Amazing affordable holiday in Santorini
This was our third visit to Santorini of which is an island that we love. Every year we hire a car and drive around the island and find the most amazing places just to sit and drink coffee or have a meal. We stayed this year (2011) in June at the resort of Kamari in the Levante Hotel which was a very affordable option as staying in the north of the island is very expensive. Levante is a very friendly hotel with amazing staff and the most popular bar in the whole resort. The rooms themselves are very basis and dont have any catering facilities. The bathroom facilities are very basic, with just a show and no bath, although this isnt uncommon for Greece.
The food in Santorini in general is not great as they dont grow anything on the Island, it all gets shipped in from larger islands or mainland greece. I think as long as you stay basic i.e. greek salads, pizza, omlettes etc.
I would urge anyone going to Santorini to hire a car as its too much of a beautiful island to just stay in 1 resort.
As we had a car we didnt use the transfer service or the rep of thomas cook, however we have done in the past (our first visit to santorini) and we were pleased with the level of service.
June 28, 2011
Great single holiday- superb hotel
Santorini is a lovely island woild definitely visit again. The Levante Beach Hotel is lovely staff, great location and rooms very nice with friendly cleaners who do a marvelloius job.
Bar staff so very friendly ( me non drinker) they made me feel very welcome.
Nice pool enjoyed a swim every morning.
Would recommend this hotel to single travellers, couples and families alike.
October 14, 2012
First impressions were how clean and unlittered the whole place and area was.
Levante beach hotel,was more than i expected.From are room we could find the office the pool and the bar within 30 secs ,main prominade secs later.breakfast ok,we choose to head out to the many front bar-cafe's that are too many to mention.Plenty of places to visit ,tour guids are friendy.loved a week with my wife.Barmen at Levante were brill,large tvs for the football,when i was there Manu vLiverpool was on.But unlike here the place had no trouble whatso ever.
October 12, 2012
Great time in Santorini with some exceptions
Great time in Santorini but very disapointed with hotel facilities
October 11, 2012
Great spot, especially in low season
Wasn't expecting much from this considering the very low, last minute price but its a lovely little place in the very centre of Kamari. If you've never been there, don't worry, its not a lairy place.......nice laid back greek beach resort with just enough to do for a week or so. Most rooms are away from the main strip so its quiet at night and the hotel bar (right on the beach) is one of the best in the resort. The rooms are cleaned daily and have a small TV (but few channels) and a fridge (essential). There's a free car park right next door if you want a car/bike (recommended) to travel round the island.
All round excellent little place !
October 11, 2012
Great time & location
Lovely family run hotel. Basic but very clean rooms. Discounts in bar and restaurant for residents. Lots of bars and restaurants, all within walking distance off hotel. Great staff and nothing was to much trouble for them. Would definitely go back. A visit to the islands capital is a must.
October 11, 2012
Great resort, dreadful accommodation
It was my first holiday with Thomas Cook and when I got shown our room at the Levante, I was shocked that a holiday company would have such a run down hotel on their books. From reviews I have seen of the Levante, I guess there are a small number of nice rooms in the hotel but the large number of rooms on the ground floor opposite the car park are awful and run down. During our week their, I have to fix the toilet which continually poured water, fix the shower head which was hanging off the wall and clean the room key which was encrusted with mud/grime. The toilet was greeny yellow and I've actually had nicer 'student' accommodation! I'm not usually that fussy but this place was beyond grotty! We spent very little time in the room and spoke to other guests who had the same bad experience. None of us will be returning to the hotel and I advise others to get a photo of the room they will be staying in before they hand over money.
Having said this, the resort itself was great and the Levante restaurant which is separate to the hotel is lovely with brilliant service. It is a lovely place to sit and people watch with the sea just in front. Stay in Kamari but please avoid this hotel!
July 12, 2011
Santorini gorgeous place
Santorini is beautiful, though quite expensive which we were pre-warned of, but everyone should visit it once, the views are breathtaking. The resort of Kamari is excellent as a base and the local bus service is very reliable, with most places being within 15 minutes reach. Our Thomas Cook Rep was very helpful but not pushy, and I would recommend Thomas Cook holidays to anyone. The Levante Hotel was in a perfect location, with the bar on the beachfront. The continental breakfast was basic but adequate, though could have been varied a bit from day to day. The hotel staff were lovely and friendly, with the exeption of the breakfast staff who could do with learning to smile a bit more! Overall, a brilliant resort on a gorgeous island.
June 7, 2011