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Hotel Argo Hotel 1 star
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KAMARI SANTORINI KAMARI Greece Santorini, Greece -
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This is a small hotel but we like it for its simplicity. It offers a high level of service and a family atmosphere, with a splendid view of the sea to top it all off. It's a good reason to take a holiday.

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    Location 7.41 /10

    The hotel Argo's best asset is its location. Located in Kamari, on the little street that leads up to the promenade in the upper part of the village, the hotel's rooms afford a splendid view of the sea and the white roofs of the region. It is accessible on foot from the centre of Kamari and by car from the other towns on the island, linked by the main road. Two bus lines travel to Pyrgos and Fira every day.

    Accommodation 5.45 /10

    There are 21 guest rooms at the Argo hotel, including 19 standard rooms and 2 superior rooms. The rooms have a small terrace with a wooden table and white chairs, and a splendid view of the sea. This makes up for the small size of the rooms (12 m² on average), which are nevertheless charming, just like the rest of this family orientated hotel.

    The four poster bed adds a touch of class to the standard room, furnished with a comfortable sofa and elegant materials (such as that which covers the bed). The room number is indicated by a plate nailed to the white door. The bathroom is proportional to the size of room and brilliantly clean, luminous and fitted with a bathtub and a welcome kit. The grey-yellow tiling stands out in what is otherwise a beautifully harmonious space.

    The superior room has the same features as the standard room, but is bigger and has more details to it: note that there is a private jacuzzi in the bedroom. All of the rooms have a safe, a telephone, air conditioning, and a TV set, but there is no room service available.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The establishment is intimate and beautiful and entirely run by Cristina, a smiling lady who handles bookings and looks after guests. Peaceful and family-oriented, the Argo welcomes you in what probably used to be a private residence before it was a hotel. The reception occupies the former entrance and the decor here is a rather quaint, but it is well lit and welcoming. From there, a second entrance will take you to the interior courtyard, around which the rooms are organised. These are accessed via a maze of neat, clean stairways.

    The hotel's only swimming pool ("Do you really need any more than that?" asks Cristina with disarming spontaneity) is the heart of the hotel. Only a short distance from the rooms, this area is sadly too close to the street and suffers from noise and pollution. Guests (most of which are middle-aged) can relax in the sun around the swimming pool and enjoy the cold beverages served at the bar. The latter is the only place that provides some shade, under an arbour covered with vine leaves, protecting you from the blinding glare of the sun that reflects off the white facade. It's a pity the landscape is spoiled by the skeleton of an unfinished building opposite the hotel.

    Food and drink 5.95 /10

    The hotel has no restaurant. The clientele is offered a half-board formula, with breakfast and the possibility of enjoying snacks at the swimming pool bar.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    The hotel Argo does not have a private beach. The easiest thing to do is to go to the seafront in Kamari where the beaches are accessible, despite belonging to the buildings opposite. If you're looking for a public beach, all you have to do is go to the end of the promenade (next to the Seaside hotel).

    To know

    The Argo opened in 1992 and was renovated in 2008. All of its rooms were renovated in 2009. This establishment offers a half-board formula (there is no restaurant), and there is no room service nor rooms for guests with reduced mobility. The internet connection (wireless) is free.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Safe

    advantage

    • The view from the rooms
    • The family friendly atmosphere
    • Easily accessible

    disadvantages

    • The building opposite that spoils the view
    • The road just behind the swimming pool
    • There is no restaurant

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