I was to spend a total of six nights in Vathy, Samos in August 2013. I arrived by ferry at Vathy Port and, having been to Samos a few years before, I remembered a hotel near the harbour, The Samos City Hotel. I booked in for one night (24th August). Thankfully I booked for only one night. Give The Samos City Hotel a miss or only use if you have to. The following morning I booked a room at The Aeolis Hotel.
I stayed in this, The Aeolis Hotel, for a total of 5 nights (25th to 28th August and returned for one night on the30th August 2013). The 2nd floor front (2 nights) has a good view but somewhat marred by utility cables. The 3rd floor front (2 nights) has a fantastic view of the harbour. For my final night I stayed on the 2nd floor with a side view which was a lot quieter. The view from the front rooms more than make up for the bit of extra noise. The staff at both the reception and the bars are very friendly, the two ladies on reception helped with everything from advice on where to go and what to see on Samos to sorting out the air conditioning controls (Do Not touch them, they have a mind of their own, the reception lady warned with a little smirk. Surly? No! Just a great sense of humour sometimes lost in translation maybe). The barman in the main bar found the Manchester City game on the tv just for me but be warned about the Ouzo, it's very potent although the result of the game was not so good..
The position of the hotel is very good for the town and the KTEL bus station is only a 10 minute walk along the sea front. Breakfast is good, rooms are fine with a small balcony. The reception area and main bar are pleasant and the roof top bar has fantastic views of the habour and town lights in the evening. In general the rooms to choose are on the 3rd floor front. If I pass through Samos Town (Vathy) again, this is the place I would stay. Great value for money.
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- Also Known As:
- Aeolis Hotel sámos