Samothraki Accommodation Greece - Greek Hotels
Samothraki doesn't offer A-category lap of luxury hotels like the better known and more popular Greek islands and neither is it geared up to meet the needs of package holiday hordes from northern Europe. But there are plenty of mid-range hotels and domatia to accommodate the Greek visitors and independent travellers who arrive here during the relatively short holiday season which lasts from mid-July to the end of August.
Because the season is so short here, hotel accommodation is more expensive than on many of the busier islands as proprietors have a limited period in which to cash in on the tourist trade. If you're travelling on a tight budget your best bet is to bed down in one of the cheap and cheerful domatia available in Kamariotissa or head out to the municipal camp sites near Loutra on the north coast.
The port of Kamariotissa might not be the most attractive place on Samothraki but it's the island's transport hub so it's a useful base for exploring the north and south coasts and the inland villages.
Domatia owners usually meet incoming ferries in high season otherwise look out for rooms to rent signs in the port's back streets. Some of the island's best accommodation can be found along or near the port's tree-fringed waterfront including the C-category Niki Beach beyond the far north end of the quay. The hotel is set in a lovely garden just a few metres from the sea and offers a good range of facilities including air conditioning and room service. The more expensive B-category Aeolos Hotel, set on a bluff behind the Niki Beach, is one of the most upmarket hotels on the island with a large swimming pool, good restaurant, conference facilities and rooms with sea views.
There are no hotels in the charming hillside capital of Hora, five kilometres east of Kamariotissa, but if you want to stay here ask at one of the tavernas in the central square if they can put you in touch with villagers who offer unofficial rooms to rent.
If your main reason for visiting the island is to marvel over the evocative ruins of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods you might want to stay at the nearby village of Paleopolis which has several domatia and the comfortable C-category Kastro Hotel where hiking groups are offered special deals.
Domatia owners meet visitors arriving from Kamariotissa at the island's premier resort of Loutra, home to the famous therapeutic hot springs. Some of the island's most attractive accommodation can be found here in the form of the Mariva Hotel bungalow complex, set on a hillside near a waterfall. The 60 spacious bungalows are all air conditioned and have private balconies with views of the garden or sea.
There are two municipal camp sites by the beach near Loutra. The first is only equipped with toilets and showers but the second, four kilometres along the coast road from Loutra, has a minimarket, restaurant and hot showers.
On the south coast of the island there are rooms to rent by the sandy beach of Pahia Ammos. But book ahead if you want to stay here because this is Samothraki's best beach so the rooms are in big demand in July and August.