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Ilio Mare Beach Hotel
Ranked #20 of 89 Hotels in Thasos
Drama, Greece
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19 reviews
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“good exteriors but not 5-star rooms”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

The hotel offers good exteriors, but the superior double room we were given was definitely not a 5 -star hotel room! It was small, with some details that the hotel management should have noticed. The TV channels were few and with a very bad picture, there was a big yellowish stain on the bathrobe that obviously couldn't be washed off and it looked dirty,the bath towels looked old( off white colour - they should get new ones), one of the curtains had a little hole that someone made with a cigarette, the toilet brush was NOT clean(!), the water in the bath shower turned from warm to cold depending on the use of others in nearby rooms and the water in the shower cabin didn't drain fast, forming a puddle. The air condition was old with low power. We were supossed to have a sea-view room but we could see the beach only if we were standing and not sitting on the balcony chairs because in front of the balcony there was a second corridor like balcony made of concrete, probably because of the style of the building, that allowed us to see only the horizon far away. There is no place to dry the swimsuits except from the balcony grille that was rotten in parts and stained our swimsuits... The pool bar closes around 6:30, that is too early, as we couldn't have a cocktail or some coffee by the pool in the afternoon.
Apart from the above, the staff was polite, the breakfast satisfactory, the gourmet restaurant that we tried was good enough. We were the only guests having dinner there that night maybe because it's a bit expensive..The beach was nice and the service there was good, too.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

This is not, by far, a 5* hotel! We’ve stayed at this resort during June 2013 and I can tell you that we have been disappointed by it. The rooms are relatively small, with dated furniture and a lot of problems (doors not closing properly, safe not working) and without any appliances (for making tea or coffee or even worming water). The room had a tile floor that is ok for adults but not for small children. Bathroom was ok. Breakfast and dinner: poor, with no diversity. It was relatively the same during the whole week that we’ve stayed there. Watch out for extras: even water is extra during dinner. Also, the beach beds are extra, beach towels and almost everything (even the baby crib that we were provided with for our daughter). Wi-fi is free at the reception, but if you want to use it from your room there is a 5Euro/hour tax. If you want to drink something during breakfast or dinner you’ll have to pay for it (prices are high). This is also true for the beach bar – we aware that even if you pay for the beach beds you are not allowed to bring any drinks with you as there is a beach bar and they want to sell you drinks 4 times more expensive that is a supermarket (draft beer – 4 Euro, coffee – 4/5 Euro etc). If you want to use the beach beds and umbrella talk to the clerk at the hotel desk because you can get it cheaper if to pay for 4 days instead of paying at the beach. So, do not think that you’ll get a 5* hotel or service because you will not.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2013

We booked a junior suite via Expedia back in Sep 2012. The hotel itself is in a very good location with its own beach.

However, the room we had was not to our expectations. Dirty bathroom and very dated furniture. The staff very rude and the manageress definitely not professional. She tried to avoid us when a problem with the main room door occurred.

Food definitely not to the Greek standards. Very limited choice. Do not eat at the hotel's restaurant. There are so many restaurants in the area with far better quality and much cheaper.

We will not go back to that hotel. Although, we will return to Thassos as it is a wonderful island.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2012

Hotel visited in September.The hotel is situated in a quiet area.The rooms are very clean and well equipped.Resort is not the newest but it does a very good impression.The food is great, probably the best cuisine in the whole Greece.Near the hotel there is a beautiful sandy beach where sun loungers.The service is very helpful and nice.The hotel also provides a shuttle service from the airport of Kavala.I would recommend this hotel to those who want to relax in luxury.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Bansko
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2012

It is not a real 5 star Hotel. Location is perfect, breakfast not bad at all. Rooms are with old furniture, and doesn't look like 5 star at all. The staff were friendly and always helpfull.
Outside pool is really great, but the water was a bit cold.

Otherwise we had a good time.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2012

The hotel is old, the furniture also, the bathrooms are quite small, the beds are not comfortable.
The beach bar is great, the beach is clean and tidy. The food is delicious. The staff is friendly and cooperative.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2012

Naomi 41, Area: The Hague, the Netherlands

We decided to go on holidays with some family friends, who booked at Ilio Mare.

We stayed at a Garden suite and a pleasant surprise was expecting us and our children: near the entrance of the suite there was an exotic swimming pool with a waterfall and colourful koi fish that left our children speechless, drawing their attention during our whole stay! They were feeding and playing with them all day long! The only bad thing about our room was some annoying mosquitos during the night.

The professional educator who took care of our children on the playground and in the movie hall did a superb job, and thus we had the chance to enjoy a few moments of tranquillity and relaxation.

The cleanliness in the room was excellent thanks to Mrs. Vicky-the house keeper, who looked after us as if we were her family!

The highlight of our staying was a marriage that took place on the beach a day before we depart -18/08/12. It was really something dreamy in terms of decoration!

We absolutely recommend it to any family and why not to people who are planning to get married!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Ilio Mare Beach Hotel
Address: Dasillio Skala Prinou, 640 10, Greece
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Region: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Thasos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Thasos
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Thasos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Ilio Mare Beach Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the finest blue flag beachfront resorts, on the Emerald Greek Island of Thassos, offers the most elegant guest rooms and spacious suites, with gorgeous palm, tropical gardens and small waterfalls frame a stunning view of the Aegean turquoise waters.The hotel’s atmospheric design with it’s broad terraces, marble floors, and skylights, drives you to escape to a luxurious haven on the most gorgeous sandy beach, in an idyllic setting.Three restaurants and Four bars, surrounding this unique destination, ideal for pampering, relaxation, honeymoons & weddings. Water and light are the dominant elements of this fabulous resort, which has continuously awarded by “Conde Nast as a top Greek Hotel“, “Blue Flag”, “Green Keys” etc. ... more   less 
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Ilio Mare Beach Thásos
Hotel Ilio Mare Beach
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