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“A Piece of Paradise”
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Armonia Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Kokkari
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Great hotel run by friendly staff, especially John who was an absolute gentleman who pointed out great places to eat and see!
Having said that you could quite easily stay at Armonia the whole time! Its a total package, Pool, Views, relaxation!
Would I come again? Absolutely, even from Australia!

Room Tip: I stayed on the top floor with great ocean views!
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

10 out of 10 wouldn't stay anywhere else, why would we, when every thing was to our liking!
Excellent everything! Pool.. Wow, great beach near by. rooms... Smallish on top level but who stays in their room every day! Great location, Elpina.... What a helpful, friendly, lovely person, lucky to have her on staff, she makes the place!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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3  Thank Suellen M
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

The Armonia Bay Hotel is located a couple of kilometres outside of Kokkari, a lovely small town on the north coast of Samos. It is located above the Tsamadou Beach which is regarded as one of the best beaches on Samos. Access to the beach is by descending steps or a steep road within 50 metres of the hotel. There are a number of clubs and tavernas at the beach.

The Armonia Bay is not a 5 Star Hotel - it doesn't have a lot of the features of an internationally branded hotel, but that is not why people repeatedly go there.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are simple, not overly large, but are comfortable and bright. We stayed in two seaview rooms on the first floor (second floor for those who count the ground floor as the first floor) - rooms 21 and 22. These rooms have fantastic views over the bay and towards Turkey. There are no interconnecting rooms.

The bathrooms were effectively wet rooms with good quality showers in them. There were frosted glass doors to each bathroom.

The double beds can be made up as twins by the use of separate bedding on the twin mattresses. Our children (aged 14 and 16) were happy with this arrangement, however if physical separation of the beds is required this may be an issue.

My wife and I did have a problem with the mattress being too soft, but when we raised this it was resolved by the mattress being turned onto the hard side.

We also had a problem with the air-conditioning not working effectively, however this was, again, resolved promptly.

There is free wifi in the hotel along with free access to an Apple computer in a public space.

Breakfast is a buffet and is European in style which, given its largely Austrian, German, Dutch and Scandinavian clientele, makes sense. The breakfast is not what you would get from an international chain e.g. there is no short order chef and eggs are available scrambled every day. Breakfast is self-service e.g. guests squeeze their own oranges using an electronic juicer and help themselves to tea and coffee. You are also expected to clear your table and leave it close to the kitchen. Breakfast is taken on the terrace and by the pool. In the heat of summer not all of the tables are in the shade.

There is no restaurant in the hotel. There are however plenty of restaurants in Kokkari which is a 5 Euro/5 minutes taxi ride away. The hotel will book taxis for you which take no longer than 5 minutes to arrive from the town.

There is a good size swimming pool, which is always quiet with beds available, probably because the sea is so inviting. There is also a table tennis table by the pool. There is a bright, airy bar near to the pool.

The hotel sits in well maintained grounds and from most parts of the hotel there is the beautiful view of the bay.

The staff were friendly and helpful with one manager on in the morning and one in the afternoon/evening. The hotel owner was also on site during our stay and was friendly and helpful.

This is definitely a lovely boutique hotel that we will return to. We had a lovely, relaxing stay and would highly recommend this hotel. This may not come over clearly from the review, however I believe it is important to manage expectations to avoid disappoinment.

Room Tip: Choose a sea view room on the first/room above the ground floor
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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armoniabay, Owner at Armonia Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2013

Dear guests, thank you for choosing our hotel and for submitting a very thorough review that would be very helpful for our future visitors.
Please note that our COCOMAT beds are of the highest quality made exclusively from natural materials without metal springs. These mattresses (ATLAS series) have the advantage that the other side is harder than the standard one and so we are able to satisfy people who wish a hard bed.

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Hoping to come back every year !
Sitting on the balcony and looking at the marvellous sea view, we feel at peace with ourselves and the world. It's a pleasure having breakfast in the beautifully landscaped garden or taking a swim in the big pool, which seems to be merging with the sea.
Manager and staff are kind and attentive. Details in the rooms carefully chosen ( shutters the same blue as in Matisse, "Au balcon"!).
Our favorite hotel in our favorite island (first time 1971!)
Giovanni and Elena Sanga
Trieste, Italy

Room Tip: Room with sea view
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

We had a nice stay at the Armonia Bay Hotel. The staff is doing a fantastic job. Friendly and service at all the time. The minus is the rate. For the very small rooms the price is far too high.
Hopefully this will be adjusted in the future. Another minus is the nearby road. You hear the traffic very well and can sniff it too. The most expensive (upper) rooms are most exposed to the trafficnoise. Many other and much cheaper accommodations to choose from, but to get such a friendly staff like John and Elpina won't be easy!

Room Tip: Highest floor: good views but trafficnoise Lowest floors: reasonable nice views, less noise. Don...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Haje S
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armoniabay, Owner at Armonia Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2013

The reviewers claim that our prices are high is not justified by the facts: 1) Many returning guests who choose our hotel year after year, 2) Great reviews on tripadvisor and other sites, 3) The hotel is full most of the time, whereas other lower class hotels are empty. Especially our top floor superior rooms are the most popular rooms and are full throughout the summer with many happy guests. This reviewer never stayed in a superior room so their critique is unfair and unjustified.

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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Enjoyed the location in Khokari, outside the main village, perched on a hill, overlooking the beach and the blue sea.
Great welcome from the staff.
Only one thing missing , the beach was not a sandy beach but only 5 minutes from the ARMONIA BAY HOTEL and if you wore plastic shoes you could enter the lovely warm sea water with no discomfort.
The swimming pool was always very clean and the water delicious.
The service was very friendly and good.
A great week holiday in this modern Hotel.
The breakfast was amazing and generous.
I t was easy to get to the village where you would find many different restaurants.
A great holiday .

Room Tip: Our bedroom was not very large but the balcony onto the sea was a treat. All comfort you needed .
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

We spent one relaxing week, at this hotel, located west of Kokkari. Very nice seaview, clean infinity pool with good quality sunbeds. The serve breakfast with a good varity. Rooms are clean. the beds are very good (not the usual hard mattrasses). Car rent is the best option to see the island.
You reach the sea easily within 2 minutes by a path.
Do not forget to visit the villiage Manolates and Vourliotes. Enjoy the real Greek dishes in Vourliotes at Christo Schiou, just 30 meters across the small square. He will treat you well with fine Greek dishes!
Armonia Bay is really a nice place to be. I hope that the owner will not cut on maintenance now in this time of crises......, a small litter box on the room is not available.

Room Tip: Take a room with seaview, which less subject to traffic on the road.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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armoniabay, Owner at Armonia Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2013

Dear Guests,

Thank you for your sincere review. Armonia Bay is an individual hotel based on authentic quality and our philosophy is to try to avoid any tourism industry standardization.

All hotel rooms have undergone major renovation past winter. Especially the rooms facing our attractive lemon and vegetable garden are now fully soundproofed.

All rooms are equipped with a covered dustbin in the bathroom which is emptied daily. We prefer not to install one in the room due to aesthetic and hygiene reasons, however, guests can always ask for an extra one.

With this opportunity we assure our guests that the quality of our hotel and services will be improved as always.

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Additional Information about Armonia Bay Hotel

Address: | Tsamadou Beach, Kokkari 831 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Samos > Kokkari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kokkari
Price Range: £70 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Armonia Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From its lofty position above Tsamadou Beach, famed for its crystal-clear waters, Armonia Bay Hotel looks out across the bay towards Kokkari, a picturesque fishing village 3 kilometers away.The beach is a 5 minute walk, though it may be difficult to leave the hotel with the large and well designed freshwater swimming pool and the gorgeous views.Armonia Bay Hotel is not only privileged with such a wonderful beach side location and breathtaking views, but it is also small, friendly and welcoming to its guests. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Armonia Bay Hotel Samos/Kokkari

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