going to the Eden for a number of years confirmed they had not had hot water for the week before we arrived and thanked us for saying something.
The owner mainly left us alone after that, it seems there are a lot of people who return to the apartments, one of the reasons we booked, but not becuase of him as they had all had arguments with him.
The rooms weren't the cleanist and although we liked the pool area we didn't like the owner mowing the lawn at 3pm then hosing down around the pool straight after. We were also a little confused as to why 3 nights before we came home he decided to paint several stairs in our block leaving guests to have to step over him.
There is a bar within the grounds belonging to the Villa Elia, now I would definitely recommend them, the cleaner is working from early in the morning and the rooms are the best I have EVER seen in self catering. The owners didn't speak a lot of English but were lovely and couldn't do enough for you (she is the sister of Villa Eden owner).
Apart from the issues with the owner we would return to Thassos and undoubtedly the Elia, there are no problems in Greece. We hired a car and did the whole island in a day. We did visit Golden Beach but didn't stay as there are so many prettier beaches and coves.
I would also recommend a number of restaurants including Twins, Ambrosia, Simi's and Mesogeios each received a return visit.
Michelle N, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Before I start I would like to tell you we are a couple who always puts up with most things and always say you get what you pay for and this is the first time I have written a review but feel the need to do so of this property. We e-mailed the Eden asking for a top floor studio overlooking garden yes we were given a top floor room but right in front of balcony were a palm tree and conifer tree with branches overhanging seating area bit disappointed but the sun came round the side in the evening so thought ok not to worry. The cleanness of the room while we were there was not good to the extent I did a lot of cleaning myself as other comments have said the bathroom was wet all the time and never seem to dryout (slipped over one day) so I mopped it myself. The most worrying thing about our stay is that we were asked 160 euros for air conditioning which we do not like as it gives us dry throat so we always buy a fan from hardwear store the day we arrive and use that, it sits on the draining board for the night and we put in wardrobe in the day out of harms way. The Last Friday we were there a knock came on the door and the owner came in, he went straight to the wardrobe took out the fan and said we could have 2 days free aircon and he was taking fan needless to say we said no he wasn't happy and we kept it. Later it dawned on us how did he know the fan was in the wardrobe he or the maid must have been in our room and looked in there this made us very uncomfortable to think someone had been looking through our things. We never saw him again and on leaving on the Sunday I would have left fan and all cleaning stuff but not this time gave all the stuff to lady in next villa who is his sister (her apartments were 5 star) and we bought the fan home with us. I have read about guests going back time after time if they can put up with this all well and good but sorry we would never return to this place. We loved Thassos it is a shame our visit was spoilt by this episode.More
Pat M, Stafford, United Kingdom
For us a Great place to Stay.
Having read the last few reviews I would wish to redress some of the other guests comments. Villa Eden supplies two star Greek accommodation , and should be perhaps judged on that.
We have always found the rooms to be cleaned to a good standard, if the owner Dimitri can accommodate the guests in specific rooms he will. He often gives guests a choice of rooms, but guests arrive on different flights at different times so generally it has to be on a who comes first basis.
Reading a recent review my wife and I new the guests would not be happy due to the poor weather at the start of the holiday, and true enough they have given a poor review. Some guests comment on the state of the rooms, but we can confirm that over the years of our visits the owner does update some of the rooms in the closed season.
Concerning the rooms 9 to 16 in the back block, yes they do not get full sun, but we can assure visitors that in the height of the summer ,when temperatures are high , the shade they give is most welcome.
We returned recently from our usual two week stay, and as I say for us it's a great place to stay. Close enough to the town, an excellent local Supermarket, near to the bus station for trips to the villages or other resorts, Friendly people all over the island. We are told, by the Reps that Thassos has the highest ratio of returning guests and I can see why. See you all at Villa Eden in 2016!More