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“Nice hotel - terrible value for money” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Doryssa Seaside Resort
Ranked #3 of 38 Hotels in Pythagorion
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“Nice hotel - terrible value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

I should probably start by saying that we booked our holiday independentely as so were aware that we would be paying more for our holiday and were paying too much for a Greek hotel but do feel it was even more bad value than we expected.

Stayed in a junior suite in the hotel for 10 days in July. Our room was lovely, we had a fantastic sea view right at the end of the hotel and it was very spacious but there's no way we could have stayed in one of the normal rooms, I think I would have suffered claustraphobia. How 2 adults and a child manage is beyond me. The hotel and grounds are beautiful - the village section is very quaint although we didn't venture into it often.

The breakfast was very poor. Considering it is a 5 star hotel I would expect a fresh egg station - an omlette of the day is put out with the hot food but was generally just an egg brick. I know 5 star in Greece is not generally the usual 5 star but when paying the price we did I would expect at least one fresh juice with my breakfast.

My other gripe is the sun lounger issues. Yes, I was aware that sun loungers on the beach were an additional charge but I did not realise they were run by the hotel and that the sun loungers around the hotel were possibly the most uncomfortable I have ever sat on - I lasted an hour and was very sore from it. There are also not enough "free" sun loungers so you either HAVE to pay for the ones on the beach or sit on the grass. Again, not really what you expect from a 5 star hotel.

I also had a facial in the spa and it wasn't great. It was a special offer so maybe that was the reason but it wasn't worth the money (even at the discount).

It's difficult to completely slate the hotel as we did have a lovely holiday and when we spoke to the manager about a lot of our concerns he was very knowledgable and helpful so hopefully the issues we raised with him have been ironed out.

Samos is a great holiday location and we really enjoyed the town of Pythagorion - possibly my favouite. The hotel is ideally placed about a 15 minute walk from the shops and restaurants. You can also easily get the Dolphin to other islands and Samos is small enough to have a couple of days in the car and see some of the lovely little seaside villages. We would definitely go back but save our money and rent a self catering apartment as there are plenty of beaches to use.

Room Tip: The suites are definitely worth paying for, if you can, for the extra space it gives you.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

We have visit Doryssa for the second time. This year we went in September. We had a great week, Thanks to the staff and the reception. Good food, a beautiful room in the Village Area and a perfect location. This is a place where we want to come back every year

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2011

I have never been in Samos before and I found a seriously beautiful island. What I didn’t expect to discover is this Superb hotel. I visited Doryssa the last 3 days of September 2011 and the hotel was fully occupied. The people working there are very polite and the service was really good. The hotel has two different set ups, one main building and one amazingly designed and executed “feel like” traditional Greek village. The sea in front of the hotel is very clean and the beach stretches long enough to accommodate state of the art water sports without interfering with the swimmers. Moreover, there is a very big beach bar and at its back there is a serious beach volley court, tennis court and a five aside football court. My spa experience was wonderful. Spa might be small but very atmospheric and the service is very professional. There is an array of things a visitor can do in the hotel, the best though is a stroll though the village and a visit at the traditional coffee shop or creperie at the vibrant village’s square. My room was in the main building and what stroke me the most was the quality; nicely decorated, well maintained and super clean. Last but not least (and as my name proclaims) my comments on food cannot be omitted. All the meals at the main restaurant had great variety to choose from, with simple flavors but very well executed and presented. The highlight is the a la cart restaurant, situated under the trees between the pools and the sea front. The menu has nothing fuzzy-fusion-ethnic concept but the quality and quantity of the food is overwhelming and reversely proportional to the cost. This place offered me by far the best value for money culinary experience I ever had; the scenery, the service and the food quality were amazing.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LOUKOULOS
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Doryssa, Front Office Manager at Doryssa Seaside Resort, responded to this review, 24 October 2011
Dear Loukoulos,

We would like to thank you for staying in Doryssa Seaside Resort and for sharing your opinion with other people. We feel really happy when we receive so good comments from our guests. We will try hard not only to keep up but also to improve ourselves in order to receive an even more supporting review from you after your next stay with us!

We wish you a nice winter!

Best regards,

Alain Galanos
Rooms Division Manager
Doryssa Seaside Resort
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

Almost two weeks since we came back from Samos, where we spent 7 days in Doryssa Seaside Resort.

We stayed in a village room in the village part of the hotel, and we really loved it. The village looks like a real Greek village, with square, church and shops. Very original..

Food very tasty, great selection of breakfast items, and dinner buffet very nice too.

We wanted to have a special A La Carte dinner, but unfortunately their new A La Carte restaurant by the beach, had already closed for the season. That's strange for a 5 star hotel, not to have any A La Carte restaurants.

The hotel beach is the best we have ever experienced in Greece. Great comfortable sun lounges, with a button to call the waiters and give them your drinks or food orders. There is a 3 Euro charge per person which we did not like, but the excellent service of the beach boys, made it worth it.

There is also a watersports center at the edge of the hotel's beach, but we did not use it.

Service in the Hotel in general is of high standards throughout the resort, and everybody is super polite. Drinks in the main bar at night, a little too high, but there was live music some nights.

Samos island is also very beautiful, we rented a car for 2 days and saw all of it.

We also took the day long excursion to Turkey -Kusadasi- which gave us an idea about Turkey bazaar and life style.

All together, we recommend Doryssa is perfect for a relaxing holiday, with excellent service, and fantastic beach.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Michael M
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Doryssa, Front Office Manager at Doryssa Seaside Resort, responded to this review, 24 October 2011
Dear Michael M,

Thank you very much for choosing Doryssa Seaside Resort for your stay in Samos and for posting your positive review. Your feedback rewards the efforts of our staff.
We all in Doryssa work hard to maintain the high level of the services provided to our guests but also to improve them.

We wish we have the chance to welcome you again in the future.

Best regards,

Alain Galanos
Rooms Division Manager
Doryssa Seaside Resort
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2011

My wife and I loved staying at this resort. We booked an ocean view village suit and upon check in we were upgraded to the presidential suite! The beach and pool areas are very much in the resort style. Very nice and clean as well.

We arrived to the hotel at 7:30am had breakfast at the beautiful ocean front buffet restaurant and were checked into our room by 10am. After being in Athens for a couple days that beach was a beautiful thing to see.

PROs:
The front desk staff was always very helpful and friendly. The beach is beautiful as well as the pool and bar areas. The restaurants are decent. The Hotel buffet restaurant is definitely a step up from the village buffet restaurant. They say the food is the same but the experience is definitely better at the hotel restaurant.

The entire resort besides to pool and beach are beautiful. It's only a 10 minute walk into Pythagorio. Towel service with the umbrella on the beach is great. And that little button you can push to order anything you want from the beach umbrella is awesome. If you need a taxi, the front desk staff will have one for you in 3 minutes. There is an ATM right on the property.

CONs:
Overall our stay was really nice but there are a few things they can do better.

Pens - bring a pen with you everywhere. Whenever they bring you your bill - be it for a drink or dinner, you then have to chase them down for a pen. So strange and sometimes can take a long time.

Dinner at the village restaurant - The waitresses here were basically just rude each and every time we ate here. The hotel buffet restaurant was a much better service and the food was definitely better there the one night we ate. You have to ask to eat at the hotel restaurant if you are staying in the village, which is also silly.

Boarding pass - want to print your boarding pass before you leave?... you better do it while the reservations department is there or you'll be out of luck. They are gone at 5pm.

A word to the wise - there are a lot of women at the beach that go topless. Just a heads up. Some people brought their kids, but not many.

We did a Patmos day trip on day 3. Booked our boat tickets the day before while in Pythagorio. This was easy to do since it was September.

Room Tip: Get a ocean view/front room. You don't want to be facing the other way or you'll be looking...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tripramsay
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Doryssa, Front Office Manager at Doryssa Seaside Resort, responded to this review, 24 October 2011
Dear tripramsay,

We thank you so much for staying with us and for sharing your review within the trip advisor community. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us, the accommodation and the hotel facilities and services.
We appreciate that you send us also your feedback about aspects that need improvement and we intend to work hard during the winter time.

We hope to see you again in Doryssa Seaside Resort.

Best regards,

Alain Galanos
Rooms Division Manager
Doryssa Seaside Resort
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Additional Information about Doryssa Seaside Resort

Property: Doryssa Seaside Resort
Address: Pythagorion 83103, Greece
Region: Greece > Northeast Aegean Islands > Samos > Pythagorion
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Pythagorion
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pythagorion
Price range (per night): $120 - $273
Hotel Class:5 star — Doryssa Seaside Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 292
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Doryssa Seaside Resort is situated in the southern part of Samos, next to the historical and most popular destination of Pythagorion. After a full renovation finished in 2006, combined with completely new upgraded services, it has become a 5 star destination. Lovely areas stylish and tasteful. Doryssa village constructions recreate a traditonal Samos village. Doryssa village and the main hotel structure are situated by the seaside! ... more   less 
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