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“Refurbished rooms/prices” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kamari Beach Hotel

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Kamari Beach Hotel
Ranked #18 of 77 Hotels in Kamari
Barking, United Kingdom
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1 review
“Refurbished rooms/prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2008

Have just returned from a week at the Kamari Beach Hotel. I have to say that Santorini is a stunning destination albeit an expensive one.( 1 large beer and a vodka and lemonade 10.00 euros). Although meals were much more reasonable and the local wine cheap and very good.
When eating in kamari the eateries off the promenade offer much better value and I can highly recommend The Byzantia .
On arrival at the hotel were dumped off the coach on a road behind the hotel with a wave of a very disinterested hand from our tour company rep ( Thomsons) saying it was "down there" .Two couples actually went into the wrong hotel as there was no clear signage .
We checked in at reception and were given our room key ( No. 26) and went to fin our room.
We found what I can only describe as a dingy semi basement room with virtually no natural light, a bed about 8 inches off the floor, faded bed linen and ripped upholstery .
Whilst I realise we had booked a 3 star hotel this room was only worthy of 2 stars at a push. I returned to reception along with another couple and was shown a marvelous room overlooking the pool and beach which we took at a cost of £140.00 euros for the week.
My point is that most of the information available about this hotel(including our tour operator) talks about rooms refurbished in 2007. This is not the case. the second room had been and was of a good standard but not the first.
So beware when you are booking you need to ask for a sea view, these are the refurbished rooms but will cost you a premium.

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2007

We stayed at the Hotel Kamari beach for two weeks in early October, 2007 and had a wonderful time. We found a terriffic low-season package deal from Thompsons that included a double room (the packaging makes the price of the hotel difficult to isolate, but I would put it at approx $100 (USD)/night).

Early October is an excellent time to see Santorini. There were still other people around, but it wasn't crowded, prices were lower, and the weather was still wonderful (we had two days that were slightly windy, but nothing that stopped us from going to the beach). By our second week, we started to notice that some of the hotels/restaruants/stores were starting to close down. Many of the waiters and other people we met lived in Santorini seasonally (for work) and were just about to return to their families in other places. That second week was still absolutely wonderful, but I am not sure that Kamari Beach is all that hospitible in the second half of October.

Where to stay in Santorini: If you are visiting for only a few days, you should probably spend the extra money and stay in the hotels along the Caldera -- it is too beautiful to miss. If you are staying for more than 3-4 days, however, I think it is better to stay at the beach and visit the Caldera a few times to see the sunset. They have inexpensive busses that depart for Fira every half hour. The two best beaches to stay on are Perissa and Kamari. Kamari is more developed, but Perissa is also nice. Be advised, however, that Perissa closes down a bit earlier in the season and by the first of October it is pretty much deserted. There is a shuttle boat that ferries passengers between Perissa and Kamari (4 EUR/person one way). It departs every 45 minutes or so starting at 10AM and makes it very easy to spend time at both beaches.

We enjoyed our room at the Kamari Beach Hotel. It was perhaps a bit sparse, but very functional. The bathroom is a bit small, but very manageable. The King-sized bed was actually two small twin beds pushed together and made up as one. The TV had one English channel (BBC World), plus one of German, French and Spanish. In the evening, the Greek channels would usually carry some American shows or movies in English (with Greek Subtitles). Our room had a nice balcony -- facing away from the beach, but with a nice view of the road up the mountain to Ancient Thira. We did find that the towels were a bit worn and the beds were a bit hard.

Breakfast was simple, but fine, consisting of fresh breads, cakes, Greek yoghurt, fruit, cheese, scrambled eggs, OJ, cereal and tiny little hot dogs. Waiters brought as much coffee as you want. The environment was pleasant; guests eat outdoors on the patio.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the pool (and its bar) is one of the great assets of this Hotel. It is the largest pool in Kamari Beach and the large patio section has plenty of space both in the sun and in the shade for laying out and reading. The bar is convenient, but a little bit expensive.

The hotel is located right on the beach and right on the beach promenade, which is excellent for dining, shopping and strolling. Kamari tours (and an ATM) was right next door to the hotel.

During our stay the guests seemed to be about half German, half english and tended mostly to be 50-65, although there were a few younger couples and parents with young families.

Overall the staff was friendly, the location was excellent, and we felt we got good value for our money. I would stay again and would recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — value for money
  • Disliked — some of the amendities were a bit worn
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2007

Great location, older place with very nice pool. Hotel is ageing and needs updating. rooms good size but not enough furniture in the room. Shower leaks. Not worth the 95 euros we paid.

  • Stayed September 2007
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dublin, Ireland
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638 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2007

First things first - if you are visiting Kamari, and a pool is important to you, this is the place to stay. When you see some of the bird-baths that pass as pools along the main front of Kamari, you can have a little smile to yourself at the great facility you can enjoy. Much like the overall resort of Kamari itself, it never felt jammed.

The staff were very friendly, from reception to pool bar. A barbecue on Tuesday nights is held, with beautiful meats, and a chance to sample lots of Greek specialities.

The location is excellent, on the front, with easy access to some great bars and restaurants. Not being a "resort person" as such, I found Kamari to be a very pleasant surprise overall.

Only two negatives to speak of - the breakfast wasn't great: the orange juice was unspeakably bad, but if you just want bread, ham and cheese, you'll survive. Also, the room was quite small, and as we paid the extra for a "superior" room, we were quite surprised.

But overall, I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Pool, staff, location
  • Disliked — Breakfast, room size
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Kamari Beach Hotel

Property: Kamari Beach Hotel
Address: | PO Box 11, Kamari 84 700, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Kamari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 77 Hotels in Kamari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Kamari Beach Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 108
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