We returned to The Kalidon Palace after an absence of five years to find not only its name has changed to The Kalidon Panorama but the guest base is now at least eighty per cent Thomson/TUI. As a result this has changed the character and feel of the hotel as Dutch, German and British visitors compete for the limited facilities at this once charmingly small but personal hotel.
This hotel was and still is an excellent base from which to explore the island with its delightful mountain walks and hilltop villages. Unfortunately the opportunity to return and relax by the pool in the late afternoon is long gone.as most guests reserve their poolside seating before breakfast and remain there until 6pm (there are only twelve pairs of sun beds for thirty four rooms). Very few guests, when we were there late June, had rented their own transport, which is a great shame as the island has a lot to offer.
The food is now a sad reflection on the decline as the hotel is now pandering to all tastes. The choice of main course one evening of a dish made from frozen fish or as an alternative a hamburger forced us to opt out of our half board arrangement and head off to enjoy authentic Greek food in the nearby mountain villages for the remainder of our stay.
As previously mentioned the bedrooms are on the small side – ours was one of the slightly larger ones but we still found the en suite shower room extremely small with limited space for manoeuvre.
We’ll return to Samos but will only recommend this hotel to anyone who has had experience of a package holiday hotel and accepted its affect on other guests.
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- Small and relaxing hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kalidon Panorama
- Kalidon Panorama Hotel Samos/Kokkari