18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Too Hot for comfort
"We love Greek Islands but going in July was too hot for comfort. The Alexandra was nice but although Thomson gusts must be over 16 years there were loads of children from other tour operators and it was impossible to get in the pool. The beach was very disappointing and the sea bed very slippery from large rocks. Sea Breze bar on Antone beach about 2 kilometers away was a welcome refuge."
- Travel date: 25th July 2012
Lovely Hotel, relaxing holiday
"I stayed at the Alexandra Beach hotel in Thassos with my boyfriend from 22/5/11 to 29/5/11 and we had a brilliant time. We were pleasantly surprised when we entered the hotel reception area it was very posh and clean and the receptionist gave everyone a warm welcome and made us feel very much at home. When we got to the room we were amazed at how large it was, it had two floors and was spacious and the decour was very tasteful and modern. The room included a large widescreen TV with sky news channels and music channels etc and a mini bar where we put our bottled water (as it is not recommend you drink the local water however I did and I had no problem with it). The hotel was very quiet at night and their was air con if it got too hot so I had a good nights sleep. The rest of the hotel was very nice it had lovely gardens and was generally a very picturesque environment. I was also pleased that the hotel had no insects inside and was glad to know we had an insect net over the sliding windows on our balcony so we could open the window and not worry about them coming in! We went half board and the breakfast and dinner were served in a buffet style restraurant with seating both inside and outside which we thought was good. We were glad the food was buffet style as we prefered this. The breakfast was varied it consisted mainly of continental and english breakfasts with food to cater for most tastes and nationalities. We really enjoyed the breakfasts and also thought that the times it was served were good it was 7:30am until 10am. The evening meal was delicious, very varied and we were throughly satisfied with it. We felt we were experiencing the local greek cuisine and not just normal tourist food although there was that option! We went with Thomson who we have found to have excellent customer service and are reliable. We went on the Thomson Thassos tour it cost approximately Â£42 euros each and we enjoyed it however some people had complained about the trip so we got called to see the rep and he explained we were getting a 50% refund and we got a letter of apology from Thomson sent to our room, we thought this was excellent customer service as we were satisfied with the trip. We went for a week and for 4 out of the 7 days there wasn't a cloud in the sky but for the other 3 it was cloudy at some point and one day it was cloudy all day. We mainly sunbathed on the hotel beach which was pebbly and then usually went to Potos for lunch. We walked to Limeneras the second biggest town in the island on one day. it should take approximately 45 mins to walk there but took us longer as we stopped off at the beach recommended by our rep on the way. behind the beach were the disused steel mines which we thought were interesting. Overall it was a very scenic interesting walk to and back from Limeneras. On a night we mainly went to Potos which was a 10 minute walk from the hotel it was on the sea front and there is a jetty to walk on and we saw some breathtaking sunsets. We visited the Boomerrang bar this my boyfriends favorite as it had sky sports and was the only bar with english commetary on football. There was a great atmosphere at the Boomerang bar and the staff were extremely friendly, very polite and welcoming also they provided crisps and nuts with drinks and also on the first round, complimentary fruit. We did stay at the hotel bar for two nights and found the price to be resonable compaired to other hotels we have stayed at. One night it was greek dancing night which we enjoyed, however when they started coming out into the audience we made a run for it but we enjoyed watching other people from the hotel attempting greek dancing! Overall Thassos was a very picturesque amazing island, we stayed in the best hotel and throughly enjoyed our holiday and didn't want to come home. "
- Travel date: 6th June 2011
Great Hotel, brilliant place
"Me and my girlfriend just spent a week at Alexandra beach and had a great time. The hotel is very clean and the surrounding gardens are really well kept. The room was a very pleasant suprise. It was clean, spacious and comfortable. Pool area is small but nice. We went half board and were impressed with the food on offer. Buffet style with plenty to choose from and good quality food. I cannot fault the hotel staff in any way, they were really friendly, helpful and made you feel welcome. The hotel looks onto a pleasant beach which has plenty of deck chairs and a beach bar. The hotel is located about 5 min walk away from Potos town. Potos is small but has several good restaurants on the front which are all close together and are also good for drinking in the evening. We went end of May which is meant to be just 'out of season' but some of the bars were still quite busy on a night so im guessing it will get busier later in the summer. There is also a beach in potos. The local people are so friendly and they seem willing to help with anything. The next big town is Limenaria, its about a 45 min walk - might take a little longer if its really hot. You can walk through the hills and pass a nice beach on the way which has the back drop of an old steel mine which is pretty cool. Overall the hotel was faultless in my opinion, hotel staff and locals were really nice and the place itself was scenic and well worth a visit. If you go to Thassos defiantly stay at Alexandra Beach, I can't imagine there is a better hotel on the island. Just a quick word on Thomson - efficient transfers, good helpful rep and general quality service. "
- Travel date: 2nd June 2011
"We have just returned from alexandra beach and had a great time. The hotel was very clean and all the staff where fantastic. We read many reviews before we left and where most concerned anout the dining facilities. We didn't find this a problem, we where always seated immediately and staff where well organised to clear tables and seat you appropriatley. There is a special "kids restaurant" in the evening too. The pools where good too, there is a large one which can be quite busy and the smaller one which we spent most of our time by, great with a young child. Sunbeds where not a problem either. The beach is good but very pebbly, the north east of the island is sandy and about an hours drive. Car hire was really cheap at the hotel, we where quoted Â£180 before we left and paid 85 euros when we got there for 3 days. Potos is a lovely town with some beautiful tavernas right on the beach front. We spent most nights in the Boomerang bar which was fantastic! The aussies blokes running it are so much fun and can tell you all the best beaches (they helped us track down some fags!) They had sunbeds on the beach which where free for customers and served the best cocktails in town. Would highly recommend it! All in all a great holiday. The downsides where the long trip to get there (we where on the road for 12 hrs). The hotel is an hour and 20 from the ferry port. There are no tobaconists on the island but the kiosk on the corner at the main crossroads had a big stock. We asked the lady in the hotel shop to order us some which where delivered the next afternoon. Hope you found this helpful!"
- Travel date: 2nd July 2007
what a horror
"We arrived to find that the hotel had a broken air conditioning unit, crawling ants every where and dirty floors. we had to pay for the three days in advance, no invoice and of course I am still awaiting for the refund. And absolutely nothing. I am still bitter about the whole experience and having lost AU$700. Avoid the nightmare. Susana"
- Travel date: 25th April 2007
Good Hotel, some flaws
"This hotel is very well situated on the edge of Potos, set well back from the road but close enough for a pleasant stroll to the bars and restaurants in the town. Our overall impression of the hotel was good - clean and comfortable room, excellent spa facillities, friendly staff, beautiful pool and terrace area and superb views across to Mount Athos. On the down side, the pool area could be bigger for the size of the hotel. When we visited (June) there were lots of children having a good time, if you don't mind or have your own children that's fine but don't expect a quiet relaxing time by the pool. The hotel beach is a much better option, also with plenty free sunbeds, however beware sharp rocks, jelly shoes don't look very cool but niether do bloody feet! We didn't like the buffet style free for all in the evening, (we are talking hundreds of guests), although the food itself was reasonably good and plentiful. Most evenings entertainment was provided, but we preferred a walk into town or across the beach to Pefkari. Highly recommended in Potos is the Boomerang Bar where we enjoyed drinking and laughing with owners Abe and Joe. A car hire is well worthwhile as there are some beautiful quiet sandy beaches within 30 minutes drive."
- Travel date: 20th January 2007
Fantastic family holiday
"We had a family holiday at the Alexander beach during the May bank holiday. We went as a family of three with our daughter of 7, also with my wifes sister and family who have 2 children of 7 and 10. We had a fantastic time the hotel was excellent, the rooms are clean, tidy and of a good size, we liked the fact that the childrens beds were proper beds and not sofa beds. The rooms are cleaned every day by staff who will always smile and say good morning. The pool area and infact the whole hotel is kept very clean and tidy. The staff are very nice. As well as the great hotel the advantage of going here is going into the small harbour village of Potos. It has a number of restaurants and bars and is great for a change of scene. Go to the Aussie bar where Joe and Ab can,t do enough for you. If you want a great family holiday visit here this summer it's great"
- Travel date: 25th October 2006
We booked a two week stay at the Alexand...
"We booked a two week stay at the Alexander Beach, in a double room, from 24th September to 8th October. This was too late and we would advise you to think twice about going at this time. Unfortunately, the weather was not that good and the island was closing down. Although Thomsons have the ferry crossing and journey organised (the Reps were very good), there is a lot of waiting about and queuing when the weather is poor and we all got very wet as there is no cover at the ferry port. Before I go any further - if you are bothered by wasps then Thassos is probably not for you. It is plagued with them even at this time of year. The locals do not seem to be bothered by them, but just bare that in mind. We have never come across this on any other Greek island. The hotel looks very inviting and without exception every member of the staff was helpful and friendly. The rooms are set in large grounds in either two or three story buildings but have no covered walkways to the main hotel area and restaurant and if it rained, as it did, it was quite possible to get a good soaking on your way to eat. We also noticed that most of the English were placed in the blocks at the back of the complex with no views to speak of. This may have been just a coincidence or maybe these are the rooms Thomsons agree on? The hotel guests are predominantly German, with Bulgarians and a few Mainland Greeks. This did make the hotel noisy as these guests tend to be rather loud and in the last week there were only 32 English in the whole hotel. The food was palatable and interesting for the first week but by the second week the novelty had worn off and the interest disappeared. We, and other guests, found ourselves eating out at the local restaurants in Potos which greatly added to the cost of this holiday. (The hotel food and drink prices are what you would expect). The restaurant was too small, cramped and noisy and the staff were all rather jaded. Whilst we were there the hours of service were reduced and one of the most annoying aspects was the fact that certain types of foods disappeared off the menu e.g. ice-cream, honey, yogurt and we were told that this was because it was the end of the season. Well we had not paid for an end of season holiday and this was unacceptable. The rooms are dark. The lighting is very subdued and for the ladies was utterly useless for applying makeup, plucking eyebrows etc. The furniture is acceptable and of a modern feel and the beds very firm but the bathroom shower curtain was stale and gave off an odour and the drains became smellier as the holiday went on and the rain fell. The room cleaning seemed to lapse as the holiday progressed too and the floors and surfaces were barely touched some days. The TV is a small portable but only CNN and BBC World news channels were in English - Dire! One of the most disappointing features was the total lack of evening entertainment and the fact that the inside bar was closed at all times and therefore there was very little atmosphere. There was not even a piano bar or music area inside and it could be too chilly to sit outside. The beach is not wonderful and very stony although the beds were free at this time of year. The pontoons had been removed after a storm and were not returned and the water sports were zero. There was no snack bar and the pools were too cold to use - although very pretty to look at. Potos itself is a lovely little place and without fail, all the seafront bars were great places to eat or drink and you were made to feel very welcome. Once again though, as the second week arrived, several of the bars just closed down and the sun beds on the beach with them. The sun beds on Potos beach are owned by the bars and free if you order drinks. The same applied to the little shops. Many were closed and others running down their stocks. Having hired a car (from Potos cars in the town), we traveled round the island. The island is very interesting with lots of archaeological sites and many little beaches but seemed to be closing down in all areas and some were positively deserted. They were already beginning to start their end of season maintenance work on paths, bars etc. People do seem to return to Thassos and maybe at a different time of year we would see the reasons why but mid to late Sept/early Oct are not advised if you want at least some atmosphere in the small villages and tiny ports. Is this a 4* Hotel? It tries very hard to be and the addition of the Spa is, I am sure, one reason for the fourth star but the treatments are very expensive and a luxury to be added to the cost. This hotel is lovely to look at but some of the service and food really need to be sorted before we would say that this hotel deserves it's 4* rating."
- Travel date: 11th October 2006
"We chose Alexandra Beach because in the whole Greece brochure, this was the only hotel that had everything we wanted (family of 4, 2 girls aged 11 & 13) - location near a village rather than right in a town, near the beach, pool looked nice, rooms looked nice and had aircon included, and the spa facilities were a bonus but we didn't know if we would use it. The journey was a little longer than we anticipated, but the ferry crossing fun. I would recommend tucking kid's swimsuits into your handbag because we arrived a couple of hours before our luggage, and it was a waste of the afternoon for them. The hotel was fab though, the best we have stayed in, in Greece. I do think it deserves the 4 stars. The rooms were big and immaculate, even the bathroom was lovely, seemed brand new, with a powerful shower. The restaurant food was a great way of trying loads of different greek food, and it was beautifully presented. I am vegetarian and there was plenty of choice. The kids always had a salad starter, found something for a main course that they liked, and finished up with several freshly made pancakes. There was always plenty of melon too which was popular. The pool area was great, and kept very clean. Some people say there weren't enough sun beds but in August we found it fine - if you weren't up early enough to get one by the pool, there are plenty on the lawn, still overlooking the sea. We didn't find the bar expensive either - mainly during the day we were drinking water from the little shop on site. There is an outdoor part of the restaurant which serves lunch (traditional kebabs, pizzas) or a taverna half way down the steps to the beach, where we often got some greek salad and half bottles of RosÃ© - we were in denial though because one was never enough! We went down to the taverna after dinner on occasion too and played cards overlooking the sea. We were only there for a week and wanted to relax, so we didn't venture far, but we did go into both Potos and Pefkari - we preferred Pefkari because it was quieter, but Potos was fun for a wander around, a look in the shops and a couple of drinks. We enjoyed the beach - yes it is a little shingly, but fine, and we went on one of those rides where you get dragged behind a boat on a huge inflatable, which was a bit of a highlight. The kids found some friends, we all chilled out by the pool, we even took advantage of the spa and had a massage. All in all it was a great, relaxing week."
- Travel date: 4th October 2006
Let me first say Thassos is a lovely isl...
"Let me first say Thassos is a lovely island and Potos is a great resort, lots of nice shops and bars. Now to the hotel. First the good points - Hotel room was really nice, plenty of room, really good air con, rooms are dotted around well kept gardens, very pretty. We liked the food, plenty of choice. Now the not so good points - it was packed, we were like sardines - around the pool and at mealtimes! A few years ago the hotel built quite a lot of extra bedrooms - and there is just not enough room for the volume of people - the sun bed lark was a joke! There wasn't enough for even half the guests, we spent most of our 2 weeks sat on chairs around the bar area! The entertainment was painful, but fortunately Potos was only a 5 minute walk away and is really lovely in the evenings, and a lot cheaper, the drinks at the hotel were very expensive. The Hotel has the potential to be fantastic, lovely views, right on the beach, etc, but it needs a much bigger restaurant and pool area to accommodate the guests. My advice to anyone thinking of going here is not to go at peak times, we unfortunately have to because we are tied with the school holidays - wouldn't return."
- Travel date: 27th September 2006
"This was our first time to Thassos and we werent disappointed. The hotel was fantastic and we could not fault it. the room was spotless and the food although buffet style, was excellent, so much choice and very tasty. We especially liked eating our lunches at the Taverna belonging to the hotel, overlooking the sea. Potos is lovely and we spent most of our evenings at Boomerang bar with Abe and Joe, they were great lads and worked really hard to please to please you. The only down side was the wasps, which come in September, so i would avoid that month if possible"
- Travel date: 19th September 2006
We booked our holiday 12 months in advan...
"We booked our holiday 12 months in advance and were looking forward to visiting this 4 * hotel. We had already been advised by Thomson that our 'deluxe family room' had been withdrawn and were 'no longer offered'. The flight, and transfer service by Thomson was first class. Upon arrival at the hotel, our room was excellent (9/10) and very comfortable. However on our first evening we found out that a family who had only booked their holiday at Easter had in fact a deluxe family room. We didn't let this spoil our holiday! For the first few nights the food was pretty good, however, the hotel did seem to cater more for Austrian and Dutch visitors. Some mornings bacon had to be requested, but there was always plenty of choice for continental type breakfasts. During the middle of our two week break the food seemed to decline in both choice and quality. But it did pick up at the end. However, the kids buffet was a choice of fish fingers or spaghetti bolognaise (with different shaped pasta) and one night there was chicken nuggets. 'Skimming' with the waiters (where they don't produce a bill for drinks, you pay and they pocket the money) was rife at the hotel and the manager picked this up the one night and we were asked to wait whilst it was checked. Also, some bar staff refused to give change if it was less than 1 euro expecting that as a tip. The main issues with the hotel is the food and service. The drinks are also expensive and the evening entertainment was very, very poor. Not what you would expect of a four star hotel. When the evening entertainment started (normally two Greek ladies singing Barbara Streissand numbers, which they murdered) the guests went down to Potos! The hotel has a lovely location right on the beach, and Potos is a nice little friendly resort and we did sample some of the local restaurants which were very reasonable. The rooms at the hotel are very comfortable and were very, very clean. If they could sort out the food and the entertainment issues, people would stay in the hotel for entertainment, and wouldn't mind paying a little more for their drinks!"
- Travel date: 12th August 2006
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