5 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Need a car
"Booked this holiday on-line, less than 2 weeks before departure.
July weather was fantastic - hot and sunny. Wind kept the temperature a couple of degrees lower, which kept it bearable, but certainly created large waves at the beach. Pool is a good alternative with nice pool bar, and good shower/ changing facilities (also available if you have a late departure home and have been required to check out of your room earlier.)
Hotel provided sun loungers and umbrellas on the beach free of charge.
Similarly, no charge made for TV, AirCon and security box in the hotel which was a nice surprise.
Hotel was spotlessly clean: the room as well as the entire hotel. Fresh towels daily, and bins also emptied daily - not always the standard in Greece.
Capt Loizos restaurant serves the best moussaka we have come across in more than 10 trips to Greece to 10 different islands, as well as the mainland. The Greek or Meat or Fish menus always slightky different and always excellent value for money, with really welcoming staff. Skaramagas was only slightly less pleasing, but always seemed to have several children running around which detracted somewhat from dinner.
We hired a car for 3 days - necessary if you are in Monolithos which is a bit out of the way, but close enough to Kamari to go each day using the Hotel mini-bus if a car was not an option. We took a Caldera Cruise - seriously good value for money, walking on the volcano and swimming in the hot springs."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of July 2008
Gregorios- shuttle taxi service excellent
"Scorpios Beach hotel apartments is a designated Greek 4 star hotel, family owned and managed. Argiros is the hotel manager /owner and his wife, Jennifer, assists in the cafe and general hotel. It is the only hotel on Monolithos Beach and is situated opposite the main seafront and next door to the old closed down Tomato factory. The hotel itself is pretty - white with blue shutters and pink bouganvillea plants. All the walkways and general grounds of hotel are clean and maintained. Next door to the tomato factory is Skaramangas Restaurant (not recommended as only restaurant in two weeks that I felt sick after eating there,cod was awful as appeared to have been frozen for years and then defrosted, my guests carafe of wine - undrinkable so bad! - also other hotel guests felt same way - so avoid at all costs). Next to Skaramangas is a seven eleven type mini supermarket with local bus stop outside. Captain Loizos Restaurant [-] is next to the supermarket and excellent fare - highly recommend. Hotel guests chose to eat at Captain Loizos each night - so that is the ultimate recommendation! The hotel has a pool and cafe bar alongside the pool area open from morning until approx 11pm. Food ranges from breakfast to hot dogs,burgers,toasted sandwiches, yoghurt, fresh fruits, milk shakes, ice creams etc. Good value and moderately priced in comparison to Santorini prices. Drinks are available at the pool bar. Seating with sun umbrellas is provided around the pool to eat or sit and have tea/coffee/drinks. Sunbeds were available around the pool for suntanning. There is a small shop adjacent to the hotel entrance selling postcards, santorini guides, beach lilos and blow up beach items for children, small gifts and Santorini wine bottles and a few other essentials. The main reception area is split into the reception area and a large tv lounge area with satellite tv and couch and chairs. A variety of books for reading and a few magazines in various languages are available to guests during their stay (probably selection left by previous guests). Room No 20 (next to main reception area - up one open staircase to first floor). Bathroom had hand basin, toilet, shower, mirror and shower gel/hair wash mini products were provided. Bedroom/living area : table and chairs, fridge and hot plates for kitchen, 2 twin beds and one sofa bed. 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 1 shower mat were provided. Bedding comprised of fitted sheet and top sheet and covermat and 2 pillows/bed. There was a safe in the closet (hanging rail with hangers).There were 4 shutter windows down main wall overlooking the main walkway through hotel to hotel entrance and pool area and beachfront. The other wall had 2 windows and a doorway opening up to balcony with a table and 2 chairs and a wash hanger for smalls/towels. The balcony had sun each morning.
Agree with all the other reviews - bed was hard and pillows lumpy and awful - convinced myself that hard beds are good for back! However the room was spotlessly maintained and although basic - hot water and toilets and electrics all in excellent working order. Another plus factor -whilst within the hotel grounds - felt completely safe. Monolithos is quite remote so if you were a lone traveller you may not feel safe venturing out of the hotel in dark to the nearby tavernas (there were 2 of us and we walked briskly!). A small torch would be recommended if you did intend to walk around outside/ go to beach after dark. Internet service is available for 1 euro per hour at stand alone computer in the reception area. A hotel shuttle bus service is available from Scorpios Beach to and from Kamari and Fira for 2euro50cents per person single journey. There are set times for the shuttle service displayed on the reception counter but if you ask other times will be arranged. Gregorios the hotel's taxi man was an absolute lifesaver. He picked us up at designated places in Kamari and Fira at our arranged times (sometimes very late!) and he was always on time and 100% reliable and safe. Gregorios gets my gold star award. You must note that there are no shops in Monolithos whatsoever except for the seven eleven type supermarket - It is purely a beach - there are no little streets to explore etc as it is mostly a remote residential area and under some development. Monolithos is next to the Santorini airport. So transfer time from airport is probably 5 minutes! You certainly need some way of escaping out of Monolithos and it can be very difficult as the local bus only runs between Monolithos and Fira, the capital city, and the last bus is at 8pm. So the hotel shuttle service is essential. The hotel offers no evening entertainment. Perfect for people who want early nights with no loud entertainment or other noises to disturb them or people who are happy to sit around pool all night having quiet drinks. Some guests at the hotel had been told by their tour operator prior to departing for Santorini that Monolithos is Kamari - It is NOT - they are different towns and Kamari is approximately nine kilometers away and a 10-15 minute car drive. Please be warned - Monolithos is NOT a 10 minute walk along a beach to Kamari, as one hotel guest mentioned to me he had been told by his tour company, First Choice. 1) There is no beach path or any walking path from Monolithos to Kamari. 2) The beach is extremely remote in areas away from the main beachfront and certainly totally unsafe for anyone attempting to walk along the coast to Kamari - in any event it is closed at certain points.3)The road from Monolithos to Kamari is single lane both ways and has high traffic from buses and vehicles and motorbikes going to the airport. Not suitable for walking at all.4) Carry water with you at all times as temperatures are daily at 40 degrees and recommend you have a sunhat and good sunscreen for beach. Scorpios Beach hotel is a nice little hotel and is in the best location of Monolithos. If I was to choose a hotel in Monolithos for a beach holiday - this would certainly be the one as all the other 4/5 star hotels in Monolithos are situated right next to the perimeter wall of the airport, including the Santorini Memories hotel (unless I was a plane spotter!). A windsurfer mentioned that Monolithos is the best beach on island for pursuing that sport. No facilities were available at Monolithos beach for hiring water sports equipment or trying any kind of water sports eg jet ski, wind surf, banana etc. You would have to have your own equipment for use in Monolithos or arrange hire in Kamari or Perissa/Perivolos."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of September 2007
Horrible Hotel staff
"we booked our holidays (me and my wife) with first choice, we arrived at Thira Airport and we did get a scaring welcome from first choice agentâ¦(she said: I know that you didnât sleep last nightâ¦me eitherâ¦ but now you need to listen to me because I am not going to repeat that twice..) We arrived at the Hotel reception with other peoples but unfortunately there was nobody in there...After 5 minutes of waiting a young man came saying that our rooms are not ready yet... and when we asked him when it will be possible to access the room he didnât even apologies and said rudely: I donât know it could take up to two hoursâ¦you can leave you are luggage at the reception and use the swimming pool toilets as a changing room for the moment.. We waited for 30 minutes and finely we got our room: the room was very spacious but not that cleanâ¦the bed was very hard and uncomfortableâ¦the water was too salty. The breakfast was very poor... I want to say that Santorini is very nice and the weather was perfect not too hotâ¦ and the food is amazing except in this Hotelâ¦ and I forget to tell you that the reception which it closes at 09 PMâ¦we found out that when we were expecting a call from a friendâ¦and we couldnât get the call because the reception was closed at that time 10 PM, which I find very strange and I asked my self why hotels have receptionsâ¦but I discovered that hotel was managed by a family and they used the reception hall as a part of their first floor apartmentâ¦"
- Travel date: Tue 14th of August 2007
"I took my 16 year old daughter away for a week to Monolithos.
We had a lovely stay at Scorpios Beach Hotel. We were initially a little surprised at how uncomercialised Monolithos was, but soon became used to the peace and quiet. The beach (black sand) and landscape were a little barren but, on the plus side, we had it to ourselves. The loungers and umbrellas belonging to Scorpios Beach Hotel were provided free of charge which was a bonus as we had to pay for them at Kamari and also further down the beach at Monolithos. There were only two tavernas nearby and one tiny supermarket, but every meal we had was really lovely and the staff at both tavernas were so lovely.
Although we initially felt a little as if we were away from all the action, there was a minibus service from the Scorpios Beach which took us to Fira or Kamari for 2.5 Euros each. Even when we wanted to come home at 11 o'clock this was not a problem.
The pool was fabulous and we had that to ourselves from time to time also.
The apartment was much larger than any I have stayed in before in Greece and the whole small complex was very well looked after indeed and exceptionally clean.
I would recommend the Scorpios Beach Hotel to anyone wishing to have a relaxing time with the option to visit the hot spots which are a ten minute car ride away. The local public bus also serves Fira and you can get a bus to Kamari from there."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of July 2007
"+ location of hotel is very close to the beach
+ short walk to bus stop that goes to Fira, scenic view along the way
- last bus to and from Fira is 8.30pm. Too early.
- kitchen is poorly equipped and utensils don't look clean
- water supply in the bathroom is salt water, just not as salty as the sea water.
- mattresses on the beds are extremely hard.
- breakfast not too good
+ hotel staff is quite friendly
Traveller from Norway"
- Travel date: Sat 26th of August 2006