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Kalidon Hotel

1 of 2 hotels in Kokkari

4 out of 5 from 1 review
Kokkari, 83100, Greece
Our hotel is located in a natural environment on the north coast of Samos Island, near the village of Kokkari. It's only 400 meters from the Lemonakia Beach and in a walking distance from the famous Tsamadou Beach.

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Ardwyn
12 years 7 months ago
The hotel is located on the hillside just outside Kokkari overlooking Lemonakia Beach and the bay of Kokkari. It sits in it's own grounds and is very bright and airy. It is made up of two blocks, joined by the reception area and a third block seperated by a courtyard and gardens. The hotel is not suitable for people with limited mobility as there are steps everywhere, but not in the sense that they wear you out. The pool is situated at the front of the hotel, has beautiful views over the village and bay of Kokkari and is never crowded. There is a free minibus that runs from the hotel to the nearby beaches of Lemonakia & Tsamadou (the latter being part naturist) and Kokarri itself with its lovely beaches. The driver of the minibus is Greek but you would not believe it as the bus runs on the hour from 9 to 4 precisely. In the two weeks we were there we never saw it leave late once!

This is a hotel where the Manager leads by example as all the staff were exactly the same, always helpful and friendly. All the staff are very efficient and very very friendly, I know everybody says this about staff in so many hotels, (that's why they return to Greece year after year,) but the staff here are way above anything we have ever experienced before, even in Greece.

The hotel has 34 rooms, which makes it very comfortable. Whilst not the biggest rooms we've stayed in, they were very comfortable. The beds were very comfortable and they were changed daily by the maids. Air conditioning was included and was avalable from 3pm until 5pm and 7pm to 7am. Unlike other hotels we have stayed at where when you leave the room you have take the card that supplies electricity to your room, these rooms have a card permenantly inserted so when you left the room you could leave the air conditioning on and return to a cool room. Never once was the room hot.

The hotel has 34 rooms. Whilst not the biggest rooms we've stayed in, they were very comfortable. Our room was the standard room with a balcony giving a side view of the sea and the hill that ran down to Lemonakia Beach. The room contained a minibar, safety deposit box and ample wardrobe space. There was a shower with a pull cord fitted for emergencies. The beds were very comfortable and they were changed daily by the maids, (the most comfortable beds we have ever had outside our own home.) Air conditioning was included and was centrally controlled, avalable from 3pm until 5pm and 7pm to 7am. Unlike other hotels we have stayed at where when you leave the room you have take the card that supplies electricity to your room, these rooms have a card permenantly inserted so when you left the room you could leave the air conditioning on and return to a cool room. Never once was the room hot. There is a lockable screen, so you can leave the windows open with the screen shut and the breeze blows through. There are black out curtains, so you are never woken early with the sun (but seeing as it's so dark, when you open the curtains what a shock!). There was no extra charge for the A/C or the safety deposit box, although the minibar was chargable. The one thing thing that made this room so good is that the matress and pillows were the most comfortable

We stayed on a half board basis and unlike other hotels we have visited, the dining times are set for the customers. Not having to rush to breakfast in the mornings was a dream. The dining area is at the front of the hotel offering stunning views of Kokkari and the bays. Breakfast was from 7 to 10.30 and the evening meal was from 7 to 9.30. Breakfast was self service of cereals, fruits, yoghurt, also bacon sausages and eggs available. Teas and coffee were waiter/waitress service and always with a lovely greeting and a smile. The evening meal consisted of 5 courses, the first being a self service of the salad bar and then waiter/waitress service for the other four. There is no formal dress code so no need to wear long trousers! Below the hotel is the windsurfing school and while enjoying breakfast you can watch all the newbies falling off. As you go for the evening meal you can see those newbies surfing all around the bay at great speeds, what a transformation!

There is a good mix of Nationalities staying at the hotel, British, Dutch, German, Scandinavian and also Israelis and Australians, and it never felt like any Nationality was overbearing and it gave a nice welcoming, friendly feel to the hotel. There is no evening entertainment encouraging guests to converse whilst enjoying the quiet music and company in the warmth of the Samos evening.
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Travel operator: Thomsons

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