I stayed here 24th - 31st July with family (4 adults). Saw the tiniest bit of maintenance work being done on the hotel but there was no noise or disruption on our stay, overall it was really quiet!
Downside: The restaurant is an open buffet, I saw flies on the food every day. The restaurant seems clean but flies on the food is my only complaint of the whole holiday. It's less of a problem at breakfast, some of the options are stored in containers, but all hot food is constantly uncovered, as is the salad bar and fruit (which means literally everything is exposed at dinner). Overall the food is simple/plain, with a limited dinner selection and no real dessert to speak of (6 nights out of 7 it's fruit). I wouldn't have booked half board if I'd known.
The bathroom is basic; no bath and the shower is a handheld shower head.
Across the island some roads were a bit hair raising!
Happier stuff! - They hold a Greek night once a week (I think on Monday) which is incredibly popular and the restaurant gets packed out - on that night they have a selection of desserts and more meal options.
The view from the restaurant is lovely! It overlooks the beach, the same view the rooms and verandas have. At night you can see some stars and watch the moon disappearing behind the hill (it happens quite quickly!). A little fishing boat went into the bay one night & there was a seal there on our first day.
The sea is already warm at 9am. We were either on the beach by 10am, or got back from a day out after 4pm and we always found sun loungers. We paid 15 euros pp for a chair, towel and umbrella for the week but you can hire per day (5 euros for 2 beds), some people reserve their favourite spot. Use of the little peddle boat is free. The water is beautifully clear and the beach is very clean - the stones are a little uncomfortable to walk on, it seemed most of the beaches on the island are stoney and the sea shoes are a good buy (9 euros in the town).
The 2 lads who work on the beach will bring food and drink orders out to you; things like the fried potatoes (chips), ice cream and lollies are cheaper than in the neighboring restaurant (Virghina) but the selection differs. We ate in the Virghina restaurant a few times, it was lovely - four of us shared different plates of food like a mezze. Greek bread is probably the most delicious bread I've eaten.
Money wise, I bank with HSBC and took out 180 euros in one transaction from an ATM in Pythagoria, which my bank statement shows up as £142.90 (@1.2596 Visa Rate). On top of that I was charged a total of £6.77 in fees. At first glance it looks like changing money in the UK would've been cheaper. There is an ATM in walking distance from the hotel (reception tell you where). I spent all of it. At the nearest shop to the hotel non-alcoholic cans of drink were 70cents, a small bottle 1 - 1.50 euros. A soft fizzy drink in most restaurants was 1.50 euros, iced tea 2.50 and a milkshake would be 4 or 5 euros. Outside the hotel, restaurants often opened bottles of water and put them on the table without being asked, if we ordered savoury food some bread that hadn't been ordered was often brought to the table - I don't know if we were charged for them as we couldn't read the bill.
The local Greek people were really warm and friendly, as were the staff at the hotel. My mum left her bag (with hers & her boyfriend's money in) in the restaurant and one of the waitresses went out of her way to return it! The guy who owns The End of the World restaurant was quite a character and the guy who works in Nusa (an arts & crafts shop) was great to talk with - he had the most interesting items in his shop. If you buy a Pythagorian cup in Samos/Vathy one shop sells matching bowls (it also has the prettiest glazes) but I can't find anything with the shop's name - as you go into town from the hotel it's in the street behind the row of restaurants - he also sells the aftersun made from olives.
We drove around the island (car hire, 50 euros per day for 2 days, you have to refill the tank 30 euros) and found Pythagoria probably the prettiest town - it has a castle, museum and harbour. We never got to the Hera monument, either of the caves or either of the waterfalls - if you want to visit the latter good walking shoes were recommended (something with decent grip). I really loved the Samos archeological museum in Vathy (3 euros to enter), the Kouros alone made it worth the visit for me, I was surprised at the Egyptian artifacts found on the island. Highly recommend Limneones bay for a swim and food in the restaurant!
Overall, incredibly relaxing holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For the nature adorers with forest green and crystal blue sea, in a beautiful gulf with the beach right under your feet, you will find GAGOU BEACH HOTEL in the Greek island of Samos! Providing you with the authentic Greek hospitality, relax and enjoy your stay with a refreshment-snack on the beach or on your comfortable room balcony. You also have the choice to enjoy delicious meals, from our Greek cuisine at our hotel-restaurant "GLAFKOS" right over the Aegean Sea. It’s just a unique and ideal place for unforgettable holidays. ... more less
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