23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The best 2 weeks!
"We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Stamos Hotel in Halkidiki and we are suffering from the holiday blues! On arrival at the hotel we were impressed with the pool and bar area. They were exactly how they were pictured on the Stamos Hotel website. When we entered the room I must admit that we were a little shocked as they were not at all like the images posted on the website. They are basic. However, after a few hours the room felt like home. The room was spotless, the cleanest place i've ever stayed and the maid service was superb and daily! We had a fridge and lots of utensils which was good to say it was only bed and breakfast and not self catering. The staff at the hotel were very friedly and very helpful. We hired a car (which is a must) and Thanaissis (owner) was only to pleased to recommened places to visit and empty bays and beaches. These trips were some of our best days out. Katarina was also very helpful and always went out of her way to make sure we had everything that we needed. The breakfast was traditional Greek style, but there was plenty of it and it was all fresh. Just be aware that the aircon is an extra and they charge 6 euros a day for it. Bare this in mind and this was an added extra that we had not budgeted for. We had an action packed 2 weeks and would definitly recommened the scuba diving and snorkelling trip. Both were superb and well worth the money. It is ran by and English lady, Karla who is so patient and reasuring it made the whole experinece throughly enjoyable. Afitos itself is also wonderful, the little centre is hussle and bussle in a non touristy way! There are so many lovely restaurnants and bars. We would recommend Chirstos. Very good food and great service. Try and find the cocktail bar just down from the chemist on the same side. You will never have had cocktails like it! Enjoy! Hiring a car was great fun and we visited alot of th Kassandra pinisula and also travelled to the middle finger of Sinthonia. This was beautiful and had the most gorgeous secluded bays, well worth the hours drive. At Vourouvo on the middle finger you can hire a boat for 3 hours which was great fun. We dropped the anchor and dived off the boat, super!!! T his is the one place I can say I will certainly be returing too. The hotel was great, the resort (if you can call it that) was perfect and the whole hoiday was the best ever. I would throughly recommened this Hotel and I am very envious of those who are still looking forward to going! Have fun!"
- Travel date: 16th August 2009
Charming, small and friendly
"Returned to Stamos for first time in 4 years and it is still as charming and friendly as the last time. The staff will do anything to help you to enjoy your holiday. Ok, the breakfast is basic but who wants fry ups everyday anyway? The rooms are exceptionally clean so I don't understand where one bad review is coming from. As for bed bugs or fleas maybe the reviewer bought their own. We didn't even get a mozie bite. All in all for what you pay you get exceptional service at a hotel in the most beautiful location in Halkidiki. The beach is fantastic and relatively shallow so good for children (although there are a few rocky areas but if you can bare to walk a few extra metres in the heat there are totally sandy bits). The restaurants and bars in Afitos are very good too but be sure to check prices of drinks on beaches as they can be pricey although they usually include use of sun beds for as long as you want. All in all really recommend Stamos Hotel. "
- Travel date: 30th July 2009
Simply the best
"We arrived back on Friday from what was a fabulous holiday. We have been to Afitos 3 times now and it simply gets better each time. We are a family of 4, with 2 kids aged 10 & 12. The Stamos Hotel was perfect for all of us. The pool area was perfectly clean, with internet facilities for the kids and very cold beer for us adults. Thanassis and Katarina are perfect hosts, nothing too much trouble, even sorting out the Tv for the footy!!! The rooms are in good order with kettle and crockery, sink and glasses. No cooking facilities but with a very good breakfast provided and great local restaurants why would you want to cook? ( Katarina even turned a blind eye to my husband bringing the breakfast to the room because me and the kids wanted to lay in ). The village itself is picture perfect, very traditional and the locals are all very friendly. The beach is about 15 minutes downhill ( there is a "kinder on your legs" slope to return uphill instead of the steep steps ). It is how-ever well worth the walk, the beach is as clean as it comes absolutely delightful, and if you feel you need a drink or lunch there are 2 bars and 2/3 restaurants available. The bars on the beach are pricey but go to the Olympia restaurant just off from the beach on the road to beach and geuros will be more than happy to serve you at a much more agreeable price ( and is cooking is fab too!!! ) I don't have anything bad to say about the resort and am already planning to go back to the Stamos next year."
- Travel date: 1st June 2009
"this hotel and its location were absolutely fantastic. the service, cleanliness, friendly staff and spacious room all added to our outstanding two week stay here at the stamos. It had all the hallmarks of a relaxing September holiday, not too busy as the season was winding down, hot beautiful weather (although we had a couple of overcast days - a welcome break from the heat!), friendly relaxed service and a nice small tight-knit community of guests. For those seeking relaxation, this is the place. the town afitos is an absolute gem in the peninsula of kassandra. The stamos is about a 5 min walk down some gorgeous little greek streets and the town square of afitos is set out to offer visitors a great range of bars and restaurants. Make sure you explore the beach, its well worth the trek back uphill! and look out for those visiting dolphins!! Thumbs up to the stamos and afitos, we'll no doubt be back one day, enjoying the metaxa and that gorgeous view out to sea"
- Travel date: 24th September 2008
A wonderfuk place to relax
"I have recently returned from holiday with 3 girlfriends and would like to say what a lovely time we had at the Hotel Stamos. The aim of our holiday was for some straightforward R&R and we certainly got that. The rooms are simple but comfortable and we had a lovely balcony overlooking the pool area. The pool area was lovely, impeccably clean and with a nice mixture of lounge chairs and proper seating with tables. We had breakfast there every day which again was simple but satisfying. There was a nice bar by the pool and the drinks were actually the cheapest we found in town! However the most wonderful thing about Stamos are the Stamos family who run it. They could not have been nicer, more welcoming or more accommodating. When we arrived out room wasnât ready (we had arrived early at around 12pm) however we were shown to the pool area and settled down with complimentary drinks and our room was ready in 20 mins so it was a wonderful start to the holiday. As for the general area the beach is gorgeous but it is a 5 min walk downhill (uphill on the way back!) but it feels very exclusive. There are bars and facilities on the beach and they will bring them to your loungers so you need not even get up! The town was lovely although the restaurants do get a little bit repetitive, the menus are essentially all the same. There are lots of bars and they are modern but the drinks in town are pricey, 8 euros for a cocktail, 6-7 for a G&T. There was one fabulous bar though with happy hour cocktails all night that come with sparklers! All in all it was a lovely holiday and I was very impressed with the standard of accommodation for the price we paid. The hotel is genuinely friendly and very very clean with a mixed group of people there, some older, some younger but because the hotel is small its always quiet and peaceful. I would definitely stay at Hotel Stamos again â it is a jewel in this the area."
- Travel date: 17th September 2008
Firstly I completely agree with the weig...
"Firstly I completely agree with the weight of opinion here, do not take ANY notice of the single bad review - I think they must be professional whingers and their comments are completely untrue as far as I'm concerned. The Hotel Stamos is a charming, small, family-run hotel which is well-located (a very short walk to the town centre but far enough away so that you are not kept awake at night). The staff are very friendly and incredibly helpful (for example, lending my partner a hairdryer when hers had broken). The rooms are very, very clean and have all the facilities you would reasonably require for a comfortable holiday (including a refrigerator). In fact this is probably the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in whilst in Greece (and I've stayed in quite a few). In conclusion, I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to my friends and family."
- Travel date: 15th August 2008
We went to the Stamos hotel at the bigin...
"We went to the Stamos hotel at the biginnning of the season and loved every minute of it. The hotel and the staff were excellent. The room we stayed in was clean light and airy, the staff friendly, attentive and extremely welcoming. The village itself was lovely and a excellent example of greek life. There was plenty of restaurants to choose from at night and found several that we visited several times. I would deffinately suggest this hotel and the village to others as i could not fault my holiday there. I would say though that Afitos is more suited to couples or people wanting a quieter holiday rather than people looking for parties and clubs. Ten out of ten for sure from us!"
- Travel date: 6th August 2008
A very nice hotel, in a beautiful locati...
"A very nice hotel, in a beautiful location, close to the town centre but very quiet and calm. The rooms are cosy, air-conditioned, each one has a beautiful terrace with a great view. There is also a pool, very clean and well maintained, the kids love it, so do those who prefer not to move around too much. There is a supermarket just 20 m from the hotel, and one can arrange a nice homey dinner with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and fruits. The restaurants near by are OK, the prices are normal, the sea food is always fresh. There are other interesting places to visit by car ot taxi within a distance of 10 km. The Afitos beach is a bit far - 15-20 min walk, down and uphill on the way back, which can be titing, but for people who appreciate a good work out, it's perfect. Best for swimmers. The sea is absolutely fantastic - emerald green, with rocks and lots of fish. We spent hours swimming, snorkeling and diving. Even in inclement weather the sea water is warm in this time of the year. "
- Travel date: 29th July 2008
"just arrived back from a week at the stamos hotel, afitos. myself and my husband went, were in our 30 s and could nt of asked for a more relaxed holiday, the hotel its self ,provided us with everything we needed, including great hospitality, family run hotel and nothing is to much if you asked for anything. fantastic pool area, and 5mins from the most beautiful beach we d ever seen, the water was cystal clear and white sand, with sunlougers and waiter service . we highly recommend this hotel and will definatley will be returning next year.a*************** rebecca and matthew from bedfordshire."
- Travel date: 18th July 2008
"We stayed at this Hotel for 2 weeks, and from the minute we arrived until we left everything was brilliant, all of the staff were very friendly and good at there job, especially Kathryn who would be a credit to any hotel, nothing was too much trouble. The new pool bar (1 year old) is a important touch which made our stay even more enjoyable. The resort itself was a typical Greek village with everything that comes with that, quiet, relaxing, great food throughout, if ever you fancy a pizza go to the restaurant called 'The Corner', its just down the road, only order one because there huge!! A bar we would highly recommend was the Lithos Bar, which was the centre of the local community. All the locals went out of there way to make our stay more enjoyable, something we have come to expect from Greek islands. Quite a walk to get to the beach, 2 different ways to get there, choose the steps, its easier!! Beach and the sea is excellent and well worth a walk down. Didnt want to come home, and really miss the whole Stamos Hotel experience, and hope to return in May 09, see you then!! Andy & Tammy, Room 23. xx"
- Travel date: 14th July 2008
Myself and a group of friends stayed at ...
"Myself and a group of friends stayed at the stamos hotel at the end of may. during our stay our rooms were cleaned to an excellent standard daily, the staff were lovely and made our stay super!! although it was a long transfer we were made welcome and comfortable by staff. the pool area was fantastic and cleaned daily. the village of Afitos was beautiful, each place we went to eat was lovely. The food was amazing. We have never stayed at a hotel with such friendly accomodating staff. We would recomend Afitos and the hotel stamos to all our family and friends, There is also no '100 yard walk' it is half that and purely because the hotel is situated away from the main road which ensures a peaceful and pleasant stay. "
- Travel date: 10th July 2008
Fantastic hotel for a relaxing holiday
"Please donât be put off by the single bad review this hotel has! You would be making a big mistake and missing out on a fantastic stay at the Hotel Stamos. We stayed there for a week at the beginning of June and enjoyed the best holiday weâve had so far. We read all of the entries in the entire guest book at the hotel which was for comments and suggestions as well as notes of thanks â and there was not one negative comment left by any visitor. The Hotel is superb and well run â with friendly and helpful staff that would go to any lengths to help you out. Our room was spotlessly cleaned daily and had everything we needed. The whole hotel is light and airy â not dingy and dark, with aircon in the room if you wanted it (although we found it cool enough with just the wooden shutter doors closed and the main doors open). The â100 yard walk to the hotelâ is in fact less than 50 yards and takes about 30 seconds from where the coach drops you off. And the simple fact that the coach cannot get closer is testament to the fact that the hotel benefits from being on a quiet, narrow street and does not suffer much traffic. As for the disabled access â the hotel along with the rest of Athitos is built on a cliff and access to the hotel is via steps, and the beach via one of two roads â one steep and one mildly sloped but longer. The brochure and the internet site we booked through both mentioned this and we spotted the notices straight away and we werenât even looking for it! The pool was amazing and the along with the surrounding pool area and bar were clean and had a lovely exotic feel with palm trees and flowers and small birds around. The village of Athitos is amazing and as close to the real Greece as youâre going to find without camping out in a Greekâs house! Even the Greeks from the closest main city of Thessaloniki holiday there. We had a fantastic time at the Stamos hotel â and we would and have recommended it to all of our friends and family."
- Travel date: 15th June 2008
Top traveller tips for Stamos Hotel
"Harris restaurant and a little blue bar in the centre of village, great for people watching. "
"Hire a car! Go to waterworld, scuba diving, snorkeling and hire a boat. "
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