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Hotel Club Syrtaki Rivari Hotel 2 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Rivari opened its doors over twenty years ago and that's plain to see! The buildings are ageing and the furniture is in real need of replacing. This place is quiet though, and the staff is friendly. A ten minute walk takes you to the town of Kamari and its beach. The walk is not a pleasant one unfortunately as there is nothing to note in the surroundings... The clientele is mostly French.

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    Location 6.79 /10

    In the small town of Kamari, a ten minute walk from the beach and its black sand, typical of the area. The island's capital city, Fira, is just 7 mi away - a fifteen minute drive. As for the airport, allow ten minutes to cover the 4 mi to and from the hotel.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The Rivari's 70 bedrooms are spread over seven three-floor buildings. They are divided into three categories: standard double, family and studios. Inside, the furniture is outdated and, as a whole, a little demoralising. In family rooms, children sleep upstairs and considering the size of the stairs (which look more like ladders), safety wasn't much of consideration when they were being designed. Amenities include a television set, air conditioning, a hair dryer, a balcony and a minibar but no room service. The bathroom, however, is reasonably sized but the damp smell is not very pleasant.

    Overview 6.20 /10

    Out of Kamari's town centre, the surroundings of the Rivari are not at all lively but the hotel therefore benefits from a very peaceful location. The hotel's reception hall is very dingy and a little smile would not go amiss... But anyway, the garden is full of flowers, which is quite rare in Santorini. A little pathway leads the way to the large pool but its rectangular shape brings no originality whatsoever. The deckchairs are plastic or iron but the parasols are thatched. Next to the pool stands the hotel bar, with furniture that could do with a renewal... The Rivari has a gym which is best avoided. The apparatus is outdated, and some is even rusty.

    Food and drink 6.45 /10

    The hotel restaurant serves all three meals of the day. Breakfast is served as a cold buffet, whereas lunch and dinner are 'à la carte' meals. The indoor area holds most of the tables but you will can also enjoy your meals outside on the terrace. You can only marvel at how they managed to squeeze so many tables into such a small space... Most dishes are Greek-style but there is a snack menu available as well.

    Beach

    Santorini's landforms have been shaped by the activity of its volcano, which is now dormant. Some of its beaches are therefore pebbly, while others are covered in black sand. As the west coast of the island drops sharply into the sea, Santorini's beaches are to be found along its east coast. Do not expect to find tropical-looking beaches because there aren't any. That doesn't mean that the landscapes are any less beautiful though.
    Kamari beach is located some 6 mi from Fira. It is a black sandy beach stretching about 3 mi along the coast. A promenade runs along the seafront. The fairly peaceful Monolithos beach, just up the coast, offers a similar landscape to that found at Kamari. The black sandy beach of Perissa is 9 mi south east of Fira and covers more than 4 mi of coastline. It is particularly lively in the summer due to its many shops, bars and restaurants. If you want to do something different, head for the red beach. It is also a black sand beach, but it is surrounded by huge red cliffs and can only be reached by foot or caïque. The water is crystal clear, and it is one of Santorini's most famous and most beautiful beaches. It is not far from Akrotiri. Vlychada is in the Perivolos region and is often the least busy of the island's beaches. Finally, there are two pretty beaches in the north that are usually frequented by tourists staying in Oia. Ammoudi is located just below Oia, on the north-western end of the island whereas Armeni is a little further down.

    To know

    The hotel is open during the summer season, from April to October.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • The flowery garden.
    • The peace and quiet.

    disadvantages

    • The surroundings.
    • Not on the seafront.
    • Planes flying overhead.

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