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
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
poor tiny cupboard
have just returned from villa eden. stayed there three years ago and despite telephoning the owners wife three weeks before our holiday asking for a room at the front of the building we were shown to a cupboard at the side of the stairs at the back of the building. we could not pass each other in the room there was not enough room and the wardrobe door could not fully open because the bed stopped it. it was very dark no sun could get in the room and it was cold. it completely ruined our holiday. three times we had to go asking for toilet rolls. there was a toaster but to reach the plug it has to balance on the edge of the sink. needless to say we will not be returning there again. Room number 3 should never be used for paying guests.More